Friday, December 27, 2013

New Commission Completed

I was sent a nice group of 26 Minden Miniatures to paint up as the 17th Foot from the Seven Years War.  The figures are very nice, though I would have liked to have more detail on the faces to work with.  But the other details were excellent.  Here are a couple of shots.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

It doesn't seem very Christmassy here in Southern California today.  It's in the mid 70s and downright hot out in the sun. Be that as it may, it is still a joyous time of year. I am thankful to God of this many blessings: good health, abundant provision and a loving family.
Most of my hobby time of late has been devoted to painting for others.  I enjoy this and hope to add other commissions in the year to come.  It seems one man's pain is another man's pleasure.
I wish all of you who have visited my blog over the years a wonderful New Year.  I am close to 25,000 views.  Perhaps by the end of the year!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Regimental Fire and Fury Game

Despite the crush of the holidays, I opted to put on a game of Regimental Fire and Fury for a few of my students.  The battle was a fictional affair that takes place in the fall of 1862.  Abner Doubleday's division has been given the task of securing passage over a bridge held by D.H. Hill's Confederates.  The Yankees held a numerical advantage, four brigades versus three, and surpassed the men in butternut in artillery as well, nine guns to six.

The Union players were aggressive, knowing that they only had a little time (two and a half hours of game time) to secure their objective.  There were two player marshaling the forces of the northern cause.  One took Phelps's and Gibbons' brigades plus a battery to attack the rebel right flank.  The other commander pressed on with Patrick's brigade and Hoffman's in support to engage the Confederate left.

The first blood was drawn by the skirmishers of Phelps' brigade as they pressed in on Ripley's unit.  The young brigadier playing the part of Ripley responded with vigor.  In the end, it proved to be excessive.  Skirmish lines blazed away and a considerable number of 10s were rolled, meaning that units ran low on ammunition quickly.  Rolls were taken to see if commanders were hit, but the good Lord seemed to be watching over them this day as bullets continually missed their mark.

Ripley's men were itching for a fight, so they charged out from their hasty works.  One unit was stopped cold by intense musketry and another didn't roll high enough to close with a battery of Union artillery.  Over the next two turns both of these regiments were torn to pieces by concentrated rifle and cannon fire.  To make matters worse, Gibbons' elite brigade came up to add its strength.  By the end of the game, Ripley's regiments were all spent and having to fall back.  The one bright spot came when a regiment of zouaves attempted a charge and ended up being broken due to a very unlucky dice roll.  Other than that, the rebel right flank was pretty much destroyed.

On the other flank, Collquit's brigade also decided to charge as opposed to being decimated by cannon fire and musketry.  Most of the units were armed with smooth bore muskets, and so they were at a disadvantage in a firefight.  Collquit's charge drove back Patrick's brigade, but in the meantime, Hoffaman's men were able to form a second line supported by a battery of artillery.  As the game ended, the rebs inflicted losses on the yanks, but were in turn battered themselves.

Anderson's brigade stayed put in positions near the bridge.  Though they hadn't suffered any casualties, they would have been hard pressed to hold out against two fresh, veteran Union brigades.  Additionally, despite being on the defensive, the rebels lost many more men than the attacking yankees did.  The young Confederate commander's aggressiveness had a large price tag.
The bridge was the objective in this game

This is Ripley's brigade, holding the right flank

Anderson's brigade guarded the bridge

This is Phelps' brigade advancing towards Ripley.

Collquit's brigade, holding the rebel left

Ripley's men are mowed down by cannister

This is Patrick's brigade advancing on Collquit

Two of the young commanders.  They picked up the rules fairly quickly.

Collquit's brigade's high water mark.  Patrick's men have been forced back, but Hoffman's brigade is in position to stem the tide.

A Union battery deployed for action

A closer shot of Anderson's brigade

The aftermath of Ripley's ill fated attack.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Latest French addition

I have painted up another French battalion of 30 figures to accompany the Swiss battalion already painted.  Only one of the shots that I took without flash turned out fairly decent.  Here it is.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Victrix 15th Hussars

These are the Perry British Hussars painted up as the 15th regiment.  Very colorful and a joy to paint.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Victrix French painted up as Swiss

I bought a box of Victrix 1809-1812 French infantry to round out my collection.  I divided the box in half.  I just finished a 30 figure battalion of Swiss to be followed by a 30 figure battalion of French.  Though assembling these guys is a bit tedious, I do enjoy painting them.  Here are a few shots of the Swiss.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Battle of Scheidlhausen, pt 2

I was able to fight through two more turns.  It has had some fun twists and turns.  On the Bavarian right, their chevau-legeres have thoroughly trounced their Austrian counterparts, despite being outnumbered. 
After turn four

Turn five sees one Austrian hussar regiment retreat and the other is routed.  Both Bavarian units retire behind their lines to reform.
Things are very different in the Bavarian center, however.  The Austrian numerical advantage has been too much for the thinly deployed Bavarian brigade holding the line there.  The supporting 12lb battery destroyed one Austrian battalion only to be flanked by another.  To the left of this disaster, another Bavarian battalion has been routed by a determined Austrian assault.
The Bavarian 12lb battery in the top center of the picture is in serious trouble.

