Friday, September 30, 2011

Chateau all plastered

Did all the plastering... next up painting the doors and roof, and doing the base (the one it is on above isn't the right one... the real one is a bit smaller).

I think I'll also paint up a number of "additions" to put along with it... namely some crates, barrels, and a well.  They will be moveable.

Also, I am thinking about doing a wood floor for the buildings and some simple walls and wall papering.  Then, who knows what else.

More to come!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The first few walls of the chateau plastered...

Well, the first few walls are plastered... and I think it looks pretty sharp!  The barn extension at the front and the gatehouse walls are plastered (although they have some touching up to do.)  The back isn't.  Ignore the balsa cross-supports on the doors, need to get those painted:D

So... I'll look for some MDF board as the base, and then get to getting it plastered and mounted!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Renovating an old Napoleonic project!

Hey all!

Okay... I was looking over my stuff, trying to get my sell-off organized (I am plotting getting rid of some old, random figures and things that someone might want) and looking at the main piece... namely, a 25mm chateau that I built some time ago.

So... I was looking at it... it is sort of a cool model, to be honest, that I never reeeeaalllly put the finishing touches on.  I included some shots of the WIP stages as well:)

Well, I was looking at it sitting there, sort of finished but not as awesome as it should be, and it occurred to me that I should finish it up:)

So that's what I started tonight!  I am going to putty the entire outside to represent the whitewash and stuff.  I am then going to repaint all the doors and the bricks and maybe the windows, so they look better.  I think I'll then give the roof another highlight (and maybe one or two other touches) and then secure the entire thing onto a base!  Do the inside nicely, a little garden maybe and the like... And who knows... all the roofs come off, maybe I can timber the floors...:)

Then, once it is all finished, maybe I'll sell it?  Would be a perfect centerpiece for a big game... it is a bit too big for my table, to be honest.

Anyway... any thoughts?  Anyone have any advice what material I should secure the whole thing on?  It is a big, big piece...

Has anyone painted up any Perry rioters yet?

Hey all!

Just curious... Has anyone painted any of the great Perry rioters up yet? They are such awesome minis, and they singlehandedly make me want to game "Gangs of New York!". Anyone done them yet?

Monday, September 19, 2011

The British attack prepares to go...

Just one shot of the table... here are three brigades under the Duke of Wellington (from L to R... a line brigade, a brigade of Guards, and a Brunswick brigade) preparing to scale Del Sol hill and plunge down on the other side into the two French Guards brigades at the woodline, with a brigade of line in reserve... it should be interesting, especially as the French artillery begins to pour fire into the attackers!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The latest 10mm Napoleonic battle begins!

Hey all!

Well, the game is underway!

Above is a shot of the board without any troops on it.  Two French divisions start in the top left corner, and one in the bottom left.  The French started on the board, with the British and their allies only coming on in random rolls... and then, bang, within two turns the entire British army was on the board, spread evenly along the righthand side.  Oh well!

Here is a shot of the French cavalry division under the command of Marshal Ney moving onto the board in the top left corner.  They did get a little held up by some orchards and farms, but they got themselves sorted out eventually.

Also in the top left corner was a large infantry division under the command of Marshal Davout, which advanced in down the road and through the fields.

 On the far side of the French line Napoleon himself led a smaller infantry division (including all of the French guard and most of the artillery onto the field.  The artillery was not in an ideal position, and they quickly began to redeploy across the board.

 Two thirds of the British army entered on the first turn!  A mixed division of British infantry and cavalry and Spanish infantry commanded by General Martinez marched in at the center.

And in the near corner a division of infantry, including a Guards brigade, entered the field commanded by the Duke of Wellington.

Napoleon, faced with two entire British divisions, began to advance his men to the woods at their front.

Meanwhile Ney tried to manage his cavalry and get them onto the far left French flank.

Marshal Davout began to move his infantry division forward, but several commanders failed their orders rolls, and they halted their brigades to await clarification of their orders.  Sacre bleu!

Here is a shot of the table after two or three turns... the French at the top left are desperately trying to get into position (and would LOVE to get some artillery on the hill in front of the Santos farm.  Napoleon is moving his men into the woods at the foot of Del Sol hill, hoping he can get to the top of the hill and hold off what appears to be a huge number of enemies heading his way... he tries to get his artillery to the summit first!

Davout's infantry begin to sort out where they are supposed to move to.

Here is a shot showing the field a few turns later.

The Duke of Wellington decides that the Brunswickers will begin the attack, with his Guards close behind and a brigade of infantry under Colonel Harper moving through the woods to their flank.

The two Guards brigades in the woods deploy voltigeurs to keep the hilltop clear of British artillery and they begin to advance towards the organizing British.

Ignoring the preparations for an attack up Del Sol hill, General Martinez has his Spaniards occupy the farm, almost running right into a French battery that is trying to get across the river.

Meanwhile, on the far left flank of the French line, one of Ney's subordinates, Colonel Bosquet, failed a crucial orders roll, and promptly ordered his cavalry to advance.  The British, seeing the French cavalry get a little far from their infantry support, quickly pounced, with supporting cavalry crossing the river to threaten their flank. In a flurry of horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE rolls, while few men fall from their saddles, almost every cavalry unit between the French and British forces fails their Steady! test and become Unsteady!  This fight might not last long...

