April 1, 2020

The Sudan 1885

I know, I know.. what happened to the AWI? I’ll try to at least finish my Highland battalion, but I’ve been distracted... again.

I’ve been shuffling some of the clutter in my house from one room to another - hopefully organizing and streamlining collections in the process - and I stumbled on my copy of The Sword and the Flame (20th Anniversary edition). It’s been a while since I’ve read this book or even laid eyes on it, so I dropped it onto my ‘bedtime’ reading pile.

I’d forgotten how much I loved these rules.

When I first got my copy (2000-2001?) I quickly despaired of ever painting the number of models required to play the game properly. I had yet to launch my Napoleonic project and had only painted RPG minis and small armies (40-60 models each) for Warhammer and Warhammer 40k games. While a modest British force might be in that range, the 200 natives I thought I would need for a balanced game was not! I did run some small skirmishes with The Sword in Africa supplement included in the 20th anniversary edition. That was fun, but lacked the grandeur of TSATF games I’d seen in photographs. This was also about the time I was developing the rules that became the basis for Donnybrook and they became my ‘go to’ set for skirmish games. TSATF was returned to the bookcase.

So after reading the book again and with more confidence in my ability to produce hordes of painted models (and afford to procure them), it wasn’t long before I found myself skimming through pages on the Perry Miniatures site. While images from the film Zulu (A prayer's as good as a bayonet on a day like this) are probably ingrained in the being of every wargamer, I settled on the Sudan theater for my collection.

As is usual for me upon entering a new period, I set out to collect a pile of books on the subject.. 

A few are still en route, but I discover more all the time and as the project grows, I’ll continue adding them to my library. If anyone has any suggestions for a 'must have' sourcebook, please let me know!

Up next, I’ll lay out my specific plans to get this on the game table.

March 29, 2020

Marlborough's Amphibious Operations

I'm happy to announce Barry Hilton and I have a new uniform guide available!

This one deals with the ambitious and extremely successful amphibious campaign undertaken by the Earl of Marlborough against Cork and Kinsale in the autumn of 1690. Involving thousands of troops fresh from England, sailors hauling guns across land, grenadier led assauts and desperate resistance from the garrisons, this is a detailed synthesis created by cross-referencing multiple sources and applying a knowledge of the troops involved and the campaign in general to produce a wargaming friendly guide to both armies.

It is by far our largest individual pdf with ten pages of full color plates (more than forty units) including details of the Jacobite garrisons of both towns.

It's available at the Warfare Miniatures USA store for instant download! Barry is planning on publishing several scenarios to accompany this release on the League of Augsburg blog! Stay tuned...

March 17, 2020

71st Regiment, WiP

Work has been a bit slow on this.. the Coronavirus hasn't seen me sequestered yet.

Hopefully, I can knock out a couple more bases this week. I really want to get a few battalions painted so I can start playing some (small-ish) games!

I have yet to decide on a rule set, and there's no reason I have to just stick to one. I have no less than eight or nine designed for the AWI or near enough that converting them will be a simple task. Piquet is near the top of my list at the moment because it is perfect for solo play and it's something I used extensively for 15mm Napoleonics, though it's been two decades (holy crap, I'm old) since I ventured there. There have been several editions now, but my favorite remains the original. I have a particular love of The Sword and the Flame as well and I've seen several homebrew mods for adapting this. Finally, I'm toying with the idea of adapting my own Victory Without Quarter set to the period as that too is great for running games by oneself.

But first I need to get some more of his Majesty's troops painted! Stay tuned...

March 7, 2020

Returning to the AWI!

It has been over five years (!) since I completed my initial goal for the American army in this project - Three Continental battalions, five militia battalions, three squadrons of cavalry, two units of skirmishers, and two guns. This small force was designed to give me everything I need for the Battle of Cowpens. The plan was always to continue along the same lines when I turned to the British collection.

I'm starting of the project with a battalion of the 71st Regiment of Foot. I dearly wanted to paint them in kilts, but that appears to have been out for the southern theater. However, I'm going to paint my officers in the traditional kit. Ultimately I want ten stands of Highlanders that I can combine in various combinations (unit strengths varied tremendously in the southern campaign) for two battalions, but my initial goal will be four stands plus a command stand.

