Posts Tagged ‘Napoleonic’

A Rule set too Far: Salute Shopping list.

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

First, don’t worry ,this isn’t going to be me honking on about how much to spend and what to spend your money on. I think […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 200 – The War of 1812

Posted on March 18th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Download Episode 200 Welcome to Episode 200 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   In this show, hosts Neil Shuck, Mike Hobbs, Mike Whitaker and Dave Luff catch up with what they have been doing in the hobby over the past week. For our main feature, Mike Hobbs changes chairs and chats about developing his War of 1812 campaign guide for Sharp Practice At the start of the show, the Welsh Wizzard does his best Judith Chalmers impression as we chat about his recent visit to Iceland, which includes visiting Reykjavik’s most famous museum – you have been warned… We hope you enjoy the show Show Links The War of 1812 campaign guide The September War Travel Battle Najelwitz 15mm Desert Scenery Total Battle Miniatures Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: Historical Gaming, Napoleonic, War of 1812

Travel Battle – some initial thoughts

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

As many of you are aware by now, Perry Miniatures have a new game launching at Salute this year – Travel Battle. The game was made available for pre-order yesterday, and was generally welcomed across social media. Now, we can’t even begin to make a full judgement on Travel Battles until we see the rules; it is, after all, a game, and any game – no matter how pretty it may look – ultimately lives and dies by how it plays. My initial thoughts on seeing what is on offer are somewhat mixed. Yes, it all looks very pretty, with moulded terrain boards, scenery and miniatures, but I find myself asking the question “What does this gives us that we don’t already have?” Let’s take a step back and check what we are getting here. OK, we have some nice new plastic miniatures from the Perry Brothers – never a bad thing – but 8mm? Both 6mm and 10mm are pretty well established miniature scales, so why not go with either of those rather than creating a new scale? The obvious answer is future expansions – if you create something that only you provide, then you corner the market. There is, […]

28mm Saxon light Cav

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

Hi guysPainted these Saxon light cav for a friend, not sure what the original figures were, maybe early French chasseurs? they had their plumes on the left side of the shako which I relocated to the front, the uniform cut and saddlery are not correct, …

28mm Sharpe and 95th rifles

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

Hi guysI reason I take pics of my commissions/projects is to find faults/omissions, I have noticed I missed the canteen and powder flask straps on these guys, so will finish them shortly, but apart from that, this commission is finished, these are all …

The Adventures of Claude Canard – Episode 5 – Dust Tears and Dice.

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

The return of an old favourite after a rather lengthy delay Ensign Claude Canard and his Friend and mentor Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton of the French Sloop “Le Vendeen” is back this time repackaged within Sharp Practice 2.
Our last outing saw Claude trapped in a cluster of farm buildings as Ottoman Infantry marched on to the table looking for blood. Fortunately for our Claude a sand storm allowed him and his crew to slip away before the Ottomans closed in for the kill.
After a number of days evading Ottoman patrols Claude stumbles into a Company of Regular Infantry but before he can relay his story Mameluk Cavalry appear on horizon.
With deployment points at opposite sides of the table it would be a stand up fight between foot and cavalry. Using the Dawn and Departure terrain rules, the Ottoman player had the drop on the French and moved the best terrain away from the reach of the French lines.

The French rush forward their light troops and secure the adobe building hoping to hold off the advancing cavalry.

The Mameluks bring on their whole command and look to ride down the French Company and our hero Ensign Claude Canard.

With the Arab horse picking up pace, the French line hold their fire, the skirmishers
take pot shots but the mass of cavalry is large in number and the Shock Points are easily absorbed. Arab lancers on the far right start to flank the French line. Claud and the men of the Le Vendeen scramble up a dune to observe the fight having had their fill not a few days before.

With Drummer and Doctor in toe the French line braces itself for the charge of the Mameluks.

The French line gambled on fire power alone and instead of taking up a line formation poured a  crashing volley into the galloping horsemen, it was not enough and Mameluks engaged with the French line.

The French company buckled and ran seeking cover in a stand of palm trees.
Claude looked on in horror.

Claude had to act he pulled his men together and poured fire into the flank of the regrouping cavalry.

They had suffered a significant about of shock from the melee and Claudes volley and the reforming line Infantry was enough to break the Mameluk Force Morale and send them running from the table. Claude’s valiant actions had saved the day but it had been a close run thing.

It was great to see Claude and the men of the Vendeen back on the table. Sharp Practice 2 does give the Cavalry player a much improved chance of taking on a formed body of troops. Some poor dice by the French failed to slow the cavalry charge they could easily have been caught in the open and would have been a far risker scenario.

