lunedì 15 aprile 2019

The corner of the painter - Euroma 2019 painting competition


As I told more times I very proud to be part of a wargame club as "La Piccola Armata" because in the association you can find people that can help you to improve your painting skills and your historic knowledge.

I have to admit that I'm not a great wargame players because I have few time to dedicate to my hobby during week end but I try to paint every times I can.
In these years many people gave me advises to improve my painting abilities ... I remain an amatour painter indeed ... but I'm sure that without the friendship of Aurelian, Ezio, Flavio, Giancarlo, Ivano, Luca, Maurizio, Marco, Paolo, Riccardo and other club mates I'd have never reached the basic painting level I have.

Please note that I listed the names in alphabetic order and I hope not to forget someone ... if I did ... I'm sorry.

This very long and unusual speech only to tell that I’m very happy to write this post because one of my friend, Aurelian, took place to EUROMA 2019 winning two silver medals and the special award Kimera Models

Below all miniatures that  permit him to win a Silver medal for "display painting competition" …


… some details of the Joker





Below the second group of miniatures that won the second silver and the special award





But he is a good painter also for client commission … both for fantasy/SCI miniatures and
...



... for ancient periods





domenica 14 aprile 2019

Rebels and Patriots - February 23, 2019


Last month my club mates tested the new Colonial rule system published by Osprey: “Rebels and Patriots”. It was a long wait because the rule book was announced a year ago but, in my opinion, the new Osprey idea seems a good mix between The Men Who Would Be Kings and Lion Rampant. My mates played two games using some scenarios of the rule book.



Rebels and Patriots includes different unit types: line, light, shock infantry; skirmishers; natives; artillery; light and shock cavalry and different levels of upgrade for them: veteran, green, good shooters and so on.
Below some examples of line infantry with the miniatures in 28 mm painted by Ezio, Flavio and Giancarlo



In "Rebels and Patriots"  you can give orders to your units obtaining a 6+ with the dice and this standard value can be modified. Orders are the standard list: move, attack, fire, close order, rally, skirmish


The ability to resist damage in not linked to troop types but depends on the defence and cover value


I think all thing considered, it is an enjoyable game system that can be utilized with good results not only for AWI but also for French-Indian Wars as the games played by my mates can confirm

lunedì 8 aprile 2019

Modena Play April, 6 2019



Last Saturday some of my club mates participated to Modena Play. An Italian exhibition for miniatures and role plays.

Below some imagines of  the tables organized for Games workshop "Lord of the rings"


 


During the event were organized two SAGA 2.0 tournament: one for dark age armies and another one dedicated to Crusades amy lists


Below some photos taken by one of my friend during the game





After a long day my two mates, Aurelian and Ricciardo, won both tournaments. 
All the participants and my two friends




martedì 2 aprile 2019

Milano Wargame 2018 – Feb 24, 2019


Also this year my club (La Piccola Armata) took part to Milano wargame. It is an Italian exhibition in which you can meet other wargame clubs that show their creations and some miniature manufacturers/dealers.

We presented a scenario inspired to Italian Independece wars using the rule system wrote by our club mate Paolo Montinaro: "Garibaldi, all'attacco!" (Chillemi edition).



Our scenario takes place in November 1860 with Garibaldi and the Piedmontese army that advance together to conquer the last stronghold of Kingdom of the two Sicilies: Gaeta. In this hypothetical scenario a Bourbon contingent try to slow down the enemy movement near Scari.




As I did in all the other editions I took photos of the tables prepared by other clubs. Below some imagines

Two scenarios prepared by Massimo Torriani.




A fantasy scenario created by Grande Armée and La Brocca Rotta using Kings of War rules




Some pictures of the Zulu wars scenario prepared by our friends of Garibaldi Club …




A Napolenic scenario created by I Cenomani using 15mm and En Avant Marche! Rule system



Some miniatures of Italian wars painted by Ares



Finally some miniatures painted and prepared by an Italian manufactures



domenica 10 febbraio 2019

Double Line Dec, 28 2018 – Iuka battle Sept 1862


I'm writing this post with a tremendous delay but, only today I found the time to translate and to prepare it. 

Every years some of my club mates played an ACW battle using the rules wrote by Paolo Montinaro: double lines. It is a collaborative wargame system designed to play in group at division level.

This year the Confederates were lead by Valter as CiC (Little division) supported by Francesco (Maury division) and Alberto (Reserve division).  Franco Be. was the Unionist Commander while Paolo and Franco Bo. controlled respectively the north and south columns.



My mates decided to play part of Iuka battle. The real battle was fought in September 1862 (North Missisipi).

To support Bragg's Kentuky invasion, the Confederate troops have to defende the important railway junction of Iuka. The Unionist reaction does not wait ... the yankee move from Corinth in two columns to take the rebels between two fires.


The Unionist commanders start with a direct attack to reach quickly their obj



The second column on the right move slowly for a difficult terrain and a good defense line


At the end, on the left, a Confederate brigades is destroyed opening an hole into their lines allowing the blue jackets to arrive till Iuka suburbs