This shot is from behind the Austrian line.  There is now a gaping hole in the Bavarian center.  Some supporting French units can be seen in the top right rushing to try to stem the tide.
Things have been slow to develop on the Austrian right, but that should change dramatically in the next turn.  This is where the bulk of the Austrian corp has been posted with the objective to turn the Bavarian left.  That blow will be delivered on turn six.
Massed Austrian columns are poised to deliver the telling blow against the Bavarian left.
The Austrians have succeeded in their plan to draw off the Bavarian reserves as the French brigade is committed to fill the breach in the center.  The Bavarians have a wood and a stone wall to aid their defense, but numbers should be the ultimate factor on this flank.  I'll let you know what happens.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Battle of Scheidlehausen

I am playing a solo fictional battle so that I can use my new Bavarians and Austrians.  This fictional account is set in the 1809 campaign.  An Austrian corp is trying to dislodge a division of Bavarians supported by a brigade of French and Swiss.  There is a bridge that must be held.  The Bavarians are deployed along a ridge that overlooks the stream.  The Austrians have chosen to try to pin the Bavarian right flank with an attack by the light division.  The heavy blow is to be delivered by two line divisions on the right.  After three turns, the Austrians have come to grips with the enemy and have achieved a success in the middle of the line.
The Bavarian position

The Austrian light division will attempt to pin down the Bavarian right.

The Austrian attack goes in.  Despite suffering heavy losses from both artillery and musketry, their morale holds

Two Hungarian battalions overwhelm a Bavarian battalion.

The cavalry mele on the Austrian left is a draw and will have to be resolved on the next turn.  A supporting Bavarian cavalry regiment can be seen in the upper left of the picture.  Another regiment of Austrian hussars is just out of the picture and will certainly be coming up in support the next turn.

Monday, October 28, 2013

First Commission Finished and Mailed

I completed my first commission that resulted from my post here on the blog.  It consisted of two 26 man Austrian units, each with a mounted colonel, and two 30 man French units.  I was able to turn the whole thing around in 13 days, and I actually enjoyed the process. Here are a few shots of samples from the collection.
Austrians with orange facings

Austrians with purple facings


Saturday, October 26, 2013

HMGS Fall Event

I just returned from the game I hosted at the HMGS convention.  Ten of my students showed up eager to go.  Here are a few pictures from the day.  I'll try to post a more thorough report in the next couple of days.
The battle was fictional, but took place during Napoleon's 1809 campaign against Austria.  In our scenario an Austrian division is conducting a rearguard action against two divisions, one French and the other Bavarian.  The Austrians were spread very thinly and did an admirable job of slowing down the enemy hoards, but in the end the critical objective, a small town held by a battalion of conscripts, fell after a stalwart defense.  A last ditch counter-attack was turned away by the Bavarians that had captured the place on the last turn of the day giving the allies the victory

The Austrian reserves hurry to lend aid to two heavy batteries.  Their arrival saved this portion of the Hapsburg line, but this was not enough to save the situation.

Two Bavarian regiments take on a larger Austrian hussar regiment.  The Austrians came out on the short end of this mele.

This picture shows the second Bavarian attack going in against the key objective.  The French to their left were not a s successful, being stopped cold by musketry.

An overview of the battle.
We were able to get through eight turns in three hours.  The time went by very quickly.  The boys flitted in and out to take in some of the other games that were being conducted.  I had to leave at 1:00, but a few of the kids stayed to play in a World War II game.  It was a very worthwhile use of a Saturday morning.

Monday, October 21, 2013

HMGS PSW Fall Gaming event

This Saturday, October 26, HMGS PSW is holding its fall event in Manhattan Beach at the Armory on Bell Avenue. My wargaming club from school is hosting a General de Brigade Napoleonic game at 9:00.  I have 8 middle schoolers signed up with the possibility of others, so it should be a fun morning. I'll try to get some pictures to post. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Now Accepting Commissions for Finely Painted Wargaming Figures

The fact is that I thoroughly enjoy painting wargaming figures.  Over the years, I believe I have become fairly good at it.  As I throw my hat into the painter-for-hire ring, there are two things that set me apart.  First, I am very reasonably priced.  I am charging $1.25 per 15/18mm infantry and $2.50 for 15/18mm cavalry.  Fees for 25/28mm are $2.25 per foot figure and $4.50 per cavalryman.  I will paint figures to a customers specifications and will guarantee satisfaction.  My blog is filled with pictures of figures I have painted over the years, so my ability is easy to judge.  I will also base figures if desired using the style that can be seen on my blog.

I believe a second advantage I can give is a rapid turnaround.  I am able to complete 100 figures in less than a week.  That's as close to instant gratification in this business that there is.

If you are interested in a quote for painting some of your figures, please contact me at: