Monday, 13 December 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
The French consisted of Davout's 3rd Corps including a division of dragoons. These were supported by the Bavarian division of von Wrede.
The Austrians had two line Korps (I and II) supported on their right by Nordmann's Avant Garde and on the left by the heavy cavalry of the army reserve.
This order of battle gave the austrians a significant advantage in numbers, against which the French had a generally higher quality (especially among the infantry) and the superb leadership of Davout.
Both armies attempted to move forward on their respective right wings. I was a bit incautious and sent the majority of 3rd Corps splashing over the river, abandoning the defensive position afforded by the stream. This caused problems as the austrians surged forward and engaged my trrops in the centre and sent them reeling back. Both armies paused briefly to reorganise and rally, while continuing their attempts at outflanking.
The Bavarians steadily worked their way towards the austrian cuirassiers who chose to give ground. Eventually the Bavarians were able to swing left and begin to wrap up the left flank of II Korps. The majority of Davout's infsantry continued to hold in the centre, unwilling to risk further offensive operations. Over on the French left, the light cavalry and dragoons attempted to hold-up the Avant Garde and protect the flank of the infantry.
After a couple of hours we decided to bring the battle to an end. Both sides were quite exhausted and while able to hold their ground, each needed fresh reserves to make any further inroads. An honourable draw was decided.
The rules were my good old homebrew set (available from google docs by following the link on the blog). Apart from a couple of typos these still seemed to work well despite our being a bit rusty (if using them, cannister rolls 2d6, roundshot 1d6 - the quick reference sheet is wrong). I still need to pen some pursuit rules and other bits and bobs, but we'll be trying them out again in a fortnight.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Saturday, 16 October 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
- The green on the jackets is Vallejo Black-green. This was painted on and then one batch had Army Painter strong tone and the other batch (and Harry Lee) had a thin wash of black-green + black. Highlights were more black-green followed by a mix of black-green and a little light brown.
- Basing is deceptively simple. The figures are glued to the base with PVA. The base is then painted chocolate brown. I then glue on patches of Noch (Gaugemaster) grass matting. Once dry I paint over the whole base with watered down PVA and dump on a load of mixed flock and fine railway modelling grit. Once this had also dried a stick on patches of static grass with more watered-down PVA. The trick with the flock is to get the right mix. My rough recipe includes:
- fine brown flock
- fine sand-coloured flock
- fine green flock (just a little)
- railway model grit
- polyfilla powder
The addition of polyfilla powder to the mix does two things. Firstly it mixes with the thinned PVA to bind the whole thing together and secondly some of it remains around the edge of the base (being very light) and gives a similar impression to dry-brushing the base.
This basing method, which I have used for a number of years on 28mm figures is VERY quick and easy. It doesn't work well with smaller figures as even the finest flock tends to be too "grainy". As the basing material only goes where the watered PVA flows (rhyme unintended) it tends to be easier to get around horses' legs etc than using polyfilla and a spatula! It also doesn't give unsightly white patches if it chips.
Hope this helps someone out there!
Saturday, 2 October 2010
I have finished off the light dragoon figures for Lee's Legion. As with Lee himself I have opted for a uniform of green jackets with chocolate brown facings. The flag is one reputed to have been carried by the Legion. I am not 100% sure of its provenance bu have used in lieu of any more convincing information. Half of the fugures ar painted in my "normal" way with layers and washes, the other half were done using Army Painter as a mid-way step. I don't find a huge difference between the two finished effects other than the faces being less "pink" with the Army Paintered batch, and this will be down to the colour I used as the base.
The american foxhound has found his way onto Lee's command base, where he seems ti fit in nicely.
Next up are a unit of americans in hunting shirts which will have a Maryland 1776 vibe and a couple of bases of grenadiers to supplement those I already have (in full warrant uniform). I have figures on order to enable me to produce the foot element of Lee's legion and the grenadier company/companies for the Guards brigade in the south.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
...and lastly some of the rank and file:
Sunday, 26 September 2010
- Sparingly applied brushed-on armypainter works well - although I might actually need to be a bit heavier in some parts of the figure
- Allow to dry for 48 hours next time as I got a bit of cracking when spraying on varnish after 24 hours.
- Whites, cream etc come out looking very "dirty" and really need re-painting. This is more or less of a chore depending on the amount of white on the figure.
- Large areas of blue or black look poor after the strong tone treatment. I got away with this on the blue facings but not on some blue trousers or the black hats. I have repainted the trousers and the hats look OK after a Badab Black wash. Next time I'll paint the balck areas dark grey, then army painter, then badab black
- Faces look surprisingly good. I was expecting the "dirty" look to be a problem.
