Posts Tagged ‘Sharp Practice’

Deep Fried Lard, Musselburgh 2018.

Posted on June 12th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Today relation from my second show of the year. As it is June, it is time for Deep Fried Lard in Musselburgh. For those, who don’t know what is this, it is all day meeting with games from Too Fat Lardies. Once again all participants were able to play 2…

The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #4 Ambush

Posted on June 10th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

It’s been 6 months since the last outing, but slowly I have been reinforcing the numbers within the Haiti project to the point where I could field forces for at least two factions.This scenario takes us back to the very begining of the conflict and a…

Wargaming Article Published

Posted on May 4th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

The recent issue of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine contains a special feature on raiding actions during the American Civil War. One of the article was penned by me! It’s on a subject I’ve been interested in for a long…

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Ambush! – A Sharp Practice AAR

Posted on April 8th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

In the latest issue of Wargames Illustrated (#365), there is a rules- and period-agnostic ambush scenario by Mike Bradford. It sounded fun and like it would work well with Sharp Practice, so K. and I set up a quick game.…

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Haitian project – Shock Markers

Posted on April 2nd, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

It seems like ages since something came off the painting production line, so I thought I would ease myself back into with some additional shock markers for the insurgent forces in Haiti. They are from Foundry’s Darkest Africa range, but will do the tri…

A Weekend of Gaming

Posted on March 25th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I’m very happy that I had several great opportunities for gaming during the last days. The opening was two games of Zombicide I had with an old friend from Germany, who stayed for a couple of days at our place.…

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The rescue of Madame Biquette – Yet another desert outing….

Posted on March 24th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

With the mini-beast from the East blowing outside last Sunday, a chance to move to warmer climate for a few hours.The Emir had taken a number of ladies captive and was holed up in the compound at the end of town, Claude Canard was attached to the rescu…

Sharp Parctice 2 – The French in the Desert.

Posted on February 10th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

A little later than planned, the AAR from a month ago, nothing like a little sunshine when it’s forecasted to pour down over the weekend again…Many of the Egyptian encounters have been rather cluttered in terms of terrrain so I wanted to put on a gam…

Wyvern Wargamers – Woodville Campaign – Battle 1- The Town of Pointington.

Posted on January 24th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Sunday night saw the opening salvo in the Wyvern Wargamers – Woodville ACW Campaign.With the Union Command advancing on the town of Pointington.With initiative in hand the Union Players selected a flank attack on the town hoping to catch the Confederat…

Wyvern Wargamers – ACW Campaign – Opening Moves.

Posted on January 20th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

The Wyvern Wargamers – ACW Campaign is a go.With forces drawn up and support points picked both commands set about giving orders for the first few days. Days one and two pass without incident apart from the odd straggler wandering into camp or th…

Sharp Practice 2 – The Russo-Japanese War – Thoughts and adaptions.

Posted on January 13th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

First game of the year and a chance to try something new.Like many wargamers I have a bookshelf full of rules each time a new edition comes it ends up being brought and added to the shelf. To the point where at times you forget which rules sits with…

2017 A year in review.

Posted on January 6th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Some what belated but I guess that’s the problem with a weekend in between Christmas and New Year and limited time off, I thought I would look back over the past 12 months and review the progress of the projects undertaken and give some thought to the…

Happy New Year!

Posted on January 1st, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

2017 was a good year for The Raft. In fact, looking at the statistics, it was the best year ever. Thanks for dropping by and reading, browsing and commenting! It really is very motivating to see that someone else is…

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15mm Sharp Practice Pirates

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

Another very interesting article and set of scenarios popped up in the TFL Xmas Special this year, focussing on Sharp Practice and pirates. The rules adaptations and army lists are by Chris Stoesen, who has also written material for Bag the Hun, amongs…

What I did during the last weeks…

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

Life has been busy, but in a good way. I’ve got a new job and still have to settle into the new routines. I haven’t actually neglected playing games and painting (though it’s going slower), but I didn’t find time…

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The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #4 Hold the line.

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

Painting and posting has slowed to a trickle but hopefully the Christmas period will give me that free time to get juices flowing and some of the back log cleared.Last weekend saw the Wyvern Christmas all dayer, we were a little thin on the ground but …

The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #4 Hold the line.

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

Painting and posting has slowed to a trickle but hopefully the Christmas period will give me that free time to get juices flowing and some of the back log cleared.Last weekend saw the Wyvern Christmas all dayer, we were a little thin on the ground but …

VIVAT 2017

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

VIVAT is a local Austrian historical wargames show. I didn’t make it last year due to real life intervening, but I attended this year. Generally, I’m not too happy with the location, as I don’t own a car and it’s…

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The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #3 Into the Hinterland

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

Following on from the last game which was a close call and saw the Haitian’s fall back as their morale fell away as the support units were beaten and driven from the fight, this scenario sees the British push inland towards the fertile plantations, fea…

The Pearl of the Antilles – Haitian Revolution AAR #3 Into the Hinterland

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

Following on from the last game which was a close call and saw the Haitian’s fall back as their morale fell away as the support units were beaten and driven from the fight, this scenario sees the British push inland towards the fertile plantations, fea…

TooFatLardies Games Day in Vienna

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It’s no secret that TooFatLardies are my favourite rules publisher. Fortunately, there are a couple of like-minded individuals around. Last Friday, a bunch of us got together to play and present TFL games. The idea was to showcase the rules and…

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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…

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.