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

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Lion Rampant... 3rd Century Rome.

Greetings...


Due to life...life...life and of course work...
I have not had a lot of time to do much since Xmas...


I have done something however...


I have been rebasing my small 3rd Century Romans to fit in with the Lion Rampant rules...
https://ospreypublishing.com/lion-rampant-medieval-wargaming-rules
This has been inspired by two things...
One... the fact that I have realised that I don't have the stamina or desire to paint up two whole Hail Caesar armies.
Two... some very nice army lists for Romans on the blog I Live With Cats...
http://ilivewithcats.blogspot.com/search/label/romans


Rebasing my Romans has given me six units of infantry... two units of cavalry and some command types... Enough I think for a nice small game.


I have put them on round bases...
The infantry are on 30mm... 45mm and 55mm.
The cavalry are on 45mm... 55mm and 65mm.
The command are on whatever suits.


Here are a few units... I have of course yet to texture them as I haven't made up my mind how I would like them to look...






I have also started some Sassanids to fight against them...



I am looking forward to getting on with this project... hopefully it won't take me too long.


The miniatures are...
A&A...  https://www.aandaminiatures.co.uk/
Aventine... https://aventineminiatures.co.uk/


The shield transfers are...
Little Big Men Studios... https://www.littlebigmenstudios.com/


And the bases are...
Warbases... https://warbases.co.uk/


All the best   Aly

Friday, 3 January 2020

Shiny Napoleonics... French Lancers and Artillery.

Greetings...


Something shiny for the new year...


Its been a while since I posted anything about my Shiny Napoleonic project... I have been very slowly working away on further test pieces... Some which didn't pass muster and others like these which did.


5th Lancers of the Line...



These are Lamming Miniatures... I have admit that they didn't look much when I got them...
But they were cheap...





After a good bath and brush up in Dettol...


Plus some new pieces for command...




 The lances were replaced and pennants added...



The miniatures were then given an undercoat of Tamiya Nato Brown spray paint...



The horses were given a number of brown and red washes until I was satisfied with the colour (these were painted in the pre Contrast days)
The officers horse was painted black and the trumpeters... Citadel... Administratum Grey.
Tunics and Overalls were... Citadel... Caliban Green.
Facings and Trumpeters Tunic were... Foundry... Sky Blue 21B.
Carbines... Citadel... Mournfang Brown.
Sheepskins Belts Etc... Citadel... Pallid Wych Flesh.
Red Bits... Citadel... Evil Sunz Scarlet.
The Stands were... Citadel... Lorien Forest.



Everything was given a wash of Aly's Brown Liquid.



Then highlighted with the original colours...




Then made Shiny...











The Standard is from GMB Designs...


French Artillery...



The Uniform was... Citadel... Cantor Blue...
With a wash of... Citadel... Drakenhof Nightshade.
Facings etc... Citadel... Evil Sunz Scarlet.





I also painted an ADC...







The paints are Wargames Foundry and Citadel...
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling
Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric
GMB Designs...
https://gmbdesigns.com/


I am very pleased with these and I think I have pretty much settled on how I want everything to look...




I have found this book to be very useful...


Right... I am going to flutter off and find something else to paint.


All the best  Aly.

Monday, 30 December 2019

Boxing Day Game 2019

Greetings...
It is time once more for Mharaid and I to celebrate our annual festive wargame.


This year we decided... rather than a shiny winter frolic... we would have the first outing of my War of Spanish Succession collection.


We used Black Powder with a few minor changes...
In an attempt to reflect the different firing styles of each side, it was decided that the French would only use two dice for musketry and the Allies would use three.(though the large French units would get three)
They would however use the normal amount of combat dice.
The French cavalry would not have a charge or counter charge bonus, to reflect their heavier reliance on pistols.
We also strove to be stricter with our battlefield manoeuvres... no just shuffling to the right or left a bit... It would be Turn to the flank... March... Turn to the front... etc.
Due to the size of my table all moves and ranges were halved.


