Sunday, 22 April 2018

STRANGE NEWS OF MAJOR STRAITT-JACKETT!

The Bishops Broadcasting Service carries a soon to be published special investigation report upon Major Straitt-Jackett.....After being "exploded" by a round from Ronald Bigsworth-Hill's artillery piece at the Battle of Wigmore, is the well known Major dead, decidedly dead, really dead, very very dead, or - oh, oh my God, it's ALIVE ! ALIVE! I tell you...

with thanks to Alan for the correspondence and special report.

SIR GILBERT'S NEW RECRUITS

Sir Gilbert Hill, well known leader of the Golden Valley Invincibles, has used his criminal empire extensive international trading and business links to raise some new troops, the Hill Enterprises (Dominions and Colonial) Loyal Volunteers Section, lead by Chief Kansan O'Flynn. Their famous cooking pot, as publicly reserved for Stokkies Joubert and the like, has yet to be seen; but the new Section's parade past Sir Gilbert and his loyal HQ staff may be found HERE. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

INTERMISSION - 10th ANNIVERSARY VBCW GAME!

Another short post to point our worldwide readership to this post by Panzerkaput, a complete pre-prepared scenario and "communal" game in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the VBCW. In order to feed in your result to "central command", the scenario will need to be played and the result submitted by early May 2018. And if you've enjoyed Panzerkaput's post, you might want to pop over to his blog and check out the VBCW history of Leicester....

SPRING BIG GAME 2018 - POST ACTION EXCHANGES OF FIRE.....

Just the shortest post to draw our many followers' attention to the continuing post action exchanges of fire between some of the former (and future) warring parties in the Hereford VBCW....here!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

INTERMISSION - WHAT A TANKER!

New Tank Rules from TooFatLardies
A slight intermission between Spring BIG GAME 2018 blog posts. TooFatLardies have announced a new set of rules for tank combat, which can be used with 28mm tanks on our size of tables. Now, everyone loves tanks (or we should say, most people love tanks and some love them more than most) and Roo and Clive are considering using this set as a "pick up game" for early arrivals/late attenders on BIG GAME days, or perhaps more plausibly as one of the short games in a "VBCW Pulpathon" for Summer Manoeuvres (2019). 

There is an Advance Order page HERE, on the TwoFatLardies website. The offer, which appears to give you a substantial discount off the intended market price, seems to be open until April 8th, the date preceding full publication. Lardies rules are usually well-designed and fun while maintaining realism, so it could be an excellent Easter investment for the tank-minded.

PS. The Hereford 1938 Campaign obviously has no commercial (or other) connection with the TooFatLardies, nor any other commercial connection with any business enterprise trading post 1938. No warnings as to investments going up or down are necessary, as the Advertising Standards Agency has yet to be invented. For the same reason, it is not necessary to undertake a risk assessment, still less provide a "safe space" for the purpose of reading these rules in the event of purchase (no warranties given, proceed at your own risk as usual, trespassers are usually shot. At very best.)

Monday, 26 March 2018

SPRING BIG GAME 2018 - BUF REPORT!

Following the broadcasts of Radio Moscow, Storm Commander Giles has taken to the VBCW airwaves with an equally beautifully illustrated rebuttal. Still suffering from his wounds received at the Battle of Berrington Approaches, the Storm Commander nevertheless found the strength to produce not one, but three Government bulletins: HEREHERE and HERE. A special PREVIEW BULLETIN set out the composition of the Storm Commander's WYRD Force as deployed at the Battle of Wigmore Hall.

With the continuing absence of both the notorious Captain Arrowsmith (about whom, it may confidently be predicted, the rumours will certainly become wilder and more outlandish) and the absence of that devil may care King's Colonial, Stokkies Joubert (who has announced that he has recently been "laid up in bed" - but not, we think, with the flu) and with the prospect of his trusty No.2, Captain Straitt-Jackett, being reduced at very best, (subject to the continuing "surgical work" of Dr Jekyll and Professor Frank Enstein at the Special Hospital for Investigating Trauma, Woolwich) to a roughly stitched together and re-animated corpse, the hard fighting Storm Commander may need all his strength in the future.....particularly as he must shortly be a key witness in the course of HM Government's investigation of his fellow commander at Berrington, Councillor Cracknutt.......

