The Random Ramblings Of A Wargamer And Painter (OHQ Painting Service) Of Associated Miniatures

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Republican Reinforcements

Some Empress Miniatures Spanish Civil War Republicans for next weeks game here at OHQ, we shall be using Bolt Action rules with suitable amendments for the conflict.


Friday, 12 January 2018

A Right Muddy CoC Up.

Some pics from the first game of 2018. A Great War game using Chain of Command with amendments from the 2014 Christmas special. The British launched a spirited attack down the left flank, but it was cut short by combined Fire from both the church and the village..With the Germans down to morale level four and the British five, a draw was declared when time was called, as the game could have gone either way.

Pop over to the Tales From GHQ blog to see our 1914 game there, using Black Powder rules.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

To Be Continued?

The year ended with the death of my eldest sister, Ann, she was admitted to hospital the Wednesday before Christmas and passed away the following Thursday, just over a month after her husband Bernard.
Needless say we are all in shock at the suddeness of it all, with Christmas over we all reflect on the past year and the new one don't we.
I am not getting any younger myself and wonder if I should spend the time I spend blogging on painting instead, it seems to take longer each time, my IPad and Blogger just don't communicate a lot of the time, the Kindle is next to useless these days as Silk never seems to get supported anymore and I find uploading pictures is a chore a lot of the time in either device.
I shall take this month out and consider it, anyway on a more cheerful note I trust you all had a splendid Christmas and wish you all a happy and prosperous New year.

Ann Charmaine Dilger
25.2.1939 - 28.12.2017

Monday, 18 December 2017

The Train Now Leaving

If you read my previous blog post and followed the link to GHQ, you will have read about the Very British Civil War game we started last Monday, under much improved weather conditions I made the journey over again today to finish off the game. I am pleased to say that after a tentative start the government troops lead by Lord Rawnsley were able to take the socialist armoured train in the name of the King. Click on the GHQ link above for further details and pictures of the game.
Below are selection that I took during the game...........................................

Next game here at OHQ is scheduled for the 8/9th January, a late 1918 action using Chain of Command with Great War modifications from the 2014 Christmas special.

Once again I wish you all a splendid Christmas.


Thursday, 14 December 2017


Well nearly. No more games here until after the festivities, off to GHQ (clicky) next week to conclude our VBCW game.
In the meantime I would like to wish all my followers and casual visitors a very happy Yuletide.

 Merry Christmas
Joyeux Noël
Fröhliche Weihnachten
Buon Natale
Feliz Navidad
счастливого Рождества
God Jul
 Vrolijk Kerstfeest

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Death In The Sun

Our latest game here at OHQ was a First Carlist War encounter, a town at the entrance to an important pass was being held by two battalions of untried Carlist volunteers supported by an entrenched gun battery and a group of skirmishers. Support would arrive at the start of a predetermined move, they would need to hold back the Isabelino attackers, comprising of two battalions of British Auxiliary infantry, with the support of a rifle battalion and a Royal Marine rocket troop, also joining them would be three battalions of Spanish infantry supported by a horse artillery battery.
The arrival of the Carlist reinforcements was determined by each of us rolling two D6 the difference in the scores would be the move they arrived on with move six being the maximum, the score came out at five! could they hold out?
Alas no, after some early success in holding up the Isabelinos advance, when their enemy got closer the musketry got worse, turn four saw both Carlist battalions break, reaction scores of three and then two! The objectives for the Isabelinos was to hold the redoubt and the stables for one turn, the reinforcements would be unlikely get there in time to prevent this, so I conceded the game to the government forces ably commanded by Dave.
Photos and narrative follow below...........................................
The Village
Defending The Redoubt

Defending The Stable Block

The Rocket Troop, All Fire And Smoke, The Rifles Were To Prove A Lot More Deadly

The British Legion Battalions Surge Forth

Supported By Spanish Light Infantry And Skirmishers On The Right

The Carlist Volunteers Prepare To Receive The Onslaught Supported By Their Artillery

Despite The Disorder The Rifles Keep Up Accurate Fire On The Redoubt Defenders

The Spanish Battalions Press Home On The Right

Its All To Much We Are Off

Well We Are Off Too Then

I would like to dedicate this post to my brother-in-law, who passed away recently.

Bernard Dilger
1926 - 2017
One of life's gentlemen, RIP

Monday, 20 November 2017

Trial By Fire

Bicca, being of noble birth and a relative of Penda Fudd, he is neither but no one stepped forward to refute it, has become the new lord of the local Saxons. It will be several months until he could replace the losses incurred by Penda in his recent victory at Edna's ford, however not wanting Baldinus, last of the Romans, (funny that title, Bicca, had already killed three of those) to think that Saxon power was on the wane has organised a raid to burn the Britons crop, which Penda had failed to do last year. Bicca would show how it is done and gain further prestige in the process.

The object of the game would be for the Saxons to burn four objectives, for one victory point would be the cart, the stack and the rest of the crop waiting to be reaped, while two victory points would be gained by burning the farmhouse for good measure. A further one victory point would be gained for each British unit or noble killed.
To encourage his men Bicca would lead the raid in person accompanied by his champion, despite this the Saxon force morale was only six, perhaps the absence of Baldinus in the British force was the reason that theirs was only six too.
The first British unit, a group of militia, could not enter the table until the Saxons had moved, they would need a five or six on a D6 initially reducing to four, five or six after. After they appeared a British unit would arrive each turn on four to six, with the part of the table edge they arrived on being diced for. This was to simulate Baldinus not expecting any incursions so soon after the death of Penda.
The Militia Attempt To Flank The Saxons But Are Countered By Bicca's Hearth Guard

The Saxons Prepare To Fire The Farm House

The Crop Is Alight

The Militia Valiantly Attempt To Throw Back The Saxon Hoard

The Britons Are Getting The Worst Of The Combat, A Noble Comes To Give Support

The militia failed to arrive until turn two and in the most disadvantageous entry point, obviously got lost on route, by this time the Saxons were at the farm, there was no way that the Saxons could be stopped from at least fulfilling two objectives. The only recourse was to make them pay dearly, this of course did not happen, giving Bicca his first victory ahead of the new campaigning season.
The rules worked well even with only four units a side, but I think we need to tone down the command figures fighting effectiveness for next time, they had too great an effect on the combat, however it was toned down a little by some dismal dice scores  :~)