AWI


Battle of Snowy Farms, 1781.

We back with our AWI campaign. During my holiday boys at the club played the second game of the first round. In that second game, Hessians (Peter) decimated Americans (Mike) 5VP to 0VP. That gave the British and Peter a lead in our campaign. However, in the second round (we are going to play 8 rounds) the Hessians were going to meet my French. As you possibly remember my French won over Alisdair British 3VP to 0VP in the first battle. For our game, we used Eve of Battle for the scenario and Black Powder for a game.Jesteśmy z powrotem z naszą kampanią wojny o niepodległość Stanów Zjednoczonych. Gdy byłem na wakacjach, chłopaki w klubie rozegrali drugą grę pierwszej rundy. W tej drugiej gry Hesja (Peter) zdziesiątkowała Amerykanów (Mike) 5VP do 0VP. To dawało Brytyjczykom i Peterowi prowadzenie w naszej klasyfikacji. Jednakże w drugiej rundzie (mamy zamiar rozegrać ich 8) siły heskie miały spotkać się z moimi Francuzami. Jak zapewne pamiętacie moi Francuzi wygrali z Brytyjczykami Alasdaira 3VP do 0VP w pierwsze

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AWI at the Club: Freeman's Farm 2.0 with GdA

Last night we replayed the Freeman's Farm scenario using the same table and forces but replaced the rules with the AWI variant for General D'Armee.  I umpires the game and had a blast.Here you can see the British commanders, Tony and Greg, conspiring to some form of battlefield trickery.The Rebels got a jump on things winning initiative and moved to seize the farm complex with Morgan's riflesThe Rifles held the farm for a good number of turns but were whittled down by heavy British fire.  Eventually they broke and ran allowing the brits to seize the farmhouseThis started a see-saw struggle that saw the farm complex change hands 4 times during the gameTony launched a furious assault on the British rank flank and routed two US battalions, The US Brigade stabilized but was spent as an offensive force.With the magic witching hour of 9:00pm approaching, I called the game as a British victory.  Losses where heavy on both sides, but the British had a slight upper hand.I thought the game went very well

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AWI at the Club: Freemans Farm

Last night Tom ran a 28mm AWI game depicting the first battle of Freemans Farm from the Saratoga campaign.  We had over 400 figures on the table from both Tom and my collections, with the bulk being from the glorious fife and drum line.Tom used the ruleset "British Grenadier" which I think is a fore-runner of General D'Armee.  It took us a while to get the rules down and they did work, but I prefer Gd'A a lot better.  I do have the point out that the writing style in British Grenadier is almost unreadable.  It's like they had 20 pages of rules that were stretched into 80.  The rule book itself is beautiful, just don't try to read the rules.We left the table set up in the club and I'm going to try a crack at running the same battle using GdA and lets see how that goes.

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The Battle of Hadley Hall 1778 - An AWI batrep

The Rejects gathered in the shed for our second game in 3 weeks, not sure what's going on there!!Postie treated us to an AWI game, the first for many moons!Lee's report can be viewed here!Myself and Richard picked out the hat first, Richard picked the CnC of the Amerians, I picked the CnC of the British. My second in command was Surj, Lee picked the Americans 2nd in command.Postie then took me and Ricahrd in the shed to place our troops.We had to dice off, the loser had to place a brigade. Richard threw well, all my troops were down and he still had 2 brigades left to place. We also had to throw for how far the brigade set on. I had the better run of luck all the way through up until Richard's last throw of 18 inches. So he was able to place that brigade in front of another and seriously threaten the British lines. That put me on the back foot immediately and was a great move on Richard's part.Richard's 2 bridgades face off my lone brigadeOrder of Battle Ruthlessly stolen from BigLee's blogThis is the OOB tha

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The Battle of Hadley Hall - 22nd May 1778

It's been over two years since I have played any American War of Independence games in the shed-o-war (the last one was the Battle of Freemans Farm). I really like this period and the look of the games and Posties collection of figures are excellent. Four Rejects gathered to play with sides being decided randomly before any of us saw the setup. The two C/O's (Ray and Richard) then went into the shed and deployed their forces before calling in the second in commands (Surjit and myself). The SetupThis is a fictional encounter set around the rather grand looking Hadley Hall...my namesake wasn't too pleased to be having a battle on his front lawn. I've no idea which side he sympathised with but as soon as the battle began he and his family wisely hid in the back yard. Order of BattleThis is the OOB that Postie drew up for us. To explain the letters next to the units mean the following; E means Elite; V Veteran; and T Trained. The number after that is how many figures are in a unit so you can see there i

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Villeneuve, 1781.

