Friday, May 22, 2015

Waterloo by Andrew Roberts

Waterloo: June 18, 1815: The Battle for Modern Europe by Andrew Roberts

I think this is the same book as Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Gamble.  It is part of the Making History series by Harper Collins and just meant as an introduction and as such fits the purpose.  Richard lent me his copy and it was an enjoyable, quick read.  One new bit of information, the massed French cavalry charge might have been the result of "irrational exuberance" to use a modern phrase.  Once one excitable cavalry unit moves forward another joins in, in case it might miss out in the glory.

I've read Andrew Roberts Masters and Commanders which was a much more in depth book and have his Napoleon the Great to look forward to for my birthday.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mustering Forces for Waterloo - Part 4

There is supposed to be a before picture, showing the sorry state of these troops after being handled by the postal service, but it has disappeared (either I set up the photo and got distracted so only thought I'd taken it, or I deleted accidentally while taking photos of last night's game).

Anyway, horses restored to bases, men remounted, swords and lances straightened although more reinforcing is required on the later.

These are from my friend Myron's collection and it is very kind of him to lend them to me.  Thanks Myron, I am sure they will fight well.

Defence of the Lego Factory

Last night at the club we had a six player game, one plane each, of Wings of Glory.

I'm flying an Albatross DII and the Lego Factory can be seen top left hand corner of the photo.

The bomber, an Italian job, is being flown by Craig and Simon C is escorting him in the Bristol Fighter and Mark B is in the Camel.  On my side is Brendan in the yellow Fokker (very top of the picture) and Stephen N in the other Albatross.  All miniatures and terrain and scenario design is Stephen's as per usual.

It soon turned in to a conga line as we successively dropped altitude and turned in on the lumbering bomber.

The Camel got into a spot of bother and wasn't seen again, but the Bristol was closing in.

Playing with altitude is a curse as once you miss a dive it is hard to catch up, so while we all look close, we are actually mostly out of range.

The Fokker dances about the bomber and I get some well aimed shots in.  However the Bristol Fighter serves Stephan's Albatross a critical hit.

The bomber can take a lot of damage.  To my horror, having positioned myself in his blind spot we find this particular model plane doesn't have one, well not according to the manual.  Worse the Bristol Fighter is now firing on me as well. 

The bomber does its ghastly work and turns to home.  Its escort does the same.  With fifty percent damage I am going to head for home.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Minifigs Nassau Grenadiers

Phil's comment on my post about the 1st Nassau reminded me I had a stand of Minfig Nassau somewhere.  After a bit of searching here they are:

Just for the record, the figure codes are NN4 - standard bearer, NN6 - officer, NN5 - drummer and NN2 - grenadier.  I remember getting these and thinking one day I might be able to afford more.  By that time I was into 15mm and Minifigs, while cute, no longer do it for me.

Kiev to Rostov - Turn 35 and 36 (part)

Things are starting to get serious.  The remnants of the the Soviet forces north of the southern sector portrayed in this game have now started to make an appearance, pursued by part of the Axis Army Group Centre, some guy called Guderian...

Kremenchug has fallen, and even though the bridge has been blown, it has given the Axis a bridgehead over the Dnepr.

The outline of the pocket.  With the start of game turn 36 the Soviets can start to withdraw, but it is going to be a tricky affair.

Down south the Axis clear the way to the gateway to the Crimea and launch an attack on a key road and rail junction further east.

At the end of the Axis 36 turn their bridgehead has started to expand...

The northern front is now active and the Soviets are going to be in a race as they pull back.  Kiev is now under close assault.

The Axis start to break into the Crimea.  For the focus of this game, this is just a sideshow.  The Axis attack east was repulsed and now they must wait for their supplies to catch up.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

1st Nassau

The bag of Old Glory Nassau figures I got in December allowed me to create two units for Waterloo.  This is the second one, which I've painted as the 1st Nassau, not that there was a lot of difference between the two regiments.

As usual these days with my Napoleonics, the flag is printed from the warflags site.

AB RHA Mounted Officer

A fine sculpt that I hope my brush work has done justice too.