Sunday, 11 January 2015

7 Weeks war in 15mm

Last weeks game with the lads was taken from the "7 Weeks war" or the "Austro-Prussian war of 1866".
This battle was between Bavaria (allied with Austria and numerous other German states) and Prussia.

 The Prussian army was on the march. For the Bavarians, all they had to do was to keep the Prussians from getting their army across the river. Four bridges crossed the river, but all had charges under them, and all had Bavarian troops surrounding the exit points.
 The Bavarians could attempt to blow one bridge per turn. Secretly they selected the order in which they would attempt to blow the bridges. There being a chance that the bridge would only have some damage and would therefore still be usable to the Prussians.

 The Bavarians had more troops arriving to bolster the defences.

 The Prussians kicked off going for all four bridges on turn one. The Prussians however blow their first bridge and the right hand Prussian Division had to change direction.

 The Prussians charge across the bridge into the Bavarians in the town opposite. At the same time the Bavarians on the other flank detonate another bridge, trapping several Prussian Brigades on the other side.
 The town at the bridge became a main point in the battle. Four times the Prussian took the town, and therefore the bridge and four times they were pushed back out by counter attacking Bavarians.
 This bridge was damaged but the Prussians could still cross at one unit a turn.  Several Brigades got across but were always under pressure and were forced to retreat or surrender.
 Massed Prussian artillery all aimed at the town to help soften up it's defenders.
 Finally the Prussian cavalry arrived on the scene. Their first mission was to find a ford across the river.
 With the ford found the Prussian cavalry streamed across and charged into the waiting Bavarians.
 This was too much for the Bavarians who had held up well under Prussian attacks. Their morale wavered and the Prussian cavalry broke through.
 Despite still being in possession of the town the Bavarians were suffering the losses they had sustained and began to withdraw.
A very hard fought victory to the Prussians.

Thanks to Adrian for supplying all the troops, the bridges and all the buildings.
The rules used were Volley and Bayonet.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Samurai game

Last week we had a small game using Gav's Samurai figures.

I can't remember all the different names of the troops types so I will just simply show you the photos I took.

The rules used were a modified version of the LotR rules. Similar to the rules we use for our Dark Age games.

 This was really just a trial game to try out the rules.

Very colourful looking troops and an enjoyable game.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

20mm Napoleonic game.

A couple of us got together for a little Napoleonic game the other day.

An encounter game with both sides entering opposite each other. We gave one side an extra cavalry unit and an extra infantry unit and the other side got an extra gun battery.

  Brunswick army advances to the farm in the centre. In the distance are a Bavarian and Saxon army.
 Brunswick artillery deploy behind their skirmishers as some of their infantry prepare to enter the farm.

 In the centre the Saxons and the Bavarians advanced to the road shielded by their skirmishers,
 The Saxon cavalry swung around the farm and headed for the exposed flank of the Brunswick artillery. The leading squadrons of Saxon cavalry were charged in the rear and flank by the single Brunswick cavalry unit who were then hit in their rear by the remainder of the Saxon cavalry.
The Brunswick horse were soundly defeated and were forced to retreat.

 In the centre the lone French infantry unit supporting the Brunswick army advanced across the road and pushed back all that stood in their way.
 Having got rid of the Brunswick cavalry the Saxons continued their charge onto the Brunswick artillery. Unfortunately for the Saxons the Brunswickers fought hard with their ramrods and trial pikes and managed to fend off the attack.
 The Saxons throw several units against the farm but were unable to gain access. Meanwhile more Saxon infantry had moved around the wood on their flank and now were able to attack the Brunswick infantry in the rear. The defeated Brunswick troops had nowhere to go and were forced to surrender.

Although the Saxon Bavarian army made the best moves they fell just short of being able to win the battle.
An old Airfix french unit looking a bit worse for wear.

Brunswick troops defending the farm.

Brunswick Hussars behind the farm.

Uhlans advancing past the farm.
 This was another run through of our home rules that we have called Marshals and Generals.

Almost midnight here in NZ.
 Happy New Year

Sunday, 14 December 2014

28mm Bridges

Yet again I have been painting for others. These are resin bridges in 25/28mm for Chris to add to his Medieval farm that I painted up a month or two ago.

One of them is from Hovels but the other I have absolutely no idea!

 All the foliage on this one, is to cover up imperfections in the casting.

The other bridge has cast on grass and bushes that I have added static grass and some foliage to.

 The little gate house/ toll both is rather cool. It is a separate casting that I have left as a separate piece.

Both are nice models that were easy enough to paint.
Hopefully Chris will be happy with the results.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Foundry Vikings

Picked up these Vikings a few months ago and have been slowly painting them in between other projects.

This is about half the number of figures I picked up. The rest are about half painted and should be finished by about the end of the year.

I did take several photos from the front but managed to screw all but a couple up, so I have given an extra one or two from the rear!