I (Marshal Malchanceux)took command of the French and Mharaid (Duke Rust) took command of the British.
The French out numbered the British but the British had better firepower.
The French were stronger in field guns but the British had a couple of battalion guns.
As always if we came to a problem we made stuff up.


I had thought that I had a copy of The Last Argument of Kings... but it would appear not... I now have one on order and look forward to how the supplement compares to our quick tweaks.


To Battle...





The field of battle...
The farm with its large field was there at Mharaid's request..."Can we have that large field that we christened The Blackberry Field of Death".... "You remember it... its the one where I massacred half your army that time"


The victor would have to control this field at the end of the game.







Some images of our initial dispositions... mostly because they are pretty pictures.


Mharaid had grouped her infantry very close together... I think that she misunderstood the command and control distances...I suggested that she might want to spread things out a bit to give her more room for manoeuvre... After some thought she said "no lets leave things as they are... it will be an interesting challenge"


I am already beginning to think.... I am doomed!






As always seems to be the way with me... my initial moves go well and I move towards The Blackberry Field of Death.



Mharaid's movement dice aren't so good and her tightly packed troops shuffle forwards slowly.







 
Although my first volleys cause problems for The Royal Irish Regiment my movement dice have let me down and I too am having difficulty manoeuvring.





As my men hold the line on the edge of 'that' field... No one seems to be keen on entering it... keep an eye on that British gun...




Mharaid continues to get her men organised... I fear that the gods of dice are once more starting to turn their kind eyes towards her.




Though not completely...


Mharaid's attempted charge falls short and the only thing my men loose is some bowel control... Oh dear what a terrible shame...


We had chosen not to use 'form squares'... as this wasn't considered hip and cool at this date.



With my seemingly static infantry looking on Mharaid continues to get things slowly into order... and there is that now limbered up gun...




OOOOOO!.... LOOK... A perfect target...



Meanwhile with Wyndham's Horse stalled in front of... and being shot to pieces by The infantry regiment Anjou...
I throw my cavalry at Scots Greys...



With predictable results...
Yes the black dice are mine...



The Spanish Toulongeon Regiment evaporates in front of my eyes...



Go my beautiful Cuirassiers and despatch these pesky gunners...
In the rules guns which are limbered up have no ability to fight back... we did however give them a saving throw...

Ha!... Take that...



And Mharaid's save...
This meant that the combat was a draw... at least that's how we saw it...
And a draw means that the cavalry have to retire one move...   que c'est embarrassant.



Mharaid's now more organised men fire on my Bavarian Infantry...



The dice gods however have let her down this time...
Yes I am starting to clutch at every perceived victory...




"Did you stamp all over those gunners my beautiful Cuirassiers"
"What gunners"
"Hmmmmm!"



I start to redeploy my guns... they have yet to fire a shot...



Just as some of Mharaid's cavalry enter The Blackberry Field of Death...
Sigh!




Superior British musketry begins to have an effect... as does my inability to make a single saving throw.



A rare failed activation by Mharaid allows me to redeploy my guns... and destroy Lumley's Regiment of Horse.




I throw caution to the wind and charge my cavalry into the British line...
What could possibly go wrong...





As Duke Rust attempts to rally off a casualty from The Royal Scots... He blunders.
We really didn't know what to do with this result...
So we decided that all he did was shout at them until he was red in the face and caused them to become disordered.


So... Remember that cavalry charge...
It didn't go quite how I planed...



Eventually the continuing fire fight causes both of our brigades to reach breaking point... the single casualty that the cavalry caused helped with this...


On this side of the battlefield my men continue to take a bruising from superior firepower and rubbish dice...



On top of this my only unit capable of moving blunders forward...
Fires a volley...



And... of course... misses.






With the British cavalry still on The Blackberry Field of Death...
And all my infantry now heading back to Paris...
I once again concede.



This was a splendid first game for my War of Spanish Succession collection...
Mharaid suggested that it looked like a bit of a Pyrrhic victory as her forces were in a sorry state by the end of the battle.
But it was a victory.... and well deserved.


All the best... Aly