Sunday, September 25, 2016

16eme Regiment d'Infanterie Legere


Pleasingly swift production of another regiment of French troops for my Penisular War forces.  The 16eme were formed in 1793 and served in Germany, Austria and at various stages, Spain - fighting at Talavera, Fuentes De-Onoro and Albuera amongst others.

 
 These are the Hat Light infantry set once again, a set that whilst they may lack a little detail are comparatively easy to paint, and anatomically some of the best proportioned models available.  One box of marching poses and one box of command is enough for two 24 man regiments plus plenty of spares, add a third box of marching or skirmishing poses and you could just about squeeze four regiments out of them, not bad for £20-30!

Grenadier Company with Sappeur
This is my third French or allied regiment this year and brings the army to a respectable 10 regiments of formed infantry.  Still some way to go, not least as my Anglo-Iberian opposition already have 13 regiments.  But this is all heading in the right direction...


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dragon Rampant: a Small Battle


Another game, out of order as is my want at the moment, at least I'm catching up on some overdue wargaming activity.

A few weeks back I was at a regular home venue for a game against Joe.  We were to try our hand at Dragon Rampant, in a battle of the weakest and feeblest fantasy warriors; my Kobolds dwarfed by Joe's Night Goblins!

As best I recall we went for a simple Bloodbath scenario, but the troops drifted into the battlefield using move orders rather than open deployment, as the book says to add a little spice.  The battlefield itself centred on a ruined evil temple, clearly recently dispossessed of its' old master and open to new tenants, it would be the case that one group of nefarious scavengers or another would try to take control of the place.

 
 My Kobolds swarmed onto the field, showing more initial enthusiasm than the Goblins, and rushing the edge of the temple grounds.  Their Jabberwocky influencing their drive forward.

 
 Eventually the Goblins decided to turn up.

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 The Jabberwocky encircled the temple whilst Kobold Skirmishers and warriors clambered the temble mount.  My brutal monster fell upon goblin Squig riders, and in a short bloody battle was...

 
 Not victorious.

Soon after attacking goblins dealt with my collection of giant insects too.  The Kobolds somewhat recoiled, but from this stage onwards we began to depend on our weakest troops rather than the mightiest.  In particular my scouts were to prove MVP on the day, whittling away at the enemy with crossbow bolts, whilst routinely evading attack.

 
 The Bugbears and trolls lined up for a battle, but after a little encouragement from the Kobold sorcerer and his spells, they gradually found other more important places to be.

By now the Goblins were trying their best to take control of the temple, but they couldn't pin down my feisty scouts.
 
 Indeed by this stage, many of the goblin troops had withered away, and the surviving Kobolds were starting to encircle the temple and the handful of Squig riders left in it.  At this stage the game ended.

 
Although Joe held the high ground, I had managed to inflict heavy losses, completing key boasts in the process.  IN the end I think it was about an 8-2 victory to the Kobolds.

As is the case with both LR and DR, it was a swingy game with lots of challenging moments, but good fun as ever.  These are a brace of rules that just keep giving in my opinion.



Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Gift of Command


My main opponent for the Napoleonics these days is James S, but he's not the healthiest fellow of late and hasn't been able to paint mini's for a while due to his eyesight.  But he has been able to amass a decent collection of rank and file French troops thanks to those souls in China who'd rather be painting miniatures than assembling trainers.

However he had a distinct lack of command figures, and so asked me if I'd be so kind as to paint up a couple of Regimental command sets from Perry Miniatures to give him the necessary leadership for his rank and file.  Given they needed only to match the 'Dip' quality of his main troops I was more than happy to oblige.  I even threw in a couple of mounted commanders (not pictured), because if nothing else he has enough troops to need a Brigadier or two...

 
The quality of the originals is reflected by the two chaps on the right hand side.  I used a heavier mix of Strongtone than I normally would, over flat unhighlighted shades; much like my 15mm Austrians but on a larger scale.  In some ways I wish I'd done my Napoleonics in this style all along, it would've saved many, many hours effort.  But I is certainly not as nice in the end.

But for James it's proved more than satisfactory, in keeping with all his other troops.

