Tuesday, 28 April 2015

GCH Report on Tom's Toy Soldiers blog

Chum Tom W-D has kindly put up a report of the Guilford Courthouse game on his blog.

This includes much nicer pictures than my efforts.

Thanks for this Tom, and thanks for your help with the game.



Sunday, 26 April 2015

Guilford Courthouse at Salute 2015 - Gallery

Some photos of the game, some are better than others, but it was a busy day!

The Crown army prepares to advance:

The centre of the line, with a 6-pdr section firing on the rebels:

Another view of the Crown forces with the 71st closest to the camera

 Carolina militia of the first line await the onslaught:

The rebel left is secured by Lee's legion

Regiment von Bose moves forward supported by 1st Guards battalion:

The 71st advance:

The Royal Artillery limber-up:

Close-up of the Guards:

The Virginia militia of the second-line:

von Bose, still going:

Officer of 17th Light Dragoons attached to Tarleton's British Legion.

1st Maryland form as part of the third line:

A Virgina continental and friend:

General Greene keeps his finger crossed:

More continentals:

Militia light horse:

The continentals of the third-line:

A view from behind the rebel lines, with a view of the courthouse and ordinary (inn)

The Crown army centre:

33rd Foot

Virginia militia provide a rallying point for the carolinians

23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers move to support the 33rd:

Royal Artillery with dragrope men from the 33rd.

Cornwallis stays cool:

Von Bose negotiate some fences:

British Legion move to support the von Bose and 1st Guards

The Virginia milita are difficult to move:

...and Lee's legion come up in support:

General Butler:

Camp life: "You are stirring that wrong":

Greene's HQ:

The last Carolina militia seek the cover of the continentals:

Singleton's section of artillery makes it back to the safety of the third line:

The Crown army ran out of steam and a rebel victory was declared.

...and the game won the "Best Painting Award" this is also the "Bill Brewer" award and as such is the best thing to win as Bill really set the standard back in the day.

Thanks to everyone who helped or stopped by.

More on Scrivsland.

Next year we are promised a Verdun extravaganza by James and Scrivs so I get 2 years to plan my next game...


Guilford Courthouse at Salute 2015

This report has a few photos from the end of the game taken on my 'phone. I'll try to download more photos from my camera later.

My Salute began on Friday. With the day off work thanks to lieu time I was able to pack the car in a leisurely manner before heading off to collect James Morris. 

I arrived at James's just as he sped around the corner on his bike after a busy week at work. A refreshing cuppa later and we stashed James's stuff and the all-important cool box of pasties and drinks.

The M1 and M25 were fairly free running, slowed only by a long stretch of 50mph roadworks and we pulled up at the hotel at around 7pm. After quickly checking in we settled into our first drinks at the pub with John Grant and Steve Metheringham while Scrivs went to fetch Tom Webster-Deakin from the station rather than make him walk the mere 3 miles.

A convivial evening was then spent over some good food and drinks, chewing the wargames cud and relaxing from the working (or retiring in some cases) week.

Then it was off to get some sleep before the big day.

As usual away from home I had a poor nights sleep but a shower revived me and we all rendezvoused in the car park at 7am to head off to ExCel via a swift pit-stop for a McDonalds breakfast.

We reached the venue by 8ish and proceeded to unload. The crew kindly did lots of fetching and carrying while I set up the table and I continued with the troops and the others looked around the show, picked up preorders and planned later spending.

The set-up took me, surprisingly, until 9:50 so there was time for the briefest of briefings and we were ready to go.

We waited for the first surge of humanity to sweep through the doors like a stampede of small berucksacked elephants. As we were completing the initial British advance a veritable tsunami of gamers poured through the door after the barriers were stormed. But the wave soon passed and we proceeded.

As is often the case, the Crown forces rolled lots of 1s and 2s while Steve M's militia seemed to find the die with a 6 on every side. The first line proved quite resilient as a result until they were flanked to the north but the Guards light company who proceeded to wrap-up Eaton's brigade. The rest of the line soon fell back and Crown forces paused to rally and reorganise while some shopping was done.

