Saturday, 9 November 2019

Next Years Project

  • My restraint finally snapped with the new kickstarter from Flags of War and I have signed up to a bunch of figures for the 1745 Govornment troops kickstarter looking to complete early 2020.

New 28mm miniatures for the British Government Troops during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.
I have always had a fascination with "The 45" the romance and tragedy, the wild highlanders, the tartan!

We have been playing a lot of Sharp Practice lately and I felt that a lot of the smaller actions of the 45 lent themselves to these rules really well. As a bonus the British in their campaign dress will look perfect for French and Indian War British regulars which some of the guys by a happy coincidence are just starting to get into. So at least some of my troops will work for two different gaming periods.

Clearly for now the Govornment regulars will have to wait but I wanted to keep my interest, pick upa  few books, re-read soem others and make a very small start on the Jacobites which Flags of War have had available for a while.

I needed a flag for a unit I am building for the boyne campaign anyway so picked up 2 packs of the Jacobites along with a pack of spare heads for some ideas I had for some coversions.

Fantastic clean and dynamic figures with no flash at all, very impressed with them

I went for one pack of Lowlanders and one pack of Characters. I will of course have Highlanders in tartan plaid but the Lowland troops offer much more versatility, I can use them for Loyalist militias and possibly even for Militia in the French and Indian War for future projects.
I am weighing up how best to base them. I usually multi base but single bases and movement trays will allow me to add or detract individuals to make different tyes of units from the same bunch of figures. A chap in civilian clothes but no cockade could be a Jacobite, a loyalist or an American Militiaman. Plenty of food for thought, the bases may need to be fairly big to accomadate the charging bayonets.
I may mix and match with some multi based and others not for maximum flaxibility.

With the above in mind I also bought two packs of Galloping Major French and Indian Wars figures. The British Uniform will pass for the 45 and the American Militia can be used too. No reason not to mix in the odd tricorne. The penicuik drawings show Edinburgh regiment volunteers in tricorne as well as bonnet.
The militia are above and the British regulars below. Very nice characterful figures which will paint up really well. I had meant to get the Militia command but clearly pressed the wrong button!
A size comparison below gives me some concerns, an Ebor WSS figure I plan to convert is left, the middle figure is a Flags of War highlander and the right hand figure is Galloping Major, much bigger. I can use these as seperate leader figures but wont be able to mix them in units.

Being unable to contain myself here are the first four Jacobite Lowlanders. I like how they have come out. The bonnet is deliberately less bright blue than others I have seen, this shade feels more realistic.
Below is the Ebor WSS figure, the original in the middle and two head swaps either side. I think these will look great as lowlanders and American militia. As a sidenote chum Chris Flowers is embarking on a  French and Indian War project so having a few figures I can throw in the mix will be useful.

And then a pack of Highlanders, this is the character pack from Flags of War, now before you judge its been a while since I did tartan and I am still getting my eye in. I understand the recipe but need to get some trial figures done before cracking on, these have sort of come out OK the next batch should look a bit more like it.

So there you have it, next years project, more updates as progress is made.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Basing Department Back At It

After some time off the basing is back at it again, not quite full swing but catching back up.

First base is the light company of a Bengal Infantry regimet, theses Sepoys will all be in peakless shakoes and the blackened shakoe is both correct and much easier to paint. The rest of this unit is on the painting table.

4 bases of the Governer Generals Bodyguard finishes this unit of completely. I am really pleased with how these have coime out and thanks for the help and advice to the folks on the Lead Adventure Forum.

The Cavalry commander has had a further head swap as the last one looked odd. Not brilliant but better than the last one. Originally this started life as a Heavy Dragoon for the Crimea.
The rest of the figures were for the Elzabethan Ireland project. Starting with the Irish.
These are the four from the Antedeluvian set depicting the Morrier woodcut. Love these, but will need to divide them up into Kern and Gallowglass for gaming purposes.
The next three are Perry's again really pleased with these.
The English are takign shape a bit more now with both pike and shotte coming back.
Most of these command figures will sit with the Pike unit making it into a 12 figure formation. That gives me two of these and one still to paint.
The shotte is still a lttle deficient but this will give me two units of 6 forlorn hope which is a good start.
The Pike are really quite nice, love the mix of helmets, armour and jacks. Still plent of these in particular to do.
I am ordering some movement trays for these and tempted to magnetise them but lets see.

May even have enough for a msall game now. Once I get the trays sorted I will do some "team photos" and share them with you.

Watch this space.

Monday, 28 October 2019

More Sharp Practice with Tomahawks

Chris Flowers had missed the last two games of Sharp Practice using Steves AWI collection (and latterly the Indians Steve is painting for Chris, Shhhh dont tell him) mainly because he was on one of his many exotic holidays. As he will be on a different holiday next week in a hospital bed having his knee done we decided another game to let him get a feel for it was in order.

This time I would command some Natives and fight alongside Chris against Mark. Steve was Umpiring again to make sure we had the rules right.

A fairly open table again 6 feet deep and 4 feet wide.

Chris commanded a group of 24 Militia and 12 Indians, I had the other 12 Indians and 8 Jaegers.

Meanwhile those damned rebels under Mark had a formation of 24 Militia and another of 16 Militia along with a 6 man militia skirmish unit and another of riflemen.

52 Yankees vs 56 Tories and Indians.

The Rebel skirmishers deployed already on table behind the fences everything else would be activated through the deployment points. Our objective was the supplies in the barn.
Move one and the Tory Militia, Jaegers and the first group of Indians got forward really quickly, the Yankee militia advancing a little more slowly towards the fenced orchard in the middle of the table.

