Saturday, 24 September 2016

Show your armies.

Currently running on You Tube is a challenge to show your armies, so accepting the challenge, I offered my 6mm American Civil War armies, the only complete armies I have with me at the moment. So whilst the video is loading up, I thought I would add these photographs to my blog.

The table is pretty much covered, Confederate to the left, Union to the right.

Union infantry regiments, 36 men to a stand in three ranks on the right. Skirmishers, artillery and cavalry also in view.

Centre of the table shows all the commanders, Army, Corps, Divisional and Brigade.

Same with the Confederate units, 36 men to a stand for infantry. 

Looking across the table. At the very back are tents and supply wagons.

Closer view of the Union infantry, note some zouave units left, front.

Artillery with limbers and cavalry, both mounted and dismounted with horse holders.

The army commanders are at the front and are represented by three command figures and two standard bearers. Corps Commanders are two command figures and a single flag bearer, whilst Divisional Commanders are a single command figure and a flag bearer. At the rear on round bases are a gaggle of Brigade Commanders.

Confederate zouave regiments to the front right of the infantry and the Rebel artillery and cavalry.

A little closer look at the zouaves.

Confederate mounted cavalry and horse holders.

The head honcho's

Union cavalry and horse holders.

Artillery and limbers.

Union zouaves.

Union infantry ready for action.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Woodland Indians - WIP

I have managed to do a little bit of work on the Woodland Indians. These guys are test figures to try out various techniques, some successful others not. Base colours are on and they have been washed, however, my skin highlights are not to my liking, so it is back to the drawing board with that. Still a lot of work to be done on them as you will see in the following photographs.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Move completed, so back to the projects.

Now nicely settled into our new home, just about everything is in its place, it all went really well, no major hiccups at all. So it is back to the hobby for me. I had to leave the majority of my 28 mm figures behind, until I can sort out some kind of storage shed for the new place, I hope to have that in place within the next week, and they can be transported here.

I did however, have the AWI project with me, it has been here for a couple of weeks before the move, so they will be what I shall be working on initially, though I do intend to mix and match with Vikings, English Civil War and Imperial Romans, to give some variety to what I am painting. I have always in the past, stuck to one project and virtually seen it through to the end, but that can be very monotonous at times. I then get sick to the teeth of seeing the same figures and so they get set aside, that is the reason I have been working my way through them all this year. I am pleased to say, I am well on the way to completing all that I have.

Six test figures, the base coats were done before they moved to the new location, so it was just a case of highlighting and fine detail. A little touching up is also needed. They still require a coat of varnish and the bases, though painted with a textured paint, also need to be finished. That will be done when I have enough figures painted up to make it worth my while.

Six private soldiers of the 33rd Regiment of Foot (West Riding of Yorkshire)

Next up on the bench are the Woodland Indians from the Liberty or Death box set, it only contained a single sprue of eight warriors, I have since added a further box from Warlord, containing a further 24. They are mostly built, still need pouches, powder horns etc. and are now awaiting a coat of primer.

Some great action poses. This sprue and the three in the box are identical, but being plastic, it will be easy to create individual looking figures.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

The wargaming press.

Due to an impending move to a smaller home, this coming Saturday, all painting and wargaming has come to a temporary halt. As you can imagine I have lots of other things to sort out and organise over the next few days. Consequently all the troops and paints have been carefully stored away in boxes in preparation for the move.

I have however, been reading back issues of Wargames Illustrated, I have a subscription that allows access to the vault, which in essence is being able to read every issue back to number one published in 1987. I have currently read up to issue 36 and have found some fascinating articles on all manner of subjects for every period in history.

An article in issue 31 dated March 1990, really grabbed my attention. Written by Paul Wood, it describes the first day at Gettysburg as well as giving an excellent account of the action, it contains a number of hand drawn maps, that can easily be created on the wargame table and a full OOB.

When I decided to collect 6 mm ACW figures from Baccus, it was always my intention to fight the large battles of the war, hence the small scale. This article has rekindled that desire. I will no longer have a wargaming room or even a large table to battle on, but will have to make do with a small kitchen table, when it is not in use of course. By fighting the battle, day by day, and section by section, I will still be able to fight the whole battle.

Seminary Ridge, with what appears to be 28 mm figures.

I do have in 6 mm, the Lutheran Seminary building and Cemetery Gates, both iconic landmarks of the battle. I also have plans to play out Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign too, the planning for that is quite well advanced. So even though the painting and gaming has come to a short halt, the research goes on.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Re-match live on Tabletop Commanders Paint & Chat.

After yesterdays crushing defeat for the Westerners a new battle was set up, with a slight modification to the forces of both sides. Lion Rampant was again used, and a fun game was had. I didn't take any photos but it was all recorded live on Tabletop Commanders, so you can see a dice by dice, blow by blow, battle. Just click the following link:

The forces arrayed for the battle.

