AVBCW Hereford 2017 11 04 5

They claimed they were Police.

Having chewed up one or was it two units of Criag’s in the King’s Acre Woods, the Plod arrived, newly bought by crag at the lunch time auction.

he also pushed his command unit forward, which got massacred by a well aimed LMG burst of fire, and then his commander dies with a second LMG. Tragic. Such a sad story.

The Red re-dploy but make a complete hash of it and have a road block.

Roo was the only winner here, with his field gun raining death down on the unfortunate DrAlzheimer (GenialJim) and his patients !

Big view of the big table !

The Reds also deployed Human Wave tactics (Chairman Maos was watching), resulting in a dust off between GenialJim and Rob leading to mass casualties and Rob losing almost all his infantry. Curiously Loo’s infantry survived. 😉

meanwhile the killing zone in the woods continued to chew up sections, I’d lost 1.5 units, and Craig at least 3 when Alan’s troops arrived and added to the mayhem.

All along Rob and Too were trying to un-nerve me with unsubtle hints Alan was about to betray me. Pull the other one it has bells on.

Hand to hand in the woods !

Craig’s ungentlemanly cricketers fared no better in the woods either.

Whilst GenialJim’s Clockwork man got to work on the Reds !

They’re Dead Dave, they’re all Dead.

Or running away.

The end of the game…Dr Alzheimer (GenialJim and I caught in the middle suffered grievous losses, not least when I rolled really badly and the recalcitrant natives of Hereford decided to revert to pebbles for their coinage.

The field truce between Anglicans and HRH had held, just, and the Reds were the beta noire of the county.

A return match is likely ion the spring, by which I should have anew house, and new forces to bring to bear on the false Bishop and his cronies…

AVBCW Hereford 2017 11 04 4

..The Umpires decided that the alliance between the Anglicans and Communists would rupture.

So whilst the Commie cavalry raced towards the Anglican lines ostensibly to join up with them, and got machine gunned by me (lower left hand corner), their innocent biplane dived in for the kill.

It shot up GenialJIm’s troops, before…

…getting a taste of it’s own medicine, and then it crashed. As the rules don’t have…rules for crqashi9ng -lanes…we agreed a random direction roll…and it looked like it’d be heading my way…

Phew !
It crashed inches in front of my HMG.

Pity the Anglicans whilst in covert negotiations with my ally managed to shell both my HMG (killing two crew effectively rendering it useless), and my anti tank gun (one dead, still therefore in action).

I brought on my third section (also Sailors) to counter the TREACHEROUS DEVIANT CRAIG.

Whilst my ally Alan brought his troops up as the fragile alliance with the Anglicans he had brokered held.

Just very slowly, as he found driving vehicles off road.

AVBCW Hereford 2017 11 04 3

Clive moved an Anglican tank out in to the open to have a crack at Alan’s field gun.

Whilst Gavin moved more troops with support of yet more of Clive’s tanks.

King’s Acxre woods turn in to a battle ground as Craig’s Bee Keeper’s and my Marines start to slog it out at close quarters.

Craig’s HMG and command moved up in support.

With the flank refused, and now bolstered but heir treacherous ally, the Reds do a quick right turn (ha !) and stream towards the middle of the table to put pressure anatomy forces.

My HMG caught Rob’s cavalry mid-field, and shot a couple down.

GenialJim’s mad Doctor and his forces disembark into the field, including a mechanical Tin Man. (No sign of Dorothy)

Whilst the Bishop of Ludlow cowered behind a glass house in his tank.
No stones were thrown.


I decided to bring on my third section, more sailors and pitched them straight in to the woods to fight off Craig’s traitors.

And at this point, the Umpires had had a confab and decided….

AVBCW Hereford 2017 11 04 2

Red Cavalry advances towards Half Cut Farm.

And the Anglicans advance with their mighty armoured column down their road.

Hang on, aren’t these the cards I had last time ?

Questions are asked of the Umpire’s shuffling ability.

Which is then handed over to Alan for the rest of the day.

Talking of whom, Alan advanced his troops forward to counter the Anglican thrust across the open field, with both sides finding off road manoeuvres of vehicles is not really a good idea.

Which is why my A/C stayed on the road and allowed the sailors and heavy weapons to move more swiftly in support.

Macguffin’s tank advanced, only for the reds to send in a wrecking crew killing his two manservants.

With the tank wrecked…

Craig’s real commander revealed his true colours – a TOTAL TREASOUNOUS TRAITOR.

And yes, yours truely got attacked by the bees keepers with piles of bees sick.

AVBCW Hereford 2017 11 04 1

As all my AVBCW stuff is in storage, I had to build a new force from scratch (such hardship).

So I ended up with a new Foundry Armoured Car, two sections of Sailors (Warlord & Empress), and one section of Marines (Empress, generic British Infantry).

