Monday, 17 October 2016

Helmstaett Horse Cuirassier Regiment

Finished my first War of Spanish Succession Regiment.
They are 1/72 Strelets. I found painting the larger scale mess's with your rhythm a bit!
For instance painting a grey horse in 15mm is quite routine, in 20mm it wasn't.
How ever the 20mms are more relaxing! 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

New Period, New Scale, New Project.

A conversation with Julian, a War of Spanish Succession enthusiast, and member of those irrepressible historical battlers  ANV , lead me to "find out more/anything" about this early 18th century conflict. I found so many things that appealed and was immediately hooked!
Some of them are.
Intriguing political background that leaves room to sympathise with either side.
Many different national armies that can be mixed and matched together. This means I can build my armies in a module style. Paint a brigade of Austrians then a brigade from Swabia etc.
The uniforms are colourful but are easy to paint.
The ease this can develop into ImagiNations should I wish too.
So after ordering about 6 new books I am painting regiments from Allies right flank at Blenheim for the up coming ANV replay. I've needed to switch up to 1/72 scale for this game.

WIP Helmstaett Horse Cuirassier Regiment (Swabia)

Only a couple of steps left. Flag, bases and wash.
I normaly paint the faces last because Terry Wise said so in my first wargame book. :)

I've found the larger scale a bit of a challenge so far.
But I'm enjoying a return to my 1/72 roots.

I'm now undecided wether to continue with this scale for all my WSS armies or switch
to 18mm for my home collection. The problems being having to collect new terrain and the
difficulty getting what you want in this scale.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Some senior ACW Commanders

General Beauregard

General Hunter

Federal Baggage. Love having a baggage train for armies.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Eureka 18mm ACW Reinforcements.

I painted these a little while ago but I thought I'd post them to prove I'm still alive!

The CSA get a battery of 3 inch Rifles.

The 1st Rhode Island Regiment. 

11th Mississippi. Must be hell being dyslexic and living in that state. 
I have to spell check it every time.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Battle of Phillippi 3/6/61

I've foolishly wanted to play out Historical scenarios from the American Civil War from the beginning to end since I started collecting my armies. So this is the first of the series and arguably the first land battle of the civil war.
The Historical Battle of Phillippi was a instant rout with the Union forces surprising  unorganised Confederates in an early morning pincer move. To create some interest for myself I tasked the Confederates with holding the Town with two regiments against Col. Dumonts Brigade for 12 turns until Col. Kelly's Union Brigade turns up and sweeps all before them.
Dumont's column consists of the 14th Ohio, 6th and 7th Indiana Regiments plus two 6pndrs from the Cleveland Lt Artillery.

The alarm is raised and Col. Porterfield deploys a regiment each side of the bridge. 

Col. Dumont arrives with the 6th, 7th Indiana Regiments and the two 6pnr guns.  

The Guns deploy on the hill ready to support the advancing infantry. 

The 6th Indiana use the south woods as cover to out flank the Confederates.

 The 14th Ohio arrive on the Union left.

 The federals move into musket range.

The 7th Indiana take some hits. The drummer means they have disorder.

 The 1st Confederate Regiment has markers showing it is Disordered and Shaken.
Wooden houses only give a minimum amount of cover.

By turn 5 the 1st have had enough and run.
Fortunately Col. Porterfield was on hand to rally the boys!
 The 1st, now rallied, occupy some buildings on the south side of the river.

The 2nd Regiment now start taking the heat. They are now disordered. 

The Federals charge just falls short.

 The 6th Indiana successfully charge in.

  Col. Porterfield successfully manages to rally the second regiment.

 But they are charged in the rear by the 6th Indiana and...


The 6th then charges the last defended house but are broken.

On turn 11 the 7th Indiana attempt to cross the bridge but are disordered by Confederate musketry.
These troops then clog up the bridge allowing the Rebels to hold until the end of turn 12.
Confederate Victory!

