Monday, January 11, 2016

First 2016 game Bolt Action.

Well,first post of the year, might as well be about something new.
The local hobby store, Silver Eagle Games, started a Bolt Action 'league' with the first game yesterday(January 10th).

 Starting off with 500 point forces for the first three games, going up in 250 point  increments  and later games at two week intervals, I should get to show off my 1939 Polish  army units as they are painted.  I think there are six, maybe seven participants.  The 'hook' for me is the period, that is the 1939 to 1940 war years.  So there is a Russian, Finn, French, German and two Polish players.

The first game was yesterday (10th). I did manage to lose my first game to my opponent Greg, whose skill level brought my force to woe with some clever massing of fire.  Naturally I neglected to bring my camera, so no pictures this time.  Too bad really as Greg's French are nicely painted and mounted.
Greg included an ATG, a 75mm field piece, three squads as well as a MMG and light mortar team.

The scenery was all provided by the store owner, Jacob, who also runs the league and fields a Polish force of his own. Three very nice tables were set, the scenario being the 'maximum attrition' jaunt from the basic rulebook.

Two weeks to the next game, by which time I may have a light mortar and second MMG teams ready to field. I did manage to paint the web gear last night on all the figures used in the last game.  Now I just need some weather above 40 degrees(F) to undercoat some newly acquired figures.

Looking forward to the next game.  Hopefully I remember the camera!  There was a nice Polish 7tpj light tank  and a BA-6 Russian armored car out there.  I guess I'll need to keep the ATR team in my line up!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Some more cavalry completed

Two units complete.  Ok, one is a cheat as I got it in a trade, but it gets on the table, so it counts!

First up is the easy one.  The 14th Cuirassier, from my friend Roger, in a trade for some various figures. It completes my need for a second regiment at Quatre Bras.

I traded some of the new Perry Light Dragoons, early uniform for Roger to complete his Peninsular British.  Really a win-win.  Now I just need to paint up a Pire for the lights and a Kellerman for the heavies, and the overall structure is there for the French cavalry.

Next up is the first unit of Hanoverian Hussars built up from the Perry plastic set.  I chose to start with the Bremen and Verden Hussars.  Astute collectors will notice the unit is the first on the page of the Perry Brothers enclosed painting guide. Maybe that's why they got painted first. I dunno, and that's my story.
 Close up of the trumpeter & Officer
 Full unit

I found that until nearly finished, I did not enjoy painting these figures...the uniform just did not seem to want to be done, with many errors of omission to be repainted as I slogged through the details. Then suddenly effort became satisfying and I am very pleased with the result.  On to the Cumberland and the Prince Regent hussars.

  I am also almost done with the third unit of Dutch Belgian Carbineers, I'll post as I complete the unit.

Monday, August 17, 2015

More Dutch Belgian Cavalry

Hmm, truth in advertising at work.  I have finished painting all three units for Tripp's Brigade in 1815.  These completed units finish off from the stands painted for the April Snappy Nappy game, as well as the final unit in the heavy brigade of Netherlands cavalry in 1815..

The troops are are Perry miniatures, from the Dutch Belgian range in the Perry Napoleonic group.

First up are the 1st Carbiniers, still in the old uniform with the bicorne.  The 1st regiment had yellow facings and "hound's teeth" on the saddle sheepskin. The unit saw combat at Waterloo, performing counter charges to the French cavalry units assaulting the Anglo-Allied infantry squares.

 The saddle cloths were dark blue, as were the round valises.  Both had white tape. The bugler was in reverse colors for the jacket.

 The poses were very active in these, with a cavalryman sporting a head bandage as well.  Obviously the unit has been busy already. All the poses were one piece, horse and rider, with the exception of the bugler, who had a separate arm.

A photo of the unit in line.  Seems I have an extra casting for other projects. 

The second unit was aptly enough the 2nd(Belgian) Carbiniers, who, unlike the 1st and 3rd regiments, did use the 'new' uniform.  Rather than the bicorne, the 2nd sported a classical styled helmet in steel. The facings and hounds teeth were red for the 2nd regiment, which is a nice combination of strong colors to paint. The unit was also very busy as a counter to the French afternoon charges on the Allied squares.  Trip's Brigade was the only brigade nominally a heavy cavalry status that did not get chewed up in the charge that the Union and Household Brigades made earlier against the French infantry attack by Marshall D'Erlon. Throughout the afternoon they counter charged the French cavalry attacking the Allied squares.

 There is an additional pose in this unit as opposed to the 1st Carbiniers. You can see the 'sword down at the side' pose in the rear rank, which includes almost a rearing up with the horse. Neat effect.

Again, the trumpeter wore reversed colors,  see the right hand figure in the first photo.  

I used my usual collection of craft paints (delta ceramcoat blues, Blick supply black and red; Vallejo for the flesh, steel and brass; tube acrylics for the white and yellow.  The bases are the Litko 2x2 inch thin (1/8th? ) with sand white glued down, covered in a railroad modeler ground cover dark brown, with static grass as the detailing. 

Some of you will note I did not paint the red stripe on the overalls.  I get conflicting stories on the stripe being added after Waterloo, so I left it off; always can paint it on later. 