Only too pleased to help.

Also we've scouted out a new venue for big games, giving us time and space to properly play out grand battles; we may start small to get back into the swing of things but an agreement to try and get things going again has been made.

All good.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Crusading we will Go...


I make no apologies for the fact that if I manage to get some actual game reports up in the next few weeks, those who played in them will be aware they are out of sequence, and for usual readers they may seem a bit scant on detail.  One of the things that really slowed down my blogging of late has been finding the time or willingness to write up long-winded narratives for games.

Which cyclically leads to my eventual recollection of the game being limited to what the photographs remind me of.  Which is less than the fresh memory would've recalled.

Anyhoo.  James T at the club had been itching to try Lion Rampant for a while, having made a start on a Muslim army to fit the rules.  I was happy to oblige and figured my English would double as crusaders without any real issues, other than perhaps their basing!

We rolled the scenario and it required me to traverse the battlefield in the face of the enemy.  Suddenly a 6'x4' table seemed enormous.

My desert cloth set off a reasonable battlefield
 The Muslims began in two forces split ahead and to my left.  I decided to try and beat them in detail and so set off to my left to engage the enemy.  If I could defeat this force before the other arrived I might spare my strength and be able to overwhelm both groups.

A general advance
 For JT's part, he appeared to want to encircle me, but his commander and some infantry held beck, steadily failing activation rolls.  This left a gap; I covered my right flank with my billmen and pressed to the left.
 
 Eventually after some wily manoeuvring on his part, I was able to catch the enemy and swiftly put one troop of horse to the lance point and sword.

This is what you get for being unpainted! ;-)
 Alas a counter attack caught my men off guard and in the retreat panic set in amongst them, carrying my leader from the field.  A classic command disaster for me!

Run away!!!
 The rest of my force held, but with no mounted power and few missile weapons, against a force largely of mounted bowmen, things looked dire.

Gulp
 Slow as they were my foot were made of steely stuff, and men at arms without horses bravely took on JT's leader, and gave great sacrifice against him.  Before also falling or retreating.  My spearmen finished the job, and the enemy proved less than happy.  Elsewhere my skirmishers were proving man of the match, outfighting, out manoeuvring and outshooting the enemy horse.  Suddenly we had them on the back foot with only infantry left.

Yay!
 Indeed at games end only one beleaguered unit of Muslim infantry was left.  Tactical victory was mine.

Hussah!
However such is the way of Lion Rampant, that the terms of the scenario, plus the Boasts meant that I in fact lost, as my key troops had gone and tactically JT had achieved more of his aims.  Strategically he had won the long game.

All in all good fun, and nice to get some historical gaming in.



Friday, September 09, 2016

Runewars - A new major Player?...


Fantasy Flight, the people behind the X-Wing and Armada franchises have recently announced a mass-battle fantasy miniatures game

Featuring 48 unpainted miniatures in the base set, this is very definitely a game of regiments and heroes, and looks to be borrowing heavily from the aforementioned Star Wars games for its' on board rules mechanics.  Unlike those however, this is not tied to a specific franchise, and allows players the liberty to paint miniatures as they choose (or not) to.

Now in fairness, such games come and go, somebody every few years gets it into their head that they can take GW on in this market, and until Age of Sigmar appeared they all came up short.  That change couldn't have happened at a better time for Mantic and Kings of War, who got a huge boost from Games Workshop retiring Warhammer Fantasy.  But Mantic, for all their success can't put the support behind a game the way Fantasy Flight can.

You see Fantasy Flight is owned Asmodee; arguably now the largest board game company in the world, with serious clout - one of the few companies able to engage both miniatures, card game and board game markets seriously.  Unlike many entrants to the field they have a massive and growing revenue to support their intentions; 200 million Euros (about £150m) in 2015 and growing every year since 2001.  Moreover they're bought many games companies - Fantasy Flight included - and had the good sense to let them continue to do what they're best at.

By comparison in the same year GW had revenue of £123m in the same period, steadily falling.  And doubtless with similar profit issues.  

