Friday, March 24, 2017
Well another Cold Wars is finished. As is usual it was wonderful and a great time was had by all. As mentioned before Cold Wars is my all time favorite convention. Good friends, many vendors colorful and beautiful games.
My favorite part of Cold Wars is meeting up with old friends. I look forward to getting together with George and Ed. Our conversation on gaming and history is exciting and gets me on track for that years projects and goals. In addition it is an opportunity to met with old comrades and friends one does not see often. I was delighted to run into Robert Mulligan (i.e. The Dread Pirate Roberts). Always a delight to see him and a high point of my day. Robert is most tired of hearing this but his talk years ago on "High and Low Life in the Eighteenth century" was one of the three best interpretation programs I have heard. During my time with the National Park Service anytime I prepared a program, walk or presentation his was always in the back of my mind on how to do it right. I also ran into Tom Vogely who I knew far too many years ago. Tom was a member of the 43rd regiment back then, but is now with the 1st New Jersey. Over the years (since high school?) We have run into each other. Again it's one of my highlights to see Tom again. And Tom if you read this drop me a line. I owe you a buddy pass so you can fly up here and we can get together for a chat and a couple games.
The dealers area was outstanding this year. I stocked up on bases from the 4G people who sell bases by the bucket. Prices range from small bucket which us expensive to really big bucket which is dirt cheep. On Military Matters had the Charles S. Grant
I usually do not play in games conventions. Since I do not know many commercial rules I worry I will slowdown a game. I instead browse to get ideas for future games. Peter Levitt put on a breathtaking Napoleonic game which looked outstanding. Sad to say my camera was not working so no pictures. There were also
There are a lot of comments on line about the location of Cold Wars. While I do not wish to debate HMGS policy or convention location I will say this. I like the Host, and have always had a great time there. While the lighting could be better I think there is ample room for games. Food service there is good. I am not looking for five star
So another Cold Wars is gone. But here is looking forward to next year.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
A wonderful time is being had at Cold war.
We check into our hotel....
and ur rooms.
The Host, the location of Cold Wars
Individuals games that look interesting*
The dealers area
Entering the dealer's area with our hard earned cash. Planning our purchases
More to come.....
*pictures from internet as my camera not working.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Not the weather, but the convention! It is almost time. To me this is my most favorite wargame convention of all time. Just when the winter is at its most dreary and spring is not yet here Cold Wars arrives to cheer me up.
This is the third of the big three conventions put on by HMGS (Historical Miniature Gaming Society). To me it is ideal convention and my favorite. Attendance is slightly lower them the other two, but just as many games and vendors are there. So it has more of a smaller convention feel then the others but with everything the big conventions offer. People seem more
in addition to the usual array of outstanding games Cold Wars offers two unique events. There are lectures by military historians. This year author Peter Panzeri will speak about the little big horn battle; and offer a presentation where the audience is the jury in Custer's courtmarshall (if he had survived). There is also a Hobby University which offers classes in painting and modeling. They are outstanding and extremely knowledgeable.
So Thursday morning my old comrade George picks me up and we drive to Lancaster Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Guilford Courthouse 15 March 1781
Along the first line:
" As at Camden, the British went forward as soon as they were in line. Captain Peter led the 23rd on as acting commanding officer, with the regiment effectively in two wings under captains Saumarez and Champagne. As they went forward, one of them noticed the ‘field lately ploughed, which was wet and muddy from the rains which had recently fallen’.
Fusiliers: The saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution by Mark Urban
Sunday, March 12, 2017
On the Fire and Drum miniatures website, Jim Purky has placed his Rev War rules. There are one page, and contain all you need to play a game.
The rules are a you go, I go type. Each side rolls a dice at start of turn. High side gets to choose if they move first and fire second or move second and fire first. Firing, melee and morale are on a matrix where you cross check troop type and situation. The number shown is rolled for on a d10 looking for that number or less. Morale checks flow down a chart as you take more casualties. You roll two or more dice and have to get that number or less. Fail on one die you become shaken. Fail on two and you rout. You get additional dice for having a commander present or a terrain advantage. But how ever many dice you roll you must pass on two of them. The rules look simple enough, and people who have played them say they are fun. I like simple rules. They let you play the game and not the rules. So, I wanted to give these a try. I threw some terrain on the table, added a few regiments. The following game is not a tactical masterpiece, but a attempt to explain the rules and try them out.
