Saturday, 19 April 2014

Plattville Project - review


I have been making slow but steady progress with my classic ACW project using Spencer Smith plastic and metal figures.

Having just finished some artillery I thought a quick parade of the forces was in order.  

So here we go a few snaps of the lads.







And how they would have looked in 1962.




Sunday, 13 April 2014

Dettingen - part 2


After a couple of weeks delay we managed to complete our Dettingen game.  The Franco Austrians are forced into desperate defence and use their cavalry to slow the allied army.


The two sides fire volley after volley at point blank range. The Prussian unit fails morale and stands unable to fire. They are forced back next turn.

 
The Franco Austrian feed more and more troops into the fight.


The pressure mounts as Allied cavalry moves up.


The Franco Austrian line collapses under the pressure. But as they fall back a squadron of Cuirassier reinforces the line

Backed by more infantry


In the final action of the day the allied drive the remaining Franco Austrians across the river.  However with night drawing in and with only 2 regiments of infantry remaining at full strength and the light fading both sides draw back to recover. 

This game used my  War Game amendments and they worked well. 

Friday, 28 March 2014

New Prince August Blog

Hi

Fellow Prince August enthusiast Steve  Metheringham has started a new blog.


It was Steve photos of his PA collection posted on the Piquet Yahoo group that got me into casting my own figures. He also helped me get going with a giving me a few figures.

Steve has been active with the new SYW moulds and he will be posting more details of this exciting new range on this blog.


Friday, 21 March 2014

Dettingen

We started our refight of the battle of Dettingen on Friday night.  The set up and orders of battle were based on Charles S Grant Wargaming in History Volume 2. The rules used are my modified version of the War Game.

This battle pitched Tim and Ewan in the the role of the French/Austrians whilst the Allied forces were lead by my 8 year old son, Maximillian, until his mother pointed out it was time for bed.


The French pushed forward through Dettingen with some infantry and cavalry as they take the fight to the Anglo Prussian.


Rank upon rank of French heavy cavalry follow up.


Grim faced Prussian infantry take up the French challenge. In the opening volley the French cause 2 casualties where as some good dice rolling sees 9 French infantry hit the deck. My units are 32 figure strong. Each 4 men roll a dice using the standard rules. For each hit a saving dice of 4,5 or 6 saves our intrepid soldiers. When a unit loses a 4 figure base a d6 is rolled an officer loss is also marked on the unit.



Forward you cowards shouted Maximillian as he spurred his horse forward.


With flags fluttering in the gentle morning breeze more Prussian infantry move forward with a spring in their step.


Firstly an Austrian unit crumbles under the pressure but only after it has stemmed the first onslaught.


The Burgundy regiment steps into line but takes a stand loss. The resulting officer roll is a 6.  So that's 2 morale points down.  Anything but a 1 would see the Burgundy pass the morale test.  Tim tentatively rolls the dice which spins out of his hand and settles on the 1.

To be continued.....

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Spot the difference

I managed to grab some time today to do a spot of basing on my Spencer Smith ACW figures whilst on a long conference call for work.

Any way here are some pictures of some of figures side by side.  

Can you spot the difference. 

I will give you a clue. One is a metal figure available today from Spencer Smith miniatures where as the other is a plastic figures circa the sixties/seventies 




In photos 1 and 2 the left hand figure is metal and the right hand one in photo 3.


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Vapnartak 2014


We had a busy but fun day at Vapnartak on Sunday. Our Tomahawks and Muskets participation was busy with a few younger players joining in.

Here are a few pictures of the action.






I managed to squeeze in some shopping as well and picked up a copy of Charles S Grants new Wargaming in History Volume 9 which includes Lobositz and Kolin and indeed Charles has used some of my photos of these battlefields.




Saturday, 11 January 2014

AWI Game


We ran through our participation game for Vapnartak in a few weeks time.

For a change we are doing a participation game using 40mm figures from the Front Rank and Sash and Sabre ranges.

For rules we are using Musket and Tomahawks which will make for a fun game.

Here are a few pictures of the game.