Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sanity Paint Session #1: Pennsylvania AWI Regiment

As I alluded to in a previous post, I was able to smuggle some 15mm basecoated troops out of the basement before the big job started.  I had a ton of units that were basecoated and were basically just sitting on paint stirring sticks awaiting their uniforms.  Most of my precious free time was spent finishing up my Germans and Soviets for Crossfire, so painting anything but World War II troops was welcome!

Additionally, if I had a dollar for every time I wanted to retreat to the gaming den the last 4 days, I'd be a rich man.  What's the saying about you only truly miss something when you no longer have it?  Well I'm only out of gaming down there (and let's face it - hobbying down there too is on hiatus) until probably June) and already I miss it very much.

 Admittedly, there is nothing special about these troops.  The paint job isn't my best but to tell the truth, it was much fun painting them because I have been missing painting and gaming lately.  Plus with all the craziness going on in our life lately with family things and the house, it was much fun to just sit down and throw some paint on these troops and it really took my mind off things.  Even with my crappy brushes and cheap acrylics, this was a sanity paint session for me.

Again, probably not even close to being historically accurate but the combination looks really cool. 
 So with that said, here is a purely fictitious Continental Line or State Militia unit from Pennsylvania during the American Revolution.  I say fictitious because I took some artistic license with the facings, cuffs, and turnbacks but I thought the combination looked excellent.  In reality, looks to me like the Pennsylvania troops' brown coats were adorned with red facings, cuffs, and turnbacks but you get the idea.

white packs with dark blue overcoats.  

I did try to give each face some kind of different characteristic but they're musket miniatures so the faces are bound to look the same!

So there you have it.  Add another Regiment to the shelf!  I have to say I'm quite proud of my AWI collection and someday will have to have a "proper" game.  Next up is a Union ACW Regiment who right now just need the gunmetal and brass buttons painted on and they're ready for action.

After that we'll jump into the modern day with a Bundeswehr platoon and a US 1970s Army Infantry platoon, complete with spit-shined boots, pickle suits, and camouflage helmet covers!  Then if I have the time, I'll paint up some 15mm Napoleonic Legere because they're always fun to paint.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

SAPPERS FORWARD! Ongoing Engineering Projects...

Did the headline get you?  Sorry, no cool sapper miniatures or games with engineer squads.  The only engineering going on here is concrete.  In my basement.  and lots of it.

Track system being installed
 After they cut into the flooring of the basement and tore off up to 36" of wall, more horrors were revealed.  The corners and the NW wall leaked so badly that the studs were rotted completely through. So naturally the project scope has changed again.  All of the wall coveringsare being replaced now.  Which is good and bad.  Good because the new walls are completely inorganic panels that will bolt onto steel studs.  Bad because they're HELLA CRAZY EXPENSIVE!

Track and stones before the concrete is poured.  Say goodbye to that wood paneling in a few weeks.
 I'm keeping my chin up.  It's going to be a hell of a room to game in when all said and done.

Without Conrete

With Concrete!

The system.  The battery has since been elevated.


and more concrete!
I do have a surprise up my sleeve, however.  I smuggled 4 painting sticks worth of 15mm troops upstairs along with a case of paint that I hid under the desk.  In my spare time I will be able to get some painting done up to and including:

A 15mm AWI Pennsylvania Regiment
A 15mm ACW Union Regiment
A 15mm Bundeswehr kit-based platoon (different makes)
A 15mm US Late 70's early 80's Infantry platoon (Mid 80s USNG?) with pickle suits and steel pot helmets.

The basement probably won't be done until late May early June so looks like all gaming here is off for the time being.

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's Started...

The latest "hobby project" AKA basement waterproofing.  We are upgrading our existing system to move water out of our leaky basement.  This involves jackhammering up parts of the existing floor and sump and installing a new drain system, sump pit, and sump pump.  They'll top it off with a nice looking half-wall and we're going to have a tile floor installed.  Not cheap.
Old sitting area compressed into the middle of the floor
I get improved lighting for the gaming area out of the deal.  Which is sweet.

view from the fireplace.  All of my shelves were dismantled with stuff taken down.  All of my hiking and camping gear moved to the garage...

The far wall used to house my painting desk!
Anyways, I spent my nights this week dismantling the gaming empire and now our basement has been "invaded" by a waterproofing crew.  More to follow but on the bright side, this will result in a new & improved gaming area.

Glue lines from where the original owner of the house simply glued paneling to the block wall.... Did he realize he lived in Pennsylvania????

Sump pit excavation

Needless to say painting and gaming are on hold until the basement is put back together but that doesn't mean you wont be hearing from me!  With my recent sell-off of my WH40K stuff, I was flush with cash and immediately put that back into the hobby with a HUGE moderns order.  Some TY infantry (West German), and 3D printed models from "Butlers in the UK" (sounds so formal!) and "bashytubits" here in the states.  I rounded out some TY companies from Butler's to match an earlier purchase (T-64s, BMP2s) and from Bashytubits I ordered a full company of BTR60s, T55AM2s (5 bucks per model) and BRDM AA, ATGM, and Recce.  With all of the Roskopf T-55s I have, we're talking a full BATTALION of T-55s to face off against NATO!  Whatever the rules turn out to be.

Now if only I could sell off ALL this World War II 20mm boxed stuff and get even more cash.  That might have to be at a convention.

Before I forget, there will also be some 1/100 surprises in that batch from printed order bashytubits that I can't talk about now but would much rather leave you all in suspense!  I will give you one hint, though:

Something is definitely afoot in the basement, brothers.  Tighten up.  Assume formation gamma and follow my move.

Say your prayers, keep your fingers crossed, knock on wood, whatever your belief or custom is, that our basement problems are solved!  I want to get back to gaming and painting!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Tactical Pause

Tactical Pause this weekend.  No gaming and probably no painting but we'll be back!  All elements this is six. Standby.  WAIT OUT!
M551 Sheridans at Stand-To

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Battle of Lobositz! (lots of pics!)

The usual suspects were over today to refight the Battle of Lobositz using my 15mm Seven Years War troops.  We used Black Powder as everyone had familiarity with them (for the most part), and the scenario from "Honours of War" which features a "bathtubbed" battle of about 10 to 11 infantry units on a side with a handful of cavalry and artillery on each side as well.  We played 8 turns.  The game started more or less at 1:00pm and ended around 4:45pm.  Not bad!

The Prussians moved first.  We borrowed the idea from HoW Lobositz scenario and to simulate the fog on the field, any charge or volley was preceded by a dice roll.  If the player rolled a 1 or a 2, the volley or charge failed due to problems spotting in the fog.  This lasted until turn 4.
The Battlefield from the Prussian side.  Prussians stacked up ready to advance the Lobosch Hill on the left, Homolkaberg on the right.  The Prussians advancing through the valley or saddle between the 2 hills.

Prussian elites - large units of 5 stands the village of Wchinitz is clearly visible

Austrians around the Morellenbach and in the Village of Sullowitz

Prussian Cavalry Brigade in the foreground
I pretty much watched and took shedloads of pictures while Dave and Ken's forces smashed against each other on the plain!  Some interesting reversals of history, but in the end, the Prussians snatched victory away from the Austrians although the final result was in question until the last turn.  Black Powder will do that to you!

Dave wanted to clear the Lobosch immediately and set his left wing upon it.  Ken had 2 "detachments" or small units of Grenzers on the opposite side waiting to advance up the slope and make the Prussian's miserable in the thickets and vineyards.

