Saturday 25 January 2014

Painting at last

Well as promised in my last post I thought I would post some pictures of some of the figures that I have manged to get painting this year. First up is a small group of Dwarf warriors that actually inspired me to get painting again. 1 is from the Citadel Norse Dwarfs range and the other 5 are from the original plastic regiment set that GW brought out in the late 80's.

Dwarf warriors
Sorry it's not the best picture as I took it with my mobile and the light seemed to reflect badly of the metallic areas. I also need to locate some shield s for these guys. So far I have found 2 of the originals, just 3 more need so will probably end up browsing EBay.

Next up is a unit of Austrian Jaegers for my Napoleonic collection. These figures are all from Warmodelling. In the end they didn't paint up to bad despite my misgivings while painting them

Jaeger firing line
I also manged to finish off the 2 battalions of infantry to add towards my Friedlingen project. The figures are all from the Dixon Miniatures range and are lovely figures to paint. They are the Baden-Durlach and Reischach battalions.

This just leaves 2 infantry battalions and a regiment of Dragoons to complete the Imperialists for Friedlingen. I can then concentrate on finishing off the French figures. As i was in the mood for WSS I have arranged a club game for Thursday night using the Black Powder rules. I will post reports as the battle progresses. it sees my Imperialist and Saxons facing off.

Tuesday 21 January 2014

A quick update

I have finally managed to get my painting mojo back. I started off on a couple of old fantasy Dwarves that I have had lying around in a box from my teenage years, then I quickly painted up the remaining 11 figures of my French infantry regiment for the French Indian War. I found that by picking up random figures and just painting brought my enthusiasm back though this got sorely tested when I finished off some Austrian Jaegers. I found these a pain and just did not enjoy painting them, forcing myself to get them done so I can get back to painting up some WSS figures. I will post some pictures later when the light is better for taking them.

Those with sharp eyes will have noticed that I have updated the paint plan for the Friedlingen project. I was quite surprised at how much that I have actually painted, especially for the Imperialists. Some of the regiments I am still a little unsure of, especially among the French. There are 3 regiments of Dragoons present but so far I have been unable to trace their names. There is also the Infantry regiment de Robecq and I can find no record for these. Any help appreciated.

I now have 2 more battalions on my painting table and expect to have them finished by the weekend. On checking through the lead pile I have enough figures for a further 3 battalions before some purchases will have to be made. Luckily with the York show coming up I might make the trip down as Dixon Miniatures always have a stand on.

As mentioned earlier I hope to get some photos up at the weekend just to prove that I have been painting.

Tuesday 7 January 2014

1809 Westphalians

I still haven't lifted a paint brush this year but hope to remedy that at the weekend. These guys were all painted up in early December and I have only just got around to posting them. Sorry that the pictures don't seem the best.

First up is the Guard Regiment. I couldn't find suitable figures with gaiters, but I feel that these guys were close enough. The figures are from Warmodelling and didn't paint up too bad in my view. They are from their French range of Guard Chasseurs. The flag as usual was taken from the Warflag site. In comparison to the other units I have an extra base, just didn't want to waste the 4 figures.

Westphalian Guards
The second unit completed is that of the 2nd battalion of the 1st infantry regiment. These figures are all from Eureka and were won as a blog prize from Dux Humoncularum. These chaps are lovely figures and were a joy to paint.

2nd battalion 1st Regiment
I did paint up 2 brigadiers but unfortunately the pictures have not come out. I did manage a couple of group shots before the battery went flat.

Westphalian Brigade
Westphalian Brigade
I know that the Westphalians did not have the best of reputations during the Napoleonic wars, but sometimes I enjoy using troops that are of low quality as it can really sharpen up your tactics and any successes you have with them are to be savoured. I do intend this year to paint up a second brigade as they have some Guard Jaegers and Chasseurs that I want to do.

Saturday 4 January 2014

X Wing - Capitol ship

On Thursday night I made it to the club and we decided to put on a game of X wing using a new Capitol ship that John had picked up from EBay, a Tantive IV. The model even came with some home devised rules for use in X wing games. As we were unsure of the full capabilities of the Tantive IV we just decided to field a variety of ships but no special characters.

John took on the Rebels and backed up the Tantive IV with an escort of 2 X-wings and an A-wing. As the game progressed it became apparent that the Rebels were under strength and at least 2 further X-wings should have been fielded

For the Imperials, we had 3 players each with 4 ships each. Myself, Tom and George. Between us we had 2 Tie Advanced, 2 Tie Interceptors, 2 Tie Bombers and 6 Tie fighters. Our objectives were simple. See how long the Tantive could survive against the onslaught.

Tantive IV with escort
George's Ties
The game opened with the the Imperial squadrons trying to close with the Tantive. John initially kept his escorts to one flank of the capitol ship and this was to prove his undoing. As Tom's squadrons advanced they engaged with the escort damaging both x-wings for the loss of the Tie Advanced. George meanwhile swarmed in with his basic Tie fighters and managed to knock out 6 of the 10 shields of the Tantive in the first turn of firing. Due to the number of Imperial ships John continually split his fire, coupled with some poor dice he was unable to inflict much damage against the Tie fighters, finding them difficult to hit.

Escort engage the Imperials
Ties begin their attack run on the Tantive IV
After his initial attack run, Georges' squadron swept over the Tantive and engaged the rear of the escort. in quick succession the overwhelming firepower of the Imperial ships brought down both X-wings. This left the poor A-wing pursued by a veritable storm of Ties. The Tantive continued to split its fire again to little effect as the Imperial ships easily avoided any hits.

A new meaning to being swarmed
A-wing makes a run for it.
With the Tantive being isolated I sent in my squadron which quickly reduced the remaining shields. Next the 2 Tie Bombers let fly with advanced proton torpedoes and knocked out one of the turrets. It was at this point we called it quits. The rebels were well and truly done for and only 1 Imperial ship had been lost.

We did take a few learning points for the game. Apart from recognising that a second group of fighters for the rebels would have made the job extremely difficult. 2 Tie squadrons were able to fall on the flank of the Tantive while its small escort was engaged by our 3rd squadron.

Splitting fire is bad for capitol ships. As they don't have focus Ties were able to continually use their evade tokens which kept them alive. If more than 1 turret had targeted the same Tie, once the token was used up John would have a greater likelihood of inflicting damage. Also John forgot to use his Target lock for the Turrets to allow him at least 1 re roll for missed hits.

Overall an enjoyable game and with a few more tweeks it will give the Rebels a greater chance of success.