Thursday, 26 October 2017

Bourbonnais chasseurs

...and an officer too

Bourbonnais grenadiers

Latest production from the desk..

Monday, 23 October 2017

Royal Deux Ponts

These took a while, what with one thing and another

About 6 week’s from start to finish. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Using Powerpoint to draw a map

In response to requests, here is a quick and basic tutorial for creating wargames table maps using MS-Powerpoint 2010. I hope this helps someone out there:

Friday, 11 August 2017

Wotiff's Bend: Reorganising the section around the Mill

Having mulled things over I decided the Hessians would benefit from more space to form up and this would look better as a demonstration game. It also allows the Hessians a hill on which to place their artillery to provide support or to bombard the fort.

I have also "officially" added the ford just west of the bridge, to provide a second crossing point for the Hessians. As the river now has three crossing points I expect I'll not allow it to be forded elsewhere.

The map has been drawn using MS Powerpoint, and lots of little tricks with bevel, shadow and glow effects.

I'm much more satisfied with this setup.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Wotiffs Bend: testing the setup around the mill

More testing to check that the terrain tiles and units fit together OK

Now we have the Eastern side of the battlefield, where the fort covers the bridge next to the Mill. The river however appears fordable in places so the Hessian attackers can spread out.

To defend the bank, the Continentals have two brigades. In the pictures below both are fully deployed however they might no begin the game so organised.

I think I'm satisfied that the scenario will "work". When properly set up there will be more roads, fences, fields, etc; but the basics all seem to slot into place.

I now need to make some decisions about how easy the river is to ford/cross away from the usual places.

Wotiff's Bend, testing the setup around the ford.

As I can't set up the whole battle at home, I have started to fine tune each area of the battlefield in isolation. First up is Hill's Ford and Wotiff's Bend itself.

Here, the Connecticut State Levies are defending the crossing and settlement from the first wave of British attackers - Three battalions of light infantry, two of grenadiers, part of the 16th LD and a section of light artillery.