Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Sail in Flames

Last night at the NWS I orchestrated a game of Sails of Gory involving four ships:

  • HMS Unite captained by Simon;
  • HMS Goliath captained by Mark B;
  • Le Success captained by Stephen; and
  • Genereux captained by me.

We were each running our own ship with counters and damage chits from my starter set.

I got off to a good start and gave the HMS Goliath a bow rake causing it to spring a leak.

MAD.  The two third rates came along side and traded broadsides.  A second leak occurred on the HMS Goliath which also caught fire, while on the Genereux two fires broke out as well as a leak.  It was only a short time until they were both reduced to sodden burnt wrecks.

The frigates traded long range blows and were able to repair their damage as quickly as it was inflicted.  It seemed that the two third rates had picked all the nasty chits from the A and B bags...  Early on Le Success was able to get a good bead on the HMS Unite, only to find that they had double shot loaded and couldn't make the distance.  Telling, as the game finished when the frigates finally closed and the HMS Unite was able to get a  double shot broadside on Le Success.  Leaks occurred and the boat went down. 

Observations

If more boats were involved would need a second set of counters and damage chits.

Even with just the four, and finally two, boats in action, it was still necessary to police the turn sequence.  I earlier used the term "orchestrated" and I really felt a bit like a conductor as I waved the firing stick around trying to keep everything in order.

Final comment: note that I have started to paint the yards and crow's nests on my boat.  Just the mizzen mast so far, but it does stand out and provide better definition.

I took my paper boat along, but after its previous poor performance I decided to give it a rest. Sadly on the way home my torch fell out of my pocket... the paper boat softened its fall.  Luckily nothing seriously damaged, but it seems my paper boat is in need of a carrying box to protect it from life's thrills and spills.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Russian Napoleonic Infantry - Dniepr Musketeers

My second unit of Russians now rebased and with a new flag.  Same story as the last lot. Just tried some different background shots for this post, as well as some of the tried and trusted pictures on my "parade ground" (which is actually mt DBA game board).





Now it is on to late war Russian Grenadiers.  Researching their flags is doing my head in so I think I will just go with the most flamboyant ones I can find.

Monday, April 14, 2014

2 4 6 8 Prodomoi

For my WRG 7th Edition army I need three elements of lance armed light cavalry for my Alexandrian Macedonian army.  Move forward twenty years and I need four elements for my Fields of Glory army.  Two figures short.  I had the metal.  Could I match the paint job?



Yes I think I have, but sadly not the flock...  The original has yellowed with the passage of time.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Punic DBA

It wasn't planned, but our DBA games on Friday took on a bit of the theme of the Punic Wars.

The Romans started it (this time round).  Here we see them attacking Saguntum.

After taking the BUA, the Romans, II/33, go on to defeat the Iberian Spanish II/39(a).

Our second game became the Battle of Trebia, with the Romans, II/33, with the river at their back facing the Carthaginians, II/32.

Hannibal was able to fight the Romans in the woods and secure victory.  Not shown in the photo is a band of Numidian Light Horse moving round the Roman left flank (lower right hand corner) having successfully sneaked through the forest. 

Two games in two hours.  All figures from Mark's collection, but most of the terrain was mine.  The material for the river was made by cutting up a piece of non-slip fabric when we realised we need a waterway for the littoral Carthaginian defenders.  The length was a perfect 600 mm and we just took a 600 pace strip and then cut a wiggly line up the middle thereby producing a waterway for each of us.  Nothing like improvisation on the spot.  I have been without a waterway forever (lots of ideas, but never got around to actioning any of them).

Friday, April 11, 2014

Things of Glory

Today Mark and I started with a Sails of Glory game (his first) and then went on to a Wings of Glory game before having a couple of DBA games (which will be covered in a separate post).

The Sails of Glory game used Mark's sea broad and was also a time to try out my Warartisan paper boat that has now been based and sports a minimum of rigging (and a good set of coats of PVA glue).

Ship ahoy!  My boat (using the credentials of Genereux spies the HMS Defence).

We come close, but no cigar...

HMS Defence gets in the first shot.

It's a bow rake!

My boat returns fire using those new fangled fire markers.

What do you mean fire larboard?  Didn't I say starboard?  Oh F!  After inflicting fabulous damage it has to be all taken back went it is found that my boat wasn't actually manning its starboard guns.

My boat getting the worst of it.  Why always crew hits?  :-(

The killing blow.  HMS Defence gets in a full broadside and my boat sinks.  The HMS Defence was severely damaged, but it lived to claim victory (I think we had experienced just about every kind of special damage there was, but sadly mainly on my boat).

I think I prefer the look of cotton wool to denote a broadside.  I have to remember that for my basing, white is orange and light blue is the new green.  Probably could use a more sea green colour than the light blue, but I need to produce some sea boards of my own (and finish rigging my boat).

After our nautical game (which took about two hours including chat and game introduction) we took to the air.

I pilot a Yak into a late war Japanese plane which was much more heavily armed than I realised.  No matter, I got some good shots on it, but in a final pass we each received so much damage we were both done for.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dog Ate My Plane

Not my excuse for not going to the club tonight, but what I was greeted with when I got home.

Scratch one Fiat CR.42 Falco.  Wheel missing (believed eaten), base crunched and maneuver cards chewed.

Chief suspect being detained for questioning.

He claims he didn't do it, but then said he was put up to it by a much smaller dog.  Unluckily for us he has form.  Personally I blame Christmas.

Last Christmas a gingerbread man was wrapped and put under the tree.  Dog, who goes by the name of Pierre, rips wrapping apart and devours most of the gingerbread man.  We learnt by this and put any edible gifts up high.  Dog did not learn and later semi chewed up some cosmetics.  Bad doggy.

Of course it was really my fault for leaving my toys on the floor in their boxes, the door to my study open and the dog alone in the house.  At least the poor plane can be easily replaced.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Russian Napoleonic Infantry - Azov Musketeers

I was going to title this as "The Russians Are Coming!" but given world events I thought it might be misinterpreted.  However, as an aside, I grew up in Adelaide and that city is protected by two forts that were built as I understand it to defend against the Russians in the late nineteenth century. So...

On with the post.

Another of my Christmas present batch of figures from Dragon Painting Services rebased and ready for action.  All I did for these chaps was give them a new flag (their uniform from around 1810 seems a bit generic - which is good - but the pom pom seems prescriptive and a little research came up with the Azov Musketeer Regiment from the Brest-Litovsk Inspection and Warflag had their flag for easy downloading, resizing and printing) and coat of satin varnish (and of course the rebase).  They look like they mean business!




This was a bonus figure - an early war Prussian general.  He can be in Russian service.