Sunday, April 14, 2024

More Jacobite Rebellion Action

I got all the figures in the collection out on the table for another go at The Rising of the Clans. Prince Charles's army had the unenviable task of trying to break the government line deployed along a road with a stone wall along its edge. As I believe was farily historical, the clans have initial success if they can close with the British, but will have difficulties if there isn't support to follow up that success. I really enjoy painting these Old Glory 25mm. So much so, that I have ordered up another batch. I will add all four regiments of the French Irish brigade as well as four more British regiments plus two batteries of French guns. I have also ordered standards from Flags of War. I am really looking forward to adding these to the collection in order to fight out a variety of scenarios. Here is what I have so far. The Lowlanders advance to support Roy Stewart
The Macdonald clans advance to attack Wolfe's brigade.
Murray's brigade has some success against Mourdant's men.
The Manchester regiment has its baptism of fire
Roy Stewart's men close with Lascelle's brigade in the center.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Latest Commission Work- Epic ECW Parlimentarians

I am almost finished with another large commission ofEpic ECW figures as well as some terrain pieces.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Chess Set to be Auctioned for Charity

I found a nice resin chess set online for a very reasonable price and painted it up to auction off at my Rotary Club's big fundraiser. It turned out so well, in fact, that I ordered two more sets. I will paint those up in due time and probably offer them up for sale.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

A Few More Additions to the Jacobite Rebellion Collection

Just when I thought I was out, it dragged me back in! This collection has become quite special to me. I love the look of the figures on the table. I had the 43rd Foot represented by a group of 16 figures of "Government Highlanders." The Black Watch, however, couldn't be that ordinary. So I purchased the FIW highlander pack. It contained two flag bearers, a falling casualty figure AND four grenadier figures plus drummers and pipers. I used 24 of the figures to create a much more appealing unit for my table.
I was also dissatisfied with my Jacobite horse. I know the units were small, but this is a game, after all, so I wanted a little more substance to my elite cavlary units. I bought a pack of ten figures and used six to bring the two elite units up to 8 figures each. They each now have a standard, officer and trumpeter. I am quite pleased with this.
Finally, I wanted the Jacobites to have some English supporters. The Old Glory range doesn't include any of these, so I bought a couple of packs from the WSS range. These only contain 10 figures each, but for an experiment, that worked well for me. I conscripted one of my officer figures from the Government command pack to carry the standard for my newly raised Manchester Regiment. 20 figures strong, they will serve the Bonnie Prince with gusto. They are more "uniformed" than I would like, but they fit in pretty well for my purposes.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

More Perry Plastic Napoleonics for Sale

I Ihave painted up the second half of the Perrys I had on hand: 40 Napoleonic British (36 line, 4 rifles) 42 Napoleonic French (36 line, 6 skirmishers) 13 mounted Napoleonic French dragoons 8 dismounted Napoleonic French dragoons foot @ $3.00 per figure mounted @ $6.00 per figure or $100. for all the British $105 for all the French infantry $90 for all the dragoons or the whole lot for $260.00 Buyer pays shipping, USPS flat rate parcel

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

plastic perrys for sale

I Ihave painted up the following, all Perry plastics: 40 Napoleonic British (36 line, 4 rifles) 42 Napoleonic French (36 line, 6 skirmishers) 13 mounted Napoleonic French dragoons 8 dismounted Napoleonic French dragoons foot @ $3.00 per figure mounted @ $6.00 per figure or $100. for all the British $105 for all the French infantry $90 for all the dragoons or the whole lot for $260.00 Buyer pays shipping, USPS flat rate parcel

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Rising of the Clans After Action Report: Turns 13-16 conclusion

