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AHPC VII Bonus Round "West" John West II

Posted on February 25th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Another entry into the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. This is my entry into the WestBonus round. I thought I’d follow on from the East bonus round and pick a name from history andfit it into my Donnybrook project. There were a few West’s to choos…

Franco-Prussian War Batrep – The Battle of Les Collines qui Bouge, August 1870

Posted on February 21st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Reject Richard umpired a 15mm Franco-Prussian game last weekend. Its the first Franco-Prussian game I’ve played for years, in pre-blog days they were a staple game in the shed, but they’ve been sitting on the backburner for years, so it was great to get them out again.
That’s not to say that they’re not gamed with, Richard plays regular games with his nipper James, who came along to the game and actually challenged myself and Ian!!!
I heard many a tale of woe from Richard over the past few years of how James is a
 Generalissimo dice god, so we accepted the Challenge with trepidation!!!

Now Richard is a clever ol’ chap and designed a pre-game deployment system, that was
for want of  better words “Bloody Good!”
Above is the table as we first saw it, placing a commander (representing brigade of troops) in any area of our side of the table, Ian and myself were the Prussians, while Lil Generalissimo James was the French.
Pregame
Each side must place their commands, including any blinds.  Each side must then choose ten cards which are then shuffles and dealt to produce a hand of three.  From this the players can move, remove, add terrain, delay troops and advance.  This continues until the last card is added to the defending player’s hand.  This all represents initial manoeuvring and deployment to “kind of” simulate something more campaign-like.
The players then have a quiz to determine who controls the weather the night before.  Wet means that the Prussian artillery is disadvantaged for the first four turns – soft ground equals unreliable percussion fuses.

And here’s the table after the Pregame deployment.
Note the hill in the centre of the French lines has gone and been replaced by walling (not too sure what’s worse?) And a town has moved from the centre French side to our deployment zone. The other main change was a bigger wood on the French centre right.
Generalissimo James’ plan was easy…..defend!
We decided to attack both flanks and try and pin the centre, forcing James to reinforce the flanks
then maybe attack the centre.
The troops
Prussian Army
1 cavalry division consisting of 1 cuirassier, 1 uhlan and 1 dragoon
4 brigades of 4 units and one artillery piece each
1 reserve brigade consisting of 4 Bavarian units and an artillery battery
1 corps artillery reserve of 2 4pdr batteries
400 infantry figures
French Army
1 cavalry division consisting of 2 cuirassier and 1 hussar
3 brigades of 4 units and one artillery piece each (1 had a mitrailleuse)
1 reserve brigade consisting of 4 guard units and a 12 pounder battery (never arrived)
192 infantry figures

The French right.

The French centre and left

Prussian Cavalry on our extreme left flank.

Its a long way around that flank?

We pushed forward in the first move and were hit by small arms fire immediately.
The French had hidden troops in all the villages, James’ dice rolling was ridiculous!!
My Leib Guard unit was down a 1/4 already and they hadn’t even seen the French yet!

The same happend to Ian on the left, although not so damning, French sniper fire from
 the farmhouse stopped him in his tracks. Also the French started to bring their Cavalry forward?

Ian redeployed his line to counter the Farmhouse and the Cavalry.

I moved around the wood, it would have been more direct to go through but a lot slower.

Generalissimo James photobombing!

Prussian Dragoons, lead from the front.

Followed by the heavier Lancers and Cuirassiers.

James bought his Cavalry forward again.

While I moved up to take the farmhouse and unsettle the French right flank.

Ian moved up his second line, his front line fired at the horse and…….

some died, and some ran away!
Phew!

All’s looking good for the Prussians…….but I’ve still got to attack Zouves, in a wood 
behind a wall…..Hmm?

I was stuck in the centre, my artillery couldn’t hit a barn door, while James’ could!
So I had to just sit and wait and take it.

Ian pushed forward, following the French Horse.

Ah! Re-inforcements!
The Bavarians!

James moved troops onto the back hill to defend against my Cavalry, which weakend his lines.

