Saturday, 30 January 2016

My Third 6mm French Brigade

So pushing on with the 6mm French I Corps is the third Brigade. It is 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, led by Général de Brigade Baron Nicolas Schmitz. This unit consisted of the 13e Régiment de Légère and the 17e Régiment de Ligne, both with two battalions.

The 13e Régiment de Légère had interesting uniforms which saw them in all blue from head to foot (except their white cross belts). This was the typical French Light infantry uniform.

This was nice from a painting point of view as there is not that much variety in the French units that I have painted so far.

Also, the commander figure was a nicely sculpted little chap with his sword aloft as his horse leaps dramatically.

Another unit down, perhaps in 2097 I may be able to have a game using these painted 6mm figures, but until then I will keep on plodding along!

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The Thin Red Line

On Sunday I met up with Ninjasaurus Rexfor a game of Blücher.  This was only our second game, but I wanted to try out the new Peninsular War card set I bought a while back. These are different to the original 100 Days Campaign Cards in that they are generic units and also have the points cost printed on the cards, which makes adding up for a game much easier!

I organised 200 points  worth of British and French forces (well, 210 including the artillery...) for a battle during the Peninsular War (OK, I know the Brunswicks weren't there in great numbers, so sue me...).

The British defenders consisted of:

4 x British Line Infantry @ 15pts each
2 x Guards Infantry @ 20pts each
2 x Brunswick Infantry @ 12pts each
1 x Brunswick Cavalry @ 10pts
2 x Heavy Cavalry @ 10pts each
2 x Heavy Cavalry @ 14pts each
2 x Dutch Militia @ 6pts each
5 x Artillery Guns, massed into 1 Battery and two guns attached to Brigades
Sub commander: Rowland Hill @ 10pts (Inspiring)

The French attackers consisted of

8 x Line Infantry @ 12pts each
2 x Elite Infantry @ 16pts each
3 x Heavy Cavalry @ 10pts each
3 x Light Cavalry @ 7pts each
1 x Dragoon @ 11pts
5 x Artillery Guns, massed into 1 Battery and two guns attached to Brigades
Sub commander: Edouard Mortier @ 10pts (Hero)

This meant that the break point of the two armies was 6 for the French and 5 for the British.

So all was set, even the usual pre-game cat attack was conducted:

I organised my French forces into three Corps, with the bulk of the Cavalry being massed into III Corps (except the Dragoons, who were attached to II Corps in the centre of the field). The British had four Corps, as their maximum Corps size was four Brigades.

Slowly lumbering forward with my centre units, I was able to reveal some of the British forward units, including the Brunswickers and Dutch in the middle of their line.

Some fire was exchanged as my I Corps also came forward to threaten the British right flank.

As muskets blazed in the centre of the field, the cavalry corps began moving on my right flank around the woodland.

This is how things looked from the British lines.

Things went from bad to worse, as all of a sudden, the British heavy cavalry charged my Dragoons!

Heavily outnumbered and already suffering from musket fire the unlucky Dragoons broke. Being impetuous, the British cavalry were forced to advance (after a victory) and threaten my II Corps flanks! Meanwhile elements of II Corps had attacked the Dutch soldiers on the flank of the Brunswickers.

Despite this, the flanks of II Corps were looking decidedly dicey!

This new threat meant that I recalled half of my cavalry force to meet the British heavies.The Elite infantry in my front line were taking a battering and Mortier tried to rally the men, unfortunately catching a musket ball as he did. He was carried from the field, unable to command.

Meanwhile, attritional fighting was still going on in the centre of the field, with no clear victor.

Then my already heavily battered Elite Infantry was charged by the Brunswick cavalry. This was not going to end well for me!

And it didn't, the Elite brigade collapsed, leaving another gaping hole in my attack line!

Things were looking a little better on my right flank. I had managed to charge the British heavy cavalry, but the angles wouldn't allow for all my horses to get into the fray. Further along though, the British light cavalry stood the charge from the rest of my cavalry Corps.

My previously neat lines of attack were starting to drift!

The British heavy cavalry stood firm against the attacking French, but I was able to force his light cavalry into a retreat. This did put me in the line of fire for his artillery though.

In the centre of the field, the Brunswick infantry charged into what remained of my II Corps and gave them a good hammering.

There was heavy fighting all along the front line as musket volley followed musket volley.