Next up a mission for Claude from the Dawns and Departures campaign suppliment.
Until next time.

15mm DBN Prussian army

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

Hi guysFinished this 15mm Prussian DBN army on commission, lighting wasn’t very good for pics, so they are a bit dark, figs are all AB, all comments [email protected]

Too Fat Lardies release ‘The War of 1812’ supplement for Sharp Practice 2

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

You may remember that back at the end of March last year, I posted a battle report from a playtest that I had been involved in at Lard Island. That playtest was for The War of 1812, a supplement that was being written by my very good friend and fellow podcast host, Mike Hobbs. The moment has come to announce that this supplement is now available to purchase from the Too Fat Lardies website for the entirely reasonable sum of £7.50 The 65 page book is available in PDF format. The book contains an overview of the war, notes and new rules for each army, plus full army lists for British & Canada and the United States for use with Sharp Practice. Whilst enabling the gamer to use Sharp Practice to recreate battles in the War of 1812, the book concentrates on the actions of the 41st Regiment of Foot during the war, and indeed the 7 scenario campaign contained therein details some of the famous actions in which this unit participated during the conflict. This book is a real labour of love, and Mike’s enthusiasm for the subject matter is very apparent. I’m sure I can persuade Mike, shy and retiring person […]

Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 196 – Over the Hills

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

Download Episode 196 Welcome to Episode 196 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast   In this show, hosts Neil Shuck, Mike Hobbs, Mike Whitaker and Dave Luff talk to Adrian McWalter, co-author of Napoleonic rules Over the Hills We hope you enjoy the show Show links: Over the Hills – Caliver Books Over the Hills Facebook Group JJs Wargames Filed under: Meeples & Miniatures Tagged: Napoleonic

15mm Polish Cavalry

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

Hi guysPolish cavalry finished on commission, all 18mm [email protected]

Testing General Quarters: Post Captain.

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Today, the game we had yesterday. Angus proposed the rules, he got from some time and had never played them before. That was the another product from General Quarters, this time for actions in Napoleonic period called Post Captain. Rules are written by L.L. Gill and M.R. Baulch. First I have to said that the try to read them was a huge nightmare for me. It seems to be very complicated set of rules, the extensive ship cards and the large number of stuff used during the game and also different measurements etc. It from the first look scared most of the wargamers in our club, so they decided to stay away of them. However we decided to give it a go and it proved how much I was wrong!
Dzisiaj gra, którą rozegraliśmy wczoraj. Angus zaproponował nam zasady, które posiadał już od jakiegoś czasu, jednak nigdy nie miał szansy w nie zagrać. Był to kolejny produkt od General Quarters, tym razem przeznaczony do rozgrywania potyczek w czasach napoleońskich zwany Post Captain. Zasady zostały napisane przez L.L. Gilla i M.R. Baulcha. Wpierw muszę powiedzieć, że próbowałem je przeczytać  i przyswoić, jednak okazało się to zbyt dużym wyzwaniem dla mnie. Wydawały się zbyt skomplikowane, ze zbyt rozbudowanymi kartami okrętów i dużą ilością pomocy do gry przestraszyła wielu graczy w naszym klubie, więc zdecydowali się trzymać od nich z daleka. Jednakże zdecydowaliśmy się dać im szansę i to udowodniło jak bardzo się myliłem!
MODELS/MODELE: Angus Konstam, Jack Glanville, Bartek Żynda

1. Forces. Siły.

HMS Naiad (38 guns) – Angus
HMS Aeolus (32 guns) – Peter
Hortense (40 guns) – Campbell
Cornelie (40 guns) – myself 

