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Chasseurs Ste Domingue – Trent Miniatures

Posted on August 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

After what seems like weeks, finally some paint time and some extra’s for the Haitian Project a small skirmish unit of Chasseurs Ste Domingue from Trent Miniatures.As these forces begin to take shape I have been thinking about how I might pull the vari…

Snow in August….

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

What with one thing and another games have been a little thin on the ground recently.When it was suggested by a fellow gamer that he had never tried Chain of Command and as he had been making a US Para force could we run through the rules how could I r…

Arab Engineers for Sharp Practice.

Posted on August 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The Haiti prep continues with the first batch of troops currently sitting on the side whilst the filler dries before the bases are given a liberal coating of sharp sand.
I thought I would clear a couple of items which have been hanging around since March and Hammerhead, the first items which need to be cleared off the paint table is an Engineering section for Egypt.

Within Sharp Practice the support option is made up of an Engineer Group with Cart it should be made up of six men and a Status I leader, I have five painted up from foundry but pretty sure I have a spare Arab knocking about, and a donkey or camel might be more suited to the desert than a cart.

When in a defending force an Engineer Group may always have 8” of prepared Breastworks or 12” of Barricade blocking a road or similar good news as I painted some of these recently but they have yet to grace the table yet.

Within SP Engineers who are given tasks to perform will generally complete those tasks faster, re‐rolling any 1’s rolled on the Task Roll however Engineers will not engage in firing nor will they attack an enemy. However, if attacked they fight as Aggressive troops in Fisticuffs.

A useful addition to the Egyptian project or any other Middle Eastern adventure.

Haitian Holiday Reads and Eye Candy

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

Back from the annual holiday and plenty to crack on with after some light holiday reading, none of your pulp paper backs here… The Story of the Haitian Revolution by Laurent Dubois.
It did raise a few eye brows on the beach but well worth a read if you have a interest in the Napoleonic wars and a theatre largely ignored by mainstream wargamers.
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Originally a French possession, it was the most lucrative colony on earth, producing a third of the world’s sugar and more than half its coffee. 
Following in the foot steps of events in France and influenced by the The Declaration of the Rights of Man the slave population rose up in 1791 and so began the largest slave revolt in history. 
Over the next 13 years, the island saw civil war and an invasion of Spanish territory together with three successive attempts to re-enslave them. The first was by local planters and the French military, the second by the British, eager for seize Frances colonial assets and finally, after he took power, Napoleon tried to recapture the territory as a French colony and restore slavery.
The rebels fought against huge odds: Britain dispatched an armada of 218 ships to the Caribbean, and its troops battled for five years before withdrawing; Napoleon sent the largest force that had ever set sail from France, losing more than 50,000 soldiers to combat and disease.

All of which makes for a very interesting period to game.
Whilst I may have been technology free for a week it did give me the opportunity to consider how the Maroons (escaped slaves) might be represented on the tabletop using Sharp Practice, initially I did consider both Clan and Militia as options but figured for the early encounters I would start with conscripts as the Maroons had been living in the hills and defeated numerous events by local militia to bring them to heal.
I would welcome peoples thoughts on how they would represent them. 

Maroons
Type
Conscripts and Volunteers
Points Value
4
Weapon
Musket
Size
8
Formation
First
Fire
Controlled Volley
Crashing Volley
Step
Out
Drill
Characteristics
No Shock
Yes
First Only
3
3
3
Hearth and Home

Hearth & Home – May improve Step out rating by 1 when at home, become Weedy Coves when fighting away from home.
Maroon Skirmishers
Type
Irregular Skirmishers
Points Value
6
Weapon
Musket
Size
6
Formation
First
Fire
Controlled Volley
Crashing Volley
Step
Out
Drill
Characteristics
No
Yes
No
3
Tactical, Moveable DP, No Bayonets.
Moveable DP – May be selected as a support option.    
Tactical – Can perform Ambuscade when two cards are available.
No Bayonets – These troops are at a disadvantage in Fisticuffs. 
Just need to put in some painting time now to get some additional units on the table.
If Dubois book was not enough the chaps over at Wargames Illustarted have just posted a teaser for an article to be published in WI 360, here’s some behind the scenes shots from their face book page.
All Trent Miniatures with a few head swaps for good measure.

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It’s looking like a busy couple of months ahead…

Milam County goes to war (again).

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

Every now and again you have one of those games that really spikes your enjoyment of the hobby.Sunday night saw the dusting off of the Wyverns ACW collection using Sharp Practice and a reminder of why these rules are one of my favourite.A simple engage…

Milam County goes to war (again).