The Westerners swapped out a unit of spears for an extra unit of light cavalry.

The Easterners, replaced one unit of mounted archers for foot archers.

Looking along the Easterner's battle line.

The same with the Westerner's battle line.

It was a quick and fun battle, fought out with my good buddy Kurtus taking the Westerners and myself commanding the Easterners. However, Lion Rampant does what it says on the tin, it is a skirmish game and not really suited to battle lines advancing across the table.
So I am now in the process of refreshing myself on the Basic Impetus rules for the next battle in this series and have chosen two armies to contest the battlefield.

Taken from the Basic Impetus army lists, Here is Saladin's force. CM is medium cavalry, CL is light cavalry, T is missile Troops and FL is light infantry.

Here is Saladin's force laid out as per the above list. A unit of Kurdish Javelins is just out of shot at the bottom of the photo.

The forces of Richard of York, CP is heavy Cavalry, FP heavy infantry and S is skirmishers.

And here they are as per the list above.

The Westerners have the option to change out some units as listed below.

These are the troops that could be used if any of the options are selected.

I hope to fight this battle on Thursday or Friday night, once again live on TtC, so be sure to have a look.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Eastern Revenge

After yesterday's battle between the Eastern raiders and the village defenders. A larger battle today, double the size to ten stands each, I haven't bothered too much about points and have added pretty much what I wanted. Due to the small size table, I will convert from inches to centimetres too. It will look a little odd in 28 mm, but needs must.

After receiving a bloody nose in their attempt to raid a village, the Eastern raiders have returned, and this time they mean business! The leader has gathered a large army to teach the infidels a hard lesson. Expecting another attack, the Westerners also called to their lord for help in repulsing the threat. The lord gathered his forces and rode out to meet the challenge to his domain.

The table will be virtually devoid of scenics, there won't be any room! As you can see, the two forces fill up half of the table already.

The Western defending army comprises ten units.

As do the invading Easterners.

A breakdown of the Western Army. Two units of mounted men at arms with the general in the left most unit as well as a single unit of light cavalry.

Three units of spear men.

Two units of men at arms.

Two units of archers.

Breakdown of the Eastern Army. Two units of heavy cavalry. Saladin leads the right most unit.

Two units of mounted archers.

A single unit of mounted javelins.

Two units of elite heavy infantry.

Finally are three units of spear men.

The initial deployments.

The Westerners from left to right, Two units of mounted men at arms, spears, archers, men at arms, spears, archers, men at arms, spears and finally light cavalry.

The Easterners from left to right, Two unit of heavy cavalry, elite spears with mounted archers ahead, three units of spears with mounted archers ahead, elite spears and mounted javelins.

Facing off. The green patches on the left will be classed as difficult ground, reducing movement by half, the small stream on the right will have no effect on movement.

Right from the off, the Eastern light horse troops advanced as did the rest of the force. The Westerners advanced their archers and also the light cavalry.

Mounted javelins face light cavalry on the flank.

The two units of horse archers make hit and run raids on the enemy.

The spears lose a man.

As do this unit of archers.

The two unfortunates.

The mounted javelins score hits on the light cavalry, removing two casualties resulting in the unit being battered and forced to pull back.

In the centre, the horse archers continue to cause hits on archers and spears.

The dead pile grows, but it only contains Western troops so far.

The whole Eastern army continue to advance, whilst the Westerners are being pinned back by the enemy light troops.

Yet again the javelins rush in and reduce the light cavalry before pulling back. The tactic is working brilliantly all along the line with the mounted archers also causing losses and chaos.

The space in the centre was occupied by a unit of archers who were forced to rout from the field.

The growing pile of bodies still only contains Western troops.

The Westerners are still pinned on their start line by light troops as the Easterners heavy foot and horse continue to advance. 

The light cavalry suffer again at the hands or rather the javelins, though they too now suffer a first loss.

Arrows pepper the mounted archers, causing a casualty as well as forcing them back with a battered marker.

In a disastrous turn for the Westerners, two units of spears, already forced to the back edge of the table, fail to rally after taking yet more hits and both rout from the field.

The dead pile now contains two units of spears, one of archers, light cavalry and a smattering of archers. The Easterners have just two casualties!

The mounted javelins finish off the light cavalry and bring the battle to an end, The Westerners are forced to concede the battlefield to the enemy.

The horse archers in the centre have been reduced to two figures as well as being battered, but it is too little too late.

The final dead pile, ignore the heavy cavalry at the bottom of the picture. A decisive victory for the Easterners who only lost five of their light troops.

I intend to re-fight this battle, but will swap out a unit of spears for more light cavalry. The lack of a skirmish line for the Westerners allowed the enemy light horse, archers and javelins, to cause casualties, battering and forcing back of units. They lost the battle before they could even get to grips with the enemy.

I did fight this battle on last night's Tabletop Commanders paint and chat if you wish to watch it in real time.