Tuesday, 19 July 2016

I'm still here

I hadn't realised that it's been over a month since my last post. This has nothing to do with not painting or gaming,  just finding a lack of any time to sort out some posts. So just to prove I have been doing something, a few pictures of some current projects.

First up is some extra command stands for my WSS collection. I found I was still a few bases short to represent higher ranking officers. These are a mix of Minifigs and Roundway.

WSS Commanders
These guys will come in useful this weekend as I will be at Micks for the second game of our WSS campaign.

After reading a number of excellent reviews go the 'To the strongest' rules I made the purchase. I was in a dilemma as I have a very large collection of 28mm figures but couldn't face rebasing them. Instead I decided to rebase my small 15mm DBA armies. I've also made a few purchases to bulk these out. First up are dome additional Greek skirmishers and auxiliary from Essex miniatures.

Greek skirmishers
I've used 80x40mm bases for all of the troops. This way I can adapt the rules to fit my hex mat. My Greek collection so far. I still need to add some static grass to the bases.

Greek Hoplites
Greek Hoplites 
I have also been rebasing my other 15mm ancient figures from Macedonians, Bactrians, Hellenistic Greek and Indians. These will need to be added to to make viable armies.

The rest
Well back to painting and basing.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Battle of Fredericksburg the refight

Over the weekend I finally got up to Micks fir the refight. Myself and Dave were given the command of the Union forces while Mick and Tom took the Confederates. As C in C, Dave decided that he would demonstrate in front of the stonewall on ST. Marys heights, while I would detach a Corps yo try and hold Jacksons Corps while using the others to storm the Confederate positions. It was going to be a blood bath and so it proved.

Early doors Dave managed to get some union guns into Fredericksburg and concentrated on counter battery fire. This proved very effective, knocking out 3 guns early on.

Union troops in Fredericksburg 
Jacksons Corps in the wooded hill
My advance began very slowly. With only 2 pontoons I was struggling to cross the river. Dave also tried to cross with another Corps, but with only 1 pontoon he also struggled. Mick decided to take advantage of the situation and committed a division to try and push the union troops back. After a couple of rounds of heavy fighting his assault was checked with heavy losses. He was to rue these losses later in the game.

Eventually on my flank, my first Division faced off against Jackson trading Artillery fire at range. Meanwhile my first 2 Corps gnarly got across and organised ready for my assault.

Union troops advance
Rebel counter attack
Union troops push on
With my troops in position we began to advance into some murderous Artillery fire. Still we advanced as Artillery then hit the flanks causing yet more casualties. But still my brave lads continued. I also managed to get more Artillery of my own into position and began to silence the Confederate guns. Eventually we reached the heights and I threw them in only to be bloody repulsed. Tom and Myself then began trading assaults as I struggled to get up onto the heights. However I was drawing in the Confederate reserves from Jacksons Corps.

Onward we go
Jacksons position
Bloody conflict
Struggle for the hieghts
Over on the Union right, Dave realised that with thinning Confederate reserves he could begin a major assault against the wall. It took some bitter and protracted assaults to finally break the Confederate position and get over the wall. At this point Mick Bemoaned the loss of his division from the early counterattack. With pressure beginning to build all across the Rebel line, cracks were beginning to show. But time and again they threw back our assaults. Now though our numbers finally began to tell as first Longstreets Corps began to fall back, while A number of Jacksons divisions were fought out. It was pretty much the same on the union side with a large number of divisions out of action.

Union troops assault the wall
Union troops finally get across
The battle lines
Jackson counterattacks 
Battered reb brigades await the next assault
Union troops continue to push on.
Well after approximately 12 hours of gaming we finally called it a day. Longstreets Corps had been pushed back and Jackson was fought out. The union troops had finally gained the hieghts above Fredericksburg. While on the left another assault would probably have broken through the Confederate defence. All in all a great and hard fought game, very enjoyable. More pictures here Fredericksburg Pictures

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Fredericksburg update IV

With the big game this weekend I have finally finished all of the extra figures I need for the game. Though I do have 1 Artillery piece currently being based. First up is the union brigade I needed with its bases all finished. I'll be adding one of my spare command stands for the game.

Union brigade
I also completed all of the Artillery for Jackson's II Corps. The models were all from Warrior. I went with grey gun carriages on a whim. I know the confederates were nor as uniform as the union, also helps me to identify corps and divisional guns during a game.

Rebel artillery
All in all, I'm a happy chap that I've managed to complete 12 guns and 59 infantry stands in little over 2 weeks. Now just the game to look forward to.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Fredericksburg update III

Further progress has now been made on the troops I need for next week. I've also decided that I would try and complete the Artillery for Jackson's II Corps, just a further 8 models. So another order was made to Warrior for the 8 guns and crew that I need. I already have 4 of these on the painting table.

First up is the completed Confederate infantry, which worked out at 19 bases or 57 figures.

1st Brigade
2nd Brigade
I have also finished the Union brigade of 9 stands and the Artillery piece that I needed. These still need the bases finished, so should be complete by tomorrow.

Union Brigade
Overall not bad for just over a weeks work. Well got to get back to the Artillery.  Still got 4 models to build, though the others and all the crew are undercoated.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Fredericksburg update II

Just a quick post on the progress made so far. With getting the figures earlier than I expected I have managed to complete all of the infantry I need for the confederates as well as 2 pieces of artillery. They all still require basing, that should e done over the next couple of days.

Rebs awaiting basing
Next up I need to prep the 8 bases of figures for the union troops and then I have all of the minimum troops I will require. I have even put in another order with Warrior for some extra command stands and artillery. I'll paint the command stands for the above infantry if I have time. Just so the bases match even though I already have spare stands, The artillery though would be nice to get done as I need a further 8 pieces to represent the Corps artillery for the Rebs. Should keep me bust for the next 2 weeks

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Fredericksburg update

Those nice chaps at Warrior miniatures really excelled themselves this time. As per my last post I put in an order on Saturday. The figures arrived on Tuesday. Cannot beat that for service.

Order arrives
With the figures now here I've already made a start. Both confederate brigades have been prepped, one of which I've already painted and just need basing. Now got to keep going on the others.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Battle of Fredericksburg

I have the good fortune of being invited up to Micks for a re fight of the Battle of Fredericksburg. It was fought December 11 - 15 1862 between Lee's Army of Virginia and the union forces of the Army of the Potomac under Burnside. However Mick has asked a couple of us to supply some of the troops as this is a rather larger battle. I have been asked to provide rebels for Jackson II corps and union troops for Reynolds I Corps and Smiths VI Corps. So it was on to sorting through my collection to see what I had. The brigades for this battle are much larger than those for Gettysburg, but I didn't think that would be a problem. Imagine my shock when I realised I am short of figures. I need figures for 2 rebel brigades or 19 stands and 1 union brigade of 9 stands. I need to make an order and quick as I have limited time to paint them up. My figures of choice would normally be Peter Pig, however for delivery time you cannot beat warrior miniatures, so order made, confirmation received they will be dispatched by Tuesday. Hopefully the figures should arrive by the weekend which gives me 2 weeks to get them done....sorted I think