Sunday 27 October 2019

Quick Update

Even though the painting front has slowed slightly as I begin moving my wargames gear from the spare room into a shed. I did manage to complete the last 2 units of Jannisarries, too late for the game at Micks. The figures are from Legio Herioco, depicted in campaign dress. Very nice figures.

The only other work I've managed to finish is some 28mm walling for my Border Reiver project. Got 6 pieces finished so far with another 6 under construction.

These are quite simple to make. I just used some modelling sticks with a layer of polly-filla. I then added a few layers of aquarium stones. They look effective enough.

Saturday 19 October 2019

General D'Armee, Austrians vs French

Thursday at the club pitted my Austrians defending a ridge against some marauding French. I had 2 small infantry brigades with a mix of Jaegers, Line and Landwehr. They were supported by a small cavalry brigade of 2 Hussar regiments. The French had 2 large infantry brigades supported by some Hussars and Lancers.

To say the game was a disaster for my Austrians is an understatement. When my artillery couldn't hit a barn door, they became low on ammo. My Jaegers on the left got pounded by the enemy. When the enemy charged my closing fire missed. In fact most of my infantry lost Fire discipline which is not good when outnumbered and trying to defend. Still a very enjoyable game.

Austrian left wing
Austrian center
Desultory fire against French skirmishers
Casualties start to mount
Right wing under pressure
Jaegers forced back
Uh oh, 41st regiment about to run
Struggle on the left
French assault repelled
It was nice to get the Austrians on the table again. The game did seem to flow more than previous games. I put that down to less cavalry, which seem to dominate club games and leave little time for the infantry.

Wednesday 9 October 2019

'The Family'

I've finally managed to complete the last of my purchased figures to complete my Border Reiver family. First was the last of the Graven images/ Hoka hey foot and mounted figure. All 6 now done.

The last batch was the remaining 4 figures from TAG. Lovely figures with great detail.

So all together that rounds the family out at 6 mounted troopers, 14 footmen and a handler with a couple of sleuth hounds.

I've mixed 3 different manufacturers for this force and they mix reasonably well. Might have to start on a second family or maybe a Warden and some Garrison troops.

Monday 7 October 2019

En Garde

Well Thursday saw the first outing for my Border Reivers. As I hadn't played the En Garde rules before my opponent kept it simple with a straight up fight to get to know the rules.

Overall I liked the rules, the use of a combat pool certainly makes you think. I quickly realised that high ranked models are best to be avoided in combat, best to try and shoot them.

As l didn't track everything that happened during the game I've added a few photos from the game for flavour.


Next time we play these we'll need to add in mounted troops and use some of the extra combat abilities.

Saturday 5 October 2019

Additional Jannisarries

With a game arranged with Mick next weekend to test out some rule adaptions for Irregular armies of the late 17th century, l decided to add a couple more regiments of Jannisarries to my force. The figures are mainly Roundway with the officers from Friekorps.

These bring me up to 9 regiments. I do have enough figures for 2 more regiments but in campaign dress. Not sure if I have the time to get them done.