Lord of the Rings. Defence of the North.   Leave a comment

Bruce came round and we played through three scenarios from the new scenario book for the MESBG. Campaign Two. Mainly because we wanted to use Elves and Beornings for the Good Team after the hobbits had such a hard time previously. Also because I am behind in painting up the crazy new Easterling figures from GW which are needed for Campaign 1.

These scenarios track the endeavours of Razgush (my team) as he attempts to stop the Elves of Mirkwood from sending aid to their allies in the other campaigns.

First Scenario the Escape of Gollum.

Gollum is being held prisoner by the Elves of Mirkwood. A party of rangers are attacked by Orcs and Gollum sees his chance to get away!

The Green Wood invaded by Orcs and Wargs.
The Rangers of Mirkwood. Their initial shooting turn was very poor allowing Evil to close quickly with the Orc Captain using Heroic March.
The remaining Rangers close around Gollum as the orcs attack supported by Spears.


Seeing things are going badly one Elf stays in reserve and attacks Gollum! The Rangers have Knife Fighting so can fend off foes if outnumbered. Also the Elf Captain proves unstoppable with his high Fight skill. The Wargs in particular prove easy to kill.
Gollum takes his chance and flees as the Rangers fall becoming outnumbered. However they soon despatch some of their foes and take up the chase.
Now the Orcs are outnumbered but Gollum has escaped in the confusion!

Gollum escaped. Victory for Evil. Very close scenario.

Second Scenario: Denizens of Evil.

The Dark Denizens of the Mirkwood. Orcs on a hunting party set out to subdue them. Who will prevail!?
Razgush leads his Orcs forward into the dark terrifying woods. They are terrified.
Wargs are proxied as Giant Spiders for this scenario. Razgush has attempted to subdue the Queen but she is too strong, his Orcs are too scared to charge (red failed courage markers) and his Fight skill is reduced by the annoying bats.
The Giant Spiders surround the Orcs as Razgush himself is defeated by the Spider Queen.


Razgush and his cowardly orcs become spider food. Victory for Good. Not that close. Evil could hardly charge the Terror causing Spiders never mind get a hit on the Queen.

Third Scenario: The Attack on the Beornings.

The evil Orcs have attacked a group of Beornings mustering in a clearing. Grimbeorn however is enraged by this and races to the rescue.

The Beornings gather at the meeting place and the Orcs emerge from the woods. Proxies again as mine are on the painting bench!
The Orcs charge into the fray. Not quite realising just how powerful these Beornings are! Initially they make headway but the Beornings are Burly and hit hard with a good Fight skill and Strength, plus Two Hits!
Grimbeorn arrives on the Second Turn rolling a Six! Just as the Beornings looked like they were going to be surrounded and destroyed.
Grimbeorn tears through the Orcs and the remaining Beornings just manage to hang on long enough to claim Victory!

Outcome: A close scenario. Evil managed to get Good down to 4 Beornings with 1 wound each but the Bear form Grimbeorn literally wiped the floor with them before they could achieve the final kill. Victory for Good.

Review: Fantastic fun. Great scenarios with lots of theme and mainly well balanced. Recommended. Next time the Elves of Mirkwood come out to fight Razgush and his army.

Posted August 3, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

1809 the Battle of Pfaffenhausen   Leave a comment

It is April 1809 and the invading V Corps of the Imperial Austrian Army clashes with the VII Corps of the Grand Armee at Pfaffenheusen. A small municipality in Bavaria.

VII Corps of the Grand Army

Commander: Marshall Francois Joseph LeFebvre, Duke of Danzig

Bavarian Army

GL Wrede 1st Brigade.  

Brigade Skirmish Line

3rd Herzog Carl Bavarian Line

                3rd Herzog Carl Bavarian Line

                13th Bavarian Line

                13th Bavarian Line

                4th Bavarian Light

                Foot Artillery

GM Beckers 2nd Brigade

Brigade Skirmish Line

4th Bavarian Line

                7th Lowenstein Bav. Line

                7th Bavarian Line

7th Bavarian Line

                6th Bavarian Light

                Foot Artillery

GL Deroy 3rd Brigade.   

                Brigade Skirmish Line

1st Leib Bavarian Line

                1st Leib Bavarian Line

                2nd Kronprinz Bavarian Line

                8th Bavarian Line

Bavarian Light Infantry

GM Zandt Cav. 5th Brigade.        

1st Minucci Dragoon Reg.

1st Kronprinz Chevauxleg

2nd Konig Chevauxleger

                Freiwillige Hussars

                Bavarian Horse Artillery

Confederation of the Rhine Det. VIII Corps

Scharfenstein 4th Brigade.          