Shots are exchanged and first blood goes to the Jaegers, however with three flag cards on the bounce coming out the Jaegers are then forced to charge the rifle armed skirmishers, they only get half way and take a battering.
Chris's militia are hanging back behind the crest of the hill waiting for their Indian allies to arrive. Four turns of the Tiffin card and they are still nowhere t0 be seen, along with the smaller rebel militia group.

After much moaning Steve checks the deck and realises he has forgotten to put the number 5 cards in for these two units. Much grumbling but perhaps they might join the game now.
My native warriors are pushing down the left flank against the militia skirmisher with some ineffective long range musketry going on. My Jeagers are having the worst of a firefight with the Yankee riflemen and everyone else is steadily plodding forward.
At this point Marks firing suddenly takes a turn for the better and 3 of my Indians are cut down with three points of shock added, a level one leader my Indian chief is unable to remove the shock.

Meanwhile the other group are still off table working themselves up to join in the action.
Marks main firing line is now in position and his smaller militia force is on table and moving up. His rifles slip to the flank to support the militia skirmishers and the first devastating volley from the Militia knocks absolute lumps from my Jaegers.
Next move and Chris's Indians are finally on, however another volley into my Jaegers sees them reduced to two men, my Indians are blasted again by the militia and put me down to six men with 9 points of shock and a wounded leader. I cant activate them now until I roll a 5 or 6 to put him back in the game. The best I can do is push over the commander in chief to remove shock from these guys and the Jaegers.

Chris's Indians bypass mine and get stuck into the Militia whilst his Tory militia marches over the hill and angles itself to volley the rebel militia where it cant return fire. With two almost destroyed units though its all feeling a bit too little too late.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Winter War Bolt Action

Chum Chris has been slowly building the forces to fight the Winter War of 1939 between the Russians and Finns. With enough for a small game he asked me and Mark to bring the snow mats to the Garforth club for a game using Bolt Action.

The game being restricted by the figures and vehicles available, the Russians would suffer with a lack of infantry but a surfeit of armour. The Finns had the reverse issue with limited anti tank capability.
The Russians were advancing across a frozen lake with tree cover around the edges the Finns were dug in on the treeline at the edge of the lake.

I commanded the Finns, they had 2 rifle units with a command base, a medium machine gun and a bofors anti tank gun along with a Vickers 6 tonner light tanks in support.

Mark with the Russians had 2 rifle units also supported by a medium machine gun, command unit and light mortar. Their vehicle support consisted of 5 light tanks (3 T26 and 2 T37) a tankette and an SU12 truck mounted howitzer. One of the T26's had twin MG turrets rather than a gun which did not bode well for my Finns.
Most of the vehicles have been painted by Rich Croisdale and a fantastic job he has made of them. I particularly like the Finnish Vickers 6 Tonner in winter cammo.
The Finns deployed first from left to right with an infantry unit, the command, the anti tank gun in an emplacement, the next unit of foot, the MG, the tank and a sniper on the extreme right.

I had no idea where the Russians would come from but in retrospect i could have guessed Mark would not storm up the middle but would use the cover on the flanks.

Mark deployed one unit of foot with the MG and 4 tanks on his extreme right where he had most cover. The other tank along with the tankette the SU-12 the other infantry, mortar and command deployed on the extreme left of the table.

This left me a dilemma, I didn't have enough anti-tank capability to hold both flanks, half my infantry were in the middle where I couldn't use them and the right was held pretty much by a tank a sniper and an MG.

The firing started with my anti-tank gun hitting one of the light tanks causing superficial damage and setting it on fire, which effectively just pinned it for a move. I had better luck firing my extreme left infantry which killed all the crew of the Russian MG.

On my right the tanks and sniper fired and did no damage, the rest of my force remained on ambush orders. In retrospect I should have shifted my centre infantry company right to support that very thinly held flank.

The Russian armour returned fire as the infantry tramped forward and did no damage to start off.

The  Finns in the centre waited for a Russian charge over the ice which never came. Mark had realised early with little infantry and facing little anti-tank capability his best bet was to stand off in cover and take chunks out of the Finns with his armour.

Gradually my Finns began to be worn down by the tanks fire with little opportunity to respond.
The SU-12 moved up and despite taking fire from both the Vickers and the Sniper went into action.

Shot number two and 5 hits are scored on the sniper. Oh dear, the right flank just got a little thinner.

This galvanised me to re-enforce the right and the centre unit of Finns begins to make its way over to support the Vickers.
Seeing their chance the Russians on my right break cover and begin to advance. At last a target I can do something about.
On my left the machine gun tank in particular is taking lumps out of my Finns who are not dug in and the infantry force is becoming very much reduced.
On the right withering fire from the MG cuts down the Russians who are forced to drop to cover in the open. Mark however starts to range his mortar into the MG.
The anti tank gun is blazing away but the return fire is reducing its crew every turn.
Finally a good hit on a tank and it brews up, the newly painted crew legging it off over the ice.

The Russians on the right are decimated and going no further but the mortar finally hits the MG and puts it out of action. A consolation prize and the Vickers takes out one of the T-26's but with the MG gone and the anti tank gun down below half crew its time fr the Finns to pull back.
I concede to the Russians, Mark had played his hand well.

A lopsided game but we had used all the figures available so far for this beautiful collection. It looks great and with a few more figures will provide a really excellent game.