Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dragon Rampant - Men of the (Pacific North) West vs. Team Orcabusiers

Pics from today's 30 point warband game between the Men of the (Pacific North) West and my buddy Ron's Orcabusiers. Orc's won - despite both warband leaders being killed off. The "Flying" rule is awesome! My earl was jumping all over the place!
We didn't use any of the scenarios from the book - basically played a straight up fight to the death. The only "Fantastical" rule used by the Men of the West warband was the Earl's "Flying" trait - which is really cool for jumping over obstacles - including Attacks.
The Orcabusier warband had two Elite Foot units with missiles, which made the Men of West wary of getting within their missile range.
Men of the Pacific NW archers bravely take on Orcabusier Elite Riders (I know what are they riding?!)
After the archers retreat, the Heroes charge into the Orcabusiers - taking them out after they failed their Courage test.
Lancers wisely staying out of enemy bow range - no they are not hiding!
Warband leader vs. warband leader (both Elite Riders) - round 1
The remnants of the Lancer unit advancing on the Orcabusiers - I kept forgetting I paid for Mounted Missiles.
Men of Pacific NW leader taking on some of the Orcabusier leader's henchmen. See him hiding after retreating from his lost round of combat.
Lancers trying to finish off the Orcabusier leader - which they eventually did.
Man, that dude on the left looks so much like Karl Franz!
Men of the Pacific NW Heroes mounted on demigryphs take on Elite Foot Infantry (they must've been recruited by the Orcabusiers).
My buddy Ron made good use of the "Fearful" trait to lower a couple of his units by 2 points, thereby increasing the total number of units in his warband. It makes sense since the Men of the West with only 4 units, went to half-strength a lot sooner - which affected Courage tests. Anyway, I'm thankful for Ron driving about 50 miles from Silverdale to my place in Puyallup in very rainy weather. A lot to reflect upon and possible redesign ideas for the warband. Thanks for dropping by and hope you enjoy the pics - it was a fun game.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Battle of Bosworth Field Set Up

Some staged shots of what I had intended to host at next year's Enfilade convention - Battle of Bosworth using Lion Rampant. However, the set up (trying to stay historical) seems a bit boring - not really enough natural terrain features for the rules, IMO. I'm thinking of switching to the Battle of Tewkesbury. This would have a bit more terrain, as well as hidden movement of some cavalry. More to follow.
The view atop Ambion Hill with Richard III's forces. The lone Earl of Northumberland figure represents his retinue - which did not take part in the battle.
The view from Henry Tudor's right - with the forces of Lord Stanley to the left of the marshy area where Richard would meet his fate.
Richard's army from the left.
Henry Tudor's forces with mercenary crossbowmen on his left flank.
Richard's forces from the right flank.
I'm pretty sure the scenario would play out, but it would be mostly a head to head scrum. Possibly a special rule to activate Lord Stanley's forces would make it a little bit more interesting. Anyway, I hope to re-set the table for a Tewkesbury scenario. BTW, I gave up trying to stay totally historical with the banners and standards. The noble households were switching sides or dying out far too often.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Couple More Perry WotR Artillery

These are the two cannon which my buddy Ron sold me dirt cheap a few weeks ago at the Lion Rampant game day. He only had 4 crewmen, so I ended up converting a couple of plastic left-over figures from the Mercenary box. Instead of 4 crew per gun, only 3 are used.
Painted up one crew as Burgundians and the other one in generic red livery.
You may note that the single arc cannon crew has a guy holding the breech, and the cannon itself already has one in place. I messed up which crew was going to which gun, but didn't want to repaint the figure. Maybe he's got a spare...but, then the double-arc cannon doesn't have one at all!
The Burgundian livery sort of sets off the red painted cannon.
 
