Monday, 24 August 2020

King's Lifeguard of Foot, pt 2

 After a long delay, I have finally completed the King's Lifeguard of Foot:

I started the regiment by putting together the pike block back in January of last year; it has seen duty in a variety of other regiments, and will continue to do so while we carry on with our campaign in the south-west.

Subsequently distracted by other projects and building other regiments the wings of shot have now been completed. 

The majority of the shot are Warlord Games plastic but one wing contains 4 musketeers marching from the 1st Corps. range.

Although taller and with distinctively larger features, they do not look out of place with the Warlord figures on the table top. Also in the back row is a figure that I picked up second hand- no idea the make (third figure from the right in the picture below).

Although described as being outfitted in red jackets and monteros I added a little variety in the head wear. With this regiment completed I will be putting together a grey coated regiment from figures I acquired through an eBay purchase...

Sunday, 26 July 2020

English Civil War Dismounted Cavalry

In our Stoke Field game I fielded some dismounted cavalry from 2 different manufacturers and just finished painting some from a third. Dismounted cavalry were sometimes used to assault defended positions and, when required, to defend a strong point as well.

For the Stoke Lane game I painted up some Old Glory (OG)figures...

... as well as some Warlord Games (WG) figures from the Storming Party with Petard Team pack:

True to form, the WG figures were finished just a few days before the game and never made it onto the table, as they were trapped in their lodgings and captured.😒
Just this weekend I finished some Wargames Foundry (WF) minis from the Dismounted Cavalry with Carbines pack and the Officers and Characters pack:

Height-wise the three companies' figures match up pretty well although style-wise they are fairly different; left to right, WF, WG, OG:

The WG figures are more slender and better proportioned, and the detail is crisper as you would expect from a "modern" casting. Both the WF and OG figures are stockier have rather large noggins and hands with the sculpting of the OG figures being particularly dated. The OG figures come with separate right arms but they were in rather poor shape so I used arms from the WG plastic Harquebusier set.  Despite the fine detail and great casting of the WG figures, I think I enjoyed painting the WF figures the most; there is almost too much to paint on the WG minis, an issue I had with the metal dragoons as well. Although that may come across as a criticism, its more of a personal preference and they are still very nice figures.

Monday, 13 July 2020

An Outdoor War Game: The Battle of Stoke Lane

This past Sunday Murdock and I got together for an outdoor game at his place to play out another installment of our English Civil War campaign.
One of the interesting developments of the pandemic has been the interest in "long distance" gaming, and Murdock has been refining his broadcasting of his online war gaming over the past few months. In this case we had two players moving troops and making decisions from their homes, one of them two time zones away. Murdock's son (that's him behind the monitors) ran the cameras and coordinated the distant players, making sure everything ran smoothly leaving Murdock and I to move toy soldiers and roll dice.

The scenario we chose was The Battle of Stoke Lane from the Partizan Press book English Civil Wars Campaign Scenarios Vol.1 . This is a straight up raid or, as was contemporarily referred to, 'beating up quarters'. 

At this point in the campaign Sir Ralph Hopton had moved his army to Frome after spending nearly two weeks at rest, and had ordered his Maj. Gen. of Horse, Sir James Hamilton to quarter at the town of Beckington just a short distance north east of Frome, towards Bath where William Waller was then stationed. For some reason, Hamilton decided to continue closer to Bath, outside of the army's guards, to the village of Stoke Lane. Waller, having caught wind of Hamilton's poor choice, organised a raid comprising of horse and dragoons under the Frenchman Maj. Dowet.

The table set up from the south west. Dowet's raiders would enter from the north east at the top of the photo:
We would require quite a few buildings, using several from Murdock's collection, and the various building kits I had completed over the past couple of months would get their debut:

The game starts with Dowet's horse coming up from Bath along Mill Lane:
Royalist sentries rush along the village streets, attempting to arouse their sleeping cohorts:
The sentries rush to man a barricade as Parliamentarian horse gallop past, intent on capturing the pastured horses:

Dowet sends more horse swooping around to the south, to do the same:

Hamilton finally awakens from his slumber and stumbles outside with a bodyguard; he tries to stop the pilfering of his horses with disasterous results- he and his retinue are cut down except for one who slinks back to the Knatchbul Arms to hide:
On the south side of town, Royalist Dragoons respond early to the shouts of the sentries and make it to their horses before they are caught:
Others are not so lucky, trapped in their lodgings before they can respond:
Parliamentarian horse take a musket load in the face as they charge down Stoke Lane. Sadly, for the Royalists, despite doing great insult, it only enraged the enemy instead of stopping them:
Confused, swirling melees erupted as defenders tried to mount their horses and the attackers attempted to prevent their escape:

Some defenders were swamped by the enemy with one foot in the stirrup:
Only a few Royalists made it off the table:
 Royalist second in command, Lt.Col. Carre eventually made good his escape. Here he is last seen dodging enemy horse as his troops try to provide a screen :
All in all, the game played much like the real battle with two notable exceptions: both commanders were killed in melee! Also, Carre was actually captured whereas in our game he escaped to fight another day. The victory conditions meant it was a major victory for the Parliamentarians as they had to capture horses and enemy as well as take less than 50% casualties, both of which they achieved. For the Royalists to win they had to get more units off the table (not routing) than were captured or slain. As they only got 1.5 units off out of 10 it was a miserable day for them.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Tabletop Workshop's Barn and Stable

My order from Warlord Games finally made it and I was able to get the stable done. The barn I actually painted and finished about 3 years ago.

