Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Aut pontifex maximus, Aut nihil!

Amen, my friends of the late night music, I decided to stock up my Renaissance army with some finer clerical units of the Romagna and the Pope in the future, I'll have to aim for nothing less than canonization!

So I will supply Jack's Florentines with two additional commands for the next Renaissance game, I decided to go for the Gonfalonieri Cesare Borgias himself - Agreed on very selfish rationale (the other I still have to decide ...)

I also decided to design some more shields for Angus' Venetian heavy infantry and some flags for Bart as he finally decided to join our renaissannce rattle and to go for the Sforzas, Hurrah!

I will further design some Swiss flags for Donald, if he is doin' the research ... we might find something other than the obvious...

That should be enough to become holy!

Ah, well and some unfinished 28mm Normans/Ottonians were accidentally present  ... and some 6mm French, early WW1 ... Hach, too much to do ...

Perry oval Italian shields 

Unhappy Crusader Miniatures left for highlighting and finishing ...

French (and in fact British) Baccus 6mm without basing ....

Cesare and the Flag of HIS Father
The Flagbearer has a Spanish shield ... 
.... and was recruited from a Perry plastic box ...
Some Flags for the Sforza (and for Cesare)
In case Bart wants some crossbows with pavises ....

Monday, 8 August 2016

The Brittish defeat at the "Polish Wall"

Last Thursday, I just crammed some Hessians, Brits, French and Americans into my coffers and we played an introductionary game for David, our new club member.

First we started with Eve of Battle, to design an uneven set-up; and it was weird to play even after such a long time, but it did the job. 50% woods, a BUA and a looong wall, the Polish wall.

The Rebels played by Bart and his Nephew Czarek against the Brits played by me and David. The Americans were waiting for the onslaught of the Crown forces behind a long wall and rolled pretty good, none of their Militia was wavering. The Brits, apart from having half of the woods on their deployment side had "Low on Ammunition", an essentially very bad Eve of Battle card (1in6 the unit runs out of powder after a shot). Grrreat!

Bart played a very good delaying game, but his artillery dicing was abysmal. He never unlocked my Light Infantry out of the woods.  So the Redcoats slugged forward killing more and more essential Rebel until regiments. Until I decided to classically take advantage of the new useful rule "British Bayonet charge" (+1 on breaktest to the winner of the battle / at draw still for the British) and attack them with a follow me order of my CinC. The bayonet charge is a two edged sword, if it goes well its devastating, if it goes wrong its ... mainly also - there are no draws. I nearly managed to kill the wobbly, shaken French but sustained more hits and ... lost the combat by one. The following break test was killing the unit AND the CinC!!! Check matt, King is dead.

We called it a day, a very thrilling game and a good win for the Rebels.

Barts rap:

Initial set up  
The evil Hessians load their guns
The Rebels had to fall back 
And the Redcoats follow suite
All hold the line!
The Lobsters are going in! 
First they mash the 3rd New Yorkers
then the Hessian guns come up!
But the Grenadiers die and one gun runs out of Ammo!!!
so the Grenadiers must attack! Bayonet Charge!
... the last photo before the CinC got killed ... the rest was too brutal for british audience to show.

Friday, 5 August 2016

7 days in Sellières ... 1516 it was all Spanish ...

The French Comte has great Boeuf Bourgoine, loveley wine, and they do Piccon into their Leffe (which is bitter orange liqeur into their lager), which I do not abject and therefore defect from the 1516 German "Rheinheitsgebot".

The food is too good and too much, even for me, a reason why I have to do dieting now. If I would be a Spanish Landsknecht coming through here, I would have deserted or died at the road unable to roll on my cask-like belly any further.

We went to several old villages like Perrouges and Chalons de Chateaux,  a waterfall and abbeys, or how they all called, and discomforted the indigenous population with relentless requests for alcoholic beverages.

We had parties and visited the Saline Royale with some great architectural exhibitions, maybe an uncle of Vauban.

The whole land is flat, they have uncomfortable seatings in parks, huge wooden fish totems and gold fishies swimming in their local water supply.  And they do put ashes into their food, even in the cheese - and call it morbier. So no wonder most of the rurals live next to cementaries – very quiet neighbourhoods!

I can only recommend it!

An early-late Breughel

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Sunshine Ottonians and Saucy Second Empire novels

I slowly started with 10mm Franco-Prussia, Prussian Infantry, to get myself into the mood for painting again and then derailed straight into more Norman (Ottonians), of which I decided to show here a bit. The Perry miniatures are a bit "elven"-like against their Crusader brothers. Next time I‘d like to get some Gripping Beast beauties, even though their price tag is a bit too proud. But I need more horses!

I am reading (still) Tuchman‘s "The Guns of August" and bought Alaistair Horne‘s "The Terrible Year", The Paris Commune 1871 and "The Mistress of Paris" from Catherine Hewitt, about the Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne (the inspiration for Zola‘s Nana) - to kindle my fire for the Franco-Prussia War again.

I will do some 6mm Baccus for my WW1 project Guns of August. For that I‘ll  take with me the BEF and half of the early French army (counters) on my holidays in France; we stay with friends in the French-Comte, where we will discuss further plans how to erode the British Empire with a bottle of wine or two at the pool. ;)

Au revoir, messieures.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Non-allegro at the Adige 1515

I should have known this, being the umpire and a participant at the same time wasn‘t a good idea. Not only for obvious reasons, but you getting screamed at for rule help while you can't concentrate on stuff that happens right in front of your nose. Like a flank attack from stradioti into my seemingly un-occupied men-at-arms which needed a "straight" single move to charge. Bart convinced me somehow that this includes a 90 degree turn also ... hmmm.

I intended a slowly starting game along the short edges of a 8x6 like two approaching armies, but forgot that anything more complicated than a linear stand up seems to be too complicated for my renaissance bitches. Including extra printed battle orders that leave no doubt about the minis coming in. The French had more arquebusiers than the rest of the 3 armies. Well it turned into something like, to quote Boris Vian, an orgy like tohuwabohu of dim witted throw-up, but it was fun in the end.

The good thing was the sheer amount of troops available, masses of pike blocks and lines of ordonnances after the other. As for the spectacle one of the best lately, truly renaissance-style.

The next game of the league of whisky, I‘ll sent out the order of battle strict in one line on two 6x4s  in a long panorama-like table, each of the slugs just 24" apart, each player opposing another player.

Other views on this:



The vanguard on the table, the rear up to the 1st pike block of table, the rest was main...
The race to the bridge
The Florentines are coming
lots of re-grouping ... 
A spanish amount of arquebusiers in the French army ... 
The French centre attacks ... or comes nearer ...
rows of Landsknecht pike blocks
the Maximillian ordonnance deployed
the cowardly Venetians hiding behind trees
the valiant Florentines fighting for the kaiser! (the other kaiser) 
Wll the gendarmes clash?
the two armies converge on a bridge
the German gendarmes try to do a last attack ...
... at the end too much troops alive!!!