Tuesday, 29 August 2017

S Range Crimea - Beaston's Horse artillery Conversion.

Another oddball conversion.

Inspired by this site https://www.ottoman-uniforms.com/1853-till-1856-ottoman-cavalry.  I decided to make some conversions for Beaston's Horse Artillery (Osmanli Horse Artillery).

I used the same method as on the Turkish Telegraph unit, Russian Crimean Guards Helmet with added plume this time on the bodies of RHA figures  There are 4 different poses, Standing with Rammer, Crouching forwards, loading with ball and an Officer (?). 

 All have the full dress helmet shown above, although this article says they were only worn by the Officer but I have again, as with the Telegraph team, allowed all ranks to wear the helmet!  Just adds a bit of something to the Turkish forces.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

28mm Black Powder ACW Game

My turn to host a game.  Jack’s favourite period is the American Civil War so I thought I would lay on a game for him.  We used the Black Powder rules with one important change, because the table wasn’t that wide (around 4 foot), we decided to still dice for movement, but make single moves, rather than the twos and threes.   Whilst I like the idea of the wild moves across the table, the single move option worked well for this game.  In addition as well as movement, ranges were also halved.

The scenario was that I was holding the cross roads and Bob and Jack’s aim was to push me out and take control.

Bob and Jack commanded the Union forces and I organised the confederate resistance.  The Union forces had 3 Brigades opposed to 3 Confederate Infantry Brigades and three regiments of skirmishing cavalry.  The Union Brigades were each made up of 4 regiments whilst the Confederates were smaller with 3 regiments each.  Both sides had one battery of artillery.

The Union Forces

My confederate troops


The Confederate cavalry are concealed along the hedgerow and deemed to not be visible to the Union troops.  First move for the Union army is to arrive on the table edge. The Union forces all responded to orders and arrive ‘en masse’ Jack commanded 2 brigades on the right whist Bob managed the Brigade on the left flank.

My cavalry opened fire on Bob’s leading regiments throwing on into disorder.

Jack’s order for the day was push forwards!  Which his troops duly did.

My cavalry managed to delay Bob’s advance and survive a rather ragged opening volley.

Jack continued his advance.  His rolling volley disordered Confederate regiment after regiment.  The only saving grace was that I was able to save the casualties for the most part

Bob started to inflict hits on my cavalry who fell back on their horses and supports, but not before one regiment broke and fled.  

I moved forward my reserve brigade into the farmstead and surrounding fields and the brigade supported my cavalry on my left.  My fire caused disorder in turn on the Union forces stopping them.  Again for the most part saving throws meant casualties were at a minimum.

Round after round of firing saw first my troops disordered again and then returning the compliment to Jack’s units.

Bob and Jack discussed progress.

Bob’ Brigade pressed forward forcing the cavalry to fall back on the supporting infantry brigade.  At the same time Jack moved his artillery forward to support Bob’s advance.

Eventually the repeated pressure from Jack’s infantry managed to inflict casualties on the Confederate front line and broke one of the regiments in the farm, at the same time I pulled back my skirmishers in the surrounding fields

Whilst one of my broke and fled, my Louisianna zouaves poured fired into the opposing Union regiment which in turn broke and left the field.   In the centre another Union unit broke

The union artillery deployed and opened fire ineffectively only to come under infantry fire and become disordered.

The first of the Union troops entered the Farm complex bringing them into direct line of fire from my artillery and supporting infantry.

As Jack looked on, Bob pushed forward his regiment after regiment driving my cavalry back from the fence line, out of the sunken road and back up the slope.

Jack quickly filled the gap created by the regiment that broke and brought more regiments into line. Threatening to outflank my line in the fields.

Another Confederate regiment rushed forward to extend my line and see off the flanking threat.

After some more ineffective firing, we announced the game as a draw.

We all enjoyed the game even though there was no ‘winner’.  The single move option worked well in this game and the various walls and other terrain features broke up both fire effect and movement adding to the flavour of the game.  Jack made all the rail fences as well as the Barn.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

S Range nonsense - Bringing in the sheaves

Or 'Guarding the Harvest'

Got bored painting some figures and had an old Airfix wagon which I kept moving from one flat surface to another so I did this. 

This is the S Range Revolutionary War Citizeness with a Pitchfork with her 'cap' cut away. The women with the sack over her shoulder is also looks like an S range figure (?) available for John Cunningham.

A FPW gunner holding a ball with a head swap. Although why I did a head swap and just didn't paint him as a Prussian or Bavarian I don't know - too clever for my own good.   I cut into the hands to open them to hold a rifle.  The weapon itself was removed from the Revolutionary War Citizeness with Musket figure.  

The 'hay' in the wagon is a bit of door mat cut down and painted to take up most of the space and then bits of  doormat fibres cut off and PVA glued in place.  The same with the straw in the Citizeness's pitchfork.  This was a 10 minute conversion.  Got another Wagon somewhere.

 Just a bit of nonsense, but maybe light cavalry trying to steal the supplies?????