Haitian Revolution


Tablescape Spanish Buildings.

With the first game under our belt in the campaign, I thought I would splash out on some buildings for the battles to come.I do dislike painting buildings so these ready painted pieces from the guys at Tablescape are perfect.They needed a little bit of work as they can appear a little on the bland side on mass, so spent the morning painting the doors and windows. These brings them to life and gives a little more variety to the town.Longer term I plan on basing a number of them to give me some walled gardens, but these are ready for the tabletop.Right back to the brushes....

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The Pearl of the Antillies. - The Haiti Campaign - The Battle for Ferrier 5th August 1791

After almost a week of movement the first encounter has taken place, with the Spanish under the command of Brigadier Joaquín Moreno crossing the border to attack the small town of Ferrier which is under insurgent control led by Princess Amethyst and her Company of Amazons - (Yep she is real....)Typical you spend weeks painting French and the Spanish attack first.....The Spanish are the attacker we rolled for the battlefield using Too Fat Lardies - Dawns and Depatures campaign suppliment and generated the scenario to give us a flanking attack.The Spanish (French.) came on on mass with a number of regular line Infantry with a supporting medium Artillery piece, they also fielded the dreaded war dogs and colonial cavalry more than enough to clear the rebellious slaves from the field.   The insurgent forces had the numbers with several musket armed troops, the weapons liberated from the local arsenal their number was bolstered by a large number of escaped slaves armed with only knives and sharpened stakes bu

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The Pearl of the Antillies. - The Haiti Campaign - End of Day Five - 5th August 1791

Day 5 draws to a close and for many real life has slowed any decisive moves or could it be with reinforcements only a day away, commanders are awaiting for a wave of new recruits?However we do have our opening battle in the North East more on that later.This is how the map looks at the close of Day 5.The Spanish Commander – Joaquín Moreno is keen to stamp his authority on the region crosses the border and prepares to assault the village of Ferrier, the local slaves have been in open revolt for over a week and many of the planters and whites have been in hiding fearing for their lives. They hope that the Spanish Colonial forces will bring some order to the local area. We have a battle at Ferrier should be fought over the next 10 days or so and will be the first for many of the factions to see how regulars stand up against the rebellious slaves.Expecting death on both sides Princess Amethyste forces are bolstered by a Physic and a number of Nuns from Cap-Haitian looking to tend to the wounded in the battle

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Saturday Evening Round up.

Well so much for no new projects - Thanks Karl @Crooked Dice.Being of a certain age, who could not be tempted by the latest release from Crooked Dice, I have no idea how these not "V" figures will fit in with any of the other projects, but that's half the fun.Having raided the understair cupboard for the original mini series box set, I also picked up a bunch of novels for under £2.00 each. I minor distraction from the current projects honest :-)I figured with so few colours if you on the average Shock Troopers I could get them finished over the weekend. The only challenge is to go for Red or Dark Orange as both seem to be in use in the TV show.I got them undercoated and ready for painting tomorrow, it will be a welcome break from Haitian Infantry. Meanwhile I finally got around to painting the doors and windows on the Spanish Church. It does look far better. I have an order coming from Tablescape in the days ahead to build my Haitian Village and the doors and windows will definately need an upgrade. Meanwhile

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The Pearl of the Antillies. - The Haiti Campaign - End of Day Four - 4th August 1791

Another day draws to a close and the political factions edge ever closer to open conflict, several hot spots are starting to open up across the island and whilst there is open communications between the factions you can't help but think no one really trusts one another.Haiti the Pearl of the Antillies with all the various factions and their known troop concentrations. However many of the local towns and villages now have local garrisons hidden across their territory. These will provide the defenders with 20 support points should they be attacked and a source of reinforcements at the end of the week.In the south of the Island the village of Kescoff has become the area of focus, high on the mountain top it is now firmly in Mulatto control however Republican troops can be seen growing in number in the foot hills. Republican troops continue to send out patrols into the local area securing supplies and fodder for their troops, one such patrol stumbles upon a diplomatic pouch which is taken directly to Sonthon

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Hammerhead 2019 - The Battle of Croix-des-Bouquets 1792

