ALY MORRISON'S "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Monday, 6 August 2018

The War of Spanish Succession... Osnabruck/Lorraine Leibregiment

Another new unit finished....


These guys started life as an eBay purchase...
They were painted in very neat flat colours so they saved me the time of blocking them in... the only thing that they needed was a second standard bearer... fortunately I had some at hand.






The colours were surprisingly easy to match...


The Coat was... Foundry... Forest Green Shade 26A... with a touch of Foundry Sky Blue Shade 21A and Sky Blue 21.
The Facings were... Citadel... Khorne Red.
The Belts were... Foundry... Moss Light 29C


I painted out the eyes and re-did them in my own style and re-painted the buttons in a brighter gold.
They were given a coat of Aly's Brown Liquid then highlighted...


I had originally intended to use them as Walloon's ... which is what they were sold as... but alas finding information on their standards has not been easy... well in fact I could find none...


Fortunately I found Osnabruck/Lorraine ... Green Coats and Red Facings... I left the hat tape yellow, even though a later uniform... Grey coats with Green facings has the hat tape white... I think the yellow goes better with the green and I like it that way... so sue me.








The standards came from Arnaud Bunel's Vexillologie militaire europeenne.
   http://drapeaux.org/Accueil.htm


The miniatures are as always Front Rank...
https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/18th-century/spanish-succession/
The paints are Citadel...
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling
And Wargames Foundry
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric


I am very pleased with this unit... nice and quick and I really like the flags...
I have another three from the same vendor... so hopefully this should speed things along quite nicely.


All the best  Aly



Sunday, 5 August 2018

From my side of the table... Action dans la vallée de Platteville... 1870

Greetings...


My lovely daughter came over on Saturday for a game of toy soldiers...
We decided to get the Franco-Prussian collection out and play Action in the Platteville Valley from Donald Featherstone's War Games... Using Black Powder.




This was one of the first wargames books I ever owned and still one of my favourites... I thought it was about time Mharaid was introduced to this scenario...




The table set up ... with sunbeams dancing across the meadows...




The initial deployment... Mharaid... aka...Von Rust took command of the Prussians... to the left of this picture... and I... Malchanceux... took the French...of course.




Rust's advance guard made a dash for the hill...




I blundered...



Throwing a one...




Sends me back off the table... a classic start!




Rust also blundered... but rolled a six...




Which means that her next brigade charges on to the field of battle... sigh!








The rest of the Prussians move forwards...




My beautiful cavalry make a dash for the bridge...




My infantry head towards the field and hopefully on to Platteville...




Our forces move towards each other... even my advanced guard have got onto the field of battle...




My infantry continue there advance... somewhat slower than I would like...


 
As Rust moves forward at a good pace... My Light Infantry/Advance Guard refuse to deploy into open order...


But still manage to inflict the first casualties... Hurrah!



 In her turn Mharaid proved that she too can roll bad dice.... or is she luring me into a false sense of security....


I sadly forgot to take the pictorial evidence ... but this is the aftermath of me stomping all over Rusts light horse...






This is how things looked when we popped out for a bit of lunch at my local...
It doesn't look to bad for the French...



Rust appears to be out of luck as I charge her infantry in the flank... Hurrah!
 


As Rusts centre spreads out... unlike my Advance Guard... my Infantry seem to have problems getting across the field... maybe its the fresh brambles in the hedges or the carrots in the ground they just wont move forward...


As my infantry make like fish in a barrel waiting to be shot...



My beautiful cavalry give some of Rusts infantry a good kicking... I like my beautiful cavalry.
Alas in the background you can just see my Advance Guard buggering off for good... sigh!



I new it was going to well... my Chasseur d'Afrique Blunder their way back to the bridge...


This is the dice roll for my men in the field firing... the black dice is of course Mharaid's save for the only hit I got...


This is Mharaid's return fire in her move...


Ha!... Saved them all...


And again...


Ha! I say Ha!

Unfortunately this is as good as it gets...


 
My men stubbornly refuse to charge or even advance forward towards the enemy...
I failed all of my activation rolls... I had no intention of retiring voluntarily... where would the fun be in that!
Mharaid continued to roll high and shot all those fish that I had so kindly put in a barrel for her...

Another victory for my daughter and another excellent day in her company... which is really what it is all about...

Till the next time...


I can always dream of my beautiful cavalry doing glorious deeds...

All the best  Aly


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

From my side of the table... The Battle of Oriamendi 1837

Greetings...


Last week (Friday to be precise ) Michael Perry hosted a Black Powder First Carlist War game to celebrate a visit from our good friend Adrian Shepherd...


The battle he picked was Oriamende... 15-16 March 1837


The Cristinos under George de Lacy Evans had advanced from their base at San Sebastian in an attempt to take the Carlist held town of Hernani...
On the 15th they attacked and took the ridge overlooking the town...
The following day the Carlists made a counter attack... this is the action we gamed...


Adrian and I took command of the Carlists and Alan Perry and Dave Andrews took the Cristinos.


We decided to follow history and make dashing frontal assault with two thirds of our force and a cunning flank attack with the rest...





Hernani looking rather peaceful ... well if you ignore the artillery.





Our brave fellows await the order to attack...







Our enemy got their orders first... there's a lot of them isn't there...



Come on do something... you are getting in everyone's way now...




Oooo! they're pretty... Hang on that's the enemy... Booo! ugly men with pointy sticks...




Hmmm! there is a lot of them and they are getting a bit close....





The men inside Hernani cheer on as one of my brigades move through Adrian's troops and make for the enemy...Hurrah!




The plan was that Adrian was going to swing to the left round that building you see here...
But instead he rolled a blunder and charged full tilt at the Cristinos... and then proceeded to stamp all over them and send them back in confusion... obviously part of a secret and cunning plan...I'm sure...



Encouraged by our surprise success my men rush from the town.... Hurrah!



The trap is sprung... as our flanking force make a somewhat leisurely approach from the rear..




On the other flank there starts one of the longest standoffs in history... this picture doesn't change much for a while...




Our centre moves forwards to engage the enemy...




The standoff... still standing off...



The Cristinos attack the men from Hernani...



After a prolonged fire fight and a lot of ... below average dice throws... by me... our centre breaks and makes its way off the field of battle... Booo!



Again rather surprisingly the men from Hernani see off the Cristinos and break their brigade...
That's two brigades down each... the next one will cost the game...




With small brigades we play that they don't break until both battalions are shaken ,stirred and disordered...
Here we see the now christened 'Lonely Battalion' waiting for the enemy or more hopefully our reinforcements...




Our daring flank attack... mills around while the Crostino centre make a beeline for the Lonely Battalion... Eek!



We are standing off here...



We are milling about here...



We are not very happy here... and feeling a bit more lonely...



Is that another blunder... sadly not the charging wildly in and stomping all over the enemy kind of blunder...



The enemy ... rather unfairly stand off and do Shooty Shooty while I fail to move back out of range...
One more casualty and they are done for...
If you listen carefully you can hear the sound of milling around to the right of the Lonely Battalion... sigh!



Hurrah!... end of standoff...




Boo! end of the Lonely Battalion...


And the end of the game...


In the real battle the Carlists coordinated their counter attack well and won the day...unlike us
We were all over the place... Standing off, Milling around and... well... running away.


A splendid game in splendid company.


All the best  Aly