Monday, 29 May 2017

War of 1812 - 5th Maryland Volunteer Infantry

My Old Glory stuff has still not turned up - Australia Post are looking for it in their sortation facility in Sydney.....

Anyway, at the weekend a tiny package arrived from Caliver in the UK, containing a single packet of Knuckleduster 5th Maryland Volunteer Infantry. These particular figures are the elite company. I have ordered the same unit from OG but as I need 18 per unit and OG are packs of 30, I needed and extra 6 figures and thought it would make sense to have one element of elites for each battalion.

I have noticed that the US army of this period does not seem to have had elite companies - no light or grenadier companies seem to be mentioned - but apparently some of the state and militia units DID have these differentiations. Anyway, it helps explain why they no doubt will look a bit different from the other 15 figures in each battalion! The "centre" companies have a red over black plume and a red "turban" around the base of their shako, but to make the elite company stand out, I made these two elements white.....

I am still not totally convinced by Knuckleduster - they are not bad figures but I don't think I like them as much as OG, and they are quite pricey - US$10 for six figures....anyway, when my OG order FINALLY turns up, that may be about it for me and the War of 1812...time to move onto another project!

Here are the two elements from a number of different angles

Hopefully next time I post, it will be to say the parcel from OG has arrived...........!

Saturday, 27 May 2017

War of the Roses - To The Strongest rules

On Friday evening after work, a group of five assembled at Julian's place for a friendly game of To the Strongest. Tonight we did a Wars of the Roses scenario, pitching Julian's force of Front Rank and sundry other figures against Mark's force of Perry plastics. I believe this was a real scenario but cant remember the battles name - basically, the Lancastrians (Marks figures) had three commands, whilst the Yorkist's - Julian's figures - had only two. I teamed up with Julian and Mark was joined by Chris and John. The unit count I think was 20 - 16 in the Lancastrian favour - they had 9 morale coins to our 7.
The Yorkist forces were drawn up in a defensive position on a ridge, with the Lancastrian's tasked with assaulting the hill and driving us from it. The two commanding generals hated each other and extra points could be had by the elimination of the commander characters!

The tactics on both sides were pretty simple - we Yorkist's stood on our defensive position and waited, whilst the Lancastrian's advanced on us. Mark commanded the Lancastrian right, opposite me, John was in the centre and Chris on their left with the four cavalry units - we had no cavalry!
The Lancastrians are blue below and the Yorkist's red in the maps.

John had a couple of false starts - drawing two aces will do that to you - and doing it twice in a row on moves 1 and 2 of the game certainly slows down your advance! Mark made steady progress towards my waiting longbowmen and billmen, whilst Chris came screaming forward with his cavalry on their left, bypassing Julian's defensive stakes and fortified camp to squeeze down the extreme table edge and appear BEHIND Julian's right flank position!

Mark and I exchanged ineffectual archery - we each got a couple of disrupteds but both were able to remove them in the following turn. John got moving and advanced on Julian in the centre, whilst Chris was causing havoc on our right. Julian had turned to face the flank attack, so another of Chris's cavalry units promptly charged this redeployed infantry in their newly exposed flank - when you have cavalry on your right and to the front simultaneously, it gets a bit hard! Julian was able to survive for a couple of turns but eventually Chris had dispatched a couple of his units. Meanwhile, Julian was having more success with his longbowmen and had managed to wipe out a couple of Johns units. I joined in eventually and got rid of a couple of Marks units too.
Johns infantry stoically continued to advance and charged in to support Chris's assault on the flanks of Julian's troops facing off against the cavalry threat on our right flank. Meanwhile, the longbowmen, having expended all their arrows, rushed forward with the short swords to engage in hand to hand combat too.

The net result of this combat was that our morale coins were reduced to 3, whilst the Lancastrian's were down to 1! Julian somehow managed to survive the onslaught on his right flank from two directions simultaneously, and when it came to our turn, I was able to charge forward with a unit of billmen against a unit of Marks that was not only disrupted by previous missile fire, but had also suffered the ignominy of having a commanding general killed! My billmen scored a hit, Mark failed to save them, and with the loss of this unit, the Yorkist cause prevailed...but it was a very close run thing and if we did not have the artificial method of ending the game, I am pretty sure Chris and Marks combined attack on Julian would have been successful.....

Once again a fun game that ended at a reasonable time thanks to the use of the "army morale" system.

Pictures below, as usual, some are not that great due to the lighting, but they give an idea of how the game unfolded.

Marks right wing of the Lancastrian force

 My longbow men and billmen on the hill opposite Marks position

Marks billmen and archers - all plastic figures by the Perry brothers

The last of my troops - crossbowmen behind pavisses

Chris's knight on the other flank

Julian's longbow men facing Chris

Johns Lancastrian troops in the centre

Move one - Marks longbow men pepper my positions with arrows

Meanwhile on the other flank, Chris deploys his mounted troops 

A general view of Marks advance from my position on the high ground

Chris's cavalry arrives unexpectedly on Julian's flank

 Above and below - the view of my position from behind Marks advancing troops

 Chris's cavalry wheel to advance down our line - Julian's infantry have turned to face but in doing so have exposed their flank to another mounted unit (top centre)
Chris's fourth mounted unit so far uncommitted

The centre of our line - Julian's longbow men and men at arms

A disrupted unit of Marks archers - next time, they were off

Marks unit containing his leader - also disrupted

My archers having used all their ammunition, I swapped them over so the men at arms are now in the front row

The final charge that won us the game - my men at arms engage Marks disrupted unit and win

The final view in the centre of the field - Johns troops are engaged with Julian's

The position on  our right flank - enemy cavalry everywhere!

