Friday, 21 April 2017

Restless Natives

This week I have been finishing off some native american warriors for my AWI collection.

These are a mixture of castings I painted back in 2001/2 and some I have freshly painted. In all cases I used a pale pink/flesh base coat. The older figures were washed with diluted chestnut and brown inks, the newer figures used GW washes diluted with water and matt varnish.

Once the flesh was painted the clothing and equipment came next. Older figures had the "traditional" three layers building from dark to highlight. Newer figures had basecoat, wash and highlight. There are work in progress pictures on the facebook page. From now on my day-to-day social media updates will be on facebook but I will continue to summarise things here on the blog.

Overall they combine well. There are minor differences in the finish, but no more than usual human variation I suspect.

The warriors have been based on a combination of round bases. 60mm bases have 3 figures, 40mm have 2 figures and single figures are on 25mm diameter bases.

Now I have 48 warriors and a couple of command stands I finally have enough to start to consider some scenarios involving them! Once I have completed Bunker Hill at Partizan I might have a go at something based around Point Pleasant (1774).

The next project will be some Stockbridge tribesmen, who fought on the rebel side in the AWI. Before I get around to them though, I'll be putting up a longer post about Bunker Hill to act as support for the demo game (easier than printing lots of handouts, and more environmentally friendly)

Figures: Perry Miniatures 28mm.






Sunday, 2 April 2017

Bunker/Breed's Hill at Cannon. 2nd April 2017

Hi all. Today was the annual trip to Retford for the Cannon show in the town hall.

My game was a test run of Breed's Hill to check everything work before the outing at Partizan in May.

Laurence kindly helped to play the game.

A full set of posts and photos can be found on my new Facebook page which I think will largely replace this blog for the frequent updates (https://www.facebook.com/paintingshedblog/).

Here is the battlefield without troops. To the fore are the outskirts of Charlestown. Breed's Hill can be seen behind this complete with redoubt and breastwork. The Mystic River can be seen in the distance.


The British grenadier battalion attacks the rail fence, unsucessfully:

The British begin to surround the hill:

Finally the 5th Foot, supported by a battery of 6-pounders crack the defensive line:

Shortly afterwards the rebels decided to abandon the position before becoming totally surrounded. As in the real battle there was no opportunity for Clinton's reinforcement to get stuck in - it was mostly all over by the time they arrived.

The battle was a victory for the British and a slightly more cautious approach resulted in fewer casualties than in the real battle. Nevertheless the British light infantry battalion suffered around 25% casualties before routing and the more stoic grenadiers lost over 40% but held on to the bitter end.

The rules have evolved further. I'm now using simplified versions of the shooting and melee secions of British Grenadier! together with my own command/morale system. The game flowed well. It took just over an hour of "game time" - 14 turns running from 15:45 until 16:55, with play starting at about 10:00 "real time" and all being over by 14:30 including time for chatting, refreshments and occasional breaks.

Change in blogging activity

Hi all

Due to my preference for blogging on mobile devices, the absence of an official Blogger app and recent problems with a third-party app I have decided to switch most of my routine updating to a facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/paintingshedblog/

I will continue to use this blog to feature some of my activities but more as an "edited highlights" sort of thing.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Breed's Hill, initial moves

I thought I'd actually test out the game today so played through about 10 turns which allowed for the grenadiers and light infantry to have their initial assaults repulsed.

The British deploy:
 


After moving out they look far more stretched:
 

After 10 turns the light infantry have taken huge losses on the beach and the grenadiers aren't faring much better:
 

The grenadiers falling back to regroup:
 

Stark's New Hampshire regiments look on:
 

Skirmishers in Charlestown keep the British left flank tied-down.
 

Pigot moved three battalions up towards the redoubt and breastwork:
 

A "miniaturised" view of the defenders:
 


That's all of the action for now.

Having done more research into this battle and created the scenery with as much care as I can, the end result is a much more interesting scenario than my previous experiences with "Bunker Hill" on the tabletop. 


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Midweek Supplement, Breed's Hill


I have spent time refining the game set up. The actual demo game will have more lichen and scatter on the table to blend items together but I think I'm getting 'there'. 

Views from behind the colonial lines:

 

 

 

Helicopter views from Charlestown:
 

 


The left wing of the Crown army moves into place:
 

The right wing looks on from Moulton's Hill:
 

Helicopter view of the defences on Breed's Hill. 

Currently I have not modelled the 'fleches' as the more I look the more it seems there is little in the way of evidence to support their existence. I have given the defenders a log barricade instead, reasoning that they might have dismantled fences but probably would not have constructed anything especially sophisticated. 

There's still time to change my mind though. 😀

Sunday, 5 March 2017

My Wargaming Week, 5th March 2017

On Friday I managed to get the current Breed's Hill collection onto a 6x8 table to begin optimising things for the demo game. The basic set up is shown in the first photo. The Mystic river is in the foreground with Charlestown in the distance. Breed's Hill is in the middle with two red flags flying in the redoubt.

A few things will change. The crops will be replaced by long meadow grass I think and the exact buildings/layout of the outskirts of Charlestown might be tweaked. There will be more militia, more fences and some stone walls but overall the layout "works". 
 

Here is a closer view of the redoubt and breastwork. The fleches need further work. 
 

Howe's right wing. Grenadiers approaching the fences, light infantry descending to the beach. Artillery in place on Moulton's Hill.
 

A view along the British line. 
 


Yesterday I popped along to the Hammerhead show. I picked up some 6mm grass sheet from which I have made the following patches of long grass to use as meadow:
 

I also bought a small pond from The Last Valley, and gave it the same "treatment". 
 

