Saturday, 15 December 2012

FIW New Jersey Provincials

Finally managed to get these guys finished. I went for the New Jersey regiment, simply to match in with my rangers which were also a New Jersey unit. The figures are all from Front Rank. Not quite quite sure if I got the blue right for the coats, but I'm happy enough with them.

New Jersey Provincials
New Jersey Provincials

The figures came in only 2 variants. I am thinking of picking up some more, but this time from Galloping Major to add a bit of variety. I want enough for a couple of units.

Next up is an officer, I think he is from the SYW Prussian range by Front Rank, will need to check. He came as part of a bundle of figures I got off EBay.  Unfortunately his coat has turn backs, but I am reasoning that since he is an officer he is more than likely provided his own attire.

Provincial Officer
Provincial Officer

The bases as usual are MDF provided by Warbase. Now I have the last 10 Frenchmen to complete.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

End of year review

It's that time of year again where I review my progress for 2012. I had 5 main project aims and my progress is detailed below.

28mm Ancient Greeks – I did start on these, about 30% complete. 2 units of hoplites and a unit of peltast were done. Not good for a project that has been on the go for about 4 years. Must do better.

28mm ECW - I wanted to fill out my cavalry forces as some of the units appeared under strength. There was also another regiment of foot to paint. Sadly, zero marks as I didn't add anything to the project. I did though use the figures in some Pike and Shotte games.

ACW - I wanted to paint up the last of my 15mm ACW figures for Gettysburg, namely Pickett’s Division and the rest of the Union I Corps. Again poor marks, I only completed one extra brigade. Becoming a bit of a recurring theme this.

15mm FPW – I needed to finish my Wurttemburgers and then start on a second Division. A well done as I managed this and more, completing a Bavarian division as well as a French infantry corps and Cavalry division. A*

Dystopian Wars – Finish of my FSA fleet and likely start another, either Prussian or Britannia. Well I finished the FSA fleet but lost interest in the game. These will probably be sold to fund further projects.

So what did I do, well there was some dark age Irish for SAGA, a 4 point warband. I also had a dabble in some 10mm AWI from pendraken, there were some 15mm Macedonian and Greeks. I also undertook the mammoth task of re basing my WSS collection. My main interest later in the year was the French Indian War, I got really into this project and its nearly 90% complete.

On the gaming front I got involved in a re fight of the battle of Paltzig from the SYW, a very enjoyable game.

So what is the aim for 2013.

28mm Greeks – I'm determined to get these done and get to game with them.

28 FIW – I want to finish this project, adding some civilians and provincials.

15mm FPW – I want to add at least one more French infantry division and expand the Bavarians to corps strength.

15mm ACW – With only a handful of figures to do I should get these finished

15mm WSS – I've got some French to complete as I want to finish off the forces for the Battle of Friedlingen.

No doubt I'll get sidetracked as I already have a slight hankering after some Austrian Napoleonic, go figure. Not a period I know a great deal about. The Napoleonic fashion police have always scared me away.

Well that's the review done, Hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year, may the dice Gods always bring good fortune (though not if your playing against me).

Sunday, 25 November 2012

FIW Militia

Sorry for the lack of updates but real life is taking precedent at the moment. Gaming is definitely on the back foot and my painting is only on a sporadic basis. That said I did manage to complete a handful more figures for my French and Indian war collection. These are 2 units of militia, each of 4 figures. I will be adding to these to bring both units up to their 6 figure maximum. The figures themselves are from Front Rank's AWI range. I like the fact that you can pick out the individual figures that you want and in the quantity that you want.

Militia unit 1
Militia unit 2

I also painted up an officer for my unit of rangers. This figure is also from Front Rank. Size wise each matches in well with the AW miniatures I currently use for my rangers. The only noticeable difference is the length of the rifle, which is significantly shorter on the Front Rank model.

Ranger Captain
Ranger Captain
I also finally finished off the final building, another log house from Pegasus Hobbies. These plastic kits have much to recommend them. I have seen the latest MDF ones from 4ground, but currently cannot see me getting any at this time.

Trading post
Trading post
This model will probably see use as the main focal point within a settlement as it is larger than the other models I have or act as a stand alone trading post.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Terrain part 3 and others

Finally managed to finish my 2 rock outcrops. Quite pleased with these, despite the larger base warping slightly. I finished both bases with sand and added some static grass to help blend them in with my wargames table.

small rock outcrop
another view
Large rock outcrop
Frenchman added for scale purposes.

