Friday 28 August 2009

Shoot out at High Noon

Well we played the Legends of the old west last night, up to 7 players, we had Lawmen, Cowboys, Desperadoes, Mexican Bandits, Texas Rangers and Indians. In a tense but fun battle which saw the town sheriff gunned down in the street, the Indians defeating the cowboys before the outlaws manged to break there leader out of the jail before the Texas rangers could stop them. A very enjoyable game. Here are a couple of pictures.

Wednesday 26 August 2009

Wild West pt II

Went to the club last night to set up the table for a wild west game, using Warhammer Historicals Legends of the old west. As I was there I took some photos of my various figures, predominatley Artizan with a handful of Foundry, West Wind and Ghost miniatures

Tuesday 25 August 2009

Wild West

Well this week at the club me and Jon are putting on a small wild west game, gives us a break from the Marlburians for a couple of weeks. I'll try to post some pictures of the game if I remember to take along my camera.

In the meantime painting is on hold as I am going to start building the card sets from Miniature wargaming for Waterloo.

Sunday 23 August 2009

Some Pictures

As promised a couple of photos of the troops I have done so far.

First up - Bayreuth Dragoons

Swabian - Hohenzollern Dragoons

Austrian Infantry Regiment Baden-Baden
Austrian Infantry Regiment - Alt Daun (not at Friedlingen)
All the figures above are from Warrior Miniatures except the Grenadiers who are from Essex. The figures from Warrior miniatures are very nice and at a very reasonable price. My Saxon force is all Dixon miniatures, while the Piedmont Savoy are a mix of Dixon, Warrior as well as some Donnington and Roundway. Most of the figures are compatible though the Donnington infantry are very large.
I currently have the Swabian Cuirassier Regiment Stauffenberg awaiting basing. These are from the Dixon range.

Saturday 22 August 2009

Friedlingen pt 2

Research continues apace for the Imperial forces at Friedlingen. Managed to secure a map of the battlefield and find that my recent purchase of Houmont Chateaux will come in very handy.

I do have a number of issues with the OOB that I have in that it gives 4 Swabian cavalry units, 3 dragoon and 1 cuirassier. Much to my chagrin the other info I have stats they only had 3 regiments of cavalry, 2 cuirassier and 1 dragoon. Bit of a poser this.

I have managed to track down uniform details for the rest of the force and started to paint up a few units. I already have the Hohenzollen and Bayreuth dragoons as well as the Baden-Baden and Ansbach infantry battalions. I'll post some pics when I get the chance.

Sunday 16 August 2009


As I have been putting together the figures required for an Austrian/Imperial army for the War of Spanish Succession, I cam across a description of the Battle of Friedlingen, even though a defeat for the Imperial forces, I came across an Order of Battle. The majority of the force comes from the Swabian and Franconian Circles with a couplt of Austrian units added. Its not too large a force, numbering only about 8,500 men. An added bonus is that I already have 2 of the infantry battalions painted. So mind made up this is the force I am going to build.

I have added a couple of links from the Baccus site which details the uniforms of the Swabian and Franconian Circle force.

Wednesday 12 August 2009


Well my figures arrived last weekend from those nice chaps at Warrior miniatures, gives me enough figures for 4 battalions of infantry and 4 regiments of Dragoons (or 8 squadrons for Lily banners.) They even threw 4 extra brigadiers as after the weekends gaming I realised I am significantly short in this area. I've already got 1 unit of Dragoons on the paining table, they'll be the Ansbach Schmettau regiment, (usefull as they fought in Dutch annd Saxon service as well as part of the Imperial army).

This week at the club me and Jon are planning another large game of Lily Banners, hopefully a couple of other club members will help out as well as my 2 nephews who seem keen on wargaming at the moment

Monday 10 August 2009

Gaming weekend return Part 2

As promised some pics of the Marlburian game that me and Mick fought using Mike's rules. These played very well and were quick and easy to pick up.

Saxon cavalry advance supported by the Garde du Corps

Saxon infantry advance upon the Bavarians

Saxon Guards capture the Bavarian artillery
The Saxon left wing cavalry hunt down their Bavarian counterparts
Bavarian infantry prepare to advance
This game was a well fought and very enjoyable encounter against a very good opponent, played in the right spirit. The highlight for me was when the Saxon Guards charged up a hill to capture the Bavarian artillery, only to be repulsed before retaking them. The low light has to be a Battalion of the Polish Guards which after bursting through the Bavarian infantry line was promptly hit in the flank by some grateful Bavarian Cuirassiers who seemed to enjoy themselves greatly in cutting them down.
Overall a very good game, even after Mick suffered early on he fought an excellent reaguard action to allow his infantry to retire. My Saxons were unable to pursue as most of the units had been fought to a standstill.

Gaming Weekend return

Got back yesterday after a very enjoyable weekend of wargaming. This will be a picture heavy post as I remembered to take the camera. Once again Jon and myself teamed up for the El Cid game, a much tougher game than last time, as the game drew to a close we were on top but hadn't had it all our own way. I think next time a smaller battle is in order.

My advancing battle line

Basque javelin men taking the scenic route

The two lines approach

Clash of Kings, meeting to decide the outcome

I'll post some pics of the Marlburian game later

Friday 7 August 2009

Gaming Weekend

Well got a full weekends gaming coming up. Going with a couple of club members to a friends house on the border, 2 days of large battles. Saturday is fighting a marlburian battle, got my saxon forces dusted down for that one, followed by a WAB El Cid battle on the Sunday (9000 pts per side). To whet the appetite I have put up some photos of the last weekend gaming we had, both a Lord of the Rings battle and El Cid WAB game. On my return I'll post some pics of this weekends gaming

Some shots of the El Cid game ( resounding victory for Jon and Me)

Wednesday 5 August 2009

Piedmont / Savoy part 2

Just finished the 2nd Guardia battalion to bring the force strength up to 12, enough for 2 good sized brigades. I've also made a start on the Austrian, already painted up Alt Daun and Baden-Baden battalions. I'll post some pics after I get the bases finished.

Just order the next batch of figures from those nice chaps at Warrior miniatures. These should give me enough figures for 4 more Austrian battalion and 4 Dragoon regiments.

by for now