So I pushed forward in the centre.

And on the left flank. I decided to aim my attack at the unit at the edge of the wood,
Hence the two coloumns.

Ian pushed forward again, while James formed a defensive line with his Mitrailleuse
in the centre.

Ian’s artillery pounded James’ lines

I pushed forward in the centre, taking heavy casualties.

James regained control of his last Cavalry unit and charged Ian’s infantry.
It was close, but the Prussians won the fight and sent the French fleeing back.

Getting closer!!

Charge!!

My Dragoons were blown away by musket fire, so to were
half of my Cuirassier unit!

One Prussian line unit fails its morale and flees back.

Going for the artistic shot here, shame about the plastic box!

Combined artillery……poor French!

Got him!
James’ Zouves flee, leaving a large gap in the French lines.

Getting messy down the right flank.

James had to move another unit from the centre to his right.

To try and counter me on the flank.

Some disastrous morale throws from Ian.
Thins out his lines….here we go again!!

The Cavalry were doing their job. Both units charged…

Only the Lancers made it in..

I also just managed to charge the French line at the wall, although I hit the flank,
I had no bonus’s as we were in the woods.

James’ lines stared to thin out.

So did both our centres
We both must be close to leaving the field soon….surly?

Ian pushed forward, pushing back 1 French line unit.

I went into skirmish line, a much safer formation!?!

Crap!
I lost both melees, my dice let me down again, while James’ didn’t
Jammy little Generlissimo!!

A very weak looking centre for both sides.

Our artillery started to tell in the end.

At the end of the turn, the French had just reached their casualty marker so after a very brave fight retreated from the field with honour! 
That made two very relived Prussians, we would never live it down, getting our butt kicked by
a 9 year old. Poor Richard has this problem daily!
Hopefully Generalissimo James carries on wargaming and one day will
become a full blown Reject!
Losses by end of game
French 53 infantry figures, all three cavalry regiments
Prussians 87 infantry figures, half of all cavalry figures
Recalculated points score was Prussian 10 French 8

AHPC VII Donnybrook – Woodland Indians with Muskets

Posted on February 15th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Can’t believe that this is Don’t throw a 1’s 600th post!And for post 600, what better to have than 12 Perry Miniatures WoodlandIndians with muskets!They were my 7th entry into the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge earning me 60 points, pushing m…

AHPC VII Donnybrook Pioneers/Sapper

Posted on February 10th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

For my 6th entry into the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, you’ll all be
surprised that I’ve gone all Donnybrook again??

Never?

I’ve been beavering away getting some Pioneers or Sappers or just plain workmen painted up.

The first 6 figures plus equipment are not Nine Years War figures (Shock Horror!)
They are infact a lovely ECW set from Bicorne Miniatures, that’ll cost you only £8
to buy unpainted. I’ve painted them up in a variety of colours, so they could be for
either side in my Donnybrook skirmish games.













The second set of 10 figures are from Reiver Castings, they are painted up with the green 
troos and stocking for Kirke’s regt. But once again could be used for any side during the war.
They could even be added to a Civilian Mob, or added to other troops to make a Rebel unit for Sedgemoor.

Lastly, are 3 figures and some equipment from Dixon Miniatures.
The Engineer from a previous entry is also included in this pack.
And here they all are in a group shot.
19 figures, 2 wheelbarrows, 2 barrels, piles of wood and a discarded coat…….
 Miles my Monday Minion gave me 100 points for this collection giving me a grand
total of 290 points, lifting me up the charts to 52 place!

I’ve added the Pioneer Engineer in this pic, he was entered into the Challenge last month
and is included in the pack from Dixon.

