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1st Battalion, Little Russia Grenadier Regiment

I am making good progress this spring on my long neglected Napoleonic project.  This time we have the 1st battalion of the Little Russia grenadier regiment.  To be honest, I had not set out to model this particular unit so I really have no idea if this looks 'correct' in terms of uniform.  It is the Little Russia regiment because Warlord kindly included flags in the box for this unit.When I started my Russians I really knew nothing about Napoleonic Russians - how to configure the units, how to paint the uniforms, what are the flags all about?  Part of the joy of historical wargaming is the research and discovery of a new period or topic. Needless to say I have been doing a lot of research all-be-it on the internet.  Since I have been working on grenadiers that has been my main focus.  These figures are painted in the 1809-14 style with the old style shako and large plume.  I painted the jackets more inline with my understanding of the 1812 uniform (1812 being my area of

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New Recruits

I finished my second French cavalry unit last week, the Apchon Dragoons, a nice red coat with light blue facings, this gives me two cavalry squadrons for each side now. It was time to order up the next batch of SYW figures and I drew back from the Grenadiers I wanted to get two more cavalry units, one each. Now I am not a big fan of painting cavalry and have reduced the squadrons from twelve to eight figures so I came up with a brilliant idea, you get two cavalry flags for the one regiment from GMB and if you just continue to add different squadrons you end up with a lot of flags left over, so why not build two squadrons instead of one. Now the really clever part is that if I ever do need a large unit of cavalry I can combine two eights for sixteen, voila!The not so clever bit comes next, instead of ordering basically the same figures I made a mistake and ordered up a new set for the British, these will not fit as the 10th Dragoons second squadron so I had to order up another set of flags as this lot will be

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THE GREAT GAME 2019 WATERLOO REPLAYED (1).

Hi! Today first photo relation from the biggest historical wargame ever, with more than 22 000 figures and more than 100 players from over the world. That is happening in Glasgow. It will be continued tomorrow as well, so if you are in Glasgow, jump into Kelvin Gallery and experience it by yourselves. I play the role of one of the umpires and under my supervision is battlefield from the west of Papelote Farm up to halfway to Le Haye Sainte Farm. So far French managed to push British of their ridge and prepare to break their lines. It is getting very interesting. I'm very curious about how it's going to finish. On the other parts of the battlefield, we have some first Prussian units arrived and I think that French push out British of the Hougoumont, so everything can happen. Below you have some pictures from the first day.Witam! Dzis pierwsza fotorelacja z największej, dotychczas rozegranej gry, z użyciem ponad 22 000 figurek i przy udziale ponad 100 graczy z całego świata. To się odbywa w Glasgow. Będzie kont

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THE GREAT GAME 2019 WATERLOO REPLAYED.

Hi! Today first photo relation from the biggest historical wargame ever, with more than 22 000 figures and more than 100 players from over the world. That is happening in Glasgow. It will be continued tomorrow as well, so if you are in Glasgow, jump into Kelvin Gallery and experience it by yourselves. I play the role of one of the umpires and under my supervision is battlefield from the west of Papelote Farm up to halfway to Le Haye Sainte Farm. So far French managed to push British of their ridge and prepare to break their lines. It is getting very interesting. I'm very curious about how it's going to finish. On the other parts of the battlefield, we have some first Prussian units arrived and I think that French push out British of the Hougoumont, so everything can happen. Below you have some pictures from the first day.Witam! Dzis pierwsza fotorelacja z największej, dotychczas rozegranej gry, z użyciem ponad 22 000 figurek i przy udziale ponad 100 graczy z całego świata. To się odbywa w Glasgow. Będzie kont

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Pavlovsk Grenadier Regiment

With my Napoleonic French at a usable point I decided to switch to Russians.  I am starting with grenadiers and the first unit is the Pavlovsk Grenadier regiment.  This is the first and the third battalions and the figures are all Warlord Games 28mm.  These are nice figures and are very easy to paint.1st battalion front 1st battalion rear1st battalion command3rd battalion front3rd battalion rear3rd battalion command

