David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occassional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Attack on Petit-St Mellon

Jon and I were trying out a few ideas for a French and Indian War game using my collection of Redoubt Enterprise figures and Black Powder 2, including the recent dedicated theatre supplement. The scenario sees a British attack on a small French settlement, Petit-St Mellon. Lord Walton assumed command of the British force sent to burn the French out and hopefully secure more Paddoquoi allies, while De Bykli assumed the mantle of French commander charged with the defence of the settlement ~
The Rangers just fail to make contact with the Padoquoi village in Turn 1.

Meanwhile the British Regulars, their left screened by their Light Company,
advance on the French left.

The inhabitants of Petit-St Mellon prepare to defend their homes. In the
background the French artillery makes slow progress towards the left flank.

"Not quite time for the last rites, Father." ...not just yet anyway!

French regulars have been wrong-footed by the British attack on the weaker
French left flank.

The French left is held by two elements of Coureur Du Bois, who will very
soon be driven in by the British infantry advancing on their position.

The British advance relentlessly supported by their native allies. We treated
each base as a separate unit in BP terms for firing and fighting and it seemed
to work just fine throughout the game.

The French infantry attempt to take the British in the flank, while the folk of
Petit-St Mellon hold off the Light Company. It was looking very good for the
French cause at that point!

The remaining Paddoquoi have been persuaded to come over to the French
side and set off with a whoop to take a few scalps! Or so I hoped!!

Four Morale Save failures later, the French are being driven back by Turn 8.

In Turn 9 a further two Morale Save failures sees the French force Broken.
The French commander orders a retreat and Petit-St Mellon will burn!
We both thoroughly enjoyed our game and felt that until very late on in proceedings it was very open as to which side might triumph. In the end my superb firing throws, sadly matched by Jon's equally good Saving throws, could not be repeated by my Morale saves. Four on the bounce failed at less than 4 each for my first four attempts! But then I find this the real beauty of Black Powder in action, the very unpredictability of events keeps the game alive until the last throw of the dice! Al being well with the sick and ailing on Monday Phil and I will be giving the rules another outing in the F&IW setting with a follow up scenario I'm busy devising this weekend.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Upper Canada Militia 1812

Foundry figures sculpted by Aly Morrison of course, the first of this type I’ve added to the Anglo-Canadian forces.These have been a bit of a struggle for me to be frank though as there proved to be no obvious short cuts to the finished look I wanted for them. In all they took a couple of weeks to finish to my satisfaction. The colour bearers come from the British infantry command pack and the officer from the pack of British officers and sergeants. The flags are by Flags or War and the bases from Warbases. I’m pleased by the final look of the unit, so I hope any visitors will be too ~

Next up are the bases of spare flank company figures to act as skirmish markers. Each of the three bases will be painted in the facing colours of one of the regular units serving in the Canadas at the time.
I’ve also taken the decision to have two extra regular units added to the army, again using the Foundry range. These are being painted for me by John Hill and I hope to be able to show you the both units sometime towards the end of the month, or early December at the latest. The first unit, the 1st Foot, the Royal Scots are already based and textured, awaiting static grass application and the flags fixing to the ensign figures. The second unit, the 100th Foot are even as I type under the brush.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Using up a few spare figures.

While I was working on the two mounted Officers for my Canadian Militia I was also dabbing paint onto half a dozen US Infantry in Summer kit which had been left over from raising the last addition to my rendering of Scott's Brigade. The keen eyed may have noticed in previous 1812 battle reports that I have several small round bases of 2 or 3 figures already. They are useful to remind me when skirmishers are deployed and for garrisoning the fort or other built up areas. So now I have two more bases, each of 3 figures ~
 A couple of closer studies now, which should encourage my fellow journeyman painters. The figures are from Foundry of course and were sculpted by Aly Morrison ~

I have also got the first three bases, each of 3 figures, for my Anglo-Canadian army. I plan to paint each group of 3 figures with the facings of different Regular battalions which were serving in the Canadas in 1812 and utilize them on the table in a similar manner to my US bases.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Canadian Militia Officers

The latest additions to my War of 1812-15 expansion project are two mounted officers to form a Command stand for my Canadian Militia regiments. The figures are from Perry Miniatures, the top hatted figure from the British in Egypt range and the ADC from the later period Napoleonic range I think ~

At the moment I have three Militia units in my Anglo-Canadian army. I have another two in the painting queue at present, both sporting the iconic top hats - which seem to have struck a chord with visitors to earlier posts on this theme.
The first of these is from Foundry and its just made its way on to the painting desk, while the second is by Knuckleduster and is a little bit further back in the queue for its turn under the brush. As I mentioned in an early reply to a comment I've bitten the bullet and ordered some more American figures from Foundry to make two additional infantry Militia regiments. Perhaps next year I'll add some more Militia in hunting frocks, I'll have to see how the hands, eyes and bank account hold up!

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Back to Rhanzlistan

On Tuesday Phil and I should be playing another of our loosely linked games set near the NW Frontier in Rhanzlistan, our fictitious province permanently locked in the early 1920's. The game report will feature next week sometime over on the project's dedicated blog ~


In the meantime I thought you might like to view the table layout before it's clogged with figures ~
View towards the high peaks from the Rhanzlistan Field Force’s lines
View along the SPIFF’s front from the east
View from behind the SPIFF’s left flank
I hope to post a full AAR over on the dedicated blog later next week when the dust has settled over the field of conflict.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

New York Militia

These are Foundry figures, sculpted back in the day by chum Aly Morrison. The drummer has had a head swap to fit in better with the unit's tall hats and a standard bearer has been adapted from a pointing officer.  As an earlier post detailed, I made the colour myself after a bit of web searching and fiddling with some desk top publishing!
As many will know the Militias often wore Revolutionary War style coats with coloured turn backs.The clever sculpting pose of the figures' muskets and various equipment straps means that these details are obscured, which is one less thing to worry about. On the other hand, it made the actual painting a bit fiddly for my old hands and eyes! However, I'm quietly pleased with how they turned out, but you can judge for yourselves here ~

Next up for the War of 1812-15 expansion project are two mounted officers to command the Canadian Militia, six US infantry for a couple of additional skirmish bases and a unit of Canadian militia. The mounted officers are from Perry Miniatures, the others are Foundry figures again sculpted by Aly. I hope to add a second unit of Knuckleduster figures after, which I obtained from Caliver Books, but that will be that then in this phase for the expansion. I'd like to add further US Militia units in the hunting shirt at some point, but the very mixed packaging of the suitably dressed Foundry figures is a nightmare for these types! Not to mention their impending price rise!!!

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

RM Rocket Battery Command

Having sourced a rocket wagon from Hinds, the venerable Hinchliffe model, I've been able to finish off a small command vignette for the 32lb Royal Marine Rocket Battery. I must say here that the service from Ian at Hinds was first class: good communication and very brisk delivery.  The figures in the vignette are a Foundry Royal Artillery officer and a spare Eagle Miniatures RA officer with a Trent Miniatures head. I think it makes a useful looking base to supplement the two rocket frames and crew ~

While I'm on the War of 1812-15 theme I'm still struggling on with my latest addition, a New York Militia regiment. So far I've completed three bases of figures and have a further base of four underway. I still hope to finish these by the end of the weekend but I'm finding them hard work. Perhaps my hand and eyes issues are taking their toll? Still, onward, while I can!