Friday, August 28, 2009

British Light Dragoons,Hussars and Heavy Dragoons - Elite Miniatures

The last three units pictured are British Heavy Dragoons in Bicorne, Light Dragoons and Hussars. All are from the Elite Miniatures range and again painted by Leroy Simpson. The figures are from the British Peninsular Range and wear the pre 1812 uniforms.

Heavy Dragoons. On the left is the officer figure and on the right the trooper.

British Light Dragoons

British Hussars Trooper and trumpeter.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

British Napoleonic Command - Elite Miniatures

I have just loaded up these great images the command stand that Leroy had painted for his British Peninsular Army. Which is now moving on to a better home. The figures are all from Elite Miniatures and designed by Peter Morbey. The figure pointing is from code:BP61. The dismounted officer is code:BPC16 and the officer with his sword behind his back is from code:BP60. All codes however are from Elite Miniatures Australia, which still sells figures singularly. The figure in the background is the Royal Horse Artillery officer.

Elite Miniatures British Napoleonic Artillery

One of my friends has been selling off his great little British Napoleonic collection, over the last few months. Reason - to pay off his new car faster? - what is wrong with this guy? surely the figures come first? Anyway they are going to a very good home where I am sure they will see the battlefield more then once or twice a year. But before the last of them were shipped off I rushed in and grabbed a few shots of the figures. I have broken them down into Artillery, Command, Heavy Dragoons, Light Dragoons and Hussars. All will be placed up on the blog as soon as I can squeeze in the time. However the first images are British foot artillery and Royal Horse Artillery. All figures and guns are from the Elite Miniatures collection, designed by Peter Morbey in the UK and painted by Leroy Simpson.
Royal Horse Artillery 6pdr and crew
British Howitzer and crew
British 9pdr and crew

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Siam Painting Service - Elite Miniatures

Just thought I would load up a few pictures of some Elite Miniatures figures we had painted by Siam Painting Service. The first two battalions are French Line battalions in campaign dress. However as I do not have the moulds for the Light Infantry 1812-15 range I just got the guys to paint the same figures as Legere instead of Ligne. Both units are in mixed dress and have come up a treat. I asked them to mix the look up, with different coloured trousers and shako covers. They also painted a few patches on the knees. The last battalion shown is a Prussian Landwehr battalion and again I think Siam have done a great job. The painting price was very good, but this will depend on how many figures you buy and if you prefer them based or not based. We had our figures based and the with the discount the cost for each battalion was around $95US for a 16 figure unit.



French Ligne
French Legere Battalion
Prussian Landwehr Battalion

Monday, August 17, 2009

Phase 2 - New Zealanders Counter Attack at Maleme Crete 1941 - Flames of War

I have loaded a few images from the second round of fighting during our Battle for Maleme Airfield. The game was finished the following week with Peter controlling the New Zealand counter attack and myself trying to hold Hill 107 with the German Paras. An interesting game it turned out to be.
The New Zealand attack rolls forward under the cover off smoke screen's.
Peter was able to move forward under the cover of numerous smoke screen's to almost striking distance of my forward position. He then laid down a great weight of fire from Matilda tanks, Bren gun carriers and artillery thus pinning my left hand platoon. Who were unable to return effective fire and were soon overrun.
Waiting for them from prepared positions was two platoons paras under the command of MAJ Koch. And in support a platoon of mortars.
But still they came on and the Matilda's who lay down a devastating covering fire, pinning the Germans in their fox holds.

This attack was soon followed by a very reckless charge across open ground and with little cover fire, by a Kiwi Platoon, in hope of rushing the RAAF Huts. Unfortunately the platoon was machine gunned down and only one half section and platoon HQ's remained. However the final attack on Hill 107 was more successful. The hill was finally taken not by infantry but by the Bren gun carrier platoon, who rushed the summit and caused absolute mayhem that even MAJ Koch lost his nerves and called for his remaining units to withdraw. The hill was taken and the Germans were sent fleeing back across the river. Victory for the Kiwis.
Bu then with little concern for his men a medal hungry new Zealand platoon commander orders his men out of their defensive positions and into the open, with orders to rush the RAAF Huts.
The only cover provided for them was a small smoke screen.
But waiting for them from concealed positions - A heavy machine gun platoon. It opens up and tears the heart out of the reckless attack.
Leaving only this half section and PHQ. But within minutes of this attack the Hill was taken and the Germans were forced to withdraw.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Pydna 168 BC - Warhammer Ancients

On the afternoon of the 22 June 168BC the armies of the Republic of Rome and the last Macedonian King (Perseus) meet on the battlefield of Pydna. On one side the Romans were lead by a battle harden veteran the Consul Paullus (played by Peter Hall and myself)) and on the other side was an over ambiguous King Perseus, the son of Phillip V, of Macedon (played by Terry Moran). I think just about very one with an interest in ancient history knows what happened on that day, but as in most wargames we play history is often reversed, only because the battlefield can be viewed and is not restricted by the vegetation, clouds of dust and the lie of the land. We tend to make our battlefields more favourable to the game and to the figures we have spent hours and sometimes days painting and basing. So this was how our game was played. On flat ground, very little vegetation to hinder the movement of troops and wide open spaces. But I did place in some difficult ground, in between the battle lines, just in case the Macedonian phalanx decided to follow history and advance.
Even the veteran Paullus felt knot tighten in is stomach when the Macedonian phalanx lowered their sarissas and locked shield in one swift movement.

The advance of the phalanx however did not happen so myself and Peter decided to take the battle to them. Probably a bad move on our behalf as we were going to have to cross that broken ground. Well at first the battle would go our way. Our light infantry and velites charged, speared and shot away most of Terry's skirmishers, thus leaving our troops to advance unhindered by these pesky peltasts.. Then our elephants on the far right flank drove back the some units of enemy light cavalry. It was looking to be a great day and a repeat of history - would Paullus win again?
Only a few weeks before this highly disciplined Roman Army was a rabble. It was only after the arrival Paullus was it knocked back into shape.

No it did not look to good when on the very next turn Perseus and his companion cavalry rode over our strongest unit of cavalry, plus kill the pro-consul riding with them, and in just foul swoop our flank was exposed. Could we stop this flank attack or was the battle now lost? That I can not tell you as like the last game we have yet to finish it - sorry. I guess one of the best things about having a large house and an understanding wife is that as long as things do not get in the way, you can leave the game set up for a few days or even weeks - yippee. So the rest of our game will hopefully be played next weekend or just after.

Crusader Repulican Roman cavalry painted by Leroy Simpson and also the unit which ran from Perseus.

A large number of Thracians fought and died for Perseus on this day.

Elite Macedonian Light Cavalry - prodromoi. Painted by me.

The Agema and Perseus riding into battle.

Numidian light cavalry fighting for the Romans -painted by Scott Robertson.

My best unit about to be destroyed.