There are now 4 cannon which could be used in a Bosworth scenario - all sitting atop Ambion Hill facing Henry Tudor's army. Still need to come up with a way to use them in Lion Rampant. Possibly, they'll only be allowed to fired once every other turn - if successfully activated on 6+.
Now that all of the figures and models are painted, it'll be time to set up a table to see how they'll look for a Bosworth game. Thanks for stopping by and hope you're having a nice hobby day!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Perry European Mercenaries - Talabheim, er...I mean Lübeck Pikes

This is the last of the three units to be built from the Perry European Infantry 1450-1500 'Mercenaries' box. These are again painted up in simple livery - red and white, which appears to have been a somewhat popular color combination, as not only the Holy Roman Empire city state of Lübeck wore them, but some Italian cities also.
The pikes are angled back so that they will clear the low profile drawer that they'll be stored and transported in.
Just 12 figures, enough for one more unit for Lion Rampant games, but they should add some color and flavor to the table. It would be neat if this set came with enough pikes for all 40 figures.
As these are pikemen, they all wear some type of body armor - plate, brigandine and padded jackets.
They pikes would be part of Edward IV's army for Barnet or Tewkesbury, and possibly in Henry Tudor's force as Frenchmen in a Bosworth scenario.
There are 4 leftover figures which I may use to flesh out artillery crews for a pair of cannon that I picked up at the Lion Rampant game day. My buddy Ron sold me, dirt cheap, two WotR cannon, but they only had a couple of crew each. He also threw in mounted WotR characters - less horses. Perry sells separate plastic WotR horses, so this will not be a problem if I get around to painting them.
The same livery being worn by kids at a local carnival.
Thanks for stopping by, and hope you all are enjoying the hobby!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Perry European Mercenaries - Averland, er...Uri Crossbowmen

These are the crossbowmen from the box of European Infantry 1450-1500 'Mercenaries.' Wanted them in fairly simple, but also eye-catching livery, and settled on the yellow and black scheme of the Swiss canton of Uri. Troops from Uri participated in many battles, including the Battle of Sempach in 1386 to the Battle of Marignano in 1515. They also were on the winning side at the Battle of Kappel in 1531 during the Reformation in Switzerland. Oh, and the livery is also that of Averland...
The figures were block painted, then given a Minwax stain, followed by Testors Dullcote, and finally a bit of highlighting.
Not sure if they participated in any Wars of the Roses battles, but wanted the livery to stand out against the usual English colors of reds and blues.
They can also be part of a Dragon Rampant warband, since there was interest after the Lion Rampant game day last week.
A mixture of white, black and blue was used to highlight the black. Adding a bit of blue gives it a nicer tone, in my opinion, than a gray if only black and white is used.
So far, I've had good results using 3 figures per 40mm squares. They speed up movement and only need 2 casualty markers before removing the entire base.
The last unit from the box are the 12 pikemen. Not sure what livery colors to paint them as, but only a little will be showing as they are more heavily armored.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Perry Mercenaries - Burgundian Handgunners

Finally decided to order a box of Perry "'Mercenaries' - European Infantry 1450-1500." These have been out for some years, so most will know it comes with 40 figures which can be made up into pikemen, crossbowmen and handgunners. You can also convert most of the pikes into halberd/polearms. Here are the handgunners painted up as Burgundians. Figured they could be used in a few scenarios, not the least being the Battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury, when Edward returned with a group of these guys on loan from his brother in law the Duke of Burgundy.
Most of the bodies of this set are the same ones from the Wars of the Roses Infantry box. There are different heads, and arms, of course. There are a couple of nice fluted Kettle Helms - sometimes called a Burgundian Kettle Helm.
I plan to use them in units of 6 figures as a blend of Crossbowmen (normally 12 figures in Lion Rampant) and Bidower skirmishers (normally 6 figures). This should make them fairly effective in Shooting, but otherwise brittle.
Charles the Bold's death at the Battle of Nancy in 1477, would make the presence of these guys at Bosworth (1485) unlikely, however, they'll be used nonetheless. Maybe a few hardcore mercenary types kept their livery.
Here's what they looked like before staining with Minwax. Actually, the can of Minwax must've not been sealed tight as the stain had a 1/8" thick film covering it when the can was opened. I added some thinner to the thickened remainder of the stain, but it isn't as good as it was before. I ended up adding some ink/stain wash over the faces and the red and orange clothing. Highlighting helped out a bit too.
Next up are the Crossbowmen. Thinking of painting them up as Swiss Mercenaries in yellow and black.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Lion Rampant Game Day

