23 Mar 2020

Self-Isolating, Solo & Wargaming

Unfortunately as I am one of the 1.5 million who needs to self isolate for 12 weeks.

The government announced on Sunday that it would be sending letters to 1.5 million people in England suffering from one of more than a dozen serious conditions which it is believed put them most at risk from coronavirus.

Around 40% of the group receiving the letters advising them to “take themselves out of society” for at least 12 weeks are aged 75 or older. They will be “strongly advised” to stay at home at all times and avoid face-to-face contact. They should not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact, the letter says.

Others have been urged to do everything they can to help the group, “whether it’s going shopping for a neighbour in need, or keeping inside if you know you’re at risk,” by health secretary Matt Hancock.
The groups defined as “extremely vulnerable” who will receive the letter are:
  1. Solid organ transplant recipients.
  2. People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer.
  3. People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment.
  4. People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer.
  5. People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or Parp inhibitors.
  6. People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
  7. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
  8. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID and homozygous sickle cell).
  9. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  10. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

So since Grimsby Wargame Society has has closed i have played the following.

22nd Mar 2020, Russians vs Germans, Operations Room

21st Mar 2020, Russians vs Germans, Operations Room

First solo game since the Grimsby Wargame Society closed due to the Coronavirus

1 Jan 2020

Wargaming Projects, 2019

Wargaming Projects, 2019

Wargaming Projects during 2019, I've actually been really good this year I've managed to stick with one project all the way through the year, I am hoping to continue this formula during the coming year what time will tell.

Wargaming Projects

The three projects below are my main interests at various stages of completion. further down are a list of distractions which keep me from completing my main interests.

Gallic & Celtic Army 99% complete
Caesarian Roman Army. 0% complete
Imperial Roman Army. 99% complete
Painting Romans. 0% complete

American Civil War (ACW) Confederate Army. 0% complete
American Civil War (ACW) Union Army. 10% complete

Completed Scenery & Terrain
  1. Barb wire fences 
  2. Making Buildings 
  3. Cornfields 
  4. Diorama Bases
  5. Fences 
  6. Hedges 
  7. Hills 
  8. Mountains 
  9. Ploughed fields 
  10. Ponds and Swamps 
  11. Rivers 
  12. Roads 
  13. Snake Fencing 
  14. Trees and Woods 
  15. Walls 
  16. Mat-O-War Wargaming Mat
Figures & Scenery Bought 

Wargaming Books Bought

Books Bought, 2019.

Shows & Events
  1. Vapnartak, York, Wargames Show 2019
  2. Battleground, Stockton-on-Tees, Wargames Show
Games Played

Games Played, 2019.
Games Played, 2018.

Painting Competitions
  1. Pendraken Painting Competition 2018.
  2. Pendraken Painting Competition 2016.
  3. Pendraken Painting Competition 2015.
  4. Pendraken Painting Competition 2014.
  5. Pendraken Painting Competition 2013.
  6. Pendraken Painting Competition 2012.
Previous Years
  1. Wargaming Projects, 2018.
  2. Wargaming Projects, 2017.
  3. Wargaming Projects, 2016.
  4. Wargaming Projects, 2015.
  5. Wargaming Projects, 2014.
  6. Wargaming Projects, 2013.
  7. Wargaming Projects, 2012.
Below is a list of other projects I do at various stages of completion, however I now class these as distractions.

10mm English Civil War (ECW) Project

French Indian War (FIW) British Army. 0% complete
French Indian War (FIW) French Army. 0% complete

American War of Independence (AWI) American Army. 0% complete
American War of Independence (AWI) French Army. 0% complete
American War of Independence (AWI) German Army. 0% complete
Painting American War of Independence (AWI) American. 0% complete
Painting American War of Independence (AWI) French. 0% complete
Painting American War of Independence (AWI) German. 0% complete

