Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Warfare miniatures for sale

Apologies for this brief commercial break!

I have a few Warfare (League of Augsberg) late c17th minis for sale- 64 minis plus two guns (including one large positional gun) and two limbers. These are mint and mostly in the original baggies. List of packs: WLOA2 x 3, WLOA4x2 (1 mini missing), WLOA7, WLOA10, WLOA11, WLOA12, WLOA13, WLOA14, WLOA17, WLOA18 and 2 x Limbers. RRP around 107GBP- I’ll take 65GBP + P&P or swap for 100GBP-worth of minis from the North Star 1672 range or the Front Rank c.17th or WSS ranges. 

I also have 17 dismounted miniatures (below) which I think are dragoons and 15 mounted miniatures which are charging cavalry in hats and mounted command. They are all primed grey with some of the cavalry painted in red tunics. I think there are around GBP80 worth of minis here- I'd either take GBP50 plus postage or swap for GBP80-worth of minis from the North Star 1672 range or the Front Rank c.17th or WSS ranges.  

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Hold your horses!

Reinforcements for Sunday's Partizan game. These are horse holders for Colonel Washington's dragoons and will sit behind a hedge, all day, doing absolutely nothing except for looking pretty. Minis are super Bicornes, which a few Redoubt horses for variety, painted by Shaun McTague.

There are enough horses to mount one of the units of dismounted dragoons. Next I'll need to ask Shaun to paint 18 mounted dragoons. Dragoons are a harsh mistress!

Andrew and I hope that some of you will see our Soggy Bottoms at Partizan on Sunday- we still have slots for players for the afternoon game- drop me a line if you'd like to play!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Salute For King and Parliament close-ups

Alan and Elaine Daniels very kindly took some in-action shots of the Saltue "For King and Parliament" game at Salute- they came out very well! Here are a selection. All of the photos will enlarge if clicked on.

Above are Apsleys, I believe, and below one of the Royalist Irish regiments, in their smart yellow jackets.

Toiling gunners!

Essex' regiment, or, as Shaun McTague (who painted them) refers to them, "The Pumpkins."

Above and below- one of my two Lifeguard battalia. Sometimes the larger regiments, with a nominal strength of 1000 or more, could field two battalia of 500. The Lifeguard are from the Oxford army and many wear montero hats.

 ...and finally, above, John Hampden's Parliamentarian regiment.

It was very nice to see Alan and Elaine again- they do very well to get such photos during play and in the harsh lighting conditions at Salute!

I am please to report that the For King and Parliament rules are sellling very well- I'm over half way throught the print run, to the relief of my family, as the high and tottering pile of boxes of books in my hallway is no longer life-threatening. ;-)

PS We will have the game at Partizan on Sunday 20th May - please mail me if you'd like to play!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Welcome to Soggy Bottom

The (clickable) Borsetshire village of Soggy Botton will feature in our Salute game on Saturday week. All of the buildings are painted- the red-primed areas need to be textured and covered with mud or grass, and the brown strips around the edges with wattle fences. All the buildings, except for the tithe barn, are from Hovels' splendid 25/28mm range. 

If you are coming to Salute please make a beeline to us and say hello! We have spaces for up to a dozen players in the morning and afternoon. Many cards will be turned...

We are GG07, near the stage in the centre, circled white in the below diagram. As well as my 28mm game, For King and Parliament co-author Andrew Brentnall will be bringing the same battle in 10/12mm. 

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Preparations for Salute

Above are the "reinforcements" for the Salute game- eight regiments of horse and six of foot- have a click!. Chum Ian has been helping me to grout the bases- just 2 regiments remain ungrouted- next week comes the dreaded flockathon that precedes any show game. 

A huge thanks to everyone who has bought the "For King and Parliament" rules so far- sales are off to a storming start! By close of play today I should have all the remaining orders despatched. At one stage, I ran out of chits but I have restocked, so if you couldn't get your dash chits they are in the shop, now.

Friday, 23 March 2018

For King and Parliament is in the shop!

TtS! “For King and Parliament” is a simple set of wargames rules for the Civil Wars in England (and Scotland and Ireland) of the mid-Seventeenth Century.

Written by myself and Andrew Brentnall, they use mechanisms that will be immediately familiar to players of the popular “To the Strongest!” ancient and medieval rules. Using For King and Parliament, a battle can be fought and won (or lost!) on a dining room table in less than two hours. The same rules, however, also support huge battles, involving thousands of miniatures and up to five players a side. The use of subtle grids dispenses with the need for measurement- and consequently play moves along at a cracking pace.

A unique activation system driven by playing cards or numbered chits introduces uncertainty; in some turns a regiment will fly across the battlefield; in others it will stubbornly remain rooted to the spot. The same deck is used to swiftly resolve shooting and melee; no dice, whatsoever, need be rolled! Special rules model the various firing systems used by the foot, and the occasionally uncontrollable nature of ECW horse.

The rules are written in plain English, and illustrated with appropriate diagrams, photographs and period images, sample army lists, examples of play and an introductory scenario.

The rules are available as a book (£19.99) and as a digital download (£9.99), or together for £24.99. Along with various accessories, they are now for sale in the BigRedBatShop. We do hope you enjoy them – and may none of your cards be Aces!

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Coming to a BigRedBatShop near you.... soon!

Boxes of rulebooks are stacked high in the hallway and the BigRedBatshop is configured... I hope to put the new ECW rulebook on sale.... tomorrow!  :-)