Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Camden 1780 at Partizan 2018

This Sunday just gone I staged my recreation of Camden at the Partizan wargame show in Newark, Nottinghamshire. A few pictures of the game are shown below.

The armies set up historically but were allowed freedom to act thereafter. The rebels launched attacks on both flanks. On their right the 2nd Maryland Brigade led the way, taking on Rawdon’s loyalist brigade and inflicting considerable casualties especially on the Royal North Carolina Regiment. On the rebel left flank the Virginia militia and state troops attacked bus soon faltered due to lack of discipline and command/control. Gradually the entire line of Virginia and North Carolina militia broke and ran. The battle was ended when tbe 23rd, 33rd and 2/71st regiments flanked the 1st Maryland Brigade just as Tarleton’s cavalry ploughed into the side of the 2nd Maryland Brigade, relieving the pressure on the loyalist militia. 

A result pretty close to the historical outcome. 

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Camden 1780 for Partizan 2018 (9)

I’ve progressed with my teddy bear fur skills. It takes a bit of experimentation to get the best out of a new material and I’d been overthinking things I expect. 

For these pieces I have trimmed all of the fur down using the 6mm guide on the pet hair trimmer. I’ve also trimmed all the fur off a border around each piece. Then I set to work using the trimmer with no guide to randomly chop fur from all over the piece, jabbing it in from various directions. Once suitably distressed I applied a light coat of sage green paint. Importantly I stopped there and did not try to highlight with lighter paints. Less seems to be more in this case. Once dry the fur is lightly combed to get what you see in these pictures:

Monday, 7 May 2018

Camden 1780 for Partizan 2018 (8)

Being in need of something to represent Colonel Bryan’s loyalist militia I took inspiration from the Perry twins and painted some spare plastic continental infantry in civilian garb. Having a plain flag they can easily serve on either side; loyalists at Camden but rebels at Saratoga, for example. 

I have now completed the figures I need for Camden at Partizan on 20th May, so can think about boxing-up, finishing the last bits and bobs of terrain, typing up the latest version of my rules and coming up with written materials to support the game. No painting but a busy couple of weeks to come!

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Camden 1780 for Partizan 2018 (7)

3rd Maryland regiment, 1780. Just the 7th to go and the Continental Infantry for Camden are all finished. 

Camden 1780 for Partizan 2018 (6)

Progress continues in assembling the forces for Camden. Today I finished the 1st Maryland Continental Regiment, part of the 1st Maryland Brigade. Accompanying them is a detachment of the 5th Maryland; the rest of that regiment was not at Camden, but supporting Sumter’s Partizan militia. 

The 1st brigade were in reserve at Camden so are modelled as marching/advancing rather than the firing line poses I used for the 2nd brigade. Foundry figures with some Perry Miniatures command. Flag by GMB and bases by Warbases. 

At Partizan on May 20th I’ll be on table DG23. Brendan Morrissey will be helping with die rolling and soldier shuffling. Hope to see some of you there. It looks as if we again have a crop of excellent games lined up for the show so bring your cameras!

Monday, 23 April 2018

Camden 1780 for Partizan 2018 (5) 2nd Maryland Brigade

Painting, repainting and basing complete for this brigade. Perry and Foundry Miniatures, based by Warbases and flags by GMB. 

2nd Maryland Regiment. I’m not claiming that buff smallclothes are authentic, but I liked the look. 

4th Maryland Regiment:

6th Maryland Regiment:

I painted the 4th and 6th as a matched pair so that I can drop one command stand and field them as a single 25 figure unit. 

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Camden 1780 for Partizan 2018 (4)

This weekend I have begun to reconstruct my Maryland Continentals. 

I originally painted the two Maryland brigades who fought at Camden back in 2000/2001. I used all sorts of poses, mixing marching, standing and firing line in the same units. These really need an overhaul, which is now underway. 

Models have been de-based and assembled into new units of more compatible poses. The first brigade will be of marching and attacking figures, the second brigade of firing line and standing. 

Some figures are my originals with refreshed paintwork, others are newer castings added in to make up the numbers. It is a challenge matching up the two batches to get a fairly uniform appearance. 

Below are the figures for the 2nd Maryland (part of the 2nd brigade) some 20 figures strong. These will be joined by the 4th and 6th, each of 15 figures. Attached will be the Delaware regiment but I’ll use the 1776 version of those that I already have painted and ready to go. 

I have done the 2nd Maryland with buff waistcoats and  breeches. I like the look but other units will probably introduce white to at least some extent. Either way I think they’ll look smart enough. I’ve avoided using hunting shirt figures as I’d like to think the brigades were smartened up before heading south. 

Just a reminder that Partizan will be on the 20th May (Sunday) at the Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire. 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Camden 1780 for Partizan 2018 (3)

A few small pieces done today. 

Some scatter terrain:

A militia/civilian (Perry rider on a Foundry horse)

Extra base for the 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers (Foundry British Light Infantry figures)

...and a vignette featuring some spare figures left over from making the base above. 

Friday, 6 April 2018

Camden 1780 for Partizan 2018 (2)

Today I have been adding rubberised horsehair to the tree armatures I had constructed from florists’ wire

Each tree consists of 7-9 x 50cm lengths of wire bent roughly in half then twisted and arranged to make a trunk with roots and branches. Various types of tape were then wrapped around the wire structure before painting. 

These are intended to represent longleaf pines so have tall bare trunks with foliage then spreading from fairly horizontal branches higher up. 

The horsehair has been attached using a hot glue gun. 

The next step will be to spray paint in various browns and greys prior to flocking. 

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Camden 1780 for Partizan 2018 (1)

My preparation is now underway for Partizan on the 20th May at the Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire. 

I’ve been working on the layout for a while and have sort of committed myself to the following:

This represents a 12x4 foot table although on the day there will be a little more depth behind the American Rebels and a little more width to accommodate swamps on each flank. 

I have more or less all of the figures I need and the current iteration of the rules seems to be coping with the mix of different quality troops on show. 

What I need to finish now are my model longleaf pines to dot across the battlefield. I’ve made 24 armatures for these with twisted florist’s wire and different kinds of tape and am just awaiting some MDF bases before proceeding to the next stage. 

More updates as things progress. I’ll try to post here as well as on my paintingshed Facebook page. 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Winter summary

Hello all. Here’s a quick roundup of my output in the first few months of 2018 as I build up to a demo game of the Battle of Camden at Partizan in May. 

First are the AWI French who have been reinforced by the Bourbonnais Regiment:

I have painted a new version of the British Legion Light Dragoons using the appropriate Perry figures:

My “old” Legion cavalry were converted Wargames Foundry Continental Light Dragoons, who are now being recycled into other units. Below are Armand’s Legion cavalry and a small unit of ad-hoc cavalry created by the 71st Foot to support their campaigning in Georgia in 1778-9:

I’ve also painted dismounted 71st “dragoons”:

And added to the Foot component of the British Legion:

On the terrain front I have made a couple of 8’x5’ mats using fleece and a lot of paint:

These can be seen in action in the photos below:

That’s about it for now. I’m currently working on some swamp terrain using towelling and am painting up militia cavalry and 71st Foot light infantry. 

Monday, 1 January 2018

Best wishes for 2018

Hope everyone is having a good start to the year. 

Painting was curtailed when I injured my leg in November. I didn’t get back into the painting chair properly for the rest of the year but have made a start today by popping some washes on a few figures for the Bourbonnais Regiment. Finishing these will be my January project. Not too ambitious as I suspect work will keep me pretty busy over the upcoming weeks...

I’ll do some updates here but will check in more regularly on Facebook.