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

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Shiny American Civil War… The second Union unit…

Greetings…

So… A shiny interlude…

While I have had various shades of blue on my brush I have been painting another Union unit for my Shiny American Civil War project…




The miniatures are once again from Jacklex Miniatures…

I have decided that if possible I will only use Jacklex for this project… They have a style that I find really pleasing…

The Tunics are… Citadel… Kantor Blue plus some Caledor  Sky.

The Trousers are… Citadel… Hoeth Blue.

The Snap Sacks are… Foundry… Charcoal Black Light 34C.

The Guns are… Citadel… Mournfang Brown.

The Water Bottles are… Citadel… Russ Grey.

The White bits are… Citadel Pallid Wych Flesh.

The Blanket Rolls are… Citadel Administratum Grey.

The Leather Goods are Black.

As always everything was given a coat of Aly’s Brown Liquid and highlighted with the original colours.


The figures are from Jacklex…

http://www.jacklexminiatures.com/american-civil-war

The bases are as always from Warbases…

https://warbases.co.uk/product-category/bases/round-cornered-bases/

The paints are Wargames Foundry and Citadel...

https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling

I have flagged these up as a Pennsylvanian unit… the flags were once again from the old Flags for the Lads range over painted…

Next up will probably be more War of 1812…


All the best   Aly


Sunday, 9 January 2022

The War of 1812… U.S. Light Dragoons.

Greetings…

A new year and a new addition to the War of 1812 collection…

The U.S. Light Dragoons…

This is another American unit that I really like… A relatively simple uniform to paint but with all the ‘blind braid’ and buttons it is still very interesting…

You can find a bit of history here…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regiment_of_Light_Dragoons_(United_States)

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/United_States_War_of_1812_Cavalry_Units


Once again these guys were a joy to paint… Even the saddlery was less painful than most… I do like six figure cavalry unit 😁.

The Tunics and Valise are… Citadel… Kantor Blue.

The Horse Blanket is… Citadel… Administratum Grey.

The White bites are… Citadel… Pallid Wych Flesh.

The Belts are… Citadel… Corax White.

The Plumes are… Citadel Kantor Blue plus… Foundry Sky Blue Light 21C.

The Horses were given a base of … Citadel… Mournfang Brown… Then given various washes of Browns from the Citadel Contrast Range.

As always everything was given a coat of Aly’s Brown Liquid and then highlighted with the original colours… the belts were then worked up to pure white.

The figures are from Knuckleduster…

http://knuckleduster.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=1_21

https://www.caliverbooks.com/figures/catviewer.php?

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The paints are Wargames Foundry and Citadel...

https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling

The bases are as always...

https://warbases.co.uk/product-category/bases/circular-bases/mdf-circular-bases/

I have more War of 1812 in the pipeline…But there maybe a shiny interlude next.


All the best   Aly.






Sunday, 2 January 2022

Boxing Day Game 2021


Greetings…

Well here it is… The annual humiliation that is known as ‘The Boxing Day Game’.

Mharaid and I played this as a face to face game this year…Hurrah!… And I have to admit that it was the best Christmas present I could have had.

We played with toys soldiers, Ate food, drank Mead and binge watched Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

And of course keeping up another seasonal tradition… I lost… Big time 😂.

For this years game we decided to play a 3rd Century Rome v’s Sassanid Persian Lion Rampant Game…

I used unit profiles that can be found on the I Live With Cats Blog…

http://ilivewithcats.blogspot.com/search/label/romans

We played a straight forward encounter type game with all the toys on the table and fairly basic stats for the units… We actually forgot to mark troops as battered unit after failing morale throws… Which  probably saved me from an even bigger drubbing…😁.

So… On to the game.

I took the part of Ignominious Infortunatus the glorious leader of the Roman force.

Mharaid took the part of Rustdashir the Great the cunning leader of the Sassanid force.



Initial deployment and start of first moves…

As Infortunatus is a high ranking official in Rome a delegation have been sent out to observe how easy it is to defeat the Sassanid rabble.

“I shall do something glorious and spectacular, then the path will be open for fame, wealth and power”

That’s me… Giving encouragement from the rear.





Persians and Romans move steadily towards each other…


The end of move two… Brace yourselves.

Charge!… For Rome, Glory and Upward Mobility…

“Testiculorum”

The very first act of move three…A slightly large bump in the road to fame and fortune.

I think Rustdashir the Great nearly laughed up a lung…😂😂😂


Of course my brave men continued and slaughtered the enemy… Their loyalty allowing me to be raised to a state of near godhood in the land of my birth….
Ah!…
“Duplex Testiculis”


So!… Cervasiam O’ Horologium…
Yup!…
Fortunately my men decided to fight on… A decision many of them would regret.


