Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Getting A Round Tuit

Not much hobby time recently but I decided that I needed a quick game today. A War of 1812 Square Brigadier game seemed about right.

About 2 years ago I decided that having done 1812 for 20 years in 54mm and 40mm at various level from skirmish games to refighting historical battles, I didn't want to continue as I had been doing but neither did I want to drop it. A few test games showed that a Square Brigadier version was just right for short, easy to set up and play, One Hour style games. More experiments showed that 2 stand, 12 figure infantry units on the 6" grid worked well for me. They could also supply 1 stand units for use on the 3" grid portable board.  All I had to do was rearrange my existing units and  rebase, touch up or add a few figures to fill out my existing 40mm British and American armies.

So there I was, starting to consider scenarios,  then I looked at the cluster of figures in three different basing systems with various organizations and a few figures needing repair.....oh......I had made the decision about what I needed to do to make my 1812 armies game ready at a minutes notice again, but..... I hadn't gotten around to it.

1 infantry, 2 light infantry, and 1 artillery unit waiting for the glue to dry.
Since basing doesn't matter in Square Brigadier I could have  played with the figures as was, but I decided to finally get a start on executing my decision. Tomorrow though, I plan to play a game  regardless.

A Square Brigadier game from Dec 2016 (click here for the battle report)

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Old Army

This is the first half of the "Regular" battalion in my demi-brigade.

I was going to do at least a couple in white but decided not to. Instead they're just going to be a little bit less ragged and more uniform in pose.

These Prince August Prussian grenadiers are better match for Meisterzinn size-wise but I only have the one static pose and the uniforms needed more work.

I need to do 6 more to finish the unit but I think the other 18 figures will come from my Zinnbrigade Napoleonic moulds.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Revolution is in the air.

Work is finally resuming on my little 40mm French Revolutionary "army".

A little knife and file work then a little putty et voila! 

These Prince August Prussian Grenadiers have all volunteered to fight for la Republique.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Hold the Pass!

For a week the tired Maritime army had marched hard in pursuit of the retreating Rosmark forces. It was almost a relief when they approached Grant's Pass and saw the enemy guns posted atop the crest of the narrow pass.

The army had been marching in two columns along parallel roads which converged to run through the pass.  The order went out for the cavalry to deploy and clear the enemy guns off the ridge.

The Light Dragoons, eager to retrieve their reputation after the fight at the Boinne, galloped forward on the right giving the gunners time for a single blast of canister before cutting them down. The heavy cavalrymen of the Council Guards were not as quick and recoiled with heavy losses from the well handled guns on that side. The Naval Battalion and the Grenadiers were then ordered to deploy and hasten to attack the battery before the Rosish infantry could come forward to support the guns.

 The gallant but ill advised attempt was met with blast after blast of musketry from  the Queen's Foreign Regiment which had stepped up onto the crest to stand beside the guns as well as canister from the battery itself. The Naval Battalion was cut to pieces and sent reeling back without firing a shot but the Grenadiers stood firm, closed ranks and eventually, the survivors began to return fire. Grenadier after Grenadier fell but they were determined to fight to the last man and never yield an inch.

At last the rest of the infantry arrived and deployed and the line began to advance, muskets blazing. Thick clouds of smoke rolled across the field as neither side showed any inclination to retreat but suddenly the Light Dragoons appeared through the smoke taking the Provincial Regiment by surprise and driving them back. The Council Guards followed their example and drove back the Queen's regiment at great cost while step by step the Red line, a handful of Grenadiers showing the way, advanced pouring volley after volley into the enemy until at last they broke and ran.

Beyond the fleeing Rosish troops could be seen the end of the convoy full of the FTC Governors personal effects, company ledgers and a year's profits as well as the army's  pay chest and supplies. To the victor the spoils! 

Never yet had any army given King Michael's soldiers such a sustained drubbing as they suffered in this campaign. Already there was talk of a National Levy of men and money to form an army to take back what had been lost.

Thus ended the Maritime Alliance's first joint campaign.  The scenario was a Holding Action from CS Grant's Scenarios for Wargames, the rules were once again A Gentleman's War. Once again these rules worked well with lots of unexpected bits but nothing untoward and despite all the cards and dice, the player's decisions still felt like they were more important. However, once again trying to keep track of both armies, place markers etc while constantly running (sic)  from  one side of the table to the other to move troops or get back to the card deck,  turned the game into a minor athletic event as well. I don't have an answer for that beyond finding an opponent but its the same thing that was a major factor in my decision to stop playing MacDuff at home.

What next? We'll all of us just have to wait and see!

When the Hurley Burley's Done

Actually it is done. But I haven't written up the battle yet.

Hopefully I'll do that tonight after I get home from playing in a Big Napoleonic game with Little 15mm guys.