Wednesday, 10 October 2012

An Experiment.

I have been playing around making  short clips using photos of various wargames. Here is one I made earlier tonight. It will be interesting to see if it uploads successfully....

The music used is called "Chase Pulse Faster" and is Public Domain (Available from here) I find it to be quite pleasant, but tastes in music can vary widely. Making the movie was simple enough - Windows Live Movie Maker seems very user friendly. Potential wargaming use for short clips produced this way seems to be limited to either tutorials or propaganda reels - which does seem to promise a certain amount of fun. 

More trucks for Harad.

A collection of playworn diecast toys.

Recently I acquired a number of diecast vehicles that had seen much better days. The collection did include a   Matchbox Battle Kings Tank Transporter, which was the main reason for me acquiring the collection. I rather like the Battle Kings Tank Transporter, and I have already repainted one for service in Harad (details here), so I thought I would do the same with this one.

This is one of the later production battle kings as it is a more military green, and the  plastic parts are a more muted  colours such as black and grey.

The rerar wheels of the tractor unit are buckled and one of the exhausts has snapped off. Fortunately I still have the piece. 

The cab (and upper trailer deck) have been repainted a darker green. Nothing Simple Green can't solve.

This truck as been used by Matchbox as part of a freight set (with forklift) and as  an armoured car carrier.

Size comparison shot.
 The normal process of drilling out the rivets to seperate out the vehicle parts and give them a good clean, and soak in simple green (if required) was followed. but I didn't take any photos! I used pliers to straighten out the wire on the tractor rear wheels to unbuckle it, which was quite a simple operation.

The parts were sprayed primer grey, then painted over with Iraqi sand, and the reassembled and given a brown wash.

Both Tank Transporters side by side.

So I now have a heavy truck and another tank transporter to use in CD games set in Harad. I plan to recycle a few more vehicles from this diecast collection,then I will sell or trade the rest.

Lucky Products AWI Mohawks

I have painted and washed the first three V&B Mohawk skirmisher stands. I still have to finish the basing, but I am quite happy with the way the first nine figures have painted up. I have only done a very basic paint job on these figures as I wanted to see what a group of them would look like painted (as opposed to the horrible red and blue plastic they were cast in - pictures here)

In V&B terms each of these stands represents a sizable force of Indian Warriors. 
Unfortunately, in my haste to paint these fellow up I didn't remove all the flash. Some of the flash was useful in helping to suggest the scalp lock at the top of each figures head. Evidently int was considered good form to maintain a hairstyle that would produce a good trophy to whomever finally ended a warrior's life.

I am considering painting on extra detail for the muskets.

I only added  basic warpaint to the faces of two figures. 
 I also quickly finished up the first of my three 'contoured' V&B stands. I decided to see how the autumn leaves flock would look on this base with the fallen logs, and I am not unhappy with the result. The paint jobs on the militia figures were quite rushed as I really wanted to quickly finish the stand off.  The figures on this stand are all from the Imex/Revell AWI Americans set.

Front view. in V&B AWI militia stands are considered permanently disordered..

Side view. I really like the pose of the red coated figure.

And a rear view.  

And together with their Mohawk friends.
I also started work on painting the first of the Lucky Products British artillery. The MDF base is a standard V&B artillery base (3" x 1.5") so as you can tell, the gun is quite large, so only having two figures on the base works well. At the moment all I have done is undercoat in black and block in some basic colours. Doing this lets me see how much detail is actually on the figure, and how much needs to be painted on.

Very much a WIP. 
Early on I was worried that the gunners and drummers from the Lucky Products set were wearing the wrong headgear - they are wearing tricorns, rather than their correct headgear - but it appears that tricorns were often worn in the field as they were more practical on campaign.

 The current plan is to build up both the British and American forces needed for the Battle of Brandywine in 1777, with additional units - such as Mohawks - for use in other campaigns.

Monday, 1 October 2012

A Sunny Day in Spain...

Franks British command stands. He claims that as mine aren't finished yet, my troops are doomed to suffer from poor dice rolls.
Last Sunday I played another game of Volley and Bayonet against Frank's British. We decided that we would be playing a fictional encounter somewhere in Spain around 1809. Both forces were equal in terms of morale and strength points per stand, giving both of us eight infantry stands, three artillery, and one heavy cavalry stand each.

Since someone had to be the attacker, we used the ancient method of 'Paper, Rock, Scissors' to decide - as any gentleman would in such circumstances. As such my French were forced into the attack, with my 2nd Division boldly advancing towards Frank's line.with my cavalry in reserve.

My advancing French took some damage from Frank's artillery, but they continued to boldly advance.

My 1st Division waits in reserve.

The British counterattack.
 Frank moved two of his divisions to counter my advance, one attacking on the French Division's left, the other on the right - supported by cavalry. The attack on the left was repelled while on the right a combined attack by Highlanders and cavalry smashed one of my brigades and disordered another. This victory on the right flank allowed Frank's cavalry to make a breakthrough attack which results in the elimination of another French brigade.

A routed British brigade - sadly the only one of the day.

A disordered British brigade - soon to be rallied and put back into play.

The 2nd Division starts to disintegrate. 

The French right wing falls back.
 The 2nd Division became exhausted due to the casualties it had taken, it then suffered a morale collapse. This meant that half of my force was no longer effective... I also had to deal with a small cavalry problem my rear.
French cavalry attack the disordered British cavalry in the flank. This went very badly for the French.
 While in theory my charging the flack of a disordered British cavalry unit with a nice fresh French one should have hammered the British unit, my appalling dice rolling coupled with Frank's jammy dice rolling gave victory in this clash to the British.

The British advance. This is their second turn....

The British occupy the small town of Novo Castillo.

The French 1st Division begins to retire from he field..
 Once my 2nd division had broken, Frank outnumbered me two to one - odds he was very keen to use. That was the point at which I decided that if I stayed I was going to lose both divisions, but if I withdrew I could save what remained of my force.

French units leaving the field.

The British advance as the French retire from the field.
The game was a very quick one in which the French suffered 4000 odd losses (Killed, Wounded, and Missing), compared to the British losses of 1000 (Killed, Wounded, and Missing).  This took only three turns to resolve (assuming that a turn consists of an attacker, then defender phase) which is meant to represent three hours of 'real' time. We also diced to see if Frank had managed to capture an Eagle from one of the two French stands he eliminated - and he turned out he had!

The conclusion we both reached after this game was that our forces needed to be bigger, especially if one force was having to attack a defending force. by having my attack fail, I lost half my force in one go. Still an enjoyable game, and we both learnt some more about V&B.