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War Rocket Ajax

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

With a club outing this evening I wanted to try and see how a larger Crusier type would fair.From the first play test, fighters were mighty fast so how would a larger craft be handled under the rules?Another casting from the chaps at Hydra and their Wa…

Star Eagles Latest News

Posted on October 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

This Kickstarter is a little on the late side but I was heartened to received the following update for Star Eagles.
 

Sorry for the slow rate of updates.  I know it has been frustrating for you all waiting for some news on the project.   Not wanting to make excuses, but my day job decided I was not working hard enough and has been sending me all over Asia for the past few months to deal with manufacturing problems. Things have final returned to normal and I can get back to focusing on finishing this project.  Normaly I am very responsive on my KS projects and I am sorry for the lack of more frequent updates. 
Production of the minis will begin this month, I have finalized the scaling of most of the ships and will be sending them off for production later this week. Based on where I am now, I expect the revised timeline is to have the KS shipping in later part of December.   
I am also working with Litko to have the move templates and counters made of Acrylic rather than cardboard. This will be a perk for the delay in the project.  Hopefully can show off some of these in a few weeks. 
In regards to the rules, I have received a lot of playtest comments and it seems the inititaive aspect of the game is causing a lot of confusion.   I have been rework the initiative mechanics to enhance the flow of the game and make it easier to understand.   I estimate I need about another two weeks to finish the rules and then I’ll be ready to release the most current version for all to see.  I will then wait for another round of feedback before passing it off to Andrea for formatting.   I think the revisions improve the game a lot and make it evn better than before. The feeling of a dogfight will be even more intense.


This does give me the opportunity to paint up a couple of items hanging around the paint table, I would much prefer to have a refined product than rushed out with holes in the rules and poor finishing to the production.

Carrying on the Alex Raymond – Flash Gordon theme, I thought I would paint up these War Rocket Mini’s as Vultan’s Fighters, Hawkmen on their own are not enough to protect Sky City from Ming’s War Rocket’s, although how they they got into the cockpit with their wings is one for me to think about…

I opted for a couple of shades of gold with white strips for effect, they blend with the mini’s I painted several years ago which have been in storage for several years and looking at some of the older pic’s could do wth a make a make over as my painting style then was rather flat.
Perhaps one day they will get a repaint but for now the new fighters will be gracing the table on Sunday.

Image result for 28mm flash gordon hawkmen


The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #2 Life’s a Beach

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Somewhat behind on posts due to work commitments but finally the Haitians make an appearance in their new formation, this time defending a full blown British landing.The Brits had come looking for trouble with a naval landing party under the command o…

Haitian Napoleonic Flags 1791- 1805

Posted on October 1st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The final figures leave the paint table before setting off on their first major outing with the full force.
Another batch of Freemen from Trent Miniatures, the separate heads do make for plenty of variants within the unit. The standard bearer and drummer is always useful within Sharp Practice to give your force a couple of options.

Ideally I would like to have purchased readymade flags but being one of those off the beaten track projects I could not find them commercially available anywhere so I had to improvise.
Given the mixed history of the war it not unsurpising that the flag varied as well.
As the revolution spread to the colonies so the revolutionary flag was adopted by the freemen of the island so any troops fighting against the monarchy would have been seen carrying the following.
French Republic, 1794
In 1798 Toussaint L’Ouverture wrote the Haitian constitution adopted the French tricolour as his flag when he was nominally governor of the colony. After his kidnap and transportantion to France  Jean-Jacques Dessalines led the fight for independence against the returning French. In 1803  Dessalines tore up the French flag, threw away the white stripe as a symbol of the whites and had the remaining stripes sewn together by Catherine Flon, the goddaughter of Jean-Jacques Dessalines as the first Haitian flag. 
Revolutionary Haiti, 1803

The inscription “Liberté ou la Mort” (Freedom or death) was added and this was used as a military flag for a number of the fighting units.

Military Flag of Haiti, 1803

In 1804 the flag was modified: this time the blue and red bands were placed horizontally: this was the first flag of the independent republic of Haiti.

Republic of Haiti, 1804

 

On 8 October 1804 Dessalines was proclaimed Emperor of Haiti under the name of Jacques I and the blue band was placed vertically again.
Jacques changed the flag to black on 20 May 1805; this can be interpreted as symbolising the people of the country or the colours could symbolise the motto “Freedom (red) or Death (black)”. 

 Empire of Haiti, 1805

I have opted for the 1804 variant, which will allow me to eventually fight the later war with the Polish Legion, but I have my eye on a couple of Congo type figures which will make perfect standard bearers for the insurgent force so you are likely to see a couple of the 1803 types on the table in the weeks ahead.

Haitian Napoleonic Flags 1791- 1805

Posted on October 1st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The final figures leave the paint table before setting off on their first major outing with the full force.
Another batch of Freemen from Trent Miniatures, the separate heads do make for plenty of variants within the unit. The standard bearer and drummer is always useful within Sharp Practice to give your force a couple of options.

Ideally I would like to have purchased readymade flags but being one of those off the beaten track projects I could not find them commercially available anywhere so I had to improvise.
Given the mixed history of the war it not unsurpising that the flag varied as well.
As the revolution spread to the colonies so the revolutionary flag was adopted by the freemen of the island so any troops fighting against the monarchy would have been seen carrying the following.
French Republic, 1794
In 1798 Toussaint L’Ouverture wrote the Haitian constitution adopted the French tricolour as his flag when he was nominally governor of the colony. After his kidnap and transportantion to France  Jean-Jacques Dessalines led the fight for independence against the returning French. In 1803  Dessalines tore up the French flag, threw away the white stripe as a symbol of the whites and had the remaining stripes sewn together by Catherine Flon, the goddaughter of Jean-Jacques Dessalines as the first Haitian flag. 
Revolutionary Haiti, 1803

The inscription “Liberté ou la Mort” (Freedom or death) was added and this was used as a military flag for a number of the fighting units.

Military Flag of Haiti, 1803

In 1804 the flag was modified: this time the blue and red bands were placed horizontally: this was the first flag of the independent republic of Haiti.

Republic of Haiti, 1804

 

On 8 October 1804 Dessalines was proclaimed Emperor of Haiti under the name of Jacques I and the blue band was placed vertically again.
Jacques changed the flag to black on 20 May 1805; this can be interpreted as symbolising the people of the country or the colours could symbolise the motto “Freedom (red) or Death (black)”. 

 Empire of Haiti, 1805

I have opted for the 1804 variant, which will allow me to eventually fight the later war with the Polish Legion, but I have my eye on a couple of Congo type figures which will make perfect standard bearers for the insurgent force so you are likely to see a couple of the 1803 types on the table in the weeks ahead.

Burning the candle at both ends – Haitians complete.

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

It’s amazing what the motivation of a big game can do for your painting efforts.A couple of late nights and a few early mornings and the Haitian Slave Army is complete six groups, 4 bigmen and a priest…..The extra units of Hand to Hand troops should …

Burning the candle at both ends – Haitians complete.

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

It’s amazing what the motivation of a big game can do for you painting efforts.A couple of late nights and a few early mornings and the Haitian Slave Army is complete six groups, 4 bigmen and a priest…..The extra units of Hand to Hand troops should c…

Haitian Insurgent Leaders.

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

Posts are coming think and fast at the moment.With the release of Northstar’s Congregation, The Bokor, the Mambo, and the Houngan make for great Haitian Insurgent Leaders. Wonderful figures and a pleasure to paint.Hyacinthe was a leader in the Western …

Haitian Insurgent Leaders.

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

Posts are coming think and fast at the moment.With the release of Northstar’s Congregation, The Bokor, the Mambo, and the Houngan make for great Haitian Insurgent Leaders. Wonderful figures and a pleasure to paint.Hyacinthe was a leader in the Western …

Sharp Practice – Haitian Slave Army 1791- 1793

Posted on September 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

After the first outing a few weeks ago and after reading a number of additional sources on the Haitian Revolution, I have had a re-think about the various forces I plan on building and there make up within Sharp Practice. 
 
The first up is an insurgent force made up of escaped or freed slaves or perhaps a band of Maroons who lived out in the hills outside of the main plantations. These type of forces fought for the French Monarch, the Republic, the Spanish, the British and their own nationhood very often changing sides depending on who offered the best terms. So plenty of scope for gaming purposes.
Steve over at Arcane Scenery was very helpful and added a couple of specific figures from the Trent range which will enable me to complete the core force and the guys over at Warbases created some 10 man movement trays for the groups.
At this stage I wanted to fill out the ranks but need to get a wriggle on, on the painting front with the first full out less than a week away.

Many of the slaves were from the Kongo tribe in Africa and were lead by religous leaders, one French soldier reported how insurgent troops advanced to the sound of Afrian music or the “Incantations of their sorcerers” so the Big Men need to be a mix of Officer types and Religous Shamen will be needed, which makes for an interesting time seeking out figures which could fit the bill.

Fortunately North Stars latest releases for Dracula’s America – The Congregation Arcanists make for perfect Voodoo religous leaders. More on those in future posts.

So on to the force composition, I wanted to give them a suitable mass as very often the forces would heavily out number the local garrison and plantation owners but also some flexibility in terms of skirmish and hand to hand troops.

One contemporary wrote of the insurgent forces. “instead of exposing themselves as a group like fanatics they fought spreadout and dispersed and positioned themselves in places that made ready to envelop and crush their enemies. If they encounter resistance they don’t waste their energy but if they see hesitation in the defence they become extremely audacious”

With this in mind I went for the following.


Slave Army, Night of Fire 1791-1793
Leader, Status II
Three Groups of 10 Slave Rabble, Muskets
Leader, Status I
One Group of 12 Wallahs, Big Choppers
Leader, Status I
One Group of 12 Wallahs, Big Choppers
Leader, Status I
One Group of Irregular Skirmishers, Muskets
Points Value: 39

Force Specific Characteristics

Big Choppers: These troops have no ranged fire capability but are very aggressive and well versed in close combat. In the first round of Fisticuffs they fight as Clan rather than Wallahs.

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, Poor Shot.
Hearth & Home – May improve Step out rating by 1 when at home, become Weedy Coves when fighting away from home.
Freed Slaves
Type
Wallahs
Points Value
3
Weapon
Musket
Size
12
Formation
First
Fire
Controlled Volley
Crashing Volley
Step
Out
Drill
Characteristics
Never
No
No
No
3
3
Big Choppers
Big Choppers: These troops have no ranged fire capability but are very aggressive and well versed in close combat. In the first round of Fisticuffs they fight as Clan rather than Wallahs.         
             
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.                                                                       

With a relatively low force value of 39 points and some very cheap groups it gives plenty of options to add additional units to the force depending on the scenario.

The low quality officers should create a challange reducing shock so they will need to get to grips quickly if they are to make an impact. 
Right back to the brushes those Insurgents won’t paint themsleves.

Sharp Practice – Haitian Slave Army 1791- 1793

Posted on September 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

After the first outing a few weeks ago and after reading a number of additional sources on the Haitian Revolution, I have had a re-think about the various forces I plan on building and there make up within Sharp Practice. 
 
The first up is an insurgent force made up of escaped or freed slaves or perhaps a band of Maroons who lived out in the hills outside of the main plantations. These type of forces fought for the French Monarch, the Republic, the Spanish, the British and their own nationhood very often changing sides depending on who offered the best terms. So plenty of scope for gaming purposes.
Steve over at Arcane Scenery was very helpful and added a couple of specific figures from the Trent range which will enable me to complete the core force and the guys over at Warbases created some 10 man movement trays for the groups.
At this stage I wanted to fill out the ranks but need to get a wriggle on, on the painting front with the first full out less than a week away.

Many of the slaves were from the Kongo tribe in Africa and were lead by religous leaders, one French soldier reported how insurgent troops advanced to the sound of Afrian music or the “Incantations of their sorcerers” so the Big Men need to be a mix of Officer types and Religous Shamen will be needed, which makes for an interesting time seeking out figures which could fit the bill.

Fortunately North Stars latest releases for Dracula’s America – The Congregation Arcanists make for perfect Voodoo religous leaders. More on those in future posts.

So on to the force composition, I wanted to give them a suitable mass as very often the forces would heavily out number the local garrison and plantation owners but also some flexibility in terms of skirmish and hand to hand troops.

One contemporary wrote of the insurgent forces. “instead of exposing themselves as a group like fanatics they fought spreadout and dispersed and positioned themselves in places that made ready to envelop and crush their enemies. If they encounter resistance they don’t waste their energy but if they see hesitation in the defence they become extremely audacious”

With this in mind I went for the following.


Slave Army, Night of Fire 1791-1793
Leader, Status II
Three Groups of 10 Slave Rabble, Muskets
Leader, Status I
One Group of 12 Wallahs, Big Choppers
Leader, Status I
One Group of 12 Wallahs, Big Choppers
Leader, Status I
One Group of Irregular Skirmishers, Muskets
Points Value: 39

Force Specific Characteristics

Big Choppers: These troops have no ranged fire capability but are very aggressive and well versed in close combat. In the first round of Fisticuffs they fight as Clan rather than Wallahs.

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, Poor Shot.
Hearth & Home – May improve Step out rating by 1 when at home, become Weedy Coves when fighting away from home.
Freed Slaves
Type
Wallahs
Points Value
3
Weapon
Musket
Size
12
Formation
First
Fire
Controlled Volley
Crashing Volley
Step
Out
Drill
Characteristics
Never
No
No
No
3
3
Big Choppers
Big Choppers: These troops have no ranged fire capability but are very aggressive and well versed in close combat. In the first round of Fisticuffs they fight as Clan rather than Wallahs.         
             
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.                                                                       

With a relatively low force value of 39 points and some very cheap groups it gives plenty of options to add additional units to the force depending on the scenario.

The low quality officers should create a challange reducing shock so they will need to get to grips quickly if they are to make an impact. 
Right back to the brushes those Insurgents won’t paint themsleves.

The Raid on Los Banos – A Chain of Command Scenario.

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

Sometimes you have to be that little bit creative if you are to get all the toys on the table.
My opponent had invested in a shiny new platoon of US Para’s all tooled up but no one to fight, meanwhile my Japs have been locked in their case for a year or so – There must be a scenario surely when these to forces fought?
Google of course came to our rescue and an encounter in early 1945 were the 1st Battlalion 511th took part in the Raid at Los Baños, freeing over 2,000 foreign Allied civilians from a Japanese internment camp south of Manila, this midweek scenario represents the assault on the main gate.
The Guard House, the Para’s will be coming on from the right.

The camp Garrison deploy.

The 511th look to flank the Japanese defenders.

So much for the curse of newly painted figures.

On the left flank Marines in support move up.

A double 6 and to moves on the trot allow the US to catch the Japs napping.

Tommy guns and BAR’s make short work of the defenders.

In a vain attempt to push the Para’s back, with a Banzai the Japs charge.
It’s all over the Japs force morale breaks.
A terrible game for the Japanese the formation was to cumbersome with no teams within the section and mad charges could not match the US fire power in close combat. The surprise entry of the tank made no difference and the Japanese force morale was broken in under 2 hours….
I shall be putting this one down to experience – Who said newly painted figures always lose.

The Raid on Los Banos – A Chain of Command Scenario.

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

Sometimes you have to be that little bit creative if you are to get all the toys on the table.
My opponent had invested in a shiny new platoon of US Para’s all tooled up but no one to fight, meanwhile my Japs have been locked in their case for a year or so – There must be a scenario surely when these to forces fought?
Google of course came to our rescue and an encounter in early 1945 were the 1st Battlalion 511th took part in the Raid at Los Baños, freeing over 2,000 foreign Allied civilians from a Japanese internment camp south of Manila, this midweek scenario represents the assault on the main gate.
The Guard House, the Para’s will be coming on from the right.

The camp Garrison deploy.

The 511th look to flank the Japanese defenders.

So much for the curse of newly painted figures.

On the left flank Marines in support move up.

A double 6 and to moves on the trot allow the US to catch the Japs napping.

Tommy guns and BAR’s make short work of the defenders.

In a vain attempt to push the Para’s back, with a Banzai the Japs charge.
It’s all over the Japs force morale breaks.
A terrible game for the Japanese the formation was to cumbersome with no teams within the section and mad charges could not match the US fire power in close combat. The surprise entry of the tank made no difference and the Japanese force morale was broken in under 2 hours….
I shall be putting this one down to experience – Who said newly painted figures always lose.

Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago Nickstarter is now live!

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

OK I was going to call this posting “I have Crabs” but I am pretty sure that would get all the wrong kind of views. To mark the launch of the latest Nickstarter I thought I would clear a couple of items from the foot of lead mountain.I picked these nip…

Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago Nickstarter is now live!

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

OK I was going to call this posting “I have Crabs” but I am pretty sure that would get all the wrong kind of views. To mark the launch of the latest Nickstarter I thought I would clear a couple of items from the foot of lead mountain.I picked these nip…

Dragon Rampant – Pot Boiler – Water Margin Style.

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

A little behind on my posts of late – Last week saw another Dragon Rampant outing, we opted for Scenario F – Pot Boiler replacing the pot for the evil Prefect of Qingzhou.10 members of Liang Shan Po have been captured and the Prefect is in the process …

Dragon Rampant – Pot Boiler – Water Margin Style.

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

A little behind on my posts of late – Last week saw another Dragon Rampant outing, we opted for Scenario F – Pot Boiler replacing the pot for the evil Prefect of Qingzhou.10 members of Liang Shan Po have been captured and the Prefect is in the process …

Paint Table Sunday – The Army of Toussaint Louverture

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

The recent ACW big bash is distracting me with thoughts of a few “extra” mini’s to stem the Northern tide. However I am resisting the urge to paint these extra’s at least until I have the completed the main forces for the Haiti project.Following on fro…

Paint Table Sunday – The Army of Toussaint Louverture

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

The recent ACW big bash is distracting me with thoughts of a few “extra” mini’s to stem the Northern tide. However I am resisting the urge to paint these extra’s at least until I have the completed the main forces for the Haiti project.Following on fro…

Wyvern Wargamers – Big Bash 2017 – ACW

Posted on September 6th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

When fellow club members paint at a far greater rate than you, you have to be creative in your game design.The view from the Union linesSunday saw an outing of for the ACW collection using Sharp Practice 2 – I have enough to scrape together a Confedera…

Wyvern Wargamers – Big Bash 2017 – ACW

Posted on September 6th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

When fellow club members paint at a far greater rate than you, you have to be creative in your game design.The view from the Union linesSunday saw an outing of for the ACW collection using Sharp Practice 2 – I have enough to scrape together a Confedera…

Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago

Posted on September 1st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I never did get into Frostgrave. The investment in suitable terrain put me off, I like to ensure my terrain collection has multiple uses across periods and gaming systems. The rules themselves seemed fine in the few games I had with Paul at the Wyverns…

Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago

Posted on September 1st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I never did get into Frostgrave. The investment in suitable terrain put me off, I like to ensure my terrain collection has multiple uses across periods and gaming systems. The rules themselves seemed fine in the few games I had with Paul at the Wyverns…

The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #1Cold Steel.

Posted on August 28th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

August 1791 Bosou Delaroo had been hiding out in the foot hills above Limbe having slipped his chains a few months earlier, his name was published in the wanted pages of the Gazette Generale de Saint-Domingue but no one came looking as the weeks went o…

The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #1Cold Steel.

Posted on August 28th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

August 1791 Bosou Delaroo had been hiding out in the foot hills above Limbe having slipped his chains a few months earlier, his name was published in the wanted pages of the Gazette Generale de Saint-Domingue but no one came looking as the weeks went o…