Monday, 16 October 2017
Friday, 13 October 2017
Monday, 9 October 2017
As I'm already a big fan of the Command & Colours series of games, when I heard that Tricorne, the version covering the American War of Independence had been published I didn't think too hard before placing my order. As regular readers will know, I view C&C as a toy soldier game and play the Napoleonic and ACW versions with 15mm toys and the Ancients wersion with 25mm toys - all on Hexon terrain with it's 4-inch/10cm hexes.
All very well, but I don't have any suitable toys for AWI and any I do paint will be in 54mm. Then I remembered my Irregular 2mm blocks which I originally acquired about 15 years ago for use with Richard Brooks's Minischlacht and Terrible Swift Rule games. By re-purposing most of the figures I had already painted I managed to cobble together enough troops to play the (chronologically) first scenario.
Continental riflemen skulking in Charleston.
Thursday, 5 October 2017
This Airfix Blenheim is in pretty good shape so following a light dusting I have simply varnished over the decals. Once again the model is a tribute to its original builder.
Monday, 2 October 2017
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
The cast list was as follows - click on the names for details of their other crimes.
Umpires - PW and myself
Combat photographer - Bob Cordery
The Corsican Ogre - David Crook
Murat - Eric Kemp
Ney - Mike Lewis
Schwarzenberg - Brian Carrick
Blucher - Russell King
Bernadotte - Conrad Kinch
Barclay de Tolly - Mike Snape
Wittgenstein - Jack Wright
What follows are purely my photos - taken between umpiring and other essential tasks such as chatting to players. See also the blog posts from Bob here and Brian here.
Prussian cavalry & Jagers. Given that I had only 6 Prussian cavalry for the 2015 Waterloo game, this force - mostly from ebay purchases is quite impressive!
The city of Leipzig
The Russians plod forward.
Leipzig featured a rather splendid cathedral
Russian infantry and cavalry advance
While the Russians were heavily engaged, the Austrians appeared and formed a big square.
More Austrians. The dark bases are my chaps, Brian brought the others.
The thin blue line?
A slightly thicker blue line faces off the Austrians.
The Russians forces included these newly arrived (from eBay) Grenadiers.
Note the British Rocket Troop top right.
Lots of Russian cavalry.
French cavalry (right) trying to sweep round the flank...
...and Russian cavalry preparing to stop them.
Back came the French cavalry for another go, this time with artillery support.
Party popper shrapnel in action
It emptied a couple of saddles.
By now Marshal Murat was overseeing things at the front.
A French square being assaulted by Russians. Lots of Russians.
As is historically appropriate the Russians seemed to have ever more troops.
Murat dodging grapeshot.
The main Russian column heading for Leipzig.
By now the Emperor had boarded his coach and was heading for Dresden. French rear echelon units were also moving out.
Finally, I'll borrow one of Bob's photos. While the Russians had been heavily engaged from the start and the Austrians kept Ney at bay, it was of course some cheeky Prussians who sneaked through the crumbling walls of Leipzig and claimed the city as their own.
As the umpires announced the game's end, nearby church bells began to ring- what a moment!