Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Sunday, 27 November 2022
Monday, 21 November 2022
Sunday, 20 November 2022
Sunday, 13 November 2022
Friday, 11 November 2022
Tuesday, 8 November 2022
I have started preparing figures for this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge which starts in late December. In the process, I found some stuff from last year that apparently didn't get finished in time. These Gallic Chariots and Cavalry had started to be painted but were still a long way from completion. I guess I must have decided they couldn't be completed by the end of the challenge and put them aside. I can't enter them for this year's competition (that, of course, would be cheating) so instead, I decided to pull my finger out and get them finished...a year after starting them!
I also painted a few extra mounted Cauari (heroes) and a couple of Corionos and Uellauni (Senior and sub-Generals or "chiefs of battle.") on the larger bases. They aren't my best work but they are good enough to play with and I'm just glad to add them to my current collection of Gauls. I just need to add some labels to the rear of the bases but that will have to wait as my printer has just run out of ink!
Sunday, 6 November 2022
Sunday, 30 October 2022
Sunday, 23 October 2022
Thursday, 20 October 2022
Wednesday, 19 October 2022
Last week I posted a video slideshow of my recent trip to The Other Partizan at Newark Showground. I intended to follow this up with a quick post about the goodies I bought from the various traders...and promptly forgot all about it! Well, I have remembered now and I thought I would share a few pictures of my haul.
|These were all from the Lance & Longbow Society|
|The colour plates of the standards are excellent and will come in very handy when I start my project|
|Again, packed full of information and colour representations of the flags.|
My next challenge is reading all this new source material! I look forward to immersing myself in the period and felt especially inspired as there were at least five WoTR games at Partizan, all eye-watteringly beautiful.
Sunday, 16 October 2022
Saturday, 15 October 2022
Friday, 14 October 2022
All the pictures are from Jonathan and are used with his kind permission. I expect he took a few more reference pictures so keep an eye peeled for his own review of the game which will no doubt appear on his blog in due course. I had planned on taking a few pictures myself but the game was so intense and required so much attention the time shot past and I didn't take a single picture or screenshot! A testament I think to how good the game was.
"The Austrians, having planned to advance against the French and Sardinians to the west were surprised when the Allies jumped into action and stole a march on the Austrian Army. Having been caught off-balance, the Austrian 2nd Army primarily took up a defensive attitude around Solferino and San Cassiano. The Austrian 1st Army, with more maneuver room on the Medole Plain attempted to take the offensive. Even though the French were initially outnumbered on the plain, uncoordinated attacks by the Austrians allowed the French to fight the enemy to a standstill.The primary avenue of attack for the French was along the spine of the Solferino Heights. As the French 1st Corps attacked along the spline to the north (North Sector) and the French 4th Corp battled the Austrian 1st Army in the south (South Sector), MacMahon’s 2nd Corps remained idle, sandwiched between these to battles (Center Sector). If he turned north to aid in the attack against Solferino, he risked being flanked by the Austrian 1st Army in the South Sector. If he turned against the Austrian 1st Army to the south, he risked being attacked in the flank by the Austrian I Corps.Finally, about noon, with reinforcements arriving on the battlefield, MacMahon and the French 2nd Corps finally began moving off to engage the enemy at San Cassiano and Cavriana. MacMahon needed to engage the Austrians in the Center Sector so that I Corps could neither reinforce the battles raging on the Solferino Heights in the north nor the battles on the Medole Plain around Guidizzolo in the south.
The French goal in the Center Sector is to pin the Austrian I Corps and prevent it from reinforcing either North or South Sectors. Defeating this Corps in detail will strengthen the odds of taking the difficult heights to the north. Speed is of the essence!"
Thursday, 13 October 2022
Sunday, 9 October 2022
Tuesday, 4 October 2022
Posties Reject's scholar in residence, Richard, has been collecting 2mm miniatures for the French Wars of Religion since the beginning of the year. Painting two armies didn't take long and then he started work on creating a set of rules for the period. He unveiled them in the shed-o-war on Sunday for a play-test (or stress-test when the rejects are concerned!) to get our feedback and to work out any issues. Everyone involved loved the miniatures and enjoy the rules, but more importantly, Richard went home with a load of notes and things to consider for the next revision of the rules. I expect he will be posting more details on his blog My Wargaming Habit in due course so pop over and take a look there.
