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French & Indian War tables

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on August 14, 2016 by Sean

As long as I’m posting pics of the progress of my French and Canadian forces for Muskets & Tomahawks, I figured I’d post some pics of some of my group’s recent gaming tables. most of these tables were 4’x6′ (400 points), but the second is a 4’x4′ (200 points)

The buildings used here are laser cut wooden pieces from 4ground from Warlord Games, and the trees and shrubs are a mix of suppliers. The fences are scratch built and resin prepaints. Felt pieces mark out fields and orchard boundaries.

We tried to make ‘organic’ looking frontier settlements, with at least some resemblance to a real farmstead or trading post. The better to attempt to burn down, right? Gives the games a bit more flair than too scattered and random.

These are a few pics of units during some of the games. The Canadians and Marines are from my French force (previous posts) while the Highlanders are from a friend’s British army, though I painted those as well (shown in previous posts).

The big scrum between some French Marines and Highlanders was a decisive point in one battle, with both units crushed from the sprawling melee. After the sides broke off the fight there were only a pair of Highlanders and a single fleeing Marine left. The Marine got revenge though, managing to fight off a British Officer who cowardly charged him in the back, taking the oafish Brit out of action. The losses from the fight pushed the Brits into a Morale card situation, which eventually broke the force (good thing too, since my own force was teetering on the edge as well).

The fourth pic is a 2v1 game, with mine and a friend’s French forces versus a British force. At that point in the battle, units were depleted and scattered all over.

Field of Glory: Armored Might

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on August 2, 2016 by Sean

With a renewed interest in Field Of Glory at my FLGS, I’ve returned to my Hundred Years War English force. It’s fun to get back to 15mm and all the heraldry for the army. Old posts feature the rest of the army; these battlegroups constitute the final units for the army, except for the camp and commanders. Like almost all of the rest of the army, they are from Old Glory 15’s miniature line.

The English force is designed to represent the army that fought the French at Crecy in 1346. The commanders will be Edward III, King of England; Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince; and Thomas de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick. Those will follow soon.

These pics are the English Knights and the dismounted Men-at-Arms.

The Knights were fun to do, following the heraldry of the lords who actually fought at Crecy. A good mix of color, though the English seemed to favor red, white, black, blue, and yellow. They of course fly a banner of St. George. Doing checkers on 15mm models was not easy, but they came out pretty nice.

The dismounted Men-at-Arms are similarly armored and marked. All the 4-base battlegroups have a standard, including the standard of Edward III, The Black Prince, St. George, and the one here, the banner of Thomas de Beauchamp, the army’s Marshal at Crecy. This gives the army more color and variety, plus makes it easier to tell battlegroups apart on the table.

Saga: In His Name

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on January 8, 2016 by Sean

 

My warbands for Saga gain some spiritual guidance in the form of a Warrior Priest. The miniature depicts a bishop or abbot or other high-ranking cleric of England, armed and ready to fight the enemies of the church (or at least his church). The figure is from the Defenders of the Faith set from Gripping Beast. I chose the most armored monk with the best forthright pose. He got the sword out of the pack. A built-up base and a shield and banner finish him off. I based him on a 40mm base, thus allowing me to field him as a Warlord Priest if I wanted. His humble color scheme is completely off-set by the banner.

The banner is sourced from Anglo-Saxon icons, with a checker pattern border framing a portrait of Jesus, done in the style of Saxon art. The portrait was free painted, using the simplified color blocking of that style. I did exaggerate the line work to make the banner more visible from a distance. On the base behind him I also added a shield, with a proper Saxon cross design.

 

The Welsh for Saga have been done for some time, but a few games have shown the power of standards in the game. With that in mind, I figured I’d add a banner man to my Welsh force. Here he is posing with a group of Welsh fighters. The Standard Bearer will be able to stand in as a Teulu or a Priodaur (Hearthguard or Warrior, respectively). As he won’t be able to fight, his weaponry was irrelevant, so I decided to give him a bow to further make him stand out.

