Monday, 9 January 2017

Workbench Update

I guess quite a few things happening on the bench at the moment!!!

Finished the 3rd squadron of the Orleans Regiment - riders painted by Steve Allen and horses etc by me. Just one squadron to go.

I've also finished a few more of the 15mm 'Spartacus' army - for some reason I'm finding these a real chew to paint - nothing wrong with the figures - just me.

I've also painted up five of the Naval landing party - converted from Jim Purkey's Fife and Drum range I'm hoping we can to an agreement on these that I can make some more and make them available.
The 'greens' are some  compagnie franche de la marine I'm doing to be cast up for Stuart Insch for a project he's working on for the Sugar Island campaigns - there's more to come for this interesting period.
Not a bad start to the year and of course in the background there's all sorts of other stuff happening




Sunday, 1 January 2017

First game of the Year !

My wife was supposed to be working today but unfortunately came down with a chest infection. However she told me to go an do what I had planned so retreating to the cabin with some Gentleman Jack I set to on playing a small Naval game to try out the Blood, Bilge and Iron Balls naval rules.

A solo affair I found them thoroughly enjoyable and detailed enough without being onerous.
Each side gets three cards a sailing card a repair card and a firing card. The two fleets cards are shuffled and the cards drawn one at a time just enough randomness to make it exciting. The only additional optional rule I played was for the British where they can elect to fire in their repair phase, however when they repair in the firing phase instead of allocating one crew factor to conduct a repair they must allocate two.

In addition because this was solo where decisions re change of direction etc was called for I shook a die to see what happened.

The French fleet consisted of the Libre a 44 gun Frigate, Formidable 80 gun Ship of the line and the Desaix a 74 gunner.

The British had the Thames a 32 gun frigate, The Pompei and the Ceaser both 74's their task being to intercept the French squadron before it could gain access to safe waters.




 For the first couple of bounds the squadrons closed - the French had the wind so were moving faster than the British squadron who decided to head for the mouth of the channel and hopefully stop the French passing
 The British Frigate opens fire at extreme range on the Formidable and inflicts hull damage and damage to the starboard guns. The Libre also fire on the Thames and missed.
 By bound 4 the French were becoming a little ragged the Desaix failed to follow directions from the Formidable the French fired before the British and the Thames found itself under fire from the Libre and the Formidable the combined effect was savage, 3 fires broke out and the foremast of the Thames was damaged. However the Captain of the Thames was undaunted and fired back causing more hull and grew damage to the 80 gun SOL

 On turn 5 the French got to move first, the Captain of the Desaix still failed to follow instructions!
The Libre sought to head off the British 74's and bow rake them!
When the British fire card came up they chose to change it to repair hoping they would be able to move before firing. The crew of the Thames managed to put one fire out.
The French fired first with only the Libre having anything an arc and she fired on the Pompei taking out a starboard section of guns.
The British firing saw the Thames fire on the libre causing a lot of crew casualties and damagung its stearing gear the Pompei and Ceaser both fired on the Desaix and although it was long range the destroyed 2 starboard gun sections and caused damage to her masts.

 The next bound things got serious with the Thames getting in front of the Desaix for a bow rake this small frigate took out another starboard gun section, a complement of Marines started another fire and she also fired at the Libre the Desaix again was shot at from the Pompei and ceaser this saw the foremast destroyed, the main mast damaged and yet another fire things were looking grim over 50% of the Desaix's crew were casualties.


Over the next couple of bounds the action intensified the Thames was able to fire another bow rake into the Desaix due to the card draw and the Ceaser rammed the Libre to board. The Desaix managed to fire a broadside into the Thames causing severe hull damage but between the Thames and the Ceaser the Desaix lost its starboard gun, its mainmast and more crew forcing the Captain to abandon ship as the fires raged.
 The crew of the Libre fought valiantly against the Ceaser but weight of numbers told and the frigate was captured. The Formidable escaped but the British had won a great victory.

Man of the match - HMS Thames (must be captained by Aubrey).