AHPC VII Terrain Home Bonus – Protect our village

Posted on February 8th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Another difficult bonus round for the 7th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.”Terrain Home”After a few days pondering I came up with this “Protect our village”I had quite a few Militia type figures, armed with farm weapons and lots of scenery bits and…

The Battle of Kirchdorf 1809, A Napoleonic Batrep

Posted on January 29th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Finally, I played my first game of the 2017!For a change it wasn’t Postie reffing the game nor were they his figures. Ian’s been collecting his 25mm Napoleonics for quite a few years now and this was only their second ever outing. And the last game Ian…

AHPC VII Bonus Round "East" John Easton

Posted on January 26th, 2017 under , , . Posted by



Entry number 4 into the Challenge and its Bonus round again.
This time the Bonus word is “East”. And once again our leader Curt had me stumped!
I don’t have any Eastern figures, apart from a few Dark Age Rus, so I had to think of something else. A quick trawl in a few books and I came up with a few suggestions. I settled on a chap called John Easton, you can read about him below if you wanna!
The figure used is a Crusader Miniature, which I bought on Ebay,
I decided on a rather subdued paintjob, Easton was a Quaker and looking at
period paintings Quakers seemed to where black. greys or browns.
Check out the link to the Challenge and if you have a mind to, place a vote for your favorite entries.





John Easton (1624–1705) was a political leader in the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, devoting decades to public service before eventually becoming governor of the colony. Born in Hampshire, England, he sailed to New England with his widowed father and older brother, settling in Ipswich and Newbury in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. As a supporter of the dissident ministers John Wheelwright and Anne Hutchinson during the Antinomian Controversy, his father was exiled, and settled in Portsmouth on Aquidneck Island (later called Rhode Island) with many other Hutchinson supporters. Here there was discord among the leaders of the settlement, and his father followed William Coddington to the south end of the island where they established the town of Newport. The younger Easton remained in Newport the remainder of his life, where he became involved in civil affairs before the age of 30.

Ultimately serving more than four decades in the public service of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Easton began as an Attorney General for the island towns of Portsmouth and Newport, soon fulfilling the same role for the entire colony. To this line of service he added positions as Commissioner, Deputy, and Assistant, for many years serving simultaneously in multiple roles. In 1674 he was elected to the office of deputy governor of the colony, serving for two years, with a part of his tenure being during King Philip’s War, about which he published a written treatise.

Easton was replaced in 1676 during King Philip’s War with the militarily experienced John Cranston. In 1675 he wrote an account of the Indian war entitled, “A True Relation of what I know & of Reports & my Understanding concerning the Beginning & Progress of the War now between the English and the Indians.” The following year he was a member of a Court Martial at Newport for the trial of certain Indians charged with complicity in King Philip’s designs.

Following the overthrow of the Edmund Andros governorship under the Dominion of New England, Easton was elected as governor of the colony for five consecutive years. While in office his biggest concerns were funding the ongoing war that England was fighting with France, and dealing with the disruptive French privateers. Other issues during his tenure included a smallpox epidemic in Newport, charter issues having to do with Rhode Island’s militia serving in other colonies, and the ongoing border line disputes with the neighboring colonies.

The period of time from 1676 to 1681 was one of the few periods when Easton did not serve in a public capacity.[7] Throughout the 1680s he was an Assistant, and in January 1690, following the three-year rule of Edmund Andros over all the New England colonies, he was one of the Assistants who wrote a letter to the new English monarchs, William and Mary, congratulating them on their accession to the throne, and informing them that Andros had been seized in Rhode Island, and returned to the Massachusetts Colony for confinement.[7]

War with France

King William’s War involved the New England colonies, and subjected them to the exploits of French privateers.

The governor, deputy governor and assistants were exempted from paying any colony tax because of the expenses they incurred in attending to their official duties and the fact that they received no salaries. Easton held the governorship for a period of five years, during which period, England and her allies were engaged in the Nine Years War with France, and the New England colonists were left to deal with this war in North America, known as King William’s War. Letters from other colonies came to Rhode Island asking for troops to aide in their efforts, and the reply was usually that the Rhode Island colony had a very exposed condition, and required its men to stay at home. Nevertheless, In October 1690 the General Assembly agreed to raise 300 pounds for the prosecution of the war. The colony now had nine towns: Providence, Portsmouth, Newport, Warwick, Westerly, Jamestown, New Shoreham (Block Island), Kings Town, and East Greenwich, each town being taxed for its portion of the levy. Legislation was also applied to property appraisal, which in the past had been done by the “guess” method, and shipping was to be taxed, with all ships from other colonies being henceforth assessed a tax on cargoes unloaded at Newport.