The banner is based on banners I’ve sourced online. I free handed the imagery, with Celtic-style swirls and simplified knotwork bordering a huge cross. I might return to the knotwork later, but it works. I’m working on more banners for the Welsh and Anglo-Danes, so will feature them eventually. The Anglo-Saxons already have their dragon-banners (sculpts from the Wargames Factory plastics, added to every unit for flavor, or for game effect should I want them).

Highlanders

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on November 27, 2015 by Sean

 

More Highlanders join the King’s forces for Muskets & Tomahawks.

I’ve completed 2 units of 10 Highlanders (20 men) plus an Officer. These men have blue bonnets and blue cuffs, collars, and ascots/scarves. The first pic shows the second finished unit.

The client wants even more Scots for his army. So to help break up the monotony of color, and to help him separate units on the table, the next 2 units of 10 and their Officer will have yellow cuffs, collars, and scarves. A couple of that color scheme are in the second pic. Otherwise they’ll follow the color scheme, including that lovely tartan that I’m totally not sick of by now…

More to come.

The King’s Highlanders

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on October 15, 2015 by Sean

Kilts and bonnets in full display, the Highlanders muster forth. I’ve completed 10 Highlanders for Muskets & Tomahawks, which is enough for a basic small force. I divided them up to show them in detail, alongside a group shot. It also shows a common gripe I have with leader-type models: while everyone is pointing their muskets to the left, he raises his pistol to the right, which makes him seem to fighting some other threat. It does make him stand out, but also makes posing him for a group shot look a bit jarring.

The models themselves have a common uniform, but have enough variety between them to keep it interesting. The unit’s coats have different cuffs, trim, and collars, some going fully decorated, while others are pretty simple. Some have leggings, while others have some nice plaid socks. More to come!

For King and Country

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on October 6, 2015 by Sean

Muskets & Tomahawks is a newer game moving through my gaming circles. 18th Century skirmish in the backwoods of North America during the Indian Wars and so forth. I’m not as familiar with the time period as I am with Ancient or Medieval, but the game seems fun and easy to get into.

This Highlander from the English army is a test model for a client. He wants a whole force of this guys, so I wanted to get the colors down. I had to figure out how to do the tartan justice on a 25mm model. Going by my Welsh from Saga, I can do plaid. But can I do this nicely involved and regular pattern, and most importantly, can I do it on 20+ yahoos? Hopefully I can…

This fellow’s regiment (platoon?) has the ubiquitous red coat, but also wear blue bonnets, with blue cuffs and collars where applicable. The regiment’s tartan is a regular green divided into squares, with a blue at intervals between the green crisscross. This model has leggings, but most simply have socks (those will have a red/white diagonal plaid). On to the rest of the force.

Saga: Battle of Brunanburh

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on July 26, 2014 by Sean

This Saturday we played a nice Saga Meg-battle, a recreation of the historic Battle Of Brunanburh, one of the most important battles of Medieval England. In 937 AD, King Aethelstan of England lead a coalition of English against a force of Welsh, Vikings, and Norse-Gaels. He won, cementing the idea of ‘England’ as a unified nation. It was “the moment when Englishness came of age.”

We refought this with 11 points per side. We could have gone bigger, but we didn’t want the game to go on forever.  I tried to keep track of when and where key events on our game went, but I might be misremembering or placing events out of order (one always remembers notes and proper photos too late). Here’s a best-remembered report on the battle. We had a good time, and the mostly painted forces looked great on the table. The back and forth chaos of the battle really made the game enjoyable.

My side were Anglo-Saxons, Anglo-Danes, Bretons, and Viking mercenaries. I fielded Aethelstan as my Warlord, along with 2 units of 12 Saxon Warriors, on the left-center flank. The Bretons were a Warlord and 8 Mounted Hearthguard, positioned on a rise to move to where neeeded. The same player also fielded a Viking Warlord and a bodyguard of 4 Hearthguard on the right flank. The Danes had a Warlord, a unit of 8 Warriors, and 2 6-man Hearthguard units (one with Dane Axes) in the center.