This toing and froing ended when I charged the British Guards and the Dutch troops, both of which to my surprise, broke and retreated!

The euphoria was not to last though as several of my infantry brigades disintegrated under renewed attack. 

Again, each turn seemed to scatter my brigades to the wind, things were looking desperate!

The cavalry were fairing better on the right flank, still forcing the British light cavalry into retreats.

However, I lost another brigade to the British attacks and my army reached its breaking point.

All Corps structure had broken down and I had to throw in the towel. Here's some final pictures of the table.

So another great Blücher battle finished. Although this was a loss for me, I really enjoyed the game as it has a really good feel for the period and tactics of the age. It was interesting to see that we had both placed our cavalry on the flanks, my idea was to try and sweep around the back and cause some damage that way. It worked, partially, but the centre line crumbling was the greatest cause of my defeat. Ninjasaurus commented that his best form of defence was attack, it certainly was in this case!

The men of the match really were the Men in Black Brunswicks and the conscript Dutch troops, who held off the attacking French in a goodly manner. I look forward to the time when I can field my 6mm Brigades for another game, but that is something for the future.

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

French 1st Division, 2nd Brigade in 6mm

Cracking on with the French 1st Corps for the 100 Days Campaign I next painted the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Division. This unit was commanded by Général de Brigade Baron Charles-Francois Bourgeois and was made up of the 28th and 105th Regiments of Line. Both of these regiments were formed of two battalions, however, the Blücher card has the unit listed as Understrength. So in this case, I left off one battalion of the 105th Regiment (the two could have formed into one or one may be off on garrison duty, whatever...). 

As with most of the French units, this one also has skirmishers, so four of these were added at the front.

As I have mentioned before, the three battalion formation is game shorthand for understrength units, so we don't have to keep referring to the base labels during the heat of action.

This unit adds a second to I Corps, which is slightly smaller than the British I Corps with only eight infantry Brigades and a cavalry Brigade. So this shouldn't take very long to finish off.

Having said that, I have set myself a big task here completing the armies for the 100 Days Campaign, but I am relishing the challenge!

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The French Are Here!

With the finishing of I Corps for the Allies during the 100 Days Campaign, I felt they should have an opponent to fight. Before beginning more Allied figures, I started the French I corps, as represented by the cards in the Honour 100 Days Campaign set. This is intended that I have two sides that can face off against each other eventually (whilst working on the full campaign OOBs).

Having learnt from working on the Allied I Corps, I started at the beginning, with the 1st Division. This unit consisted of two Brigades and the first of these was commanded by Colonel Claude Charlet (who was also commanding 2nd Brigade). The 100 Days Card for this unit name the commander as Quiot, who appears to have been Divisional commander  according to the OOB of the French army. I am not 100% sure but I am guessing that Quiot left command of this unit to command the entire division during the campaign. Let me know in the comments if you know the answer!

Anyway, I digress. The 1st Brigade is made up of two regiments of line, the 54th and 55th, each with two battalions. This unit also had skirmishers, which accounts for the four voltigeurs at the front.

I had originally toyed with the idea of basing the French units in column, in a stereotypical representation of them advancing across the field. However, as the usual way of fighting was in line, I decided that I would base the units in this way. Also, having tried out columns on the base, the base looked pretty empty!

The figures came, as usual, from the Baccus 6mm French Napoleonic range, and the flags from

So the long trudge towards a full Corps of French soldiers has finally begun! Keep watching this space as more units emerge!

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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Some Droids for Star Wars

As a break from painting tiny 6mm figures, I went back to the Star Wars universe and quickly finished a few droids. They all came from Ground Zero Games, in their Work Bots set. First up are these two that look a lot like Wall-E, however, with a dark grey paint job they look more like an Imperial scout droid.

These two will work well as maintenance droids, similar to the MSE droid seen dashing about on the Death Star.

And the final figure from the set looks remarkably like an Astro-Mech droid we all know so well. I painted the other one as R2-D2 previously, so this one got a paint job similar to R5-D4.

As with all the figures from GZG, these are really nice miniatures. They were easy enough to paint and will make for more interesting additions to the galaxy!

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Poppies at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A portion of the poppies that surrounded the Tower of London in 2014 as part of the First World War commemorations, had been brought and displayed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I went along as it was the last weekend that they would be displayed and took some photos.

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