Prussian left wing moving out

Prussian center (AKA the guys painted by me)
Note the left wing moving out onto the Lobosch

Prussians engaging the Grenzers (Croats?)
  David moved the Prussian Cavalry (Cuirassiers and Dragoons) out onto the plain and Ken moved his Cuirassiers and Hussars out as well to meet them and a swirling Cavalry battle began.  One interesting note - I now know why some of the blogosphere were referring to the Prussian SYW Cavalry in Black Powder as the "Panzer Corps"!!

Swirling Cavalry Battle

Tough combat on the slopes of the Lobosch!
 Ken started moving his Austrians out to cross the Morellen Bach.  Ken had a bridge next to Sullowitz.  If the infantry crossed the Morellen Bach they would be disordered for a turn as if they were shot at.

Note the mass of Cavalry to the front as the Austrian corps moves out.

Austrians crossing the Morellen Bach.

The Cavalry Battle goes the Prussians' way and they get a "sweeping advance" move after the first combat.  Meanwhile the other combat goes the Austrian's way.  (Note my new MDF casualty markers!)

Clashing of sabers in the fog!

Both sides Cavalry are pretty much blown after the battles and both sides return to their respective sides to attempt to rally.  Ken realized that the Austrian Cavalry Brigade morale was probably busted and there are clear rules in BP for Brigade Morale.

Dave starts to move his elite reserve Brigade to the right to shake out the Prussian line as Ken's infantry corps move across the Morellen Bach.

The elites moving up to reinforce the Prussian line.

Ken's troops in Sullowitz

The Austrians slowly moving their way up to the front!

Dave's "panzer corps" shaking out into a new line.  Note the markers.  The "3" means they have 3 hits and are shaken.  Yellow beads are disorder markers.

Prussian Army Batteries.  Heavy Guns!

Prussians approach Lobositz and a firefight breaks out at the Elbe!

Ken's Heavy Battery scanning for targets

Old Trousers and FM Keith look on.
 The Prussian infantry approach Lobositz and trade fire with the Austrians and Hungarian regiments there.
The Prussians charge in!

Lobositz in center-top of picture

The Austrian column moves ever-forward!

Meanwhile the Prussian elites deploy to meet them.  

Battle of the elites as Austrian Grenadiers form to meet the Prussian Grenadiers!

 The combat on the Prussian left goes Dave's way and his Prussians advance while the Hungarians retreat into the village.
Prussian infantry moving up 

Prussian center wing advancing up to the Austrian guns!

The only things missing were fife and drum music, smoke, and straggler figures and this could have been a real SYW Battlefield!
 David moves his guns up from the center wing for support and gets an enfilading shot off on an Austrian Battalion.  Ouch!  Double dice!

 The final battle is shaping up as Dave advances against Ken's 2 x artillery batteries.  At some cost, Dave overruns the batteries and takes them out.  Next, Ken barricades the streets of Lobositz with an Austrian battalion and prepares a forlorn hope to hold out from the Prussian advance!

The Prussians advance to the very muzzle of the guns!

Austrian force in Lobositz preparing to hold out!

Meanwhile the infantry on Ken's left continue to deny the Prussians access to a Morellen Bach crossing!

The road is clear for an assault against Lobositz
 A nerve wracking finale as Ken's battalion in Lobositz wins the first round, but numbers eventually would have told and they could not hold out indefinitely given the turn limit.  It would have taken some time for reinforcements to arrive and it was starting to get late.  Ken conceded with the full knowledge that the Austrian left was still bristling with strength and bayonets!

The Austrians might have lost the village but they're far from defeated!

If you've made it this far I applaud your tenacity!  This was a very exciting game and I applaud Black Powder for its ability to handle a game like this with lots of moving parts and units and move the game along quickly enough to be played in an afternoon.  I'm not sure what more you could ask for than that?  We refought an entire battle of the Seven Years War!  That was with plenty of conversation, rules researching, and snacking.  I think this game went much better than our Volley & Bayonet debacle a couple months ago and I cannot wait to play another Black Powder game, perhaps with my 10mm Napoleonics next!