Which is almost what I did to the third unit in the brigade!

The final unit in the brigade was the 3rd Carbiniers,  who also sported the 'old' uniform with the bicorne.  The regimental facing color was a 'red pink' which I have shown here in a Blick craft color.  The poses are the same as for the 1st Regiment, indeed, the same line item packs from the catalog were used as for the other unit.
 Overall shot of the 3rd Regiment.
 Look, I have remembered how to use the camera's Macro!

I also have a long term project, in that although I have the figures, I do need to paint them all for the full effect. Here is a hint, the figure painting is a work in progress. (Yes, I did buy that many boxes to get the figure. Of course I will paint all of the troops as well. )

After all, I need something to scout the French with in the next Waterloo campaign.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Snappy Nappy at the Portal in Manchester, CT

There was a very successful Snappy Nappy day on the 26th.  One of 20 people, with three referees, three CinC's and sixteen or so Corps or Division commanders.

The rules allowed a game set in the 1815 Belgian landscape and saw a French victory over the Anglo-Allied and Prussian forces. Peter Anderson was the mastermind behind the day, you'll be able to read lots about the event on his blog, 'Blunders on the Danube' very soon.

I provided much of the Anglo Allied forces, along with Greg Hanson and Peter himself.  I was shocked to find Peter has more British light cavalry than I do!

 I also provided three tables worth of terrain, which I did in the in the style of the painted maps similar to the Leipzig campaign from two years ago.  The main idea is for ease and speed of layout on the day. Rollout the road/river net, plunk down some trees and house and, you're done. I did get all three tables done on game day in under 30 minutes.

 I'll provide photos of the maps soon, I need to get them off my camera.  Oh, here they are now.

This first is an overview.  I must admit, this one did not come out the way I wanted.  The fabric I used this year was inferior to the old material because it was much thinner and only four foot wide rather than th five foot wide original material. The roads, rivers and the hill were painted first in gesso, then in the appropriate color.

The roads were in two different colors, denoting the differing benefits for speed, the white areas were the footprint for villages, towns and/or cities. In fact, You can label the towns using marker, if you're lazy like me. 

 You can see by the names on the sheet, the ground scale is quite small...about one foot to the mile.

The first table, from a different angle.

Sadly, I had left my camera at home on the day of the game, so I'll once again mention that you'll see some of he table action on Peter's blog later this week.  You will see some of the tables in action.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In anticipation of April

We (local gamers) in the CT area will be running a 'campaign in a day for the 1815 campaign using the 'Snappy Nappy' rules, as we did two years ago.

Since the required troops dovetails with the units I have been painting for the Quatre Bras scenario, I thought I'd expand on a few units to fill in the 'cavalry gap' for 1815.

Here are two stands of Prussian Hussars, straight from the Silesian province of Prussia.  Dressed in the brown  jacket with yellow facings of the 2nd Silesian Hussars, they will help fill in the need for light cavalry in the Prussian army to be fielded.

 All ready to go, maybe a bit heavy on the brown ink final coat

In contrast, the next two stands are each from a different regiment of the Dutch Belgian Heavy cavalry establishment of 1815.  The First up is the 1st (Dutch) Carbineers.  An older style bicorne and yellow facings are the characteristics of this unit.  All the Carbineer units wore a dark blue coat, here done in delta ceramcoat 'opaque blue' with the facings from artist tube acrylics. The horses are done in the three step base-stain-wash process I have been using for some time now.

The first are to the left in the photo.

The other heavy cavalry stand represents the 2nd (Belgian) Carbineers, who sport a crested helmet, red epaulettes  and red facings on a dark blue coat. The red is from Blick art supplies acrylic range, 'deep red' and the blue is again the opaque blue.  The silver on the helmet is from a artist tube acrylic. 

The 2nd are to the front in this photo.

A very different sort of game

We hosted the grand daughters overnight a week ago, a trip to see a local production of The Wizard of Oz meant a late night out and since there was a rare open Saturday the next day, it turned out great.

Now you'd think two girls (six and eight) might be a handful. Especially on a cold dreary March day where they basically needed to play indoors. Not with these two.  I was sent to reclaim the dinosaurs from the basement, and helped set out a proper table complete with landscape. The next three hours was spent accomplishing some paperwork and listening to some wonderful free form play.  Three hours, two players,  no squabbling.  Amazingly, I did not hear a male character mentioned the entire time. Go figure!

The photos show it all:
 Dining table Dinosaur land

 The two players.

Beware the Ides of March- the move to plastic

With the availability of so many nice plastic kits for 28mm Napoleonics I decided to take the plunge and purchase some for the next phase of collecting, the light cavalry of the Anglo-Allied Army in the 1815 campaign.  The master plan is to obtain some of the Light Dragoon kits, when available as well.

The kits need no introduction as they have been around a couple of years, but I thought you might enjoy my halting attempts to transform grey plastic into table ready units.

Here is the first view, I managed to put together the horses and a few of the riders as I wait for the temperatures around here to climb into the 50's so I can spray the primer on them.

The figures and horses fit well, there are three choices of headgear for the troops.  This allows any of the units dressed as Huzzars in the British army in the Peninsula or 1815 campaign to be modeled.  More on which units I picked, later.