Sunday, 29 March 2015

GCH at Cannon - the game

Some photos of the action:

The British advance across the fields:
...and engage the militia:
Foot guards engage Lee's legion:
The British eventually storm the fence line:
The Royal Welch Fusiliers enter the woods:
As do the Guards:
Kirkwood's Delaware company stages a fighting withdrawal:
The Guards find Lee's legion a tough nut to crack:
...and the game wins a prize!

We played the game through the day. The British found it tough going but ground onwards. When we called a halt there was still hard fighting with the Virginians in the woods.

The rules (my own with some similarities to Fire & Fury) played well and gave historically plausible results. The militia did seem to get the rub of the green today however, thanks to rolling quite a lot of 5s and 6s whereas the British seemed to get a lot of 2s and 3s. 

All in all a LOT of fun. Thanks to Laurence for putting up with another rules experiment :-)

GCH at Cannon - set up

Some pictures of the initial set up for the game. The board needs to be 2 ft longer so for today the road takes some inaccurate twists and turns but is still recognisable as Guilford Courthouse.

First are the open fields in front of the American first line:
Here come the redcoats with Colonel Webster encouraging his brigade:
American 1st line of Carolinas militia:
Lee's Legion dragoons cover the southern flank:
Second line of Virginia militia:
Third line. Continentals from Virginia and Maryland:
Looking along the 2nd Maryland, up bye road towards the Virginia militia and beyond towards the enemy:
Another shot from behind the continentals:

GCH Virginia Continentals (6)

Here are some photos of the finished Virginia continental regiments at Guilford Courthouse, Hobkirk's Hill, Eutaw Springs, etc. The flags are conjectural, not based on any historical certainty and this also makes it easier to use these as proxies for other regiments.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

GCH more progress

All of the new units are now based and varnished. No time for photos now but will take plenty tomorrow when they are on the table. Still do do today is the long overdue upgrading of the British Legion cavalry.

Should be able to start packing the car at tea time!

Hope to see a few friends at Cannon tomorrow, in Retford.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

GCH Virginia Continentals (5) & houses

Some more progress.

Here are the final (I hope) figures for the two Virginia regiments. These are in civilian clothes, shirtsleeves, etc to break-up the uniformed appearance of the finished units. I have begun work on a couple of flags.
Below is an Architects of War building which I picked up cheap in the North Star sale at the beginning of the year. I have added an MDF base and some barrels.

Lastly is the plastic farmhouse from Perry Miniatures. As mentioned in an earlier post this is probably heading for eBay.


Monday, 23 March 2015

GCH progress

No photos tonight, but the last batch of figures just need their face highlights finishing and the two new buildings need bushes, tufts and static grass. Should get both done tomorrow.

Then it need to do two flags and start basing about 150 figures in time for Sunday's game.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

GCH Fields and Houses

At last. A sunny day. I have put a quick coat of fence paint on the fields I made ready for Guilford Courthouse as well as a couple of buildings. The squarer one will probably make it to the table but the Perry farmhouse is much smaller in scale than the rest of my buildings so is likely to be put on eBay when finished.

Hopefully an afternoon in the sun will dry these out. A solid coat of water resistant paint really helps to seal in the sand and filler.