In the meantime here are a few teaser pictures from the weekend.
|Small but perfectly formed.|
|Nice neat lines... but not for long.|
|The green dice indicate Quality and the white dice Cohesion (which can go up or down during the game).|
|The figures may be tiny but the level of concentration and thought that went into this game was huge.|
Before anyone asks, I won't say much more about the rules at this point. They aren't mine to unveil and besides, they aren't ready yet so everything we tested on Sunday is still up for revision. I expect Richard has lots to ponder in the months ahead. What I can say is that everyone involved enjoyed this first sneak peek and are no doubt looking forward to the next iteration of the rules, as am I.
Sunday, 2 October 2022
Friday, 30 September 2022
Sunday, 25 September 2022
Friday, 23 September 2022
Tuesday, 20 September 2022
I wanted to have some Tirailleurs available because they played such an important role in the French conquest of Algeria and Morocco. It was these native troops that would often be left to garrison and maintain order in newly acquired territories, under the command of French officers of course.
Sunday, 18 September 2022
Wednesday, 14 September 2022
Sunday, 11 September 2022
Friday, 9 September 2022
Tuesday, 6 September 2022
1st Battalion - 55th D'Arberg(2), 48th Luzan(1), Grenadiers(1), Medium Gun2nd Battalion - 27th Boden-Durloch(2), 51 Gyulay(2), Light Gun3rd Battalion - 4th Bretlach Curassiers(1), 12 Modena Currassiers(1)4th Battalion - 6th Traultmansdorff Curassiers (1)5th Battalion - 6th Balthuany Dragoons(1), 7th Leverstein Dragoons(1)6th Battalion - Palatinal Hussars(1)7th Battalion - Karlstadter Likaner (Croat)(1)Supply Waggon
1st Battalion - 45th Fusiliers(2), 41st Fusiliers, Medium Gun2nd Battalion - 7th Musketeer(2), 1oth Musketeer(1), Grenadier(1), Medium Gun3rd Battalion - 2nd Curassiers(1), 11th Currassiers(1)4th Battalion - 1st Dragoons(1), 3rd Dragoons(1)5th Battalion - 4th Dragoons(1)6th Battalion - 2nd Hussars(1)7th Battalion - JagersSupply Waggon
|The cavalry moves in. Steve was more cautious with his movement...or maybe he just wanted to make me stretch across the table.|
|Every unit went in perfectly with charge and counter charge all along the line. This was going to be messy.|
|Hang on...I won a cavalry melee...what going on?? This never happens. Steve moves his unit back but have they retreated far enough to avoid being hit in the rear by the pursuing Cavalry?|
|Meanwhile, his infantry advance and take advantage of their better drill to move and oblique to threaten the flanks of my impeccable line. However, this is slowing down his advance and I can wait to respond to his manoeuvring for a few more turns.|
|In the centre my Hussars and a unit of Cuirassiers clash with Steve's Hussars...|
|At last, the infantry are in musketry range. When a unit is hit it must make a Moral test to see in the men stand or retreat half a move. Steve's dice let him down again.|
|Both sides take casualties in the shooting phase, but my men stand their ground and the Prussians partially fall back.|
|The same happens on the other flank. Some of my unengaged units in the centre are now in a position to change facing to bring fire to bare on the flanks of the Prussian Brigades.|
|Steve reluctantly, but wisely, concedes defeat and withdraws his army from the field. |
Sunday, 4 September 2022
Saturday, 3 September 2022
|The Berber positions are all being treated as soft cover (you'll have to watch the video to find out why) but nonetheless they look well dug in and prepared for the attack.|
|Closeup of the Oasis|
|Captain Renoir is a hardy veteran and leads his men from the front|
|Pushing up to the wall of the buildings in the oasis|