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.