Thursday, April 24, 2014

FUBA - Tactical Football Game

No I don´t change the focus of my blog, but I stumbeled over a game I thought I had to share with you. Even if i´m not a football fan I do enjoy a good and interesting game even one that simulate football ;)

So I will try to tell you about FUBA that is a tactical football simulation board game for 2 players. In the game you act as the head coach and choose the strategy for your team as well as trying to do the best of that strategy on the football field.

When you have learned the rules, that might feel a little bit cumbersome for people that are not used to read wargaming rules, you will have a smart, fast-paced game that takes on the world’s number one sport from a tactical view.

As I´m not realy in to football I more see the players as my troops that are attacking/defending on the right, center och left flank, making force accumulation on one flank to be able to puch forward and score victory...goal... and I doo indeed find it very entertaining :)

The game is resolved quicker than a real match, in less than an hour. FUBA is played in turns, with an average of 23 turns per each half. The player controlling the ball chooses the action his team will go for, and then both players roll the dice to see the outcome. After this, both players move their team according to the tactics they have chosen. There is always a small chance of random events such as a yellow or red card. If you want to go deeper in to the rules you can download them here in English, Finnish, German or Italian.

The game are packaged in a tube, rather inovative and very good to keep the 40x60cm flexible rubber board football field in shape. All the game tookens (20+2 players and 3 referees) are in wood and there are also 3 dice (2 ordinary dice and one ball dice), 16 tactic cards, one red card and a english rulebook included in the game.

The price for the game are €37 + postage, might feel like a bit high at first but considering the quality of the compnents and that the game, that are a labour of love from some fellow wargamers in Finland, are only printed in 500 copys I think it is very well worth the cash.

If you decid to get a copy of FUBA be sure to consider to sign up for the FUBA World Cup 2014 in Helsinki Olympic Stadium in Finland 7-8 June !

You can order your own copy of FUBA and also find more info about FUBA and the FUBA World Cup at U&P Games site.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Very Moderate Swedish Conflict AAR #12

One more "a Very Moderate Swedish Conflict" AAR...or should I say almost an AAR as we didn´t have the time to finish the battle, talking to much:)

This time I and Björn from Ådalen Miniatures had set up a small game to test out he´s new addition to the Ådalen Miniature range.

We used the Donnybrook rules with som small addaption to get them working in out interwar setting. And run the Rearguard scenario.

White Forces (Attackers)

1xHero, Captain Stålhandske
1xTank m/21 with 2 crew and a character Sergeant Panzar
3x10 Drilled Infantry each group with an additional Automatic Rifle (BAR)
1xOfficer, Character, Second Lieutenant Stål
1x HMG with 3 crew
1 Light Mortar with 3 crew and a character Sergeant Knall
1 Bicycle scout that may act as a FO for the mortar. Character, Corporal Snabb

8 Action cards

Red Forces (Defenders)
1xHero, 1st Supervisor Göransson with a Shotgun
2x8 Drilled Miners 1st group had a LMG and second group a Heavy Flamer.
1xAPC, 2 crew and a Anti-Tank rifle, transport to 2:nd miner group.
1x HMG 3 crew and a character 3rd Supervisor Sprängare
3x Elit Miners with lots of explosives and a bad attitude.

4 Action cards

Advancing tank with infantry support from the 2:nd squad.

Corporal Snabb used his terrain going bicycle to ride up on a small hill with a good wiew of the surounding area, a perceft place for some Fika and FO duty...

The white troops advance on their left flank, 1st squad aiming for the barn and  the Support squad deploing their light mortar in cover of the hill.

As the white approached along the road the Miners HMG opened fire from their possition by the crossroad.

3rd squad advanced through the forest to seize the filling station....

The tank gave some protection but the 2nd squad took the first casualty´s from the HMG fire, 2 men down...

The Miners 1st squad along with Supervisor Göransson advanced svift to the barn and found good firing positions...

Especially as the Whites 1st squad tried to advance in the open forward the barn, not even in the cover of the pigies the Miners could miss...

General white adbvance...

Red reinforcement in arrive by APC, the 2nd squad embarke and starts to advance to meet the white´s with coold steel and a heavy flamer...

The slowly approacing tank opened was devastating for the Red´s as the whole HMG section was obliterated... Supervisor Sprängare managed to escape the shower of bullets with just a scratch...

As the whites 3rd section capture the filling station, their 1st section dosn´t have the same luck as they and the pigs start to squall as the Miners in the barn open should never advance in the open...

The remaining men of the whites 1st section manage to take cover in a small forest, as the white deploys their HMG on the hill...

The Miners APC open fire at the Tank with their AT rifle...

...all to no vain...

Solid advance by the whites drilled troops.

In a desperate attempt to deal with the tank the Miners send their heavy flamer forward...

End possitions of our game...

Indeed a very enjoyable game, the Donnybrook rules work very fine and give good and interesting games.

Friday, April 18, 2014


I have painted one more medieval artillery piece for my Kalmar Union War project.

The miniature are a Perry one form their WotR range.

The first account of mobile artillery in Sweden was during the Puke rebellion in 1436 the Swedish Marsk Karl Knutsson, House of Bonde are told to have had a couple of "Kärrebössor" (cartgun) with them to use against the rebells.

