Showing posts from October, 2022

Witchfinder General: Days of Revelation

 As it is All Hallows Eve, it is only appropriate that I give you a review of the slightly spooky* Witchfinder General rules. If you are a fan of the film Solomon Kane then these will be right up your street. Take a sprinkling of northern European folklore and add a good measure of 17th century wargaming. Werewolves, vampires, witches, pikemen, what's not to like? I suppose that before I begin, I should point out that these rules are out of print and are much sought after. That's something very definitely not to like about them, unless you have a copy. These small-scale skirmish rules pit pikemen, musketeers and witchfinders in their righteous fight against vampires, witches and their human and non-human followers. Among these are the barguest, the mythical hellhound of English moors, and noctelinger, a kind of ghoul. Humans on both sides fight with muskets, pikes, pistols and swords.  The game has an interactive IGO-UGO system which is explained in a standard sequence of turns

Houses of Interest: Cumbria

Firstly, apologies to members of the Westmoreland and Cumberland separatist movements. For ease of writing, I am using the modern term 'Cumbria' rather than the historical counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland. The opening salvo to the spiritual homeland of sticky toffee pudding entry, concerns Sizergh Castle. The Castle is cared for by the National Trust, so expect a cafe, overpriced fudge, stunning gardens and the tartan blanket picnic brigade in attendance. Originally built as a peel tower in the fourteenth or fifteenth century the building has been extensively modified over the years. Home of the Strickland family, recusant Catholics, they were supporters of the King. Sir Robert was commissioned Colonel in 1638 of a North Riding of Yorkshire Trained Band for service in the Bishops' Wars. In 1640 he would be commissioned to raise both a Regiment of Foot, and a Regiment of Horse for the King. Sir Robert Strickland It is thought that both these regiments were present at


I make no bones about this, this is just an excuse to take and publish lots of pictures of my armies.  So here's my small force of clubmen. Consisting of: six stands 24 clubmen (144 total) two command stands, 4 figures each (8 total) 'rank and file' have been created from just three poses, so lots and lots of headswaps   If you enjoyed reading this, or any of the other posts, please consider  supporting  the blog.  Thanks .


 Time for another high production value ruleset: this time, Foundry's Rick Priestly penned 1644, originally written in the mid to late 80s. As you can imagine, any ruleset published by Foundry Miniatures is going to be an advert for their figures and painting system. This volume does not disappoint: lavishly illustrated with 'battle' scenes featuring their beautiful figures, and 'how to' paint guide utilising their paint triad system. My copy is the second edition, which is identical to the first with the exception of front cover and some of the many illustrations inside. Approximately A4 sized, this soft cover book is full colour throughout. Out of print, new copies occasionally turn up at Caliver, Foundry or on eBay. Running at 112 pages in length just 25 pages are the actual rules. The rest is devoted to history, tactics, painting guides, flags, army lists, summary sheets and marker tokens. Whilst written for 25mm sized figures, I've simply swapped inches to

Siege Mortars

Well we all knew that it wouldn't last. 'Finished'? You were right to scoff regular readers - and as an aside, it appears that the regular readership has advanced to the dizzying heights of nine! So, hello all nine of you. As so much conflict during the Civil Wars was siege or siege related, I thought it was only right and proper that I had a mortar. Which wasn't quite so straightforward as you would imagine.  I decided that I should have two siege mortars, one 'deployed' and another 'in transit'. The 'in transit' version being a useful scenario goal - stop the mortar being deployed! But first the tricky issue of sourcing all the parts. Blue Moon make an ECW siege mortar - but alas their figures are 18mm, and the mortar was just too big. Freikorps 15 are in hiatus whilst they relocate, plus their Civil War/30YW ranges have disappeared from their online catalogue.  Magister Militum have a couple of offerings, but their figures are a little small i