Sunday, 31 August 2014

Battle of La Rothiere

A group of the Ilkley Old Schoolers got together today to refight the Battle of La Rothiere using  Lasalle by Sam Mustafa.  The Battle was fought on 1st Feb 1814 on as a snow covered battlefield.

I  not sure how many figures we had on the table however in all there must have been in excess of 1500 once all the reinforcements had arrived.

Most of the figures used were from Ian's extensive Napoleonic collection with the rest from Kens and Tims collections.

We have only used Lasalle for a few smaller games and we are looking to use them for our Plancenoit game we plan to take to Triples next year. The game worked very well.

We managed to finish the game in about 5 hours. Here are few photos of the action.

A unit of Lancers on Patrol in the early morning light.

As the morning mist clears the French see masses of Russians assembling close to La Rothiere.

A French General decides to see for himself.

General Maxmillian surveys the battlefield around La Rothiere.

The table was set up on a L shape - the view lolling towards Morvilliers at the far end of the table.

Did I mention that it had snowed and the battle was to see persistsnt snow showers all day. This made hampered musketry for both sides.

Even with a battle about to start an affair of honour had to settled. Brigadier General Briggson and the Chevalier de Schuch exchange pistol shots. Both survive although I am not sure the Lady in question will be playing after dinner charades soon with these two again.

The Austrians launch an attack at Morvilliers. Although initially successful the Austrians are only able to take 2 of the 3 town sections allowing the French to reinforce this sector with a Young Guard division.

Austrian artillery pound the village.

Meanwhile the Russians launch attack after attack against La Rothiere. Each attempt is beaten back.

The Young Guard arrives to support the defense. 

The Russians re organise and launch a final attack which is easily beaten back as the French launch a counter attack that throws the Russians back on disorder.

French Artillery are particularly effective against the massed Russians.

The Wurtemburgers arrive but with the light fading the French claim victory.

Victory to the French. Vice L'Emperor

But at a high cost. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Renovation and Refurbishing

I have just completed the Renovation and Refurbishment of one of my old Prussian units. Original purchased many years ago     from the B&B at Triples. This unit was used as two 16 man units and both have seen a lot of action.

As part of my SYW R&R project, inspired by John Rays excellent book 'A Military Gentleman',  I am reorganising my infantry units into 30 figure battalions and finishing the basing in a traditional style as used by the late Peter Gilder.

These are Dixon figures and have been refurbished as the 12th Infantry Regiment - Erbprinz Von Hessen - Darmstadt.

Anyway here are a few before and after pictures.

Notice the rather open order look of the basing using 40mm by 50mm bases with 4 figures.

And the refurbished unit using 45 by 50 bases with 6 figures per base.

I will be ordering some GMT flags to finish the unit.  These boys will be one of the units I will take to the AMG15 game at Partizan next May.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Day out at the Royal Armouries

I have a week off with the kids as our child minder is on holiday.  Monday it was a trip up the Dales and paddling in streams, yesterday was scorching so the days was spent at Ilkley lido.

Today however I took Max and Emma to the Royal Armouries in Leeds. I was not sure if Emma would enjoy it, I knew Max would, however she enjoyed as much as he did. 

Having a go at the Vickers MG shooting game was the highlight.

Battle of Waterloo. This is a smaller version of the original 1830s display by Captain Siborne and which included 75000 model figures. Not sure how many figures are in the smaller version - it's safe to say that it is more than 3000 figures used in the largest game I have ever played in.

The are plenty of exhibits and Emma particulary like this one.

A rather nice little mortar and  the arms and weapons that line the central staircase.

Also rather liked this double headed eagle.  This was part of the display for the tournament and Maximilian the first display. Something my Maximilian liked.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Charity Shop Find

As a lad my mates and I used to play diplomacy often as all nighters.

Today I visited one of the many Charity Shops in Ilkley and was very pleased to find a copy of the early 60s version of the game for £1.99.

The iconic map and pieces look complete and it has the original rule book.  With the anniversary of the start of  the Great War on the 28th July it will be a good idea to invite the rest of the old boys around for a game.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Rohan Montbazon


Finished varnishing and started basing a unit of Mindens French representing a battalion of the Rohan Montbazon Regiment. I had originally painted 20 of  these up a Imaginations however I have added 10 more figures and made the unit up to a move round 30 man unit. Flags, finials and groundwork are all still to be added,

Following a request on the AMG Lounge  I have added a few side and back images.

And the basing finished,

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Latest painting interrupted


Managed to get some more painting done on my latest Minden French regiment this morning.

However I was interrupted by some cycling going literary past my front door.

And here is the leader as they come through Ilkley. Followed a couple of minutes later by the peleton.