2. The game. Gra.

The first good reason to play that game, was possibility to use of my little Cornelie. That French frigate never been used before, so that was her debut. Before the game, we all decided that our ships will be moving only under battle sails and without boarding or ramming actions to made the game as much simple as it could. For some first phases of the game we had to get familiar with the rules, but with time, the game became very friendly for us. All stuff used during the game proved to be very useful. The ship’s cards proved to be very simple and well designed. All my pregame worries were unnecessary. However more about the rules I will post another time. Before the game we had roll for our crews and captains. All our commanders were regular and most of the crews too besides of mine, which I rolled very badly and my boys were very raw. The quality of my troops meant that all things they did longer and worst than the other crews. That determined my tactic for the game: to get very close to the opponent, fired all of my guns and move away to reload my guns. In that rules the turn has 5 phases.Three of them are called white, red and blue when you are shooting, sailing, and reloading your guns. Another two are the command phases for command test and repair tests. British crews reload their guns in two turns, so if they lucky, they can shoot twice during the turn, French  crews need three phases to reload the guns and my, because of its quality needed 4 phases, so I was able to shoot once on two turns. A huge disadvantage. That brings me most of the game away from main actions. Most of fight had to be taken by Campbell, who bravely stood against two british ships. The lack of time forced us to finish the game without any results. Both British ships were lightly damaged and Hortense had some serious problems, but my ships had only some scratches. That gave us a draw and sure, that we will use that rules again.
Pierwszym dobrym powodem by zagrać w tą grę, była możliwość użycia mojej małej francuskiej fregaty Cornelie. Jakoś nigdy nie miałem możliwości jej użycia, więc był to jej debiut. Przed grą zdecydowaliśmy się na kilka uproszczeń: okręty poruszały się na żaglach bojowych i nie można było dokonywać abordażu ani taranować wrogich okrętów. Przez kilka pierwszych faz gry zapoznawaliśmy się z zasadami, ale z czasem gra stawała się coraz bardziej łatwa. Wszystkie dodatkowe rzeczy używane w grze okazały się bardzo pomocne, karty okrętów bardzo czytelne i proste a wszelkie moje przed growe wątpliwości niepotrzebne. Jednak więcej na temat samych zasad napisze innym razem. Przed grą, każdy z nas musiał rzucić na jakość naszych kapitanów i załóg. Wszyscy kapitanowie i prawie wszystkie załogi, oprócz mojej okazały się być regularne. Moi ludzie okazali się być słabo wyszkoleni. To zdeterminowało moją taktykę na całą grę: zbliżyć się do okrętów przeciwnika, oddać strzał i szybko się oddalić by przeładować działa. W tych zasadach tura dzieli się na pięć faz. Trzy z nich są zwane fazą białą, czerwoną i niebieską. Podczas tych faz można okręty poruszać, strzelać bądź przeładowywać swoje działa. Następne dwie tury są na testy, pierwsza na naprawy i druga dowodzenia. Brytyjskie załogi przeładowywują swoje działa w ciągu dwóch faz, więc jeśli szczęście im dopisze mogą strzelać dwa razy na turę, Francuzi przeładowywują działa w trzy tury i moja świeża załoga, potrzebowała aż czterech faz by przeładować działa, co dawało mi możliwość oddania strzału raz na dwie tury. Olbrzymie utrudnienie. To spowodowało, że większość gry, mój okręt trzymał się z dala od głównej akcji. Cały ciężar walki musiał więc wziąć na siebie Campbell, który dzielnie stawał przeciw dwóm brytyjskim okrętom. Brak czasu zmusił nas do zakończenia gry bez wyraźnego rezultatu. Oba brytyjskie okręty były lekko uszkodzone a Hortense miała jakieś poważne problemy, natomiast mój okręt miał tylko kilka zadrapań. To dało nam remis i pewność, że te zasady wypróbujemy na pewno jeszcze raz.

3. Links. Linki.

Campbell (SESWC):
to be updated…

28mm KGL Rifles, Spanish and civilians

Posted on January 31st, 2017 under , . Posted by

Hi guysThe second half of my previously complete commission, had fun with these, all nice sculpts,Perry KGL, Brigade Games Spanish painted as the Hibernia Regiment, and some assorted civilians and characters, all comments [email protected]

NOVAG’s Winter Game Day, 29 Jan 2017, Centreville VA

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

Today was NOVAG’s Quarterly Game Day (Winter 2017) held as usual at the Centreville Library. This is the big meeting room facility at the library and it can hold roughly 9 setups for miniatures games, roughly equivalent to a 5 … Continue reading

Hobby News – w/e 27th January 2017

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

Here are some news items from the hobby that caught my eye in the past week: This week, Too Fat Lardies posted some new army lists for their Sharp Practice rules on Lard Island News. These army lists cover Guerrillas in the Peninsula War. The blog post discusses the role of guerrillas in the conflict, as well as providing a downloadable document for incorporating them into your army. Staying with Too Fat Lardies, who can forget that legendary hero Richard Fondler, who first appeared in print as a scenario book for the first edition of Sharp Practice. Well, this week Richard Clarke announced the return of the much-loved Captain to Sharp Practice in blog post which also explained how you can use the Dawns & Departures supplement to create a swift campaign setting. Footsore Miniatures have just revamped their website. These fantastic looking miniatures now have a new-look online display case. Beware, this site is dangerous to your wallet! We have seen some of the first pictures of plastic Zulu Wars British Infantry from Perry Miniatures, which are likely to be released at Salute. As with pretty much all the Perry’s ranges, these look fabulous. Fireforge Games have announced that their next […]