Texas War of Independence (TWI) Texian Army. 0% complete
Texas War of Independence (TWI) Mexican Army. 0% complete
Painting Texas War of Independence (TWI) Texians. 0% complete
Painting Texas War of Independence (TWI) Mexicans. 0% complete
Texas War of Independence (TWI) Battle Reports & Scenarios. 0% complete
My Texas War of Independence (TWI) Book Library. 0% complete
Useful Texas War of Independence (TWI)  Links. 0% complete

Making Rorkes Drift Base. 100% complete
Painting AZW British. 99% complete
Painting AZW Zulus. 99% complete 

10mm Wings of War Project

10mm Sci-Fi Projects

The Scourge Army. 0% complete
Post-Human Republic (PHR) Army. 0% complete
Shaltari Tribes Army. 0% complete
Resistance Army. 0% complete
Painting The Scourge. 0% complete
Painting Post-Human Republic (PHR). 0% complete
Painting Shaltari Tribes. 0% complete
Painting Resistance. 0% complete
Dropzone Commander Battle Reports & Scenarios.

Earth Alliance Army. 0% complete
Nova Federation Army. 99% complete
Painting Earth Alliance. 0% complete
Future War Commander Rules.

Survivors. 99% complete
Zombies. 50% complete
Painting Survivors. 99% complete
Painting Zombies. 99% complete
Zombie Rules.

Colonial Marines. 0% complete
Aliens. 0% complete
Making Hadley's Hope. 0% complete
Painting Aliens. 0% complete

10mm Starship Troopers Project 
Mobile Infantry Army. 0% complete
Arachnids Army.  0% complete
Skinnies Army.  0% complete
Starship Troopers Artwork.
Painting Mobile Infantry. 0% complete
Painting Arachnids.  0% complete
Painting Skinnies.   0% complete
Starship Troopers Rules.
Starship Troopers Battle Reports & Scenarios.
My Starship Troopers Book Library.
Useful Starship Troopers Links.

10mm The War of the Worlds Project
Humans Army. 0% complete
Martians Army. 0% complete
The War of the World's Artwork.
Painting Humans. 0% complete
Painting Martians. 0% complete
Future War Commander Rules.
The War of the Worlds Battle Reports & Scenarios.
My The War of the Worlds Book Library.
Useful The War of the Worlds Links.

Abandoned Projects

Games Played, 2020

Games Played, 2020

Games played during the course of 2020 at either the Grimsby Wargames Society or my Operations Room, (Purpose built shed at the bottom of the garden) using the various rules I use.

Aliens Rules 0
Black Powder Rules 0
Cold War Commander Rules 0
Dropzone Commander Rules 0
Hail Caesar Rules 0
Rapid Fire Rules 0
Zombie Rules 0
Kriegspiel is what i use for running campaigns.

Wargaming Expenditure 2020

Wargaming Expenditure 2020

This is an attempt for me to actually record how much I spend in a year on wargaming, so if I can keep up adding stuff to it, it will be interesting to add it all up in December.

Figures & Scenery Bought

Books Bought

Rules Bought


24 Dec 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

May this Christmas season bring you nothing but fond memories, happiness and laughter.

1 Dec 2019

Battleground, Stockton-on-Tees, Wargames Show 2019

Battleground, Stockton-on-Tees, Wargames Show 2019

Me and the lads (Malcolm Taylor & Chris Newman) from the Grimsby Wargames Society put on The Battle of the Dnieper game. We had a really great time and was made most welcome. 30th Nov 2019, Battleground Show Pictures.

If you want to see the building and design of the game please click here.

Nearly 500 through the door picture 1

Nearly 500 through the door picture 1

Battlefield Trust
Battle of Guisborough 1643 - The Battle of Guisborough recreated as a 2mm/1:800th scale model, as part of the Battlefield Trust stand.  There will also be a display of weapons and equipment.

Border Reivers
Battle of Plum Creek - A (highly) fictional engagement set during the American Civil War where a British Intervention Force is sent to help out the Confederate States. A 28mm game using Pickett’s Charge Rules.

Brompton Bankers
Poland 1939!

