Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dick Turpin

All work and no play at the moment but a trip up north gave me the opportunity to mix in a little bit of historical fact with what's on the paint table.

Recently the paint table has been filled with Marines and Gentlemen, so why not throw an outlaw into the mix?
I give you Dick Turpin. 
Another find casting from Black Scorpion.



Our Dick wasn’t from York, was not dashing and did not even own a horse called Black Bess.
His grave in York is hidden in a back street alongside a housing estate and is pretty unremarkable. You really would not know it was here unless you were looking for it.

I was probably the only visitor recently apart from what looks like the markings of a drunk after a Friday night. The York sight seeing bus passes by his burial site but does not stop.


Turpin was tried and executed in York, most of his Highwayman crimes were commited in Essex. Whilst on the run he fled to Yorkshire. Where he continued he criminal adventures stealing horses under the guise of John Palmer.

He was unmasked whilst holed upon in York when he wrote to his brother asking for help.  His brother refused to pay the sixpence due on the letter and it was returned to the local post office – where Turpin’s old schoolmaster recognised his handwriting.
Unmasked he was caught and sentenced to death - All for the price of a stamp.

At his hanging at Tyburn, it is said that Turpin hired five professional mourners to follow him up the scaffold and he put on a show for the large crowd. His body was dug up by a labourer and taken to the garden of a surgeon, who paid for corpses for illegal medical dissection.  But the people of York people discovered what had happened and marched on the surgeon’s house and Turpin was laid to rest for good. 

The man very different from the myth a rather unimpressive criminal, much like his final resting place. 
But thanks to the Author Harrison Ainsworth and his 1834 novel Rookwood - Turpin became a legend after his death. Ainsworth inventing Black Bess and his ride to York.

Let's see if he can live up to the legend on the table top.



Until next time....

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Saturday Paint Table - Gentlemen and Revenue Men.

Limited paint table action this week, but I did manage to finish off a couple of characters for Cutlass!.
With the Marines finished recently, I figured these two characters would be great for potential heroes or officer types.


My daughter has stepped in to suggest that my photgraphy is not the best and has offered up the following alternative pics. Secretly I have to admit the images are far sharper than my own, but she is relucant to become the full time PR manager for the blog :-)




I also finished off a couple of Revenue Men, the perfect opponents for Dick Turpin who is primed and waiting to join the fray.


Until next time.

Monday, February 06, 2017

The Rescue of Lu Whey - A Dragon Rampant Scenario - Part 2

Sunday night saw the first outing for Dragon Rampant - Chinese Style and what a game.....
Very 6.00pm BBC 2 if you are a child of the 70's...
 

Shih Chin's wife has been held hostage by the evil Kao Chau in an effort to keep him from joining the rebels at Liang Shan Po. Our heroes have received news that Lu whey is being held in a house several miles from the capital but she is soon to be escorted under military escort to the Capital.
 
 
Wasting no time at all Kao sets off down the road, he had chosen his forces well, a whole bunch of regular army, Temple Guards and even a pair of enchanted Foo Dogs.  Lu Whey was held in the war wagon. It was only a short distance and he felt confident he would whisk his prize away...
 
Meanwhile the men of Liang Shan Po split there forces looking to sandwich the column between two forces, Shin Chin had recruited Lu Ta and Sung Chaing to his cause together with a couple of detachments of cavalry.
 
 
Seeing the Water Margin Rebels to his left and right, Kao dispatched a unit of Infantry to stall the rebel advance. They pour out of the village only to be confronted by two heroes and the palace guard. They did not stand and were soon swept from the field.
 
 
Battle is joined at the head of the column, the Imperial militia are no match for the light cavalry of Liang Shan Po and they to are broken and flee the table, not the best start - Just because you where a uniform it does not make you soldier.
 
 
Kao Chau calls forwards his temple guard to force the road open. But the Cavalry fight on and force them back.
 
 
The Foo Dogs with their wild charge engage the cavalry and finally force them from the field but they had delayed the column long enough for the Heroes to catch the slow moving column.

 
Sung Chaing - The Good Judge catches up with the War Wagon and with his mighty Iron clubs  smashes through the wooden defences forcing the defenders to flee, he grabs Lu Whey and heads back towards her waiting husband.
 
 
Kao Chau who to be fair was really not having a good night rallied the wagon escort only to be set upon by Lu Ta  who had struggled to get into the fight thus far. A vision in Orange he chases the escort party from the table.
 
