Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Welcome to Soggy Bottom


The (clickable) Borsetshire village of Soggy Botton will feature in our Salute game on Saturday week. All of the buildings are painted- the red-primed areas need to be textured and covered with mud or grass, and the brown strips around the edges with wattle fences. All the buildings, except for the tithe barn, are from Hovels' splendid 25/28mm range. 

If you are coming to Salute please make a beeline to us and say hello! We have spaces for up to a dozen players in the morning and afternoon. Many cards will be turned...

We are GG07, near the stage in the centre, circled white in the below diagram. As well as my 28mm game, For King and Parliament co-author Andrew Brentnall will be bringing the same battle in 10/12mm. 



Thursday, 29 March 2018

Preparations for Salute


Above are the "reinforcements" for the Salute game- eight regiments of horse and six of foot- have a click!. Chum Ian has been helping me to grout the bases- just 2 regiments remain ungrouted- next week comes the dreaded flockathon that precedes any show game. 


A huge thanks to everyone who has bought the "For King and Parliament" rules so far- sales are off to a storming start! By close of play today I should have all the remaining orders despatched. At one stage, I ran out of chits but I have restocked, so if you couldn't get your dash chits they are in the shop, now.

Friday, 23 March 2018

For King and Parliament is in the shop!




TtS! “For King and Parliament” is a simple set of wargames rules for the Civil Wars in England (and Scotland and Ireland) of the mid-Seventeenth Century.


Written by myself and Andrew Brentnall, they use mechanisms that will be immediately familiar to players of the popular “To the Strongest!” ancient and medieval rules. Using For King and Parliament, a battle can be fought and won (or lost!) on a dining room table in less than two hours. The same rules, however, also support huge battles, involving thousands of miniatures and up to five players a side. The use of subtle grids dispenses with the need for measurement- and consequently play moves along at a cracking pace.


A unique activation system driven by playing cards or numbered chits introduces uncertainty; in some turns a regiment will fly across the battlefield; in others it will stubbornly remain rooted to the spot. The same deck is used to swiftly resolve shooting and melee; no dice, whatsoever, need be rolled! Special rules model the various firing systems used by the foot, and the occasionally uncontrollable nature of ECW horse.


The rules are written in plain English, and illustrated with appropriate diagrams, photographs and period images, sample army lists, examples of play and an introductory scenario.


The rules are available as a book (£19.99) and as a digital download (£9.99), or together for £24.99. Along with various accessories, they are now for sale in the BigRedBatShop. We do hope you enjoy them – and may none of your cards be Aces!

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Coming to a BigRedBatShop near you.... soon!


Boxes of rulebooks are stacked high in the hallway and the BigRedBatshop is configured... I hope to put the new ECW rulebook on sale.... tomorrow!  :-)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Mustering horse for Salute


It is that season of year when a man's mind turns to basing. This year I need to round out my ECW armies and am making a partucular push on cavalry; there are 160-odd horse above, a mix of "Swedes" and "Dutch". I've also the first of three or four infantry battalia and a Charles I mounted command stand.

It''s going to be a heck of a busy month, especially since I plan to start selling the new rules around the 1st April.


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Major Goodenough's Shotte


This is possibly my favourite unit so far; Major Goodenough's division of commanded shot (the photo is clickable). This Parliamentarian regiment, complete with preacher, received an unlikely baptism during the basing process, when I accidently poured the better part of a bottle of Becks over it. Consequently they are slightly more gloss than their more sober peers, and invariably fight like Achilles!

The minis are from at least half-a-dozen different painters including Shaun McTague and David Imrie - others were odd figures from eBay that I made good. The flag is from Flag's of War.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Major Undertaking's Shotte


This is NOT the same battalia as yesterday, although it does incorporate some of the same miniatures. This is Major Untertaking's Royalist commanded shot; the photo is clckable. Commanded shot were musketeers detached from their parent battalia for special purposes such as defending or contending woods or villeges, where pike would not fare well. In FK&P they will struggle, when in the open, against enemy formations with pikemen, or enemy horse. However, they can ably defend a hedge or hamlet.

The miniatures are Bicornes painted by Shaun McTague. The unit incorporates two stands of six shot from the 19cm-frontage small battalia of yesterday, and another 15 shot and command minis. It is 26 cm wide. I decided that Major Untertaking would bring his flag along with him, as a rallying point, although there is no historical evidence for this.