Saturday, October 8, 2016
Well, I finally went ahead and added lighting to my son's shelf, where he keeps HIS toy soldier army! I think it looks SUPER super sharp, and he is SO happy with it... he just goes down to the toy soldier room and looks at his guys without me!:) Good stuff. We've also played a few games recently... my British won one pretty handily, and then in the next one his Americans routed me. He is getting pretty good at this stuff!
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Well, a friend came by last night, and we got in the second piece of the Battle of Alain Valley!
As you can see above, there are two corps involved, three divisions apiece. On the left of the photo (British point of view) one French division is about to cross the river to hit the fragile Spanish division. In the center, the French Old Guard are advancing up to (and over) the hill to meet a large British division head on. On the right, the British and Brunswick brigade tried to turn the French flank, but the attack has stalled as the British cavalry support was routed.
The Old Guard advance a bit in the middle, but run into the British firepower. The British stay in line to maximize their firing power, whereas the French get into column to maximize their morale.
Meanwhile, on the British left flank, the French columns begin to cross the river, harassed the whole way by Spanish skirmishers. One Spanish brigade forms up on a steep hill, prepared to meet the French.
Here is a table shot of the next turn.
On the British right, the Brunswickers form line and exchange fire with the advancing French columns.
On the British left, the Spanish begin to pour fire down into the French columns as they advance up the hill.
And in the center, the Old Guard get a little packed in, and the front columns of the advance begin to take horrific casualties. They do manage to stay steady, but the commander begins to question his advance.
Here is the next turn.
The French attack on the British left continues, and the two sides pour fire into each other. The Spanish, who are rather brittle, manage to inflict some casualties on the French, but it doesn't seem like enough.
Nearer the British right, the Guards Brigade advances, looking to split the French line in half. The French pour fire down the ridge at the advancing British.
And here is the next turn!
In the center the British continue pressing forward, and the Old Guard begins to pull their right flank back a bit, worried that their second Guard brigade advanced too far...
And the center becomes a mess, as the commander of one British brigade (the one in column on the right) surges forward, ignoring the orders of the Duke of Wellington and charging his men forward!
Here is the last turn.
The French center is under such pressure that Napoleon himself comes to the edge of the wood, to urge his Old Guard on!
And while in practice that doesn't have any game play impact, it sure seems to work this time! The ENTIRE left flank of the British attack collapses under the fire of the Guard! Three battalions of British infantry rout, despite the fact that they haven't taken terrible casualties yet, while the Old Guard stand fast, despite the fact that two battalions have taken horrific casualties!
Meanwhile, on the British right, the cavalry is finally forced to charge the Brunswick square securing the far flank of the army... otherwise they might be sitting the whole fight out! Dozens of Brunswickers are dead and dying, and the square begins to falter...
It looks like it will take one more day to finish this one up... and I'll take photos when we do!
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Well, the 28mm / 25mm Sharpe's Rifles commission is FINALLY done!
I got the figure for Teresa on Friday, did the converting that night, and got the paint on her.
Above is the entire group, all together.
Here is Teresa Moreno and a few Spanish partisans. For Teresa I had to sculpt on the hair after removing the hat, replace the sword with a rifle, add a cross belt and cartridge box, extend her sash, and of course add "The Needle," her stiletto!
Here are the Rifles, along with Major Hogan.
Here are the foot personalities... Sgt. Patrick Harper, Teresa, Richard Sharpe himself, and Captain William Frederickson, in his 60th Rifles uniform.
Here is Major Hogan.
Here are a few of the Rifles. I gave several of them French packs, as in the book a bunch of the veterans have them.
Here are a few more of the Rifles.
Some of the infantry. The one with the poached pheasant on his belt is meant to be Dan Hagman.
One more shot of the foot personalities.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Well, the 28mm Richard Sharpe commission is nearly done, so I thought I would post some photos!
Here is Sharpe, Sgt. Harper, and "Sweet" William Fredrickson, from the 60th Rifles... before the whole Lucille nonsense, which I just ignore anyway.
Three Spanish partisans, since a lot of the "Sharpe's" series takes place in Spain.
Three riflemen from the 95th.
Three more riflemen, including Dan Hagman on the right... you cannot see it in this photo, but he has a poached pheasant hanging off his belt in back.
And Major Hogan, who is always a trusted ally for Richard!
Now, there is one person missing still; Teresa Moreno! Unfortunately I bought the figure from a UK manufacturer through the US distributor for the company, and good lord it is taking FOREVER to get here... ordered it maybe a month ago. I forgot that in today's day and age it is better just to order directly from England:(
Anyway... that's how they look so far. I'll take some nicer shots when Teresa is here and finished, and once I've done some touch ups... details like a few buttons, sling swivels, and a few other bits and bobs. Unfortunately I got a very nice email from the gent who commissioned these, and he sent along a photo of his own work... that moment where you realize the person you are painting for is better than you are is a painful one!:D
Sunday, September 4, 2016
So here is a quick preview with a single photo! The Rifles, with three partisans along for the ride. You can see, in the front, Harper, Sharpe, and Sweet William, and in the back Major Hogan... a few of the other guys have little details to make them stand out... for example, Dan Hagman (over Sweet William's left shoulder) has a poached pheasant hanging from his belt. I've still got a little touching up to do on sleeves, and one last figure to do, Teresa, but unfortunately the shipment from England to US distributor and then US distributor to me is just taking weeks and weeks. Grrr...
I'll take some better photos tomorrow:)
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Well, a like-minded recently made friend came up, and we knocked off the start of the large scale 10mm Napoleonic war-game: the Battle of the Alain Valley!
