Napoleonic


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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3D Printing is impacting wargaming…

I admit, I’m an easy guy to impress with the “new hawtness”.  Marketing types call my kind of brain an “early adapter”.   This trend is somewhat dampened by the realities of cost and space to put stuff, but I follow technology developments avidly and sometimes wonder how new tech would impact my other big hobby, playing and painting with toy soldiers. 2mm 3D Printed Miniatures from Forward March Miniatures Now, 3D printing isn’t exactly new anymore nor is it unique and new to miniatures gaming. I’ve been buying onesie and twosie pieces off of Shapeways for a few years now.. not anything drastic because the price point still isn’t there yet– and won’t be until production costs can somehow go down. What’s unique, and for as much as I can tell, new, is the effort that Forward March Miniatures is engaged in. They are producing, at a very small (2mm) scale, the ability to create a 1:1 army for games set in the Age of Gunpowder and Steel (roughly, fr

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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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Leipzig 1813. Lipsk 1813.

Hi! This is my first try to put the game raport live on my blog. Our today and tomorrow game with a group AB1 is loosely based on original battle. We chose the southern part of this biggest battle of Napoleonic period, but as I said it is loosely based and you can met forces not presented on this side of the original battle. I'm expecting 12 players, divided on two sides. I together with my Poles will be defending the honour of the Emperor. For the game we will be using Black Powder rules.Witajcie! To jest moja pierwsza próba prowadzenia relacji z gry, live na blogu. Nasza dzisiejsza i jutrzejsza gra grupy AB1, jest luźno oparta na wydarzeniach oryginalnej bitwy. Na naszą rozgrywkę wybraliśmy południowy teatr działań tej największej bitwy czasów napoleońskich, ale tak jak powiedziałem jest ona luźno oparta na prawdziwych wydarzeniach i możecie spodziewać się oddziałów tam nieobecnych. Spodziewam się 12 graczy, podzielonych na dwie części. Ja razem z moimi Polakami będę bronił honoru Cesarza. do gry będziemy u

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Leipzig 1813, pt.1. Lipsk 1813, cz. 1.

Hi! This is my first try to put the game raport live on my blog. Our today and tomorrow game with a group AB1 is loosely based on original battle. We chose the southern part of this biggest battle of Napoleonic period, but as I said it is loosely based and you can met forces not presented on this side of the original battle. I'm expecting 12 players, divided on two sides. I together with my Poles will be defending the honour of the Emperor. For the game we will be using Black Powder rules.Witajcie! To jest moja pierwsza próba prowadzenia relacji z gry, live na blogu. Nasza dzisiejsza i jutrzejsza gra grupy AB1, jest luźno oparta na wydarzeniach oryginalnej bitwy. Na naszą rozgrywkę wybraliśmy południowy teatr działań tej największej bitwy czasów napoleońskich, ale tak jak powiedziałem jest ona luźno oparta na prawdziwych wydarzeniach i możecie spodziewać się oddziałów tam nieobecnych. Spodziewam się 12 graczy, podzielonych na dwie części. Ja razem z moimi Polakami będę bronił honoru Cesarza. do gry będziemy u

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Duchy of Warsaw: 2nd Uhlan Regiment. Księstwo Warszawskie: 2. Pułk Ułanów.

Next unit for my army of Duchy of Warsaw is ready. It is 2nd Uhlan Regiment. In this way I made the whole 1st Legion, The Warsaw one. I'm not painted the 4th Infantry Regiment, as this will be part of my Spanish Division for the future. Back to the Uhlans. Figures are again from Front Rank and this time is not that great, as it was with the Chasseurs. The central companies looks ok, If could change something, I would give them a different plume. The problem is with Elite Company. Front Rank gave them normal square hats (called rogatywka), where it supposed be the same pattern, as they gave to their late horse artillery (they of course have also wrong hats, which should look like those, given to the elite Chasseurs). As you can see the mix is terrible... This is the reason, why I don't have the elite company with my Uhlans. Finally I got my flags for the units. Most of them were simple scanned by Michael from my books (Army of Duchy of Warsaw: Infantry from Karabela). I simple scaled it down, to the proper siz

