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More Reinforcements – ECW clubmen

Please find below the last unit from my initial order to Piran’s Warriors painting service https://piranswarriors.com/

These figures are a unit that I have had sitting in my painting pile for about 20 years, in fact I have another unit still to be painted. It might sound that I didn’t like them. The truth is far different, in fact it was this small group of figures and a cavalry unit (in particular a musician whose hat was blowing off) led me to buy Redoubt Miniature English Civil War armies. I was at the Devizes show cira 1999 and Redoubt had a stand and a display of stunningly painted units from across their ranges, but these two units jumped out at me. Like a small child I grapped a catalogue and sat in the corner and drafted a list. 20 years later I have nearly completed the collection. For me, they are the best figures on the market for ECW, most come with separate heads and the cavalry have separate legs and torsoes allowing too many options yet alone poses to mention.

Terry at Piran’s Warriors has done them proud. As before the basing is mine so if you like it thanks, if not do not blame Terry. They are based for my favourite ECW rule set, Victory Without Quarter. Please see previous blog about this stunning free set of rules.

The painting hits the mark and captures the rustic feel I was after. And that was the only instructions I gave. Terry contacted before varnishing to check I was happy with his choices. The remaining units will be off to Terry in time.

Fancy getting some painting done. Terry has offered a 10% discount on your first order if you place it before 1st December 2020 and mention this blog or my name.

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More Reinforcements- The Portuguese

As promised a few weeks back, here is the next unit to be painted by Piran’s Warriors painting service.

I am so happy with how the unit turned out. The campaign look with varied trouser colour hits the spot and the faces are great. This is my first early Portuguese unit but will not be the last.

As per last blog, the basing is down to me. I am awaiting a new delivery of brass rod so have not yet done the flags.

These are Elite Miniatures, early Portuguese. I do like their figures as they almost have a caricature feel without over doing it.

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If you need some painting give Terry a shout https://piranswarriors.com/ mention either this article/blog or my name to get a 10% discount off you first order as long as it is placed before 1st December 2020.

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New Reinforcements – New Figure Painter

A few months ago I was having a tidy up and came across a few regiments that were unpainted and to be honest I did not have any enthusiasm to paint them either. The reason was that they were additional units as my collections in the eras were already large enough but the figures are too good to get rid of.

I decided that I would send them to a figure painter but as my normal figure painter has ceased painting it would have to be a new one.

I was finally tempted by Piran’s Warriors https://piranswarriors.com/ I rang them and spoke to Terry. I discussed my requirement e.g. no basing, gloss and then matt varnish and his requirement regarding unit details. I posted the figures the next day and two days later I received an email confirming arrival.

Two weeks later I had a call from Terry advising me that the figures were next to be painted and had anything changed regarding detail.

Just over a week later I received some pictures of the figures. Perfect.

Two weeks later I was sent an email advising that they were ready and a breakdown of the full costs including postage and packaging. Having paid, two days later the parcel arrived. I have to say that the packaging was very thorough.

I have now based the first two units. These are Redoubt Miniature English Civil War 28mm Trotter cavalry. I asked one to be painted with orange sash and the other with red. Beyond that I asked for a mix of horse colours and uniform from Terry’s imagination.

I believe he has hit the brief perfectly. I could not be happier with the painting or the service. Please note that the basing and flag were my work so if you like it thank you, if not your cup of tea don’t blame Terry.

I hope you like them. I am still basing the other units; Redoubt ECW clubmen and Elite Miniature Napoleonic Portugese. These will be done over the next few days.

I asked Terry if he would be ok with me doing a post. He was happy and having checked out the blog made a very nice offer to any of you out there, including me of a 10% discount off painting costs for your first order, my next. The order must be placed before 1st December 2020. Just mention my blog when you contact Terry.

I will certainly be using Terry again. In fact I have just placed an order with Victrix for some Vikings and Saxons for two small Lion Rampant forces.

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Painting Weekend 2 – Huzzar

Another week finished of working from home. So frustrating have the sun shine outside all week but stuck in the home office. Well, over the weekend I managed to paint a few more units.

The next unit up was a Foundry Hussar unit for the Peninsular. I know my units are in uniforms from 1803 to 1812 but I enjoy the playing and am not a rivet counter (this is a name we give someone too detailed in their research. We were approach at one show by a fellow wargame who pointed out the the model tank we had on the table had far too many rivets modelled upon it. Steve still laughs years on). I like different units so decided to paint them as the 1st King’s German Legion.

