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Hussars de la Morte

IiIicPainting Napoleonic uniforms deters many would-be collectors of miniatures. Can the Despertaferres spraycan and washes ™ method deal with those darlings of any Napoleonic army, the hussars? Well, see what you think….. The Wargames Foundry, Mark Coppelstone, Seven Years Wars figures are superb miniatures and… Read More

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Proletarians to horse!

Take some time to scan the image of the red horseman. How the time flies. There was a time that tales of gallant revolutionaries charging across the steppes were my heroes too. Everything about this period seemed to be both heroic and tragic. You had… Read More

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Cardiff Wargames

I wish I was the sort of person who was described by others as “organised”. You can spot these people. They invariably beam with delight as you can’t remember the time or even the day. The “organised” person has charts and sends reminders. Well to… Read More

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Blucher week two- la misere y a autorise l’indiscipline!

“Misery gave way to indiscipline” Well it’s the second week of my new favourite army, Napoleon’s Armee d’Italie. I think it was my wargaming sensei Rob James who gently told me that I did not have enough years to collect and paint a Napoleonic wargames… Read More

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Blucher: it will be all over by Christmas!

I’ve been most impressed by the new breed of wargamer. This hurts me to say this. If you peruse the Beasts of War site, Breakthrough assault, or any such worthies you find earnest young men knocking off projects in weeks, days sometimes….. Well the Despertaferres… Read More

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Longstreet- local assistance?

As I approach my fiftieth year, I must try to be more accepting. One game of Sam Mustafa’s Longstreet and I was crest fallen. It was the third time I had seen a swamp appear in the card driven mechanism in successive games I had… Read More

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Acoustic Shadow

Do you ever experience the sensation of knowing vaguely where your wargames army is but you are not quite sure what they are doing? Welcome to the world of Tercio Despertaferres. The battle was Seven Pines from our old favourite, the 1862 Peninsula campaign. It was said that General Johnston couldn’t hear the din of battle from two and a half miles away but nervous onlookers were aware that the usual reprobates were locked in a Fire and Fury classic.

Notice how Mr Horrobin had made these discrete but unobtrusive unit markers. Here the inexperienced Casey, played by the very experienced M Baldwin, made a stalwart defence of the abatis and breastwork.

Longstreet kept the pressure on but a steady trickle of union reinforcements kept the defence intact despite Wurzel’s brigade collapsing.
The Southerners attempted to flank the union position and sized Fair Oaks station. The union too threw in a division to the East. Day one ended with marginal Confederate gains but the Seven Pines crossroads was still controlled by the Federals.

A great afternoon of gaming and a close run thing! Tony is intending to stage a monthly campaign for Longstreet at Firestorm so if you are interested just post! One more week of holidays left and at least three games yet to write up, stay tuned for more dismal tactics and offensive remarks


Mike B