I trialled the Black Powder Glory Hallelujah rules
and they gave an enjoyable game.

The next battle Big Bethel.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Getting started with the Mitanni army

For the sake of consistency I have decided to use Essex 15s for my Mitanni army. And I was pleasantly surprise at some of the sculpting and variation in the figures.

Many credit the Mitanni with introducing the light archer chariot to the middle east.
They certainly are the real teeth of the army.

King Shuttarna. Mitanni Red Shields. Mitanni General.

Mitanni Blue shields.

 Syrian Levy Foot.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Advance Guard Scenario: Egyptian V Canaanite

Eventually managed to test drive the Impetus rules using the Neil Thomas scenario No. 16 "Advance Guard" I added my usual random terrain, increased the size of the armies and tweaked the circumstances of the scenario.

The situation.

The Egyptians and Canaanites are both attempting to secure an oasis in northern Sinai.
Each armies advance guard is approaching the oasis through poor visibility.
Neither army will be able to leave the road until one side has reached the oasis.
At that point the sand storm lifts and its business as usual.
The Canaanite plan (on the left) was to secure the Oasis with skirmishers backed by
a band of light foot and use these to pick off the Egyptian heavier foot.
The Egyptian plan ( on the right) was to screen off the bottle neck between the soft sand and Oasis
with a small force, hook to their left with the Chariots supported by archers and
smash through the Canaanite centre with their spearmen.

The Canaanite host reaches the Oasis. The Chariots have all been discorded by quick movement.
Unfortunately they are being lead from the front by their General! 

The Egyptians have also fallen into disorder attempting to race to the Oasis.
They also have accidently placed their General (Yellow chariots) at the front.

The sand storm has cleared and both sides attempt to shake out into a battle formation!

The Canaanite General (Purple) is in the lead and disordered.
But manages to shoot and hit the Egyptian General. First blood!
Chariots, in these rules do not manoeuvre very well in close confines.  

The Egyptian General (Yellow) has managed to get clear of the traffic snarl.
However A) he doesn't want to be on the flank and out of command and B) has already taken a hit.

More chaos as both sides continue to spread out and arrows fly both ways. 

Accurate close range shooting by the Amun (Blue) Chariots and some Nubians Archers
wound the Canaanite General whose body guard rush from the field. A major blow!

Disorder makers everywhere as both sides attempt to reorganise.
The Canaanites are missing a General which is already hurting. 

The Canaanite red chariots charge and force the Egyptian General to retreat.
He now has two casualties. 

The Canaanites capture the Oasis.

With an exchange of archery the Yellow Canaanite Chariots  decide to follow their General home.

Suddenly the balance has tipped the Egyptian way on the open flank.

The Nubian Archers supported by the Egyptian Re Archers challenge for the Oasis.

The Egyptian Amun Archers shoot at and routs the Canaanite Green band. 

 The Re Spear finally gets to grips with the Yellow Band who just melt away on contact.

 The Re Archers cause the Green Skirmishers to rout!
The Canaanite army is falling apart!

 More grief as the  Amun Spear charge and disperse the Canaanite blue band!
Who at least manage to cause some casualties.

Suddenly the Canaanites are out numbered.

Desperate the Canaanites keep throwing units against Nubians and Re Archers.
Who just keep winning.
 There was one final Chariot clash on the flank between the undefeated Canaanite Red Chariots
and the successful Amun Chariots. 

View from the Canaanites  side as their army breaks.
Victory to the Egyptians who I think have an advantage in this sort of close in fighting.

Man of the match to the unnamed Nubian Skirmishers.
They ended up with two routs and an assist. Not bad for skirmishers!

Wrap up

Basically the Canaanites were unlucky. Their Chariots lost an even fight and
they couldn't hit a barn door with their javelins! 
I enjoyed the rules though there is a bit of a learning curve. Some of the things that seem a bit off
in the first read through make sense when your playing.
 I even started converting my figures over to the new basing during the game.
Its so much easier to pick up a unit on one base!