AVBCW: Big Game 2015 03 14 Part 1

Yes, JP, Roo & I held another AVBCW Big Game – we’ve now been doing this for four years. We had two tables (each 6×10′) set up. I’ll concentrate on the table I was playing on for the first couple of postings.

Breinton Bridge

At the northern end of the Golden Valley control of this bridge was being contested between the rebels and the Royalists, as it is on the way to the market town of Hay-on-Wye.

Roo did us up some new river sections, rest of the secenery is the stuff I have churned out over the last few years.

My Malvern Hills Conservators (led by Sir Ed Ward-Glear) set up, along with Captain Arrowmsith’s (Richard) BUF tank and…pepperpot…
Our third ally was Tym’s forces.

More BUF infantry deploy. As the table edges qwere split in two, the three of us loyalists opted for the MHC and BUF to deploy on the western edge of the river, with Tym deploying pretty much alone on the eastern river bank. Our goal was to seize the bridge ASAP, occupy the cottage, and block both of the road junctions.

Gavin (as the Reverend Captain Verity of the Anglican League), deployed his Anglicans on the eastern bank of the river.

Clive (as the Bishop of Ludlow), deployed his forces including the awesome scratch built rocket launchers.
Both sides advanced.

The Bishop of Ludlow’s forces advanced with trucks pulling hand break turns to act as cover ! Behind the trucks, the rocket launchers prepareed for their first salvo.

Meanwhile the BUF forces, raced towards the bridge – the BUF’s tank ignored the Bishop of Ludlow’s forces leaving them to the pepperpot and the MHC. Arrowsmith’s cavalry occupied the road, whilst his infantry and command squad occupied the cottage and bridge.

Verity’s Anglicans move through the woods aiming to flank the bridge.

Meanwhile, Sir Gilbert’s LDV roar forward in their trucks and improvised contraptions !
(NB: Doug’s last game was hampered when he pulled a random event card reducing everything to mud and his vehicle column got bogged down for virtually the entire game – this time he was luckier)

And Sir Gilbert’s supporters the WI mounted the crest…of the hill…

Tym’s Royalist column arrives – lots of Crossley’s filled with…more women !
Is there something we don’t know about the women of H’ford ?

AVBCW: Behind the Scenes

All is quiet, quiet as a mouse, well that’s because BlackJack has probably killed them, meantime I’ve been busy.
So here’s a few glimpses of the behind the scenes stuff we do to put on our Big Games where we hire the village hall.

Roo dropped off “the beast”…his huge hill and some more river sections he has been working on. He kindly helped me load up my car with the table boards (ten 2×6 plywood boards) and then we emptied his car boot into mine. I added a few bags of hills and other stuff.

FYI, my car is an estate car so the 6′ long boards fit into the boot no problem…but that’s not enough room !!!

JP came round with his car, also an estate car, and we filled that up too…

Roo had done some 12 foot of river…and had helpfully labelled all the sections so they fitted together properly. That’s dedication.

JP and I spent about an hour setting up the tables, adding the boards and then doing the basic dressing of them. No trees, no bridges.

Needs more trees and railway track – and this basic level for the two tables took two of us an hour.

We’re back at 10am tomorrow to finish stuff off, open up the hall, and let the hordes in.

So I guess I’ll have some more exciting photos tomorrow !

Mordheim: Rebuilding ruins again

In the last game, Byakhe Anthony had the raised market hall I createdabout 14 years ago.

It was a fairly common building in many rural market towns in the UK. Ihave the intact version from 4Ground to be built for my AVBCW games but it looks complex !

A very simple raised building that sheltered the lucky few market stalls underneath it, and often doubled as a town hall and so on. The base had warped meaning it spun on the spot, so I blu-tacked it down. Coming to remove the terrain….

Yup, the upper storey came off. As it was a very rough and ready job anyway I opted to keep it to hand for a proper rebuild.

As you can see the interior wasn’t done well, so will be receiving some balsa wood flooring. The pillars are also only about 2.5 inches high, and they really need to be 3 inches high so that fat fingered idiots like me can shove miniatures underneath it. Finally, the entire building should have stone flagged base for the Market.

This will mean a new base being created, the stairs being altered, and the interior being worked over.

This is this weeks project number one, with the next coming tomorrow…

In the mean time…

I renovated another of my original Mordheim buildings, again just a very simple set of washes and highlights of the plastic pieces and base.

The rubble was created from the old WH40K ruins piece, plus chopped up sprue pieces – simple !

AGW: The Deniersplits Song

One Denier, two Denier, three Denier, four.
Four Deniers are so dumb and so are many more.
Over blog and Op-Ed the Denier browsers go.
Never on the science ‘cos they don’t really wanna know.

Makin’ up a mess of science,
pukin’ up a mess of FUD
Lots of FUD for everyone
Troll la la, la la la la
Troll la la, la la la la
Troll la la, la la la la
Troll la la, la la la la

Four Denier, three Denier, two Denier, one.
All Deniers JAQing off in the bright warm sun.
Flippin’ like a pancake, popping like a cork.
Goddard, Watts an’ Booker how low can they all go ?


Two Denier, four Denier, one Denier, three.
Swingin’ like a bunch of monkeys, throwing shit from a tree.
Hey there, ev’rybody, won’t you come along and see.
How much the Denier shills can lie.


Mordheim: Spring Cleaning

Some more Mordheim buildings spring cleaned (ish)…these are from the main boxed set now OOP. I first built and based these more than 14 years ago.

I’d built the basics, based them and added some clay (or Das Pronto), sand, a few snips of balsa wood and an old Citadel plastic skelton horse for some features. Oh and the obligatory card flagstones.

Nothing wrong with it, but it just looked a bit sad and flat.

Another building, with the same basing and painting, though this was my second set, and I’d added the chimmney piece to this building.

So the spring clean involved the usual washes and highlighting I’ve been doing on other buildings.

This gives it a much better depth of colours.

The washes seem to have a weird opauqeness to them, but on this scale makes it much more like the watery puddles in the ruins I wanted to make. (You can see the white-ish patches)

BoB: Bolshevik Artillery & Support

Another week of seemingly meagre pickings, sorry ! Here’s the first of several updates that I have been working on in between community meetings, funerals and other stuff:

Copplestone Bolshevik field artillery. As per previous comments, I have replaced the commander figure with one from the Bolshevik Heroines pack to make it a bit different.

medic and Ammo carrier from Musketeer, now Footsore Miniatures WW1 Russians packs. Though slightly smaller and not as beefy as the Copplestone stuff these figures fit in nicely and help expand the range of poses on offer.

How not to file things

Well I was hoping to:

  • have a games session;
  • finish off the Chinese Warlord Cavalry;
  • photograph the Bolshevik cavalry.

Unfortunately, having offered our ex-Parish Clerk an excursion to the County Court, I instead spent most of yesterday and all of today going through the paperwork he dumped in a bin:

Yes, two green recycling sacks in a recycling bin.

Cat’s tail and bottom for scale purposes only.

The contents of this bag and the other filled 3 lever arch files, and if that wasn’t enough I had to crreate an inventory of everything so that the temporary and new Parish Clerks know what they are getting.

As commented to my father, this level of filing should be achieved by vacation students aged 18+, and are indiciative that our former Clerk failed to satisfy the most basic requirements of his job for over a decade.

My time spent doing all this filing did at least aloow the glue and paint on some of the Bolshevik models to dry/set.

Rant over !