dinsdag 24 december 2013

So much war, so much civil.

Here is the start of something new, an English civil war army.
It's hard to chose sides in this war, so I'll just do two armies. The pike and shotte miniatures from Warlord Games make for a nice change from the napoleonic mini's.

First up are some pikemen from the Kings life guard, I'll reckon they'll make an impressive sight when the block is finished.

And then some shotte

And finally some cavalry

zondag 22 december 2013

Battle of the monastry of Saint-Cyr

For our third Black Powder battle we decided to use a flames of war scenario, mainly to have some guidelines for deployment and reinforcements. The scenario was dust up, where each player starts in an opposing table quarter defending an objective. Reinforcements arrive from the third turn from the other corners.

Here we see the British brigade deployed around the remains of the monastery of Saint-Cyr. 3 regular infantry and a unit of foot artillery.

In the opposing corner the french have deployed around their objective, the barn, filled with precious supplies. In the first two turns the French move up to put the pressure on the British. One of the British units responds fast, but is left unsupported.

The second French brigade arrives from reserve, and marches on the monastery.

Battle lines are drawn

The British fail to organize the thin red line, and the first unit is disordered.

The French cavalry brigade arrives and starts a move on the British left flank.

French infantry columns march on swiftly, but don't deploy in line yet. In the next turn British artillery fire badly damages the front of the column, disordering the first unit.

The first British reinforcements arrive. The cavalry brigade deploys to relieve the center.

French cavalry prepares to charge the ruins.

Finally the third brigade arrives, the notoriously late Austrians.

Cavalry charges force the center units into squares. A head-on cavalry charge proves to be to much for the shaken square, which is destroyed.

Infantry charges the ruins, but the British defenders hold their ground.
The French cavalry turns their attention to center, where the British guns are destroyed by gunfire.

The Austrian brigade starts to threaten the French left flank, but their progress is slow.

French cuirassiers are destroyed batteling the British cavalry.
French hussars charge the British cavalry, chasing and destroying them.

Here we decided to end the game. The British had two broken brigades and the French were firmly in control of the monastery. We thought the FoW scenario worked really well. Next time we might try one of the others!

zaterdag 10 augustus 2013

Call in the Cavalry

Here's a quick update with some more Bolt Action miniatures for a Very British Civil War. I build a quick telephone cell, because how else to call in the reinforcements?
Also finished some more riflemen and the first of the Grenadiers.

woensdag 7 augustus 2013

And now for something completely different.

A Very British Civil War.

It's been a while, and I've been mostly painting napoleonics and war of the roses. Yesterday though I stumbled across the decent chaps of a 'Very British Civil War'. The setting and pictures of a lot of fine painted units sparked my interest, so I rolled out the Bolt Action rules and a box of plastic British infantry from Warlord to see what I could come up with. For the moment I'm aiming at a generic British army list consisting of a command, 2 veteran 5 men squads, and 1 large 10 men squad. Expanding on this I'd probably add a motorcycle combination and a Rolls Royce armoured car. I'm basing my list on the Yorkist Front, but I haven't been able to read into it much yet.
Anyway, here are the first two units, for from finished, but it's a start.

Brengunner of the 59th rifles

Grenadier Guard, not much fluff yet, but I think they'll be painted up in a combination of red and white, being the colors of the flag of the city of York.

maandag 17 juni 2013

For the White Rose!

A new retinue for the Yorkish. They're a welcome break from the napoleonics, as these can be painted up notably quicker. I've also got a box of mercenaries laying around ready for assemble. I'll put these on the accompaning 4 x 4,5 perry bases, because I guess it looks a lot better. When I've got a large enough force assembled, and I can find an opponent, I'm planning to use the Hail Caesar rules set, as I really like the mechanics for Black Powder.


dinsdag 23 april 2013

Tiny Update

Yesterday I received my first 10mm French, and I immediately set to priming and painting them!
I even got some extra five figures with the order, some French and Austrians I believe.
Miniatures are from Bend Sinister's Redline. I've got two 2*2 bases painted, and the rest of the company half finished.

woensdag 17 april 2013

Grenadiers, Artillery and Cuirassiers

Update on my French Black Powder army:

I finished my first group of Grenadiers, artillery piece and the cuirassier command.
I've also ordered some 10mm French from Bend Sinister to see how that scale feels. It's probable more suited for larger battles, cheaper and easily transportable for doing a demo game. I'm expecting them this or next week, so expect to see some pictures of them as well. Besides that my time should be taken up by finishing the gebirgsjager FoW army before june 15.

maandag 25 maart 2013

Una volta un bellissimo villaggio.

On show today are some Italy themed terrain pieces I produced last week. I'm building these in anticipation of a new army I'm starting, which is the 5th Gebirgsjager division in Italy. This will also be the start of an early war army, for which I will use the Burning Empires book. I intend to make some more buildings, walls and maybe roads.



donderdag 14 februari 2013

Saga Viking Warlord

My entry for the Tapestry's warlord painting competition.
This was really a motivation to sit down and spend some time on a nice miniature. For the shield I went with a freehand reindeer decoration. I'm not sure whether it's really historical, but I think it looks cool.

maandag 11 februari 2013

Black Powder: French Cuirassiers, Hussars and line

Here's an update on my Black Powder French army, I've finished two more cuirassiers, painted my first two 8th Hussars, and some perry infantry.

Here's the pictures:

Tilted a bit to catch the light.

From the rear.
Perry infantry, Victrix on their right.

From the rear.
And my Pride and Joy, the 8th Hussars.

Finished horses.

From the rear.