Carrying On Up The Dale
The Battle of Ferozeshah, 21st December 1845: Set during the 1st Anglo-Sikh War, the Sikh army (the Khalsa) have crossed the river Sutlej and invaded British India.  General Sir Hugh Gough (Commander-in-Chief of India) and Sir Henry Hardinge (Governor General of India) are in command of an impressive army of Queen's and East India Company troops.  After an untidy victory at Mudki on 18th December the army is posed to attack the Sikhs in their entrenched encampment at the village of Ferozeshah.

Durham Wargames Group
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Cortes' conquest of Mexico, set around the lake in the Valley of Mexico.  This was one of the actions Cortes undertook prior to the siege of Tenochtitlan, played out using Sword and Spear rules.

Generals & Kings
Battle of Kursk - in 20mm using Battlegroup rules!

Grimsby Wargames Society
The Battle of the Dnieper was a military campaign that took place in 1943 on the Eastern Front of WWII.  It was one of the largest operations of the war, involving almost 4,000,000 troops and stretched across a 1,400km front.

The Battle of the Dnieper picture 1

The Battle of the Dnieper picture 2

The Battle of the Dnieper picture 3

The Battle of the Dnieper picture 4

Iacta Alea Est
Restaging the last day of the Battle of Leipzig, between France & Allies vs Russia, Austria and Prussia!  In 10mm, using Pendraken figures!

Battle of Leipzig picture 1

Battle of Leipzig picture 2

Battle of Leipzig picture 3

Independent Wargames Group
A large English Civil War battle in 25mm, representing a 'What If' scenario circa 1642.

Lancaster Cellarmen
Vintage 20mm Russo-Japanese War using Jacklex figures!

Old Guard Wargames Club
Bolt Action: Western Desert 1942.  The Afrika Korps, supported by the Italians, attack the 8th Army at Gazala.

Prince Bishop Wargames Club
El Cid Raiding Parties - Spanish and Christian allies trying to fend off Moorish raiding parties.

Redcar Ironbeards
WWII German invasion of the island of Leros on 12th-13th November 1943.  Played using 15mm figures and Rapid Fire rules.  Visitors are encouraged to take part if you wish!

Stafford and District Wargame Club
Operation Camargue – A Croissant for Uncle Ho!  Indo-China – Viet Minh v French Colonial forces using 10mm figures and pendraken’s blitzkrieg commander iv ruleset

Operation Camargue picture 1

Operation Camargue picture 2

Operation Camargue picture 3

Operation Camargue picture 4

Westerhope Wargames Group
The Battle of the Little BIg Horn and Reno's Retreat in 25mm!

Participation Games

Cozzmic Cakes
Cupcake Wars! - Always one of the most popular games of the event, come and have a go and win yourself a cupcake!

Nate Zettle
Blood and Plunder!  Brandish your cutlass and musket and prepare for swashbuckling adventure on the Spanish Main! Whether you’re marching your pirate army across the Isthmus of Panama as legendary pirate Henry Morgan or terrorizing the Jamaican coasts as the infamous Captain Rivero, Blood and Plunder is a game that is guaranteed to evoke thrills and capture the imagination of miniature gamers.

Something to do With Dice
Tomb of Blood!  Vampire hunting in Victorian Durham using In Her Majesty's Name Gothic rules!

Tyneside Wargames Club
Operation Barbarossa!  A nice big game using 10mm figures!

Operation Barbarossa picture 1

Operation Barbarossa picture 2

Operation Barbarossa picture 3

Operation Barbarossa picture 4

Operation Barbarossa picture 5

Vince Usher
Carnevale! - The year is 1795, A great Rent has torn open reality and sunk most of Europe beneath the waves. Only one place stands untouched by the calamity: Venice.  Gangs stalk the canals looking for blood, the clandestine secret societies making themselves known, fighting to carve out their own territories.  A 32mm skirmish game

Yorkshire Coast Gamers
A 15mm Napoleonic game using DBN rules!