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Training Day II

A pleasant evening to head out to the club last night, I jumped into another Black Powder game so that Julian and Rob could hone their skills before Glasgow, I once again took charge of part of the French Guard. A simple table with the Allies ensconced behind a wall of hedges while we attempted to move them.Julian was in the middle and Andy took our left, I had the right and sent my men forward slowly, I wanted to play my artillery on the enemy before charging home, this plan seemed to be working fine and cannonballs crashed into a large British battalion opposite me. The cannon fire was so good the British sent a small unit of skirmishers to harry my gunners but it did them no good as they fell victims to grapeshot. I was just about ready to carry out my plan when another French battalion on my left masked my guns leaving them with no targets except some British guns on a hill, not who I wanted to shoot at. No matter, I charged regardless, in Black Powder you can only fight one on one unless the units are sm

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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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In Training for the big day

I was going to give the club a miss last night but at the eleventh hour Rob said I could take part in a 28mm Napoleonic game, it had grown from 2v2 to 3v3, so what the hell, I popped along. Rob and Julian are taking part in the Great Game in Glasgow next month which is a huge refight of Waterloo with something like 40+ players and 22,000 figures, the rules are Black Powder with amendments. So the game last night was to try out the amendments so that Rob and Julian could get to know them.For his part Julian is taking a French Guard unit and it is lovely, it still has to be based and I am sure will be even more impressive when this is complete, Rob has Dutch troops, I did not get a close look at these as I was at the opposite end of the table but they also looked good in their serried ranks. For the game I was on the side of the bad guys, the French, and was given one of Julian's units, I was on the extreme left flank and was opposed by Andy's British Guards drawn up at the foot of a hill and more occupying a l

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Feb 2019 ACW 15mm game

Dave hosted a  American Civil War game using the Black powder 2 rules and the Glory Hallelujah supplement. We played on a 6x4 table length ways and the scenario was 2 evenly matched sides encountering each other.I commanded the Union forces and Ian the Confederates.The tabbleThe key junction to controlI deployIn column of march on the road to make a dash for the junctionI deployed the artillery straight away to dominate one side of the tableThe Rebs approachIan was concerned about poor command rolls so opted for march column to guarantee forward movement Slow going in the woodsI won the race to the junction and busied myself creating a defence. Ian managed to get a battery in place early on to dominate the road which was painful.The red dice show units with casualtiesMoving to create an overlap on my leftMy battalion controlling the road benefited greatly from the musket and artillery fire from my right wingMy right wing dominating the Confederate left disordering it with a large volume of fireMy ca

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Leipzig 1813, pt. 3. Lipsk 1813, cz. 3.

Hi! Today my third part of our big Leipzig 1813 game. Before I will go to it, I owe you some emedations. First is that we were replaying the southern part of the battle with the real troops and not as I wrote in 1st part loosely based. Bill, who prepared the scenario and layout of the table chose the 16th of October 1813, the first day of the battle. In our game we used 4 700 figures and 162 guns with about 900 being still in reserves. All game was played on four 12'x6' tables with 5' gaps. The tables did not interact, except that units within 2' of the respective table edges, where able to move between tables.Witam! Dzisiaj trzecia część naszej dużej gry Lipsk 1813. Zanim jednak przejdę do tego kilka słów sprostowania wcześniejszych relacji. Po pierwsze rozgrywaliśmy południową część bitwy z użyciem właściwych sił, a nie jak napisałem w pierwszej części relacji, luźno opartych. Bill, który przygotował scenariusz i plan gry wybrał dzień 16 października 1813, czyli pierwszy dzień bitwy dla naszej gry. W niej u

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Jan 2019 Anglo Zulu War game

For January's club meeting a umpired a 15mm Anglo Zulu game using Dave's figures and a scenario out of the supplement with the 2nd edition rules.The game is set during the battle of Isandlwana at the point the British companies fall back on the camp. The players command a company each, with victory points for getting back to camp and points for a fellow company which is only known to that player. It's possibly for the same buddy company to be selected by more than one player.The Zulus are commanded by the umpire - me.This initial set up. On 3 sides you can see the Zulus lined up. I diced to see what turn each unit came on and put a dice next to the unit with the number so that I'd knowI didn't adjust the scales for 15mm so with the right command dice the Zulus advanced at a paceThe British line looks far away but they are already blazing away. The 1 on the red dice means this unit is in sight move 1, and will under orders if I get the right command dice. I ordered each Zulu unit individually.Move 1 and a Brit

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Mahdist invasion of Egypt, 1886. Inwazja Mahdystów na Egipt, 1886.

