After what seems like a very long time I have completed the Eureka 18mm Crimean War French.
Saturday, 25 September 2021
Monday, 2 August 2021
The last Sunday of July saw Murdock and I resume our ECW campaign with The Battle of Freezing Hill, a prelude to the main event, Lansdowne Hill.
After scouting out Lansdowne Hill the previous day, Lord Hopton's Royalist force returned the following morning to occupy it only to discover that William Waller's army had ensconced itself at the crest of it in the meantime.
After deploying for battle and seeing the Waller had no intention of leaving Lansdowne Hill, Hopton retired towards Marshfield. Waller sent out a harassing force and Hopton was obliged to present some of his army as a rearguard; this battle is the result.
The Royalist rearguard; Hopton's dragoons in the forefront with Howard's and Vaughan's in the middle; commanded shot in the middle distance with more of Howard's and Vaughan's horse on their flank and more commanded shot in the far distance:
Eventually, the Royalist reinforcements arrive, in the form of Col. Trevannion's regiment of foot:
Not a moment too soon either as the Parliamentarian commander makes good use of his early reinforcements to start hemming the Royalist rearguard in:
You will have noticed some different paint jobs on some of the Royalist horse; I had to pilfer some from Jeff's collection as I seemed to have misplaced about a dozen of my own. As before, we used Warlord Game's Pike and Shotte rules with amendments from To Kill A King. Something to note is that we have not been using Blunders; we started the campaign without them and decided to carry on as is. Next up is Lansdowne Hill, which should be interesting...
Monday, 19 July 2021
A number of us each chose a Nationality or two and a batch order was put together by Nate through Eureka Miniatures USA ; I chose Ottoman Turks (the flags I ordered from Maverick Models).
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
This past Sunday a few of us got together at Murdock's and rolled out the 18th century collection of our dearly missed friend Jeff (aka Jeff of Saxe-Bearstein, aka Bluebear Jeff).
At deployment, things looked positive for Saxe-Bearstein as a number of Stagonian regiments started in reserve and one of their own was ready to board some boats when their turned arrived. Saxe-Bearstein in the forefront, Stagonians advancing onto the table:
Rules used were Black Powder with stats based on the Prussian Seven Years War list in Last Argument of Kings. As usual, regiments that Jeff listed as Veteran were given the Steady and Elite4+ rule. A few units Jeff had labeled Superb and they were given Superbly Drilled in addition and a couple foot regiments were also given an extra pip of Stamina. These made for very steady regiments.
Murdock broadcasted the game live over Twitch and will no doubt have an edited version available sometime in the future.
Sunday, 16 May 2021
After a nearly year long layoff from playing games face to face, Murdock and I were able to resume our campaign series from Partizan Press' English Civil War Campaign Scenarios, Vol 1. After Stoke Lane the next scenario in line is the Battle of Monkton Farleigh.
With the Royalist army advancing on Bath and controlling the main bridge over the Avon at Bradford-on-Avon, Waller had a bridge built across the river near Claverton and sent a flanking force across it led by Col. Robert Burghill. He deployed the main body of the army on Claverton down (I should note here that Google maps has Monkton Farleigh just under a kilometre and a half to the east of the Avon and Claverton to the west whereas the map in the scenario book has them on opposite sides of the river. Given the distance from the Avon to the village, you could play this game without the river or the outskirts of Monkton Farleigh on the table.)