Turn 13:Cumberland commits the bulk of his strength in a full on attack of the Jacobite center. To this end, Cholmondoley charges two of his regiments across the river and drives back Murray's depleted regiments. Murray's battery, however, is able to stem the tide with a blast of cannister.
At the ford, Macdonald's cavalry finish off Legonier's two regiments. The British will have to take a brigade morale test at the end of the turn.
One of Mordant's regiments, under the command of Hawley's aide de camp, are able to drive back Barksdale's stubborn clansmen, while Wolf is able to push back the Ecossais, inflicting heavy casualties on them.
At the bridge, the Prince presses his advantage. He personally takes command of Roy Stewart's brigade and reorders them. Olgilvey maneuvers his men onto the flank of Lascelles' and Cholmondoley's men, forcing Lascelles to bend back his line.
The result of Legonier's morale test is that his whole brigade has to pull back and try to reform. He will have to test again next turn to see if he can rejoin the battle.
Turn 14: The situation on the British left is deteriorating rapidly. Mordaunt is not able to get his men to do anything (failed activation roll) and his one regiment under the aide de camp sustains heavy losses from cannister fire and is now worn. To make matters worse, at the end of the turn, Legonier fails his brigade morale test and his men exit the field.
In the center, the Royal Ecossais heroically hold against Wolf's column and Cholmondoley's attack on Murray is shattered by cannister and flanking fire from the bridge. Cumberland also decides to shuffle Campbell's brigade to the right to be in better position to support Lascelles.
On the Britishh right, the Royal Scots are able to drive back an attack by two of Olgilvey's regiments, but Lascelle's other regiment is reduced to worn status as a result of the Edinburgh Militia's persistent musketry and fall back. The Prince, intent of forcing the issue, tries to make his way through the chaos of the battlefield to personally lead Roy Stewart's men in an all or nothing charge, but he fails his leadership roll.
Turn 15: The Jacobites try to press their advantage at the ford. Macdonald sends the elite Life Guards across the river to wreck havoc in the Government rear. Drummond, though, dets distracted (poor activation roll) and does little with his brigade.
Wolf, sensing that the battle is being lost, once again pushes his brigade forward and once again the Ecossais manfully hold back the thrust, but only barely. To Wolf's right, Cholmondloey's brigade has suffered terrific casualties, fails its brigade moral test, and has to pull back 10". This exposes Wolf's right flank.
It is on the Government right, though, that things take a dramatic turn. The Bonnie Prince, with total disregard to his own life, gallops to the front of Roy Stewart's brigade and leads them in a last ditch charge on Cholmondoley's lone remaining regiment. The fighting is hand to hand and desperate. The highlanders overwhelm the redcoats, inflicting five casualties while suffering none. The British regiment is picked up and Stewart's men take a 9" breakthrough, putting them on the flank of Cumberland's last line of defense, two batteries of artillery. Two of Campbell's regiments come up and form line to try to protect the flank, but the Prince's charge has compromised even this last ditch attempt at saving the line.
Turn 16: The Government left completely gave way. Mordaunt's brigade failed its brigade morale test and had to withdraw. General Hawley used two moves to try to escape off the table with the supply train only to be scooped up by the Life Guards.
General Wolf, tossing caution to the wind, pressed on in the center. The Royal Ecossais finally is forced off the table with over 50% casualties. Their heroism, however, bought the necessary time for Drummond, Perth and Murray to creat a second defensive line that will be more than sufficient to contain and even destroy the impetuous Wolf.
On the Government right, Campbell is able to stablize the endangered flank, but it is a temporary measure at best. While Roy Stewart's briade is forced to retire with heavy losses, Olgilvey's brigade is relatively unscathed and is now poised to push hard on the exhausted remnants of Lascelles' brigade. Cholmondoley's survivors have sought refuge in the field works at the church where Cumberland has been stationed throughout the battle.
The Jacobites had won a decisive victory, but the cost had been disasterous for both armies. The way south was now open, but it would take some time for Prince Charlie's men to regroup and reequip. Their lack of cavalry would prevent them from harassing Cumberland's battered force sufficiently to keep them from finding new ground to defend. Concluding thoughts: As this was a solo game, I counted on the rules to create suspense. Using cards to deterrmine the order of events and then having to roll to see how active a brigade could be proviced this in spades. The mechanics for determing the results of firefights and meles worked well, too. There were surprises, but these were rare. Results seemed to be quite realistic. I also thought the ability to use aides de camp to take on special tasks added a nice element to the game. I will make sure to add some text to my rules to clarify the use of aides de camp. I invested in a large number of casualty figures, over 60. I am glad I did. Placing these where units lost stands gave a clear indication of where the fighting had been the hardest. The visual effect of all of the figures on the table was very satisfying. This is one of the best wargaming experiences I have every had. I look forward to taking my game to a local convention so I can share it with others and continue the process of refining the rules. Thanks for following along. Please leave a comment and let me know what, if anything, you enjoyed about the report.