Saka Light Cavalry

Saka Light Cavalry

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Cowboys Double as Bad Guys

To fight opposite my sons good guys my daughter needed more support and so she gets to use the first three cow hands.

These again are Dead Man's Hand figures (I think) and again have nice poses though all three are action poses which suits their use.

My daughter was convinced that all three have ripped their trousers and showing their underpants LOL. I am reasonably pleased with the pinstripe type finish on the waistcoat. 

I have painted up the rifle as a Winchester 1 in a 1000 thought he gold/brass plate looks a little yellow on some of the photo's/ 

This guy has yet to put on his shirt, longjohn's in plain sight! I thought the girl would like some pink and he seemed the obvious choice.

More split pant's, Lee who told her that they were split has a lot to answer for :-)

Another one with raised rifle, similar pose but with a few differences such as angle of the head though all three are wearing chaps.

A fairly basic paint job on all three but a lot less use of ink and washes than I would usually do. This allows for ten per side game or as we have 21 figures painted up we could go seven a side, that would be interesting.

I have a few more DMH figures and a lot of Foundry which need to be cleaned up and got onto the painting table. Of course I have a lot of stuff sitting in that queue.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Joy of Six Purchases

I just know Dave and Loki are going to have fun with this but never mind.

Right at the end of the day I bought a few bits, though these are for my son so maybe they don't count? OK guilty as charged. I used to have a great set of rules for WWI planes and had loads of fun with them. I really don't know what happened to those planes so bought a few to paint for said son to have a go with. Five Brits including my favourite, the DH2 Pusher. 

The Germans got a mixed bunch though the Albatross DII leads the way and another old favourite the Focker EIII single wing fighter. I can see this growing some as he gets into it. Just need some rules now. I consider this not a new diversion but rather an old one brought back to life.

Last up of the bought figures is one pack each of French Late Foot Artillery 8pdr and Horse Artillery Howitzer. The guns will be swapped out with the Howitzers being used in foot batteries whilst the horse will have the 8pdr's. The flags are for the 1815 infantry bought the day before. 

My son also got a few extra's such as winning a pack of WWI guns that Lee had set up with Peter and all was rewarded with a fail of despair from me when he was given them. I was still thinking it was all Peter's shenanigans until last night when my son admitted it was set up by Lee. Peter did though give him anther pack as we were leaving. I worry it may come to something over time, though he loved the Naps game so if I feed him a diet of 6mm Naps maybe just maybe......

Mike from Leven also was at the show and we swapped packages, I got a lot of unpainted resin and he took away a much smaller bundle of painted stuff. This is a mix of yet to be released, recently released and old staples. Here is Mediterranean and Spanish buildings that have been recently released. They seem to fit in well with the TBM buildings I already have and I will do a proper comparison once they are painted up.

The building on the left is yet to be released, the middle was released recently whilst the one on the right has been out 3-6 months. The building top left on the previous photo is the yet to be released Mediterranean Tavern.

Buildings that have been out for some time but had not made it into my collection are these add on's to the large farming section (excluding the top right farm house) so lots of new buildings to have a go at.

More farm buildings, but many of these are somewhat smaller and will go on farm bases and should add a few points of interest. Another of the normal farm house again, will have to paint some of these up a little different I guess. Leven now have over 240 buildings in their range. No one else has such a broad range in 6mm and with three Waterloo farm complexes on the work bench at the moment for a total of 25 buildings I can see the 300 point passed before the year is out.

The two top right are first casts of the new Fachwerkhaus building to be released some time. It's meant to be a more commercial type building and will be fairly high up the painting queue as I want to see how it will fit in with the others. The bottom right is a new Norman church that will also find it's way to the front sometime soon. The rest are older models though two of them are new to me.

Two of the bridges, one at least will be fitted into future boards and these may be the first to get painted as I have plans to use at least one in a game on Friday. The packets have another two packs of walls as these need to get done as I now have four packs and I have plans to add to farm tiles.

It was really good to meet Mick and Ricky, both are so very passionate about their buildings and it was great for them to meet other customers, both current and those just discovering Leven. Not only did we have plenty of Leven buildings on the table but also I had put a selection of others on the table to show them off and this helped raise the awareness of the buildings to gamers as was the intention. I hope this will help spread the word some more as they make very fine buildings and I want them to do really well.

