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!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Blog Prize

Back in September Edwin from Thoughts of a depressive diplomatist ran a blog giveaway.
I was very lucky to have won a prize, some lovely model vehicles.

Today when I got home from work there they were sitting there waiting for me.

 Cool card from Edwin too. It is a photo of a miniature railway in Wales.

Add these to the one I received from Tamsin earlier in the year and that is 5 sets of wheels I have gained.

It was getting a bit dark by the time I took the photos tonight so apologies for the crap quality.

Thanks very much again Edwin.
If you have not been to Edwin's blog I can  certainly recommend a visit.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

British rear guard action.

Friday night saw us play a Rear Guard game using our 28mm Napoleonics.

Nothing too special in the setup, French attacking and outnumbering the Brit's 2:1 and
the British controlling a pass through the hills.

 The British setup most of their troops on the reverse slope ( and therefore did not have to place them on the table) and waited for the French to reach the ridge.
 The French army preparing to advance towards the British held ridge.
 One regiment of infantry and two batteries of guns was all the French could see.
 French light and medium cavalry advanced along one flank while....
 .....their heavy cavalry advanced along the other.
 As the French army approached the ridge more of the British army came into view.
 The French left flank prepare to take this end of the ridge.
 On the French right flank their cavalry charge into the British cavalry. Eventually the British heavy cavalry will hold off the French horse on this flank. On the other flank however the French faced little opposition.
Needless to say the one infantry regiment and single gun battery didn't last long and soon there was French cavalry in the rear of the British.

 The British rear guard had slowed the French advance just enough and could now slip away as the darkness of the night began to set in.

Apologies for the photo quality.
Very enjoyable game with good friends.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Medieval Fortified Farm

Over the past few weeks I have been busy working away on this wee project. Finally finished the flocking etc yesterday.

The Medieval Fortified Farm from Hudson & Allen.

 Unfortunately this belongs to someone else so I guess I have to give it back now.

 Made some gates for the main entrance. It didn't look right without them.

 Removable roof piece on the stable. A bit of hay for the farmer to move around.
 The roof and top story of the main house is also removable.

Wouldn't mind this for myself. Great model and a pleasure to paint. Might have to give the Lion Rampant rules a try soon so that we can give this farm some action.