Sunday, 30 March 2014

New light Cavalry!!!

Recently I felt the urge to stock up my Renaissance light Cavalry. And what a good opportunity to do so by shopping the crossbow cavalry from the Perry´s webpage. As I wanted them to be able to be fielded by French as well as Imperial, I kept them fairly generic. The leathery background is a sketch book from 'Il Papiro‘ from Florence -  a paper shop of the oldest tradition.

Friday, 28 March 2014

The Battle at Creeky Mill (Part three)

Ja, Ja, Ja, just like we use to say: first it comes differently, secondly as one thought it would be.

News - stop:
The British finally cross the river. The Untested Hessians as well as the Jägers keep it going while under heavy attack.

Ah, yes, the American "attack", or at least they came nearer. A ‘Blunder‘ for "Paul Washington" and they lost two units in the process – so it looks fifty-fifty again.

Also the meekly Hessians (von Donop?) saved 3 artillery shots!! - just to perish in the next round.

Aaand the Indians arrived at the Inn of the Creepy Mill.

So its all up again. No gloom anymore, Fortuna favoured the definitively the Redcoats this time, but it doesn‘t look all roses. I think its at the point where no one has a strategem left and the battle is so much advanced that nobody can do any thing big any how. So just the dice really. Nice.

Aaaand yess  -  next time part four!

The American left flank is  coming nearer ...

The British reserve sways to the other flank

The immaculate Hessian untested (weaklings) after an artillery barrage

The infamous American Militia Men attacking the barn

Finally the British massing to cross the river

The Hessian Jäger try to cover the Artillery

The Hessian Prinz Carl Regiment aims at the Dragoons

The Hessian Jägers just survive 
The British are coming

Promised map from last time

Where we left it

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Battle at Creeky Mill (Part two)

Rivers can be very intimidating, for some. You never know when you reach the other side, or how deep they eventually can be.  This can turn into a real nightmare, when you are under enemy fire and you want to survive.

And they are wet and cold.

The continuation of the glorious misconception of the term battle. The British troops still dither and can‘t make it over the river, are caught in-between, thanks to some of my general rolling Blunders again(!!!).
Paul played the Chief in Command of the Americans and Matt was his French Adjutant. I was in charge (more or less as it turned out later) of the British and Richard helped to herd the Hessians over the river.

What shall I say, I can‘t even bother to draw a new map as nothing much has changed. (Maybe for the next battle as a prep).

A few highlights:

The British Dragoons were finally shot at the Mill, followed by their comrades, The British LI Guards they got shot at the stables. The British Guard of the right flank got mauled by a French flank fusillade, but survived. The French then turned out to be not of the warrior type (Stamina 1). The Hessian test with the same result. The Natives hop back over the river. The American centre attacks (yes, a rare sight indeed!) The British fail to get over the river.

The ‘Guards‘ take a heavy toll

The Stockbridge Indians prove that they can cross rivers without the use of a bridge!

The creator measuring up the luck of the British troops

The newly arrived Hessian prove to be a bit weak

Ladies and Gentleman, the Americans attack!

The British again,  top in one of their best categories: queuing

The Hessians still trying to find a bridge

Monday, 10 March 2014

Work In Progress

After some virtual absence (due to my entirely debauched and corrupt character), a short sneak preview of my work bench. Many meneken running around...

The whole production line plus a HMS Neptune without rigging
I could‘t resist to start on the Perry's Grenadiers – mutilated them and...

the 5th fusiliers on original 70ies tea box
I also need to pile up my Renaissance French; so I dived into Foundry and fished out some of them ...

some Foundry Swiss

another Swiss

aaand some more Swiss
I swear, I was forced at gunpoint to purchase these 6mm, aach 2mm ACW minis. They are so small, every time I want to paint them I have to drink enough Met until I see Albarich from the Nibelungen.

ups some ACW washed too hot
but in-between I get back to my AWI 28mm not to get totally blind.

again the 5th Regt. Fusiliers with their 'Goslin Green' facings