I know Leven will be doing some trade shows next year and we have agreed to put on another display game at one of those shows next year. Exactly what is yet to be decided though you can be sure it will include a bunch of Leven.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Joy of Six and the Demo

Got back last night and was cream crackered so no report was a coming. Well I had to be up for 6.30 with my poor son. Well I was up at five as I had failed my sleep task check due to forgetting to take my night meds with me and so was fighting a losing battle come time I went to bed. I was so very tired when it was time to leave for the show. 

We did the usual stop for breakfast at the Golden Arches and still rolled up outside the workstation to set up and be ready more than thirty minutes before kick off so we simply started the game. I explained to my son he would need to attack the woods hard and try and clear them of the defenders. He then amazed me with his plan that included sending reserves to attack the second line whilst using other troops he had spare to attack into the flank of Lee's centre! Actually this would be a great plan and he really did seem to be thinking many moves ahead. My boy :-)

The view from Lee's rear area, he starts with less than ideal forces and as such a strong attack would leave him with no reserves to plug the holes. However with only two commands on the table at the start he should activate all his formations leaving us with one division unable to move.

We were in the doorway so it was really nice with a cool breeze the only issue was taking photo's from my end could be fooled by the light coming through the massive door way.

View from the side with Quatre Bras in the distance (top right of photo). The boards went down very well with Lee getting the much deserved praise. Mind you the figures (especially the basing) also got the thumbs up which was a great feeling.

Bossu Woods was again the scene of the hardest fighting with sunbeam driving Lee's first line of defenders from the woods routing one Battalion and forcing withdrawal of two others. Two of his own battalions were close to forced retire but he halted these trying to bring them back to order whilst bringing up two more battalions on their flank to join the two battalions he still had in good order. Also bringing up a further two battalions that could either replace the worn battalions on his left flank or support them if required. It does need to be noted that he had diced Lee royally.

I meantime had caused a cohesion check on another Brunswick battalion which routed off on a double six so Lee was somewhat up against it. In fact apart from initiative rolls Lee was rolling quite bad all along. My son then attacked the less powerful second line in the woods but here his dice rolling started to fail him and after two rounds of close quarter firing and chargers was beaten back but not without causing almost as much damage to Lee as he took. The difference was that Lee was now out of reserves in the woods and failing to halt his retreating right flank whilst the boy was getting his two battered battalions back in order and had made up a third wave able to attack the weakened last defenders of the woods. 

Lee had just prior charged two battalions of my forward infantry and brought those close to breaking. The cavalry doing the damage then returned to their lines in good order. However I brought up four regiments of light cavalry to screen the infantry and moved back the mauled infantry and replaced them with fresh troops.

I then charged his cavalry in the following turn routing one and forcing the other to retire. Lee was now in the dangerous position that he may soon loose the Division if he had a few more units routed or under retire orders in the Brunswick formations. Help was on the way but if he wanted to keep the Brunswick's in the battle long term he would have to surrender Bossu Woods and fall back on Quatre Bras and that was far to early for this to be anything but a big worry. 

Doing so would give Lee the time to get Battalions of infantry back into a much better fighting condition and even return the retreating cavalry into the threat he would need to slow my infantry down. I was at the point of attacking the join between the Brunswick's and the other Division and had six fresh cavalry regiments including a lancer, two dragoons and two cuirassiers a mass of infantry. 

It would have been a totally different game to the previous one with the fight carrying to Quatre Bras itself. However we had spent a LOT of time talking to other attendees and as such we really could not get it played out. However I hope the three of us can get together again and play it out from the start. 

It was certainly a success from all points of view, and a great game and display, hopefully all who wanted to talk to us got the chance and a number of blog followers turned up on the day so talking to these guys was one of the highlights for me.

In fact the game and the chatting was so much fun I failed utterly to take any more pictures, however I still have enough to talk about to do a follow on post tomorrow regarding the other aspects of the day.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Joy of Six are Go

So it's nearly 6.30 am and all is ready to be loaded into Lee's car in less than an hour. My son is about to be dragged out of bed, though he will be more than happy to be on the get go. Looking at my pile of stuff it seems a little light but I am sure Lee is making up for it with not just his troops but also the boards.

