Monday, 22 February 2016

New Lannies from S&S Models

The Saturday morning post brought a clutch of Land Rovers I ordered from S&S Models two weeks ago. There's a 1/2 ton 'Airportable' Recce, 1/2 ton FFR (Fitted For Radio), 1/2 ton with cnvas tilt and finally a Land Rover Ambulance.

Forgot I'd ordered the 1/2 ton with tilt to be honest. Nevertheless It's the sort of 'kit' I like. Body and 4 wheels, job done! Looking at it in my hand I'm wondering about turning it into an armoured Lannie. Not too hard to do

And the Ambulance? It's joining the resistance!


Saturday, 20 February 2016

Is this where I get the No.13 to Luxton?

The dus depot arrived safely from eBayland. My Wessex Rangers took up residence immediately in a show of force with the intention of turning the depot into a temporay base of operations.

Army Land Rovers eh? Wait for one
and then three come along all at once!

Shown in urban context

Just wondering about the viability of security screens, gates, sandbagged sangers etc. More about effort put in vs actual tabletop use? Anyway the bus depot is a welome addition to my 20mm urban collection.


Monday, 15 February 2016

Olivers Army: Part 1 'Our Kid'

I admit it, I got carried away and spent all of last week writing new rules and games and all things Winter of '79.

What had started out as a short and sweet 1970's British Army career generator has turned into a sprawling Character Generator in no less than 4 parts! Not quite finished but who cares....

 So, here is Part 1. 'Our Kid'. I'll be updating it with a few more tables but thought you might like to start rolling up a character of two for Winter of '79 and taking them through their school years, ready to join the Army or the revolution.

Click here for the free pdf hosted on Dropbox Oliver's Army: Part 1 'Our Kid' 

 I ordered a clutch of 1/2 ton Land Rovers from Shaun at S&S Models last week and picked up this Bus Station at a very reasonable price from eBay.


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sandbaggers - The Game

Civil Servants for the working day, these men and women carried out their assignments in a world of departmental squabbling, uncomprehending superiors, complicated approval processes and penny pinching. Knowing that if they are caught they will be either imprisoned or put against a wall and shot. HM Government will then deny all knowledge of them. Missions matter only as part of the ongoing Cold War chess game. Welcome to Sandbaggers the game.

Click on the link for pdf version of the free Sandbaggers gamette hosted on Dropbox - Sandbaggers

This is the first of several sets of free rules and mini gamettes we will be sharing on Winter of '79 throughout February.


Sunday, 31 January 2016

Winter of '79 Goes Loud in Wargames Illustrated!

This month Winter of '79 comes of age, appearing in February's issue of Wargames Illustrated WI340. In the shops now. My thanks go to Wayne at Wargames Illustrated for his professional encouragement and personal support in making this happen. Keep your eye out for more to come.

Photo: 28mm Winter of '79 action
courtesy of Wargames Illustrated

Over the course of our gaming project Maff and I have had many great games. My favourite remains Mae pont yn rhybyell from Feb 2014. A cluth of Free Taff militia, a reduced platoon of around 16 Welsh Territorials with a small cadre of Royal Marines and a 120mm Wombat from the Welsh Guards, hold a river crossing against the Emergency Government's strike force, '5 Para' supported by armoured recce elements.

It was one of those games which becomes a legend and is laid down in your wargaming psyche.  The engagement should have been a cakewalk for the Paras, but instead they got a bloody nose and the Free Taffs fought a grudging withdrawal. They may have lost the battle but won our respect. The game itself  swung back and forth, and looked like it was all over when the Paras put in a helicopter coup de main, but a plucky 'Charlie G gunner' in the post office scored a direct hit as the Wessex disgorged it's troops.

But of course the action takes place in the streets as well.  Streets created from card buildings by Metcalfe, Scalescenes, Kingsway and others. I like the any street, anywhere, aspect of Winter of '79. Is this a scene outside your mum's or grans house? The Corporal calling up a Saracen to help support the close quarter gun fight.

With a lot of new 28mm figures suitable for Winter of '79 appearing just now we will be upscaling in 2016 to 28mm adding Gripping Beast, Mike Bravo, Copplestone and Crooked Dice amongst others, though 20mm will remain our main focus.

Right, those Airfix Scorpions wont build themselves and the rear brakes on my 1:1 scale Lannie need looking at.....


Friday, 29 January 2016

Doomwatch: Tide of the Dead

Doomwatch was a British TV Sci Fi drama series of the early 1970's which was a sort of grown up Dr Who. Doomwatch was based on the investigations of a quasi-government scientific department who explored science driven threats to mankind. Great TV fun but dated now!

20mm RH Models Urban Terror vs Elhiem Zombies

Above, Dodgy Dan and Spider Steve hold back the Zombie hordes after the great Ormskirk OMO** factory fire. Clouds of toxic soap crystals have turned the inhabitants of this Lancashire town into blood craved savages.

H isnt well, so has taken herself off to bed. Leaving me plenty of time to unwind after a mentally strenuous week back in the office. And what better way, as I'm off the booze, than a tongue in cheek solo Zombie bash.

I originally had an idea for a game based around an army patrol chasing a shooter through the streets and alleyways or should that be Avenues and Alleyways if we're continuing the early 70's theme. I wanted something a bit more lighthearted so....Zombies. Here I used a quick and simple variant of my car chase game using a pack of cards to play a spirited game with Dodgy Dan and Spider Steve attempting to out run a large mob of Zombies and a few strays thrown in their path for good measure.

Keep an eye out for our free Winter of '79 themed rules appearing on the blog over the coming week or two.


* Tide was a soap powder brand in the 70's.
** OMO another soap powder brand. Squaddies will remember that if placed in the window of a married quarters it was an invitation (OMO = "Old Man Out").