28mm French Voltigeurs and 95th Rifles

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

Hi guysSome Voltigeurs (Front Rank) and Rifles (Brigade games) finished on commission (along with some others I will show in a separate post) the 2 sculpts are at opposite ends of the chunky scale, Front rank being very chunky, and Brigade games quite …

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…

On the Road Episode 4

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

Recorded 10 December 2016In this episode the guys go to the Game Vault in Fredericksburg Virginia  to play in a Battle of the Bulge themed Flames of War tournament.Once again we talk to the gamers who showed up and were able to finally m…

Mameluks Cavalry Force within Sharp Practice.

Posted on January 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

With the first outing of the new look Egyptian project tonight and after completing the French Legere time to switch back to more Ottoman’s.The Mameluks were originally slaves who came to rule Egypt for themselves, they were renowened horsemen each rid…

Kickstarter Round-up: w/c 16th January 2017

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

Miniatures 4th Canadian Mechanised Brigade Group ArmiesArmy have just launched a crowdfunding project to raise funds to create a new addition to their Cold War range of miniatures – 4th Canadian Mechanised Brigade Group. Called ‘KickOff’, this project is looking to fund both infantry and vehicles for this force.  The project is looking for £4,000, and is running until the 5th February Accessories Tabletop Tyrant Miniature Wargaming Storage / Model Cases Local Leicester company Tabletop Tyrants are running a Kickstarter to fund/order their new range of figure cases. The project has already reached over 8x its £500 funding goal, and is running until the 5th February. Delivery is due in March 2017. Boardgames This Hard & Calcined Earth Vexillia Limited is running their own crowdfunding campaign – a VexStarter – for their World War II card game This Hard and Calcined Earth. This is to pre-order a set of cards for the game (rather than printing your own cards if you purchase the game from Wargames Vault). They are after a minimum of 40 orders to make the print run viable. Napoleon 1806 With Napoleon 1806, in 1 to 2 hours, two players will relive the clashes between Prussian and French at […]

Hobby News Round-up: w/e 15th January 2017

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

Here is some of the news from around the hobby that has caught my eye this week: New tank battle game coming from Too Fat Lardies There has been an announcement made on the Too Fat Lardies Yahoo Group about their next game: “Nick has been working on some tank combat rules for some time now and over the past fortnight we have been plying those and refining his ideas. Anyway, I can now say that it is officially on-line to be the next rule set that TooFatLardies publish. We played two fantastic games last night, the first wth two Shermans facing two Panzer IVs, the second with three Shermans taking on a Panther. These are fun and frantic rules where each player commands his own tank (maybe two or three for big games) and will have an infantry elements to them, but very much viewed from the tanker’s perspective. A typical game lasts an hour or so. If you have twitter you can see last night’s game in living colour.” The Twitter account is @TooFatLardies. This takes me right back to when I started the hobby, as I first used the Operation Warboard rules to fight tank battles on […]

Napoleon takes a day out…

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

Second post in two days, I really have hit a purple patch.Next up a set of French Officers from Brigade Games including Bonny himself. I picked up a couple of fish tank specials at the local pet shop which will be perfect for the desert campaigns.I can…

Sigur Skawl Napoleonic Poles

Posted on January 14th, 2017 under . Posted by

Another impressive collection.   A complete Polish Napoleonic Army.  Between Tony and Sigur they pretty well have the Napoleonic period covered.  

Tony Won’s impressive 25mm Napoleonic collection

Posted on January 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

Just had to post pictures of tony’s impressive collection of Napoleonic armies. My wife would never let me have display case like this..  Enjoy.

Armée d’Orient for Sharp Practice – Légère Skirmishers.

Posted on January 7th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

January always seems to see a spike in my painting activity and this year is no different after finally completing the core French forces the Skirmish elements seem to have taken no time at all.Or could it be reading the campaign suppliment – Dawn and …

Chosen Men. Maybe just the thing for all those 54mm Nappys

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

A long, long time ago, I used to keep a little notebook I’d take on work travel.  I’d just sketch things down in it, some fiction, and the occasional idea for a game.   Big Danged Boats came out of … Continue reading