Monday, 13 October 2014

Fontenoy the Refight

A couple of weeks a go I was extremely fortunate to be invited to Charles Grants for the weekend to take part in his scenario on the Battle of Fontenoy - focussing on the action between Fontenoy and the Redoubt D'Eu.

I was to be the Duke and John Dougan played Marshall Saxe, Charles was Umpire, advisor and all round genial host.

I had read accounts of the battle and the refights Charles and various other individuals had played, a tough nut to crack for the Allies but I cam up with a plan that didn't appear to have been tried before.!!
Early pics show the wood of Barry in the foreground - occupied by the Arquebusiers de Grassin, (Willie figures on their last outing)
 In this pic you can see my Highlanders about to enter the wood supported by another regiment to their left, the Arquebusiers gave ground stubbornly and over the course of the battle suffered the war of attrition.
 The French Line that I could see, the redoubt in the foreground and Fontenoy in the distance between the two the Royal Ecosse and the Grenadiers de France
My plane for what it was worth was to advance the infantry attacking the two strong points in doing so the infantry would open like swinging doors and allow the cavalry to come through and engage the enemy infantry and cutting off the French reinforcements from supporting the strong points.

Like many plans this one worked in parts, the assault on Fontenoy was bloody and stalled and repulsed, the gun I had provided to support the attack failed to damage any of the buildings over the whole course of the battle although it did manage to put out of action one French gun but only after all my infantry had been repulsed.

The attack through the wood worked well, the Highlanders drove out the Arquebusiers and eventually forced them to fall below 50% and thus retire from the field. Thus allowing the Highlanders to leave the wood and prepare for the assault on the redoubt.

I had advanced two guns to support the attack on the redoubt and these served the allies well, together with infantry support they eventually silenced the two guns in the redoubt and caused the regiment garrisoning it to retire from the strong point, at the same time my cavalry had come through the center and attacked the regiment supporting the redoubt.
My cavalry attack on the Royal Ecosse and the Grenadiers was not the success it should have been, the cavalry attacking the Royal Ecosse were met by a vicious volley and the survivors made contact - though not riding many down. Two more squadrons supported and broke the Ecosse, the pursuit was ineffectual and the spent cavalry fell back to reform and rest.

The Grenadiers doggedly refused to break until three rounds of melee had been fought and even on the break and pursuit my cavalry insisted on using rubber swords!!!.

Both Johns units were still over 50% and managed to rally.

These pictures show highlights of the battle, the final one being the allied high water mark!!
French reinforcements were arriving and the Allied infantry were spent.

In deed a tough nut to crack, John quite rightly played a sit back and see, reacting to the Allies, he didn't get sucked into the centre by using his cavalry to counter attack so well played.

A game I would relish another go at.

A big thanks to Charles and his wife Liz for being such charming hosts and this game will certainly go down in my most remembered gaming moments.

Friday, 3 October 2014

The Firing Line

Thought it was about time I posted a couple of pics at my progress on painting my chaps.
Two regiments of the front rank of Culloden are complete, the Royal Scots and the 34th foot.

There will be six regiments of foot in the first line and all will be this pose. Figures are mounted on 45mm x 50mm bases which will be my new standard size base moving forward. For the Albion forces replacement command bases are being prepared.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

First Personalities off to caster

The first of the Personalities have been sculpted by Richard and are currently at Griffin Moulds for the metal masters to be made.

All for the Government army

First up is the Duke of Cumberland CinC at Culloden but also suitable for Fontenoy and Dettingen

Albermarle  commander of the first line of Government troops
 Henry Hawley commander of the Cavalry at Culloden and fought at Dettingen
Suitable for all British/Hanoverian armies. I'm looking forward to getting some of these painted.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sneak peek at new releases.

Over on the Crann Tara blog
 is the full set of pictures for my next set of releases, Personalties (Cumberland and a couple of his Generals) are not shown.
To whet the appetite here's a couple of pics of the dismounted British Dragoons.

Richard just keeps on getting better

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Some Pieces I've Been working on

Whilst it has been all hands to the pumps getting ready for the forthcoming shows and sorting through the Fife and Drum stock I have still managed to find time to paint and try some sculpting!!!!

These first two show a couple of vignettes I'm working on, the larger of the two shows a couple of Minden Hussars painted as Hessians during the '45 rebellion (courtesy Osprey) with a Crann Tara foot Officer and a Foundry? female and a warbases dog.

The smaller vignette is a RSM foot Officer, the mounted figure I sculpted using one of Richard's dollies, as with all my current early sculpts the shoulders are too wide but I like the figure.

 A command base for my Albion troops showing off some flags Iain at Flags of War kindly did for me. The figures are all from my Crann Tara range.
 Another vignette, a Minden Officer with hands behind back, a Crann Tara drummer and foot officer.
Again the two mounted figures are my sculpts - on Minden Horses again wide shoulder syndrome!
In the background you can just see a couple of Russian foot I had a go at making!!!
Still its progress and I have started painting some more Albion infantry.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Pictures of new figures

On my Crann Tara blog I have informed people of some major changes taking place with my business, all for the good I hope.
In the meantime here are some pics of the new releases coming shortly, some conversions I need opinion on and a taster of some new figures going to appear in the future.

British Line regulation dress at ready

 Irish/French Command marching
 Irish/French Command standing
 Irish/French Infantry standing easy and marching
 British Grenadier at ready
British infantry campaign dress (2) (tricorn turned down)

British Infantry conversions - are these good enough to sell?
Future range - different sculptor same dollies. An ad hoc release of various types of troops from the 1740's the Fusiliers de Morliere will be first once the command is done.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Crann Tara Miniatures to stock Fife and Drum miniatures.

I am pleased to announce that Jim Purky and I have reached an agreement for me to be the UK and European retailer for his excellent Fife and Drum AWI range. The figures are sculpted by Richard Ansell so there is a great 'cross over' between my @45 range and Jim's.
In addition I am also stocking the majority of his equipment range and his civilians/labourers from the Minden range. I will also be stocking the Government Highlanders from this range (not listed yet).
To celebrate this announcement I am offering a 10% discount on all pre.orders placed between now and the 4th July - just enter 1776 in the coupon box and the discount should apply. - Please note this is for all orders over £10.
The initial stock from Griffin is due in anytime soon.
Please don't ask if I will be stocking Minden Miniatures, Jim and I are waiting to see how this partnership works before making a decision on that range.
I am still doing work on the webshop so don't worry if some items appear and disappear from time to time.