Thursday, April 17, 2014

April-March Painting

Painting wise I finished my second battalion of Napoleonic French Infantry. So now I have a nice small force. One thing that hit me is that absent a game store, I will not have the space for a large formation. I have decided to thus paint only one more battalion for my French. I must say I fear the some of the people who chide players on the TMP for playing with small 28mm armies, must really be oblivious of the space issues. If in line my two battalions would easily take up 2/3rds of the space of my 48 by 46 tables, and I am not sure they would not be huge even for my local games stores tables. This has validated to me the decision to only do 28mm at most at the Brigade level, since that gives a good feel for me and could be played on my smaller portable tables.

A close up of a fusiler company (missing one figure)

 The battalion in company column with skirmishers deployed 

The two battalions. The 1st deployed in line with skirmishers forward, the 2nd in column of attack

A close up of the converted command stand

Vine la Emperuer! Viva la Frnace! Mort a les roch beef! 

Update for March-April:Gaming

My my that was a demanding month. I did two presentations at ISA which ate up all my time in March and April, so not a lot of game time (relative to the recent past for me)

That said I did get a chance to play some SAGA. Once more I was crushed by Keith's Irish warband, once more at the very last minute losing victory. I swear they got the luck of the Irish!

We played a raid scenario in which the Irish force needs to raid a hamlet while the defenders (my anglo-saxons played as anglo-danes here) need ot defend it, but arriving sequentially. We played of course at Galactic Comics and Games, our friendly local games store. 

The armies arrayed, the Irish in the foreground.

The forces from the other side.

Unit of warriors

My warlord and more warriors of table 

The Irish Hearthguard clashes with my warriors. 

The village levy driven back by the war-dogs, while "Bud Spencer" moves towards one of the houses.

Warriors clash with warriors at the center of the village

My warlord and his entourage arrive to flank the Irish

But the Irish dice are lucky

@%#$ lucky

A mad attempt by my warlord to kill the Irish warlord fails

And the Irish kill him. That said this was a bloodbath. Only "Bud Spencer" and "Terrence Hill" and the warlord, plus some dogs were left for the Irish, while three of my warriors also survived. End point is the Irish won....Again

I also got a chance to play some board-games

Here is Victory of the Pacific 

And here is the introductory scenario 

I also got a chance to go to Gnomecon

were they had a pretty cool Star Trek:Attack Wing game with large up models on the floor!

and lots of warmachine

I also visited Fort Jackson. Definitely worth a visit 

and recorded the cannon fire demonstration

So not that much gaming, but definitely some fun

Monday, March 24, 2014

March-April Part I

Bonjour mais amis! 

Not much gaming or painting in March due to  a lot of work. I got some war-gaming in playing 

so First World War

and Strike of the Eagle 

at Galactic Comics and Games 

and I finished painting my first battalion of 1813 Napoleonic French! Three more infantry battalions, some artillery and some hussars and this project will be done as my goal is to play brigade level games. 

I decided to go with 4 figures per company, with 6 companies total for the Battlions. This is the first battalion so it gets the Eagle. Figures are Perry Metals and Plastics. The flag is hand painted.

Pardon the quality of the pictures as they are from my new smartphone, and I have yet to master it. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

January-February Update!

Good Day friends
Here is the usual bi-weekly update on my gaming activities. This time I got stuff on:
Kiss me Hardy
28MM Napoleonics

I only gamed once in these previous two weeks due to research related work I needed to catch up on. I went over to Galactic Comics and Games in Statesboro, GA for a game of Saga with Keith's Irish and a game of demonstration game for Kiss me Hardy.I was pumped up with energy but the game day did not open up.

We set our forces up for SAGA playing Sacred Ground (4 points each). I build a smaller warband of 12 Hearthguards and 12 Levy, while Keith used his usual Irish build of 1 unit of 6 Hearthguards, 1 of Warriors (or hounds), 1 of Levy with slings and the two bodygaurds.

We started in two shield walls and moved forward towards the hills. Then to my HORROR I noticed that my Hearthguard was within S distance of the only copes of woods! I had thought I was safe....I was wrong.

Of course Keith rolled good SAGA dice and that miserable rabble of urchins and old men started pelting my Hearthguard with rocks and arrows. Killing 5 of them!!!!! It only got worse after that, as the slingers decimated my Levy and a suicide charge by my remaining Hearthguard was butchered. We called the game at the start of turn three.

You can see more pictures at the Galactic Comics and Games Facebook page.

