Saturday, May 11, 2019

GdB Battle Report

Our battle went off without a hitch this morning. Our gathering was really all that a wargame should be; friendly competition played out amidst conversations about history and current events. This is why we game!

I am still learning how to set up games featuring 28mm figures. I love the visual aspect, but the logistics are quite confining on a 6 foot by 4 foot table. Be that as it may, the scenario played out fairly well and could have gone either way.  In the contest post mortem, it was agreed that the turning point of the battle was a cavalry charge that the British won by three points. This set in motion a series of events that resulted in the entire right French flank literally melting away. Brigade morale tests can be game changers in these rules.

Here are some pictures and a brief narrative.

The high school seniors start things off.

The seasoned veterans await.

The first of the cavalry charges.

The French attack the Guards brigade.

A French column tries to capture the farm. This attempt failed along with a second one. The third time, however, proved to be successful.

The action from behind the Allied left flank.

This hill was quite strategic. A French horse battery has worked its way
through the woods in an effort to get around the flank. This proved to be

French reinforcements arrive.

The British line is unbreakable.

The French failed two brigade morale checks. This accounts for all the
wide open space on this side of the table.

The Coldstream Guards try to retake the farmstead.

The British cavalry has driven off the French.

An overview of the table at game's end.

Neither side was able to gain control of the road junction.
I declared this a British victory. The lads, however, were not willing to yield to this decision. They pointed out that the road junction was still very much up for grabs, and that many units on both sides had yet to fire a shot. You have to love young people.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Game Set Up For GdB Game May 11, 2019

It has been far tool long since my last post, but I am back in the saddle with a game coming up in a week. It is pretty much set up using my 28mm collection. Here is how it looks.

An Anglo-Spanish force of four brigades are tasked with holding an important road junction. Their four brigades will have a stiff challenge in carrying out their mission against the numerically superior French. The Francs, on the other hand, must drive the allied brigades off the table in order to secure a victory. They will start with three brigades and three batteries to begin with, and will have a fourth brigade come on later in the game.

This is the British left, held by a brigade of light cavalry.

The British right, held by a brigade of Guards and a brigade of KGL, all supported by a medium battery and a full regiment of rifles.

The French left.

The French right..
British guard battalion holding an orchard

French infantry in column ready to attack

Italian infantry and artillery

Another shot of the Italians

Two Spanish battalions in reserve.

Spanish infantry and artillery

The vital road junction.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Latest from the Painting Deask

I just finished 18 Perry British Light Dragoons painted up as the Portuguese 11th Cavalry Regiment.  These turned out pretty well I think.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

95th Rifles

It has been awhile since my last post. For Christmas, my daughter received a package from Triangle Miniatures to give me. It included some dismounted British dragoons, some French and British mounted colonels and 12 95th rifles. I have finished and based the rifles. Here are a few pictures.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Accepting Commissions

Summer is around the corner, which means my schedule will lighten up significantly. I'd love to fill some of those hours painting figures for you if your led pile has grown too large. You can check out my blog to see the quality of my painting skills. I would say that the two things that make me stand out from the crowd is that I am on the low side when it comes to price, and that I turn things around very quickly.


Infantry $2.25 per figure
Cavalry $3.50 per figure

Infantry $1.25 per figure
Cavalry $2.25 per figure

I am able to give discounts for larger batches. Below are some examples of my recent commissions.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Looking to the Future

It is New Years Eve, a universal time to pause and look to the future. For me, 2019 will bring forth many new changes, particularly in my personal life. Those, however, are for a different blog and a different time. As for my hobby, I have some clear goals for the New Year.

First and foremost is to put the hoards of figures I have painted into action. I want to play some Sharp Practice II games in both 28mm and 15mm. I have a huge frontier fort in 15mm to use with my French and Indian War figures that should be very fun. I also have a large collection of 28mm figures for both the AWI and the Napoleonic Wars.

For Christmas I took advantage of Novus Design Studios' terrific holiday sale and purchased a ton of their 15mm road and river sections. I have added some details to all of the road sections and I am anxious to get them onto the gaming table.  These are a little larger than I would like for 15mm, but they are very nice pieces and will add a lot of realism to my games.

I am sure that much of my gaming in 2019 will by of a solo nature, but I would like to continue to host games for the students at my school.  This is a labor of love as it takes a lot of time and energy without any tangible paybacks. But my years of teaching are drawing to a close, and I know that I need to make the most of these last three semesters to pass on this wonderful hobby to the next generation.

I find it hard to justify the purchase of many more miniatures for my own personal use as I have far more than I can use reasonably. So, I hope that I will be able to pick up some significant commission work as I love to paint miniatures. I had some terrific patrons this past year; I hope to pick up a couple more in 2019.  If you need some figures painted up quickly and at a reasonable price, please keep me in mind.

I hope you have a great New Year. Thanks for following my blog.

God bless you and yours,


Friday, December 14, 2018

RFF Game Report

Six players eagerly gather in my classroom after school this afternoon for a game of Regimental Fire and Fury. Only two had ever played this set of rules before, so there was a bit of a learning curve to overcome, but the students caught on very quickly.

The rebel players started out aggressively attacking the Union brigades defending the ground in front of Cemetery Ridge. Perry's brigade on the right was able to turn the Union left flank and Mahone's Virginians were able to do the same on the left. In the center, Wight and Posey's brigades took heavy casualties and were unable to close with the enemy.

It was declared a Confederate victory. Our lone female commander leading Mahon's brigade was the player of the game. She rolled several tens when resolving melees. It was really uncanny how consistent she was in this. In the end, it resulted in her side winning the engagement.

Wright's brigade and Pegram's artillery battalion at the beginning of the game.

Wright's brigade attacking the Emitsburg Road.

A closer look at Wright's men.

Looking north down the Emitsburg Pike.

Mahone's brigade breaking through the Union right.

Posey's Mississippi brigade attempting to hit the center of the Union line.

Wright's brigade later in the game getting chewed up attacking the road.

At game's end, the Union right has been turned.
Here is a link to a video of the kids in action.