Enjoy

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Time to Paint – Easter Weekend 2

Many years ago my Napoleonic collection was made up of 36 fig French battalions and while I still love this idea, I have moved to 18 figure units. I still had a few units to convert. One such unit was my Old Guard.

I wargame the Peninsular and while the Old Guard were never actually sent to Spain I wanted the option for our campaign games.

And let us be honest, who can resist them?

The original figures were painted some 12 years ago. I only needed to remove 3 infantry and replace with command. I have to rebase as my rules now use 50×50 bases rather than the old 45x40mm bases. The figures are Front Rank. Not my normal choice of manufacturer due to how bulky the figures are, but I think these are lovely figures.

Hopefully more painting next weekend unless we go away to Costa del Patio!

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Reinforcements – The Wargame Artist painting service

Almost a year ago I bought from a show a few packs of soldiers from a new manufacturer and therefore range.  The range was Napoleonic Spanish and the manufacture was Three Armies. I don’t have a large collection of Spanish but probably have always wanted to, not sure if it is the era, colourful uniforms or being an underdog. Whatever the reason I spotted these for sale and investigated. The figures I think are some of the best I have seen but buying them broke one of my main rules, do not buy figures from incomplete ranges. There were no grenadiers available at the time. The sculpture who is also the owner assured me that soon they would be available. The figure sat on the To Be Done shelf. Then about 3 months ago I spotted an advert for the Grenadiers and this reminded me I need some, so I ordered them. The figures are great and detailed as I hope you can see from the pictures. My only criticism would be that the bayonets are possibly too delicate for wargaming as a few had broken off in delivery and I have knocked a few off in handling.

On a slightly different note I had recently bought a painted British Napoleonic unit from Ebay and noticed that the seller offered a painting service. Following a chat I sent of a few units for painting. I must state that Sam at Wargame Artist admitted to not having a great knowledge of Napoleonic uniforms so I supplied the details, therefore any areas of the uniform that are incorrect are of my doing. Normally if I need units I send them to A Brush Too Far but Sam offered to turn the units around in weeks, definitely in time for my birthday.

Sam was as good as his word and last week the units turned up. The other great thing was that I was sent pictures at most stages to ensure I was happy with the work. Please check out the Wargame Artist site for details www.thewargameartist.com but basically there are two levels of service Standard and Deluxe. I sent figures for both services but did not request basing.

Spanish Walloon Royal Guard – Standard level

I think this unit is what sums up the Spanish Napoleonic era for me. Uniforms from a bygone age with bright colours giving a sense of showmanship. I really like the painting.

1st battalion Royal Walloon Guard. Only the first battalions in Spanish regiments had Grenadier Companies. 2 Companies of fusiliers and 2 of Grenadiers.

1st Battalion – The first battalion carried the King’s Colour while the other Battalions carried the Regimental Colour

1st Battalion – with homemade flag

2nd Battalion with 4 companies of Fusileers

2nd Battalion with Regimental flag

 

Irlandaise (Irish) Regiment – Standard level

 

Foreign Regiments in Spanish service were distinguished by light blue uniforms.

1st Battalion Irlandaise Regiment

1st battalion

1st battalion close up – may need to touch up the buttons

2nd Battalion

2nd battalion

2nd battalion close up of command. Buttons again.

 

Spanish Line Principe Regiment – Standard level

1st battalion

1st battalion close up – buttons need to be picked out in Gold. my error as I missed this detail off of my guide and did not spot in the updates.

 

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I needed to be more accurate with my details as I forgot about mentioning buttons etc but the work by Wargame Artist is great and turnaround time is fantastic. Thank you Sam.

I will detail a few more units in my next blog including some AWI and a few deluxe wild west figures.

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Legionary 2018 – The British are here. Day of the Show

On the day of the show everything went smooth. The journey to the show took only 6 minutes, I was first there so drove into the show and unloaded my car next to my allocated tables.

Within 90 mins I had the game set up, just as the rest of the boys from Plymouth turned up so we went for a fry up. The catering on site is the best of any show I have ever attended.

Terrain laid out now just add the troops

Sarissa Plantation house and barn with Renedra Church

River and bridge crossing by Amera Plastics

Renedra Cabin with door mat crops and hay stacks

The table size was 9×6

Here are the orders of battle.