Cursing, Davout redirected a brigade of infantry under Colonel Nez, to the hilltop to secure it in case the French cavalry was crushed.

So!  That is where we have left off!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The infantry brigades assemble

Here they are!

A total of seven brigades for the British (picture above).

1st (Guards) Brigade: 3 Guard battalions
2nd Brigade: 4 Line battalions
3rd Brigade: 3 Line battalions, 1 Guard battalion (Highlanders)
4th Brigade: 3 Line battalions
5th Brigade: 4 Line battalions (Spanish)
6th Brigade: 4 Line battalions (Spanish)
7th Brigade: 4 Line battalions (Spanish)

The British also have two "brigades" of cavalry, which I'll show later.  The British rolled up a some amount of artillery... 2 regular foot batteries, and two horse batteries.

Now for the French!

The French rolled up six brigades.

1st (Guard) Brigade: 3 Guard battalions
2nd (Guard) Brigade: 3 Guard battalions
3rd Brigade: 3 Line battalions
4th Brigade: 4 Line battalions
5th Brigade: 4 Line battalions
6th Brigade: 3 Line battalions

The French have two "brigades" of cavalry (one of which is quite huge, with a lot of heavy cav) and rolled up a ton of artillery... one battery of horse artillery, and four batteries of foot artillery.  That works out well for them, given that they will begin the game on defense, with the majority of their troops already deployed on the board (unlike the British, who will have troops come on the board with rolls.)

So... I'll get some more photos of the rest soon!

The commanders assemble for the next battle

Hey all,

Whelp, I've got the commanders together for the next 10mm Napoleonic game!

It will be nine brigades of British and their allies against eight brigades of French.  The British rolled up a ridiculously even set of brigade commanders... eight of the nine are average commanders, with the ninth being a tragic -2.  The French, on the other hand, rolled up the most insanely varied group of commanders I've ever had... of their eight brigade commanders, only TWO were average... the rest were either below or above.  Now, considering that the roll to generate an average commander on 2d6 is 5-9, that is pretty crazy.

So... next up, assembling the two forces! is f'ing worthless

Well, I think I have to move my blog.  After all this damn time I've put in, and after how well established the domain name is, these morons have completely fucked up my account.

First, everything is going through Picassa and apparently I am out of space, so everything is getting resized to 800x800.

And now my old photos won't even load when you click on them.  Here, check it out yourself...

Click on this link

When I click on the photos there, I get nothing.

I hate Blogger so, so, so, so much.  HATE.  Why the hell do companies create good products and then devote themselves to making them suck?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A few more photos of the latest table layout

Here you go!  Some French cav are out scouting...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The next 10mm Napoleonic Spain table is underway...

 Hey all!

Okay, after another piece of that big super secret project I've been hinting at for a number of months, I got myself into my next 10mm Napoleonic set-up.

 Again, the land is Spain.  There is a major road that runs through the board (currently shown using MS Paint!) the San Antonio.  There is one hill to the north, a fairly large but gentle plateau atop which sits the Santos farm (pictured to the left).  Across the river and near the crossing is another farm, the DeGuerra farm (pictured to the right.)  Both farms have small orchards of olive trees, grape vines, and fields of wheat around them.  Overlooking the intersection between the San Antonio and Damingo roads is a gentle hill, Del Sol Hill.

So.... this is my initial layout.  Gotta look it over, decide if it needs more, and then start flocking.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A random box of miniatures

 Because why not?!

Friday, September 9, 2011

The sold guys begin their new life...

Hey all!

Well, I mentioned a week ago that I sold a group of unbased 10mm Napoleonics (early Prussians) to a buddy of mine... they had been sitting in the closet for several years, and since I got them at a good price, I thought I could sell them at one as well.

Well, they are getting their new life!  On top you can find the first brigade with their basing done and their new flags... rather sharp, no?  To the left is his first "test" artillery piece... I had no appropriate crew, so he had to make do, but I think they look fine!

Monday, September 5, 2011

10mm Napoleonic Objective - Coldstreamer Square

 Hey all!

Just thought I would post some quick shots of the "objective" piece I did last night on a whim... namely, a unit of Coldstream Guard in square.  There is a mounted officer in the center and a pair of flags... and if you look next to the Kings Colors you might even notice a rifle captain standing there... what can I say, I've been reading a lot of Sharpes books this summer!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A night of looking at toy soldiers and military stuff

Howdy all!

A buddy of mine stopped by tonight for some toy soldier lookin' at and steak.

We finally put up the new pack, along with a kepi... looks pretty sharp on the top of the cabinet.  Moved the print to the near one.

Also sold him the small army of toy soldiers to the right.  A very fair price, I do think, especially since I got them at a fair price originally and they have frankly sat in a closet for three years untouched... better to have them out there and completed!

Finally, also put together some spare British bits to make a little "objective" marker of sorts of a British square... I figure it should be useful for some photos or something visually interesting!

Okay, why does Blogger suck for bigger pictures all of a sudden?

Anyone else notice this?  Why, when I upload large, hi-res photos, does this crap site make them smaller, even when you click on them to enlarge them?

Okay, if I cannot figure this out I am SO getting rid of Blogger... I'll move to six side or whatever that is.