The Pearl of the Antillies
Well they survived the curse of newly painted units.I wanted to give some distinction between the Royalist and Republican units so opted for the White uniforms which was prescribed for colonial infantry.The first group were rushed through to provide support for the French at Mahon, the second group took a little longer.These are again from Trent Miniatures Caribbean range.They are from the Royal-Etranger Regt pack which were French in the service of the British in the Caribbean Wars but give me some additional variation to the French forces.
These seem to have been on the paint table for such a long time but finally they make an appearance, just in time for the latest campaign outing. I knew there was a reason why I was running it.They represent troops of the Guyane Regiment garrisoned in Saint Domingue from 1790 - 1792To separate the Royalists from the Revolutionary French, I gave them the round hats I could always paint in a tricolour cockade if they switch sides later in the war. I wanted these to have a far more "lived" in feel to them, perhaps out in the mountains for several days or those who have been garrisoned on the island just a little to long.The figures were from Trent Miniatures again originally from the Polish packs but with colonial cavalry heads added in.This is the supporting plate. Its the gentleman in the background on the far left who seems to be far less formal. Next up more early French, I have a hankering to paint up Pondichery Regiment on the right....
The sun sets on day 6 as factions go into a day of recruiting but not before in the North of Haiti the Slave army of Dutty Boukman attacks the French forces holding the Fort at Bahon.... In later years there was an extensive building programme to defend against future French invasions, but bad news for the Viscount de Blanchelande the fort on our battle won't be this impressive. The French Royalist forces whilst out numbered perhaps as much as 2:1 do have the advantage of defending and have the newly acquired cannon to add to their forces.But the Slave forces are lead by the infamous Dutty Boukman.Boukman born in Jamaica he was sold to a plantation in Saint-Domingue after he was caught teaching enslaved Africans to read. The moniker “Bookman/Boukman” was an indication of how slave owners viewed enslaved Blacks at the time who knew how to read.One of the early leaders of the revolution he said to have declared at one of the meetings at Bois-Caimon, "God who has created the shining sun above
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Campaigns are a tricky business the idea is great but all to often people fall by the way side, lose interest or the games take to long to playout before the next campaign move, however after 12 months of one off games in Haiti I am hoping to not fall into that trap as we kick off the 2019 Wyvern Wargamers and friends Campaign.A number of the key mechanisms are pulled from the the Too Fat Lardies campaign suppliment Dawns and Departures but with a number of adaptions. Each player has a set number of points to spend in this case 120, once spent all players will be advised of how many Foot, Horse or Cannon are in play, players will have no idea of the quality or make up of the forces. However the core forces are pre-built to try and keep forces largely historical. I have opted for a modern map to allow me to use the separate regions of Haiti to decide if players are on home soil, it also means I can use google maps to see how far it takes to walk to a named location if we get into a race for a certain