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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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Dragon Rampant Vs Warlords of Erehwon

Two weeks, two games both set in Ancient China.The first outing an Dragon Rampant game with a scenario lifted from Grant & Asquith's Scenarios For All Ages  The long term plan is to play them all but at the current rate this could take over a decade...The scenario saw a column of troops stumbling into an Imperial camp and looking to break through into the cover of the woodland.The Imperial forces were unprepared and would have to be roused from their tents to block the path of the enemy forces. 24 points a side.The War Wagon was used to good effect blocking the path of the advancing column, the Crossbow men looking to blunt the Palace Guard who were leading the attack.The Guard stumbled, halted and finally routed. A poor morale roll saw them get below zero and leave the table.We manged to get two games in an evening. Swapping sides the Imperial Army once again stood firm against the lost column.The light cavalry charged and were repulsed there was to be no way through.Dragon Rampant gives a good quic

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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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Messing about on the river - A french Indian war outing.

Things seem to be picking up at the club of late, a number of new members and some new games on offer. I wonder did everyone deide if 2019 was a time to devote to more hobby time?The latest offering was a follow up to the last French Indian Wars encounter.Having been defeated in the last game the British were in retreat and the French and their Indian allies were on the warpath. Next in their sights a small settlement on the river.Things have been tough for the settlers, but finally a small supply boat arrives with extra tools, black powder and a trinkets, the kind of things that make a house a home.All that was needed was to go fetch and take back to town. However the unwanted shoppers arrived in the shape of a Huron war party looking to torch the town and run off with the supplies.Keen to prevent this the Highlanders march out of town to meet the threat and get their revenge from the last encounter.The war party breaks right looking to see off the settlers and destroy the supplies before the regulars can ge

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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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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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The Pearl of the Antillies. - The Haiti Campaign.

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

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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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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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The dead are rising - Elizabethan Zombie Wars.

All Hallows Eve is nearly upon us, so time to raise the dead and dust off the Elizabethan forces for a club zombie outing. Three groups of the living, The English looking to rescue their comrades from the clutches of the evil Spanish, The Spaniards have landed in England looking to cleanse the land they have heard rumours of witches holding the locals in their evil grasp and finally the locals seeking to secure their food stocks before the opposing armies loot them....The only problem all objectives are in the barn unknown to each player.....Each player selects a table edge to approach the village, no cadavers are in sight, but each player is aware that the village is surrounded by six burial pits and any noise will awaken the dead.The Spanish head down the road on mass believing in safety in numbers. However this only serves to awaken the plague victims as the ground gives up the recently passed.The English fair little better as the burial mound spits out its content driving them towards the village.The Engl

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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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