Wednesday, 11 April 2018

My Diadochi So Far...

I thought I'd take some nice photos of my Antigonid Successors now that I have a semi-respectable phalanx. I still need a lot more more cavalry and I'll add at least one more elephant (see previous post). I also have a lot of light infantry/javelins to add too. I have plenty of figures waiting and I doubt that I'll have to buy many more, if any.

The majority of the figures are Xyston. The only exceptions are the elephant (Forged in Battle) and Cretan archers which are from AB. Shield transfers are from Little Big Men Studios.

First of all are my newest phalangites:




The phalanx consists of Agaema, Peltasoi, Chalkespides/Leukaspides (I can't really work out what the difference between the chalk's & the leuk's is supposed to be other than shield colour).




Thureophoroi & Thracians.


And my little cavalry wing. I can always use my Greek and Thessalonian cavalry for the time being until I get more done. I was actually planning to do the 3rd battalion of Lutzow infantry next but I might actually do another couple of bases for these chaps before I go back to that.

So there they are. I'll be adding another peltastoi and another regular pike unit and I have more thureophoroi & Thracians. As mentioned above I also have enough light infantry/javelins to add two or three units.

Note: Auto-correct wants to change peltastoi to Elastoplast.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

I've Got a Little Pachyderm

I'm still on a hiatus from painting Napoleonic's and still painting Diadochi. I've almost finished another unit of pike and I'll put what I have together for some photos tomorrow. But I'm still nowhere near finished them.

Anyhow, along all the other Macedonians I have sitting on my desk, I also have a couple of elephants from Forged in Battle (Westwind Productions I think). There were two in the box and I decided to make one of them. I've never painted an elephant before.

Here it is:



Friday, 6 April 2018

Small Napoleonic's

I've taken a rest from painting Napoleonic battalions and regiments while I await delivery of the rest of my Lutzow infantry. So I've been painting Macedonian phalangites as well as rebasing the ones I've already completed. I'll post more about these troops later.

I also decided to paint a few little figures that have been sitting on my desk for a while.

The dragoon is a plastic Perry chap and he's been sitting on my desk, undercoated with an ink wash, for a couple of  years. I have no need for him but I just decided to bring him to life. He's a nice figure and I think he's from the 19th regiment (not really sure).

The vivandière is from Eureka and she's been on my desk for as long as the dragoon. But her customer came with some Warlords French line infantry that I bought a couple of weeks back.

These figures have no real game use... I suppose I could use the vivandière vignette as a Reserve Order token in General d'Armee.



Sunday, 1 April 2018

General of Cavalry

A quick post just for the sake of posting something.

I've been busy. I finished the second battalion of Lutzow's Freikorps but it's useless posting any photo's because it looks just like the previous one. I'm also waiting on a few more figures to arrive so I can get stuck into the third battalion because I didn't order enough to start with.

I've also finished some thureophoroi for my ancient Macedonians that have been sitting on my table since I got distracted by Napoleonic's (again).

This guy has also been sitting on my table for a long time. He's taken me a long time to paint mainly because I'd just add a bit every now and again. But he's finally finished and ready to lead my French cavalry in our next battle - Probably against me!

This figure is from Front Rank and is on the very large scale of 28mm. But he's a good looking figure.


Saturday, 24 March 2018

GdA ~ Game 5 and some new players.

We played another game of General d'Armee today. This time we had two new recruits, Paul & Tim, joining Pete Andrew & I (we're veterans now). I didn't actually play this game, I set up so that Paul & Tim opposed each other and I took them through the rules, step by step and refereed for them.

It was an interesting game with many different questions being asked and many different perspectives offered. Tim & Peter played the Prussians whilst Paul and Andrew commanded the French.



I won't give a full blow by blow account of this battle as, in many respects it was an introductory game. But here's the general gist of how it played out:

The game started with the French gaining the initiative. And they simply advanced their line. Tim got into the use of his ADC's right from the get -go and used a Forwards tasking to get his reserve brigade marching and took control of the farmhouse on the flank. In the following turns Paul moved his skirmishers up and and some general skirmish fighting took place.



Paul invested a wood near the farmhouse with his infantry but these were countered by a Prussian horse battery unlimbering beside the farm.


On Andrew and Peter's side of the table it was similar for the first couple of turns but their fight mainly tuned into a cavalry battle on the far flank.


My new Chasseurs a Cheval make their debut.

Some of Paul's French cavalry including his ADC conversions.


My new battalion for Lutzow's Freikorps standing in
for the missing fourth landwehr battalion.

All around the table plenty of skirmish fire and artillery took place with varying degrees of success or lack thereof. 



On the far right flank Andrew and Peter maneuvered their cavalry for a big fight. The French got the initiative and launched a charge with their dragoons in the lead and light cav in support. They met the Prussian dragoons who had a regiment of landwehr cavalry behind them.

Tim and I lose our heads during the thick of battle.

Paul thinking hard on some difficult tactical decisions.

Now, I've had these French dragoons for quite a long time and for most of that time they've sat in a storage box doing nothing. Now, every time they get into the thick of it they win. And it's never a Pyrrhic victory. It's always a crushing defeat of their opponent. This time it was no different. They sent the Prussian horse packing, causing the brigade to falter. Luckily for Peter he rolled well on the Faltering Brigade Chart and the Prussians rallied.


