Tuesday, 13 March 2018

6mm Napoleonics, and 6mm Romans and British

The first figure are now done. It had to be the Prussian Hussars.

Still to do the standard but at least playable. I am making inroads into all the figures, Not concentrating on any in particular. The horse artillery are close to completion but I'm not sure how I will base them. It could be unlimbered or I will have to have both limbered and unlimbered. I have extra crews and guns for the Prussians but not for the Austrians.

As I stated before, I have completed the Ancient British figures. Luckily there weren't many, just one pack of H&R ancient British.
The figures .

This was enough to complete another tribal grouping which included slingers.
The total of the British is now 17 warband bases 5 cavalry, 3 chariots. and 6 bases of slings

Their likely opponents are Legio XV1 Flavia Firma. Imperial Romans. A long way from home and currently devoid of cavalry and auxiliaries. They do, though, have the carts and mule supply train. Which can also be used by any other army of course. And some artillery.

 I have based them as two bases per cohort each with 16 figures. There are 3 bases of Irregular Miniatures figures which have 24 figures in very close order which I am using as the first cohort. It maybe a little over strength against the British but we can alter the numbers to even it up. There are also some artillery pieces which appeared out of nowhere!

Yes. The Romans were a surprise!

Why the XVI Flavia Firma? They were based in Syria and good opponents for the Sassanids. The Later Romans are also the same legion. At least in my mind!

Let's see if we can get a game in soon.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Poems for wargamers 5

Naming of the parts
Henry Reed

Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But today,
Today we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens likecoral in all the neighboring gardens,
And today we have naming of parts.

This is the lower sling swivel. And this
Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,
Which in your case you have not got. The branches
Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which in our case we have not got.

This is the safety-catch, which is always released
With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me
See anyone using his finger. You can do it quite easy
If you have any strength in your thumb. The blossoms
Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see
Any of them using their finger.

And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this
Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
They call it easing the Spring.

They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy
If you have any strength in your thumb: like the bolt,
And the breech, the cocking-piece, and the point of balance,
Which in our case we have not got; and the almond blossom
Silent in all of the gardens and the bees going backwards and forwards,
For today we have the naming of parts. 

Monday, 26 February 2018

Oh dear!

I'm not a picky sort of person. Not generally.
But I've just watched an episode of Endeavour on the ITV hub. The episode was set around a murder committed on MoD property in the mid 1960's. For those not familiar with the show, it is spin off of the Inspector Morse TV series (originally just Morse) which was very successful in the 1990's.
One of the characters was a professor of history who was writing a history of the regiment. The regiment was going to be amalgamated with another unknown regiment and was being posted to Germany.
This character was also a wargamer. In one scene he was asked about playing with toy soldiers and claimed the battle on the table was Cannae. It had Napoleonic figures to my eye.
Now, I know we sometimes use different figures from the period we are playing. I don't but I know some do. But this just seemed off to me. Of course, he turned out to be the murderer.
Also, this is the second episode in this current series, the second in a row, where the murderer has been a hobbyist. The previous one was a train spotter and model railway enthusiast.
Is the writer against hobbies? Was he made to play wargames against his will? Go train spotting and play with a train set when he was younger? Who knows.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Ready to paint

The following are on the paint table ready for painting:-
25 mm
21 x Persian horses
20 Persian riders (Achaemenid and Sassanian)
1 Daylami javelinman
1 Female in Burqa
4 What look like Russian/Cossack peasants.

6 mm
1 Pack Austrian gun team
1 Pack Prussian gun team
1 Pack Prussian Hussars

Not sure where the Cossack and female came from but I'll paint them to clear the pile.
That is about 4 to 8 weeks worth of painting I think. It all depends on the time available. Unlike many I have grown to like painting horses. with Achaemenid and Sassanian armies I'm sure that is a good thing. It wasn't like that in the beginning though. I think that change to water based paints and inks, washes and the likes have made painting easier and faster. No more waiting 24 hours for the paint to dry.

I couldn't resist the arms race. But I will do it piecemeal. Likely I will build the infantry up a little more next, perhaps to at least 18 units each. But it will not be until these are painted at least.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Test battle of Blucher rules

I decided to take the plunge with the Austrian and Prussians and engage in a test of the Blucher rules.
Using all the figures on a fairly spartan board it still gave the game I expected.
One town on each side of the board, joined by a road.
Three woods and a marsh.
All units except the Currasiers and Grenadiers were average on a elan of 6.
The strategy for each army was diced for from a range of options.
The Prussians chose to attack down the centre with most of their line infantry (5 units) with light infantry (1) and cavalry wings (1). They had an infantry unit in the town with artillery support.
The Austrians chose to refuse the left flank of light infantry (2) and cavalry (1). An infantry unit held the town with artillery support and attack on the right with their infantry (4) and majority of their cavalry (3).
Crucially, the Austrian left wing was in close support of the town. This enabled the light infantry to enfilade the Prussian infantry attacking the town. Also, with the Prussians attacking it gave the artillery a good target. On the other hand, the Prussian artillery was facing the Austrian Jagers at a distance.
The Austrians routed the Prussian left wing and held up part of their central attack which allowed the artillery to concentrate on the infantry attacking the town. Along with the defending unit they saw off two battalions before the rest of the Prussians withdrew under extreme pressure.
Attacking towns can be a very expensive business in Blucher.
What I thought after the battle was I needed horse artillery for both armies, and more cavalry for the Prussians. Also, more infantry units. This then becomes an arms race! Which means more figures required. Which means more painting and a bigger lead pile!
Until next time

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Ronin update

My first post of 2018 and I'm pleased that it is Ronin.
Before another game of Ronin I wanted to make the scene a little more Japanese in flavour.
You may recall a few posts back that I saw red and other colours of bamboo and thought it might look good on the table.
Here is a picture of a red bamboo grove with pathways I have made. And I think it does look rather good IMHO. But my advice would be only undertake this task if you have plenty of patience. It isn't for the fainthearted. Perseverance will be the order of the day.
I have around 30 pieces left to base, which will be on smaller bases with the bamboo clumped in 3's or 4's. to scatter around the board as required. I will then play another game.

I have yet to base the Cherry Blossom trees that I have. I will look to see if there are any suitable bases which will ensure they don't fall over.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It's been an unusual year of wargaming for me. I have really put myself out to complete things in a way I haven't for some years. The clock is ticking down!
This year I have painted a fair amount of lead. In fact over the last 3 years there has been an awful lot of painting. It is one of those things that must be done. At least the lead pile has slightly diminished. Not that it helped buying some more figures which also needed painting. At least it has been manageable. Still, there is a long way to go.

It has also been a good year for reading blogs.

The Doom of Aethelweard has been an interesting one to follow if you like skirmish gaming set in the  Anglo Saxon/Viking era (The Doom of Aethelweard)

Another has been a Frostgrave campaign, Stonehell:-
(Tower of the Archmage)

Two painters I found I like are Michal Kucharski and Guido Aydin. There work can be found at the following:-

(Michal Kucharski)

(Guido Aydin)

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Prosperous game filled New Year!

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