Saturday, June 28, 2014

English Civil War Horse Progress IV AND Royalist foote sneak peek

The second layers of colour are on all the horse now.

animal colors are all done
The shabraques and some rider details are all that remain, then gloss coating and flocking.

I went over to Jeff's the other day and did some detail painting support for him so that the Royalist forces would be completed around the same time as my Parliament ones are.

Here are some sneak peeks at the Royalist drill ongoing ...

a red coat Royalist foote unit, that I did some stockings and belts for

the great mass remaining that is still going to need detail works
If all things go as planned, Jeff and I ought to have troops on the tabletop in the late Autumn or Winter, just as the weather turns nasty.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

English Civil War Parliamentary Force - a review

Entire force seen in overhead view deployed in lines
I took the opportunity to get out the English Civil War forces that I have been building over this past winter and spring and paraded them for the camera.

Jeff and I have been discussing flag sizes, so I decided to flag all the units and use this as a comparison opportunity also.

looking down the lines from the left flank

one of two 'commanded shotte' units, this one in black, the other in green

a selection of command figures, with the Cromwell pennon in the rear

view down the lines from the right flank

liens now switched to columns, with the horse leading
The foote flags are all two inches square (on the pole, the sticker is 2"x4" folded over the flagpole), while the horse are all one and one-half inches square (again on the pole).

the three blew foote regiments flags

the two red and one gray foote regiments flags

the three horse regiment flags

a closer comparison of the size of horse and foote flags

Monday, June 23, 2014

ECW Horse progress III

color undercoat on bottom image, just inked on the top image
The color undercoat and inking are pictured here, now all completed.

Next stages are flesh (for the riders), manes, tails and blazes for the horse and finally the riders 'colors' - in this case mostly shades of browns and yellows.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Painting spaces

A quick view of the painting spaces I use when working on all miniatures.

ECW Horse now with dark 'undercoat' layer

Saturday, June 07, 2014

GARDEN WARS - ACTION OF LOWENBERG - Campaign of Nations Game

An after action report for the Campaign of Nations

The Prussian Army of Berlin had been pushed out of Potsdam, then defeated in the field north of Potsdam.  Following the battle, the Prussians then managed to cross the Havel River near Lowenberg, following the crossing the pontoons were pulled in by General Lieutenant Bülow.

The pursuing army of French consisted of I Corps of Vandamme and the remains of the Polish Corps under the command of General Nansouty.

strategic situation at Lownenberg
The French orders were:

French-allied forces should be in these positions simultaneously. If possible I'd like to attack late on the 3rd with Nansouty leading with Vandamme's corps and the Poles coming in on the flank/rear of the Prussians.
If necessary, the cavalry could pin them until the infantry arrive?
 Bülow's aim was to score as much damage on the French as possible ...

Lowenberg had a narrow zone to the south, where Vandamme was to assault from

Following the general instructions from Maréchal Poniatowski (yes you read that right Maréchal), the French-Polish forces were first forward to expose the defensive arrangement of the Prussians while Vandamme's I Corps assembled a massive artillery line to barrage the southern defensive line of the Prussians.

 By turn three the forces were finally close enough to start the artillery exchanges ... with the Prussians scoring no hits at all.

French columns surge forward as the first Prussian artillery shot fall on all sides to no effect

Polish Cuirassier move in from the east

Awaiting the Poles were Prussian Landwher Jagers

further in west at the outskirts of the town were more Prussian Landwher

Facing south was a line of Landwher and artillery
The artillery exchanges went on for a couple more turns, with no effect still from the Prussians, while French batteries started their response ... causing the first casualties among the Prussian Landwher.

view from the south as the French columns move into the gap between the river and forest

reverse view from atop the watermill

the second division moving in columns

Polish cuirassier have fallen back from the Prussians

1's mean nothing for artillery fire ... the Prussians continue to miss their shots

forest spaces enhanced to show the field of battle, north is the top

closer view of the Prussians in the town

Polish line with guns to the east

Polish cuirassier seeing that Prussian horse batteries would be setting up - CHARGE!

One Prussian battery escaped, the other WON THE CLOSE COMBAT!
in heavy smoke from the clash with the Polish cuirassier the Prussian horse battery was lucky to be alive
Now the east sector was shown to have weakness ... so the Prussians sent out their only good brigade of Arentschildt, with three battalions of line troops (the others were all Landwher, rated 3/0 - second rate in SHAKO) and two squadrons of light horse.

The artillery continued to pound away for both sides, though the French had more guns, thus more shots, and that began to wear down the power of the Prussian lines ...

view of the field looking west from behind the Polish line, woods are enhanced

Polish artillery began firing at Prussian Landwher

forced back and rallied, the damaged Polish cuirassier make ready to face the coming Prussian horse

view looking west from the edge of the large woods

French artillery barrage was continuous

some French columns had to retreat behind the line, having taken a hit while covering the deployment of the artillery

Vandamme in the center bottom of this image, watching for the break in the Prussian line

the Prussian horse, charged the damaged Polish cuirassier, sweeping them from the field
With the destruction of the covering cavalry, now the Polish line troops were forced to go into square, becoming a large target for the Prussian horse batteries in range.

overview of field, woods enhanced

eastern sector, Polish line battalions with artillery, now facing horse, foot and guns

The Prussian lines now had gaps cut by the French batteries

massed French artillery had been pounding away for five turns - the Divisional square behind the French line is easily visible

a lower view of the French lines

French gun lines were becoming the tale of the game ...
Finally casualties were causing battalions to break, the French were leading 2:1, though it was clear that the Polish were not going to fare well against Arentschildt's Brigade.  The only question would be how long they could hold out, would it be long enough for the gun line of I Corps to break the Prussians?

the artillery exchange continued at the south end of the town

Polish lines pour on the fire while one end forms square against the marauding Prussian cavalry

thw sqare was shot up by artillery, then in comes the horse charge, supported to the rear

overhead view of the Prussian attack in the east

the view of Arentschildt's brigade in column marching east
The Polish were unable to hold for any time, as the assaulting horse rolled up the artillery batteries then clashed with the last line battalion, stuck in line as they had bee disordered by the horse battery fire.

French command now orders a flank assault through the woods, otherwise there will be no chance at victory.

the attacking French columns move through and around the woods as the Prussian gun line had been partly silenced

columns move through the woods

columns surge through the gap in the French artillery line
Vandamme realized that, if victory were to be achieved it would take a show of elan to make it happen.

French horse batteries were sent up to support the attacking division, who were lost as well as half of the assaulting battalions

one French battalion did reach the town itself with no Prussians to stop them

Arentschildt's brigade rushed back into the fray, but were unable to affect the outcome more

French lines even started counter-fire with the Landwher in the watermill

Vandamme had sent in two divisions, now they would have to secure the victory as the guns fell silent - masked by the advancing battalions

keeping fire on the Landwher in the watermill

French enter the town center!

one last French battalion is lost as they strike onto a foot battery and failed in the close combat

French column comes out from the woods and charges a foot battery ... only to fall to defeat in close combat

General Lieutenant Bülow and staff are forced out of the town center
Even with taking the town center, by nightfall there would not be forces in enough strength to hold the area.

Left with no light cavalry at all, Vandamme orders the retreat of French forces and the brave battalion that took the town center was forced to surrender all arms and eagle by becoming surrounded.

In all the French lost two divisions, four artillery batteries and the last of the cavalry they had north of the Havel River.  While the Prussians lost four Landwher battalions and two foot batteries.

A decisive Prussian victory.

For our Garden Wars Games, we use SHAKO (version 1) rules at double scale for movement and artillery.