Wednesday, 30 March 2016

15mm Mon Calamari For Star Wars

As part of the Star Wars Miniatures Battles project I have going on, I bought some Aquafid infantry from www.15mm.co.uk. They are pretty good look-a-likes for the Mon Calamari of the Star Wars universe, given the small scale. This is red squad, ten men each armed with blaster rifles:


And Blue squad, unfortunately there isn't enough poses in the Aquafid figures to allow for other weapons, but I'm happy enough with them as they are. They were dead easy to paint, I just gave them all grey jumpsuits and quick inkwash.


Also, I created an Excel file for the Hero Record sheet for Star Wars, I have uploaded it to Google documents and you can download it:


It has all the formulas worked out so just input the numbers and away you go. I have also created a record sheet for the Rebel heroes, Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, Lando and Obi-Wan, with the stats taken from the Star Wars Roleplaying 2nd Edition Empire Strikes Back supplement (obviously Ob-Wan came from the A New Hope supplement...). These can be downloaded 


There are also sheets for Darth Vader and Boba Fett, taken from the same supplement, these can be downloaded 


And finally, I knocked up some creature sheets, which can also be downloaded 


Hopefully they will be of some use to someone.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 26 March 2016

French Cavalry and I Corps

The final unit for the French I Corps of the 100 Days that I have been putting together for my Blücher project is the 1st Cavalry Division commanded by Général de Division Baron Charles-Claude Jaquinot. This unit was made up of the four regiments of 7e Régiment de Hussards, 3e Régiment de Chasseurs-à-Cheval, 3e Régiment de Chevaux-légers (Lanciers) and 4e Régiment de Chevaux-légers (Lanciers). Each of these regiments were represented by 6 figures in the appropriate uniforms.
 

The Lancers take up the back row, whilst the Hussars and Chasseurs lead the charge. The Division was in the thick of the action during Waterloo, being instrumental in counter attacking the charge of the Union and Hosuehold Brigades.


The unit is a nice mix of French cavalry types and was a pleasure to paint.


I know the lancers probably wouldn't have carried their flags into battle with them, but it's a nice touch to the base and, more importantly, it means I don't waste any figures.


This brings I Corps to an end, so here they are all in their full glory, nine bases in all, along with a sub-commander.


In game terms this is only about 100 points, so I will need to double this amount of figures really to make a decent game of Blücher, but that will be a while off as I turn my attention back to the Allies.


So there's only (!) six more French Corps to finish for the full L'Armée du Nord, but that will be a long way off...

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Episode IV and Three Quarters

Last weekend Ninjasaurus and I met up to continue the game of Star Wars Miniatures Battles that was interrupted the other week, by my better half being ill. This time she was at home, so if she did fall ill again I wouldn't have to travel out to Sheffield to get her! (she is all recovered now, by the way, just a case of very bad flu). So we picked up where we left off, I set the table up as it was and the figures were laid out back in position. From the previous game, we had just reached the morale phase and dice were rolled and everyone passed, so it was on with the action!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Final French Infantry Brigade for I Corps

And finally, the last base of infantry for the French I Corps at Waterloo is the Brigade commanded by Général de Brigade Jean-Louis Brue. This was the second brigade of 4th Division and was made up of the 85th Line and the 95th Line regiments.


Along with the rest of the Division, this unit was involved in the fighting at Papelotte on Napoleon's right flank.


In Blücher, this unit is considered to be understrength, probably because the two battalions of the 85th only numbered 631 men. So, I have represented this by the visual shorthand of three battalions. On my base, the 85th have merged their two battalions into one.


This is the final infantry unit for the French I Corps, I just have a cavalry division to paint now and the Corps will be finished!


Watch this space for the cavalry and some pictures of the full Corps!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Duel in the Dunes AAR

On Sunday Ninjasaurus Rex and I gathered at Dean's place for our second game in the desert campaign that Dean has started running. This was a fictional encounter between an Italian defence force facing against a British recce unit. Both sides were expecting reinforcements which would enter the game at a random point and randomly along the start lines.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Penultimate French Infantry Brigade of I Corps

I'm getting so close to finishing I Corps now! This is the seventh base of eight, the 1st Brigade of 4th Infantry Division, commanded by Général de Brigade Chevalier Jean-Gaudens-Claude Pegot and consisting of two battalions of the 8th Line and two battalions of the 29th Line.


This unit was the lead division as the corps approached Quatre-Bras and was switched to Ligny on the 16th, where it remained whilst the rest of Corps marched back to Quatre-Bras. 


Another solid French Line unit, it was then involved in the fighting around Papelotte on Napoleon's right at Waterloo.



This is another base down and only two more (including the cavalry) to go, so stay tuned for more!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Tank! The Great War Expansion Box Opening

After several months of waiting Tank! the first Great War expansion by The Plastic Soldier Company dropped through my letterbox. Well, it didn't, it got taken to the sorting office where I had to pick it up tonight... But whatever, it's here after a few delays. As with The Great War itself, I got in early with the Kickstarter campaign and I am not disappointed that I did! Here is a quick box opening to show you the contents.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Episode IV and a Half

On Thursday, Ninjasaurus and I got together for a game of Star Wars Miniatures Battles, it was his first ever game and my first game for over twenty years. As you may know, I have been putting together a 15mm Star Wars project for a while now, but unfortunately we had to abandon the game almost as soon as we had started. My better half called me from work to ask if I could go and pick her up as she had come down with flu! However, here are a few pictures of the one and only turn that we had!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Attached Artillery

As my 6mm Blücher project has progressed I have been wondering what do with artillery. In the rules, artillery is used either as a battery or a single gun attached to brigades. Making up a battery is a pretty simple procedure as they are mounted on the same sized bases as the rest of the forces. I haven't made one yet, but it is on the list. More tricky is showing attached artillery. I put together a small base of a British 6lber, just to see how it would look. Mounted on a small Flames of War base it looked quite nice.


That then gave me an idea of how to represent the attached artillery for brigades. My original idea was to have the player circle the space on the base label with a dry wipe pen to signify an attached piece. However, using the guns would look much better in a game. The guns are just big enough to fit on a 15mm x 15mm base with two crew.


This sized base sits perfectly well on the space of the label and to my mind looks a damn sight better than my original idea.


The gun is small enough to be dropped almost anywhere on the base, so I am pretty pleased with how these turned out!


I only have seven completed for the British at this stage and I need more for the French. If I make up enough of these for every brigade I have, then I will have enough for any game!

Thanks for reading.