Due to the lack of gaming opportunities at this time I have been able to concentrate on finishing off some of my scenery. Next up was the third woodland Indian hut. Constructed using the same methods as the others. I've got enough material to finish off another model.

Indian hut

For use during games of Muskets and Tomahawks, I picked up some movement trays to be used for the regular troops. Each tray will hold 8 figures. I'll try and pick up some more with differing sizes and layouts for the more Irregular troops.

Movement trays flocked and grass added
The troops in place

I also manged to pick up some more figures from Front Rank. The first painted are some more French Regulars for the La Reine regiment. I also complete a foot and mounted officer, Captain Clerambault to lead them. The flag is from War flag. This brings my regulars up to a strength of 2 units of 10. I also have another 10 and another officer to paint up.

La Reine regiment additions
Next up, I've ordered some more bases and movement trays. I also have some militia, provincials and a Ranger captain to paint. The larger building from Pegasus hobbies just needs basing, photos to follow. I have also been using some poker chips to make counters for use in the game, white for French and Red for the Brits. After this I only need to add a few more civilians and some livestock. Not sure yet if I will put together a larger river and get some canoes to add a bit of variety to the games. There is also the possibility of building a fort, the MDF walls from Warbase look promising.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Terrain part 2

With the Newcastle match blasting in the background, I took the opportunity to do some more work on my rock outcrops. Both models got a coat of some cheap acrylic black. I then concentrated on the smaller of the 2 pieces, giving it 2 dry brushed coats of grey, the second being slightly lighter. I then borrowed an idea from Eric's blog Shed wars and added some sand to various parts. These will eventually be covered in Oak varnish and small clumps of static grass to be added. Eric's blog is worth a look as his FIW layout is superb

Black undercoat
2 shades of Grey dry brushed on
Sand added
While this was drying I did some more work on my third Indian hut, this time I managed to obtain a plastic bowl for the base from my mother, she didn't bother to ask why I wanted it. I also started on re basing some of my trees, getting the sand added to the bases. I also started to construct my Pegasus model log house when disaster struck, I knocked it of the shelf when drying and broke the roof, oops, nothing a bit of glue won't fix.

Indian hut
Trees

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Terrain

Due to real life getting in the way I've been unable to get any gaming or painting in this week. So today I decided to make some outcrops for my wargames table. I want them to be fairly generic, as I play a number of periods and scales. So banished outdoors as I would be using some polystyrene pieces I managed to scavenge after building some flat pack furniture I went to work.

For the bases I used some MDF from the bottom of an old set of drawers. I trimmed them up to remove the straight edges. Next I went to work on the polystyrene, cutting and shaping until I was happy and then glued them to the bases. I had to use some cocktail sticks to pin the large piece as it was constructed from a couple of pieces of polystyrene. I then coated both pieces with a large mix of PVA glue and polyfilla to help protect them before I get around to painting them up.

Large outcrop
Smaller outcrop
I am still a little undecided on the colour scheme to use, either start with black and work up in shades of grey or work up in shades of brown and tans. Need to decide by tomorrow as they should be thoroughly dry to commence painting.

As my FIW project progresses I have been making up a few purchases. !st off I bought another of the Pegasus models, this time the 2 storey log house. This will take over the place as a trading post and relegate my home made model to a basic homestead. On EBay I picked up a bargain 27 SYW French by Front rank figurines. These will allow my French Regulars to increase to 3 units of 10 with a further 2 officers. There is also a mounted officer if I wish to use one. This leaves my British rather shorthanded , so to start redressing the balance I have ordered 8 militia, 8 provincials and a ranger officer from Front Rank. Next month I will add a couple more militia, ad some Indians, probably from Redoubt for added variety.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

FIW extras

To further clutter up the battlefield for future games I've decided to add a few pieces of extra details. First up is two carts from 4ground. These are made from MDF and were pretty straightforward to put together and paint.
2 Hand carts

I've also put together some extra trade goods to go with the trading post. The sandbags were from a plastic WW2 set I picked up years ago, still got some more lying around. The smaller crates and barrels are resin that I picked up rather cheaply on EBay. The larger barrel is from GW Siege defenders range and the 2 rolls of cloth are from Black Crow's sci fi range.