7th Regiment of Foot (three infantry stands)*
71st Regiment of Foot (four infantry stands)
British Legion Infantry (four infantry stands)
Light Infantry (twelve single models from the 71st, 16th, and Prince of Wales)
17th Light Dragoons (two cavalry stands)
British Legion Dragoons (four cavalry stands)**
Tory Scouts/Guides (two cavalry stands)
Light Guns (1 artillery stand)

* I'm going to aim for a full unit of four stands while I'm at it, even though I only need three for the Battle of Cowpens.
**The entire British Legion Dragoon regiment was present at the Battle of Cowpens which would be comprised of eight cavalry stands at my chosen scale. However, only a fraction of them were actually engaged in the fighting. Unless you're playing skirmish games, there will be very little call for so many cavalry in any engagement in the southern theater. Though eight stands of horse would look magnificent, the cost in time and money can't be justified when I have so many more models to paint.

My default is five infantry models per stand, though I may have the occasional base with only four and some interesting bit of terrain or I might crowd in six models with the addition of an officer. The command stands will be separate, with an officer and two standard bearers mounted on a half hex in the same manner as my Americans.

Of course, the ultimate goal is a much larger collection, and I plan to add more infantry (two Guard battalions, a battalion of grenadiers, the 33rd, and von Bose) and cavalry (second squadrons for the 17th). The 23rd Foot is on my list as well, however they have the same facings as the 7th so I can field them with a quick flag swap!

Really excited to be wading back into this period! I'll have more as I get on and have a bit of a ramble on the rules I'm considering when I actually get around to throwing some dice in anger!

March 3, 2020

Adeptus Mechanicus - Legio Fureans, Part Four

Better late than never, I guess. My complete Axiom Battleline Maniple...

More AM on the way - I need to finish the bases on my Loyalists...

February 6, 2020

Adeptus Titanicus - Legio Fureans, Part Three

Right! Here is my Warlord Titan and leader of the maniple, Rakarth Mors!

I love painting these models. The basic paint job is so quick and it allows you to really spend time on the details and weathering. I went for the basic build of two volcano cannons and two missile launchers. I think this will work well with my other titans.

I'll try to get a shot of the whole family up this weekend!

January 24, 2020

Adeptus Titanicus - Legio Fureans, Part Two

Next up we have not one, but two Warhounds! These models have to be among my favorite Games Workshop kit! I built the pair with identical weapons because I expect them to stick together and I think they will be most effective if all of their guns have similar ranges. I should warn you, I suck at actually PLAYING these games as my choices are based on what I thought looked cool... treat any tactical advice I might give with suspicion.

Something that's so great about Adeptus Titanicus is that each of the warmachines can have unique heraldry. Even though both of these Warhounds are clearly members of the Legio Fureans, they bear markings that identify them as individuals.

To give these models an obvious sense of scale, even to those unfamiliar with the game, I dug out some old Epic models and ruined walls to add detail to the bases. The traitor Space Marines above have been painted as Emperor's Children, chosen for contrast against all of the yellow armor. Technically, these are too small in scale to go with the newest version of the titan models, but I like how it looked.

I should point out that these kits are very easy to magnetize to swap weapons, but I've chosen not to do this. I figure if I need a different combo, I'll paint more titans! I need to get around to naming my titans as that's a big part of the lore. Maybe by the time I've run through the next couple of posts I'll have sorted this out.

January 20, 2020

Adeptus Titanicus - Legio Fureans, Part One

Last year, I jumped into Adeptus Titanicus with both feet, but it's taken me a while to get around to catch up with blogging. Even before I put together my first model (LOVE these minis), I knew I would be collecting at least two sides and I knew one of them would be the traitor Tiger Eyes - Legio Fureans!

I painted a few of these in the 80's, but I never really got to play the game and I'm not really what sure what happened to them. As soon as I saw the reboot and the new kits I knew my wallet was going to hate me.

The first model of my Axiom Battleline Maniple was this Reaver Titan. This was so much fun to paint. The flames are a mixture of decals and freehand work. I intend to add a banner to the gun and I've already made it, but I haven't worked how I want to attach it yet.

Next up, my favorite new kit, the Warhound!