The Americans have the Cross road and the British want it. The American commanders right flank had a woods and a small ridge behind it. He placed his rifle regiment in the woods with a Continental line battalion backing them up on the ridge. His center was held by two militia
The British commanded advanced on the left flank with both battalions of the 71st Highlanders and the Loyalist lights against the rifles and militia. The 23rd, 33rd and Lights advanced against the Marylanders. Cavalry was in reserve and artillery in the center.
Turn 1. British rolled high; they moved second and fired first. Americans held fast while British advanced into rifle range. British artillery fired at long range and caused one casualty on the militia. Because they suffered casualties the militia tested
Turn 2. British again rolled high, again picked move second fire first. British continues the advance. American Artillery fire and miss. Rifles fire and hit causing two casualties on Loyalists who pass
Turn 3. British move first fire second. 2/71st charges rifles, who as skirmishes can retire. But they must roll a morale check. They pass on one dice but fail on the second so are shaken. I let them retire shaken. Not sure if this is correct but that is how I played it. The Royal Artillery move into close range. Artillery can do two actions (move and unlimited or limber and move) in addition to fire. So they move, unlimber and fire. The 1/71 fires at the militia who suffer six casualties from the artillery and Highlanders. When they check morale they fail on two dice so rout! I do not let them fire during there turn instead I
Turn 4. Americans move second fire first. Regiments on both sides charge.
The 3rd Light dragons charge the 1/71st. The 1/71st passes morale so I let them fire and they cause two hits. The Dragoons pass so they fight! Both sides roll one die per four figures. Dragons are looking for 6 or less (advantage charging infantry without secured flanks) while
The 23rd charge the 1st Maryland. But the Marylanders were shaken by previous fire so they drop one level on the charts ( from C to D).
At this point I called the game. Time to get to bed as I have work tomorrow! What did I learn? These are a fun set of rules. They flow quickly. There are serious advantages to who fires or moves first. If you fire first the other side has less figures to return fire (if you cause hits). Moving first you can charge and pin an opponent. Morale is interesting. You always roll two dice and have to pass on two dice. If you have a commander, or terrain advantage you add dice, but still must pass on two. I need to play a few more times but what I like about these rules are you worry about tactics and not did I forget some obscure rule. Simple rules but not so simple results.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
I am a great fan of the Rev War figures from Fife and Drum. They are beautifully sculpted figures and meticulously researched. I especially like the fact they have some of the only British figures in campaign style round hats. Prices are good and it is hard to find better service in this industry. Thus I have lots of them in my army. Great stuff!
Recently I was delighted to find Fife and Drum started their own online forum. Naturally they have lots about their figure lines. Especially interesting is unstructured plans are and which figures you would like added to the lines. But there is so much more. It's a pleasant place to stop in and converse with fellow minded 18th century wargamers. Interesting discussion on favorite battle and general of the 18th century; And some first class illustrations of French infantry of the Seven Years War.
It is just started so who knows what is in store. But for a start its a first class effort and a really fun place. Hope to see you there.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
1st March 1775; This being St. David's Day the officers of the 23rd Regiment, or Royal Welch Fusiliers, dinned together according to the custom. All the General & Staff Officers, the Admiral, and several other person's were invited to dine with the Regiment...."
From the diary of Lieutenant Frederick MacKenzie.
The "custom" was on each Saint Daivid's Day following dinner the regimental goat with the drummers and fifers are led around the mess table. The drum major has a silver plate with raw leeks and the mess sergeant carries a loving cup filled with champagne. They halt by the newest joined officer who then stands on his chair with his left foot and places his right foot on the table and eats a leek while the drummers play a continuous roll. Once he has consumed the leek he is handed the loving cup and before drinking toasts "And Saint David!" All present who have not eaten a leek, including guests are expected to do so. Similar ceremonies occurs in the sergeants and the other ranks mess. This custom, described as "ancient" in 1775 is still observed in peace and during war time up to the present time.
So to all on this day I hope a Happy Saint David's Day to the Welch, and to all Royal Welch Fusiliers both past and present!
And it is also a special day for your humble blogger who celebrates his 60th birthday today. Which I will spend having a day off of work and a lovely dinner with my dear wife Janine. And no Leeks for this dinner!