Living History

Medieval Combat Academy
The Durham Medieval Combat Academy (DMCA) is an independent not for profit and non-professional society run by medieval combat enthusiasts and aimed at providing an environment for the learning and practice of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) as documented in manuscripts from the period of 13th - 15th century. We are located in the centre of Durham (UK).

Rosa Mundi
Rosa Mundi is one of the premier 15c re-enactment groups in the UK, bringing a style of presenting re-enactment and living history displays while fully interacting with members of the public. We display multiple aspects of 15th Century life, and specialise in the ‘Wars of the Roses’ period between 1475 and 1500. Rosa Mundi has acquired a reputation for maintaining very high standards of knowledge, costume and equipment.

68th Durham Light Infantry
We are a small group of living historians and the society’s main aim is to recreate the 68th in 1814.  We also formed a group covering the 1758-1768 period to mark the 250th anniversary of the regiment, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  As well as these periods, we also cover the SYW and WWII, portraying the life and times of a soldier on active and home service as well as showing the roles of others affected by a soldiers life, from camp followers through to normal civilians.

Led and founded by William Mckenzie, a seasoned re-enactor, the group ‘Vanguard’ are a North-Eastern based medieval battle re-enactment group, operating out of Hartlepool but enjoying battle events throughout the UK.

The group re-enacts the battles and combat of the medieval period, primarily taking up the arms and armour of 13th century England. However, with the group meeting and practicing every week – and due to the style of medieval weapons and armour – the group is physically equipped to adapt and enjoy participating in battle events set from early 11th century to mid-14th century.


1525 Miniatures
Collectible 40mm skirmish wargame and diorama figures focusing on the German Reformation and Italian Wars.

Ainsty Castings
Resin scenics and accessories for gamers!  Now stocking Gripping Beast and LBMS decals!

Baccus 6mm
Comprehensive 6mm ranges and accessories!

Beanie Games
Hobby, Board and Card games, plus miniatures, toys and licensed merchandise.

Bow and Blade Games
Dice, paints, hobby tools and 3D printed miniatures and terrain.

Colonel Bill's
2nd hand figures, Depot Battalion, D'Arlo Figurines Border Reivers, Belt Fed Girls, Warbases Animals, Fighting 15's, Steel Fist Samurai, AB Napoleonics, EMP Games and GMT Games including Command & Colors!

Cozzmic Cakes
Wargaming/tabletop gaming themed cakes!

Crann Tara
Wide range of 28mm figures for the 1745 period, plus stocking Minden Miniatures.

Crooked Dice
Crooked Dice specialise in wargames rules and miniatures inspired by the many and varied iconic worlds of Cult TV!  Crooked Dice will also be bringing the Studio Miniatures ranges.

David Lanchester's Military Books
New and pre-owned books and board games!

Dave Thomas
Perry show stockist, plus wide range of other products!

Dave's Wargames
Laser cut wargames terrain and tokens made out of MDF and acrylic.

Eagle Figures
28mm Napoleonics and SYW.

Four A Miniatures
Large selection of 28mm Fantasy figures!

Galloping Major
28mm wargames figures, T-shirts, scenics and militaria!

Gaming Figures
New for this year is the Blood and Plunder Pirate game, plus GW, Warlord, Army Painter, Plastic Soldier, Rubicon, Mantic, X-Wing, Infinity and more!

Geek Villain
We manufacture battle mats on highly durable soft fleece fabric. This makes our product lightweight and easy to transport. One of the main features of the fabric we use is that you can create undulated terrain by placing objects underneath our mats.

Graham's Wuerkshoppe
Wargaming and roleplaying, new and 2nd hand items.

Grubby Tanks / Britannia
Wide range of WWII figures in 20mm, plus more!

Hoka Hey Wargaming / Timeline
Wargaming terrain, 28mm Elizabethans, Graven Images ranges, League of Augsburg figures.  Plus new Timeline MDF products!

Ironclad Miniatures
28mm Victorian Sci-Fi, 15/20/28mm resin terrain, trench systems and bocage hedgerows.

Irongate Scenery
3D printed scenery for tabletop gaming.

Last Valley
Wide selection of hand made terrain items.