Just got back from a nice Lion Rampant game day hosted by Pat L. (aka SocalWarhammer). It was held in a quaint library in Gig Harbor, WA. A nice turn out with about 10 or 12 players. I managed to get my Hundred Years War English retinue killed off in two games. I tried to be slick and have a "heavy-hitting" retinue of one Mounted MAA and two Foot MAA units and only one missile firing unit of Mounted Yeomen. Well, that was a recipe for disaster against my first opponent's crossbow and bow heavy Early French retinue. My second game pitted me against bow-armed mounted Mongols. One of my Foot MAA units did kill off a couple of the French in combat - well, if I recall it correctly, I think it was mostly due to his units failing their Courage tests repeatedly. Oh, well I'll take 'em as I can get 'em. Here are a few images of the games. Sorry for the lack of clarity using my cell phone.
My Mounted MAA making the second greatest error in warfare - getting too close and Wild Charging enemy in Rough Terrain; the greatest error being starting a land war in Asia, of course.
My retinue intact at the start of the game. It didn't last long against missile heavy opponents.
My buddy Ron's crossbow blocks.
A nice Middle Eastern set up.
Dark Age scenario
Another Dark Age - Medieval set up.
A Steppe Russian vs. Mongols game.




My buddy Mikey G's awesomely painted Mongols - he also painted the Russians.
My second game had me teaming up with my earlier opponent with his potent crossbow French retinue against a combined Mongol-Russian army.
My Foot MAA waiting to come to close combat with the Mounted Mongol archers - it never happened as the enemy wore them down with bow fire
My buddy Mikey G.'s Russians advancing headlong into the French Crossbowmen. They'll pay a heavy price for their audacity; as did my English!
We're planning to host a, hopefully, larger Lion Rampant game day next March. If I use my HYW English again, they will drop the mounted troops and be replaced with two units of Expert Archers. Not only making the retinue better performing (I hope), but actually more historically correct in composition. On the painting front, I went ahead and ordered a box of Perry European Mercenaries, and just started on them.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fix Bayonets! Game Day

Spent the day at historic Fort Steilacoom near Puget Sound at the annual game day. Although games and attendance were a bit lighter than previous years a good time was had by all. I ran the First Battle of St Albans game using Lion Rampant in the morning session. The six players were great and enjoyed themselves. However, the object to capture King Henry VI was not achieved even though we played for about 3 hours. What I plan to do when I run it again at Enfilade! next year is to start the attackers a bit closer, as well as having less rough terrain for movement.
The Duke of York moving up along Sopwell Lane.
The Earl of Warwick leading a somewhat overly cautious advance between Sopwell and Shropshire Lanes.
View looking towards St Albans
The venue is the building on the left of the sign.
The building is Quarters 2, which is was Lieutenant Colonel Silas Casey's.
The historical marker for the fort.
Napoleon Cannon at the fort, which according to the placards were used in the American Civil War.
American Rampant using Men Who Would Be Kings by Kevin S.
A cool game run by the host of the event, Lawrence B. The game was based on
Puget Sound Indian War 1855-56 using Brother Against Brother rules. I ran a "squad" of Natives - twice - once before and once after I got them killed off.
First Nation guys lurking in the woods with US troops in skirmish line.
Canadian reinforcements.
Scott P's ACW game using Regimental Fire and Fury.
A WW1 Naval game run in the two periods - I think my buddy Damond ran it.
There were several other games going on in the two (morning and afternoon period), but I failed to get pictures of them, as I was busy running a game in the first period, and played in the Puget Sound game in the afternoon. Finally, there was a Bring & Buy, and I managed to pick up a book for a $5 donation to the preservation of the fort  - see below :)
Amazing what you can find in someone else's "trash."