The other side were Norse-Gaels, Strathclyde Welsh, and Vikings. The Welsh had Owen as the Warlord, plus 2 4-man units of mounted Hearthguard, as well as 2 8-man units of mounted Warriors, positioned on  their right flank. The Norse-Gael had a Warlord and 2 8-man Warriors units, one equipped with double-handed axes, in the center-right. The Vikings were divided up to 2 players, with each having a Warlord. One Warlord brought a 6-man Warrior unit and 4-man Berserkers, on the left flank, while the other Warlord brought 2 units of 6 Hearthguard and a unit of 6 Warriors, center-left.

We played with an alternate activation, with a roll for initiative every turn, then moving down the line from the winner from left to right (our teams’ left and right). Activate a player’s force, then the next across from them on the opposing side.

Turn 1- The first turn was largely uneventful. Most movement, with some javelin fire on the Vikings left that did no damage from the Bretons. The Danes pushed forward in the center, closing with the Norse-Gael and Vikings who did the same. The Welsh initially held back, due to the Danes’ Intimidation, but still advanced. A unit Hearthguard advanced to midfield. The Saxons advanced and used Aethelstan’s special rule that allowed 1 unit to have javelins. The Warriors let loose at the Welsh Hearguard, killing 3. The remaining horseman played no more part in the battle aside from supplying a Saga die.

Turn 2- Things began to get interesting. The Danes closed with the Norse-Gaels, with some pushing back and forth. They beat back the Norse-Gael Warlord with a two-punch attack by Warriors and Hearthguard, but couldn’t kill him. The Danish Warriors were then wiped out by Vikings in the forest where they had retreated. The Bretons continued to pelt the Vikings on the flank with javelins, while the Viking mercs came up to taunt the Berserkers into combat. This combat was a slaughter, with both the Vikings mercs and the Berserkers all killed.  On the left flank, an 8-man unit of Welsh Warriors went in for a charge on the Danes; the combat only cost a Welsh Warrior and a Danish Hearthguard.  Aethelstan and a unit of Saxons charged the Welsh mounted Warriors; with copious board abilities, they killed the Welsh horsemen to a man.

Turn 3- The combat got messy at this point. The Vikings, Norse-Gaels, and Danes in the center mostly rested, with the Danish Warlord and another unit of Hearthguard advancing. On the right flank, the Bretons pounced on the Viking Warlord. They couldn’t kill him, but they cost him some Hearthguard in combat. He retreated, but was forced by his pride to attack the mercenary (traitor?) Warlord. In that duel the English-friendly Warlord prevailed. First dead Warlord of the battle! On the left flank things were bloody. Welsh Warriors charged the weakened Saxon unit, killing them all. The Welsh were then counter-charged by the other unit of Saxons, losing a few members. A unit of Norse-Gaels charged Aethelstan, but he held them off, forcing them back.

Turn 4- The big turn. The Welsh took their opportunity on the exposed Aethelstan. Their Hearthguard charged him, and with their board abilities he had no chance (and I decided to not use the nearby Dane unit to soak up his wounds, as he took ~10). With his death, the Saxon line wavered, but held. In response, the remaining Saxon Warriors cut them down with vengeance in their hearts. I didn’t take photos of most of this turn, but it was mostly some movement in the center by Norse-Gaels (including a unit that fled entirely due to the English Vikings’ Loki board ability) and Danes. Dane Heathgaurd attacked the Norse-Gael Warlord, forcing him back for a loss. The Bretons cut down the last Viking unit on the right flank to 1 man, who fled into the woods to block their path for future turns.

Turn 5- The end. The center became a bloodbath (noticing a trend?). The Danes charged into the Vikings in the wood. The fights were pretty even at first. However, the Viking counter-offensive resulted in the death of the Anglo-Dane Warlord. Another dead Warlord! The Bretons pulled more sneaky hit and run tactics by killing off the last Viking on the right flank, then pursuing the Norse-Gael Warlord skulking behind his line. They pushed him away from his retainers, riding him down. With his death, we ran out of time.

Conclusion- The VP total was 43 to 38, a win for Aethelstan’s forces! Not strictly historically accurate (seeing how Aethelstan and his brother Edmond both survived the actual battle…). Perhaps they were merely ‘knocked out’ and lived on… For England!