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This week I have been painting this lovely pack of Very British Civil War Miners from Sloppy Jalopy. I don't know why it has taken me so long to get around to painting them, as they are a lovely set of miniatures. Richard gave me a set to paint up to go in our display cabinet a couple of years ago when we became Sloppy Jalopys show stockists. I'd painted the cricket team and the canal folk, so I was determined to get them painted before I saw Richard and Laurence in a couple of weeks at 'The Other Partizan'.
The miners have been base coated in a variety of greys and browns and then dipped in Army Painter Quick Tone which has brought the detail out nicely.
The figures came on the usual plinths, which I snipped off with side-cutters and remounted onSally 4th clear perspex bases so that when I use them in a game they will match the terrain they are standing on.
I decide that my miners would be from a Durham colliery as Ann's Grandad worked in a colliery in County Durham.
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The miners have now joined the canal folk and cricket team in our display cabinet. We are just packing up to head to Claymore in Edinburgh on Saturday and on 19th August we will be at The Other Partizan at Newark showgrond, so you can see them there, or click here to take a look at the Sloppy Jalopy range in our webstore!
When Sloppy Jalopy told us that they were going to make a set of 28mm Canal Folk we were very excited as both Ann & I have done a lot of messing around in boats over the years and within Sally 4th's portfolio we already had canal sections, canal bridges and a nice British Pub that would make a lovely towpath side Inn.
The Sloppy Jalopy Canal Folk are great value at £15 for 12 x 28mm scale figures. The three female figures have cast on heads, the 9 male miniatures have seperate heads so if you buy several packs you can get a lot of variety with these miniatures. I will be using mine as part of my 'Peoples Army' for Very British Civil War (VBCW) gaming as well as for Pulp gaming using Pulp Alley & 7TV. Sloppy Jalopy has also released 20 packs of seperate heads to give even more variety. Each pack contains 5 heads for £1.25
One of my favourite miniatures is the lady with a basket full of Molotov Cocktails. The other female figures are armed with a pistol and a rifle. One of the male figures is kneeling with a rifle, the rest of the gang are armed with a mixture of pistols, smg, rifle and shotgun.
Two of my favourite poses are standing in the cockpit, one has a heaving line with a grappling hook on the end and the other has a boat hook. Very boaty!
When I heard that the castings were on their way, I got to work to design some canal boat kits to go with them as canal folk need some where appropriate to live and work. I was supposed to be making a single canal boat kit, but got a bit carried away so we ended up with three!
The blue boat is a working canal boat. It has seperate cabin / living accomodation and a hold for transporting cargo. The cargo area can be left uncovered or you can model a removable tarpaulin to cover some or all of it.
The 'red boat' is a recreational canal boat. This would have been converted from a working boat. This features linked cabin and living accomodation. The two roof sections lift off revealing lots of gaming space inside.
The 'green boat' is a bit of fun, as one of the games I am going to be using my canal folk in is the ficticious Very Britsh Civil War set an an alternative 1930's timeline I thought that an armoured barge would be a bit of fun. This might be used for transporting troops or logistics up to the front line. In the kit we've included a sprue of Renedra Plastic Sandbags, a 37mm deck gun and three MMG's on mounts fromPulp Figures Deck Weapons Pack and some Plasticard model corrugated sheeting.
The 'George and Dragon' and the terraced houses are all from our 28mm photo-realistic building range. These were designed for VBCW gaming and feature sturdy MDF shells and easy to apply, realistic professionally printed cover sheets.
We always get lots of questions about our figure bases. I mounted the canal folk on '25mm diameter cross bases', these are from our range of 80 different clear perspex bases, which means that the figures look right when standing on stone paths, wooden bridges and boats. The cross design means that the figures can be placed closer together and they fit into boats, vehicles, buildings and terrain clutter far better than if they were on square or round bases.
Mosleys New Toy. A wealthy German Industralist has made a gift to Mosley and his army of Black Shirts of urban pacification vehicle 'Heidi', a modified WW1 German A7 tank used to but down the post war revoloution in Germany. This pondering beast has been landed at the BUF controlled dockyards in Hull and is on it's way south to lift the workers occupation of the pit-heads in Sheffield. A platoon of British Union of Fascist (BUF) auxillaries have been tasked with guarding the vehicle as it makes it's way south.
The BUF convoy enters on a choice of two roads to the North of the town (one each side of the churchyard) and to win needs to exit 'Heidi' of either of the roads leaving the south side of the table.
The Workers Liberation Party (WLP) have a couple of secret weapons at their disposal to hinder the BUF's endeavors including two mobile road blocks; a bus and a flock of sheep. They also have 5 squads of infantry (one including a Boyes Anti-Tank rifle and another including a medium machine gun), plus a command detonated mine.
The BUF convey elected to use the westerly road. They entered at speed, and all thoughts of convey discipline were lost as the faster Crossley 1918 trucks swerve to overtake Heidi. Seeing the flock of sheep blocking the road, Heidi and some of the escort vehicles turn left in front of the church.
A BUF squad de-busses in cover of the terraced houses and moves forward to clear the roadblock, coming under effective enemy fire from WLP teams positioned at first floor windows.
In the building that has it's roof removed, an assault section of WLP were laying in waiting. These were armed with SMG's and managed to inflict a number of casualties and morale markers on the BUF, who de-bus to attemp to assault and clear the position.
The WLP had planted a command detonated mine in the telephone box outside the 'George & Dragon' public house. They displayed restraint and patience waiting for the moment that a second BUF vehicle was overtaking the stationary vehicle. The effect of the explosion was devastating. Both trucks were 'brewed up'. The truck nearest the phone box was packed full of infantry, who each needed to attempt to save the results of the explosion. Two passengers were killed outright, four wounded and all were stunned. The squad picked up 6 morale markers.
The explosion caused the flock of sheep to panick, and bolt in a random direction, which unluckily for the BUF was through the gap between the wrecked truck and the terraced house.
We ruled that the sheep bolting past them caused the BUF section by the house to become stunned.
The WLP had a section hiding in ambush in the end terrace house (with the roof removed). This opened up on the unlucky BUF auxilaries who were still attempting to recover from the effects of the explosion.
In Combat Patrol, when a unit activates, it first has to resolve the effects of morale markers placed on it since it's last activation. Foe each marker an action card is turned and the morale paragraph is read. This has varying effects according to morale level of unit and if it is in cover or not. Morale results include unit becoming pinned, wounded figures dying of wounds, figures retreating or running away and occasionaly uncontrolled advances. As expected the unit that had been blown out of it's transport and then machine guned as they tried to recover ended up withdrawing stunned and ended up pinned as well.
The brave shepherd traded fire with the BUF survivors.
The BUF start shooting sheep and the flock eventualy panicks and breaks up and is then removed from the table.
In the final turn of the game Heidi attempts to push it's way through the gap left between the garden wall and the bus. It fails it's 'bogged down' test and is temporarily stuck in place. The WLP ladies take advantage of this and rush forward to assault with molotov cocktails. Unfortunately they get an 'out of ammo' result on their attack, indicating that the petrol has leaked out and the weapons are useless.
The final result was a victory for the WLP who had prevented Heidi from exiting the table, although they had come very close and the battle could easily have gone the other way.
Everybody had enjoyed the game. Combat Patrol had worked very well in a VBCW setting and the new players had quickly picked up how the streamlined card-driven mechanisms worked and were soon resolving combat and movement themselves.
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