Hello! Last Thursday we returned with new campaign game. Michael once again returned with AWI, but this time with a different rules. About those you can read on Michael's blog. Every game is pregamed with Eve of Battle, the card game also written by Michael and which I had a privilege to test. In our campaign we have four players: American (Mike), French (myself), British (Alasdair) and Hessians (Peter). In our first game I faced Alasdair. For our games we using Black Powder rules.Witam! W ostatni czwartek zaczęliśmy naszą nową kampanię. Michael znów powrócił z Wojną o Niepodległość Stanów Zjednoczonych, jednak tym razem z odmiennymi zasadami. O nich możecie przeczytać na blogu Michaela. Każda gra poprzedzona jest grą z użyciem Eve of Battle, karcianka, również napisana przez Michaela, którą miałem zaszczyt testować. W naszej kampanii mamy czworo graczy: Amerykanie (Mike), Francuzi (ja), Brytyjczycy (Alasdair) i Hesowie (Peter). W naszej pierwszej grze stanąłem do walki z Alasdairem. Do naszych gier używamy z

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54mm AWI and 33mm Star Wars

So a bit of an odds-and-sods post today. I finished off a 54mm AWI Prussian General. This figure is from an old kids play set so the detail is a touch thin. And basing it (no integral base? on a kids play set? really? ) was a real hassle. That is probably why he sat on the painting table half finished for two years.I'm moving into a small commission. A fellow I did some Imperial Assault figures for in 2015 asked me to paint some expansions to match. I started on the Heart of the Empire expansion and first up are three heroes.I'm a bit out of the loop on Star Wars but this lady wookie had cool goggles and a lot of demolition charges.Then there is Star Wars Wolverine with some kind of impractical hand weapon. Clearly no match for a blaster.And finally Big Headed lady who actually seems toknow what she is doing. All are painted to match the cards that came with the expansion.Up next are a selection of imperial troops.

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54mm AWI British Guards

One of the things I forgot to paint up from the original orbat of Tricorne were two units of British guards. I eventually settled on painting three four-man units.These are HaT SYW Prussians but close enough. Overall, I'm happy with how they turned out.They have a nice amount of detail. I added some cuff and lapel lace to these fellows.Up next: A grab bag of smaller paint jobs.

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Three 54mm cannons

I found myself short a few cannons before Xmas. I didn't want to pick up two more boxes of Armies in Plastic cannons so, instead, I bought three metal pencil sharpener off eBay.These scale pretty well with 1/32 minis (I think the cannon on the left below is AiP).You can often find unusual but helpful gaming stuff in the pencil sharpener section of eBay (e.g., most of my 28mm wild west wagons were pencil sharpeners).Above you can see the sharpener that is built into the base. The only change required is gluing a bit of card in place below the barrel to cover the opening. These sharpeners also shoot matchsticks (or did--I doubt they operate now!).Once set among figures, they look the part. I paid about $20 for three, which was a deal.Up next: I have two groups of 54mm British AWI guards underway plus some 28mm furniture and some HO-scale garbage dumpsters.

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All I want for Xmas are some 54mm French cavalry

Merry Christmas to everyone! I recently finished up some 54mm French cavalry for Tricorne. These are Armies in Plastic AWI cavalry that I slightly modified the hats on.  It isn't perfectly clear what kind of cavalry were involved in the various battles in Tricorne (dragoon or hussars) so I based the paint scheme on the Mollo plate of the hussars. I couldn't find any putty locally to deal with the hats so I left them a vague "light infantry" shape.Overall, these will do. The blue jackets shifted a bit towards grey after I washed on some shadows so they might serve as generic dragoons in a pinch. I also found myself short on some cannon so, after some sussing out of options, three more of those are underway.

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Conwy Wargames Club July American War of Independence game

In July Pete put on an American War of Independence game, based on the battle 2nd Battle of Saratoga. Pete used the British Grenadier rulesBurgoyne's British and German defenceGerman JagerAmerican's advancing2nd American brigade appears on their leftGerman grenadiersThe British foragers holding up the AmericansSadly we ran out of time to get a result, but the British were definitely holding their own

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