Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Stealth mode

Just a heads-up that things will be quiet during my brief summer holidays. I'll be putting on a game at Partizan in Newark on 20th August so between now and the will be some planning and scenario testing but probably no new painting until the after the show. 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Fort completed


This is the new fort, sat atop my Breed's Hill model. I'm pleased with how this has turned out, given that it was just an experiment to try some techniques. 

The walls are foamcore covered in coffee stirrers and matchsticks. Earth bank has a base of foamcore buttresses and papier-mâché with air dry clay over the top then finished with sand. Barbecue skewer tips provide the spiky bits :-)

Internal duck boards are scribed rectangles of balsa with a few chopped up coffee stirrers. 

Painting started with brown fence paint followed by Army Painter strong tone from the tin. This sealed everything thoroughly. Then I drybrushed with various brown and grey craft paints. Final step was static grass. 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

19th Continental and a fort

This week I have completed the following unit which I will probably field as the 19th Continental Regiment for the 1776 campaign around New York. 


I've also been building a small fort. It's not finished yet but I'm sure you get the idea. This model has the same footprint as my Breed's Hill redoubt so can sit atop the same hill in a slightly more imposing way. I'll post more pictures when it is properly finished. 


Sunday, 16 July 2017

3rd New York Continentals, finished

  I forgot to add these to the blog last week. The completed 3rd NY for the 1776 battles. The flag is conjectural, the beaver was an emblem used by NY militia early in the war. I may or may not retain it. The well known 3rd NY flag is for 1777 after the unit was disbanded and re-raised from scratch. 

Figures are 28mm Perry with a few Foundry command figures. 

Continental Infantry Skirmishers


These are Foundry figures who previously did service in my original British Legion infantry unit. Now that unit has been replaced I thought I'd repainted some of the chaps to give my some singly-based continental troops to act as skirmishers or to garrison buildings, forts, and so on. So it was out with the green faced black jackets and in with blue and brown jackets. For the majority I went for the widespread blue with red facings but I also did a half-dozen in light brown with pale blue facings. 

Saturday, 24 June 2017

WIP, 3rd New York Continentals

Command and casualty figures for the 3rd New York. Some in the 1776 blue coats, others in the older grey coats. Rank and file will be a mix of uniforms and hunting shirts. 


Friday, 23 June 2017

WIP, 24th Foot at Saratoga

I'm not planning on painting much for Saratoga for a year or two, but here are some figures by way of a test. 


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Lauzun's Legion, part 1

First 9 figures done, 9 more on order including lancers. 
I'm pleased with the finished figures, which look a bit better when out of the harsh sunlight, but goodness they are fiddly to paint. This reminds me why I do AWI in 28mm and not Napoleonics. 😀

28mm Perry Miniatures. 


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Continental Army, 1776

Over the last few weeks I have added some units suitable for the continentals fighting in New York, 1776.

Smallwood's Maryland Regiment:


Haslet's Delaware Regiment:

George Washington:

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Stockbridge Tribe

A British officer undertaking a liaison role with the native tribes and a unit of Stockbridge Indians to bolster the rebel forces.

28mm Perry Miniatures. Painted with Acrylics, April 2017


Friday, 21 April 2017

Restless Natives

This week I have been finishing off some native american warriors for my AWI collection.

These are a mixture of castings I painted back in 2001/2 and some I have freshly painted. In all cases I used a pale pink/flesh base coat. The older figures were washed with diluted chestnut and brown inks, the newer figures used GW washes diluted with water and matt varnish.

Once the flesh was painted the clothing and equipment came next. Older figures had the "traditional" three layers building from dark to highlight. Newer figures had basecoat, wash and highlight. There are work in progress pictures on the facebook page. From now on my day-to-day social media updates will be on facebook but I will continue to summarise things here on the blog.

Overall they combine well. There are minor differences in the finish, but no more than usual human variation I suspect.

The warriors have been based on a combination of round bases. 60mm bases have 3 figures, 40mm have 2 figures and single figures are on 25mm diameter bases.

Now I have 48 warriors and a couple of command stands I finally have enough to start to consider some scenarios involving them! Once I have completed Bunker Hill at Partizan I might have a go at something based around Point Pleasant (1774).

The next project will be some Stockbridge tribesmen, who fought on the rebel side in the AWI. Before I get around to them though, I'll be putting up a longer post about Bunker Hill to act as support for the demo game (easier than printing lots of handouts, and more environmentally friendly)

Figures: Perry Miniatures 28mm.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Bunker/Breed's Hill at Cannon. 2nd April 2017

Hi all. Today was the annual trip to Retford for the Cannon show in the town hall.

