Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Back from the Hols - workbench update

Well Sundaysaw my wife and I return from a most excellent trip to the Highlands.
A stay in Cawdor with regular trips to the Cawdor Tavern was excellent.
A trip to the Clava Cairns, Culloden and Fort George were my must do's although I have to say my wife was most impressed by all.

A full day over on the Black Isle reinforced how wonderful this part of Scotland is and whilst driving around look what I saw

The new aircraft carrier is a huge beast :)
Cromarty is a beautiful village full of 18th century buildings and this caught my eye

Now onto the work bench
Fusiliers de Morliere are done and ready for basing and I've almost finished painting samples of my new French artillery crew.

I'm currently running a 1744 campaign which I hope to complete and write up in this years Wargames Annual but some snippets will appear here.

Monday, 19 June 2017


Well as reported in my last entry the weekend saw me travel to Kenilworth to host an Alternative Falkirk!

The scenario was based on one published some time on Kevs wargames cabin blogspot and whilst his was designed for use with Blackpowder I amended it for use with the Honours Of War rules.
There has been a '45 amendment sheet posted on that particular forum and I used this as a core but found the need to tweak it both before and during the weekend.

In essence the scenario was

17th January 1746
After the hapless Cope was defeated at the battle of Prestonpans on the 21st September 1745.
Charles Stuart’s jubilant army had invaded England.

But disparity in the Jacobite command and the thought of facing fresh Govt troops under Cumberland had forced the tired army back into Scotland.

The Jacobites knew time was running out, not enough help had arrived from France.
They were short on everything, although their numbers had swelled from the march into England, powder, muskets and food were now the main concern.

News arrived at Charles Stuarts camp that Cumberland had been re-called to London.
This was to organise the defence of the capital as rumours of a potential French invasion were rife and London was in a panic. 

The command of the Govt troops had now fallen to Lieutenant General Henry Hawley.
Hawley advanced with fresh troops to Edinburgh where he met with Generals Cope and Wade.

Hawley, also had a problem, he needed to garrison his supply route to Edinburgh if he was to advance against the Jacobite main army.

He knew the Jacobites were massing at Perth and had now begun the siege of Stirling castle.

He decided to move most of his army to Falkirk in an attempt to relieve the Siege at Stirling.

He sent what was left of Cope’s force to occupy Falkirk and prepare the supplies for his arrival.

General Wade was sent North of Falkirk to clear the area of Jacobite sympathisers. 

Hawleys force was spread out, he had no intelligence to say that the Jacobites had moved from their siege of Stirling.

Wade’s Dragoons were camped and had spent the night in Polmont, enroute to Falkirk. 
Hawley would arrive later in the day.

This was indeed good news to the Jacobite command.

Hawleys army was divided.

The weather had been bad, but much needed supplies were available and news that Cumberland was now on his way back up to Scotland with a large force of veterans from Flanders had just been confirmed.

The Jacobites needed to strike now.

If the Govt troops could be destroyed, it would leave Edinburgh open once again to a Jacobite entry to the capital.

This would certainly bring the French into full support of the Stuart cause and a French invasion of England would be a real possibility.
  and so the scene was set
I ran the game three times over the two days with three players on the Jacobite side and two on the British and it was fascinating to watch the different approaches to the game, in essence in game 1 the Jacobites won a marginal victory despite having 4 of their 6 commanders as 'dithering' they managed to take Falkirk and prevent Hawley's reinforcements deploying en masse.

The other two games saw the Jacobites run out of steam just as victory was in their grasp. What was 'entertaining'! that in both of these games the Jacobites faltered ( threw a 1 on their command roll) at critical times in the game on some occasions repeatedly! Who said there are no dice gods. In the last of the games the Jacobites had thrown well having only two unreliable commanders and yet Lord Elcho and the Jacobite horse ( dependable commander) threw a 1 two bounds in a row and halted aloowing the British 3 pounders to throw shot down their line and rout Pistligo's horse and weaken the command before they could engage with the British dragoons.

