Sunday, July 2, 2017

Warlord Games British Dragoons

I purchased three boxes of Warlord Games' British Dragoons in order to build up two 18 man cavalry units. I opted for the heads with bicorns as my armies are primarily for the war in Spain.

Each box contains six identical sprues plus a bag containing three metal figures.  The metal figures are, at least to me, noticeably larger than their plastic counterparts. The detail is fairly good, but not nearly as good as the Perry plastic cavalry figures. I also wish there was more variety in the poses of the horses; there are only two.

The box allows you to build them up as the Scots Greys, later dragoons with helmets, or, as in my case, early dragoons with bicorns.  On a scale from 1-10, I'd rate them about an 8. The biggest plus is that it fills a gap in available plastics that hasn't been covered to this point.

Here is a link to my Youtube post:

Here are a few pictures:

one regiment with green facings

The other with yellow

I like the detail on the back of the figure more than that on the front

Friday, June 16, 2017

Regimental Fire and Fury Battle Report Part 2

 On my first full day of vacation I was able to get three more turns in on my battle for Shepherdsville. On turn four reinforcements arrived for both sides. The rebels received three batteries of artillery while the Union brought up a second brigade of cavalry. Whiting remained quite aggressive, charging the 1st SC yet again.  This time his two depleted regiments were able to drive off the men from the Palmetto state, however their victory was short lived as they were counter-attacked by the 1st North Carolina. Both units lost two stands and were broken in the process.

After the failed charge by Whiting's regiments

The broken Yankees fall back

Davis's brigade arrives

Three batteries arrive for the Confederates

From behind the rebel line after turn four
Both sides used turn five to reorganize and to bring up their reinforcements. The only action, to speak of, was the charge of Hampton's Legion across a stubble field against two regiments of dismounted Yankees. The rebel horsemen were able to drive the troopers back, but didn't inflict any casualties. They fell back to their starting point disordered.

Hampton's Legion after their charge.

Union troops securing the woods
On turn six one rebel battery came into play, but its fire was ineffective. Whiting's men regrouped on the Union right, ready to stand against the 1st North Carolina if necessary. One of Davis's regiments extended the Union firing line to the left by dismounting there.  Buford's troopers have been stopped cold in their attempt to take the town. And the task will be even harder now that rebel artillery has unlimbered on the high ground.

Here is a link to a Youtube video I posted of the action up to this point:

Youtube Link

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Regimental Fire and Fury Battle Report Part 1

At long last my summer vacation has arrived. Normally, I would be preparing for my miniatures class, but this year the camp I participated in did some downsizing; my class was cut despite always having good numbers. I looked into an alternative venue, but after considering the extra work that would be involved, I decided to take a break. However, I haven't lost my desire to put my figures to use, so I plan to have several solo games to quench my hankerings.

My first undertaking will see my new ACW cavalry stands put into action. I thought I had added a significant number that would allow me to recreate some really big cavalry engagements. I was wrong. Confederate regiments tended to be 400 or more men. That is ten stands in RFF accounting. Regardless, I still have a lot of guys to push around.

The Battle of Sherpherdsville is fictional. It is set in the northern Shenandoah Valley later in the war. Shepherdsville is an important agricultural center for the rebels and the Union high command has ordered a cavalry raid to try to eliminate it as a source of supply for the starving armies of the South. A division of three brigades plus supporting artillery has been assigned the task. Two large Confederate brigades, also with supporting artillery, are racing to counter this move.

Dice have been rolled to determine when the opposing units will arrive. As fate would have it, both sides will enter the table at the same time and then roll on successive turns to see if reinforcements arrive.  The rebs' entry point is closer to Shepherdsvulle, giving the men in gray an advantage. Hampton rolls well for his movement, and on turn one his lead regiment, the 2nd South Carolina advances to the northern end of the town. From this vantage point, Hampton immediately sees a long blue column of horsemen just a couple of hundred yards away. In the next two turns, the 2nd SC wins two successive charges, driving Whiting's Yankees back while buying time for the rest of Hampton's brigade to extend their line east and west of the town. The initial numbers certainly favor the men in gray.

Hampton's Confederates reach the town first and gain the advantage

Rebel reserves move up to support.

The 1st South Carolina wins two successive charges to put the Yankees back on their heels.

The view from behind Whiting's line

The view from west of the battlefield
As turn three ends, both sides are anticipating reinforcements, but are not sure of what they will be. The question at this point is whether or not Whiting's men can hold on long enough to their position south of the bridge to keep the road open for those reinforcements to arrive.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Warlord Games French Ambulance

I have been working on some odds and ends and thought it was about time to post some images of    some completed items. Today's offering is some shots of the Warlord Games ambulance I picked up to add a little something unique to my collection.

This set comes with some nice features and was easy to put together. I think vehicles add a lot to a wargaming table.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

British Guards

I have finished my latest installment of Victrix figures. This batch included a French 8lb  battery, a British 9lb battery, two battalions of the Confederation of the Rhine, and a battalion of British Guards. I always enjoy painting these figures.

Here is a link to a video of my German battalions.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Victrix French as Italians

The last installment of this batch of figures was two battalions of Italians. I painted them as two different regiments for the sake of creating so variety. I like the combinations of reds and greens over the white uniforms.

I have also rebased my command figures on round bases to make them stand out better. I'll post some pictures of them soon.

Victrix offers free shipping every now and then. I took advantage of this latest offering to order four more boxes. I am going to paint up a French line battery, a British foot battery, a battalion of British Foot Guards, and the 5th regiment of the Confederation of the Rhine.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

More Victrix Models

My latest project has been to add some infantry and artillery. I am 3/4 finished with my endeavor, having finished two battalions of Spanish infantry, two battalions of French Old Guard Chasseurs and then a battery of four guns of Old Guard 12 pounders. I also added a third gun to my Spanish battery.
Here is how they turned out.

Spanish battery, Irish battalion, Barcelona battalion

Old Guard 12 pound battery
Old Guard Chasseurs

Both battalions

Today I will begin working on two battalions of Italians. I did the hard part last night, which was assembling the 60 figures. I got them primed this morning and will be able to start painting them later today.