Sharp Practice


A bag full of heads and yet more Haitians.

A bag full of heads - Well you can imagine the postman's face when he enquired what it was.The opening moves of the Haitian campiagn is well underway and it's already serving it's purpose as it's got me painting again. Although the back log has just got worse.Trent Miniatures do a great range for the French in Haiti and with many of their blister packs coming with seprate heads you can build quite a variety into your units, it also means as the units build I can set about creating my own. Surprisingly Trent don't do a pack of a pack of spare black heads however a quick chat with Steve over at Arcane Scenery and a few days later enough heads to kit out several regiments.    Given the trouble Steve went to and how quickly he turned them around, it would be rude not to use the opportunity not to bolster the ranks before the first games kick off.The prep is done I just need to put paint to metal, with the various head swaps I should be able to field these extra's against the various factions. First up T

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Happy Birthday To Me!

I've been at work today so the official celebrations will be at the weekend, when I'll also be opening my presents, so what they are exactly is still a bit of a guess. I know there's some Cruel Seas stuff in there, as I was allowed to choose that, and there may well be some Flames of War things too, as they were on my Amazon wish list. I also already have some socks from my daughter, so that's a nice non-wargaming and much more practical present. To give myself a pat on the back for surviving this long, I also decided to give myself a couple of boxes of 28mm Warlord Napoleonic French line infantry in greatcoats, so my resistance has obviously crumbled. I'll just put that down to my age!

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Sharp Practice Nappies

A game of Napoleonic Sharp Practice is being put on at the club next week and, in an idle moment of lapsed resistance, I suggested that I might be interested in taking part, were it not for the fact that I'm already booked in for a Cruel Seas game. No sooner had I posted my interest on the club message board, than I was mercilessly prodded from various directions by the club Sharp Practice enthusiasts, with tempting suggestions about a French force in 28mm, despite the fact that I am useless at painting and have a well founded phobia of fiddly uniforms.The upshot of this is that I'm thinking about getting a couple of boxes of plastic French line infantry in greatcoats, as it was pointed out to me that they are much easier to paint than the bog standard uniform figures. This is probably a really bad idea and chucks my ACW plans out of the nearest window. I am sorely tempted though!

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Welcome to 2019...

A little later than planned - Happy New Year!Last year was pretty slow on the painting and gaming front, a good summer and a DIY filled winter broke the habit and with a new job which seemed to eat into the spare time my paint total was just under 100 figures almost half what I completed in 2017. So this year a concious effort to get more hobby time in.I have given myself a challenge to make 30 mins every game hobby time, be it reading, painting or updating the blog. A wargamers fitbit :-)5 Days in and it's going to plan with some prep done for the latest batch of recruits for the Haiti campaign and this petrol station completed from Gale Force Nine for Team Yankee.OK it was ready painted but I picked it up cheap because the roof was broken, it definately looks better on a base and with the pumps given a corporate make over.It will be a good fit for the Modern Russian scenario's or 15mm sci-fi games. So having had a chance to think about the year ahead what do I see on the wargaming road map.The on going camp

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New Year Resolutions!

Happy New Year!I only have one New Year resolution this year and it's to get more wargaming done, both at the local club and solo in the holidays. I also have some clear plans and projects for 2019, some of which I've already started and a few which are new, so I'll set out what I'll be up to in another post. In the meantime, it's also Xmas here, as we open our English presents today, rather than floating them across to France then bringing them all the way back again. I now have a very nice blue Sea Cloth from Tiny Wargames so will be rethinking the bases on the ironclads and pre-dreadnoughts for a start, and a couple of boxes of Perry 28mm ACW figures, for which I'll have to think of a possible use, perhaps Sharp Practice or those new rules from Dan Mersey, Rebels and Patriots, who knows? I doubt I'll get round to doing that this year, however, as the focus will definitely be on more naval and air wargaming once again. More about that tomorrow!

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Come And Have a Go If You Think You're Lard Enough!

The reason I've been working out the Bag the Hun scenarios over the holidays is that I've volunteered to run a couple of games at the Sarisbury Green club Lard Day in March. The organiser, Mark Backhouse, invited me to attend so I thought it would be only fair if I offered to run a game for the day, as he was looking for a few more to fill some gaps. It now looks like he's got more then enough games and plenty of players, so I'm sure it will be a splendid day out, especially if you are a Chain of Command or Sharp Practice fan.There's another separate Bag the Hun game running on the day but I'm hoping that I'll get some players for my scenarios, if only for one of the two sessions. I'll definitely be umpiring the Berlin '45 game, which I may well re-name 'Bogeys Over Berlin' or something similar, just to make it more funky. If there's demand, I will also run a second game which will be either the 'S-Boot Strike' scenario or, if that doesn't work out in playtesting, an off the shelf scenario from my archives, m

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A Stocking Full of Lard

I was disappointed not to see the TFL Summer Special this year but it has now been replaced by an annual Lard Magazine, which has just been published instead of the Xmas Special. It's an interesting idea but I will miss the bi-annual format, which coincides with my holidays. I have contributed to several of the Specials in the past, with scenarios and articles for Bag the Hun, but haven't been organised enough this year to get anything submitted. I have no excuse not to get my act together now that there's a full twelve months to sort something out!It's a sad fact that I have drifted away from Too Fat Lardy based projects this year, apart from What a Tanker! and Bag the MiG. This was partly a response to the total domination of the TFL stable by Chain of Command and Sharp Practice. I am genuinely  interested in both of these rules, particularly Chain of Command, but will probably never get round to using them due to my phobia of 28mm figure painting, not to mention my almost complete disinteres

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The Pearl of the Antilles - Haitian Revolution AAR #6 Crossing the border.

