Thursday, 14 July 2016

Blucher Basing

I made up a couple of Blucher movement bases for my old 15mm Napoleonics over the last few days.

My infantry are on 20 by 25mm bases so I made a 50mm square out of art mounting board. Bases will be attached with Blue/White tack.

For cavalry and artillery I am going to use some 50 by 45mm MDF bases I had lying around

Going to get a few done so I can play a game with Max soon.

Battle of Eylau

This weekend my son Max and I ventured over to Kens for a  game of Blucher using 28mm figures.

I had only played Blucher once and my fellow Russians (Max and James) had never played the rules. The French players (Mark, Tim and Ian) had played a few more games.

We opened with a general bombardment initially targeting the French artillery  and then Eylau and the cemetery.

Massed Russian Artillery with Infantry support.

The French defenders of the cemetery take horrendous loses.

The Russian Artillery continue to fire as the Russians launch their attack against Eylau.

Ken had produced roster sheets using photocopies of the cards. Each unit (brigade) had a number assigned and this , together with the corps colour code, were placed on small mdf squares next to the unit. This worked well. 

Russian Cavalry brigades is reserve (denoted by the inverted mdf marker)

Russian General Maximov ponders his next move.

Davouts Corps arrives on the Russian left wing.  This attack gained ground capturing Serpallen. We committed some of our infantry reserves and recaptured  the village putting the French to the sword.  

In the centre our attack was able to capture the cemetery and to hold it against a counter attack by the Imperial Guard. 

The French counter attack with cavalry lead by Murat himself. We are able to hold them and with night fall approaching we are able to get a foothold in Eylau itself.

Our loses have been high. The Frenck launch a final attack with their reserve cavalry which is able to overthrow some Ruusian artillery. We have reached our morale break point and concede the battle.

Overall I enjoyed the game and the rules worked well. When I got home I dug out my old 15mm figures.  Max says he wants to have a game. Expect some Blucher games in the near future.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The War of the Austrian Succession - 1

As regular readers of this blog will know early this year I moved house and as a result no longer have my permanent wargame table.  

In the next few weeks I will be able to have a temporary 6 by 4 table available to resume gaming. It's smaller than my old 10 by 6 I used to have in my basement.

So my thoughts are moving to what type of game I can put on this temporary table. 

With my son Max showing more interest I hope to do more gaming with him.

I have decided to set up a solo campaign to generate smaller 18th Century battles to game.  Many years ago I ran a Sport of Kings campaign from the Warfare in the Age of Reason rules. 

Reading the Campaign rules and looking at the map I decided to give it a go.  

The following show the maps which I found here.

I have decided that I would leave out Turkey as I don't have any Ottomans.

So the scene is set. It's 1740 and I am ready to go.  I decided the following political stance for each nation as follows.

Sweden: unaligned but with a burning design to avenge the defeat at Poltava and seeks to take on Russia. Will cooperate with Prussian in this objective. I may well use my GNW armies for battles against the Russians. 

Russia: Apprehensive about Swedish intensions Russia will keep a large part of its forces covering this threat. The Russian however will look to seek territorial advances in the Baltic and Poland.

Prussia: Will look to expand whether it can with Austria and Poland it's key areas. Has a non agression pact with Britain over Hanover but is distrustful of British intentions particulary if they intervene to support Austria.

Austria: Austria only friend is Great Britain. Threatened by Prussian in the north and the combined Bourbon Alliance (Gallispan) in Italy and the Low Countries things look tough.

Great Britain: Brittania rules the waves - or does it ? The Gallidpan navies outnumber the British. Holding out in North America will be crucial and the  Med may be a side show. Hanover is also    a concern as is French action in the Low Countries. 

France:  Too many options not enough troops.  An alliance with Spain helps. France will work with the fellow Bourbons  in putting pressure on Britian in North America and the Carribean and in Italy against the Austrians. France main thrust will be in the Low Countries and a secondary option in Rhine.

Spain: The Spanish thrust will be directed towards Italy via France however the North American and Carribean will see both land and naval forces committed. The Spanish will look to control the Mediterranean Sea to support its Italian objectives. 

So the scene is set. Next I will set up the starting forces ready for the first Campaign moves.  

Monday, 13 June 2016

Wargaming Weekend

This weekend I spent an excellent time with 20 other fellow members of AMG.

The event was organised by Graham Cummings (of Crann Tara Miniatures) and  his organisation made for a smooth event.

There were 4 games put on by various members and these included Soor, The Sudan, Great Northern War and Chotusitz. 

The Chotusitz game was put on by myself and Steve Metheringham, who supplied the bulk of the figures. 

We used Piquet Field of Battle and was the first time I had used them in over 5 years.

In all we had 7 players over the two days.  On Saturday the Prussians were able to hold off the Austrians long enough for Frederick Infantry to arrive and using their superior musketry defeat the Austrian Infantry.

On Sunday the Austrian cavalry dominated the Prussians so much so that Fredericks Infantry were unable to  stave off the final combined attack of the  Austrian Infantry and Cavalry.

Here are some pictures of the games.

Some pictures of the other excellent games available over the weekend.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Garden Gaming

Having moved earlier this year I now have no permanent wargame table . One of the options is to use the garden lawn. 

After mowing the lawn this afternoon I decided to set up a few ACW troops to see how it looked. My 7 year old daughter helped pose the figures and took a few photos.

Sunday, 29 May 2016


I now have permanent a workbench, the trouble is seems to get full of clutter

Currently I am slowly rebasing some 15mm Napoleonics and a unit of SYW Prussians are about to be issued their cheap and cheerful flags made from images on Kronoskaf.

At least the view from my hobby room across the Wharfe Valley is nice at this time if year.  

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Some more re basing

Last year I started re basing my SYW collection using the Peter Gilder method. Here are some Saxon Hussars I did.

The trouble with this method is I found it took too long and whilst looking good would take me ages to do my SYW collection.

So I decided to try to replicate the classic look using an easier method that I could use on my existing bases as well as new figures.

First up some Prussian Red Hussars. These we origanally based some 15 years ago and I have tarted up the basing  rater than rebasing from scratch.

These have had their groundwork repainted and dry brushed.  The grass effect was then added using Woodland Scenics Light Green turf.  Once this was dry PVA was lighthly brushed on and a dusting of Javis Light Green Fine Turf was sprinkled on and the base tapped to remove excess. This provided a lighter contrast and mimicked the yellow dry brushing of the Gilder method.

Here is an example of a re based Front Rank Grenz officer.

And to finish off here are some units.  Old Glory Austrians rebased on smaller 30 by 40 bases. I have gone for smaller bases and have two 16 figure unit so I can play different rulesets on smaller tables but have the flexibility to have 32 figure units if required.

And some more of those Red Hussars.