After that Keith and Adam (another Saga player) decided to sit down and play Kiss me Hard. The scenario was a fictional Mediterranean battle in which 3 French Ships of the line were running a Russo-British blockade of 2 Ships of SOL a piece. Keith played the British while Adam chose the Russians.

The opposing forces were

Buccentaure (Flagship 80 guns-Average Crew)
Algeciras (74 Guns-Average Crew)
Redoutable (Captain Lucas-74 guns-Elite Crew)

Svitaoi Pavel (Flagship 98 guns -Average Crew)
Anapa (74 Guns - Average Crew)

Tonnant (Flagship-80 Guns-Elite Crew)
Mars (74 Gun - Elite Crew)

The goal of the French was to escape with at least two ships. The goal of the allies was to stop at least two ships from escaping.

You can see that the initial disposition of the terrain determined the French strategy which was to charge the Russian squadron and escape through it to freedom, before the British arrived.

The Wind initially heavily favored the French. The Pavel, Tonnant and Anapa all lost their fore-masts at some point due to being in the Dead Zone, and the Pavel and Anapa suffered damage for being "taken aback" by the wind multiple times. This also meant that for the first 4 turns the British ships made very little ground.

That said the Pavel was able to show its broadsides to the French ships and blasted a rake the Algeciras causing considerable damage. The Redoutable in turn raked the Pavel. Indeed in the melee between the Russians and French multiple ships suffered multiple rakes. However the crews of both fleets, fortified I am sure by cognac and vodka refused to surrender.

The decisive point came when the French admiral, fearful that the Anapa and Tonnant would be able to catch up on the Algeciras that had received steering damage, ordered the fiesty Captain Lucas to take the Redoutable and slow the allied pursuit.

The Redoutable lived up to its real namesake, raking the Anapa, blasting the Pavel and the Tonnant and running around the three ships. However it also suffered considerable damage. A change in the wind favored the allies and gunfire from the Pavel and Tonnant mercilessly smashed on the Buccentaure. The French admiral and sailors refused to strike, and a devastating point blank range broadside by the Tonnant sent the Buccentarure to the bottom of the sea just as the Algeciras reached the safety of the open sea.

The Redoutable also made its dash for freedom. It almost escaped. Only 4 cms from the table edge, and on fire it EXPLODED into thousands of pieces after a rake by the Mars.

Thus the Allies won a tense and bloody game. Ships received multiple rakes, lost masts, suffered High Officer Casualties, and were multiple times on fire, but the crews refused to strike. As such this fight ended up being very deadly with one French ship sunk, and one exploded.

The final butcher’s bill

Buccentarure (Sunk 100% damage, on Fire at least once)
Algeciras (37% damage points lost-steering damage- raked at least once)
Redoutable (Exploded at 25% damage, after Fire)

Anapa (9% damage, foremast destroyed, suffered steering damage)
Pavel (58% damage, foremast destroyed, fire at least once, raked at least once)

Mars (14% damage, steering damage)
Tonnant (0.5% damage)

Beyond the gaming I got some painting done. I received, promptly I must say, my order of pre-Dreadnoughts from Wart Times Journal and it was great.

I ordered the Mikasa and Asahi from the Japanese fleet of the Russo-Japanese War. Both are nice sculpts.

I also ordered the two new Brandenburgs for my Balkan War fleets.

Finally the guys at WTJ were nice enough to make the only available in 1/2400 Hydra Class ships (a unique class of three ironclads built in France for the Greek Navy in the 1890s, which served in the Balkan Wars). These were nice sculpts.

The only ships left for representing the major surface actions of the Balkan wars are the Ottoman reconstructed ironclads and the Averoff (which exists in 1/2400 by Panzershiffe but which I would prefer by War Times Journal).

I also painted the GHQ HMS Colossus, bought over the Winter Break at Athens Miniatures in Athens Greece (Ippokratous) which I will use as a stnad in for the never completed Greek Dreadnought Salamis 

Finally, and following my thoughts in my previous post, I decided to enter 28mm Napoleonic Wargaming, since Keith has a bunch of Perry British and thus I got someone to play with. I started with 9 French Voltiguers and 9 Grenadiers for Line infantry from the Perrys. We will begin playing skirmish games using Song of Drums and Shakos, Smooth and Rifled, or the Skirmish Rules from Paddy Griffiths superb "Napoleonic Wargaming for Fun". As we built up forces we may give a try to the Brigade and Divisional game in those Rules.

I painted my miniatures in a general color scheme, without a goal of representing specific units or battles. My goal is more about having fun, and somewhat representing the vista of colors of a Napoleonic battle, rather than simulation. So any mistakes (And there are some) are my own.