The last game of 2018 so why not finish with a multi-sided affair which sees the Haitian loyalists crossing the border into Santo Domingo to attack the plantations.The Spanish had cobbled together a scratch force to defend the main house, knowing that an attack was coming. Many of the local women folk had gathered on the front porch including Lady Jane Beufort an English lady and wife of the Spanish land owner Migel Vega a nasty piece of work of owner of many slaves.The Spanish had a Squadron of cavalry who were itching to put down the revolt once and for all, they mustered at the forge looking for a chance to take the fight to the insurgents.Rushing out of the barn the first of the escaped slaves pushed forwards towards the defenders.Their shaman urged them forwards. They had one mission kill Migel Vega nothing else mattered.Fearing that Lady Jane would be harmed by revolt the English had sent a detachment from a ship of the line to cross into Spanish territory to rescue her, they had ordered to stop anyone

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Second Seminole War Update

Charge with Every Man by Jackson WalkerWell, not really much of an update, but due to an email from a fellow gamer about the Seminole War, it has sparked me to get back to this project a bit once again.  To that end I have placed an order with Warbases for some movement trays and 20mm round bases (I was going to go with 15mm bases, but I like the functionality and look of 20mm).  I have yet to really dig into rules, but am leaning towards Sharp Practice with the Seminole War mods by Mark Luther.  I gave the rules a skim through last night, and they seem okay (I like the blinds and ambush aspects), but I will have to make special cards and that doesn't thrill me as I simply do not have the talent to create such items.

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Boukman & Lamaretiniere - Trent Miniatures

Remind me next time not to fit my own bathroom, it's taken far longer than planned for and seriously dented by playing and painting time. I think I will still to modelling on a far smaller scale.I am sure I am not the only one but if I don't pick the brushes up on a regular basis it takes a little longer to get my eye in, with a battalion of half finished French staring at me from the paint table, I thought I would ease myself back in with a couple of leaders for the Haitian campaign which is now likely to kick off in the new year.Both figures are from the Trent minaitures range and give me a couple of extra options in Sharp Practice for some additional big Men and Women...First up - Boukman, the first leader of the August 1791 slave revolt in St. Domingue.Boukman was a true big man reported to have a large and powerful physique and was reputed to be a Voodoo priest. He was killed in battle in November 1791.Then we have Marie-Jeanne Lamartiniere, a female soldier in Toussaint Louverture’s army.She fought

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Relief Force – Sharp Practice AAR

Last week-end, Sigur and I had another game of Sharp Practice. I had devised a short and simple scenario: A Union held fort was attacked by a Confederate force, but a relief column was on its way. Sigur decided to command the attackers and got a couple of infantry, a unit of cavalry and a small mountain howitzer. I had three rather weak units in the fort. To make things more interesting, I drew card for the composition of the relief force, which gave me three units of regular infantry and one unit of cavalry armed with breech-loading carbines – quite a potent combination. The set up. Sigur’s cavalry moves along the road towards the bridge. … and there goes the cavalry! Having been shot to pieces by the Union soldiers in the fort, it flees to never be seen again. Sigur’s skirmishers adopt a more methodical approach. With the cavalry heading towards the rear, it’s up to the poor bloody infantry. Hurrah! At the earliest possible moment, the Union cavalry arrives. The Confederates ha

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Stealin’ Horses – A Sharp Practice AAR

Having finally finished painting the Native Americans, we decided to have a game of Sharp Practice to try them out. K. played the Union defenders, with four groups from 2ndRegiment, Indian Home Guard (irregular skirmishers) and two groups of 1stKansas Colored Infantry (regular line infantry). I played the Confederates and got 4 groups of Cherokees (irregular skirmishers), one group of cavalry and one small mountain howitzer. To make it more interesting, there were two objectives and I randomly drew one of them. K. wouldn’t know which I had. Turned out I had to steal the horses! I also had a moveable secondary deployment point, which I cunningly positioned in the woods to the left, near the house where the second objective was located. For the first couple of turns, I had very bad cards and was unable to deploy my troops. K. meanwhile put most of her skirmishers to cover the house and keep my moveable DP in check. Fortunately, that was what I wanted. As my cards were so bad, I didn’t move my secondary DP but

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The Pearl of the Antilles - Haitian Revolution AAR #5 Plantation Oiseaux Moelleux.

Major Chevrolet stumbled into the grounds of the Oiseaux Moelleux Plantation to find Gareth Chasse standing on his manicured lawn staring at the ragged troops now filling his orchard."Duport is lost, you ran away Major and you brought Bosou Delaroo here to my door. Get out of my sight I will deal with him myself!""Maurice fetch me my hounds".......   No sooner had he yelled his orders, African drums and chanting could be heard from the hinterland, the women walked out from their huts and looked towards the tree line. Delaroo was coming to free them.After his victory a few days before Bosou Delaroo knew he held the initiative he had over 70 men under his command including the plantation slaves in the barns and huts spread out across the coffee fields. He had amassed muskets from the fleeing Guard Nationale and from the Spanish and planned on burning Oiseaux Moelleuxto the ground killing any whites he could lay his hands on.Major Chevrolet called his men to stand to. Ordering them to line the low stone w

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