Monday, March 31, 2014

Live, update plan for Fast Play Grande Armee game on 6 April

Fast Play Grand Armee game planned
I have resolved to 'have a go' at using the Facebook app on my iPhone for doing some live update photos from the battlefield on 6 April, when we game out the flank action west of Luckau in the Campaign of Nations game.

To see the public Facebook event and follow along:


Leave a comment to let me know if all this linking works?

Fast Posting Test

Greek Gods Chess Set
In an effort to determine how fast I could post to the blog, I took this photo of the Greek Gods Chess Set with my iPhone and sent it to computer ... as it turns out blogger will not accept my mobile browser.

I test this in advance of the coming flank battle west of Luckau in the Campaign of Nations game.

There will be at least three cameras present at the coming game on Sunday 6 April.

Just curious, would there be interest in near real-time updates?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cromwell 1970 Movie

Alec Guiness and Richard Harris in CROMWELL
Some inspirational video viewing - for when the paintbrush needs guidance.


Been at the paint table, finished officers and a score of artillerymen.
Now on to two more pike and shotte and a double-dozen shotte for two commanded shotte units.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Chess Set of the GODS

 A special commission work for charity : Chess Set of the GODS

Featuring the Greek Gods as the officers of the set and classical Greek troops as the pawns.
detail photo centered on Hera, showing off the officer pieces of the two sets.
Detail edit:

King = Zeus
Queen = Hera
Bishops = Athena, Hephaestus
Knights = Apollo, Artemis
Rooks = white rocks to 'simulate' the mountain fortress of Olympus 
Pawns = Greek soldiery (could be the 'heroes' of antiquity that the gods whispered to such as Odysseus)

King = Hades
Queen = Persephone
Bishops = Aphrodite, Poseidon
Knights = Ares, Dionysus
Rooks = black rocks to 'simulate' the dark stone of the underworlds of Hades
Pawns = Greek soldiery (could be the 'heroes' of antiquity that the gods whispered to such as Odysseus)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Busy brushes

Pieces are taking definite shape
My painting space has been filled with a special commission work.

Purpose designed chess set based on the Greek Gods myths.

It has been a fun little project, though the finishing work is taking longer than anticipated as I want the final product to have a crisp feel to it.

I am also envisioning a Greek Myth based game, possibly for Cyberboard, using photos of these pieces in the game.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

French Win again in the Cavalry Patrol Skirmish series!

Hussar miniatures - castings from Prince August moulds
In a tight series, where the French fell behind 2 games to nil, the French have won in the 6th match!

This makes the third time in the Campaign of Nations that the French have won the skirmish series.

The games did not all go the French way, until the last ... using the GURPS mass combat simulator system, the French did not fall behind at all.

Round 1: French won by 3.  Round Two: French won by 9.  Round 3: French won by 13!

Total casualties:  French: 10%; Russian 55%.

These results will mean less information going to the Allied headquarters than they may wish to see.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

ECW first units complete

The first four units of a Parliament Army , of a planned ten.
I now have four fine units of Pike & Shotte.

Blew Pike & Shotte II (note the pikes)

The colours that I have choosen ayre set from the Parlyment Army of the Earyle of Essexx who participated in the Campaign of Edgehill in 1642.

Some brightly coloured units this time (a departure from my usual 'campaign look')

So there ayr to bee many in Blew.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Marienberg III - Campaign of Nations AAR

A Campaign of Nations AAR, from the September 1, 1813 (fictional) game turn:

Barclay de Tolly

FML Prohashka

General de Division Bertrand
Only a few days had passed since the last storming of Marienberg had been attempted, the strategic situation had not changed for Barclay de Tolly.  Unless the French in Marienberg could be forced out then the Allied supply lines could never be secure.  De Tolly would not be able to pursue Marshal Macdonald north out of the Bohmian mountains and the stalemate would continue.

What had changed, a force of Prussians who a week earlier had marched out of the mountains south then east at the direct written orders of the King of Prussia had now been rescinded, the Prussians were back and at least one Division of them would be on hand for the coming battle, while the rest of the Korps and their attached heavy artillery could be moved into position to prevent any French interference in the coming battle.

This could allow Barclay de Tolly to bring his entire force into battle at Marienberg; giving him a more than 2:1 advantage ... the only question was would this be enough?

Facing this assault was the troops of IV Corps under General Bertrand, Marshal Macdonald would not be present, so Bertrand would be doing the job alone, same as last time.  What was missing from last time was two battalions of foot and a battery of artillery.

details of the deployment - missing are the Russian Hussars of Pahlen III - which would be deployed in reserve on turn 4 in the Allied rear center

Tabletop loaded with the most minis yet to date on this temporary tabletop
Russians on the Allied Left, two Divisions worth!

Left Wing under command of FML Prohashka

Left and center - loads more Russians and Prussians

Part of the Allied left overlapped into the center, where Austrians stood

Allied Center and right

Right flank refused ... no plans to cross that bridge this time
This time the French had built in field-works in the four days

Two such fortifications were done (improvised from the terrain pieces I have)

The vista of the filed from behind the French lines

Looking across the field from the French fortifications
The Allied commander determined that a 'forlorn hope' of a Cossack force would be sent far into the French right flank, with the mind to pin down as much of the French as possible and permit the 3rd Division of the 2nd Russian Reserve Corps to advance across the river.