Last Thursday we moved into 'what if' scenario'. Some time ago I prepared few scenarios for the alternate history, set in Egypt and Sudan. This time we played the second in the row of them. All story is based on the fact, that Mahdi did not died of typhus in 1885, but miracly back his health, thanks to the ancient medicine found somewhere in ancient Sudanese pyramids. Seeing in that clear sign from Allah, Mahdi decided to lead an attack on Egypt and put his banners in Mediterranean Sea. Unfortunately his medicine was stolen, by Colonel Frederick Burnaby (he did not died in 1885 as well). The story of taking that medicine from Mahdists is part of the first scenario which we are going to play some day. Anyway, back to our game. The track of Burnaby with stolen good took to the lonely Egyptian outpost somewhere on Egyptian Sudanese border. That lay on the way one of the few armies lead by Mahdi's Califs. He got an personal order from Mahdi to take this medicine back. In the meantime British get informed abo

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Way to Berlin, 1813. Droga na Berlin, 1813.

Last Thursday we had Napoleonic game with Black Powder 2 game. That was the time, when my Poles were put first time on the table. Sadly I thought, that my second regiment will be ready for the game, but because of some unexpected things, I did not finished it on time. W ostatni czwartek mieliśmy grę z czasów napoleońskich z użyciem zasad Black Powder 2. Był to także debiut moich Polaków. Niestety nie wyrobiłem się z malowaniem drugiego pułku, ze względu na kilka niespodziewanych rzeczy, a myślałem, że dam radę. SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Bill GilchristUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bill GilchristSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWCFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Bill Gilchrist, Campbell Hardie, Bartek Żynda1. Forces. Siły.SAXONY & DUCHY OF WARSAW/SAKSONIA i KSIĘSTWO WARSZAWSKIE(Dougie, Campbell, Michael, Bartek)1st Saxonian Infantry Brigade3 x Infantry Battalion1 x 12 pdr gun Battery2nd Saxonian Infantry Brigade3 x Infantry Battalion1st Polish Infantry Regiment2 x Infantry Battalions with Ski

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2nd Battalion, 2nd Regiment Swiss

I started my Napoleonic project for Black Powder almost 8 years ago.  I had really high hopes for this project and I had several friends that had expressed interest in participating.  As time has progressed most of my friends (all but one in fact) have moved on and are not longer interested.  I have persisted, although halfheartedly at best.  With the completion of the 2/2 Swiss Regiment for my French army I now have 8 battalions completed along with 2 guns and one commander.  That is not very good considering that is only one battalion per year.  This has really made me rethink this project.  It is time for me to either put some real effort into getting a usable collection painted or just admit to myself that it is time to let it go.  One of the real problems I have is that I HATE painting Napoleonic figures.  Right up until the unit is based I can't help feeling that they look like crap and it took way to much effort for them to look that way.  Then I base t

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A close run thing.

As I have come to expect, another dreich night heading into Lancaster, it was Napoleonics with Andy, Stuart and Simon using Black Powder, so I traveled light, dice and tape measure. Andy had settled on the battle of Rolica from the BP scenario book about which I had not a clue.It looked like a decent little club game, Simon had four battalions and a gun while I had two and a unit of cavalry, we were the French, however we had a long front to defend and were spread thin with no reserves. I had the right flank and it looked decidedly weak, right opposite me was two battalions of riflemen and two cavalry units, in the centre was a full brigade of British and the same on our left, it looked like I would be home early.Battle lines are drawnHold, hold, or whatever it is in French.Sure enough the British came straight at us, my cavalry was charged and against the odds sent their opponents running, as the lines came together the British lost two battalions trying to budge our defenders, things looked just dandy. The

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