So is FF a serious threat to GW?  Well, it's interesting to also note that in the last few days the suggestion is that FF's long partnership with GW to produce board and card games based on their licenses is to end [*Edit: announced officially an hour after I wrote this!].  Maybe somebody is feeling threatened, maybe someone else doesn't feel they need them any more and is ready to strike out on their own...

Of Course, RuneWars could be a massive failure, it may not find its' target demographic at all.  I'm not too sure that'll be the case though, and if this game is supported in the way the likes of X-Wing and Imperial Assault have been in the past I suspect GW could get very nervous indeed...


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Kings of War Historical on Preorder



Well this is interesting:

 
Mantic have mooted this for a while, but it is now on its' way for the end of the month, in digital form at least.  No indication at this stage of a printed copy, but you can of course produce your own copy once you've fronted up for it.

If you are interested in the rules, which apparently list 33 forces and mythical options if desired, you can get them from here with 20% off during the preorder period: LINKY


Saturday, September 03, 2016

High Born and Low Born


I've returned to the Lion Rampant collection - such as it is - again in the last few weeks; managing to paint a couple of units to finally finish the core of my Anglo-Irish wars force.

The first of these was the ever loving agony that is painting entirely yellow heraldic livery:

 Historically accurate liveries sourced once again from the Deering Roll, to go with the theme of the force I wanted only Yellow and red liveries were selected.  Which once again meant applying layer, after layer, after sodding layer of yellow.  Eight to be clear to get the effect I wanted.

Lord Hastinge on the Right

 A long and rather tiresome job, but the effect is satisfactory.  By comparison the unit of Yeomen I followed them up with were far more straightforward.

Marches Militia
 Pulled from Garrison duty, I built this unit to have an intentionally dated appearance.  As garrison troops for Lord Hastinge, they have rather old and faded tunics in the lords colours, but their shields have had a fresh lick of paint to make it clear whose side they're on.

These troops provide some cheap troops to back up the regulars.  They were also a lot easier to finish up.

These give me a full 24+ points of troops for LR.  I think I have another 3 or so units I can fit in the store box for the army so although a completed project I'm not done with them yet.

Still, it's all good.  Getting near to the end of summer and free time for painting will soon run out; so good to get these out the way.



Sunday, August 14, 2016

Two more gangs for Anger Avenue


After a long wait, in part for resilient paint to strip, I've completed two more sets of vehicles for Road Wolf.

First up are the Mother Truckers:

 
A gang specialising in trucks, age does not worry them, nor rust, but it must be in their favourite old varsity ball game teams' colours...

 
 Lastly the Dust Devils; using a variety of wacky quasi-military buggies:

 
 Their vehicles are in an army green with military markings and red crash foam on the roll cages.  However the level of dust can make it hard to tell!

 
So now I have enough models and the road for a game with four players.  I just need to reread the rules and give it a try.

I hope it works out!


Tuesday, August 02, 2016

French ADC

A tiny addition to the Napoleonics has been completed alongside a commission/favour for a friend that I can't show as yet.  Whilst batch painting for one task I could put a bit of effort into a small project of a junior command base for my Peninsular French - who are just about of a number to require another command stand now:

rushed photo's = poor lighting choices
 The models are a Foundry figure plucked from one of their bargain buckets, so his actual nationality is debatable, but with a lick of paint he makes an acceptable French Aide Du Camp, who perhaps has personalised his uniform somewhat.
 
The other chap is a Hinchcliffe Grenadier.  I definitely have a soft spot for the old Hinchcliffe models, when you consider they were sculpted from little more than Milliput (if that!) they have a timeless charm and a good eye for paintable detail.

Also finally after a few misdirections, got my basing colours right again.

Hopefully before the end of summer I can get another full unit painted for the collection, the question is whether to go French infantry, Spanish, or British Cavalry?

Hmm...

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Move quick, I'm ebaying again


So these folks just hit eBay:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Open for Bids or Buy-it-now, for those who know what they want!

These were a little project from last weekend as I try to get some mojo going; tbh I've spent a lot of time at the gym of late and generally sorting out my health and wellbeing; painting fits into that picture somewhere, as does gaming, but not exclusively so.  It's been busy!...