Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Phone blogging


A few months ago my laptop broke, and I haven't bought a new one yet. I have a big desktop computer, but I don't like using it for writing blogs or doing small photo editing. So this is a post from my phone to show some of the things that have occupied my hobby time!

Spanish for the Dutch revolt/80 years war/30 years war

Some cuirassiers as well

Here you can see the fun I had with painting the horses, I really enjoyed  doing these!

A little bit of a close up

And the whole lot from behind

This was my addition to a big Wargaming community day where everybody played something from our 80 years war. The next few pictures are from the battle I participated in, Kallo 1638.

The dykes constituted good going terrain, almost everything else was difficult or very difficult marshland (the Dutch had flooded the area). The brown indicates real water, the Schelde actually goes right up to the dykes on the right. The spanish on the left had to get units into the Dutch deployment area while the Dutch scored points for destroying Spanish units.

We used the Tercios rules.

I had the Spanish left flank, my team mate would focus on the right. I had requisitioned the majority of Spanish artillery (3 batteries) and had only 1 fort to deal with. My units advanced quickly along the dykes towards the Dutch.

I had the advantage of numbers, and after some initial floundering progress they began to count. The Spanish advance was beginning to make some real headway.

On the Spanish right flank things looked pretty good. Spanish units advanced towards the Dutch troops avoiding a direct assault on the fortress. Dutch artillery did do a number on the Spanish from this entrenched position...

Back on the left flank the Spanish routed nearly all the Dutch forces and even managed to take the fortress. My Spanish cuirassiers got into a position to storm down the dyke and help on the Spanish right flank..

Unfortunately the Spanish right flank had crumbled by this point, the Dutch therefor achieved a victory.

We finished the game in a day with most people not having played (much) before. The Tercios rules are a lot of fun and more on the side of fun than on the side of absolute realism. They are however a bit heavy on the markers and require a bit of work in advance. I would recommend them!


  1. Hello

    Your game looks very well. I assume the figures are 15mm Totentanz??

    I am also impressed by your scenery.

    We have played two games using Tercios and we liked them very much. You can see our efforts here


  2. Hello Robert,

    Yes my figures are the 15mm Totentanz, and I really like them. The horses are a bit big though. The scenery is impressive, but not mine. We had a group project, everybody pitched in what they could and we had this big battle.

    I read your Tercios reports in anticipation of my own battle and I enjoy the rules. Do you plan on playing more games of Tercios?

    Kind regards,

  3. Hi Edzard

    We are totally immersed in Napoleonics these days trying to master the 'Et Sans Résultat' rules but we will play Tercios again.

    There are a number of Tercios players in Belgium. I follow their activities on the Operation Zéro forum and website. They have also produced a supplement called the Convention of Paris (in French only) which sets out their few house rules. I have not tried them yet. Have a look at these links - the Convention of Paris can be found on their forum but you will have to root for it. If you cannot find it then I will send you a copy.

    We still use the free version of the Tercio rules rather than the printed version which we felt contained only more complications rather than improvements.

    Keep in touch