tiistai 19. maaliskuuta 2013

WIP: 92nd Gordon Highlanders

Well I finished the first three bases of the Highlanders to get one final submission into Curt's painting challenge at Analogue Hobbies. Still two more bases to go. I didn't quite reach my points target of 1000 in the challenge, but over 800 points is still quite well considering that I did have a 3 week holiday in between.

Anyhow here are the 3 finished bases, couple of more coming up in the following weeks after I've finished one school project.

I also dug up my old Tau project and decided to breather new life into it now as a new codex and new models are coming out for them. Most had broken during transport when we moved into this apartment so I just decided to strip them of paint and reassemble everything that had broken (which was pretty much everything). Target for April is to get a 500pt force done to be able to play smaller games with them.

lauantai 16. maaliskuuta 2013

AAR: Battle for the crossroads

We had another game of Black Powder today at our gaming club. Pitted against each other for the control of a crossroads area and it's buildings were a combined French & Austrian force versus British and Prussian armies.

The French forces waiting to be deployed

Combined British and Prussian forces.

The Brits managed to surge towards the crossroads and take control of the buildings early in the game.

Dastardly French Voltigeurs sneaked into the woods on the left flank harassing one British battalion.

The last British units also managed to arrive on the table enabling the British and Prussian forces to further advance and secure their position. 

On the British right flank a battalion of the Old Guard decides to charge the farm only to be beaten back and destroyed by the defending British line.

On the left flank two battalions of French line attack a british unit already battered by the Voltigeurs deployed in the woods. After a quick fight the Brits were wiped out.

To end the Voltigeur threat a detachment of the 95th Rifles charged the Voltigeurs starting a fight that would last a couple of turns.

French fortunes turned quick with the remaining British artillery promptly forcing one battalion to fall back and the other having to form a square to fend of cavalry.

On the right flank the Prussian brigade was getting ready to advance against the French flank only to be charged themselves.

Miraculously the lone Prussian units survived the assault and managed to mount a counterassault, which would ultimately lead to the destruction of the opposing Austrian brigade. Apparently the dice gods favor Prussians or then we had some nicely weighted dice on our hands :)

On the left flank the 95th Rifles were finally driven back, but otherwise the French situation looked bad as most of their units were beaten of without any significant casualties to the British forces.

In a desperate last attempt to salvage some glory from the battle the French and Austrian artillery batteries opened up on the farmstead trying to force the occupants away.

In the end most of the combined French-Austrian army was destroyed with the Brits and Prussians left to celebrate their victory. The Man-of-the-match price has to go to the small unit of French Voltigeurs who managed to cause quite a lot of damage while being holed up in the small woods on the British left flank. A nice little game that played through surprisingly fast. Maybe we are finally starting to learn the rules.

We also came to the conclusion that reducing the basing to 4 bases per battalion worked a lot better than our old style of 6 bases. So that's cutting down my painting requirements a bit.

tiistai 12. maaliskuuta 2013

WIP: Gordon Highlanders

Well I've got the first base of Gordon Highlanders done and the next two should be finished tomorrow. Maybe I'll actually get them done by the club game on saturday. The Perry metal highlanders are really on another planet compared to the Victrix plastic ones. Luckily they don't stick out too much as the unit will be about 40% plastic when finished. Anyhow I think that I'll do the Black Watch completely from metals when I get to painting them.

I also found some suitable motivational music from the local used vinyl store. An extremely random buy done only due to the cover art. Scottish folk does seem to make painting higlanders a breeze :)

perjantai 8. maaliskuuta 2013


Well I got something done again. Most of these have been painted previously, but I only managed to get them based and photographed now. My last semester in the University has been keeping me quite busy especially in combination with work obligations. Anyhow here is a mixed bunch of minis.

First up General Pack, commander of the 9th Brigade at Waterloo. Perry metals as is the infantry colonel with him.

Then a British 6 pounder. Victrix plastics which are quite nice and versatile.Too bad they don't do the limbers.

And last but not least some skirmishing Voltigeurs for the 21st Regiment.