A BUF Press Spokesman responds to questions
about Councillor Cracknutt - and about Major Straitt-Jackett's
 "present state of health".

Thursday, 22 March 2018

SPRING BIG GAME 2018 - MAJOR STRAITT-JACKETT

What has happened to Major Straitt-Jackett ?    Report from our Special Correspondent

Mystery surrounds the fate of Major Miles Straitt-Jackett following the recent battle at Wigmore Hall in North Herefordshire. Communist news agencies have loudly proclaimed the death of the well-known Royalist commander, who assumed command at the Battle of Mortimer Country after Storm Commander Giles was forced to retire to the rear due to the effects of wounds previously suffered at the Siege Lines of Kington. 

Major Straitt-Jackett has been credited with forming the alliance between HM Government and Sir Barrington Patchpole’s Mortimer LDV forces, thereby ensuring the defeat of the Communist attempt to seize Wigmore Hall and take control of Mortimer Country. However, he has not been seen since the battle, and unconfirmed reports suggest he may have been hit by a stray artillery shell just before the alliance was finally concluded. Communist media have gleefully claimed he was ‘blown to bits by artillery’ but a government spokesman has denied this, admitting only that Major Straitt-Jackett "had been wounded".

The immediate aftermath of the artillery strike on Major Straitt-Jackett's HQ. The crew of the BUF's own heavy artillery piece look on in horror. However Government spokesmen may attempt to "spin" this evidence,  independent observers
may consider that Major Straitt-Jackett is, at the very least, doing a very good impression of being very, very dead.
Reports from the battlefield have talked of BUF troops ‘picking up body parts in buckets’ afterwards, but these grisly reports are unconfirmed. What is known is that a closed ambulance left the area at high speed with a military escort immediately after the battle and headed towards London. Several hours later a similar-looking vehicle arrived at Woolwich Military Hospital, and allegedly went directly to a special secure unit housing the “Special Hospital for Investigating Trauma”. Little is known about the activities of this secretive government facility, but it is believed to be headed by well-known scientist and transplant specialist, Dr.Jekyll. Further reports from our correspondent suggest that the renowned neuro-surgeon, Professor Frank Enstein, arrived at the hospital shortly thereafter. A Government spokesman declined to comment on these reports, dismissing them as ‘fanciful speculation in poor taste when our thoughts and prayers should be with a true patriot’.

The continuing ill-health of Storm Commander Giles, the mystery of the fate of Major Straitt-Jackett, and the continued absence of the notorious Captain Arrowsmith means that HM Government has been temporarily deprived of its top three field commanders within the County of Herefordshire. It is reported that, by the end of the Battle of Wigmore Hall, the entirety of HM Government forces were under the command of Sergeant Bert Hardnutt, whose promotion to Sergeant-Major for ‘exemplary conduct in difficult circumstances’  was today posted in the London Gazette.

It may be that the successful defence of Mortimer County and the agreement reached with Sir Barrington Patchpole KC, have together revived the fortunes of H.M.Government within the County of Hereford generally, but such appears to have been won at a considerable, although possibly temporary, cost in top leadership.

Notes : with many thanks to Alan for the above Special Correspondent's Report.

BREAKING NEWS - Councillor Cracknutt "confined to quarters" at Wormelow Tump - BREAKING NEWS - Government investigation. Allegations of "treason", "treating with the enemy on the field of battle", "receiving corrupt payments" and "breaking the speed limit" in the retirement from the Battle of Berrington Approaches - BREAKING NEWS - HM Government Hero and LDV Leader pledges "to fight all allegations" BREAKING NEWS - HM Government leadership "in complete disarray". Sergeant-Major Bert Hardnutt "now being considered for promotion to Field Marshall" MORE FOLLOWS SOONEST.....