 
The Temple Guards who had been by far his best element were engaged by their arch enemy the Palace guard and are pushed back.
 

The Palace Guard fresh from their victory over the Temple Guard charge into Kao Chau and force him to flee. It really had not been his night.


The Good Judge escorts Lu Whey back to her Husband.....
Roll the Credits.....

A really fun game to run, the Heroes were valiant and the villains numerous but ineffective. The outcome could have been written for television, a shame the flame throwers did not make an appearance but. I am sure Kao Chau will have a cunning plan to seek his revenge.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

The Rescue of Lu Whey - A Dragon Rampant Scenario - Part 1

The setting for tonights - Dragon Rampant outing using the Heroes of Liang Shan Po.

Shih Chin's wife has been held hostage by the evil Kao Chau in an effort to keep him from joining the rebels at Liang Shan Po. Our heroes have received news that Lu whey is being held hostage in a house several miles from the capital but she is soon to be escorted under military escort to the Capital.

If our heroes are to free her it must be now...
 
Can they rescue Lu Whey?
Will Kao Chau whisk her away to the capital.
Will the newly painted flame throwers make it to the table?


Stay tuned Water Margin Fans...

Scenario Notes.
Kao Chau and his prisoner escort start in the North East corner of the table they must cross the table and exit Lu Whey off the South West corner of the table. Our heroes can deploy in the South East or North West corners or both. They must free Lu Whey by beating her escort unit in combat and return to the home of Shih Chin.
 

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Wargaming The Water Margin using Dragon Rampant.

Not perhaps the most exciting title for a blog post but it does what it says on the tin.
With the expansion of the Water Margin forces over the past 12 months the games have probably increased beyond your average game size for Songs of Blades and Heroes. I have always wanted to put on a larger game using the whole collection and Dragon Rampant should fit the bill allowing me to combine individual heroes and larger units on the same battlefield.

Set out below are the stats for each unit in the collection, broken down into the Heroes of Llang Shan Po, the Evil Kao Chau and several more generic pieces including the latest couple of recruits.


Foo Dogs.
I picked these up from Watchful I Studio last year when they launched their Warring States Range on Kickstarter, a simple golden paint job and they are table ready.

Sunday is the first outing for Dragon Rampant Oriental so lets see if all the paper planning has paid off.



DRAGON RAMPANT ROSTER
The Water Margin – Song Government Forces.
Units Name – Kao Chau – Government Offical – Prime Minister
Points                           5
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules

Options Chosen


Offensive

Units Name – Imperial Army Yellow Banner
Points                           5
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
6+
Shoot Value/Range
5+/12”
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules

Options Chosen


Mixed Weapons – Unit includes spear and bow.

Units Name – Imperial Army White Banner
Points                           5
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
6+
Shoot Value/Range
5+/12”
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules

Options Chosen


Mixed Weapons – Unit includes spear and bow.

Units Name – Imperial Army
Points                           5
Attack
4+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot

Shoot Value

Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules

Options Chosen


Offensive – May not form Wall of Spears.

Units Name – Provincial Militia
Points                           5
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
6+
Shoot Value/Range
5+/12”
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
None
Options Chosen


Mixed Weapons – Unit includes spear and bow.

Units Name – Provincial General
Points                           6
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
3+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
4
Strength Points
6
Special Rules
Ranger.
Options Chosen




Units Name – Prefect of Qingzhou
Points                           6
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
3+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
4
Strength Points
6
Special Rules
Ranger.
Options Chosen




Units Name – War Wagon
Points                           3
Attack
7+
Attack Value
6+
Move
6+
Defence Value
5+
Shoot
7+
Shoot Value/Range
5+/12”
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
None
Options Chosen


Weighty Projectiles – Shorter Range Weapons.

Units Name – Flame Throwers
Points                           3
Attack
7+
Attack Value
6+
Move
6+
Defence Value
5+
Shoot
7+
Shoot Value/Range
5+/12”
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
None
Options Chosen


Weighty Projectiles – Shorter Range Weapons.

