Saturday, October 14, 2017
These are the two cannon which my buddy Ron sold me dirt cheap a few weeks ago at the Lion Rampant game day. He only had 4 crewmen, so I ended up converting a couple of plastic left-over figures from the Mercenary box. Instead of 4 crew per gun, only 3 are used.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
This is the last of the three units to be built from the Perry European Infantry 1450-1500 'Mercenaries' box. These are again painted up in simple livery - red and white, which appears to have been a somewhat popular color combination, as not only the Holy Roman Empire city state of Lübeck wore them, but some Italian cities also.
Thanks for stopping by, and hope you all are enjoying the hobby!
|The same livery being worn by kids at a local carnival.|
Friday, October 6, 2017
These are the crossbowmen from the box of European Infantry 1450-1500 'Mercenaries.' Wanted them in fairly simple, but also eye-catching livery, and settled on the yellow and black scheme of the Swiss canton of Uri. Troops from Uri participated in many battles, including the Battle of Sempach in 1386 to the Battle of Marignano in 1515. They also were on the winning side at the Battle of Kappel in 1531 during the Reformation in Switzerland. Oh, and the livery is also that of Averland...
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Finally decided to order a box of Perry "'Mercenaries' - European Infantry 1450-1500." These have been out for some years, so most will know it comes with 40 figures which can be made up into pikemen, crossbowmen and handgunners. You can also convert most of the pikes into halberd/polearms. Here are the handgunners painted up as Burgundians. Figured they could be used in a few scenarios, not the least being the Battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury, when Edward returned with a group of these guys on loan from his brother in law the Duke of Burgundy.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Just got back from a nice Lion Rampant game day hosted by Pat L. (aka SocalWarhammer). It was held in a quaint library in Gig Harbor, WA. A nice turn out with about 10 or 12 players. I managed to get my Hundred Years War English retinue killed off in two games. I tried to be slick and have a "heavy-hitting" retinue of one Mounted MAA and two Foot MAA units and only one missile firing unit of Mounted Yeomen. Well, that was a recipe for disaster against my first opponent's crossbow and bow heavy Early French retinue. My second game pitted me against bow-armed mounted Mongols. One of my Foot MAA units did kill off a couple of the French in combat - well, if I recall it correctly, I think it was mostly due to his units failing their Courage tests repeatedly. Oh, well I'll take 'em as I can get 'em. Here are a few images of the games. Sorry for the lack of clarity using my cell phone.
|My Mounted MAA making the second greatest error in warfare - getting too close and Wild Charging enemy in Rough Terrain; the greatest error being starting a land war in Asia, of course.|
|My retinue intact at the start of the game. It didn't last long against missile heavy opponents.|
|My buddy Ron's crossbow blocks.|
|A nice Middle Eastern set up.|
|Dark Age scenario|
|Another Dark Age - Medieval set up.|
|A Steppe Russian vs. Mongols game.|
|My buddy Mikey G's awesomely painted Mongols - he also painted the Russians.|
|My second game had me teaming up with my earlier opponent with his potent crossbow French retinue against a combined Mongol-Russian army.|
|My Foot MAA waiting to come to close combat with the Mounted Mongol archers - it never happened as the enemy wore them down with bow fire|
|My buddy Mikey G.'s Russians advancing headlong into the French Crossbowmen. They'll pay a heavy price for their audacity; as did my English!|
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Spent the day at historic Fort Steilacoom near Puget Sound at the annual game day. Although games and attendance were a bit lighter than previous years a good time was had by all. I ran the First Battle of St Albans game using Lion Rampant in the morning session. The six players were great and enjoyed themselves. However, the object to capture King Henry VI was not achieved even though we played for about 3 hours. What I plan to do when I run it again at Enfilade! next year is to start the attackers a bit closer, as well as having less rough terrain for movement.
There were several other games going on in the two (morning and afternoon period), but I failed to get pictures of them, as I was busy running a game in the first period, and played in the Puget Sound game in the afternoon. Finally, there was a Bring & Buy, and I managed to pick up a book for a $5 donation to the preservation of the fort - see below :)
|The Duke of York moving up along Sopwell Lane.|
|The Earl of Warwick leading a somewhat overly cautious advance between Sopwell and Shropshire Lanes.|
|View looking towards St Albans|
|The venue is the building on the left of the sign.|
|The building is Quarters 2, which is was Lieutenant Colonel Silas Casey's.|
|The historical marker for the fort.|
|Napoleon Cannon at the fort, which according to the placards were used in the American Civil War.|
|American Rampant using Men Who Would Be Kings by Kevin S.|
|A cool game run by the host of the event, Lawrence B. The game was based on |
Puget Sound Indian War 1855-56 using Brother Against Brother rules. I ran a "squad" of Natives - twice - once before and once after I got them killed off.
|First Nation guys lurking in the woods with US troops in skirmish line.|
|Scott P's ACW game using Regimental Fire and Fury.|
|A WW1 Naval game run in the two periods - I think my buddy Damond ran it.|
|Amazing what you can find in someone else's "trash."|
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Figuring it would look more balanced to have two cannon for the Bosworth game - one on each side of Richard III on top of Albion Hill - here is the second one.