Sunday, 31 December 2017

End of year Black Powder

Agghh a Blog Post! It's only been 18 years!
I attended Goat Major's fine Wargame Room so that my Prussian's could air there fine moustaches and meet local 28mm Cows for Dinner and maybe more... 
Grenadiers Mooo'vin on up.  Nothing can stop them... (Except Croats)

Turn 1 and GM's Russian/Austrian/Sepoy forces start columns forward... In Black Powder terms thats an 18 mile move range....

 With us both forgetting how far move distances could be if you roll well in BP, GMs right flank advanced almost the entire width of the table to pen in my Hussars and spent the next few turns firing them and making them unhappy.  His left flank stalled when my right flank moved up and he had to rapidly get in line.  His light troops moved through the left wood to be annoying and unsporting.

I promise to attach your flags some day!  Then maybe you'll repay me with not running away every game.  Bye then!  See you next game!

Fire spat between the battle lines and made little effect except a few disordered units.  I decided to charge my flagless left flank Prussian infantry unit at GMs oncoming right flank attack.  These promptly ran away as they do each game.  Then the following happened...

PURP: Neither of us have rolled a blunder yet.
GM: Yeah that will be you with those poor cavalry in the corner.
As saying this, GM immediately rolls a blunder on his centre infantry unit...  
He then rolls a 6 and it goes crashing into the hard as nails moustache smuggling Fresh Prussian Grenadier unit I have just moved up.  They are immediately destroyed and suddenly there is a big hole in GMs centre...

Prussian Counter Attack.  And its successful!!! What!

General Whoopsie.
 Then GMs dice appeared to turn Purple and he promptly failed numerous order tests which  meant I could carry on my push against his white coated troops.  General Whoopsie on the right flank failed at least three turns in a row...

The 007 Hussars.  Repeatedly shaken and never stirred from there deployment position.

I had leant one of my newly painted Russian battalions to GM and annoyingly it was hugely effective and repeatedly stopped attacks on the right flank.  I finally got rid of it after a push forward left it open to enfilade.  Then my left flank cavalry finally moved forward, seeing GMs right flank Sepoys struggling, they charged in, survived the closing fire but still couldn't shift them!  After three turns of draws they finally ran away and the 007 Hussars got there first ever victorious combat in 5 games!!!

End game.  There appears to be only Prussian's on the table...

Black Powder is errrrr interesting...  I don't think I'll be using them again.
The maths is easy but finding rules through the 7000 page rulebook is like searching for that random sprue piece that's popped off your craft knife and pinged across the painting desk into the abyss.

Big thanks to GM for a great day.  And Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Photobucket ate my homework

Obligatory Photobucket drama post

All gone forever into the abyss. 
Luckily I have only  a small blog or re-uploading could have been a monumental rectal breach. 
One day I'll get around to going through those old posts with new pictures.  I just have another Prussian unit to do first.  And some Russians.  And some Cavalry.  And some more Russian Infantry. And some more...

Deaths Head Hussars outraged by the Photobucket meltdown go charging around
dashingly  looking for something to stab and poke.  They will immediately run away. 

"We have the best moustaches this side of the army!
 Where is our photo coverage?!"
My painting goes through a vigorous Quality Control process. 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Loose Ass Summer 2017 Day Two

Battle of Feuchtehinter

July 16th 2017

Day Two of the Summer weekend game saw six of us fight, each armed with 6 Infantry battalions, 3 cavalry units and 2 guns on a 15 foot table.  This felt a really nice game size with Honours of War and the battle flowed back and forth, with results going either way at times.  In the end, the bad guys won again, crushing our centre and the left flank I held.  Another great day had with the LA guys which has topped me right up with enthusiasm.  So much so, I just bought my next two battalions to paint!   

Deployment.  Bad guys on the left, noble good on the right.

My Prussians move forward on the left flank but come under harrowing fire from a large gun battery on the hill and some skirmishers in the gully.

Gunners offer support to their cavalry as the massed squadrons of the enemy draw close.

Worried about a gap, my Grenadiers march to the centre..

The Cavalry Battle.  I lost.

Another Bloody Wheatfield.

Redeployment to the centre.  To late to be of help.

Unfortunate Crotch Shot 128

Combat that finished the Left.  My Prussian unit killed its British charger but retreated in the protest causing the Poor quality troops behind to run also.

Buffs artillery smashes into the flank of the cavalry and wipes them out as he holds grimly onto the hill.

Goat and Gary appear to be actually considering tactics.  Outrageous.

The Bad guys right has now flanked the line and things look grim.

Can't wait for the next one!