Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Perry Miniatures - 92nd Highlanders

I have just added these fine lads painted as the 92nd Highlanders to my colonial collection. Leroy Simpson had recently painted them for me and they had been waiting their turn for basing. I intend to used the fellows for the 2nd Afghan War, 1st Boer War, Later Sudan and maybe slip them into 'The Great Boer War' period. However their first engagement will be tomorrow night in the 2nd Afghan War with Lord Roberts. Again I think young Leroy has done a fine job on these great Perry Miniatures.

Friday, July 26, 2013

A Busy Couple of Days Re-Basing

The other weekend I was up visiting a good friend, Gerry Webb of Cast-a-Way Arts, and happened to see a little collection of colonial figures he had gathering dust. Well a couple of days later the figures ended up in my car and into my collection. The figures had seen quite a bit of gaming over the years and had been signally based. So over the last three days I have re-based and touched up a few bits and pieces here and there just to give them a new lease of life. I intend for them to see battle again on the Wednesday night coming, against the Pathans of my last post. In all I have re-based three companies of British, a Gurkha company and a Indian company to add to my growing NFW/Colonial collection.

Pathan Riflemen - NWF/2nd Afghan War

Sorry I have been a little slack in posting these last few days, so I zipped over the Leroys' house and picked up a few figures he has been painting. These beauties are for his Afghan Army and NWF collection. They are some nice Old Glory and Foundry Pathans and are based ready to fire on to unsuspecting British columns.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Battle of New Market - 1864

Again trying out the Regimental Fire & Fury rules we played another two games of American Civil War. This time we played the final stages of the Battle of New Market (1864)...twice. It was a nice small game to play in an evening and again to e next day and lasted only a couple of hours, but allowed enough time to get or heads around and play by the next day a nice flowing game without to many discrepancies. The battle involved seven Confederate regiments and two batteries of artillery, against on the Union side five large regiments, a cavalry regiment and two batteries of artillery.

However both games did not play out as they should have back in 1864, each time the Confederate regiments on their left flank were decimated by artillery and long range rifle fire, stopping their advance dead in its tracks. But still a good game and I believe if you are after a set of rules that gives you a more realistic period game then  RFF receives a tick in the box.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

1st Day at Gettysburg - The Fight Along Chambersburg Pike

Last night Myself, Brian Buskell and 'Kiwi' Dave tried out the Regimental Fire & Fury (RFF) Rules, using 28mm figures. The battle we settled, the fight along the Chambersburg Pike on the first day of Gettysburg, was only small. It involved three regiments each side and a small amount of artillery (as per the map below). I got the scenario and map from the great book 'Maps of Gettysburg' by Bradley Gottfried and if you have the book start at page 89 for the story.

The first time playing RFF was a little slow for all of us however we did find that the rules and play sheets were quite easy to follow and easy to pick up. By the last couple of turns the game flowed nicely. In regards to how the battle went .......well it actually played almost to the letter of the real battle back on June 1st 1863. The 149th PA held for a period of time before being pushed back with over 250 causalities. The 143rd PA advance in support and stopped the 45th NC cold in the railway cut and eventually pushed them back to their start point. The 2nd NC was also caught in the railway cut and decimated almost to the last man. On the Union right the 150th PA held it's grown well against the 31st NC, both units took heavy causalities. IN the end the Pennsylvania regiments held their grown, preventing the Confederates from taking the Chambersburg Pike and inflicted heavy causalities on much of Daniel's brigade.  Just to show how close we were to history...Col Stone was wounded and had to be removed from the battlefield, again as he did in 1863.....very interesting game.

Brander's 12pdr Napoleon section supporting the Confederate right flank

32nd NC

149th PA holding the Railway Cut

45th NC and 2nd NC in support 

The view from Chambersburg Pike to the Railway Cut, which saw the most savage fighting of the night

Brig.Gen Junius Daniel directs the movements of his battle lines

The savage battle for the Railway Cut begins

150th PA holds the Union left

Brig.Gen Junius Daniel converses with Mr Bender (below)

The 32nd NC advances towards the Pike

The 150th PA takes heavy causalities and is pushed back but holds and helps win the day