We the commenced phase two. Cornwallis led his army against the second line, Virginia militia, who proved tough in the woodland. The northern (left) flank of redcoats pushed on with greater success but perhaps did too well, reaching the edge of the woodland while their compatriots to the south were stuck some 400 yards further back. This allowed a counterattack by Virginia militia into a disrupted line and the 71st highlanders were soon tumbling back towards the baseline. Scenting an opportunity Light Horse Harry Lee sent in his legion cavalry in support and despite the trees they were able to cause further damage. The Crown right wing was able to reform with Tarleton bringing his troopers up in support; but was not in a fit state to attack again.

Over to the north the Crown also reached a standstill. Lacking support to the south it was impossible to push on and the artillery was still someway down the road having not dared risk pushing on so close to Steven's Virginians. Eventually the matter was decided when Captain Kirkwood manoeuvred his Delaware company around the flank of the Royal Welch Fusiliers and routed them. 

I declared a rebel victory at this point. Cornwallis had sufficient strength to retreat in relative safety and his cavalry were still fresh. Pushing on against the continentals would have been an impossible task.

It was a great game and my thanks are offered to the crew, especially Scrivs, who helped umpire the game. The rules I had penned worked well and I think victory came down to few lucky rolls and the Crown allowing that gap to open up in the woods.

It was wonderful to chat to friends old and new about the game and the hobby. 

Hi to Giles Allison and to Brendan Morissey for kindly stopping by and saying nice things.

Highlight of the day was the very polite young man with his friend and his dad who are just beginning the period and who took a keen interest. I hope that this is the start of some enjoyable times.

Close second highlight was snagging the best painting award. This is the third time I have had this luck, as well as winning "Most Impressive Troops" in combo with James one other year. It really did put the icing on a rich an fruity cake of a day.

I didn't actually see much of have show. Set up and playing kept me at the table until about 14:30 and I really only had about two quick dashes around. I bought a grand total of nothing but do have plans for some upcoming projects.

The show closed at 17:00 and we were packed up and heading off by about 18:20. The roads were not too bad; still the roadworks on the M1. I dropped James off at around 20:30 and then completed the journey home listening to the end of the test match.

A good day all round. Great game with great mates, saw lots of lovely people, won an award, England won the cricket and Northampton a Saints came from behind to beat Saracens and stay top of the Premiership.

I leave you with those snaps of the end-game.

The last of the Carolina militia still in the field:

The rebel third line of continentals provides a rallying point for surviving units of the first and second lines:

The 33rd foot and Guard grenadier company reach the tree-line but lack the support to push-on:
Preston's Virginia militia shelter at the foot of the hill while the 1st Maryland stands ready:


Friday, 24 April 2015

Off to Salute!

Car packed and I'll be heading off this afternoon.
Safe journey to everyone and I hope to see you at game GA15 near the main entrance.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

GCH Militia commander

One quick repaint later and here is a commander for a brigade of North Carolina militia. I'll possibly use him as Butler, who never served in the continental line but was a politician. I have assumed he might have purchased himself a uniform coat to add to his authority. Also on the base are an ex-continental junior officer and a militiaman.

Another thought is to swap him with another command base to represent Butler and use him to command a brigade of Virginia militia. With a blue coat and red facings either is possible.

Base will be finished tomorrow.

One last thing...

It isn't right to not have a panic about finishing something for Salute, so I am doing a quick repaint on a mounted officer to produce a North Carolina militia commander.

Pics later, or tomorrow.

And I still have to do some little posters.

So there is still stuff to do to finish off the game...and the world is in balance :-)

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Counting down to Salute 2015

This time next week we will be busy with our Guilford Courthouse demonstration game at Salute at the ExCel centre in big London.

If you want to pop-by and see the game & have a chat we will be on stand

So, turn right just after you come in through the main entrance and we are next to chum Rob Broom's Scarab Miniatures/War and Conquest Samurai game.

When I first arranged the game I had planned to use the Black Powder rules but have since changed my mind and will be using a home-brew set. I'll still be delighted to discuss Black Powder, Rebellion! and AWI games in general though.

WIP Generals

A trio of French generals about ready for basing.

Monday, 13 April 2015

GCH Team T-shirts have arrived

Our team at Salute will be wearing these on the day as we play through Guilford Courthouse. Please stop for a chat!

WIP General progress

More painting done on this chap and his two friends aren't far behind.

28mm napoleonics are way more fiddly than AWI so I know what I'll be going back to!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

WIP Napoleonic French General

I still have plenty of work left to do on this chap, but this is today's output.