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Friday, 17 November 2017

Peninsular War British - King's German Legion

Here are some photos of some Peninsular War British figures that I bought second hand and have just finished rebasing. They are all Front Rank figurers with GMB Flags, very nicely painted, certainly a much better standard than on my Napoleonic figures! They are the King's German Legion, the 1st or 2nd Light Infantry Battalion and the 5th and 8th Line Infantry Batttalions. I have noticed a couple of errors, in the minefield that is Napoleonic Uniforms, as the backpacks of the line infantry should be dark blue not black and the battalion numbers should be in Roman numerals. I should fix these later but at the moment I'm just looking forward to playing Sharp Practice with them once I sort out my French forces.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Battle of Cannae 216 BC - Command & Colors Ancients

Hasdrubal & Gallic cavalry

Spanish cavalry & Libyan spearmen

Spanish Scutarii 

Carthaginian centre

Gallic cavalry were the heroes of Game One

Varro dies early in Game One

The Roman right flank is slaughtered

Numidians skirmish

Roman centre advances

Here are photos of our Command and Colors Ancients Battle of Cannae games at Little Wars last Sunday. In Game One the Carthaginians under Dennis won fairly easily 7-3 victory banners. The Roman right flank was slaughtered by Gallic cavalry who proved to be the heroes for the Carthaginians. Game Two was a cracking game that went right down to the wire. Dennis and Glen did very well indeed with the Romans, at a disadvantage with a four card hand but assisted by two line command cards. In the end the final dice roll decided the game 7-6 but it could have so easily gone the other way. Thanks to Rick, Dennis, Glen and Gary for the fun games.

A rally card saves the Gallic cavalry's bacon

Hasdrubal and the Gallic cavalry line up another charge

Numidians on the Carthaginian right flank get stuck in

Romans counter attack the Spanish in the centre

It is too little too late - Carthaginians win Game One 7-3

Romans play a line command card Game Two

Game Two goes down the wire to the final dice roll 7-6

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Little Wars Canberra 2017

Scott Driscoll's superb La Haye Sainte Sharp Practice game

British Forces

French Forces

Fistful of TOWs - Strife in Zumbanda

Shattered Lances at Knechtsberg

Bolt Action - U-Boat Railway Station Board

The U-Boat!

54mm Anerican Civil War

Here are photos of some of the games held at Little Wars Canberra, last Sunday. Apologies to anyone I missed! I got a bit carried away taking pics, so will do a separate post on our two games of the Battle of Cannae with Command & Colors Ancients. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. There were thirteen participation games, traders and people just catching up chatting and having a look around. Many thanks to Ian, Greg and Leigh who organised everything!

54mm Anerican Civil War

54mm Anerican Civil War

Simultaneous Battlefront - Wake Island 23 Dec 1941

Simultaneous Battlefront - Wake Island 23 Dec 1941

Blood and Plunder crew - shiver me timbers!

Blood and Plunder - Pirates near the Caribbean

Blood and Plunder - Pirates near the Caribbean

Slave to Gaming Display

Lion Rampant - Battles of the Normans

Command & Colors Ancients - Battle of Cannae, Roman army deployed

Command & Colors Ancients - Battle of Cannae, Carthaginian army deployed

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Photobucket and the Deletion of Older Posts

Like a lot of people who use or have used Photobucket, I am quite outraged by the recent changes to their plans and their terms and conditions. I automatically paid an annual subscription for a 20 Plus plan (this has 20 GB of storage, the first 8 GB is free) in June this year through to June next year. I recently received an email advising that this plan has been discontinued and that I had thirty days to upgrade and pay for another plan otherwise my account would revert to a free account. Presumably data over the 8GB limit will be deleted. Most of the photos on my 335 posts on this blog are on Photobucket. I think I have about 14 GB in total so 6 GB if this will go. I'm unwilling to upgrade to another plan as I have already made the switch to Flickr (here you get 1 TB free!) so the bottom line is that many photos will soon be no longer available, rendering posts obsolete.

While this is really annoying, it does provide impetus for reorganising the blog. Recent posts from February this year will be unaffected but anything older than that may go so what I will do is add additional pages like a gallery page and a sites and museums page and repost a lot of this older material over time. I will also try and sort my most popular posts so that the photos are on Flickr and for the gallery page it does provide the opportunity to take new and better photos of individual armies. Once I know which posts no longer have photos available I will delete these posts. I'd be interested to hear of others' experience of Photobucket and/or other image hosting services and any possible solutions they have come up with!

Update 11 November 2017

I received an email from Photobucket this morning advising that I can stay on my current Plus 20 subscription until next year and 'will continue to be grandfathered into 3rd Party Hosting capabilities'. While this is good news I have started transferring the photos on my popular posts to Flickr and will continue to do this. Thanks to everyone who responded with comments. I think I will now put all my new photos for posts on Google Photos.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Republican Roman Hastati

Here are some Republican Roman Hastati that I've just finished painting. Figures are by Renegade Miniatures with LBM shield transfers. These figures will be part of the Roman army for our Command and Colors Ancients participation game of the Battle of Cannae 216 BC, at the Little Wars Canberra event next Sunday 12 November 2017 at the Vikings Club in Lanyon. This will be a low key, friendly, fun day of gaming so please drop in (entry by gold coin donation with all profits going to charity). The doors open at 10am, there will be eleven participation games, traders and all the usual club facilities for food and drink. See you there!