Sunday, 5 July 2015

2nd Nassau Usingen Regiment

   The second battalion of the 2nd Nassau Usingen regiment were one of the first units to make contact with the French in the 100 days campaign. At the village of Frasnes just before 6pm on the 15th of June 1815, a lone horseman was seen approaching their position. He turned out to be a trooper belonging to the Prussian 4th (1st Silesian) Hussars, who was separated from his regiment during their retreat from Gosselies. He was unarmed, covered in wounds and blood. He told Captain Wirths of the Nassau Usingen regiment, that the French would probably break through to where the battalions picquet was standing very soon.

   Not long after parties of Uhlans were seen approaching, they failed to satisfy the challenge of the sentries and were peppered with musket shots from the marksmen, hidden behind hedges and walls.
A combat ensued and with the help of a battery of guns the Uhlans were kept at bay for a while. After around half an hour of fighting the Nassauers were still holding their own against the lancers of the Imperial Gaurd. They still had some men in the village, the main body of the battalion was on the heights, with the gun battery overlooking Frasnes.

   Before long however it looked like the main body of the lancers were preparing to bypass the village altogether, across open fields to the west of the Charleroi road. As they closed The Uhlans were pushed back with heavy losses by musketry and canister from the heights.

   Fearful of being cut off by a flanking movement Major Von Normann decided it was time to pull back to where the remainder of the brigade were hopefully taken up positions at Les Quatre Bras.
  As they were withdrawing the French made an impetuous charge, which was stopped in its tracks by more canister.

  As they retreated towards Quatre Bras, the artillery remained on the road with the battalion in two halves on both sides of the road, which was in a deep cutting. They marched in closed columns harassed by swarms or guard lancers. The guard lancers encircled them and executed many charges which were repulsed by the battalion. The lost no men during the retreat, but 39 were killed, wounded or missing durinf the fight in Frasnes including Captain Von Muller,

Sunday, 28 June 2015

General Pack

After losing last weeks game due to my roll of a double 1, causing command confusion. Which led my brigade of Scottish veterans to bug out of the town they were holding, instead of reinforcing the melee they were involved in. I decided it wasn't my tactic nous that failed, it was the fact that none of the figures I was commanding were mine. They are all owned by my good friend John. Who risks the car journey with thousands of nicely painted troops in his boot to my house for the game. 

So I have decided to start rectifying this one small step at a time. The first step is a new commander (the last one was obviously cashiered). And what better officer to lead your force than Major general Sir Denis Pack. Pack got around, He was commander of the 71st foot during the capture of the Cape of Good hope, which at the time was a colony of the Batavian Republic (a French Vassal). He was in the Peninsula 1808, and the disastrous Walcheren Expedition, 1809.
Pack was back in the Peninsula in 1810 and fought at Rolica, Vimiero, Coruna, Bussaco, Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Vittoria, the Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthez and Toulouse. His Peninsula medal held seven clasps coming second only to Noseys nine clasps.
During the battle of Waterloo he commanded the 9th Brigade under Picton, which consisted of 3rd/1st Regiment of Foot (the Royal Scots). 42nd regiment of foot (the Black watch), the 2nd/44th (East Essex) regiment of foot and the 92nd regiment of foot (Gordon Highlanders).

its not much, but its a start..... 

next will be some of Perry Miniatures new plastic light dragoons wearing the Tarleton!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

the battle of Waterlooville 18th June 2015

Well its 200 years since the battle of Waterloo, John and I were planning to go along to the bicentenary events, but sadly could not make it for one reason or another.

So instead of sulking we played a game! not quite Waterloo as we decided to keep it to a manageable size for an afternoons gaming.
    So here is the battle of Waterlooville

We used General de Brigade rules and points system. I was leading the British defending the town against the French trying to take it. The British had 550 points to the French 700 point army. We also limited the amount of cavalry to 1 regiment per 4 infantry battalions.
One  thing i noticed straight away when selecting my force was. You don't get a lot for 550 points!
after throwing away my first draft of my force i settled for this

1st brigade
4 battalions of Scottish infantry
2nd brigade
3 battalions of British infantry
3rd brigade
a regiment of 12 light dragoons

Waterlooville in the British centre
The French had

1st brigade
4 battalions
2nd brigade
3 battalions
4 8 pounders
3rd brigade
14 cuirassiers

as the sun rises the French appear in the distance
 turn 1
The British get the initiative but hand it to the French, The French march on in force heading straight for the town. as the 79th take up positions in the buildings ready to repel any assault.

the opening move
the 71st send out 2 companies to harass the oncoming enemy
 Turn 2.
French continue to advance and the British light dragoons take position down the hill to face off against the cuirassiers.
the British right flank

