Sunday, 17 August 2014

Renegade English Civil War

These troops were painted about 10 years ago for a demo game at Conquest. Since then they have only fought in a few battles.

This week the Southern Strategists are having an ECW game using the Pike & Shotte rules.

Digging down into the very depths of the cupboard I finally found these almost forgotten troops.

The paintwork is still intact, flags still flying and no broken pikes. All good for being at the bottom of all that lead.

So to tart them up a bit I have added some homemade grass tufts. Depending on how this game goes I might look at doing a bit of an ink wash over them and then some highlights.

Red coated cavalry unit.
 Two units of cavalry. I can't remember the names of these units.

Blue coated cavalry unit.

 My Blue coat infantry I think are Sir Edward Stradling's Blue Coats.

 The Red Coats  are Apsley's Red Coats. I think!

 The artillery and the commanders are from redoubt.

Gun and crew.

The Commanders.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Dark Age siege.

Last week we had a little siege game with some of the Dark Age troops.  An attacking force of approximately double the number of defenders was to attack a town surrounded by a wooden palisade.

 Just a small scale action to try out the rules before we get more adventurous.
 The poor Vikings dragged these massive ladders toward the town under a hail of arrows.

 Eventually the ladders were up against the walls and the leading Vikings started to climb.
 Some bright spark decided that a battering ram was required. But did anybody bring one? No!What did he find as a substitute? A pencil!!!    ( the red thing in the photos)
 As it turned out the pencil was less than useless!! Only requiring a couple of rolls of "4" or more on a D6 to break down the gate you would think it wouldn't take long. Wrong! For most of the night the attackers were getting nowhere.
 The fighting on the ladders was very fierce with the attackers making very little headway.
Attackers lining up at the ladders.

 Eventually after many attempts the attackers finally broke through the gates and began to pour into the town.
 At about the same stage, the fighting on the ladders also started to go the way of the attackers.
 Numbers were now beginning to tell. With the defenders outnumbered, the attackers through the gate and over the wall the towns fate was sealed.

An excellent evening with the boys.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

From Sharpsburg to Antietam.

Last weekend a number of gamers from around New Zealand gathered in Christchurch to refight the battle of Sharpsburg or Antietam.

Below is a taste of what the game looked like.

For many more photos and a very short report follow the links,

John's photos and report, and my photos.

Towards the end on day two.

I really must get some sponsorship for this!

The table setup.
 The tables running around the back were for the Union reserves to move along before entering the fight.
Check out the links above for more......

Monday, 14 July 2014

A little ACW action.

The other week a couple of us got together for a small ACW bash.

Just a small game involving a few units aside and based on the battle around Brawner's Farm at Second Manassas.

The objective for the game was simple - Take and hold the field in the middle of the table.

This meant that as the Union were starting in possession of the field the Rebels had to force all Union troops out of  the field and then providing they were able to keep some troops in the field, they would win.

If the Rebels were to evict all the Union troops in the field then the Union would have to regain the field by pushing out all the Rebels  and then, as long as there were some Union troops in the field they would win.

Confused?? I think I am!

 The objective area is the fenced off field in the centre of the table.
 Union artillery out on the flank
 The Union already in possession of the field
 With nightfall coming the Rebels begin their advance.  As the moves went on the firing ranges would be reduced as darkness fell.

 Slowly the Confederate forces pushed back the Union line.

 More Rebels were arriving with each turn, but so were the Union.

 It was a slow grind for the Rebels, with each turn bringing a small success in terms of forcing the Union out of the field.
More Union troops arriving on the edge of the field.

Rebel artillery pounding the Union lines.

 The Rebels kept on charging in and the Union would countercharge, pushing the Confederate troops back.
More Rebels moving up.

A stubborn Union unit hanging on.

 As more Union troops arrived and with the darkness of the night it was all too much for the Rebels. Unable to completely force the Union out of the field the Confederate army was forced into retiring from the battlefield.

A Union victory then but not by much.

Another very enjoyable evening with great company.

 Thanks for the game lads.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

French Dragoons.

Gained these Front Rank dragoons from Chris ( a member of the Southern Strategists) a few weeks back. They were already painted by someone unknown. The basing was rather rough, some sort of filler right up to the horses knees! The green coats were a gloss dark green, the facings a very bright orange! The helmets were all wrong too.

Ended up repainting the horses and most of each figure. Based them up and added a GMB flag and Front Rank Eagle.

 These guys could be either the 28th or 30th Regiment of Dragoons. The difference would be on the cuffs that can't be seen on these figures.

 New regiment of Dragoons found moving through a Spanish village.

 Review in front of the village.