Friday, 12 February 2016

Battle of Leuthen

Spent a very pleasant day yesterday gaming the battle of Leuthen at Chez Colin using Honours of War. 

The Battlefield is snowy (I do like model railway back drop). Looks cold.

Outside there was snow on the hills which added to the attmosphere.

The battles opens with the Reichs Armee units retreating in disarray.

A unit of Austrain Hussars bravely, some would say foolhardy, advance to cover the Reichs Armee retreat. 

The church, defended by the Rot  Wurzburg. 

Charge - the Austrian Hussars throw themselves at a unit of Prussian Cuirassier. Although they lost the Melee they did slow down the Prussian Cavalry.

The Rot Wurzburg look the part. So much so that the Prussians spent the whole game avoiding them and instead throw a few long range artillery shots into the church.

The Prussian advance gets on track. I am sure that every unit was classed as superior.

Austrian Cavalry finally arrive to stem the Prussian cavalry on the Austrian Left wing. 

A scene of the early moves showing Von Jarvies attacks on my poor Austrisn Infantry. 

Whilst the Austrisn left wing cavalry were able to stem the Prussian Cavalry there was little we could do against the  Prussian Infantry who superiority ground down the Reichs Armee and Austrian Infantry.

Der Jung Wellington (aka Dave - brush for hire) started the day slowly but picked up speed after an excellent lunch.

Boom, boom  Austrian artillery opens up. Robbie commanded the Austrian right wing. I was soo engrossed in my own battle that I had little idea of what he was up to.  I do know he lost a few Austrian generals as casualties.

The end is nigh as Prussian Infamtry demolish all before them.

All in all a thoroughly good day out with good company, great gaming and nice soup for lunch.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Seven Years War Zinnfiguren

Over on the AMG forum I was discussing gaming with Flats. Well as a result I decided to paint a unit of Prussian Grenadiers. 

I bought these figures from Fechner a while back but only painted a few as a tester.  

Well I have almost finished a unit, a few highlights to the faces needed, before basing them on a single 10 by 5cm bases.

This unit is the 17/22 Puttkamer Grenadiers.

This photo shows are thin these chaps are. 

I made a few mistakes and learnt a few tricks and I hope to get get these finished and based over the weekend.

I have some more Grenadiers and some Austrian Cuirassier to paint.  

I can see me doing some more of these.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Down Sizing - 10mm

My impending house move means gaming at home will use a small board on the kitchen table.  Whilst I can still use larger figures I will need to use smaller figures for those bigger games.  

I have painted a few 15mm however I have often thought I should have a go at some Pendraken 10mm SYW.  So I ordered a couple of packs of March Attack Infantry to see what how they painted up.  

Here are a few images of my first Austrian unit - the First battalion of the Waldeck Regt.

I have based these figures 6 to a 2cm square base. 


Sunday, 3 January 2016

Down Sizing

I am looking to build up some smaller scale armies for quick pick up games to play against my son on the kitchen table.

I already have some Napoleonic in 15mm  however the lure of the 18th Century is too much of a pull. I have a few old SYW Minifig Figures plus some Dixon Marlburian Cavalry, left over from the collections sold many years ago, which can be used at a pinch. 

Well I started painting some Blue Moon  French 15mm figures however I wanted too create big battalions a la Grant (48 figures, 4 officers and a mounted CO).  Digging around I found 8 Austrian Minifig Grenadiers and some Lanchashire games French to bring the numbers up to full strength.

It's been a while since I painted 15mm however I found them easier to paint than I thought.

Anyway here they are with the full unit deployed in line. In all the unit is 24cm, or over 9 inches, in length. A unit this size will be interesting to move and maneovre on the table top. More thoughtful planning and positioning will be required to bring these into action.

A slightly closer look.

In addition I have renovated these old Minifig Austrian Cuiassier. Both these units will form part of my Imperial Army.

These are organised as 6 figure squadrons with an officer type.

Next up will be some renovated Minifigs painted as the Saxon Leib Garde (2 companies in Mitre and 2 in Austrian style bearskins). These will be organized as a converged Grenadier unit with 32 figures, 6 officers and a mounted Officer).

Friday, 1 January 2016

Battle of Noelsville

First game of the year is a small affair using my classic Spencer Smith collection.  Each side has 2 infantry units, a cannon and a cavalry unit (I used unpainted figures for these).

My opponent for this little affair was my son Max who commanded the Union forces.  

The rules used mix of Charge and the War Game plus some of my own rules.

The Confederates mass their Infantry in the centre, 

With artillery support. The rebel cavalry are massed on the right close to Cringle Wood.

Max deploys his Federal forces with his Cavalry and artillery in he centre and am Infantry unit on each flank. 

The Irish Regiment face Cringle Wood.

The Rebel battle line moves forward with their battle flags flapping in the early morning breeze,

Max is a chip of the old block as he quickly launches his first cavalry squadran against my artillery who are only able to remove one figure as the cavalry close and ride down the gunners.

Max quickly makes the stone wall his and deploys his artillery supported by his second cavalry squadron.

In support of his cavalry he moves his infantry against the Confedrate Infantry.

Panorama of the battle.

The Union infantry move into close range however the Rebels hold their nerve and let rip bowling over 8 Federal Infantry.  The subsequent morale test is failed and the Union turn tale and skedaddle. This unit fails subsequent rally rolls and leaves the table.

The devastation in front of the stone wall where Union cannister fire and a failed Union cavalry attack leave the ground littered with grey and blue soldiers.

The final stage of the battle sees the Irish unit take on the 2 weakened Rebel regiments.

Although outnumbered the Irish rout one of the Rebel regiments however with Rebel cavalry attacking their flank and rear they are forced back into Cringles Wood and then rout from the field. 

Max had a good time and I think I am going to have to paint some more of these figures up for the next game.  

Sunday, 29 November 2015

French Regiment - Rohan Montbazon

An impending house move has meant I need to consider building a small collection for gaming on a kitchen table.

I had a half painted unit of Blue Moon French in 18mm for the WAS/SYW so I decided to finish them off.

Flags were downloaded from Kronoskaf and edited in MS Paint.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Miniature Warfare Magazine

My first wargame mag was Miniature Warfare by John Tunstill. I bought my first one in August 1969 and I still have 30 or so copies.  

I was flicking through them and found a few images that I liked.

Firstly Wargames and Advertising. Back in 1970 Wargaming must have been cool enough to be used to advertise chocolates. 


The figures look to be Staddens and may have been from John's own collection.

Next up a rather nice set piece.

The caption with the picture says they are Willie figures by Ed Suren.