Later in his career, now King, Karl Knutsson, House of Bonde in 1452 invaded Scania during a war with Denmark, according to the Karl´s Chronicles the Swedish army brought 20 "Kärrebössor" (cartgun) with them, and an army of 100 000 men...that part might be a bit exaggerated 10 000 might be mor in line with the truth...but the winner dictates the history expecially as the Karl´s Chronicles was written by order of the King himself...

In 1464 the Danes was besten by the Swedish rebells under command of the Linköping Bishop Kettil Karlsson, House of Vasa at the battle at Haraker. It is told that the Swedish rebells used artillery to defeat the Danes and at least one cannon ball have been found in the area of the battle.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Swedish house with traditional picket fence

I have got me a Prepainted Pegasus Russian Timber house from my friend Jonas that I now have Swedenised a bit, as well as I painted me some Perry Picket fence in the traditional "Falu Röd".

They will all be used for our "A Very Moderate Swedish Conflict" project.

My first thought was to get a brick roof but it feelt as to much work at the moment, so I might build me a completly new roof at some stage.

Swedish Picket Fence, you find some real life pictures here.

Smal Swedish estate...

Gruvettan on their way to protect the Swedish contryside...

The Swedish flag are a must...

Set up for our next game shedual for tonight...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Battle at Brunkeberg 1471 in 6mm

I have got some some pictures  from a fellow Swede and Darlicarlian that lives in the UK and have been working on a stunning 6mm Battle at Brunkeberg 1471 project,

I know he have run a participation game with his friends over in the UK and they also got to taste some Brunkebeer ;)

Swedish "Rebell" forces to the left and the Danish "Union" forces to the right up at the Brunkeberg ridge. In the fron you have the Klara Monastery.

Swedish /Rebell forces

Danes on the Brungeberg Ridge

Danish Camp

Darlecarlian allmoge advancing to attack the danes in the back after a cunning flank march

Danish Koggs out side the Stockholm Castle "Tre Kronor"

The Battlefield...

After a good fight it is always good with a Brunkebeer.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Archbishop Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna

Let me introduce one of the most colorfull characters in the 15th centery Swedish history the Swedish Archbishop Jöns Bengtsson from the House of Oxenstierna

The Archbishop mini are a converted Perry WotR mini, the foot minis are Perry plastics and the casulty/kneeing mini are from the Perry HYW range. You find some pictures of then unpainted viginet here The conversion of the Archbishop was inspired by Painterman´s Archbishop of Canterburry viginet back in 2010...took me some years to get mins done...

The banner´s you seen before, they are handpainted linnen banners. The right banner are the Archbishops personal banner, a combination of the Coat of Arms of the house: Oxenstierna and the Archbishop Coat of Arms. The left one are the Banner of Saint Erik, a banner that was keept in the Archbishop´s Cathedral of Uppsala.

As the Swedish King Karl Knutsson (Bonde), to escape from money troubles, increased taxes and confiscated church property, dissatisfaction spread among clergy and people, and Bengtsson placed himself at the head of the opposition in 1457. 

Entering his cathedral, he laid aside his pontifical insignia, took up helmet, breastplate, and sword, and announced his intention not to resume his pontifical robes until King Karl should be banished from the country. After the Battle of Älgsundet in february 1457, the King was forced to yield and fled to Germany.

Thereupon Christian I of Denmark was formally recognized King of Sweden, and crowned at Stockholm by the Archbishop.

General discontent soon followed, especially when Christian, on becoming heir to his uncle, Duke Adolph of Holstein, found himself in great financial straits. To meet his obligations, he levied enormous taxes, even in Sweden, without exempting ecclesiastics, religious foundations, or the moneys collected by papal mandate to defray the expenses of a crusade against the Turks. 

During a temporary absence of Christian I in Finland, the archbishop held the regency of Sweden; seeing the people in revolt against him and the heavy imposts, he took up their cause and suspended the collection of taxes. The king showed his displeasure by arresting the archbishop and sending him to Denmark.

A revolution broke out afresh in Sweden: Karl VIII was recalled to the throne, and Christian I, to recover the country, became reconciled with his prisoner. The Archbishop went at once to Sweden, where he roused the people against Karl VIII, whom he excommunicated. 

The archbishop succeeded finally in bringing about Karls' abdication, and the recognition of Christian I once more as King of Sweden. In reality, however, the archbishop held the effective reins of power and administered affairs as though he were the actual sovereign. He was unable to sustain this role. Discontented factions combined against him and, in 1466, elected Erik Axelsson Tott as regent, whereupon the Archbishop was compelled to retire.

Dissensions continued, and the king of the Swedish party, Karl VIII, once more took the place of the king who represented the union of the three countries. The archbishop found an asylum with his friend Magnus Gren, on the island of Öland. Here he died at Borgholm on 15 December 1467, "poor and exiled, regretted by no one, hated by many, and feared by all".

The key to the political activity of Bengtsson is to be found in the ambition that was a part of his character — ambition for his family and his country. There was a strong antagonism between the great Oxenstjerna family, to which the archbishop belonged, and the Bonde family, of which the king, supported by the national party, was member. 

Moreover, the archbishop was aware that the nobility and the leading men of Sweden, before the Union of Kalmar, had in general failed to respect the clergy and the property of the Church. In a union of Sweden with Denmark and Norway, he foresaw a limitation of the power of the Swedish nobles; in his character of archbishop, it was clear to him that such curtailment would be a safeguard to the temporalities of the Church.

All for now, thanks for reading !