A fantastic day yesterday at Hammerhead, great to meet up with some old friends and fellow bloggers who stopped by for a chat. We managed to sneak in a couple of games between conversations and hopefully converted a few people to explore Haiti and Sharp Practice.  The games were pretty evenly balanced, to adapt to the participation theme of the day, players were tasked with lowering the enemies morale on the basis they would have to withdraw from the field.Players could drop in at any time so people got a flavour of the period and the rules, my wife helped out by adding in the unit cards to help people identify who they were and to link the game back to the historical scenario.    The set up. This side of the table sees the French Whites deployed with Colonial Cavalry, elements from the Artois and Normandy regiments, a Company of Africans and Spanish War dogs.  The Dragoons of the National Guard and Artillery bolsters the ranks of the French Forces. Holding the high ground at the Church of

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One sleep until Hamerhead..

Well it's been a push and with some last minute painting this evening the last of the pieces for tomorrow are complete.The Wyverns will be presenting the Battle of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti March 1792 Chased from Port-au-Prince, the army of Mulattoes and free coloured people commanded by Beauvais and Rigaud reformed at La Croix-des-Bouquets. The arrival of this troop caused an uprising of slaves of the Plain of the Cul-de-Sac. They were armed only with knives, spears, hoes, and iron poles, and their chief was Yacinth, who was only 21 years old. The insurgent slaves joined the army of Beauvais and Rigaud. The Whites of Port-au-Price decided to attack this rally on March 22, the infantrymen and dragoons of the National Guard of Port-au-Prince reinforced by detachments of the Regiment of Normandy and the Regiment of Artois went to meet the insurgents.The fight began at La Croix-des-Bouquets. The French writer Victor Schœlcher of the nineteenth century, in his book Vie de Toussaint Louverture described this

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One sleep until Hammerhead..

Well it's been a push and with some last minute painting this evening the last of the pieces for tomorrow are complete.The Wyverns will be presenting the Battle of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti March 1792Chased from Port-au-Prince, the army of Mulattoes and free coloured people commanded by Beauvais and Rigaud reformed at La Croix-des-Bouquets. The arrival of this troop caused an uprising of slaves of the Plain of the Cul-de-Sac. They were armed only with knives, spears, hoes, and iron poles, and their chief was Yacinth, who was only 21 years old. The insurgent slaves joined the army of Beauvais and Rigaud. The Whites of Port-au-Price decided to attack this rally on March 22, the infantrymen and dragoons of the National Guard of Port-au-Prince reinforced by detachments of the Regiment of Normandy and the Regiment of Artois went to meet the insurgents.The fight began at La Croix-des-Bouquets. The French writer Victor Schœlcher of the nineteenth century, in his book Vie de Toussaint Louverture described this e

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Haitian Church and Prep for Hammerhead 2019

The Church at Croix-des-Bouquets is the back drop for next weeks outing at Hammerhead.More on the game setting later next week, but with every Church must come a bunch of Nun's that will need protecting from the various factions.It's been a while since these ladies have graced the table but will be perfect to add a little bit of flavour to next weeks game. As will the women and children who are looking to seek refuge from the fighting raging across Haiti.The Church is ready painted and comes from the guys at Tablescape, time permitting I will probably touch up the doors and windows with a couple of washes, but it's a great fit for the on going project. Meanwhile the French gain some very useful reinforcements in the shape of two sections of skirmish troops to bolster the republic. With several pieces still needed for next Saturday it's looking like a busy couple of nights on the brushes. You can find us at GL09 in the Gamers Lounge be sure to come and find us.

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The Pearl of the Antillies. - The Haiti Campaign - End of Day Three - 3rd August 1791

Somewhat later than planned Day 3 concludes and the combatants are starting to get into battle positions, with intelligence reaching the main commanders of enemy movements and intentions.Rats, thieves and third columists continue to be a problem with forces across the island losing regularly losing supplies to the unwanted guests. At the end of Day 3 Toussaint Louverture see's his supplies reduce by 1 sack of grain, however his continues his expansion across the region. However he is starting to run out of room with enemy forces now on his Northern and Eastern borders.In the North East the region is fast becoming a tinderbox as the various factions move to secure strategic objectives, Bahon is secured by the Royalists as well as the coastal village of La Borgne.The stockade is empty and of enemy troops and they secure the 4 Pdr Artillery piece housed there.Dutty Bouchman continues his advance into Royalist territory his troops continue to clear plantations of their white landowners, in one such encounter he f

