Saturday, 26 September 2015

Definitely off topic

No war-gaming this week and certainly none this weekend.

The heirs and I are up the smoke for the rugger.

See you all soon, hopefully.


Monday, 21 September 2015

Centuria/Cohort Support Elements

Right slow and easy. Man cave sorted. Troops reorganised and the support elements; found, prepped and ready for completion. This week? We'll see, what with the World Egg Chasing Championship on at the moment.

Armour Platoon

Dr. Holmes, his sisters, the Medical Section

Transport (ammo supply) Section

Courier/REECE platoon

Heavy Weapons Section,with FOO
There are more cyclists and heavy weapons, but they won't join the BUF. I see HaT do a WW1 British Heavy Weapons box containing mortars. Does anyone know where I could get a pack at a decent price?

I hope to get these completed by the end of the week, after which the heirs and I will be going to Wembley to watch Ireland vs Romania. Will I get my wish, I doubt it, but the sooner it's complete the sooner a game is on.


Thanks for popping by, keep safe.


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Razzle Dazzle: camouflage; a bit of history and a river.

Slightly off topic but Ihope interesting none the less.

My cousin came up for a couple of days. Now you tend to take your home city for granted, but yesterday I did a bit of a tourist thing and took the Mersey River Cruise.

Well we got the 'dazzle' ferry Snowdrop.

Dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle or dazzle painting, was ship and tank camouflage used extensively in World War 1. Designed by Norman Wilkinson it consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other.
Unlike some other forms of camouflage, dazzle works not by concealment but by making it difficult to estimate a target's range, speed and heading. Wilkinson explained in 1919 that dazzle was intended more to mislead the enemy as to the correct position to take up than actually to miss his shot when firing.
The ferries themselves are steeped in military history. For instance:  During WW1 the steamers Iris and Daffodil were taken out of service from Wallasey to be used as troop ships in the navel raid on Zeebrugge in Belgium. Because of their work King George V allowed the vessels to use the word "Royal" in their name. They needed extensive refitting before they could resume peacetime activities.
Just a few shots of the famous waterfront.
Port of Liverpool Building

Liver Building

Wallasey Town Hall

Anglican Cathedral
Well a bit unusual, I do hope that you enjoyed our brief tour. Stay safe out there and thanks for popping by.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

I'm home.

Well there ends a tough six months. I think it's time to kick back for a couple of weeks and make some inroads into my VCBW campaign.

1. Reorg the man cave.
2. Recall the troops and reinforce deficiencies.
3. Play a game.
4. Restart the campaign.

So what did I learn on my little sojourn.

I think the Amish lads summed it up well.

Catch up to you all soon.


Friday, 31 July 2015

Callsign - PLAYTIME

Totally pissed off this month. My co-trainer has gone off sick leaving me with the course to finish off. The complete inability of the management team to understand what is going on, the failure to succession plan and the complete lack of resilience in the training dept. All means that I'm doing two jobs! I've put my cards in and should finish this week. However, as a result of the aforementioned my leave has been cancelled so I have to stay on for another three weeks. Hey but don't worry, the Inspector is coming back from his leave on Monday and the Sergeant goes off on leave Monday! Subsequently, my hobby time has ground to a halt. Rant over.

One thing I do like about the World Aflame rule set is the limited ammunition rule. This has added another dimension to my games. As troops need to be supplied I thought the XXth Legion needed a transport section. So I started one. (Excuse the quality, I'm having a bad time.)

A bag of assorted wheels, the remains of WW1 Airfix gun limber, some balsa and a couple of toothpicks. They need tarting up and painting. When I get time.

Callsign - PLAYTIME.
I fancy a dabble at the latest scenario . Note to self, find time!

Sorry about the rant I had to get it off my chest.

Enjoy your summer (or winter depending on where you are!)

Thanks for listening and popping by.