Brigade Skirmish Line

Wurttemberg von Puhll

Wurttemberg Fuss Gard

                Anhalt 5th Rhinebund

                Lippe 5th Rhinebund

                Konig Jager

GM  Walsleben 6th Brigade

Wurt. Cuirassiers

                Polish Uhlans

                Wurt. Konig Hussars

V Corps of The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army

Commander:  FML Archduke Louis Joseph Anton Johann Habsburg-Lorraine

GM Thierry                         1st Infantry Brigade

Kaiser Infantry Reg. 1

                Kaiser Infantry Reg. 1

                Kaiser Infantry Reg. 1

                Lindenau Infantry Reg. 29

                Lindenau Infantry Reg. 29

                6 pdr brigade battery

                Brigade Skirmish Line

GM von Berenberg          2nd Inf Brigade

Austrian Landwehr 1st Reg.

                Hiller Infantry Reg. 2

                Hiller Infantry Reg. 2

                Starrai Infantry Reg. 33

                6 pdr brigade battery

Brigade Skirmish Line

GM Radetzky                     3rd Adv. Brigade

Creuzer Grenz

                Jager 1st Reg. Lutz

                Jager 1st Reg. Lutz

Broder Grenzer

                Grenzer Bn. deployed as +4 SK

                Ardk Charles Uhlans Reg. 3

                Ardk Charles Uhlans Reg. 3

                6 pdr horse artillery

                Brigade Skirmish Line

GM von Hammer              4th Inf. Brigade.

Bissingen Grenadiers

                Kirchenbetter Grenadiers

Line Infantry Reg. 33

Brigade Skirmish Line

GM v.  Schneller               5th Reserve Cav. Brigade.

Gottesheim Cuirassier Reg. 6

                Kaiser Cuirassier Reg. 1

                Levenhr Dragoons

                Hessen Homburg Hussars

                Rosenberg Chevauleger.

                Rosenberg Chevauleger.

Posted July 9, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Painting update   Leave a comment

Three Austrian officers to be used as ADC.
Bavarian Artillery

Posted July 9, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Rangers of Shadowdeep into the Temple of Madness   Leave a comment

Link and Gwalchmai pick up their questing once again. This time our level was 8 so perfect for the different difficulty of the supplement.

Link and Birdo fight their way to the treasure . At this moment Emilia reveals the runes on the pillar triggering the trapdoor . This is the exit and two ghouls guard the way . Our heroes soon dealt with the ghouls and grabbing the two treasure tokens thanks to Gwalchmai’s teleport spell made for the exit .

Next was the pit of ghouls.

Gwalchmai and Link swung across the pit using the ropes and worked on the wheels . They despatched the ghouls trying to interfere.

In the pit the companions fought against the horde of ghouls . Birdo did try to swing across but fell flat on his face and needed healing.

Finally the doors opened and our heroes made it out from the pit of ghouls .

Posted July 3, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Painting update Austrians   Leave a comment

Austrian Hussars . A colourful unit from Hesse Homburg. Chosen because they make a contrast to the other units and this regiment famously hated the Bavarians. Plus two officer bases such as brigadiers and an aide de camp or officer depending on which rules. The grenadier officer base is based on an actual drawing found in my source book from osprey . Essex must have seen it as of course it is from an original when they made the officer figure . In the picture he is next to a grenadier officer in front of the unit of grenadiers .

Contrast paints as usual and the simple basing style to match the other units .

Posted June 29, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

15mm Austrian Grenzer   Leave a comment

Contrast paints. Gor grunta fur and Akhelian green.

Posted June 25, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Gloomhaven jaws of the lion   Leave a comment

Online gaming with Darryl . We continued our gloomhaven campaign using the new characters from jaws of the lion . Our other team is taking a break .

We played the first two scenarios in the jaws of the lion quest line . They were good . A challenge to use the new characters first time . For example with the void character I focused on curse and heal rather than getting other people to make attacks .

Also playing as a team with hatchet guy was definitely harder because other characters keep attacking or killing the mob with the favourite and then getting in the way so it takes an extra wasted turn to go and retrieve it .

Really enjoyed these two scenarios and our new jaws of the lion characters .

Posted June 23, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Grimdark future coming soon   Leave a comment

Link and I played a quick grimdark future game from one page rules . Necrons and orks took on the space marines . A video will follow in stop motion once edited! If it can be posted on WordPress !

Posted June 20, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Lord of the rings card game   Leave a comment

Played two games of this with Mike from the unexpected journey box .

We managed to win both times . This time we were ready for the sudden plot twists and dealt with them . A great victory for the players !

Then I tried riddles in the dark myself solo and though I managed one part easily o became overwhelmed right at the end of part two and lost again !

Posted June 20, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Painting update Napoleonics   Leave a comment

15mm Bavarians skirmishes : light infantry plus Wurttemberg Grenadier plus Austrian artillery limber and forge wagon.

Contrast paints . Highlight white where needed on straps and white uniforms.

Posted June 14, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

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