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

Every now and again you have one of those games that really spikes your enjoyment of the hobby.Sunday night saw the dusting off of the Wyverns ACW collection using Sharp Practice and a reminder of why these rules are one of my favourite.A simple engage…

Sunday morning ramblings…

Posted on July 16th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

As promised a quick shot of Trent Miniatures and Foundry mixed together not a bad mix in terms of height and scale. A mentioned before the Foundry sculpts are a little on the repetitive side but mixed together they look fine.With 30+ Maroons now comple…

Sunday morning ramblings…

Posted on July 16th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

As promised a quick shot of Trent Miniatures and Foundry mixed together not a bad mix in terms of height and scale. A mentioned before the Foundry sculpts are a little on the repetitive side but mixed together they look fine.With 30+ Maroons now comple…

Paint Table Saturday – Wargames Foundry Haitian Slaves

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

The Haitian project continues to creep forward.To compliment Trent Miniatures rebellious slaves, I picked up a couple of packs from Foundry’s Pirate range which seemed to fit the bill and give a little bit of variation to the units (although saying tha…

Paint Table Saturday – Wargames Foundry Haitian Slaves

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

The Haitian project continues to creep forward.To compliment Trent Miniatures rebellious slaves, I picked up a couple of packs from Foundry’s Pirate range which seemed to fit the bill and give a little bit of variation to the units (although saying tha…

Not something you hear every day….

Posted on July 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

“I will pop you a couple of African heads in the post…”Having picked up a couple of packs from Trent Miniatures at Partisan imagine the frustration when I came to unpack them recently to find two missing heads. To add to the frustration Trent are one…

Not something you hear every day….

Posted on July 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

“I will pop you a couple of African heads in the post…”Having picked up a couple of packs from Trent Miniatures at Partisan imagine the frustration when I came to unpack them recently to find two missing heads. To add to the frustration Trent are one…

Wyvern Wargamers – RJW All Dayer 2017

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Last Sunday saw the annual Wyvern Wargamers Summer all dayer….One of the benefits of a club day is a chance to get all the toys out on a big table, something that you can’t manage at home or on a club night.This outing saw the Russian’s holding a key…

Wyvern Wargamers – RJW All Dayer 2017

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Last Sunday saw the annual Wyvern Wargamers Summer all dayer….One of the benefits of a club day is a chance to get all the toys out on a big table, something that you can’t manage at home or on a club night.This outing saw the Russian’s holding a key…

2nd post of the day – RJW All dayer….

Posted on June 24th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Dashing in to save the day – The Japanese dismounted cavalry make an appearance just in time for tomorrows game.Let’s hope they don’t suffer the fate of most newly painted figures and lose on their first outing.Another fine selection of figures from Ts…

2nd post of the day – RJW All dayer….

Posted on June 24th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Dashing in to save the day – The Japanese dismounted cavalry make an appearance just in time for tomorrows game.Let’s hope they don’t suffer the fate of most newly painted figures and lose on their first outing.Another fine selection of figures from Ts…

Star Eagles Play Test – Flash Gordon Style

Posted on June 14th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Having recently backed Star Eagles the latest offering from Ganesha Games I was pleased to receive a copy of the beta rules to run through while the real deal arrives in September. Star Eagles is a science fiction action game of futuri…

Botocudo Indians – Copplestone Castings.

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

As I wait for the postman to deliver a small package (more on that later..) I figured I would clear some of the low hanging fruit which makes up lead mountain. Having enjoyed the Muskets and Tomahawks game recently I fancied a couple more games of…

The Laishui Boxing Grounds – Colonial Campaigns #2 Part 2

Posted on June 9th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Sunday night saw the Chinese Army attempt to put down the Boxer Rebellion before it took hold.Extracting the forces for the Scenario as laid out in the book and converting to TMWWBK  equated to 30 points apiece, we had a lengthy discussion around…

The Laishui Boxing Grounds – Colonial Campaigns #2 Part 2

Posted on June 9th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Sunday night saw the Chinese Army attempt to put down the Boxer Rebellion before it took hold.Extracting the forces for the Scenario as laid out in the book and converting to TMWWBK  equated to 30 points apiece, we had a lengthy discussion around…

The Laishui Boxing Grounds – Colonial Campaigns #2

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Back in 2013 I posted an idea for several linked scenarios from Mark Fastoso Colonial Campaigns book. Like many projects this did not get as much air time as I would have liked and other projects came along, after a four year absence the second sc…

The Laishui Boxing Grounds – Colonial Campaigns #2

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Back in 2013 I posted an idea for several linked scenarios from Mark Fastoso Colonial Campaigns book. Like many projects this did not get as much air time as I would have liked and other projects came along, after a four year absence the second sc…

Trent Miniatures – Haitian Revolting Slaves Part 2

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Yet more slaves to add to the going rebellion.Pretty pleased with the output so far given that I only managed to grab a few hours each evening.Again a mix of the various Trent packs.The buildings were from the now defunct Snapdragon Studios and designe…

Trent Miniatures – Haitian Revolting Slaves Part 2

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Yet more slaves to add to the going rebellion.Pretty pleased with the output so far given that I only managed to grab a few hours each evening.Again a mix of the various Trent packs.The buildings were from the now defunct Snapdragon Studios and designe…

Trent Miniatures – Haitian Revolting Slaves

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

The first figures are off the production line Trent Miniatures a mixture of Revolting Slaves and Maroons.Lacking the kit of your regular napoleonic soldier these were pretty quick to turn around in many cases armed only with musket or blade. There ar s…