My game was a test run of Breed's Hill to check everything work before the outing at Partizan in May.

Laurence kindly helped to play the game.

A full set of posts and photos can be found on my new Facebook page which I think will largely replace this blog for the frequent updates (

Here is the battlefield without troops. To the fore are the outskirts of Charlestown. Breed's Hill can be seen behind this complete with redoubt and breastwork. The Mystic River can be seen in the distance.

The British grenadier battalion attacks the rail fence, unsucessfully:

The British begin to surround the hill:

Finally the 5th Foot, supported by a battery of 6-pounders crack the defensive line:

Shortly afterwards the rebels decided to abandon the position before becoming totally surrounded. As in the real battle there was no opportunity for Clinton's reinforcement to get stuck in - it was mostly all over by the time they arrived.

The battle was a victory for the British and a slightly more cautious approach resulted in fewer casualties than in the real battle. Nevertheless the British light infantry battalion suffered around 25% casualties before routing and the more stoic grenadiers lost over 40% but held on to the bitter end.

The rules have evolved further. I'm now using simplified versions of the shooting and melee secions of British Grenadier! together with my own command/morale system. The game flowed well. It took just over an hour of "game time" - 14 turns running from 15:45 until 16:55, with play starting at about 10:00 "real time" and all being over by 14:30 including time for chatting, refreshments and occasional breaks.

Change in blogging activity

Hi all

Due to my preference for blogging on mobile devices, the absence of an official Blogger app and recent problems with a third-party app I have decided to switch most of my routine updating to a facebook page at:

I will continue to use this blog to feature some of my activities but more as an "edited highlights" sort of thing.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Breed's Hill, initial moves

I thought I'd actually test out the game today so played through about 10 turns which allowed for the grenadiers and light infantry to have their initial assaults repulsed.

The British deploy:

After moving out they look far more stretched:

After 10 turns the light infantry have taken huge losses on the beach and the grenadiers aren't faring much better:

The grenadiers falling back to regroup:

Stark's New Hampshire regiments look on:

Skirmishers in Charlestown keep the British left flank tied-down.

Pigot moved three battalions up towards the redoubt and breastwork:

A "miniaturised" view of the defenders:

That's all of the action for now.

Having done more research into this battle and created the scenery with as much care as I can, the end result is a much more interesting scenario than my previous experiences with "Bunker Hill" on the tabletop. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Midweek Supplement, Breed's Hill

I have spent time refining the game set up. The actual demo game will have more lichen and scatter on the table to blend items together but I think I'm getting 'there'. 

Views from behind the colonial lines:




Helicopter views from Charlestown:


The left wing of the Crown army moves into place:

The right wing looks on from Moulton's Hill:

Helicopter view of the defences on Breed's Hill. 

Currently I have not modelled the 'fleches' as the more I look the more it seems there is little in the way of evidence to support their existence. I have given the defenders a log barricade instead, reasoning that they might have dismantled fences but probably would not have constructed anything especially sophisticated. 

There's still time to change my mind though. 😀

Sunday, 5 March 2017

My Wargaming Week, 5th March 2017

On Friday I managed to get the current Breed's Hill collection onto a 6x8 table to begin optimising things for the demo game. The basic set up is shown in the first photo. The Mystic river is in the foreground with Charlestown in the distance. Breed's Hill is in the middle with two red flags flying in the redoubt.

A few things will change. The crops will be replaced by long meadow grass I think and the exact buildings/layout of the outskirts of Charlestown might be tweaked. There will be more militia, more fences and some stone walls but overall the layout "works". 

Here is a closer view of the redoubt and breastwork. The fleches need further work. 

Howe's right wing. Grenadiers approaching the fences, light infantry descending to the beach. Artillery in place on Moulton's Hill.

A view along the British line. 

Yesterday I popped along to the Hammerhead show. I picked up some 6mm grass sheet from which I have made the following patches of long grass to use as meadow:

I also bought a small pond from The Last Valley, and gave it the same "treatment". 

Lastly I bought another artillery crew in shirtsleeves and a blister of northern militia; both from Perry Miniatures. These have received a coat of Vallejo light grey primer and will be painted over the coming week.

I think the demo game should be ready well in time for Cannon so I hope to see some of you there on 2nd April or at Partizan in May.