Meanwhile the rest of the line would pour fire from artillery into every French position.

On turn 3 more Allies would be moving forward, as Turn 4 it was planned for the Russian Hussars to arrive in Allied reserve.

The French plan?  Kill off Allied units at a rate greater than twice the French losses.

Turn 2

Cossack Forlorn Hope

Turn 3, 0 French losses : 1 Allied loss

the Cossack forlorn hope was still intact!
Turn 4 score 0 French losses : 3 Allied losses

Russian GHQ was getting orders ready ...

HQ Cossacks shifted right to make room for the Hussars

Austrians remained in reverse slope to hold the center

On the left the Russians and Prussians surged forward

while on the far left, the Russian reserve infantry waited ...
Turn 5 French 2 lost : Allied 4

The Russians were now crossing the river in force

38th Division was holding the river line and taking casualties doing so

no-mans land between artillery batteries of both sides

the Allied right was scoring hits on Marienberg town

Austrian battery view of the no-mans land

Allied right flank

Newly arrived Russian Hussars of Count Pahlen III

Russian reserve, to be idle no more as orders were issued ...

that same reserve, far behind the fighting lines of the 3rd Division, now forcing the river line ...
Turn 6 was one of maneuver still 2:4

Turn 7 French 3 :: Allied 4

Russians in a square on ground that had been filled with horsemen and other Russian foot only an hour before

French Hussars were now sallying out from the makeshift barricades

Bertrand knew that if the French firepower kept on failing as it currently was then IV Corps could not hold this ground ...

seeing a moment of delay Bertrand orders the French foot artillery to limber for movement

Fontanelli and his 5th Division were taking some hits and still held Marienberg and the bridge

Turn 8 French 3 :: Allies 4
Cossack forlorn hope still taking action in the French left!

A most complex pairing off with four units in melee at once!
Turn 7 French 5 :: Allies 7

Cossack forlorn hope was still wreaking havoc not recovered from a blown condition since turn 2

French artillery line up on the riverbank, Austrian columns in their sights

Lancers make for one more charge

the whole of the river line was spitting fire

Austrians dropped in great numbers, causing the division to break morale and retreat

lancers ready for one more charge
Turn 10 French 5 :: Allies 9

With the whole of the left flank committed to battle FML Prohaska could only await news of the river line success or not ...

Turn 11; French 6 :: Allies 9

lancers hit 38th Division one last time, shattering the infantry and overrunning the battery

view of the Allied left, with all Russian forces now committed to attack

lonely Austrian battery poring out fire from the hilltop, with the Division retreated behind them

Allied success at last on the left, a portion of Marienberg town was now under Austrian Jagers control

still not getting the needed 2:1 ratio the situation was not lost, yet far from won for Bertrand

Bertrand needed more effect from his artillery and the Allies were not presenting any open targets ...
Turn 12 ; French 6 :: Allies 11

The fortifications guns were able to get some kills and a Russian division fled from the field

Turn 13 ; French 7 lost units :: Allies 13 lost units

with only the Hussars in reserve, all other troops committed Barclay de Tolly needed only one more French unit killed to win the day, this must be done without losing two of his own units ...

Austrians on the far right, were preparing to cross the river

French artillery in the center was deadly ...

Allied artillery on the left were now scoring more hits

Prussians had retreated, rallied, and were now ready to go back into the fray ...

still in reserve, the Russian hussars of Count Pahlen III
Turn 14; French 8 losses :: Allies 13 = ALLIED VICTORY

FML Prohaska was first to learn that the French were starting their retreat.  His exhausted divisions were not going to have to storm those French redoubts

Final French artillery salvos destroyed Austrian batteries

the many assaults had left one battery without crew, they would have to be abandoned to the enemy as the French retreat started ...

not assaulted at all this day, the bridge over the Main river would be unguarded by nightfall

the center of the field was littered with the terrible cost of victroy

Allied guns continued to fire even as the light was fading

French cavalry was still a threat to the Russian infantry, who wisely left them to cover the French retreat

the hasty fortifications served to keep the French guns alive, now they would have to rush to leave the field with their pieces ...

The Russians had made two division morale rolls at the end of turn 13, otherwise they would have been retreating already ... now with one more battalion lost, it was Bertrand and the IV Corps with the 6th Light Cavalry that would have to leave the field in the hands of the Allies.

almost as an afterthought the Austrian 1st Division of the 3rd Corps was across the river, threatening the retreat route ...
The Allies had won the day ... by the skin of their teeth (according to the Allied command player).

After taking in the losses, the end of day forces looked like:

French 6th Light Cavalry

IV Corps would be down to 2 Divisions ....
The Allies ended the day with:

Captured and recovered artillery would be put to use by Russian units as they still have the gunners available

Gyulai's command took a pounding in the two battles at the Main river, now not much more than a large Division

Prussians did re-engage, loosing the Jagers in the process

Hardest hit was the 3rd Division - virtually wiped out as their survivors will be used to bring 4th Div to full strength

The Hussars are still ready for action

of note the 2nd line Lancers will be re-set at one brigade, while the 1st Line Cossacks of Milleinov are going down in the annals in the stuff of legend as a forlorn hope that kicked butt!
The French would retreat to the west northwest, while the Allied army re-collected themselves on their hard-won field of battle.

the toll was high for the Allied attack ...