Welcome to my wargaming blog,
I'm Dave and live in Morpeth, Northumberland in the UK.
This may or may not be a regular thing, we'll just have to see how it goes.

I am a painter/collector of figures first and a wargamer second. My thrill in this great hobby of ours is to place that final well researched & painted unit into the cabinet. The actual gaming with the figures is an important but secondary experience, we all like to win, but it isn't the be all and end all of it, being with good friends and having fun is.
Hope you will enjoy reading this blog as much as I will writing in it.
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Friday, 25 May 2018

Bits and bobs

As you can see from the above I've just got back from visiting my son in the US so I have only just got round to photographing these few things and getting them on the blog.

Firstly some 28mm casualty figures mounted on bases with a numbered disk fitted underneath, and excellent design by Chris, one of the lads at the club:

Six Prussian Jagers, plastic Perry's which truthfully I don't like but they will do a job:

Finally Prussian, Foundry French revolutionary individual leader figures for use with Sharps Practice:

There are more casualty figures to do as I want ones for every nationality but I've run out of bases as Chris isn't to well. If your reading this then get well soon mate.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

madame la guillotine

Well, here we go. This dear reader is not actually the start of a new project but is, as regular (if there are any) observers of this modest blog will know a refurbishment of one of my first wargame passions, the French Revolution.
The collection was first begun about twenty years ago, long before Eureka brought out their very comprehensive range, so it was mainly Old Glory bicorn French with rather shorter coat tails and hair than I would have wished but beggars can't be choosers as they say. No don't get me wrong, I'm not chucking out the baby with the bathwater so the French aren't going to be changed completely but her are a few things that are, eventually going to take place.

1.) The Vendee infantry will be grouped into units of ten each so that they can be used for Sharp Practice as well as other rules so a bit of re-basing.
2). French standard bearers will have their 1795 flags carefully removed to be replaced with small hollow tubing allowing earlier and later period flags to be slid in according to which period of the revolution is being depicted.
3). To that same end voltigures for the line battalions early empire green coated lights for early rev and side plumed shako light infantry for the consular period to be added.
4). Two regiments of horse by Elite figures will be replaced with Eureka figures. Elite are great but just too big at 30mm, you can get away with the infantry but not cavalry, they look huge, so the Elite will be sold once the replacements are done.
5). The Austrian artillery need proper guns, the ones there are make do and look crap, while their limber drivers need their uniforms darkened to gray instead of white with the turn ups on their hats shaved off and the brims rounded off with green stuff. As they stand they represent 1805 onwards.
6). The Consular onwards French limber drivers need to come off their horses so that I can paint up civilian drivers for the rev period and use both. Now this wont be easy as I use Epoxy steel glue, the sort you mix two different tubes together to get a strong fix so any suggestions would be welcome. I don't want to damage either the limbers or riders, so good luck with that Dave!
7). Other than that just add to the various infantry of both sides so that larger forces are available.
Not much to do then but one must start somewhere so for a bit of inspiration I dug out an old Foundry guillotine set that had been lying around, the cotton used for rope is a bit thin and I may try toughening it up by painting it with PVA, we'll see:

Well, it's a start, long way to go though.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Generic 15mm ACW zouaves

A fairly quick post, these chaps were lying undercoated in a box. So for no other reason than to get them out of the way I painted them up and added them to the collection:


Saturday, 7 April 2018

28mm Prussian artillery battery

Another one off the list, a Perry's 28mm Prussian 6pdr battery to add to my ongoing Prussian brigade:

A bit rushed to get them on the blog today so short but sweet!
Next up, some 15mm ACW.
By for now,

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Sharp Practice refresher

As the title says it's been quite a while since Neal and I had a game of Sharp Practice and as Neal's 1812 stuff is almost ready for an outing I suggested refreshing our memory with a simple setup at my place.
French Revolution, Belgium 1794, the Austrians have to get the two wagons with supplies from their deployment point to the other end of the table. Now straight away I thought I'd place my dp close to the enemy and near to a house which if occupied would dominate the road, all very well but if the Austrians pushed on hard before my troops came on the table I was screwed!

Fortunately the Republicans deployed successfully, two skirmish groups at the hedge line, one upstairs in the house and a unit of four groups of Le Blues supporting them. Hussars and another skirmish group in reserve.
The Austrians can be seen pushing up the road and approaching my tents.

The two Austrian wagons in the rear which in the end played no part in the game as it turned out to be a straight up fight between the two forces. My fault I should have designed the table set up better and split the forces.

The Austrian skirmishers pushing on towards my tents with their hussars in column on the road.

With first fire, leaders and a couple of command flags added the opening volleys from the French were pretty damned good, Austrian hussars shot from their horses and Austrian skirmishers skittled over. The hussars retreated the way they had come pulling up by a church in an attempt to rally off their shock. Great start for the gallant French (you can tell who's side I was on), a successful ambush.

Now here's trouble, five groups of trained Austrian infantry marching up to deal with the now rather cocky French.

In the mean time the French hussars swing round the flank into the open ground supported by the irregular skirmishers.

Now this is where it began to get nasty for the French. Peppering away at the Austrian line only did so much damage, especially as the level three leader and his pesky sergeant kept rallying off whatever shock they managed to put onto the regulars. The tokens came out well for Neal but he did play a blinder by half moving the line forward and then getting the regulars to present. This meant that the next turn the Austrians were firing controlled volleys. The result was inevitable, cover or no cover the French skirmishers were blown away!

Poor photo but two figures left from six and four points of shock mean that rout is on it's way. The other figures are actually in the house behind.

A bit of damage to the Austrians but not much.

This is the after shot of the cavalry encounter on the French right. The French hussars galloped across fields and hedges to get to grips with the remains of their Austrian counterparts taking a few hits from Austrian skirmishers on the way. The Austrians having rallied off their shock from earlier counter charged and thoroughly trounced their 'weedy cove' counterparts who gallantly fled back towards the sacred republic screaming betrayal all the way. Someone is for the guillotine!
As my force moral throw at the beginning of the game had been of my usual pathetic standard that was the end, I think I had asked too much of the somewhat limited capabilities of my men, the four group column didn't even get into the fight but well done Neal - bastard!

The first of many French dead to be placed in the ground.