I represented HRH’s forces as WyRD Force 1 – Wyvern Regional Defence Force.

Complete with HMG and Oekerlon Anti Tank Gun.

Pre-game negotiations yielded an ally in Alan’s forces, including his field gun on a lorry.

And Craig’s LDV force of bee keepers, and Sir Alan Macguffin’s wind powered tank.

Arrayed against us was an unholy alliance of God Botherer’s (Anglicans) and Atheists (Commies). Five of them against us, so we decided to go on the defensive and refuse a flank.

Rob’s Commie horde, complete with Rolls Royce A/C. Seems no expense is spared when it comes to revolutionary warfare. Pity about the poor workers. 😉

GenialJIm’s flying column of Anglican nutters commanded by Professor Alzheimer. (IIRC)

Anglicans under the command of Clive & Gavin.

Tanks, lots of tanks. Some of them even with forward gears.

The table, from afar !

AVBCW Hereford 2017 11 04 0

On Saturday I attended my first AVBCW Big Game that I hadn’t organised !

Clive and Roo have taken up the reins from JP & I, and did the hard work on this one and the previous one in April i couldn’t attend.

Two tables were planned. I had to turn up anklet them in as I had the hall key, so I got roped in again !

Lugging around car falls of scenery is NOT something I miss.
Though I did help out with the Half Cut Farm !

Table 1.

Table 2.

Anyone for cricket ?

Unfortunately, due to some splitters (Judean People’s Front), we had to shuffle the two tables together so we had a mammoth 16×6′ table with 8 players.

Half Cut Farmhouse & AVBCW

A week of furious painting, so no updates, but much like busses, there’ll be a whole load of stuff posted shortly.

Reason ?

We had an AVBCW Big Game Saturday 4th, and I had to buy, assemble and paint an entire force from scratch as all my forces were in store – tragic eh ?

I also had a Ziterades Watermill/Farmhouse kicking around. So I did that up at the last moment.

Some form of foam based product, very nicely done in plain grey and red. A present from Rich a couple of years ago.

Done 10-11pm, so very much just restricted to highlighting and adding in some more colour.

But for a war-games session perfectly acceptable.

Called Half Cut Farm, due to the fact that not only was it late at night, but on a Friday after consuming some wine !

I stil have the water wheel and will consider that option with a base later when I have my own gaff again.

Also worth noting is the material used is very “thirsty”, so I had to keep refuelling my brush even though I was technically dry brushing anyway.

Final one, at the games session one of the other players, Rob, gave us a book:

Looks like a good read about WW2 “stay behinds”, which should give us an idea fro more AVBCW stuff.

So stand by some pictures of the AVBCW Big Game, in which I was double crossed, as were virtually all players, and in which Commanders died !

I had my reWenge.

Screw when necessary (AVBCW Supply Dumps)

Well that got your attention !

Armies rely on logistics, supplies and so on. So its only reasonable that scenery should reflect that with supply dumps etc.

Straight from the UK MOD, you read it !

Screw when necessary.


In amongst the stuff that didn’t go into storage was a bag of half painted supply dump stuff – resin scenery pieces whose origin eludes my brain cell.

So in the run up to 4th November when we are having one of our AVBCW Big Games, I thought I’d drag it out and paint it up.

Placed on 40mm round bases, I raised the resin pieces by using some card chopped off of a recent order. This means they don’t blend in/get lost in the flock.

Three of the normal pieces, made up of multiple items glued to the same base. Includes Lewis Guns and SMLEs.

Great big pile of ammo boxes !

No, I haven’t written “Screw when necessary” on the sides. 🙂

I have enough for 10 items of scenery, and also found some with German helmets, and British WW1 Pith helmets, so they’ll be good for BoB stuff – to follow.

Isotype – AVBCW 4th November

From OMD’s latest epic CD, The Punishment of Luxury.

Are blogs and other digital publications replacing our tactile communications ?

Well all well and good that Clive and Roo have been busy organising the next AVBCW Big Game and they’ve confirmed the 4th November is the day.

So haul ass, and get here to Hereford.

And you’ll get to see us all for real.

Log defences

I’m sure there is a proper name, but here are some log barriers that act as barriers. I had one set painted up years ago, and bought some only for them to be lost…

I’d undercoated them and then packed them away in a box of stuff I’ve now sold.

They’re by Ainsty.

Simple, log barricades kept in places by staves at either end. I’ve added flock on the outer side.


These should be good for AVBCW, BoB, and WHFB games as well as my long planned AWI project.

In a wild moment of madness I painted the staves on this set a different colour.

The usual paint mix is:
– Foundry Bay Brown (Shade)
– Foundry Granite
– GW Agrax Earthshade wash
– Foundry Boneyard (shade), for the logs’ split ends and staves

The alternate set had the staves painted in Granite (light).

Wild I know.

Some more figures have been found in advanced states of painting…