Sunday, March 12, 2017

Vows of Iron: 1st play through!

Last night, five of us from our group got together to try out the new rules "Vows of Iron" by Allen Campbell.  You can find the rules at his website: Vows of Iron.  I had watched a video about these rules that was posted on Facebook in the Medieval Miniature Wargames group.  After watching it, I was intrigued and bought them.  Last night was the groups first time playing them and my first time umpiring.  The rule system allows you to use any basing system you currently have, so no re-basing is necessary. 

If you are not familiar with the rules they have a nice dice based system for melee, missile fire and disorders.   In the picture above you can see the dice used.  Each unit is rated a die based on its color. The yellow die is the lowest die and red is the highest.  A yellow die has only 1 and 2's on it while the red die has 2-6 on it.  The other colors fall in between those.  The troops are rated a color and then that die can be modified up or down depending on the situation.  The troops are grouped together into "Battles" with a leader. Each side has 3 battles: the Main, Van and Rear. There is an option to have an additional "Captain" who is attached to a unit and functions outside of the big three.  There are 8 cards for activation 2 Main, 2 Van, 2 Rear and 2 Captain cards. One side is colored Red and the other Blue.  You shuffle the cards and whatever you pull, like Red Van, that command then moves.  All missile fire and melees are simultaneous. 
The rules are geared towards the wearing down of troops and the eventual break down of the army as a whole, which is something I like and too me represents what I've read.  The armies have a Break Point Value. As units are removed from play their loss goes against that point value for the army. Once it reaches zero the game is over.

The battle we played was the scenario that come with the rule book.  The troops are all ready filled in on the sheet and it was pretty straight forward and seemed like a good place to start.  In the above photo the troops are on the table with the red side on the left and blue on the right.  

The commanders for game are as follows: for the Red team (left) Andy and Andrew. On the blue team Kevin is in the back and Jeff is closer to me.

The start of play. After spending a few minutes to go over the mechanics of the system, the commanders arranged their battles they way they wanted and we started.  The red side pulled the first card and the march forward began.

The armies drew closer together and crossbow and bow fire streaked through the sky causing hits on both sides.

The blue sides mounted crossbow unit takes a hit!

Now the fun begins. The armies have closed, the Knights begin their melees, most would turn into bloody, drawn out affairs.

Hits are starting to mount on both sides.

Andy and Kevin spent much of the game seesawing back and forth with their knights locked in combat.  Both of them had their commanders captured at one point and Andy's ended up being killed.

The two photos above show the main battles from both sides trading blows and infantry units being wiped out.

The blank wooden disks were a reminder to Andy that his troops now had to roll to activate since his commander had perished in battle.

The slug fest in the middle wears on.

The Red's right melees the blues mounted crossbow.
The dials next to the units show much fatigue is left on the unit before it either routs or is destroyed completely. 

The mounted crossbow won against one of the two units that attacked it.

The battle ended with the blue side reaching zero on its army break points and they scattered away from the heavily wounded red army.  The game moved very quickly despite it being our first time playing it and my need to look up rules.  After the first few turns the commanders were pretty much running the game with me holding the rule book and answering a few questions.  I did miss a few things but that is expected on a first play through.  The best part of the evening was when the four of them all said they enjoyed playing the rules and want to keep playing them!!! This, for me, is excellent to get such a perfect consensus on a set of rules.

I will run another game next month. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

I have not been idle! Just not posting.

Well much like the title of this post says "I have not been idle, just haven't been posting much."  So I thought I would remedy that issue with this post.  I have been working on finishing my 10mm French Renaissance.  I am down to the last two heavy cavalry units and I have the commanders to paint.  Also since January the group has gotten together and played some spectacular games.  Unfortunately, I have been remiss in taking photos of said games. We got in couple of games around the few snow storms and those included Ancients and WWII Air.
I have also been thinking about my next project which will 10mm War of Spanish Succession. I have been reading up on the subject and starting to decide how I want to base said figures.  I have picked a few rule sets to read over and look at their basing schemes.  I'll go into those in a little bit.  For now some pictures!     

French Heavy Cavalry partially completed.  All of the figures are from Pendraken and come from their Late Medieval/Renaissance line.

An overhead view of one of the units.

The second unit. The horses are painted and their barding is done on both units.  Just have to work on the knights.

The French army eagerly awaits their friends to join them so they can smash the Spanish in Italy!

So one of the rule sets I picked up for WSS is Ga Pa along with the army list book for that period.  I have read some reviews of this and they sound interesting.  Also along the way I have picked up Beneath the Lily Banners version 2, Twilight of the Sun King, Piquet's Cartouche and Field of Battle 2 and Ridiculous Vanity and Marlburian Commander and Polemos: War of Spanish Succession. Lot of reading material and helpful on deciding what basing scheme to go with. If you have a favorite leave me a note in the comment section about which one you like.

Vows of Iron are a new set of Medieval rules I'm looking forward to trying them out.  Watched an interesting video about them on Medieval Wargaming group on Facebook.

Some new reading material on the Muslim Conquest of Spain and Christian reconquering of Spain.  It's an area I would like to put on the table top.

The group has been hard at work putting together armies for the ECW and 30yrs War.  I want to try these rules out.

We've been talking a lot about doing the bomber raids over German during WWII.  Now I just have to get some B17s, P51s and German aircraft for this one.

Two Fat Lardies have helped in publishing this rule book for the ACW.  A few guys in the group have the figures so it's just a matter of reading the rules and giving them a try.