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Russian Napoleonic Officers

About a year ago I traded some miniatures for a large collection of Front Rank Napoleonic Russians and just finally got around to trying them out. I've never painted any Napoleonic miniatures before as the period was always pushed aside for other periods for a variety of reasons, but I've always liked the look of Front Rank Napoleonic figures and thought it would be nice to try some someday.I do not own any LOTR miniatures for Curt's Fellowship entry fee for the AHPC, but I knew Curt was a fan of the Napoleonic period so I sent him an e-mail asking if he would accept some Napoleonic figures instead and he happily said that would be fine. Now to my shame I didn't send him a figure last year because I forgot due to other distractions(weak excuse I know) so instead of doing one figure I did two to make up for that shortcoming. Full disclosure I've never delved into Napoleonics generally preferring the North American period, but was always curious. So how did painting my first set of Napoleonic Front Rank figures

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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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Duchy of Warsaw: 1st Chasseur Regiment. Księstwo Warszawskie: 1. Pułk Strzelców Konnych.

Another unit for my army of Duchy of Warsaw, but cavalry this time. I start with 1st Chasseur Regiment. All figures are Front Rank and the bases are from Warbases. Together with the regiment I painted the cavalry brigade commander. It is not historical accurate because I did a  conversion of Uhlan officer and tried to made as close as possible to the Cavalry General. It is my first try and possible next time it will be better. The second figure is model of General Jan Henryk Dąbrowski, my first Division General. What about the historical accuracy of the models of that set. Sadly Wydawnictwo Karabela did not published their part about Chasseurs and I had to base on four pictures I have in my collection. According to them, this time Front Rank did quite a good job and their Chasseurs are almost perfect (possible that experts of the uniforms of that period would be able to show more mistakes, but for me are ok). Well done. My next unit, will be the 2nd Lancers Regiment.Kolejny oddział gotowy do mojej armii

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Duchy of Warsaw: 3rd Infantry Regiment. Księstwo Warszawskie: 3. Pułk Piechoty.

Next regiment is ready for inspection. This time it is 3rd Regiment and like my all previous this one is also two battalion unit with Voltigeurs screen. All figures are from Front Rank. Together with my regiment I made my first Brigade General, the second will be made later.  Now I have enough infantry for the upcoming game, so it is time for cavalry. I started it from Horse Artillery. This time again Front Rank did not made good job. Soldiers have hats with wrong shape. It looks like for Hussars, but it should looks more like for the Chasseurs from Elite Companies. In the future I am going to compare this Horse guns with Murawski Miniatures ones and we will see what set is historically more accurate. But this is future. If you seen that set, let me know in comment section.Kolejny pułk gotowy do inspekcji. Tym razem jest to 3. Pułk i tak jak moje poprzednie składa się z dwóch batalionów i tyraliery Woltyżerów. Wszystkie figurki to Front Rank. Razem z pułkiem pomalowałem pierwszego generała brygady, drugi

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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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AHPC9 Napoleonic - Baden Guard Grenadiers & Don Cossack Artillery

Postie had a few odds and ends left over in his 15mm Napoleonic Bitz Box.He decided to make this unit the Baden Guard Grenadiers.For what reason I know not??It doesn't seem the unit fought in any battles and we couldn't find a flag for them either.The figures are actually some unknown make and represent British Fusiliers,but they're almost identical to the Guards.Postie seems to think they may have fought in the Austrian Tyrol, although he can't confirmthis fact. I've tried to search the web, all I can come up with is from another blog .Blunders on the Danube, check it out....16 x 15mm figures 32 pointsDon Cossack Horse artillery"Mounted cossack battery (officially called a horse-artillery company) counted 12 light cannons, the so-called unicorns (6 horses), with 2 ammunition caissons (3 horses) for each gun. Each battery also had 2 reserve gun carriages. There were authorized, in so far as this could be achieved, 8 officers including 1 field-grade officer as commander, 25 non-commissiond officers,

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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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