Copy of Legionary 2018 Record sheet American Copy of Legionary 2018 Record sheet British

Procedure change

Normally we allocate a card to each commander and randomly draw then to see who is activated. We also include an end of turn card which allows all unactivated commanders to initiate a command test or fire, it also requires the shuffling of the reformed pack. Having just bought the Battle honours rules for WW2 we decided we would allocate a colour of card and allow the activated player to chose which commander to activate. The Joker was the end of turn.

The game

The British suffered in the first couple of turns as most of the Americans were activated  but only one or two British were before the end of turn. The Hessians took and early casualties from the heavy gun of the Americans and this in turn seemed to fixate the British on counter battery fire when activated.

Americans marching past their camp towards the sound of the guns

British advancing towards the Plantation. Light regiment to the fore

Hessians advance to the fence line all the time being pick off by Morgan’s rifles and a dogged 2lber gun.

British right flank entering the table

American left flank enter the table

Hessian batteries open up!

The British /Hessian centre tried to advance and capture the centre of the field. Holding the fence line was a small command of Moprgan’s rifle and a 2lber cannon. While this may not seem too much of a challenge, the marksmen’s ability and the range of the rifles made the Hessians too nervous and ended up targeting the rifles with cannon fire. Bad dice rolls for the British trying to hit the skirmishers and brilliant saving rolls by Steve in particular for the Americans meant they hang around far too long than the British wanted. By the time the rifles had been cleared the American centre was full of support.

The British Cavalry had attempted to advance and capture the centre ground but accurate howitzer fire caused many of the British cavalry to break.

Riflemen and cannon fire into the advancing Hessians

First unit to be broken!

A woman cleans the cabin hope the advancing British in the rear don’t burn it down.

American CinC with his dragoon guards

American heavy gun. This is a foundry model and comes with 6 figures but I only needed 4 as each figure represents the no. of damage dice is hits with.

British Cavalry advance towards the town centre. Due to bad dice they were to stay there too long and become the target of the American Howitzer.

British lights reach the plantation at the edge of the town.

closer look at the gun

The British native units were making their war steadily through the woods next to the river. this eventually bought them out at the bridge. Not wishing to venture into the open to the poor morale when in the open they shot from the wood edge hitting the mounted militia.

The British left was now trading shots with the American right which was advancing through the plantation and engaging the enemy, very well it must be said.

British right firing at the distant enemy. Maybe if they can capture the cabin the owner may provide refreshments or they could always burn it down!

American left wher militia are advancing through the woods

A cheers goes up in the British camp as the first American unit breaks and flees from the plantation

American left engage with British right in a fight for the cabin.

Morgan’s rifle get the reinforcements they hoped for.

View from rear of American right

Camp scene vignette from Perry

The Game ended and it was generally felt that while the British never secured the field, while the American’s were not in a great state to hold it. The American’s won though and so it was time to adjourn to the onsite cafe and have some Tea, I think the American may have even choked on it!!

Thank to Combine Oppos Wargame Group of Brian (British), Steve (American), Laurie(American) and Nathan(British).

I love the show with it being my local and as stated the venue is great, parking is free, loads of helper with trolleys if needed and best food ever. the only downside was the traders, many cancelled at the last moment and the ones that were there many sold the same items, great if you want Warlord items as you have the perfect bartering opportunity. What this can lead to is reduced sells and no returning next year.

Everyone helped pack up and I was home in 10 minutes unpacking.

 

Thank you all

See you all in a few weeks when we go to Weymouth for Fisticuffs which is at a new venue this year. Steve and Laurie have a secret game they are putting on so I cannot wait to see it.

Fisticuffs

Saturday May 26th   2018
Rembrandt Hotel ,12-18 Dorchester Road, Weymouth DT4 7JU

Next blog will probably be about some recently, eventually received TTCombat Wild West building

 

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Legionary 2018 – The British are here. Part 2 – The King’s Orange Rangers.

As mentioned in part 1 , this year’s demo game is about showing the diverse units available to use during the AWI.

The first ” different” unit I will be putting on the table is the Kings Orange Rangers. They were raised in New York in 1776. Their uniform was green coats faced orange. Their facing are orange because of the county they were raised in.

They will be fielded on the table as a Fire/Melee/Morale unit of C/D/C and because they only numbered about 200 men at their highest recorded strength they will have 2 SPs.

These have been made using Perry British infantry as I could not identify anything special about them to suggest I could not use them. I was unable to find any references to a regimental flag so here they have a generic loyalist flag from the range by “Flags of War” which just had to be in Orange.

This unit was painted by Jono at “A Brush Too Far” painting service.