The barn has a relatively new roof- the thatch is still a nice fresh yellow.

The single storey kits all use the same roof pieces, short walls and floor - it's the long walls that make each kit different. One thing I regret is not filling in the tabs in the end walls with putty; they really stand out in the close up photos- not so noticeable on the table though.

With the stable I tried to replicate the daub colouring of the Perry's cottage (I should have wrote it down...); I think I got pretty close. A fancy stable like this probably belonged to the land owner in the nice house in the distance- too fancy for some tenant farmer.

The roof came out a little too light grey for my liking- I think I will give it a glaze with a dark brown just to warm it up a bit.

As Murdock and I have a game (the battle of Stoke Lane) planned for mid July I have a few things to tidy up for it including some more fencing and a small contingent of Old Glory dismounted cavalry we may need.

Monday, 18 May 2020

Ramshackle Barn With Thatch Roof

I am still waiting for my order from Warlord Games (usually very prompt) so I was working through my collection of kits and re-discovered a Renedra Ramshackle Barn. I had done one up for my urban Pulp Alley table (here for those that are interested) but decided to send this one back in time to the 17th century by exchanging it's shingle (or possibly tile roof) for a thatch one.
Although tile would have been acceptable for the period, the other rural buildings all have thatch roofs so I thought I would try my hand using the war gamer standard, fake fur.
I am not 100% happy with the result; I was hoping I could manipulate it so that it resembled the thatch roof of the Perry cottage.
However, given the barn is "ramshackle" I figured the rough look of the thatch represents the ill maintenance the building has suffered which the greenery in the thatch also shows.
Speaking of the Perry Miniatures cottage, I decide to use the wattle fence that came with it to make a pinfold.
The idea was shamelessly stolen from Silent Invader's thread here (pinfold on pg. 13) on the Lead Adventure Forum.
For those wondering what a "pinfold" was it is the same as a "pound" where stray animals were kept until their owners could afford to pay for the damages the stray/s had done or it/they were sold to cover such costs.
 Now back to postal box watching....

Monday, 4 May 2020

More Tabletop Workshop Buildings

I finished two more buildings in the Tabletop Workshop catalogue: the Town House and the Merchant's House.
Presumably a building named "Town House" would be found in an urban setting with little greenery and (possibly) cobble stone streets, but I based this structure so it fit in with my cottages.
Although the Merchant's House came with a thatch roof and the Town House a tile or slate roof, as both buildings have the same foot print you could swap them around as you please.
I am still not 100% happy with my daub colouring, although the Perry's cottage in my previous blog post is my favourite I can't remember how I painted it.
One of the nice features of the TW buildings is they have some interior detail if you want to use them for skirmish or RPG's.
I took these shots during WIP to show the interiors. The second floor also lifts out to gain access to the ground floor.
The musketeer shows that the windows are a little low for 28mm, and possibly also 25mm, but perfect for use with 1/72 figures.
For the sake of completing the set as it were, I have ordered two more buildings from Warlord Games. Given that I am still waiting on orders placed in February to arrive from the UK I don't anticipate seeing them too soon...

Sunday, 5 April 2020

A Couple of Plastic Cottages

A while ago I bought several plastic building kits online,  the order consisted of 4 Tabletop Workshop buildings and a Perry's Miniatures medieval cottage. I cleaned them, primed them, and then they sat in that state for about two years. I have managed to get 2 of that order done in the last week or so.
 The tabletop top kits have great texture, the wood grain is nice and pronounced and the daub is well rendered. The kits are robust with roofs that are mean't to come off.  The doors, hinges, windows and shutters are clean and crisp; the interior walls are also nicely detailed.
The downside of the kit are the tabs that connect the walls to each other, similar to MDF kits, and the coarse thatching of the roof.
The Perry's cottage is not as robust, is more in line with traditional model kits, made out of thinner styrene and I would consider it more delicate. Although I have left then roof removable, the interior has no details like the Tabletop Workshop kits. 
The thatch is perfectly sculpted, as is the daub. The detailing of the wood features is quite faint. Although more realistic in scale, dry brush and wash won't give as satisfying result as it does on the TW products.
My next post in a couple weeks time will be of  Tabletop Workshop's Town House and Merchant's House.