Just a quick review of the "At The Height Of Battle" rules by David Manley I recently received. This is my first time with the author's rules, but he's put out a lot of naval rules so the review may or may not sound familiar with those who've used his rules before. I was told of these rules a few months before they were released by a gaming buddy of mine (who's played a lot of Manley's rules before). As I've had a keen interest in the Imjin War, I went ahead and placed my name on the pre-order list. Matt at MT Miniatures (who retails the rules) was very good to keep me (and others on the list) updated with the release dates, etc. I got my set within a couple of weeks once it was released. The rule book, ships and gaming aids were all nicely packaged in a cardboard box (pictured below on the left - with nice cover art).
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
I usually only get junk mail and bills, but today, I was pleasantly surprised to find two packages stuffed into my mail box. One package was the MT Miniatures "At the Height of Battle" starter set I ordered last month (I was actually on the pre-order list). As you may see, it comes with some very detailed ships, as well as a bunch of laminated gaming aids/cards - and a pair of dice too.
Friday, May 21, 2021
These are some of the figures from the recent Perry order. Wanted some figures to crew some existing vehicles. Two figures in the Corgi 1:50th Sd.Kfz. 7 are from another maker - who I can't recall. The two are molded as one piece and they're seated in the last row, driver's side. Most of the figures are painted up for the Western Desert Campaign, but I used one of the German TC's for the KV-1 Beutepanzer.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
As with the earlier posts inventorying units for Hail Caesar games which I hope to host in the not-too-distant future, here's one for a Pike & Shotte game. Granted not too many units, but as I've yet to play my first game with these rules, probably best not having too many units anyway. These are all ECW troops, including some Scots Covenanters. Probably doing something based loosely on Marston Moor where the Scots were present and also Prince Rupert and his Blue Coats - another unit I have. Again, the troops are packed together tighter than in an actual game to allow for better photos. Also, terrain is lacking and would be added for a real game.
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
Following the previous post, I figured I'd array the forces for an EIR vs. Ancient Britons game - again using Hail Caesar for rules. As I mentioned earlier, I've not played any wargames for over a year, and more than a little rusty with the rules and troop assessments. As the Celts were already on the table for the Invasion of Macedonian set up, I went ahead and pulled out the EIR figures which have never tasted battle as of yet. No specific battle, but would be either during or soon after Boudica's Revolt. Again, the troops are pretty much massed in battle line for the sake of fitting into the camera lens easier. In an actual game, there would be more terrain and varied positioning of troops.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Here are some photos of a setup for a hypothetical battle between invading Celts and Macedonians. Hypothetical in that the Macedonians are led by Pyrrhus and not Ptolemy Ceraunus or Sosthenes. Historically, Pyrrhus was still having a great time in Italy and Sicily during this invasion. However, didn't want to give the Celts too easy a time as they did with Ptolemy Ceraunus or outnumbering the troops Sosthenes had. The photos are a bit dark as I took them at night, and the flash only helped out a little.
As it appears we may be getting back to normal soon here in Washington State, figured I had better refresh myself with the rules for Hail Caesar, Black Powder and Bolt Action. Part of this setup is to inventory and familiarize myself with the units. I also wanted to see how they'd be grouped into divisions.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Added highlights after the Minwax staining; I like the way the stain defines the details before going over with washes and highlighting.