A blog to let me wax lyrical about the hobby, to talk about the fictitious 18th century country Scotia Albion and their arch enemies from the Grand Duchy of Comyn and to display my progress (albeit slow) in creating their armies and characters.
Over on the Crann Tara blog http://cranntaraminiatures.blogspot.co.uk/
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well after almost 4 weeks from having the table set up I
eventually found the time to run a solo skirmish game using the
Donnybrook rules, this was the first time I'd used them. In essence each
unit/ character has it's own chit which are drawn at random to
determine order of play, the unit can do the usual move, fire etc.
addition a reload counter is placed in the mix, once a unit has fired
it can not reload until the chit is drawn that bound or some time in the
future. There is also an end of turn counter which means not everything
may get its turn each bound.
Depending on the rating of a unit
determine the type of dice it throws Elite D10, drilled D8, Militia D6
and scoring a hit etc is usually a 5+
There's also modifiers for cover, saves for characters, weapon types etc.
The village of Saltbyrne lays close to the borders of the Duchy and Scotia.
have come in that Alastair McPherson Chieftain of that clan and
principle spokesperson of the Highland clans is in Saltbyrne to meet
with an emissary from the Duchy Of Comyn and to purchase arms and
Richard Stark, King George's leading spy and spy catcher has raised some of the local garrison and is on route to intercept.
Scotia forces were randomly deployed in the village other than
McPherson and his 4 man bodyguard who were with the wagons at the rear
of the Cock and Bull Inn.
Two units of highlanders were deployed, one
ended up in the yard with the Chieftain, the other at the rear of a
warehouse further down the main road.
Barrie D'Ilton was deployed
with McPherson. D'Iltons aide 'The Ferret' was with a group of local
thugs in the grounds of the timber yard covering the North Eastern road.
No Albion forces were on the game Board, when an Albion chit was drawn they would be diced for to see which road they came on.
Albion forces consisted of two units of regulars a unit of grenadiers.
One unit was accompanied by a drummer +2 on Morale and an Officer. Stark
accompanied the other unit of regulars and his man servant Ferguson
Fiddler was with the Grenadiers.
Turn 1 saw all the Albion forces
arrive before Scotia forces could move. Each unit successfully arrived
on a different road, D'Ilton ran across the court yard and fired his
pistols and missed. The wagons set off and the bound was over.
Turn 2 only saw the wagons move, the grenadiers and another missed shot from D'Ilton
The next couple of turns were full of action the Grenadiers and
Fiddler moved in sight of the thugs and fired a volley before they could
react and despite being behind cover dropped 3 of them, Stark had been
cutting through yards from behind the thugs and shot another . They then
promptly failed a morale test and fled deciding this wasn't how it was
supposed to go, this left 'The Ferret' on his own and exposed.
D'Ilton continued to miss with his shots and decided to withdraw.
The Chieftan and the wagons continued to move North.
The next couple of bounds saw the unit of highlanders from the rear of
the Inn charge the Albion Line on the Southern road before they could
reload, despite winning the melee the Albion line held and the melee
Stark misfired whilst shooting at the fleeing 'Ferrett',
Fiddler fired and his shot caused a mere scratch on the Ferret and still
the wagon moved eventually exiting on turn 6.
The Albion troops lost 3 men, Scotia lost 7 Highlanders and the unit of thugs.
D'Ilton and the Ferret left the village heading for the marsh land.
Scotia had their weapons and powder, Stark had failed to capture his nemesis.
in all I enjoyed the rules and look forward to playing more, I like the
random activation etc and the potential to have troops unloaded for a
couple of bounds can prove to be quite nail biting.
Richard has sent me the photos of the new greens that are on their way,
have the remainder of the British line - Figures in the 'at ready pose'
and troops with tricornes turned down into brimmed hats.
In addition the first part of the Irish Piquets, marching and at ease with respective commands.
They can be used for French Infantry. A firing line will be coming next. I've put a couple of pictures below the rest are on the Crann Tara blog.