Lesley's Bits Box / KR Multicase
KR Multicase, MJ figures, and New /  2nd Hand Games Workshop figures.

Marching in Colour
Professional painting service, covering all scales and periods.

Mighty Lancer Games
Reaper Miniatures, Wizkids minis, RPG books, wargames and dice!

MDF bases, Vallejo paints, I-94 decals, Crossover Miniatures and much more!

Newline Designs
Various miniature ranges across 10mm, 20mm and 28mm scales!

Northumbrian Painting Service
Metal 28mm metal figures, resin scenery and wargames accessories.

28mm Fantasy and anthropomorphic miniatures for RPG's and the Burrows & Badgers skirmish game!

Pendraken Miniatures
The 10mm specialist, with over 3500 products!

Sarissa Precision
Lasercut buildings, bases, movement trays, tokens!

Scotia Grendel
6mm WWI/WWII/Modern vehicles, aircraft, landing/assault craft.  28mm Fantasy/Sci-Fi figures and scenics.

MDF bases, movement trays, buildings and accessories!

Warlord Games
Huge variety of 28mm historical and sci-fi miniatures and terrain!

14 Oct 2019

Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily (VVS)

The Soviet Air Forces, (Russian, Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily (VVS), was the official designation of one of the air forces of the Soviet Union. The other was the Soviet Air Defence Forces. The Air Forces were formed from components of the Imperial Russian Air Service in 1917, and faced their greatest test during World War II.

Lavochkin La-5

Lavochkin La-5

The Lavochkin La-5 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of World War II. It was a development and refinement of the LaGG-3. During its time in service, it was one of the Soviet Air Force's most capable types of warplane.

Rapid Fire Rules, Stats

1943. La-5* Superior fighter bomber Multiple 20mm autocannon, 4 x rocket (or 2 x medium bomb or 2 x PTAB anti-tank bomb), 30 Points.

*May bomb at low altitude. Treat as dive bomber but hit for D6 throw of 5 or 6. Can be driven off by anti-aircraft fire.

Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-3

Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-3

The Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-3 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of World War II. It was a refinement of the earlier LaGG-1 and was one of the most modern aircraft available to the Soviet Air Force at the time of Germany's invasion in 1941.

Rapid Fire Rules, Stats

1941. LaGG-3 Superior fighter 2 x HMG and single 20mm autocannon, 24 Points.

Polikarpov Po-2

Polikarpov Po-2

The Polikarpov Po-2 also U-2 served as a general purpose Soviet biplane. The reliable, uncomplicated concept of the Po-2's design made it an ideal trainer aircraft, as well as doubling as a low cost ground attack, aerial reconnaissance, psychological warfare and liaison aircraft during war, proving to be one of the most versatile light combat types to be built in the Soviet Union.

Rapid Fire Rules, Stats

1941. Po-2 AOP, 15 Points.

Il-2 Stormovik

The Ilyushin Il-2 (Stormovik) was a ground-attack aircraft produced by the Soviet Union in large numbers during the Second World War.

Rapid Fire Rules, Stats

1941. Ilyushin Il-2 (Stormovik)* Gund attack (light bomber) 2 x MMG and multiple 20mm autocannon, 4 x rocket (Or 2 x light bomb), 28 Points

1943. Ilyushin Il-2 (Stormovik)* Gund attack (light bomber) Multiple 37mm autocannon,
4 x rocket. 2 x light bomb (or 2 x PTAB anti-tank bombs), 30 Points

*May bomb at low altitude. Treat as dive bomber but hit for D6 throw of 5 or 6. Can be driven off by anti-aircraft fire.

Ilyushin Il-4

Ilyushin Il-4

The Ilyushin Il-4 was a Soviet twin engined long range bomber and torpedo bomber, widely used by the Soviet Air Force and the Soviet Naval Aviation during the World War II.

Rapid Fire Rules, Stats

1943. Ilyushin Il-4 Medium bomber, Multiple 20mm autocannon,  6 x medium bombs (or 3 x heavy bomb), 28 Points