Tuesday, 31 March 2015

GCH next steps

Following on from the great day out at Cannon in Retford, I have started to put together the finishing touches for Salute at the end of April.

First up are some extra terrain boards. I need three to extend the battlefield to 6' x 10' (or stick to 6x8 but "lose" the creek). I have one extra already. It has a small pond but this can be hidden in a corner or covered with a hill. I definately need two more "plain" boards and luckily had two old TSS boards in the garage. These have received two coats of brown fence paint, a heavy dry brush of the same paint mixed with a little sandstone masonry paint and a drybrush of the plain masonry paint.

Once the final coat has dried they will get green paint and flock so that they match the existing collection.

At Cannon I also bought some 4-Ground wagons with C18th crew & casualties from Colonel Bill's. I have built the wagons and given them some paint effects so that they look a little less like the wooden kits that they are. I have undercoated some draught horses, the crew, the casualties and some Perry camp scene figures and dragrope men. If time permits these will be added to the general background for the game at Salute.

I have also made some minor tweaks to the rules we used on Sunday to slightly increase the decisiveness of melee, but the changes are quite small as the balance seemed about right, and I think our tactics with the British were a bit naive.


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.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

GCH Virginia Continentals (4)

Another batch of figures completed.

GCH Courthouse (4)

Groundwork done and a few highlights added to the building.

I'll add a bit of paint to the underside of the roof where it overhangs but this is essentially finished and ready for Cannon next Sunday and Salute next month.

Friday, 20 March 2015

GCH Courthouse (3)

Close to finished now. I have toned down the contrast in the shading on the door and done the painting for the groundwork. Mostly just static grass to go.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

GCH Courthouse (2)

The painting is pretty much done. I'm just starting on the groundwork to match my terrain boards.

I find the trick with buildings is knowing when to stop.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

GCH Courthouse (1)

I have made a start on painting Guilford Courthouse itself. Still an hour or two's work left to do but it is coming along nicely.

I have also made a start on the last large batch of figures for the game.

Monday, 16 March 2015

GCH Virginia Continentals (3)

Here are the first of the less-uniform Virginia continentals. I have just primed the next and final batch.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

GCH Virginia Continentals (2)

Repainting done. Here are the uniformed figures that I'll split between the 1st and 2nd Virginia. Now to start on their less uniform colleagues.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

GCH Virginia Continentals (1)

These will be ready for Salute but maybe not for Cannon on 29th March.

I have known for a while that I don't have "correct" units for the 1st and 2nd (edit: 4th and 5th) Virginia regiments of Hugar's brigade. While I have Continental units that I can use as proxies I would rather have a couple of units that look closer to the reality.

To make a start I have begun a quick repaint job on some Continental figures who have been doing long service as loyalists. These have been de-based and the red coats faced white have become blue faced red. The small clothes (white) have been repainted in some cases in shades of brown. There's some more bits and pieces to do and then these will get a wash of Devlan Mud before being highlighted in the same way as the other figures I have completed recently.

I'm doing 2 units of 30 figures and this will provide about 30 uniformed figures. These will be supplemented by a mix of chaps in shirtsleeves, a couple in civilian coats and some in hunting shirts. Mostly these will be from my lead-pile but I have ordered an extra dozen figures from Perry Miniatures to help fill out the ranks.

I'm happy that I do have acceptable units for the Maryland regiments ;-)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

GCH Second Line (11)

Last batch of figures painted and ready for a grand basing session at some point in the imminent future.

Just need to make a final decision on the standards/no-standards options.

If I don't have standard bearers then I have plenty of minutemen figures that will fill out the ranks.

So. Since 16th February I have painted the 90 "new" figures as well as a few more from the bits box and have freshened up the painting on some others to give me 120 in total. I've also painted a gun, limber and horses as well as re-doing the flesh on an artillery crew. I might even get all of these based up inside a four-week window. This was not something I expected so I'm very pleased to have been able to maintain the rate of output. Lucky I like painting Perry AWI figures!

GCH Second Line (10)

Hi all

Painting those last few figures is going OK. I just need to decide if these units will carry standards. On the pro-side these will look nice and the militia in the first line have some. On the con-side I don't think they were carried on the day as none were captured and the second line was deployed in woodland. If also have to create 7 speculative flags.

I'm leaning towards not using standards and painting a few extra figures to replace the standard bearers. 

What I can do is use these figures to represent units of continentals in civilian clothes by having extra command stands to swap in, such as continentals at Saratoga or Carolinas continentals at Eutaw Springs. 

Then again, flags do look good ... :-)

Sunday, 8 March 2015

GCH Second Line (9)

More figures finished. 110 done and 10 more to go. Not bad in three weeks or so.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

GCH Second Line (8) and Artillery

This morning I have finished the painting on some uniformed command figures to act as ex-continental veterans leading some of the units of Virginia militia. 

I have also updated this artillery crew with a new gun and repainted flesh. These were an original part of my 2002 army for Camden.
I am also giving them an artillery limber

Next up are more militia in civilian clothes and uniforms.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

GCH Second Line (7)

Another batch of troops to add to the Virginia militia. I now have 90 figures painted. Below is a picture of the figures left to do:

Hope you are having a good weekend.