At the same time having caused morale failures on the British in Falkirk and leaving the best part of the town open to be occupied the Jacobites failed to advance two bounds in a row again resulting in them being hit by grape from a British 6 pounder

Photos from game 1

The Jacobite cavalry engaged 'inferior' British Dragoons

Jacobites close in on Falkirk - Irish piquet hold the left flank

Falkirk under pressure as the British fall back
Jacobite deployment game 2

Falkirk falls

General Wade threatens the Jacobite flank

British dragoons run back to their horses as their camp is over run 

 In addition to my game Paul Robinson (http://grimsbywargaming.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/a-military-gentleman-weekend.html) ran an excellent War of the Spanish Succession battle .
Colin and Robbie (http://www.carryingsonupthedale.com/) presented the Battle of Leuthen
and Martin Gane presented another trip into the Sudan

More pictures on the highlighted blogs. As you would expect I didn't get much chance to take photos of the other games during play.

All in all a most excellent weekend, great games, superb company and hospitality. Here's hoping we can reunite next year.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

One more Sleep to a Gaming Weekend

Well tomorrow will see me travel to Kenilworth for the third 'A Military Gentleman' get together.
Initially started by the commonality that we all owned John Ray's excellent book 'A Military Gentleman' and had a strong interest in the 18th century.

Now whilst some of the attendee's are no longer members of the forum this weekend will see 22 of us gather to play 4 possibly 5 games which with one exception are all based firmly in the 18th century.

With a little! help from Guy I'm hosting a Jacobite rebellion game - I had hoped to use some adaptions to Charles Grant's the Wargame I've been working on but they're not quite complete and certainly not game tested so it will be an Honours of War fall back position. So there's been lots of painting and basing getting ready and this morning it's printing and packing.
In the mean time here's some of the pieces I've got done. The British gunners were painted by Mark Allen and Pistligo's horse are unfinished metal masters I've press ganged.

Ally Morrison will be there with his painted version of the Perry's Travel battle for gaming in the bar! and Jim Purky is flying in from America so all in all it promises to be a great weekend.

Hopefully lots of pictures taken for when I get back

Friday, 2 June 2017

Work Bench Progress

With the AMG weekend now only two weeks away its all systems go to get figures etc finished.

The dismounted British dragoons are complete, Baggots Hussars almost, although not required for the weekend I couldn't help finishing the 10mm AWI Highlanders and the start of the British artillery is under away, crews to be assigned over the weekend.

So on target to have everything complete!!!

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Work Bench Saturday

Thought we'd kick off the work bench updates especially as I have the AMG weekend coming in June and I have some painting targets to meet.

So today finished off the first 12 figures for the dismounted 10th Cobhams dragoons. They've just had the gloss varnish applied before basing and matting down - hopefully tomorrow.

Also finished are the Pendraken 10mm Highlanders for my AWI project these end up being dipped for speed but once based etc the effect is pretty acceptable.

Next week Baggots Hussars and a return to the Sudan 15mm project !

Also on the bench are the British artillery crews painted by Mark Allen, just waiting for the issue of guns and artillery tools.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Parizan 2017

As life slowly starts to return to normal and having attended Falkirk last week as a trader I had booked to attend Partizan with a game.
In the early days of Partizan I had always attended as part of the Redcar Rebels and therefore demo games and Partizan have really become part of my must do's. With the passing of Lee and the disappearance of Gordon I have always striven to do something.

This year I thought it time to raise the Crann Tara banner, putting on a game to promote the figure range and have fun at the same time. So I attended with Bob and Leigh to play.

Photos of my game I will put on the Crann Tara blog and I will put images here of the games that caught my eye in a very brief run around.

I have to say Partizan was a great show again and for me is most probably the best and most enjoyable show I go to, good light, room to move and superb games.
I apologise in advance for not taking note of all the names of the presenters.

First up Steve Jones and his excellent rendition of Bunker Hill, all his own work including the rules ( must get a copy)

 Just a fun game French Indian Wars ( I think!) using peg armies :)

 A very, very nice Russo Japanese naval action.

 Barry Hilton and friends with a Great North War game using his excellent Warfare Miniatures, always a pleasure to talk to Barry

 Dave Docherty and his ever expanding Sudan game, looked superb

 The Perry twins were in attendance with a Napoleon in Egypt game, unfortunately when I took the photos onlt the British were deployed

 Finally this was a WWII participation game but I thought the winter effect was very good.
So a great day spoke to many, many people and looking forward to the Other Partizan.