Units Name – Temple Guard
Points                           4
Attack
5+
Attack Value
3+
Move
6+
Defence Value
6
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
Wild Charge.
Counter Charge vs Ft.
Options Chosen




The Water Margin – Outlaws Heroes of Liang Shan Po
Units Name – Lin Chung – Hero.
Points                           6
Attack
5+
Attack Value
3+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
3+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
4
Strength Points
6
Special Rules
Ranger.
Options Chosen




Units Name – Shih Chin – Tattooed Dragon  – Hero.
Points                           6
Attack
5+
Attack Value
3+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
3+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
4
Strength Points
6
Special Rules
Ranger.
Options Chosen




Units Name – Lu – Ta Flower Priest - Hero
Points                           4
Attack
5+
Attack Value
3+
Move
6+
Defence Value
6
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
Wild Charge.
Counter Charge vs Ft.
Options Chosen




Units Name – Sung Chaing – The good Judge – Hero.
Points                           6
Attack
5+
Attack Value
3+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
3+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
4
Strength Points
6
Special Rules
Ranger.
Options Chosen




Units Name – Chao Gai – Hero.
Points                           6
Attack
5+
Attack Value
3+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
3+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
4
Strength Points
6
Special Rules
Ranger.
Options Chosen




Units Name – Hu San-Hiang – 3rd Sister - Female Hero.
Points                           5
Attack
6+
Attack Value
4+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules

Options Chosen


Offensive.

Units Name – Sur Erniang –2nd Sister - Female Hero.
Points                           5
Attack
6+
Attack Value
4+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules

Options Chosen


Offensive.
 
Units Name – Palace Guard
Points                           6
Attack
5+
Attack Value
3+
Move
6+
Defence Value
6
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
3
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
Wild Charge.
Counter Charge vs Ft.
Options Chosen


Shiny Armour.

Units Name – Liang shan Po Red Banner men
Points                           3
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
Wall of Spears.
Options Chosen




Units Name – – Liang shan Po White Banner men
Points                           3
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
Wall of Spears.
Options Chosen




Units Name – – Liang shan Po Black Banner men
Points                           3
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
Wall of Spears.
Options Chosen




Units Name – – Liang shan Po Blue Banner men
Points                           3
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
Wall of Spears.
Options Chosen




Units Name – – Liang shan Po Red/Blue Banner men
Points                           3
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
5+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
Wall of Spears.
Options Chosen




Units Name – Cavalry
Points                           4
Attack
5+
Attack Value
4+
Move
5+
Defence Value
5+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
10”
Armour
3
Strength Points
6
Special Rules
Counter-Charge
Options Chosen




Units Name –– Liang shan Po Archers
Points                           4
Attack
7+
Attack Value
6
Move
6+
Defence Value
5+
Shoot
6+
Shoot Value/Range
5+/18”
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules

Options Chosen




The Water Margin – Fantastical Units
Units Name – Foo Dogs
Points                          6
Attack
5+
Attack Value
3+
Move
6+
Defence Value
6
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
3+
Maximum Movement
10”
Armour
4
Strength Points
6
Special Rules
Ranger.
Wild Charge.
Options Chosen




Units Name – Chinese Dragon
Points                        10
Attack
5+
Attack Value
3+
Move
6+
Defence Value
5+
Shoot
5+
Shoot Value/Range
6+/12”
Courage
3+
Maximum Movement
10”
Armour
4
Strength Points
6
Special Rules
Ranger.

Options Chosen


Flame Attack
Cunning

Units Name – Terracotta Warriors
Points                           4
Attack
5+
Attack Value
3+
Move
6+
Defence Value
6
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
2
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
Ranger.
Wild Charge.
Counter Charge vs Ft.
Options Chosen




Units Name – Undead
Points                           3
Attack
7+
Attack Value
6
Move
6+
Defence Value
6
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
0+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
1
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
Fear
Options Chosen


No Feelings – Hits rounded up.

Units Name – Fangshi Necromancer
Points                           5
Attack
7+
Attack Value
6
Move
5+
Defence Value
6
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
8”
Armour
3
Strength Points
6
Special Rules
Hard to Target.
Skirmish.
Evade.
Options Chosen


Summoner

Units Name – Emerald Wizard
Points                           8
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
6+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
3
Strength Points
12
Special Rules

Options Chosen


Spellcaster.

Units Name – Azure Wizard
Points                           8
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
6+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
3
Strength Points
12
Special Rules

Options Chosen


Spellcaster.

Units Name – Amber Wizard
Points                           8
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
6+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
3
Strength Points
12
Special Rules

Options Chosen


Spellcaster.

Units Name – Rural Wizard
Points                           6
Attack
6+
Attack Value
5+
Move
6+
Defence Value
4+
Shoot
-
Shoot Value/Range
-
Courage
4+
Maximum Movement
6”
Armour
3
Strength Points
12
Special Rules
Heal Thee.
Befuddle Thee.
Sod off Spell.
Options Chosen


Wizardlings.