Trade goods
 As most of my scenery is for the Europeans I decided I wanted something for the Indians. I had a quick look on the Grand Manner site at their Indian Longhouses, lovely sculpts but out of my price range. It was then I remembered an old WI issue with and article from Herb Gundt on making a woodland Indian village. Using this as inspiration and knicking a plastic bowl from the Kitchen, I add small squares of crepe paper to get a bark effect. Quite pleased with my efforts, though the door is probably too large.

Indian Hut
Indian hut
And all Indian villages are not complete with a totem pole displaying the scalps of a warriors recent victims. The scalps were made from some rolled up tissue paper.

Scalping pole
On the figure front I painted up another 6 Canadian militia as Courer de bois. These figures are all from Front Rank Miniatures. Quite enjoyed painting these guys despite my initial reservations.

Courer de bois
Courer de bois

Friday, 26 October 2012

FIW Raid

For the second game at the club I decided on a reversal in roles. This time the British and their Iroquios allies would be raiding into French territory. Their objective was a retaliatory strike and burn the village. The French were trying to prevent this. For this game we had hidden movement and event cards, which seemed to work quite well, though at the beginning of the game no figures were on the table as nobody could see each other.

The forces involved included for the British
1 Officer
2 units of Regulars, 8 figures each
1 unit of Rangers, 7 figures with the Sharpshooter trait.

The Iroquois
1 Sachem
3 units of Indians with muskets, 2 @ 6 figures and 1 @ 5 figures
1 unit of Indians with bows, 5 figures

The French
1 Officer with the light infantry trait
1 unit of regulars, 8 figures
2 units of Compagne de la marine , 8 figures each

The Canadians
1 Officer
1 unit of Courer de bois, 6 figures
3 units of militia, 2 @ 6 figures and 1 @ 7 figures.

The French had to deploy the regulars in the fort and 1 unit of militia in the village.

All quiet in the village
The British attack hidden from view
The British decided to attack down the river in canoes, disembarking under the cover of the wood to try and avoid being spotted. The British took the north bank while the Iroquois went south to the village. For the first turn the French sat, hoping the British would reveal themselves.

Eventually the lead elements of the Iroquois advanced into an ambush, a small unit of Canadian militia sprung their trap but fired high and wide, more damage to wildlife than Indians. The return fire from the Iroquois was deadly cutting down 3 of their opponents forcing the rest into flight back to the village. With a hoop and a holla the Iroquois pursued cutting down the rest. The villages at this point went into panic, fleeing from the blood thirsty Iroquois.
Canadian Militia spring their ambush
Iroquois sweep through the woods

At the sound of gunfire the French Officer dispatched a unit of Marines to investigate. The Rangers, meanwhile had moved up through the woods into a position to cover and moves from the fort. Their first volley cut down 1 of the Marines. A fateful event befell the Marines, they had forgotten ammunition and were given a black powder marker, all they could do was re load. The Rangers meanwhile gave them another volley from the woods, cutting down 5 more. The 2 remaining marines promptly routed from the field.
Forward dear fellows

The British Regulars eventually struggled through the woods to support the Rangers, between them they began to exchange fire with the fort, keeping the Remaining French troops pinned in.
Form a line chaps
 The Indians meanwhile were running wild in the village, cutting down the civilians and firing the buildings, this flushed a unit of militia out, who charged into the Iroquois, they got the worst of it and beat a hasty retreat from the village. Their fate though was sealed as more Iroquois moved up and they wee cut down to a man.
Fleeing Militia as the village starts to burn
The remaining Canadians from the safety of the wooded hills began to fire on the enemy, inflicting casualties on the Iroquois as well as the British Regulars who strayed to close to the edge of the wood. At this point the game was over, with mounting casualties in the fort and the village aflame the British had achieved their objective.

Overall a very enjoyable game. The hidden movement worked well adding a suspense to the game. The French cracked first and the poor unit of marines paid for it. Ambushes if timed right were deadly. Unfortunately for the Canadian Militia a single unit got swarmed by the entire force of Iroquois.  The event cards also add a little fun, though not if you were the marines to forget your ammo. Cannot wait for next weeks game.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

1st Musket & Tomahawk's game

Finally got around to playing a couple of games of these rules. The first game was at the club with Chris and John commanding the French and Indians and Paul and Dave commanding the British troops. From the start the game wasn't balanced as we just used the troops that we had available, concentrating more on ensuring we got our heads around the rules.