Light dragoons stand ready 
Turn 3. 
the French win the initiative and continue their advance as the British steel themselves.

from the British right

the French tide
 Turn 4.
The action heats up on both flanks!
the cuirassiers charge the light dragoons, who counter charge but get the worst of it and fall back losing 25% of their number. the Cuirassiers fail to pursue, retiring behind their lines with blown horses. On the other flank the 90 ligne charge the 71st who give a well aimed volley which fails to stop the French, before retiring behind the 92nd.

the victorious cuirassiers
 Turn 5.
Sensing victory the 90th charge again, this time their luck runs out as the veteran 92nd hold their fire to the last moment and let rip causing many French to fall as their surviving comrades falter and take what cover they can behind the wall.

the assault begins!
 Turn 6.
In the centre the artillery opens up on the 27th causing 2 casualties. as the 26th charge into the town trying to drive the defenders out. they put up a stiff defence and the combat is drawn, to the west of the town a musketry duel starts with the French receiving the worst of it.
John moving his boys in to position

the musketry duel
 Turn 7
after giving a good volley the 92nd see off the French by the bayonet, this routs and disperses the 90 ligne who had taken nearly 50% casualties.
The 19th ligne reinforce their comrades assaulting the town but find it to hard to kick in enough doors with the wily Scots fight on, although out numbered and hold the French off.
the cuirassiers again aim for the light dragoons and hit them with enough impetus to see them off. this would of left the British right flank open and easy pickings for the heavy horse. But they obviously had worked to hard, blowing they retreat again behind their lines to recover.
  With the dispersal of a battalion from the French 1st brigade, the rest of the brigade assaulting the town has to test for brigade morale. Luckily for the French they are far to concerned with whats going on in the streets to care.
waterlooville as the heat turns up
its all over

Turn 8. 
The British win the initiative and believe the time is right to see off the attack by the now weakened brigade. Jubilant in their victory the Gordon highlanders are chomping at the bit to get involved in the street fight and look on with blood lust in their eyes as they see the generals ADC galloping over to the colonel.
  So imagine the surprise when they have the order to retreat just as victory was in their grasp! there must be some mistake said McDougal to McCloud?? As the British start an orderly withdraw, as the French take the now empty townhouses and the field of battle.
yes i rolled a double one when trying order the brigade to assault and see off the French. This caused command confusion which resulted in the my brave Scottish laddies retiring to the rear, with much cursing and gesticulating towards their hated foe. i guess with all the noise of battle the order "see them off lads" could easily be missed heard as "let's be off lads"  

A great fun days gaming was had, and even though I lost, it was just to funny to get upset about.
bitter me? nah.... 
I believe as they are all Johns miniatures that there must be some kind of conspiracy, so i best get cracking with my huge pile of lead. Then i'll have no excuses!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

28mm Bavarian Napoleonic Caissons and limbers

These are from Perry miniatures fantastic range for Napoleonic Bavarian army. 
Time consuming pieces to paint, but well worth the effort in the end. 

here is a great reference pic.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

28mm Venetian army

Here is a picture of the beginnings of my Venetian force, which is going to be this years project for my personal collection. All the figures above are from perry miniatures European armies range. A mix of plastic and metals miniatures, With the odd metal Italian head on a plastic body. I had great fun painting these and they make a refreshing change from all the black powder era goodness I have been painting lately. The flags are from Petes flags , are printed on cotton and I can highly recommend them. I have around 60 more troops all prepped up and waiting in the line. 

I'm also eagerly awaiting the release of the perry miniatures light cavalry box set, which i will definitely be picking up at Salute along with a few Stradiots.
picture taken from perry miniatures website
hopefuly my collection will resemble these fantastic pictures at some point.
 Great inspiration if you are into your medievals!

Friday, 27 February 2015

28mm Viking raiding party

   I'd have liked to name this post 28mm Viking army, as I've been working on and off on this collection for over 10 years. It peaked at around 300 figures and currently stands at roughly 70.
   So not quite an army more just a small raiding party.
 When I have finally finished my new general and army standard bearer plus a few more warriors to thicken the shieldwall, I will be proud to call it an army again. (watch out Dave!)
 So today I was playing with the lighting in my room and thought I would take a few pictures to see what effect my new lights have. The majority of the troops are from Gripping beast with a couple of Crusader miniature beserkers thrown in.

 You can probably tell I was also playing with my camera and looking for that perfect shot. Sadly never quite got it, but hey the weekend is upon us and there is still going to be time in between the RUGBY!
 England for the grand slam? it would be nice!
The Vikings sure knew how to scrum, but I'm sure they learnt that from the Anglo Saxons! ;)