Lastly I bought another artillery crew in shirtsleeves and a blister of northern militia; both from Perry Miniatures. These have received a coat of Vallejo light grey primer and will be painted over the coming week.
 

I think the demo game should be ready well in time for Cannon so I hope to see some of you there on 2nd April or at Partizan in May.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

My Wargaming Week, 26th February 2017

Hi. It has been militia-a-go-go this week. 

Mostly new painting but also some renovation of older figures from the class of 2001. There has been a mix of gun crews, commanders and rank-and-file militia.

Below is the output so far, awaiting basing. Most of these will be used for the 300 or so troops defending the rebel right flank in Charlestown. 

 

A close up on militia gunners. These will operate a 3-pounder section:

 

Command stands. The chap with the "Liberty" glad still needs his pole and finial finishing off. The flags in these cases are hand painted but I'm sure GMB do some great alternatives. The command figures include some repurposed uniformed chaps. I've simply painted them in drab colours and made lapels and cuffs the same colour as the rest of the jacket. There's a lot of colours here that are more often seen on WW2 figures, such as german cammo beige. 

 

Lastly, another flag on the go. There's not much to go on regarding rebel flags at Bunker Hill and possibly none were flown at all. If they were then red seems the most likely colour and the pine tree emblem might have featured. Red is also a good "rebel" colour and fielding an army with no flags seems a bit dull. 

I'm experimenting with these flags. They are paper like usual but with a core of kitchen foil. I'm not sure this adds much but they do seem to fold a bit more easily and hold their shape a little better.

 

Terrain-wise the beach sections are about done and next weekend I might get the opportunity to clear the table and set everything up for the first time to get a feel for what still might be missing.

See you next week.

Don't forget the Hammerhead show in Newark, Notts next Saturday (4th). Not sure if I'll make it yet - I might be busy clearing the garage and table!


Saturday, 18 February 2017

My Wargaming Fortnight, 18th March 2017

Hi all

This week I have been on leave from work, for the half-term holidays.
This has helped a little with my productivity and I have managed to finish off the British army for my Bunker Hill/Breed's Hill project:

Here is the entire force. Howe's right wing on the top shelf, then Pigot's left wing and finally the reserve forces under Clinton:
 A close up of Howe's wing. Grenadiers, Light infantry and the 5th & 52nd regiments. The artillery are out of shot.
The command base for Howe himself is hidden at the back.
Then we have Robert Pigot of the yellow facings of the 38th with the left wing of the British army.
There is the 1st battalion of marines, three line battalions (38th, 43rd and 47th) and a "flank battalion" of the grenadiers & light infantry of the 35th, 63rd and 2nd Marines. Pigot is assisted by a second command base featuring Major Pitcairn of the Marines. Pigot himself was a Brigadier General but I opted not to put him in the blue facings of a staff officer. I may reconsider this.
Lastly, General Clinton and the reserve of the 63rd Foot and the 2nd Marines. Historically they landed quite late so weren't involved in storming the hill but played a role in mopping-up afterwards as the rebels retreated across Charleston neck.
The command vignettes feature a few conversions, achieved by taking the arms of various Foundry command figures (mostly standard-bearers) and replacing them with plastic ones from the Perry AWI British plastic command sprue. The exception is Pitcairn who is an Old Glory figure for now, but might get replaced by a conversion in the future.

Last week I also did some work on the artillery to make the carriages a little less blue and a bit more light grey. This was actually easier than I thought it might be, as highlighting with vallejo Light Grey seemed to do the trick without any major repainting. It has a slightly blue tinge to it anyway.

The model of Breed's Hill is now finished and I have made a start on the beach sections that light infantry will use to try and outflank the rebel defenders. Once these are done I will get the whole lot onto the table and see how it all looks (expect pictures!). February means that terrain building is slow progress however while I wait for glue and plaster to dry...

On the painting table now are rebel figures for command vignettes, sharpshooters and gun crews in civilian dress.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

My Wargaming Week, 4th February 2017

More painting this week. I have more or less finished the 5th Foot. The finials and cords just need a final highlight. The 47th are now coming along.

 

 

 


 





Saturday, 28 January 2017

My Wargaming Week, 28th January 2017

This week I have been mostly painting the battalion companies of the 5th Foot for my Boston 1775 collection. As an understrength unit they are another of those 18-20 figure battalions.

 

As you can see from the photo I have begun basing using a healthy dollop of PVA which will take a day or two to dry. The GMB flags have been assembled and the Front Rank finials painted and washed. These will be highlighted once the flagpoles are in the hands of the standard bearers. 

The "gosling green" facings of the 5th have been painted with a mix of Vallejo camouflage yellow and Army Painter greenskin. Final highlight was around a 4:1 ratio. This is still a bit more green than the colour of the GMB flag but close to the various illustrations and photographs on line.

I'll now begin prepping the 47th. Yet MORE white facings!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

My Wargaming Week, 21st January 2017

Hi all. This week has seen a fairly standard hour or so of painting each night and a couple of hours at the weekend.

I have finished the 52nd Foot as part of the Boston 1775 army:
 


 


 

The buff colour is Vallejo german cammo beige. The red uses GW wazdakka red and Vallejo dark vermillion.


I also painted the figures for the light company of the 18th Foot (Royal Irish). The cap design is speculative based on the grenadier mitre design from earlier in the C18th and on later cap-badges. It's a harp with a crown on top:
 

Finally, I got up early this morning to prime the figures for the 5th Foot. I'm currently using the Vallejo grey primer (74.601) which comes in a 200mL bottle. It can be airbrushed but I just brush it on. I've now used it on quite a few figures and I'm impressed so far.
 

Next week will therefore be all about cracking on with the 5th with their gosling green facings. After that there will be the 47th, the light infantry for Pigot's wing and more of those Old Glory command figures.