British forces consisted of 2 units of regulars, 1 unit of rangers and a unit of Indians all led by 2 officers. The French force consisted of an officer, 1 unit of regulars, 2 units of marines, 1 Sachem and 3 Indian units. The game centred on the British trying to evacuate the Jefferson family from their farmstead as well as gathering in supplies for the fort. The French were out to destroy the supplies, burn the farmsteads and slaughter any civilians.

The game started brightly for the Indians under John as there random start location turned up right next to the Jefferson farmstead. The helpless civilians quickly made a dash towards the bridge and safety. However the cards went against them as the Indians closed and peppered them with arrows and musket balls. Mr Jefferson taking a musket ball for the family.

The Jefferson's flee across the bridge
With the British regulars quickly advancing to the river in support, further disaster befell the civilians as they were all cut down from heavy fire from the Indians and marines. With the British firing line set up they sent a deadly volley into the Indians killing 3 and sending the rest of the unit packing. With the second unit coming up into support, the Indians began to show how brittle they were, repeatedly recoiling from fire. The regulars though proved of stern stuff, repeatedly passing morale checks despite heavy casualties.

British Regulars move into position
French regulars and marines get into position

Eventually the French regulars got into position on a rocky ridge and began pouring fire into the enemy, The Mohawk Indians were forced to recoil and the British eventually broke off from combat. Overall a French victory, they managed to burn 1 of the 3 farmsteads, killed all the civilians while the British only managed to retrieve about 75% of the supplies

Overall an enjoyable game, the mechanics are easy to pick up, though next time we will introduce hidden movement and traits. The idea of cards to determine actions is great fun, not knowing when you will go, can you risk firing and get a chance to reload before the enemy close etc.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

More FIW Goodiness

I'm continuing to add to my French and Indian War collection. First up is some plastic buildings from Pegasus Hobbies. These are supposedly 1/72nd scale, representing Russian log houses but are more in scale with 28mm figures. I've kept the roofs as they are, even though one is thatched. Thatched roofs did not last long in North America due to the long dry summers causing a number of incidents with fires.

Building with thatched roof
2nd building

I've painted these to match the buildings I have already done, adding MDF bases to add a bit of sturdiness. I would recommend these buildings to anyone doing gaming in North America. I also re-furbished a number of storage items to use as battlefield clutter for games.


Barrels and supply boxes

On the figure front I have finished the last of my AW Miniatures Indians and some Canadian Militia from Front Rank.

Indians with muskets
Indians with bows
Canadian militia
Canadian militia

I've also managed to get in a couple of games using the Musket and Tomahawk rules. So far very positive, the game at the club was enjoyed by all the players. The second game was a solo affair to help me get my head around a couple of the rules. All in all a good set of rules. I will post some pictures of the games shortly.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Latest FIW figures

Work is continuing on my French and Indian War collection. I finished off the first 4 Indians that I received from AW miniatures. Very easy to paint, already started on the next 2 units of Indians. Sorry for the quality of the pictures, these dark nights are limiting the times I can get decent pictures.

Woodland Indians - AW Miniatures
Woodland Indians

Next up I put some paint to a unit of 7 Rangers, figures again from AW Miniatures. These I like a lot and will definitely get some more in the future. Instead of painting them up as Rogers' Rangers like just about everyone else, I decided to complete Hezekiah Dunn's Ranger Company from New Jersey in their grey coats. This company was raised and paid from by the Provincial Government and not the Crown like Rogers' company.

Dunn's Rangers - AW Miniatures
Dunn's Rangers

The last unit I've completed was the French Regulars from La Reine Regiment. These figures are all from Front Rank Miniatures. These were quite easy to paint up, gotta love the French and their white uniforms.

French Regulars - Front Rank Miniatures
French Regulars.
Going through the figures I have left for this project, their are 11 more Woodland Indains, bringing my total up to 18. I've also got 6 Courer de bois and 8 Candien Militia to complete. As part of a swap with a mate at the club, I also received a further 6 Courer de Bois, 5 Indians and 3 Civilians. Not sure of the make of these figures but size wise nearer 25mm than 28mm. In their own units they will be okay as they are dwarfed by the Front Rank and AW Miniatures I already have.

On the scenery front I picked up the Pegasus Models 2 Russian log houses, look perfect for the Frontier settlements. I've also dusted down some of my old batterred trees which need a bit of a face lift and new bases.