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Legionary 2017 – May 13th Exeter Part 4 The Show

Up nice and early having packed up the car the night before, I set off to Legionary 17. The roads were clear so it took me 6 minutes to get to the show. How lucky am I.

In the past I have raved about how good the facilities are at the venue for gamers and traders, well this time I remembered to take a photo.

How many shows can you unload next to your table?

I had booked a 12 x 6 table. I started to lay out the terrain and place the figures.

The Plot.

The game was to be set around August 1814 when both sides were sitting around a table in Ghent brokering a peace deal. The Americans not wishing to have to give up any of their country following a reversal of fortune and the British trying to reinforce their position. To give them a better bargaining chip a force has been dispatched to seize the Washington DC. The scouts tell them the road is open apart from a few militia. The British ever confident set off.

The Americans have been tracking this force and have guessed what the British are up to. So to stop them they rush all available troops to the area. This means that to initially stop the British there are some militia infantry, Cavalry and a gun.

Here you can see the Amera Plastics river.

 

Looking up the table from the British view point

Across the British Lines. In the distance you may just spot some supporting gunboats. These were classed as heavy artillery but took a turn to reload. They could also not move as they were at anchor due to the current.

In the centre you may be able to spot the royal marine rocket team. These were the stars of the game and anybody who was watching when they fired, all commented on the process we use to see where they land!!!!

The game started with the militia units having taken up position behind the fences, just shy of the river. Just on the British side of the river waiting in the woods were 3 units of Indians. In our games Indians can deploy up to halfway across the table if in a tree line otherwise normal deployment rules apply.

The British fired their rocket – they decided to roll 7 sets of dice. A D6 for direction and a D10 for distance. The first two dice rolls looked good then a few wild rolls saw the rocket head towards the British units on the right flank. The final three dice rolls somehow correct the direction and landed the rocket within an inch of the original target.  Must get Nathan to pick next week’s lottery ticket.  The Freed Color units did not like this with one becoming shaken.

Not a great photo but you may just spot the Freed Color militia , the shaken unit has a white counter.

Rocket crew fire again. this time nearly taking out one of their own gunboats!

Heavy Militia gun opens fire

British are in the fields!

The  British advance continued and American reinforcements start to arrive. The American militia had a heavy cannon mounted on the hill by the church and so they started to fire. The first shot hit the advancing 1st Royal Marines.

Both sides traded shots and the militia taking the worst of it started to fall back. American regulars advancing up the left flank enter the woods to chase out the Indians. It takes 4 line and a unit of rifles to finally clear them out.

The remaining militia attempt to hold the ford!

American regulars advance into the woods!

Having advanced across the river they catch the Indians in a crossfire

Royal Marines advancing on the river, in the rear ranks are the 5th west indies regiment with the two Swiss Regiments Du Meuron and De Watteville in the middle (great flags).

View from the British end

View from the American end

The American advance down the left flank was not to continue as they were faced with the Canadian brigade and a rocket aiming at the American Right flank landed in the woods and 4 units had to test morale (Enemy units under flight path of a rocket have to test).

Canadian Brigade including Voltigeurs

Another rocket just misses the advancing British!

7th New York Militia and the Glengarry Lights trading shots when another rockets lands and frightens the horses making them shaken and a sound volley from the Glengarry finish them off.

The British push back the American Left and take the river but the lead units have taken a little too many casualties to pursue the retiring,  not retreating Americans.

A great game was had by all. It was especially great to get such positive feedback from the visitors and especially some new gamers  asking about the figures, rules and terrain.

Figures- Old Glory, Knuckleduster,Foundry,Victrix, Elite, Britannia and Perry.

Buildings –  Large house -Sarissa, small home and Church – Renedra

Trees – Mostly hand made(please see blog) and K&M.

Haystacks – Homemade

Fencing and Walls – Ebay

River – Amera Plastics. I think this is great value product

Hopefully you will get to see some better pictures as the photographer from Wargames Illustrated was on hand to take a few which I hope will be in the magazine soon.

A big thank you to “A Brush Too Far” painting service who helped me out with a number of units towards the end. Thank you Jono and Mary.

RULES – King George Commands and We Obey – see blog.

 

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Legionary 2017 – May 13th Exeter Part 3

My demo at the Legionary show is based on the American War of 1812.

Last night I finished another unit for the table.

Native Indians.

Here they are mixed in with a few units I already had.

The figures are Foundry and Old Glory,

 

 

 

A few days rest now although I may attempt to make a few trees over the weekend.

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