I'll take some more photos (still learning how to photograph in this space, especially on such a big table!) but I'll write a bit! Above is a photo at the end of turn one or so.
So... three divisions per side. We rolled up where they would come on the table. The French I Division, under Napoleon himself, is almost entirely Guard. Originally they were stacked in a corner where they didn't feel as useful, so instead they were deployed to the center, although they were delayed several turns because of it. The French II Division was primarily infantry and one large group of cavalry. The two infantry brigade commanders both had low quality staff ratings, so they would have to be kept close to their division commander, Marshal Ney. They came on on the left of the above photo. The French III Division came in on the right of the above photo, and consisted of mainly infantry, with some cavalry and horse artillery as support.
The British came in with a similar deployment... the Spanish Division on the left of the above photo, Wellington coming in at the center (again a modified deployment, so he would come on in later turns) and the 3rd Division (including the Brunswickers) coming in on the right hand side.
Here is the French III Division, with the two sub-par commanders, Dominique and Coulet, meeting with Ney as their men advance onto the field on the French right.
Opposite them, General Martinez advances with his Spanish Division.
On the far side of the field, Picton brings his 3rd Division onto the field. His cavalry commander, McDonald, has one of the best staffs on the field, so can operate far away from Picton and still be reliable.
Opposite Picton is the French III Division.
Here the French III Division faces off with the British 3rd Division. The French actually ended up deploying down into the valley to try to bring their guns to bear and try to slow down the British advance a bit... in fact, a converged unit of Voltigeurs even ran down towards the chateau on the British side of the field to act as a bulwark against the advancing British!
Picton sends his cavalry off to the flank, where their superior numbers are hoped to be able to overwhelm the French cavalry there. Meanwhile a brigade of British infantry under General Harper advance.
On the other side of the field, the large cavalry brigade under General Roi are send across the river, away from Ney. Roi has a capable staff and can operate further away... but will he head towards the center of the field to prepare for the arrival of Wellington's corps, or will they circle back to threaten the Spanish?
The French III and British 3rd face off, the cavalry trying to protect the flanks... but McDonald throws his numerically superior cavalry forward at the French cavalry... time to bloody the sabers!
Meanwhile the infantry for both divisions prepares to face off.
On the other side of the field, the Spanish cavalry extends out, trying to screen the flank in case the French cavalry gets across the river and threatens them. However, this allows the French artillery to begin pounding on them.
Then the two missing divisions appear. Napoleon brings in the Guards, as Roi's cavalry fords the stream ahead of him.
Here is the table at the end of turn three. You can see that the Spanish are largely holding along the river on the left of the photo, their cavalry having fallen back a bit. The French across from them are deploying and preparing their artillery to pound on the Spanish (who have none that can respond.) Napoleon's Guard advance on the far side of the river, while Wellington has brought on his Division in the foreground. Meanwhile on the right of the photo Picton's 3rd Division is facing the French, who have swung down from the ridge to link up with the chateau, but that is a dangerous position, now that Wellington has arrived at the center...
Here is the French III, facing the Spanish across the river. Unfortunately the two subpar commanders do stall a bit, worried maybe about where they should deploy or not quite understanding their orders... but it doesn't hurt them too much.
Another shot of that part of the field. You can see the French cavalry under Roi advancing towards the Spanish... apparently they have plans to clear this side of the field!
Meanwhile McDonald's cavalry swung up and attacked the British flank, but was THROWN back terribly, suffering casualties! Even though McDonald outnumbered the French cavalry they couldn't win... while the light cavalry is still in a swirling melee, the heavy British cavalry is in disarray, and has taken casualties! Whichever side wins the cavalry battle on this flank will get a huge advantage!
And it won't be the British, as the Scots Greys rout off the field, the British Light Dragoons are still fighting but taking terrible casualties, and the British Dragoon Guards take huge casualties. Anticipating a disaster (as the two French cavalry units seem poised to take over this side of the field)
Here is the next turn... you can see the Spanish are under a bit of pressure on the left of the picture! Unfortunately for the French, the Old Guard crossing the river stalled badly. Thankfully for them, so did Wellington's 1st Division, as two difference brigade commanders failed their orders roll, with one holding in place!
General Cornwall takes shelter in a square of Brunswickers on the far flank of the British army.
At the chateau the converged French Voltigeurs continue holding on, despite being cut off from their brigade and taking casualties...
Here you can see them under attack, with a unit of British horse artillery unlimbering and pouring fire into the chateau, along with a brigade of British infantry pressing them. Unfortunately for the French two or three of the infantry battalions saw this and broke without ever coming under fire themselves! Terrible, terrible rolls (a BUNCH of 1s in a row) but who knows... could be green troops who've never seen friends come under fire so badly?
Here is a shot of the table at this point... you can see half a brigade of the French III routing on the right of the photo, and the swirling cavalry melee on the left, as the French try to beat off the Spanish cavalry...
In the center of the field, the Old Guard march through the trees...
.... and emerge on the big ridge in the center, facing a large British force heading their way!
The Spanish, beaten and smashed by French artillery across the river, throw out skirmishers as the French prepare to make a difficult crossing.
There is a HUGE cavalry melee in front of the Spanish, as the French try to take advantage of their superior numbers and quality, but amazingly the French cuirassiers are beaten back by their heavy Spanish counterparts, and rout out of the picture! The Spanish light cavalry is hammered, though, and drop back (in blue above) causing their friendly infantry to hurriedly form square as suddenly their is French cavalry directly to their front!
And here is where it stands now!
I'll have more when we play again... although I might carefully take a few money shots before then:)