And here we see the early results of yet another school boy error…
As these Sassanid Levy had armour I decided to class them the same as Roman Auxilia.
It turns out that they didn’t need any extra help… sigh!


As the Sassanids laugh their way forwards… 
My Hand picked Equites rush on to the fleshpots of…Anywhere but here… Sigh!


The Light Horse try to outflank some Sassanid Archers…


No they don’t… 
Yeah!… 
Like I care… I’m just floating above the battlefield wondering why I’ve not been whisked to the Elysian Fields… Sigh!


With my now sort of semi divine guidance the Legionarii, Auxilia and Lanciarii gang up against these pesky Sassanid Spearmen…


With yet another spectacular roll of the dice…


The Lanciarii get bounced… Well I suppose they didn’t run away…


Unlike the Auxilia at the other end of the battlefield… Sigh!


Hey look… A lot of the other guys are going the same way as us.



Scenting Blood the Sassanids start to bear down on the now somewhat depleted Roman force…


The Legionarii throw themselves at the upstart Levy…


And chase them from the field of battle…
Yes!… Start building that triumphal Arch.


Full of enthusiasm the Lanciarii attack Nellie the Elephant…


And… Then bugger off… Sigh!


As do these Legionarii after they try and take on some Cataphracts on the other side of the battlefield…
Sigh!


As what’s left of my men throw yet another appalling activation roll…


Rustdashir the Great eyes up some more fresh meat…

At this point I graciously conceded defeat….. 

I lost five of my units and Mharaid lost only one… I was thrashed 😂.
Terrific fun… 

What the pictures don’t show is the constant attrition that Mharaid’s bow armed troops were causing…
I shall need to do as Rome did and invest in light cavalry and missile troops, also upgrading the Legionarii to have mixed weapons will help… of course new dice and more luck would also be a good thing.

Here’s to the next time…

All the best.  Aly















Friday, 31 December 2021

A New Book…

Greetings…

A new book arrived today… which makes it either a very late Christmas or a New Years present to my self….

Napoleon’s Wars, Wargames Rules 1792-1815 by Terry Mahon.

This isn’t a rule set or a writer I’ve come across before, but as I want to try out a few different rule sets when I get enough Shiny Napoleonics painted up, I thought that I would pick up a copy.

The rules don’t use dice… they are driven by a card (normal playing cards) based system, something I have not used before… This and that they can also be used for solo play has intrigued me.

If anyone has used them… I would certainly appreciate your opinions.

Hopefully I will get a chance to try them out sooner rather than later… I still need to paint some French and Allied/Prussian  command and Allied/PrussianArtillery… but an all infantry action may be an option.


All the best.  Aly


Wednesday, 29 December 2021

OOPS!

 Ooop!…

While doing what some may refer to a ‘maintenance’… I may have stopped everyone from posting comments… I clicked a button to see what it did 🙄.

Actually I was trying to find a way of stopping ‘Spam’… 

Bloggers ‘Mark as Spam’ doesn’t seem to be very effective as it doesn’t appear to block the sender.

This has now been fixed… but I have now activated comment approval… I will see how I get on with this.

My apologies to anyone who may have had problems commenting…


All the best    Aly

I’ve always thought that calling it Spam was unfair…

I have fond memories of my mums Spam Fritters 😁





Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Xmas Goodies…

Greetings…

Not many Wargames/Toy soldier related presents were exchanged this year… The best gift of course being…Having a Boxing Day feast and face to face wargame ( Massacre) with Mharaid.

Yes… Of course the game went the way everyone was expecting… However I will save that for the next post.

My Military/Wargame related present from Mharaid was this rather splendid W.Heath Robinson print…

I have always been a big fan of W.Heath Robinson…His super detailed drawings of insanely ridiculous but somehow sort of believable contraptions are a joy to behold.

I remember as a child seeing automated displays of W.Heath Robinson devices in one of the big stores in Edinburgh over the Christmas holidays… This is probably where my love for them started.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Heath_Robinson

The Toy Soldier Gift this year was from me to Mharaid…

These are a set of figures based on Medieval Manuscript Marginalia…




These gorgeous little figures come from Skull & Crown…

https://www.skullncrown.com/collections/killer-rabbits

I have been painting them slowly over the year… Which lead to some close shaves when Mharaid popped over for a cup of tea.

As a gift this one gave a lot of pleasure to both parties as they were a real joy to paint.

If you haven’t come across Manuscript Marginalia before… Here are some examples.








This is just a very small selection of what is out there… Quite a few of them are rather rude.

So… I will now Gird my Loins and write up a report of our Boxing Day Game…

Hopefully this will get posted later in the week.


All the best   Aly.