2014 in review

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Finished Some Figures that had been on the Workbench

I had been working on some French troops for the 1859 – 1870 period for sometime.  My painting has really slowed down to a crawl in the last six months.  These figures I did not even have to paint all of them as I actually bought the enlisted infantry on eBay and so was mostly painting command figures.

3 battalion Regiment

3 battalion Regiment

It has been a long-term goal of mine to build up armies for the wars of the period of 1850 – 1904.  I have Crimean Armies though they are small in 18mm.  I have an Austrian Army that I started in the early 1990’s in 15mm.  I have built up two corps of infantry with attached artillery.  Still working on a cavalry division to go with this.  I wanted to run games for the 1859 war in Italy vs France and Kingdom of Piedmont, then use the figures also for the 1866 six-week war vs the Prussians.

New basing for figures

New basing for figures

As seen in the above picture I decided to base some with more flocking than I usually use.  These figures are based for 1859 Grand Tactical rules by Bruce Weigle who also makes the 1870 and 1866 rules. Each stand is a battalion and 3 stands for infantry regiment.  The third battalion had the eagle and flag.

Another view

Another view

2nd Battalion

2nd Battalion

Large group finally finished

Large group finally finished

This gives me enough infantry for 1 French Division for the 1870 period.  I still need artillery and Chasseurs a Pied to finish the Corps off.  I don’t have any cavalry either at this point.

Doing more painting recently so will have more to paste in the near future.  Have a safe and Happy Holiday.

 

 

 

 

Quick Warhammer 40K game for a change of pace

The club had been making lots of strategic moves for the ACW Campaign game in recent weeks but as Del and some other members are into Warhammer 40K as a slight diversion. Recently Del and Kon have been delving into the realm of chaos that is Games Workshop. No I don’t really dislike Games Workshop they just cost too much.

Meanwhile Del set up a game using his Tau on one side that had invaded an Imperial World and the Imperial Guard had been sent to push them back off. Rick decided to play the alien Tau and I played the Imperial Guard with Del handling the rules. I should mention this game was set up from Del’s Narrative Campaign on his blog The Corvus Cluster.

First off after Rolls Rick got to set up and pick the first of two objectives then I picked two objectives.  We had to pick objectives at least 12 inches from our table edge.  I was conservative and picked the rock formation near my left corner of the board and behind the shattered chaos building.  Rick picked the rubble in towards the center of his side of the table and just his side of the damaged grey imperial building. (Click on pictures for larger images)

Starting positions and objectives.

Starting positions and objectives.

 

Alien Tau have destroyed the Imperial building which is a objective.

Alien Tau have destroyed the Imperial building which is an objective.

The first turn was conservative with my some of my forces moving towards the Rock outcropping that was one of my objectives.  I moved up towards the ruined chaos building with a squad of troops and a scout machine (can’t remember the proper name of the vehicle.)

View down imperial highway towards Tau Tank, Red dice next to building is another one of my objectives.View down imperial highway towards Tau Tank, Red dice next to building is another one of my objectives.

The Imperial forces moving out on turn 1 red dice next to rocks one of my objectives

The Imperial forces moving out on turn 1 red dice next to rocks one of my objectives

Rick moved well with his rolls and moved into the rough terrain of the area in the center of the table.  Just in range for my mortars which rained death on him.  So we each had taken an objective but I scored first blood killing several of his squad.  As seen below.

And then there were two

And then there were two

Both Rick and I moved up our forces behind cover taking long-range shots on occasion at each other in turn two and three.  Rick destroyed my secondary gun on my tank.  I decided after that to just keep it out in the open and fire with the big gun which I hit the Tau Piranha repeatedly but always rolled badly not penetrating the armor.  (I was displeased with the dice to say the least!)

Rick’s Tau cower behind cover having reached both his objectives while I have reached both my objectives.

Rick has reached the Tau objectives.

Rick has reached the Tau objectives.

 

Bad photo shows the imperial guard squad move up through a building

Bad photo shows the imperial guard squad move up through a building

The picture above shows my bold move which did not work out as I scored few hits on the Tau facing me and my Guardsmen broke and fled.  I did rally them just before the end of the game.

Time for more rain of fire from the Mortar team, earlier picture you see the full squad.  Now well not so many.  Rick’s squad would break this turn from the combined fire of a squad in the building and the mortars.  Mostly the mortars which were the guards best weapon in this game.

And then there were just two, I am seeing a theme with this.

And then there were just two, I am seeing a theme with this.

Around turn 5 I started to try to back up my right flank to make up for the broken squad.  I moved a squad out of the woods towards the center of the board to protect my right hand objective that another  vehicle was protecting.  My tank still taking pot shots and bouncing it off the armor of the Tau.

Moving up in the center to protect the right flank.

Moving up in the center to protect the right flank.

Moving up to seize a third objective after my mortars and infantry have shot up the Tau and broken a squad.

Moving through the building for the third objective the guardsman go bravely.

Moving through the building for the third objective the guardsman go bravely.

So at this point Del had rolled to continue the game twice then I fired with my Mortars again and took out Rick’s warlord and damaged a Piranha.  Things were not looking good for Rick at all at this point.

Del looks up a rule as Rick's Tau hide behind cover from the Imperial Guard onslaught.

Del looks up a rule as Rick’s Tau hide behind cover from the Imperial Guard onslaught.

The dice were with me so a very big victory for the Imperial Guard and the Emperor kicking Xeno butt.  A 14-0 victory by Del’s reckoning with 3 of 4 objectives, plus first blood, killing the Warlord and other additional damage.  I thought it was a fun game and no not just because I blew away everything in front of me.

For a narrative of the battle on Del’s very interesting and imaginative Warhammer 40K blog follow the link for the story about 728th Cadian Regiment reinforces Hegira defenses. Yes it does mention a very dashing young officer Steverous Stark.

As always no matter what you play enjoy.