Another view of the melee in the centre

A final view showing most of our line - my left flank troops in the bottom left and in the top right Chris's cavalry still threatening our right flank

Thursday, 25 May 2017

War of 1812 - Final Unit Completed - For Now!

As promised, tonight I finished off the bases of the last two elements of my final unit of British Royal Marines - pics below.

So in the last 3 months or so, I have painted the following troops for the War of 1812 :

3 Victrix British gun crews
5 Old Glory US gun crews
5 battalions of US regular infantry
2 battalions of US Regular riflemen
1 regiment of US Light Dragoons
2 battalions of Glengarry Light Infantry
2 battalions of Canadian Voltiguers
2 battalions of Royal Marines
2 RHA Rocket troopers firing rocket -  Warlord
4 mounted RHA rocket troopers - Mirlton

Now I am just hanging out for the next instalment to arrive!

Out for a game tomorrow (Friday) so will have a report and some picture to load over the weekend.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Blog Update - Back on Deck

My PC issues seem to be over - have no idea why - after 2-3 days of no reaction when the power was turned on, on Tuesday the stupid thing fired up as normal....!

The news of my OG purchase is not so good. The tracking stopped in Australia on Friday 19 May, with the notation that the item had arrived at the Australian post delivery office...but wait....I am not IN Australia!

The ever helpful Connie at OG has contacted US Mail - they say HOPEFULLY someone with a brain will figure out that Pukekohe 2120, Auckland is in NEW ZEALAND and NOT Australia...but we are relying on Aussies here so confidence is low!

Seems OG accidentally put Oz rather than NZ as the final destination but really...I am sure NZPost would figure out what to do with an item in Auckland international mail centre addressed to Sydney, New South Wales, New Zealand...what do you reckon?!

Connie has gallantly acknowledged the error and if the carton does not turn up by Monday 29 May, they will reship it.

The annoying part is, I have just about finished ALL my first order of 1812 troops now - two bases of RM finished off tonight - just the basing to do tomorrow - so it would have been PERFECT timing if the next lot had arrived this week - BUGGER!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Blog update

There may be a bit of a gap in my posts as I have a technical issue with my home pc and I am using an iPad to load this post ......however I do not think I will be able to figure out how to load pictures using this device!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

War of 1812 - Reinforcements are En Route!

Nothing to post today - so here is the track and trace on the package coming to me from Old Glory!

Hopefully the carton should arrive in New Zealand in the next few days.....

Monday, 15 May 2017

War of 1812 - Second Unit of Canadian Voltiguers - Completed

Here is the second unit of the Old Glory Canadian Voltiguers - augmented by one element of Knuckleduster figures. Unfortunately, unlike the British Royal Marines, the Knuckleduster sculpt is significantly different from the OG one - the headdress in particular - the OG one looks like some kind of bearskin with a peak, whilst the Knuckleduster one looks more like a stovepipe shake with some fur over it - I don't know which is more accurate and I don't really care that much - its just a bugger they look so different!

Anyway, once they are on the table and people are looking at them form 3 feet away, they probably wont notice, so its not a big issue! Hopefully the Knuckleduster Maryland infantry and Glengarry Light infantry I have ordered to top up the OG units will be a better match!

As mentioned, I painted this unit slightly differently from the first one - with standard grey trousers rather than the pale blue I did on the first one. For some reason, I seemed to be one figure short in this unit too, but I solved that by just making the command element consist of only the officer and musician figures.

One last unit of Royal Marines to do and then I will be hanging out for the next Old Glory package to arrive!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

War of 1812 - Next Order

I have not quite got the second unit of Canadian Chasseurs finished off the weekend - they are all painted and based but I am still waiting for the polyfilla type compound I use on the bases to set completely, before completing the bases, so the pics will have to wait until tomorrow night.

Instead I will just let you know what I have just ordered as additions to this collection

The bulk of the additional troops come from Old Glory, and I also bought 6 Glengarry Light Infantry and 6 Maryland Volunteer infantry, to add to the OG packs to make them both up to 36 figures IE 2 x 18 figure battalions

Here is the OG order in full:

As you will see, I have succumbed to the temptation to add some Belgic shako Brits to my collection, despite the fact that they are not really necessary....We will see how this goes - I may be able to stop at two battalions of these figures.....!

Saturday, 13 May 2017

War of 1812 - Second Glengarry Light Infantry - Completed

Its taken a while to get these done- mainly due to the bloody dicing on their shakos - but here they are

The good news is that the second unit of Canadian Chasseurs should be finished off this weekend, if not today - I started them last night but as 90% of the paint on them is grey, they are three quarters done already!

A few pics of the Glengarries are below - these ones have green trousers to differentiate them from the previous unit, who had grey: