Posts Tagged ‘Colonial’

Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge: Submissions 11-15 – Blizzard induced productivity

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

 A bit of a points bomb over this weekend due to being housebound from 30 inches of snow – 5 submissions and 4 different time periods. First up 9 civilians from the 28mm Perry AWI line.  I’ll be using these as dock workers during the upc…

Worth sharing – Pushing Tin’s Colonial campaign

Posted on December 18th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

If you have any interest in colonials (or VSF), go have a look at Pushing Tin – Campaign Anniversary. Stunning game pictures and excellent fluff, it is reminiscent of the Major General’s work – but in 6mm. Inspirational.

«Jamaica» review

Posted on December 15th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Jamaica, year 1675. Captain Henry Morgan becomes the Governor of Jamaica with order to take out the Caribbean pirates and buccaneers! Though, he hires all of his former crew to join him in his quest to enjoy the fruits of the piracy without being punished! Jamaica was published in 2007 by Asmodee and designed by […]

Read it on http://www.boardgameking.com/

Adventures in (table) Space – Developing the Space 1889 solo campaign

Posted on November 25th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

So a while back, I posted how I was going to wedge Kas’trum into the existing Space 1889 map of Mars. With work quieting down, I have had some more time to develop my thoughts. Now according to the Soldier’s Companion, a unit on foot in good terrain ca…

The Battle of Isipezi Hill

Posted on November 23rd, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Col Evelyn Wood’s ColumnMy social calendar is getting a little crowded as we near Christmas and free weekends for wargaming are become as rare as hens teeth. So when Postie called me last week and asked if I wanted a game on Sunday I quickly grabbed th…

Napoleonic and Sudan Blackwatch

Posted on September 23rd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hi guysFinished a couple of Blackwatch units on commission, on was the standard Napoleonic affair, the other was new to me though, Blackwatch in the Sudan, these are excellent Perry figure, and painted up nicely, all comments welcome.dan.dunbar@hotmail…

Back to the Future with Colonial Gaming

Posted on September 17th, 2015 under . Posted by

Fan’s of Osprey’s war-game rules will recognise the name Daniel Mersey as the author of such excellent titles as Dux Bellorum and Lion Rampant as well as the upcoming Dragon Rampant .
On his blog over the weekend, Daniel laid out hi…

Mariners Museum

Posted on August 4th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Last week, the family and I went on vacation to Williamsburg, VA.  I’m a sucker for colonial Williamsburg and we had a great time.  I also had a chance to visit the US Mariners Museum in nearby Newport News, VA and I have to say I was blown a…

Miniature World, Part 2.

Posted on June 12th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

A few more photos from Miniature World, Vancouver Island. Another lovely Napoleonic display.  A display of castles. A collection of WW2 aircraft. There were buttons beside this diorama that played some great sound effects! Pioneervi…

Miniature World. Vancouver Island.

Posted on June 7th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

After spending a couple of weeks with family in Bellingham ( about one and a half hours drive north from Seattle) we headed to Vancouver. While there we went across to Vancouver Island and ended up at the very interesting Miniature World.85 dioramas th…

2015-05-16 Sheffield Triples

Posted on May 17th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I picked up Dave and drove over to Mel’s and swapped cars and Mel kindly drove us all to Sheffield. I managed to get some great bargains which I’ll post about later, and all in all we enjoyed ourselves. I thought the show was a lot quieter than I’d see…

2015-03-08 WMMS

Posted on March 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Having relocated from Nottinghamshire to North Wales WMMS is now one of my closer shows that can I reach easily and was very pleased to discover it is a great show. Thirty odd years ago I visited as a youth and enjoyed it, but today the show is much bigger than I had anticipated.
The leisure centre had plenty of parking and facilities and the show benefited from the show being in one large hall. I thought the games were of a high standard and I loved the fact that there were modelling clubs showing off their superb models as well. I find models and dioramas are enjoyed more by families than perhaps the wargames, as they are seen as art and the level of skill is obvious.
The entry price was very reasonable at £3.
I apologise in advance that I didn’t get the names of all the organisers of games. So what did I see:

Codbridge Old Contemptibles Battle of Oudnarde 1708 in 25mm 

I didn’t see who put this Franco Prussian 1870 game on in 15mm

15mm Prussians

15mm Imperial French

15mm Prussian Jagers and infantry

15mm Imperial French line infantry and Turcos

1941 20mm Japanese invasion of the Philippines

20mm Japanese invasion of the Philippines

20mm Japanese invasion of the Philippines

20mm Japanese invasion of the Philippines

20mm Japanese invasion of the Philippines. Unusual figures and lovely terrain made from house hold items. Quite inspirational.

20mm Japanese invasion of the Philippines. I assume Philippine Scouts advance 

20mm Japanese invasion of the Philippines

1939 20mm Battle of Mokra. German invasion of Poland. This was one of the first battles of  WW2

1939 20mm Battle of Mokra. German invasion of Poland.

1939 20mm Battle of Mokra. German invasion of Poland.

1939 20mm Battle of Mokra. German invasion of Poland. The Polish forces yet to be revealed on the table

1939 20mm Battle of Mokra. German invasion of Poland. The Polish forces yet to be revealed on the table

1939 20mm Battle of Mokra. German invasion of Poland. The Polish forces yet to be revealed on the table

1939 20mm Battle of Mokra. German invasion of Poland. The Polish forces yet to be revealed on the table

Star Wars Clone Wars Battle of Geonosis

Star Wars Clone Wars Battle of Geonosis

10mm WW1 attack of the Prussian Guard at the 1st battle of Ypres

10mm WW1 attack of the Prussian Guard at the 1st battle of Ypres. WW1 is very effectively portrayed in this size. My 5 year old 1st cousin once removed was more interested in whether he could it the cake.

10mm WW1 attack of the Prussian Guard at the 1st battle of Ypres

10mm WW1 attack of the Prussian Guard at the 1st battle of Ypres

10mm WW1 attack of the Prussian Guard at the 1st battle of Ypres

10mm WW1 attack of the Prussian Guard at the 1st battle of Ypres

10mm WW1 attack of the Prussian Guard at the 1st battle of Ypres

10mm WW1 attack of the Prussian Guard at the 1st battle of Ypres. French 75mm battery

Always a fan of the Indian Mutiny 1857 and this was a splendid game in 25mm. The figures were mainly Foundry I
 thought. 

Indian Mutiny 1857 – rebels flying the flag

Indian Mutiny 1857 – loved the walled town

Indian Mutiny 1857 – mutinous defenders 

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – forces of the Crown

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – forces of the Crown

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – forces of the Crown

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – forces of the Crown

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – forces of the Crown

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – forces of the Crown

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – forces of the Crown

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – forces of the Crown

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – forces of the Crown

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – forces of the Crown

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – forces of the Crown

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857  – mutineers

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 – mutineers

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857 

25mm Indian Mutiny 1857

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – my favourite vignette of the day. Love the mirror. The poser is Russian

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Russians

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Russians

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Russians

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Russians

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Russians

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Russians

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Russians

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Swedes

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Swedes

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Russians

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Swedes

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Swedes

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Russians

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Russians

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Russians

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Swedes

28mm Battle of Poltava 1709 – Swedes

Peter Pig’s Poor Bloody Infantryman demo

Peter Pig’s Poor Bloody Infantryman demo

Models on display

Models on display

WW1 Wings of War by Wings of Glory

Wings of Glory

15mm WW2 Flames of War

15mm WW2 Flames of War

15mm WW2 Flames of War

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 – Republicans. I think some of these are Perry ACW converted which is an interesting idea.

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 Republicans

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 Republicans

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 Republicans

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 Republicans

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 Republicans

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 French Chasseurs D’Afrique, Egyptian battalion, Belgium legion and French Turcos supporting the Emperor Maximilian I think the cacalry are converted Perry’s again. The Gringo40s Egyptian officer by the Turcos is clearly very tall.

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 French chasseurs lead 2 Mexican units

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 Imperialists. The guys in red are contra-guerrillas

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 Belgians. Egyptians and French 
28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 Belgians. Egyptians,  French, plus the Algerians fighting for the French

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 Belgians

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 French and Imperial Mexicans

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 French and Imperial Mexicans

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 French and Imperial Mexicans

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 French and Imperial Mexicans

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 Republicans

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7 Republicans

28mm Mexican Adventure 1863-7

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848 – lot s of lovely Foundry figures again

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848 – forces of the Crown

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848 – Madras horse artillery

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

28mm Anglo Sikh war 1848

Babylon 5 fighter – one of the models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display – Apollo’s Viper from Battlestar Galactica

Models on display – you can even see the pilot

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display – great painting 

Models on display – I liked this fun diorama

Models on display – beautifully done

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Models on display

Zululand in 15mm

Posted on March 7th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Some of the Friday night crew got together for a game the other week.15mm Colonial, Volley and Bayonet using our Zulus and British troops. The British were to escort a few wagons and some settlers to the safe side of the river. Located at the othe…

The Battle of Fort Tinta

Posted on February 6th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

On Saturday Posties Rejects gathered in a very cold shed-o-war to fight an Anglo-Zulu War game with our hosts 6mm collection. We would be fighting a what-if scenario based on actual forces and topography from the period. 
The Setup
On 21st January 1879 the advancing British No 4 Column built and garrisoned a stone fort overlooking the crossing known as Tinta’s Drift on the White Umfolozi River. From this base of operations the garrison sent out strong patrols. However upon learning of the disaster at Isandlwana the fort was vacated and the column fell back to a fortified camp at Khambula. Our scenario asks what would have happened if the British had instead tried to hold and reinforce the Garrison rather than abandon it?

Order of Battle

Zulus – Approx 15500 Warriors
Head/Loins – C/O Ntshungwayo Kamahole (Dave)
  Commanding five ‘regiments’ of warriors including one Veteran Unit
Right Horn – 3 i/c Godide Kandlela (John)
  Commanding four ‘regiments’ with one Veteran Unit
Left Horn – 2 i/c Zibhebhu Kamapitha (Lee)
  Commanding four ‘regiments’ with two Veteran units
British – 2050 Men and 4 Artillery Pieces
Fort Tinta Garrison – Major England (13th Foot) (Surjit)
  13th Foot – 4 Companies
  1 Gun 11/7 ½ 2nd Section
  1 Rocket Team
  Weatherbys Border Horse – 2 Troops
  Woods Irregulars – 1 Battalion of 5 Companies of Swazis
  Captured Zulu Cattle
Supply Column Reinforcements – Colonel Evelyn Wood (90th Foot) (Mark)
  90th Foot – 8 Companies
  2 Guns 11/7 1st Section
  Frontier Light Horse – 4 Troops
  Uyo’s Burgens (Boer Sharpshooters) – 1 Troop
  6 Wagons (2x Rifle Ammo, 2x Artillery/Rocket Ammo, 2x Food and Water)

The Action

The initial setup with Fort Tinta in the centre, overlooking the Drift and surrounded by hills and grassland.
Fort Tinta is little more than a forward base of operations but it commands excellent fields of fire in all directions.
The relief column is already on its way, headed by four companies of British Foot, and more in the rear.
The Zulu commander Ntshungwayo Kamahole gives the order to advance.
Zulu warrior’s crest the hills overlooking Fort Tinta and the alarm is raised.
The Zulu left flank (my troops) are still hidden at setup but will soon move forward.
My Zulus hidden behind a hill prepare to advance 
They crest the hill and before them lays the White Umfolozi River and the open grassland running up to Fort Tinta 
Thousands of Zulus surge forward towards the British positions
The defenders open up a witheringly effective fire (Surjit’s dice rolling was uncanny)
The Zulus close in on the fort. For the Right Horn and Head of the Zulu army their objective was obvious. For my troops in the Left horn I had to make an early decision on where to attack. Initially I assumed that the British relief column would head straight for the fort and so my plan was to hit them before they could do this. But after just one turn it became obvious that Mark had no intention of relieving the fort as he began to take up defencive positions on the hill (on the left in this picture). 
Another option was to move around the left flank of the relief column and draw some of the British away from the objective of Fort Tinta. But again it soon became clear that Mark had settled in on the hill and wasn’t going to attempt to relive the fort at all. By shifting my attack to the right and supporting the main Zulu assault on the fort four companies of British infantry were effectively removed from the game because they would have so far to march just to move within range. 
Zulus, Thousands of them!
One of my Veteran units. These poor fellow found themselves being shot to pieces for the whole game. However while they absorbed fire from the British my other units were able to advance forwards, so they fulfilled a vital role.
Dave’s Zulus reach the walls of the fort but falter under withering British volley fire. More Zulu units are moving into position from all sides and the forts defenders are looking dangerously exposed and unsupported. Now where is that blasted relief column?!?
Surjit ponders his fate. With Zulu’s converging on three sides Fort Tinta looks increasingly isolated.
My troops open fire on the British providing support to Dave’s renewed assault on the defences. Meanwhile British fire from Marks infantry on the hill have reduced my Veterans to one stand. 
The Zulu players Dave and John 
An overview of the whole table. The so called ‘relief column’ has settled in to watch the massacre of the Forts defenders and the Zulus have closed in around their objective. 
The final assault by the Zulus. Casualties are high but with such overwhelming numbers the result was hardly in doubt. The numbered tags represent casualties from previous rounds of firing and melee.
The British defenders are overwhelmed and begin to fall back. As Zulus pour over the walls of the fort more warriors sweep aside the last of the Swazi troops and begin to converge on the fleeing survivors.
The Left Horn (my troops) now turn to face the British relief column and pause while the rest of the Zulu army sweeps aside the reaming defenders.
With the last British infantry and artillery from the fort destroyed the Zulus line up again and consider their next move.
The grim faced British defenders consider the carnage
The last few British troops from the Garrison are swept away.
Meanwhile the Zulu cattle, stolen by the British earlier in the day, have now been recovered by their handlers.
Dusk is fast approaching (one turn away) and the Zulus decide to wait for darkness before sweeping away the remaining invaders. With their forward base gone the British cannot hold this territory and will be forced to retire. 
Analysis
At times this felt like a one sided battle, but Zulu casualties were still very high. Tactically the battle was a draw with both sides suffering significant losses, but this was undoubtedly a strategic victory for the Zulu’s. With the loss of this forward base at Tinta Drift the British would be forced to withdraw or face assault throughout the dark of night without the benefit of their long range fire-power or prepared defences. There was quite a bit of ‘discussion’ about the scenario played and the definition of victory (I think the British players were feeling a bit hard done for!) but for me the answer is simple. Historically the Garrison at Tinta Drift withdrew without a battle to safer positions and denied the Zulu’s battle. The whole point of this scenario was to ask what would have happened had they stood their ground. The answer appears to be that they would have been forced to withdraw anyway, so their decision to pull back was probably the correct one. 
For me this makes the game we fought even more interesting because the way we approached the scenario was completely contrary to how a field commander would have viewed the situation. In the game the Commander of the relief column (Mark) decided not to even attempt to reinforce the Garrison, and the Fort Commander (Surjit) decided to stand his ground rather than retreat. Both players reacted like wargamers, seeking the best and most interesting game, rather than as military leaders husbanding their forces and avoiding a fight they couldn’t possibly win. Of course that doesn’t explain the decisions and outcome of the battle at Rourke’s Drift, but I guess that’s what dice are for…

Fire & Sword Turn 05: March 1884

Posted on January 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

After the rather erratic results in February 1884 the Anglo-Egyptian forces were facing some great challenges (and some perhaps unrecognised opportunities) in March. Both Eastern & Western Sudan are only showing very low levels of rebellion and not offering a

Fire & Sword Battle 06: The Gardner’s Jammed & The Yorks Vanquished

Posted on January 3rd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As described in Fire & Sword Turn 04: February 1884 Sir Henry’s column continued South towards Dongola, and at the 3rd Cataract is met by the first supply steamer to have made it beyond the 2nd Cataract. It resupplies his column and brings welcome reinforcements

Warbases Wednesday #26 – Needle in a haystack

Posted on August 27th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Last week I eluded to some works in progress that have been in the wings of my workbench, amoung the many projects I have to complete for Martin and Diane.This week I can reveal the full range of master models that I shall be taking with me to Partizan…

Fire & Sword Battle 05: Because We’re ‘ere Yuzbashi! Nobody Else. Just Us.

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Akhtar Pasha had just spent the last few weeks trekking along the caravan trail from Suakin to Berber. When he left Suakin the Eastern Sudan was quiet and unchanged despite the violent rebellion raging in Northern & Southern Sudan –…Rea…

Fire & Sword Turn 04: February 1884

Posted on April 21st, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

With January 1884 drawing to a close, the revolt appeared to have been stabilising – however the Eastern Sudan, despite the relative quiet in the region now finally also erupted (or rather simmered) into full blown rebellion – the results …

Fire & Sword Battle 04: Sally at Abu Hamed

Posted on April 18th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As referred to in Turn 03: January 1884, at Abu Hamed Sayed Bey decides to sally forth from the town and endeavour to temporarily break the siege. While Abu Hamed is now plentifully supplied with resources (it has over 6 months of…Read more &#8…

Modelling New Zealand Bush

Posted on April 13th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I was searching for information on scenic material (scatter and flock and such) and stumbled across this (NZ 1:120  TT scale) New Zealand model railroad blog. It features some photos of Grant Morrel’s Kerosine Creek layout from the Masterton …

Warlord North American Buildings

Posted on March 21st, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

To supplement my Perry Miniatures’ ACW Buildings I also have a couple of Warlord laser-cut MDF Settler’s Log Cabins – like the Perry buildings these are suitable for most North American eras from the French & Indian Wars & Am…

From PhilH: 28mm Colonial British Hussars, Mahdist Gun and Crew & 15mm WWII American Infantry (84 points)

Posted on March 20th, 2014 under , , , , , , . Posted by

From Phil:My final offering to push me towards my target. The British in the Sudan finally get some cavalry support, the rather dashing 10th Hussars. Not a fancy pelisse in sight by this era, but I still think they look fine in their navy striped trous…

From DaveD: 28mm ‘Camelapocalypse’ – Sudan Supply Column & Naval Gun Crew (165 points)

Posted on March 19th, 2014 under , , , , . Posted by

From Dave:Its been a switch over to the Colonials for the Sudan.I had decided to make an effort on dealing with the support elements first. For the desert column I really wanted a decent amount of animals. So here we have a further addition. It’s …

Perry Miniatures ACW Buildings

Posted on March 13th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

These are some ‘in progress’ pictures of my 28mm Perry Miniatures’ American Civil War Buildings – I’m hoping they will be useful for not just the ACW, but also for the American Old West & Indian Wars, some Colonial the…