So I have been busy and will continue to be busy this year.  Besides my ability to attend our local gaming convention Enfilade in May, I will be attending Historicon this year!!! I can't wait to go and see some friends and spend 4 days rolling dice and pushing lead!!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016


I thought I would do a little year in review for 2016.  First off let me say that this year has been very good for my family.  We were able to take a nice big family vacation (16 of us) to Alaska on Princess Cruise Lines and then we spent 18 lovely days back on the east coast visiting friends and family.

One of the many beautiful nights on board the ship.  This by the way is about 11pm. :-)

Looking out over a section of the Gettysburg battlefield.

Miniature and gaming wise the start of the year was very good.  I rolled into 2016 with a full head of steam painting up my Spanish troops for the Great Italian Wars and then busied myself with getting ready for Enfilade in May. Enfilade is always a wonderful weekend. It's great to see friends from the Seattle area and game.
 Once the summer came around my production eased off with the trips and my daughter being home all day from school.
We stilled gamed every other week or so during the summer.  By the fall my desire to paint anything hit rock bottom.  In fact for about 2 months or so I didn't even want to game.
I was still planning though. I had hit upon the idea for next years Enfilade to run the last gunfight from the movie "The Magnificent Seven".  I spend a few weeks asking questions about figures, how to build the town and so on.  I bought all of the figures I needed and bought a couple of the buildings.  Again, the steam wasn't there to paint any of it.  I have one group of bad guys primed but that is about as far as I have gotten.  I better get my mojo back soon or I wont be putting on this game at all.

Towards the end of the year I did participate in Chris Stoesen's Santa Clause event.  That is always fun and I look forward to it every year.

Also in our area we had a fun 1 day convention called Ambuscade which was the first Saturday in December.  I ran a Check Your 6 battle.  We had a great time and I was able to participate in a "In Her Majesty's Name" game as well.  I really like that set of rules.

Some photos from the Check Your 6 game.
That's me in the blue participating in the "In Her Majesty's Name" game.  The table was fantastic!

Because of my lack of painting I did send out some figures to be painted by DJD Minis and I am awaiting their return which should be shortly.  If you are in need a good painting service, I highly recommend them.

At some point I noticed (a little late) that I had surpassed 100K views to this blog. I'm rather surprised really. I never thought I would get that far.  Thank You to all of you that drop by here. I hope I have provided some helpful information or at least been entertaining.

I am not a big video gamer at all, I tend to get bored with them very easily.  So I don't own a wii or xbox nor do I have games on my computer.  Having said all of that I will have to say that I've been enjoying World of Tanks Blitz.
While this game isn't historically accurate at all it has been fun running around in different tanks and blowing stuff up and also being blown up. Which happens a lot really. :-)

So I will close out this last blog entry for 2016 with saying "Happy New Year!!"  I want to wish you all a safe, happy and prosperous 2017.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Santa Clause Arrived!

Golly old Saint Nick visited the Cina Household this weekend and left my daughter a bunch of new things but he also deposited some new gaming stuff for me and some wonderful crocheting items for wife and her many sewing projects.

My secret Santa left me 3 wonderfully painted 28mm Pulp style figures which will go nicely with my growing group.  Eventually I will have to settle on a set of rules and get them all out on the table for a game.

Also Santa delivered 2 new Osprey books on the Thirty Years War, which is a new direction the group is taking and will be running a few games in 2017.

My last item which isn't related at all to gaming but will provide hours of entertainment is the Blue Ray box set of Mel Brooks films!!!  While I can probably recite all of these films by heart they are still fun to watch!

Merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope you all had a happy holiday and were able to enjoy with your loved ones.

Saturday, December 24, 2016


From Kathy, Charlotte and I we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!  May you all enjoy a peaceful day with family and friends!!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Two Check Your 6 Battles!

So Saturday night I ran 2 Check Your 6 battles. I had planned on only one but it finished so fast we ran a second.  The first outing was just a simple 4 on 4 battle with 2 Spitfires and 2 Kittyhawks going up against 2 MC.202s and 2 BF 109s.
This game was a refresher for me (and the group) as I am running a battle on 12/5 at our local one day convention. I also taught the game to 2 new people so it was an excellent primer for the convention.

Andy had control of the two Kittyhawks.

Kevin had the Spitfires.

Jeff (new player to the rules) controlled the Germans.

Jeff's planes closed in quickly on Andy.

They caused Airframe damage!

Justin (the other new guy) had the Italians. Here they are closing in on the Spitfires. Surprisingly both sides missed their targets the first time.

One last picture of the Italians and Brits.  The game ended so quickly I didn't get any other photos. The Axis players came out on top which isn't bad for 2 new players.  I think they enjoyed themselves.

For the second game Andy decided to pull out all of the Bettys I had and put them on table and said "Give them 3 Wildcats each and I'll try to survive getting across the board!"  The above and below picture are the starting positions. Again, Andy chose this folks!

Kevin's Wildcats circle around the Bettys.

Jeff's Wildcats fly through the middle.

One Betty is smoking already.

A Betty goes down!

Another Betty has gone down in Flames!

The lead Betty also goes down in Flames!

And then there were 4 Bettys.

Now there are two Bettys.  That didn't last long. The last two went down on the next turn and we called it a night.  The Wildcats only suffered 1 damaged plane in this attack.  
Don't worry folks I won't be doing this for the convention. I will come up with something a little more even. :-)  We had fun and thats all that matters.