Saturday, January 28, 2012

28mm WW1

These are old Wargames Foundry WW1 late war Germans and French that I painted for what was going to be a small Trench Raid game. I got sidetracked by other projects however and never built the trenches, craters, wire, etc. I picked up a copy of Chris Peer's "To The Last Man" recently, and it has rekindled my WW1 flame!
I think I'll keep it simple and start with some gaming in relatively "open" terrain and try a few "Kaiseschlacht 1918" scenarios! I definitely need to buy a few more figures to add to these guys.

WW1 Germans. I like the trench raider with spade and shield!

The French take cover behind a hedge.

This is what I have painted so far for the Germans.

The French counter-attack!

A WW1 German Minenwerfer here in my town. Great WW1 camo scheme. It is quite small,
as you can see my 6 and 3 year olds climbing on it! I'll have to do some research and find out
exactly how it ended up here in TN.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

15mm AWI game

We played a game of 15mm AWI recently and here are some pictures from the game. The scenario was
a hypothetical battle set in the South. The British have a smaller, but better force (as usual!) and the Continentals have a larger amount of mixed troops. The British objective is to cross the river and destroy the Continental army. They can get some additonal victory points by capturing the town and/or Continental supply wagons & camp. The British have been told that there might be a ford down river from the bridge.

The Continental's must keep their army intact and repulse the British offensive.

An overview of the battle. The British are starting to move toward the bridge. The Conitentals have positioned
militia on the hill to the top right (across the river) and are trying to defend the ford. I use a cloth mat with foam hills underneath.

The British advance! This is the 23rd Regt. of Foot - Royal Welsh Fusiliers. These are Polly Oliver figures.
 They are my favorite 15mm AWI figures, but they are very slim and suffer from a lot of broken bayonets, swords, etc.

The Hessians came onto the board on turn 4 (we rolled for random entry turns). These consist of old Frontier Miniatures
Jaegers, Old Glory "von Bose"  line infantry and Polly Oliver "von Rall" grenadiers.

The 5th New Jersey advances to secure an apple orchard. Old Glory 15mm AWI.

I recently started painting French troops for the AWI. This is a unit of French grenadiers advancing to help the

Polly Oliver American Militia defend a rail fence. These troops were soon shaken
by the Hessian light artillery piece, and forced to retreat.

The main American defensive position around the bridge. The American commander
did not deploy well and was soundly thrashed by the British commander in the game. He had troops deployed on both sides of the river, and had his artliiry and best troops deployed so that they never really got into the fight until it was too late.

An American heavy artillery piece. 15mm Frontier figures.

The 33rd Foot advance past a plantation.

Monday, January 9, 2012

25mm Marlburian Game

My good friend, and gaming partner, Titch White, ran a 25mm Marlburian game
over the New Year's Holiday. Titch's figures are a mix of Dixon, Foundry, Front Rank and Stratagem.
The rules used were "Under the Lily Banners" (ver 1.). The English/Austrian/Hessian coalition won
the day...but mainly due to bad French die rolling! Here are some pics from the game:

Overview of the battlefield!

Monday, January 2, 2012

28mm Anglo-Boer War

I have a small, existing collection of Wargames Foundry 28mm Second Anglo-Boer War figures, and as part of my planning for 2012 I would like to expand this collection. My project theme for 2012 (at least for now!)
is to NOT start any major new periods, but to finish/add to some of my existing periods. Here are some pictures of my Boer War figs.

Perry Boers defending a Perry plastic house! The house is for the ACW, but works OK
for the Boer War. I should probably replace the shingled roof for a tin roof however for South Africa. I love these figs
and painted enough to do the "Duivelskloof (Devil's Chasm) skirmish scenario in Edwin Herbert's book "Wargaming in History - The 2nd Anglo-Boer War". I would like to paint enough figs to do a larger scenario, like the action on Spioenkop.
I have also considered doing larger scale battles in 10mm or 15mm. I would love to get my hands on some
old 15mm Naismith Boer-War figs and do a large scale battle like Colenso!

I painted mounted and dismounted versions of all the Boers, and riderless horses too!

Here are Capt. Percy Hunt and his men hunting for "bittereinders".
28mm Wargames Foundry Perry figs.