So, overall, better than I thought and I'll have a go at the 1st Guard sometime soon. By understanding what is needed to get the best out of the Army Painter I hope the results will be even better.
The effect is still not as good as a fully shaded and highlighted figure, but this will hopefully speed up production of rank and file troops - especially militia!
I guess the real advantage is likely to come when I get back to ancients and medievals. Numidians should be a breeze!
Monday, 20 September 2010
In the meantime I have painted up this little chap who comes as part of the British Command pack (cut down coats, standing). I'm not really a dog person, but a quick search on line seemd to indicate that he is an american foxhound and so I have attempted to paint an appropriate colour scheme.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
There are no clear indications of what Lee's Legion wore. They were initially part of the 1st Continetal Light Dragoons which wore either brown coats with green facings OR blue coats with red facings OR both (either at the same time or at different stages of the war). Late in the war, or just after, the Legion are known to have worn buff uniforms with green facings. There are contemporary accounts of Lee's dragoons being gonfused with the cavalry of the British Legion and the Queen's Rangers and as both of these wore green coats I have opted to assume (without further evidence) that Lee may have reversed the colours of his original regiment and gone south with green coats faced brown, as shown, bofore again reversing later in the war - or perhaps the coats were reversible!
I'm happy with this approach, but I don't for a moment claim it is 100% accurate or expect anyone else to follow this colour scheme!
Other angles below:
Monday, 13 September 2010
Below are close-ups of "Light Horse Harry" Lee himself:
As my own British Legion date back to 2002 or so and were converted from Foundry Continentla Light Dragoons I opted to do a similar job on Lee's cavalry and so I spent some time this weekend with pliers, files and greenstuff. I have produced a figure of Lee himself (British officer with headswap and converted helmet and 12 dragoons including a leader, cornet and standard bearer. Most of the figures are Cont. Lt. Dragoons with converted helmets, but to aid the campaign look I have mixed in some Perry mounted riflemen.
I have researched colour schemes and as Lee's legion were confused with both the British Legion and Queen's Rangers I will go for a green jacket, probably with black facings. The real legion may have been using more practical clothing by this stage (shell jackets/roundabouts, etc) but there is a limit to hom much converting I want to do and I think they'll look just fine. When I get round to doing the Lee's Legion foot I'll also mix in some riflemen to help the units to match. Riflemen will probably get green rifle smocks and leggings (horse) and a mix of green and unbleached linen (foot).
I took some pics of the conversions before undercoating and if I get a chance tonight I'll post them here.
I'll keep you posted
Friday, 10 September 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Below is a shot of the British battleline a few turns into the game. The 33rd and Pulaski's cavalry can be seen at top left.
Towards the end of the game, the musketry of the 33rd supported by 3 pounder artillery proved too much for the 1st Maryland, who broke shortly after:
The British had the following:
23rd, 33rd, 1/71st, Light Infantry and von Bose Musketeers,
all with the following stats: Large, 8/4/3+/4: Ferocious Charge, Elite, Steady, First Fire
British Legion Dragoons: 6/1/4+/3: Marauders
Hessian Jagers: 3/2/3+/2: Elite, steady, sharp shooters
RA 6pdr section: 1/3.2.1/4+/2 range 48"
RA 3pdr section: 1/3.2.1/4+/2 range 36"
(everyone can skirmish)
Colonel Webster (8) took the 23rd, 33rd, Lights and the 3pdr section, Leslie (8) took the rest and Cornwallis (9) was in command
The Americans had
General Greene (9)
Continental Brigade, Gen Howard (9):
3 battalions of Maryland infantry, each: 6/3/4+/3: First Fire
2 sections of 6 pdr artillery: 1/3.2.1/4+/2 rage 48"
Virginia militia Brigade, Gen Stevens (7)
3 battalions of militia, each: 4/3/5+/3: Wavering
1 rifle battalion, each: SMALL 3/2/5+/2
1 cavalry unit: SMALL 4/2/5+/2
Carolina militia Brigade, Gen Caswell (7)
units as above
The Americans deployed their continentals in the centre and one militia brigade on each flank. The British formed a line of battle and attempted to advance; the plan being somewhat frustrated by some poor dice rolling that saw a lot of inaction compounded by Webster's brigade taking a blundering move to the right (let's do the Timewarp, yeah) in front of Leslie's men. Meanwhile the light infantry had move up to the militia and done some real damage, but with no support they became isolated and eventually accumulated too much damage and routed.
