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Palladian Guard Reboot

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I mentioned in my last post that my Imperial Guard army was due for a reboot in the next few weeks.  It's been a while since I covered anything 40K, so it's a good opportunity to give you an update on how things stand between me and my first love.

I've also included the sketches and notes I've been making on how I intend to bring the Pallaidan Guard up to date, renovate the fludd and make them into an interesting and dynamic 40K army with some real opportunities for interesting conversions.

The 'Old' Palladians


So, where did all this start?  The whole blog was originally dedicated to my beloved Imperial Guard army of Mordian models, hence the name.  The original concept was a Latin-Roman themed army, and my own particular force represented a company of elite Honour Guard troops - hence the full-dress uniforms.
By about 2012, I had a decent-sized army including tanks, infantry and special vehicles.  We played occasional games using our own half-remembered rules -…

What's On The Table? An Update

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Things have been rather quiet on the blog of late for various reasons - although a lack of painting and gaming isn't one of them.  I've just been doing lots of little side projects and games that have meant I haven't got my main projects through to completion and presentable to the blogosphere.

I thought I'd change all that with a 'warts and all' look at my painting table and what I'm up to.  I've recently found a fellow wargamer at work, with whom I've been playing a lot of Team Yankee games.  This has opened me up to a whole new group of friends, and I've dipped back into commission painting to do their infantry for them.  In fact, I'd say this year has already been my most productive ever.  I've painted about 70 bases of Vietnam 15mm, 40 of WWI and 60 of Cold War stuff.  Unfortunately, since it isn't mine I've never thought to photograph or blog about it - so let's change that.




There you are - proof that I haven't been…

American Civil War... "Research Day"

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You might remember the American Civil War campaign we fought last year, following the fortunes of the Fourth Texas Infantry.  It used 6mm models, Two Splendid Linesrules, and a considerable amount of dressing up.

Regular readers know that I also do historical re-enactment, mostly British Civil Wars, but last weekend I was invited to an American Civil War reenactment with the 24th Virginia, at Kelham Hall in Newark, UK.  It was run by the excellent ACWS.

Apart from being dashed good fun (as the pictures will attest), it was also a fantastic opportunity to do some 'experimental archeology', and get a snapshot of some truths of battle.  These are all being incorporated into my rules in the next update, and are all borne of experience - some I had already read in books, and were already represented in the rules.  But you don't appreciate some of them until you have a go.  Experiencing a re-enactment might only be a thousandth of what it was like in real life - but it's a s…

Painting Exchange: 40K Officers and Chaos... Person

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Things have been a bit Team Yankee heavy lately, so I'll  save our last battle report for a few weeks' time.  As Facebook friends will know, I've been busy lately with my Masters' disseration (The Challenges of Brigade Command for Volunteer and Professional Officers in the American Civil War... anyone fancy a read?  No?)  Despite this I've been busily painting away, most recently on three models for Zzzzzz.

Quite how the pair of these lovely models fit into the intricate and lovingly-crafted background fluff of Zzzzz's blog is beyond me, but I was just happy to paint them.  There was also some Chaos-shaped chap, whose name I was unsure of, but who was an absolute delight to paint.  They were a nice chance to try a one-off project and experiment with some new techniques.




Red is not an easy colour to paint, but it looks fantastic.  The bronze was harder - mine has settled in its pot so it took two attempts to get it right.




Officer Number One.  I went for an Imper…

Veluwezoom Forest: Team Yankee Battle Report

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Time for another Team Yankee battle report.  My friends and I are really enjoying this game, and have even taken part in the global campaign which is currently running: Firestorm Red Thunder.

This scenario saw my Poles and Kieran's East Germans pitted against Mike's expertly-painted Brits.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable game with more than its fair share of tension!





Result: Draw!

As you can see, Kieran and I tried to push everything we had into grabbing just one objective.  We failed rather miserably in defending our northern one, and if Mike had just one more turn he probably would have been able to drive the mortars off and snatch it off us.

Our T-72s, contrary to previous games, did splendidly and (although they outnumbered the Chieftains two-to-one) managed to kill them for the loss of only one of their own.  British infantry proved frustratingly implacable in the defence as always, and in the end we smashed each other into an honourable draw.

I'll get something differe…

Last Stand at L'Armee Farm: WWI Battle Report

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Hello everyone, and welcome to a new battle report in our latest Supercampaign: Storm of SteelAfter the exertions of our recent games, this is a nice simple side campaign we're running to relax before the big games we have planned for next year.

This is the situation on the afternoon of the first day, April 7th:



As you can see, the Germans are starting to take ground at a considerable pace.  We don't know what their casualties are like, but they suffered very heavily in the opening assaults so we hope to be able to trade ground (and lives) for time for their offensive to burn out.

I'm still experimenting with the format for the 'perfect' battle report format - I like to keep them simple overviews, rather than blow-by-blow accounts.  Here are three pictures illustrating the early, middle and late game of a German assault on a farmhouse where a British battalion HQ was located.





The Germans basically turfed the Brits out and won the ground, although at a heavy cost…

Havsted Crossroads - Team Yankee Battle Report

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Good evening all, and welcome to another Team Yankee battle report.  TY is a great game - see our previous battle report if you don't believe me.  It's a brave attempt to tackle a complex environment, mixing lots of different battlefield elements in a very successful way.  
My brother and I played his first game of TY today, with two homemade lists - my Poles, and his Danes.  We opted for something a little different - a small board, with small forces, and heavily-forested ground with lots of hills.  It made for a very interesting game, where I was firmly defeated!
The Danes had to defend a crossroads with some tanks and infantry, while I had to try and barrel over without losing momentum.  The Danes proved extremely tough to dislodge from the buildings, and I made an extremely costly assault which saw a Motor Rifle Company and a T-72 platoon wiped out.  Off to Siberia for me!
Lessons learned: MILANs are nasty.A-10s are tough.Leopard 1s, despite their poor armour, are devasta…