Monday, 14 August 2017

Saxon General of Horse

A while back I picked up a unit of Warefare miniatures cavalry but ordered standing horses by mistake. Eventually I ended up with the right figures but had the command pack standing left over. I decided that I would use the officer as a Swedish general. That left a bugler and standard bearer. I decided that if I cut his arm away and replaced it with a Warfare sword arm it might look ok and icould have aSaxon general of horse. Heres the result. I hope you like it.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Saxon cavalry Beust 2

Having received my second unit of Saxon currasier regiment Beust I thought it was an opportunity to let you know I have not forgotten my Great Northern War project.

These are all Warfare Miniatures figures. I have chosen a mix of tricorne, floppy hat and bare head to represent the transition Saxon uniforms went through during this war.

So thats them. It will remain a little quiet on the Great Northern War front until Warefare release the forthcoming Swedish cavalry. In the meantime I hope that the new offerings I have for the Sikh Wars, Russian Civil War and El Cid projects will be acceptable.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Operation Crusader 1941

So back from sunny and very very hot Spain. On the Sunday before I left I was invited to play with Ken (Yarkshire Gamer) and chums a 1941 western desert game.

The team use Too Fat Lardies amended rules Iron Ivan or a coffin for 7 Brothers. This is my favourite theatre of WW11 so I jumped at the chance.

Ken will no doubt have a full write up on his blog shortly,  in the meantime  I thought I might share my experience of gaming at Kens and a few images, please note that most of this is from my perspective as I tended to forget what was going on anywhere else on the battlefield.

The game had three Allied commands, each containing a battalion of foot, a unit of tanks and a unit of armoured cars, assaulting an Italian force holding a fortified village and a series of hills. The Eyties had two battalions, two armoured cars, 3 AT guns and three tanks but had reinforcements on the way, including some German troops and armour.

 My command, pictured above had a battalion of South Africans, a troop of two Marmon Herrignton armoured cars and a unit of three tanks, two matildas and a Stuart.

 Looking down the table Ian next to me had a similar force but three cruiser tanks rather than matildas and Lonnie further down had valentines.

Rob was directly opposite me with two armoured cars a 45mm AT gun and a battalion of Italian foot.

Steve in the centre had a battalion in the fortified village with another 45mm and a 20mm, Ken had the three tanks on the high ground opposite Lonnie.

The game is card driven and a T break means anything that hasn't gone loses its turn other than to move into cover if possible. Frustratingly this meant that the allied foot stood still pretty much for the first two turns.

Our armour manoeuvred forward using the available cover with the exception of one of Ian's Morris armoured cars. This car belted down the road in the open with amusing if predictable results

 Both sides had their share of fairly ineffective air cover and Ians loss of an armoured car was quickly balanced by one of the Italian cars going boom from a particularly effective Boyes anti tank rifle.

It was about this point as my armour clattered off without infantry support that Ken realised that the Allied infantry cards had not yet been dealt into the pack. Oops, no wonder none of them were moving.

Meanwhile as the foot eventually start to move I get my Stuart to the edge of the wood and start laying down some fire on the Italians. Unfortunately Robs scout car moved into position and quickly knocked the Stuart out with an exceptionally lucky shot.
Meanwhile the first Axis reinforcements arrive and the hill is looking a bit busy. Another unit of German scout cars is also moving into position. This seems the ideal time to stop for some Fish and Chips, so we promptly do.
 As the allies press forward both sides start to take infantry casualties, the Matildas are almost untouchable but still attract a lot of fire from the 45mm. In quick succession the Matildas take out the second Italian armoured car and the 45mm takes out both Marmon Herringtons and the other Morris before the crew are finally wiped out by the South Africans.


Lonnie has pressed forward with his infantry but its all rubber swords on the right and centre with relatively light casualties for both sides. Its a different story on the left. Five burning allied armoured vehicles and two Axis. The Italian 45mm is out, half the mortar crew are down and both sides have multiple infantry casualties.
At this point the game is any ones still but its 4.15 so we leave it to pick up and continue another weekend. Great fun, I am sure Kens write up will bear no resemblance to my biased view of events, I look forward to the next instalment.

I will try and keep a better track of everyone elses game next time I promise!

Next to share back to the Great Northern War. Honest!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Sikh Khalsa regulars

The next unit from the basing department is a battalion of Sikh regulars. The regular army was know as the Khalsa. I have taken the colours from a number of sources and although not a specific regiment I am sure they are correct. I am pairing battalions up in colours and facings as I believe they used the french pattern of two battalions to a regiment and two regiments to a brigade.

 The Sikhs had a well deserved reputation as tough disciplined regulars trained by napoleonic french officers the battles were all close run and hard fought. Oddly it was in close combat , where they suffered due to a desire to drop the musket and bayonet and get stuck in with their tulwar swords.

I dont have firm plans but eventually a division of 12 battalions of Khalsa would be nice.

Thats it for now, see you after my jolly to seville.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Sikh Wars Bengal Native Foot

My next offering from the basing department is my first battalion of Bengal Native Infantry. These have been painted as the 41st who fought in numerous actions through the  Sikh Wars.

The native troops made up around two third of British, or more properly East India and Queens, troops. Usually brigaded with one European and two native units together. This is the basic uniform with the cap being a forage cap with a white cover. Some units fought in their peakless shakos and others wore the native dhotti trousers so I hope to have units in all these varieties.

Native regiments had white officers and native junior officers, nco's and rank and file so I represent this with one white officer per unit. Some light companies were dressed in rifle green so I took the liberty of adding this to the 41st. In later years some of these had baker rifles but I believe they were musket armed in this earlier period

The figures are from the old foundry range which still looks great other than the officer purloigned from a perry carlist war command pack.

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Sikh War Irregulars

So the basing department popped home this weekend, bringing with her a fair number of finished goodies for my Sikh Wars collection.

There is a battalion of Foundry Sepoys and another of Studio Khalsa which I will come back to but for now here are the irregulars plus a few more on the workbench.

First up are the matchlock men 3 bases so far. The rest are nearly finished. All Foundry figures. Mainly Sikhs but three of the same Afghan mixed in.

 Next are the sword and spear men. One base so far I almost have enough for two more bases painted. This will either need to be a small unit or I will have to find some more figures. Again all Foundry.

 I then have two bases of cavalry. Again all Foundry, the command base finishes a unit for me giving me three units of irregular horse and the first base of another unit.

 We then have a Sikh general. I already have 3 command bases but you do need plenty of generals in Black Powder.
I also have a few more on the workbench to add to This colection. Matchlocks, swords and the first Perry Afghan pressed I to service.