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More Buildings from Charlie Foxtrot

It has been a while since my last blog about buildings but like buses a few should come along pretty quickly.

The first is a couple of building from CF. As always these are a good set of buildings.

First I have done the “La Boulangerie”. Cost is current £19 and is a nice size  W170xD130xH220.

I have painted this to represent the village post office. I left the window frames unpainted as I think if gives it that natural wood look.

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The second model was “L’Epicerie” or Grocers. This is a stunning model and although it looks complicated, it is very easy to put together and I have to admit it is my favourite so far and I have 3 of them to do!

Being a grocers it could only have been “Hodges’ Greengrocers.

It is currently £25 and is a sizable building coming in at W173xD173xH215.

I wanted to do something to break up the growing avenue of rendered buildings. I decided to print off some brick patterns and externally wallpaper the building. Do you like it?

It will allow to do rendered lower half  with brick upper floors. Corner buildings can really add to the visual impact on a street.

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Here is the link to Charlie Foxtrot Models http://www.charliefoxtrotmodels.com/

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Mrs Fox Caught Behind The Pie Shop With Corporal Jones!

Just to prove that building can have more than one life, I have just finished another model from Charlie Foxtrot Models.

The catalogue describes this one as ” Tabac” and is in the range of building mainly representing WW2 France. While I like WW2, I tend to like what if scenarios  and base many of my games on the aborted “Operation Seelowe”.

I like this because it gives me a chance to use the Foundry Home Guard range. With this mind I look out for building suitable. As said in an earlier blog I use to have all the Grand Manner, Carentan range.

This building is a lovely little addition to my growing collection but to make it usable for different theatres of operation I  blue-tack  the signs on and swap them as required rather than permanently gluing it on.

This model is 120mm(W) x135mm(D) x 220mm (H) and currently retailing at £16.

The model goes together really easily and after just a little filling, was painted with match-pot paints and it is done. I have not yet used ” Chinchilla Dust” as recommended on the CF website to give a rendered look but I am still happy with the finish.  The brick work on the front of the shop is superb and the window style makes me think of a village shop.

Where this model is different from some in the range is that the roof is flush with the gable walls, so is designed to sit in a row of shops where they all butt up together.

In the pictures below Cpl Jones is defending Mrs Fox’s honour! Can I hear Jones telling Hodges that “They don’t like it up them”?

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Charlie Foxtrot Models – 3 Storey House

Having had a break following the hectic time leading up to legionary,  I  have started to get withdraw symptoms from wargaming. To ease me back in I started to make the first of many MDF kits purchased from Charlie Foxtrot at the Exeter Legionary Show. This model is catalogued as Napoleonic but is definitely suitable for any period from that date. I suppose it is only the tiles etc. on the roof that may stop if even being used in earlier periods.

This is a big kit and at £19, I think it offers great value for money. (16x11x34cm excluding chimney pots)

Once the basic kit was made I did a little filling to cover the joints. I then spayed the timbers and added them on top of the painted walls. Once finished I gave the building a wash to have a tired look. The tiles are as supplied in the basic kit, while flat a little time spent adding some depth pays off. At least I think so. The figures are Perry, Old Glory and Victrix.

What I like about these kits :

  • Lightness when compared to resin.
  • Durability – I think that as long as they are stored in ideal conditions they will last a long time
  • Accessibility – Having had a collection of resin buildings we never really fought inside as it was too much of an issue to remove the roof and then the internal walls and flooring to get to each level. These the floors lift off.
  • Flexibility –  While this is a 3 storey building it can if needs be, a single or two storey, try that with resin!
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Side

Not sure which to start on next.

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Taking A Break From The War of the Roses

I have to admit that I have finally had enough painting War of the Roses figures. In the last month I have painted and based over a 100 figures.

So to forget it all on Saturday myself and Nathan had a game of AWI. This was the first AWI game for Nathan.

We used Field of Honor war game rules with a few house rules. We allocate a playing card to each Commander and one for the end of the turn. Plus a few others which I will detail if interested in a later blog.

FOH AWI RulesThe Forces

These were basically what ever I had on the shelf. AWI is a new period for me so I do not have too much, yet!

Americans

CinC

Brigade commander No1 had 3 Battalions of State Militia, 1 Battalion of Green Militia and a Medium Gun

Brigade commander No2 had 2 Battalions of State Militia and a unit of Continental dragoons.