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Haitian Revolution - French Gunners & Support Options

As the campaign begins to take shape I have started to back fill some of the units purchased by some of the active players. I have limited the number of cannon available in the campaign, unless players purchased them in the begining or they were taken from a fort, then additional cannon won't be available as reinforcements.The gun crew are from Trent Miniatures, I made one head swap to allow me to use them across Haiti and the various factions. I should have the 4Pdr finished over the next couple of days.The Water Cart and Ammo Wagon are from Warbases and will come in very handy for the various support options selected by most players.I copied the uniform for the artillery from the Osprey Men at Arms book covering Napoleon's overseas troops. I am pretty happy with the result. Next up more light Infantry to bolster the French forces.

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Sunday evening round up.

No pressure, but Hammerhead is less than a month away on the 2nd March.I committed to putting on a Haitian game several months ago but it's only today when I got the mail that it dawned on me how close it is.Hammerhead is my favourite show of the year, there is always a great buzz about the show, I think it is the fact that everyone puts on a participation game which means that gamers come ready to talk to one another rather than rushing round and picking up orders.I have an idea for a game but just need to tweak the mechanics to allow for a quick turnaround of games and players, I also need some extra troops for the game so I best put my foot down on the painting front.If you are around on the Saturday come and stop by.I managed to get a further Slave unit complete this week, armed with stakes, knives and swords they are great in the first round and then not so good after that, but only 3 points in Sharp Practice they can make quite an impact on the table top if you can get them to close.The standard is the

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The Pearl of the Antillies. - The Haiti Campaign - End of Day Two - 2nd August 1791

Day two 2nd August draws to a close and intentions are starting to become a little clearer as the direction of travel for many is revealed.   A key to our leading factions. British – Thomas Maitland – RED French Royalist/Planters – Viscount de Blanchelande – WHITE French Republican – Léger-Félicité Sonthonax – BLUE Spanish – Joaquín Moreno - YELLOW Mulatto – André Rigaud – BLACK Ex-Slaves - Dutty Boukman – ORANGE Ex-Slaves – Georges Biassou – PURPLEEx - Slaves - Princess  Amethyste - PINK Haitian Loyalists - Toussaint Louverture – GREEN Mulotto - Henri Chrstophe - BROWNHaitian Loyalists - Jean-Jacques Dessalines – GOLD The movement for some is still painfully slow as they attempt to march over the tough interior of Saint Dominque. It's multiple ridges make movement in the August heat slow to a snails pace. The foothills and full of deep ravines, gorges and rivers making progress slow.  The alternative is very often a winding detour which takes you out of your way, but at l

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French Sailors for Haiti - Return of Claude Canard.

Real life had conspired against me this week, but I need manage to get a few odds and ends completed, with the Haiti Campaign gathering pace.... (New Orders will be executed this weekend.) I begain to take a look at some of the figure collections which don't get much table time and could they be repurposed elsewhere, one of these was Ensign Claude Canard and his Friend and mentor Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton of the French Sloop "Le Vendeen".... last seen fighting off Arabs in Egypt.  In the early days of the slave revolt, the French Sailors were often called on to defend the port areas and supress the slaves. Our old friend Claude is far more likely to see action in Haiti in the year ahead. Originally based on pennies, I glued them straight on to Warlord bases and built the bases up to hide the raised area. With a number of the colonial powers opting for detachments of sailors, I am now thinking I might just have to reinforce them for the campaign. The French need a suitable General to lead them into bat

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French Regulars make an appearance.

Well the campaign has certainly had the desired effect on the painting front with the first major unit off the paint table in 2019. Up until now many of the troops have been native to Haiti so time to bring one republican forces, I am working my way through the round hats but these will suffice to bolster a number of factions in play.Made up of a number of packs from Trent Miniatures Revolutionary range they are a rag tag bunch but will give the Haitian loyalists and Slave armies someone to chase round the table.I have added in a couple of head swaps to add in some Mulatto's or Black troops to allow me to use them in more nationalist settings. I would have liked to have done a few more but a large number of the revolutionary french have flowing locks which make it difficult to make a clean head swap.But a smattering of native troops could be used as freemen or troops drafted in to bolster the ranks.I have included a Haitian Army regular soldier as comparison.They still need varnishing when the temperature is

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