The British did finally pull themselves together, but not before the 23rd Fusiliers had also become exposed and were routed and the Legion cavalry charged a smaller unit of American cavalry that was already shaken and STILL contrived to lose the combat at flee the field... Eventually though the von Bose Musketeers drove in the American militia on one flank before turning to wrap up the line just as the 71st arrived in front. The final turn before we packed up saw the continental infantry routed by some very shot-up British.
Pretty close to the real battles of the AWI in fact.
I deliberately kept the scenario simple as the players were either quite or totally new to Black Powder. I would normally rate Webster as a 9 and was probably too generous to Greene and Howard, but it all seemed to work. We now just need to train Laurence to roll LOW for orders and HIGH for firing/combat/break-tests and not the other way around!
I did take a few snaps so hopefully I'll post these and some Partizan pics tonight.
Monday, 6 September 2010
One project is painting up some new AWI stuff with the aim being to add units suitable for the southern campaigns of 1780-81, so lots of scruffiness and floppy hats. The current unit is the 1st battalion of the Guards brigade - a composite of men provided by each company of the King's Footguard regiments. I am opting to use standing/firing figures for each of the two battalions while using charging figures when I get round to doing the guards grenadiers.
I therefore spent some time in the garage with five blisters of Perry figures and a couple of files, removing flash. I have used the British infantry in cut-down coats and have two blisters of firing line, two of standing and the command (standing ) blister. The last comes with two standard bearers and the Guardfs do not seem to have used standards so I took these otherwise useless figures and gave each one a musket to hold in his open hand - using stuff I have stashed in a useful AWI "bits box". The muskets originally came from a Foudry Horde deal of French Revolution figures, that has also provided some of my AWI militia.
All 30 of the figures, plus a dog, have been glued to little rectangles of card with some PVA glue ready for undercoating with chocolate brown paint - may favoured undercoat for most AWI figures.
Sunday, 5 September 2010
The British flank attack under Colonel Webster proved more successful but experienced sopme slow going through the woods, with successive lines of rebel skirmishers leapfrogging each other in a slow retreat. The loyalist brigade did pretty well, doing at least as well as the bulk of the British regulars.
There seemed to be a lot of interest in the game and a fair few people asking questions. I hope that it has sparked a little more interest in gaming the AWI.
Purchases at the show were limited to some blisters of British in cut-down coats to make the beginnings of the Brigade of Guards.
Saturday, 4 September 2010
Friday, 3 September 2010
I have been giving some thought to a scenario for Sunday's game at Partizan and have come up with the following "counterfactual" (i.e. made-up "what if") situation:
Following the loss of Charlestown and the capitulation of General Lincoln in the previous year, a new rebel southern army had been formed under Washington's close ally , General Nathaneal Greene. Bringing together the Maryland continentals, the Carolinas militia and light troops under Daniel Morgan and William Washington, Greene conducted a cat and mouse campaign against Cornwallis in the autumn of 1780 before both armies entered winter quarters. As 1781 opened, Greene was made aware that General Horatio Gates "the hero of Sartoga" was intriguing amongst members of congress in an effort so secure the southern command for himself. Realising the need to secure his position, Greene resolved to engage in open battle with the British and took position in the vicinity of Charlotte, NC. The rebel troops were disposed in terrain advantageous to defence and dared Cornwallis to attack...
Essentially this verison of history means that the Battle of Camden never happened and this battle will be an alternate version with similar troops but a different battlefield and a slightly more organised and experienced rebel army.
Friday, 27 August 2010
- Take a pair of pliers and squeeze the original horsehair plume into a thin piece of metal sticking up from the helmet
- Trim this excess metal away with a scalpel or scissors
- Make a small "sausage" of green stuff of the right size to form the bearskin crest of the Tarleton helmet
- Place this sausage onto the helmet
- Take a fine needle and make lots of little holes all over the sausage to create the correct texture and allow to harden overnight
- Roll out a thin piece of greenstuff and cut a small "fan" shap out of this with a scalpel
- Use the point of the scalpel to pick up the fan and transfer it the the left-hand side of the helmet
- Use the scalpel blade on the greenstuff fan to give the impressin of feathers.
- Allow the greenstuff to harden and then paint away!
The next photo is of part of my main cavalry unit of the British Legion, I have a further 6 figures to add to this unit depending on the scenario. These are all modified from the Foundry Coninental Dragoons or the Perry 17th LD in southern dress, with appropriate headswaps or greenstuff modifications.
I also have a little unit forming a Legion detachment that can operate independently or be added to the main unit (to total 21 figures). This unit includes skirmishing figures from the Perry pack of 16th LD "foot dragoons" and a dead horse from Front Rank