While the war was a major burden upon the colonists, one bright spot occurred in July 1690. As the colonies were being continuously harassed by French privateers, an expedition consisting of two sloops and 90 men under the command of Captain Thomas Paine went out from Newport to attack the enemy. Paine approached five ships near Block Island, sent a few men ashore to prevent a French landing, then ran into shallow water to keep from being surrounded. A late afternoon engagement ensued, lasting until nightfall, when the French withdrew, losing about half their men to casualties, while Paine’s loss was one man killed and six wounded. The brilliant exploit of Paine inspired the people of the colony with a naval spirit; this was the first victory for Rhode Island on the open sea. French privateers, however, continued covering the seas, plundering the commerce of the colonists, and compelled a special session of the Assembly to adopt stringent measures for raising the tax levied but not yet collected.



AHPC VII. Entry 3 – Donnybrook – 25mm Woodland Indians

Posted on January 17th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

 “Concentrate on one thing at a time”………this is what I told myself in October, “Justpaint the French for Donnybrook in the Challenge”…..did I listen?Nope!So for my third entry into this years Challenge I’ve painted up what I talked myself&…

AHPC VII. Armour Bonus Round – 25mm Donnybrook English Engineer

Posted on January 11th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

 

Its Bonus round time!!
And our first Bonus round was “Armour”
I don’t really do any periods that use armour per say, so this was the best I could do
this Dixon Miniature from their Grand Alliance range. 
He’s the Officer in their EG2 Pioneer pack well worth the £6.95 IMHO!
The other figures in the pack will hopefully be making an appearance later in 
the Challenge

 If you feel the need to vote for my Officer, or any of the other splendid entries
then click this link!
Adding the 55 points for this figure to my total gave me 75 points and pushed me
up to 51st place, although I’m back down to 57th as I write this post!

The next Bonus round is due in on the 22nd Jan and is “East”???
this has really left me scratching my head!

Maybe time to think laterally once again???

AHPC VII 1st entry 2 x Mounted Moors

Posted on January 4th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

As some of you may be aware its Painting challenge time and this is my first entry into the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge VII.These 2 were undercoated during the last Challenge, and along with loads morenever got painted. Most were sent off …

Happy New Year 2017

Posted on January 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

Wishing everyone a very cheeky Happy New Year!Only 2 resolutions this year….. Paint more and play more!All the best in 2017Ray

Secret Santa, Santa Claus & Xmas Pressies

Posted on December 26th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Seems this Xmas I’ve gone all Native!Above is my Secret Santa pressie, some Warlord Games Woodland Bowmanand Magua with some rather nice foliage to boot!I do know who ordered these beauties for me as their name was on the receipt inside, so a huge than…

Happy Christmas 2017

Posted on December 24th, 2016 under . Posted by

Happy Christmas everyone!!

Donnybrook Warbases Peasant Cart 3

Posted on December 19th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Another easy to assemble cart from Warbases, this one is sold as Peasant Cart 3, for £4 and
is my personal favourite from their collection.

The driver is from Col Bill’s TYW/ECW Wagon Crew pack.

Its a pretty versatile wagon and could be used for many periods of history and like
 I already said £4?? why wouldn’t you??

Donnybrook – The Menfolk

Posted on December 13th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

I thought I better tidy up some posts that I haven’t yet managed to post before the start of this years Challenge!These are six more Redoubt figures painted up for my Donnybrook project, these fine looking fellows were once again painted up b…

Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge VII

Posted on December 5th, 2016 under . Posted by

Well its that time of year once again…Its time for the 7th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.All 100…..yes 100!!! participants are all busy undercoating and preppingall there figures, all bar one…..me!I’ve still got loads of figures undercoated…