Hope to see some of you guys there later, doors open at 10am, we are rolling up at 8am so we can get set up and start the game.

Of course I could not help but buy the new released on the day figures, French in 1815 uniform and also in Greatcoat. Line infantry and skirmishers. I need to get the new artillery crews and some flags today. At least I have nine battalions to count against these twenty four purchased. A small blip soon to be painted flat again :-)

Igor even had a love letter for me, well until he explained the kisses were in fact gravestones! OOps

My son was well received and had a rare old time of it, though today I think will top the Saturday. I have had the tour before but it was great to do it a second time and it was a treat to see how the figures are made. Sorry forgot the camera!!!

Friday, 18 July 2014

More Law and Order

Whatever western setting you have, you always need more Law, so my son gets welcome reinforcements with these dudes. Certainly makes a change from all the six mill I have been working on for the weeks before.

I think these are all Deadmans hand figures, would have to check with Dave D to be sure but I really like the poses, especially the two in bowler type hats and I felt those two really work well together.

I went for quite a dark look on these guys as it felt right, sometimes the Law is not as nice as you would want it to be and the first two look especially so to me. Went for a mostly brown look to this guy and I have a feeling that he is just noticing a threat just behind to his right. Will he react in time?

Not the best day for a lawman perhaps? New figures to use will I am sure give rise to more demand to play a game, this won't be over the weekend due to other events but I am betting by the end of next week blood will have been spilt.

I used a mix of washes and shading to get the results and though you can't tell the buttons did get a bit of a colour change. 

Here we actually have a figure pointing his gun at the bad guys. Again I really like the look of the figure, the pose and that long coat really work for me.

I also love the hand cannon, nothing subtle about that one! Long hair on the good guys? what a scruffy bunch they are.

And then the Boss, I am guessing he could do the job on his own, no need for the deputies but hay he may want a day off sometime.

So that's another three for the good guys making ten for my Son. I also have painted up another three for my Daughter which I will post about after all the 6mm madness of the weekend.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

3rd Neumark Landwehr - Baccus

The last three Battalions painted up recently are the 3rd Neumark Landwehr and like the two previous regiments I have had to improvise on what could have been their standards. The figures are the same paint job as the Elbe regiments except they have red rather than the pale blue facings.

Another shot of the 1st Battalion showing the flag off a little better. These are part of the IV Corp, this is the Corp that has by far the most work outstanding on it as I have worked I Corp down.

2nd Battalion with two foolhardy commanders (again Adler) pointing the way forward. I went with a reversed colour cross as 1st and 2nd Battalions in the line regiments reverse the colours whilst of course the 3rd does not carry a flag.

I like the look of this Battalion, as the two officers give it a little bit of a different look and I like the way the flag ruffles around the bearers head. Having carried a standard in the Kings Lifeguard a few times I know how the bugger can get in the way.

Finally the last Battalion, back to black for the flag but this time with a golden trim just to make it that bit different. This one also gets a larger bush which the Battalion has made it's way around.

As mentioned in previous comments, I have started to put more and more additional bits on the bases as I think it really adds to the look and makes them that bit more interesting and breaks up the flat look that you get otherwise.

All nine battalions all together, these are now all stacked away with the rest of the army. Given the amount of time and money that has gone into this army it's a little bit surprising that to date it's received zero play. At some point before May next year some of these guys will be brought out of their boxes and the stats we give them will be tested. I am planning at least one game with Matt to see what he thinks of the rules, not that I can convert him over to our rules as he has A LOT based to 60x30 though the rules would work as such.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

4 Days to Baccus Open Day - 5 Days to Joy of Six

Yes in only four days I will be at Baccus HQ looking (again) at how they make the figures. I have to admit it's as much for the event that follows as the tour. Yes the curry night. This will be the first time for me and I am really looking forward to it with all the banter and fun that comes with it. This of course is the starter for the main event. Sunday has the 6mm only show that is the Joy of Six. 

As any regular reader will be aware, we are staging the battle of Quatre Bras on a six foot deep, five foot wide custom board. Whilst this is really just a warm up test game for our Waterloo game we still have put a lot of effort into getting it to look right. 

Just about everything is packed and ready to go, I still have a few bits to do to get it all squared away but all in all it's ready and we can sit back and enjoy the wait.