 

The British

CinC

Brigade commander No1 had 1 Battalion of line,  1 combined light infantry battalion, 1 Battalion of Grenadiers and a Medium Gun

Brigade commander No2 had 3 Battalion of line and 1  light infantry company( skirmishers).

 

Scenario.

If you can call it one was a meeting engagement. I threw down some terrain boards, lined the roads with Picket fence, A plantation house and some trees. Both sides deployed and………………..

 

Battle Report

Turn One.

Brit No.2 commander is drawn – All units deployed to the left of the road with the light infantry company racing out in front having spotted a brigade of Americans through the trees.

Brit No 1 commander is drawn – Units deploy to the right hand side of the road.

American  No.1 commander starts to deploy troops to the left of the road.

American No.2 commander started to march his troop along the connecting road.

American CinC – With his command range he manages to reactivate both junior commands. They carry on as before except the artillery which deployed last move decides to fire at the Grenadiers. They roll 3 D10 needing a score of 7 to hit (Base score is a 5 to hit  but -1 off the die for Smoothbore artillery and another -1 for the long range ( 38″)). I rolled 2/8/9. Therefore two possible hits. Nathan needs a 5+ to save, he rolls a 2 + 2 A class =4 =Casualty and a 5 +2=7= saved.

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British skirmishers move to occupy the woods

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British left flank

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Americans coming down the road to meet up at the house

 

End of turn card – All units that have not been activated may fire.

Turn 2

American commander 1 is drawn and this enable his 2 lead units to advance up to the fence. Artillery fires again at the Grenadiers but no effect this time.

British Commander 2 light infantry company advance a take a shot at the continental dragoons. ( House rule – Skirmishers can make a half move and fire). They inflict a casualty on the dragoons.

American CinC He allows the commander 1’s infantry now lining the picket fence to fire at the line and grenadiers. The State militia manage to inflict a casualty on the line and an even better surprise was the two hits inflicted upon the grenadiers by the Green militia. Unfortunately for me, Nathan managed to save one of them and avoid losing completely the grenadier battalion. This certainly made him nervous. there was a counter artillery fire where a casualty was inflicted on the British crew. This reduced them to two strength points but more importantly meant they could only roll two dice in attack. American commander no.2 is in command range of the C in C so he gets all his units to right turn. This enable the infantry to have soft cover from the fence and enable the cavalry to think about chasing off the annoying skirmishers.

End of Turn – All units that have not been activated may fire. British right wing (No.1 have a fire but not a single hit.

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American right turn to face the threat in the woods

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Turn 3

American C in C – I unleash all the fury my side can muster. Unfortunately with no damage. I roll a D6 for the Dragoons to clear the fence and the lose 6 ” of movement so they move 2″ in total. A state regiment sent to support the dragoons only lose 1″ and so move 5″ towards the British left flank.

End of turn – The British right inflict a casualty on each unit with the centre left taking two and me not saving any. They are removed from play. I have to admit that I do not feel so sure of a victory. The British skirmishers inflict another casualty on the dragoons and the artillery hit the American artillery causing a single casualty.

 

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British skirmishers fire on the Dragoons

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American left flank

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British left

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American left receiving fire and casualties

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American advancing on the British having negotiated the fence

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American left with a gap!

Another three turns and it was all over. I retreated my troops from the field leaving the British in charge. I had ended up losing my dragoons, artillery and a state militia unit while the British only lost their artillery.

 

Conclusion

A fantastic time was had by all. The ebb and flow of the battle was great and we thought very realistic. Rules played ideally and we will probably borrow the morale and charge rules from the bigger 19th century version.

Nathan had the rules off to a tee with in two turns. Both agreed that they will be ideal for the bigger games we would like to put on. It also meant that as we sat and reviewed the 19th Century version and spotted the ACW I think it may be an era I may go back into again for the 3rd time!!!!!!!

 

Info

Figures are from my collection and are Foundry and Perry.

Fencing is from Treefella on ebay. Great value if you don’t have time to spare to make it yourself.

Trees are home made.  They are cheap and easy to make.Please check out earlier blog. https://gcooksonblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/how-to-make-trees/

The plantation house was from Arcane Scenery and Models. Great model that goes together well.

 

Next

Like most pleasures there is now a period of guilt! Back to the War of the Roses.

 

 

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