Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Elastolin/Hausser castles

The appearance of one of my castles in a recent game generated a fair bit of interest, so here are all three of  them arrayed for your delight.  While they seem to be scaled for 30mm-ish figures I bought them mostly to use with 54mm toys.  I wonder if I can ever get all three into a single game....

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Leaves on the line

Having undertaken to run a game last Wednesday, I cobbled together a small Funny Little Wars outing to the ACW.  John was the man in the (my actually) grey kepi while Martin sported his Zouave-esque fez.
 The plan was for a train - laden with 3 units of US infantry - to trundle on from the north east (to right) corner.  On rounding the first bend the crew would spot the obstacle which the cheeky Rebs had placed across the line and halt.  The Rebs would then attack, with the objective of capturing the train.  Neither side was permitted to destroy the train.
 As always the well-know Forbodian photographer Mat Bradic was on the spot to record the action.
 As well as it's loco, the train comprised two packed wagons and a flat car with a gun.  Meanwhile at the front end...
 Was our old friend the Thunderbox!
 As the train slows Confederate forces rush forwards!  More on these figures in this earlier post.
 As well as two infantry units the CSA also had a small cavalry force.  Old Britains Deetail figures.
 Supervised by Gen. Pickett and Col. Robertson the grey-clad horde potted away at the train guards.
 A messy brawl was developing as the last of the Yankee infantry disembarked from the wagons.
 Ignoring the hail of enemy fire the Rebs rushed the Thunderbox.

 By now the cavalry had perished in a hail of musketry.
 Bradic (foreground) captures another enduring image of war.
 As the Rebs on the left charged the Zouaves their officer remembers to look at the camera!
 This was a bloody encounter but the Rebs prevailed.  Despite their flag being upside down!
 Led by none  other then Gen. Pickett (he's the man for a charge, you know), the Rebs took the loco and saw off a Yankee challenge.  At this point the Yankee commander conceded the game.
So and enjoyable little game with only around 70 figures on the table and a playing time of under two hours.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Kings German Legion Light Dragoons

Here are more of those Supreme British cavalry repainted as KGL and hastily photographed before the recent Waterloo game.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Supreme figures?

To bulk out my forces for the recent Waterloo game I bought a load of these 'Supreme' figures from Gary at Tiger Hobbies.  While they could never be accused of being the world's finest 54mm figures they were startlingly cheap, already painted and actually rather nice.  The French all sport bicorne hats - save for some guards with bearskins - while the (slightly taller) Brits have shakos.


The cavalry are much like the foot in terms of colouring and headgear.  They take paint quite well - as can be seen from this quartet of French troopers repainted as officers.  I have also repainted some of the British cavalry as Prussians and KGL - more on them soon.