But Pete's saving his cavalry didn't really help. Paul had been targeting one of Pete's landwehr battalions in the center and had caused significant casualties. Now Paul launched his cavalry at the battered battalion. They failed to form square and became unformed. The gun battery gave some supporting fire but it wasn't enough to check the French horsemen. In the ensuing melee the infantry retreated and the added casualties from the retreat caused them to disperse.

The result of this was that Pete's Landwehr brigade Faltered and rolled badly in the ensuing Command Phase causing the whole brigade to retreat due to a Suave Qui Peut result.

Tim tried to save the day by charging Paul's dragoons bringing up the rear with his uhlans (who had recently forced the French horse battery to pack up and run) but poor rolling on his behalf saw both cav regiments retire to their own lines. Paul kept up the pressure by charging the faltering landwehr with his lone regiment of chasseurs.

Tim also tried an infantry assault on Paul's line at this time but a good solid volley & dismal Prussian dice saw the assault thrown back in disorder.

So, that was it. It was getting late. The Prussian center was in full retreat and the veteran infantry of the Leib Regiment were not in a position to take the fight to the French without withdrawing and reforming. So the day went to the French.

Conclusion:

Another good game but I don't think Tim was enamored with the rules. He had some successes throughout the game but his main attack failed. I hope he comes back to play again because he's a very experienced and more than worthy opponent.

As for the center collapse I prompted Paul to charge with his cavalry. He's a seasoned player but new to GdA so I explained the possible results of charging and he went with it. Due to Peter's troops being Recruit status and the casualties they were carrying, the chances of his battalion forming square were drastically reduced. He could have formed square when Tim chased off the battery that was battering them but his focus was on the cavalry battle on the wing.

Strangely, both Pete & Time placed their landwehr towards the center. I'm guessing this was through a lack of communication but it did make the Prussian center weak.

Being a referee can give you a perspective that you don't see when you're in the thick of it.

And some more pics including some I stole from Russel (some of the better ones above are his too).


And there we are. from the left: Someone's head and a neighboring game,
Pete, Tim, Me, Paul, Andrew.




Andrew looking rather contented as his troops take up positions on the hill.




Thursday, 22 March 2018

Do I Smell Chicken Chasseurs?

No you do not!
They are the 9th Regiment, Casseurs a Cheval.

My French cavalry arm was severely lacking (one lone regiment of dragoons) so I needed to add a bit more horseflesh to mon Petit Armee. I picked up a box of the Warlords plastic chasseurs a cheval and, I must say, they are somewhat underwhelming. But they were going cheap at $20.00 a box.

The basic riders  come in two poses - Arm bent and arm bent a little bit less. Their mounts are similar in their variation. The metal commanding officer looks nice but I'm unsure about the sabretache hanging off his hip. This isn't a piece of kit used by chasseurs. All the other figures have them too but, because they're plastic I cut them off. This left the scabbard hanging in an unusual manner.

The commanders' horse is shitty. It has it's two front legs thrust out with dirty great pieces of metal attaching them to the base. These looked very ugly and had to go but they left the horse with only one rear leg attached to the base. So I drilled through the base and into the horses belly. I then inserted a piece of brass rod to hold the horse steady and (hopefully) prevent it breaking when handled.

The hornist is one of the standard riders with the trumpet arm attached. I sculpted his shoulder fringes. The standard bearer is... Lacking. Lacking everything. He has no belts. No shoulder fringes (home sculpted again). A scabbard with no sword. He even had no head! But he does have a sabretache. Lucky him.

Note: The spellcheck wants to change sabretache to "heartache."

Anyway, for better or worse here is the 9th Regiment, Casseurs a Cheval (the cheap version). I'm looking forward to the upcoming Perry plastic set.




And now I can get back to Lutzow's Freikorps!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Lutzow'z Freikorps - First Battalion

I decided to do something different for the next lot of troops to add to my Prussians and I settled on Lutzow's Freikorps. There are several reasons for selecting this formation and in no particular order they are:

1. They look easy and quick to paint,
2. They will make a self contained "Brigade" for Gd'A, and
3. They have a great unique and impressive look.
4. There is some freedom regarding how to represent them.
5. Good practice for painting "back on black", for paining the Black Brunswicker's sometime in the future.

I decided to use the Perry Prussians in greatcoats for the infantry. They are not perfect but they look great. The actual uniform should be double breasted with two rows of brass buttons but I thought the rest of the uniform details would give them the overall distinctive look of the korps. The figures also have gaiters instead of pants.
Oh well... I could have used Calpe Miniatures but Perry were cheaper.

Black on black... It's easy to do but it's not easy to get the effect right. In the flesh the effect looks much better than the pics. I did the coats in German Grey with a black wash.

The flag I designed myself. It's unknown if they actually had any standards but I considered that because they were a volunteer formation with plenty of wealthy members they could afford to pay for semi-elaborate flags.
So that's what I gave them (and yes, it is over-sized!).

Easy and quick to paint? They were. This battalion took three days. I have two more battalions to go, a few jaeger companies, A couple of hussar squadrons, a couple of uhlan squadrons, and a couple of batteries.