Verdict. The rules were very good, I liked them a lot. Pretty quick to play, enough detail without being onerous and all in all just what Ive been looking for.

Happy New Year.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Season end, work bench and a few thoughts.

Well as we draw closer to Christmas I guess this may be the last post of the year? Certainly not as many for the last few months as I'd hoped but that's what happens when real life gets in the way!!!!

First up the work bench -




I've managed to base the units that were on the bench ( pics on the Crann Tara blog) and as a result of talking to a member of the AMG forum I've ended up doing conversions/sculpts for the Compagnes Franches de la Marine for the Sugar Island campaign - so far 8 figures are under way. In addition I've also got some metal back from Griffin some of these were my Naval Landing party which use the Fife and Drum labourers as the dolly, the first five are undercoated. In all I aim to do about 16 different figures and I'm hoping Jim and I can come to an agreement re their possible availability.

As I'm on my own New Years day I aim to treat myself to a solo game and hope to do the long delayed naval game I'd promised myself some weeks back.
The results will appear on here.

So can I wish you all a Merry Christmas and trust you will all have an enjoyable festive holiday
 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Where does the time go?

So what happened since the 18th November? Blown if I know, just go away for a few minutes, paint a few figures go to a wargames show and over two weeks has gone!!!!

I didn't get the naval game done I'm afraid so I will be trying again soon! I attended the Battleground show on the 26th November with me stand and a Christmas clearout which did very well.
Couple of games I liked were a 10mm game of Ramillies and a WWI game.




There were lots of other games that were good I just didn't get time to take the pics. The show kept reasonably busy until closing and Leon at Pendraken miniatures has done a first class job in promoting this show.

The bench currently looks like-
The Le Marck regiment awaiting earth grass and standards. Poor Spartacus' troops are pushed to the rear awaiting completion.

Hopefully some hobby time on the run up to Christmas and the New Year.


Friday, 18 November 2016

Progress

Well in between preparing for the show at Kirriemuir last weekend and my last show at Stockton next weekend I managed to clear quite a bit off the paint table.

Finished the MacDonald clan - only another 175 figures to go :)
and another squadron of French horse.





No pictures of the work bench this week as the figures are in a state of transition - i.e. I need to fill the gaps :)
Also next Wednesday I plan to have a solo naval battle trying out the rule Blood, Bilge and Iron Balls using the ships painted for me by Julian at Model J Ships - report will appear here.



Monday, 31 October 2016

A victory - and workbench update.

A busy weekend running round doing chores on Saturday but Sunday saw me travel through to Bob's for the annual Hordes of the The Things tourney which forms part of the World wide series of tournaments.

Not a game I play very often in fact it's almost a year since I last played but the event is very much a social event and a nice way to spend the day. This year the theme had to be based on historical armies as I'm slowly painting a Spartacus army for Big Battle DBA so tweaked this slightly to play in the tourney. As usual I forgot the camera but I surprised myself by winning all three games and winning the tournament.
Unfortunately the good guys team lost by 4 points. The only photo I have is Bob presenting me the wonderful trophy ! :)
A cracking day all told.
The paint table is still full of busy. The horses for the second squadron of Orleans were completed so I will do their bases and finish off the other two squadrons. Plastic ACW came to the fore as a number of club members thought it would be good if we all painted a brigade or two of palstic figures, so not one to be left out!!
The Jacobites have had a little more done and hopefully I can get them finished this week.




Sunday, 23 October 2016

Work Bench Sunday!!

It used to be workbench Thursday - now its whenever I get chance!

Just a couple of pics, to the fore are the Orleans Cavalry - riders painted by Steve Allen I'm painting the horses - 3 squadrons to go. I think for those that get figures painted by others then horses and bases are the two most important things that tie the armies together. Hence I paint my own horses and base the figures, these figures have been glossed and awaiting the matt varnish.

The Highlanders have had a bit more work done but I aim for a push on them next week and then the usual suspects lurking in the background :)