Sunday, June 16, 2019
With an expected busy work week coming up, I pushed ahead and finished up the Perry ACW Zouaves - as French 2nd Empire Zouaves and Algerian Tirailleurs. There are four 8-man squads (2 each Zouaves and Tirailleurs) which are intended for Bolt Action.
Friday, June 14, 2019
Sorry for being away so long, but I finally have something to post. The start of a new project in well over a year. This time a new venture - into the short in duration, but deadly, Franco-Prussian War. Not sure how it'll play out, but I hope to use Bolt Action for squad-sized skirmish games. Adding to some Perry Zouaves already painted up will be another squad of Zoauves and a couple of squads of Algerian Tirailleurs. For opponents, I plan to order some Prussians and Bavarians from Eagles of Empires - once the Bavarians are back in stock. Anyway, here's the Perry figs in the initial painting stages.
Some images from the French Colonial Army of Africa uniform book I picked up last fall at Fix Bayonets' bring and buy.
Love them red baggies!
Both Zoauves and Algerian Tirailleurs fought with distinction at the Battle of Woerth - where the French were outnumbered 2 to 1.
So much for now - thank you for your patience and continued visits! Until next time, happy painting and good gaming!
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Just got back from another great Enfilade! Memorial Day weekend historical gaming convention hosted by the Northwest Historical Gaming Society (NHMGS). I ran my second Black Powder game on Saturday morning. This time the French never even made a move for the bridges to retreat off the table, but charged ahead and met the British on the field of battle. Suffice to say, they got bogged down in combat and such and never had a single unit off the table. The British destroyed enough French units that it was determined the French wouldn't be able to get at least 50% of their forces off the table - their victory condition.
Besides hosting the two Black Powder games, I played in two other games. The first was a Rebels and Patriots AWI game hosted by my buddy and fellow blogger David S. of I Live With Cats fame. A wonderful scenario which had the rebel militia and minute men units I ran in a losing struggle against British elites - Lights and Grenadiers. Here are some pics of the game.
The second game I played was also run by a buddy and fellow-blogger; Kevin S. of A Gamer's Tale. This was a WW2 Aerial game using Dave Manley's Air War rules. I played the Germans and flew a couple of squadrons of FW-190's. The objective was to keep the British from bombing the Tirpitz. I ended up losing my planes due to overwhelming British firepower. The game was a minor victory for the British as the Tirpitz was hit by strafing fire, but not severely damaged.
Although I only bought one item at the Bring and Buy, Napoleon's Army 1807-1814 - a finely illustrated by of Martinet prints, I was given quite a few figures - three boxes of plastic AWI figures from David S. and a box of Test of Honor Ronin from another buddy.
|Scots Greys being counter-charged by Red Lancers - as you can tell, the Greys have all of their supports and the Lancer none. The Lancers lost this round of combat.|
|The pontoon bridge held by French Engineers and Sappers still unmolested by the British. As may be evident in the position of the units - the French have no desire to leave field of battle.|
|The dreaded and deadly British Lights who caused havoc with my freedom loving rebels.|
|Rebel militia attempting to stop the British Grenadiers from exiting the table - which they didn't, but nevertheless won due to the Rebels losing most of their units.|
|The Queen of the North being disgraced by unruly British Barracudas.|
|Portuguese Legion images - food for thought - Perry French Infantry with British Belgic shako heads and also Perry British Light Dragoons.|
|"Thuds Over Hanoi by Damond Crump & Lawrence Bateman, Airwar C21 from Wessex Games, 4 hrs, Historical Miniature Event Location: I August 1966. Blue skies and a full payload for Route Package VI. Some Frenchie bridge needs busting. What could possibly go wrong?"|
|"Relief of Bastogne by Greg Moore, home-brew, 4 hrs, Historical Miniature Event Location: U An American task force from Patton's Army attempts to break through a German position to relieve the siege of Bastogne in a winter battle. Battle fought in 1/72 scale with home-made rules."|
|I couldn't find a description matching this game on the PEL; but it appeared to be a pick up game using WHFB figures.|
|I'm not sure which game this one was as there were quite a few AWI games and several using Rebels and Patriots (including the one I played in.)|
"Normandy, Omaha Beach Presented by Colin WilsonFlames of War published by Battlefront Miniatures
Regular signup, room for 6 players"
|Beware a risen people: Ireland 1596 by David Sullivan, The Pikeman's Lament from Osprey, 4 hrs English troops in the reign of Elizabeth I are raiding Irish villages (as they do), but run into more substantial opposition than they bargained for.|
|A Martian Invastion game, but not sure what rules.|