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Monday, August 31, 2009

More FPGA MEGA GAME '09 pictures

Above: Prussians and French go Toe To Toe. Just one of the battles that was fough as troops march "to the sound of the guns at Dresden"
Below: A picture of one of the two Italian Brigades that fought like lions!

Hi All
Here are some more pictures of the FPGA Mega Game, (see previous post).
Below: The initial deployment as seen from the French left flank at Dresden
Below: Another picture of the Italian counter-attack at Dresden
Below: The Young Guard attack "upity Austrians" en-route to Dresden.
The relief of Dresden in the face of the Russian Guard Cavalry.

MEGA GAME 2009! The 1813 Dresden Campaign the FPGA way,..

Above: 1st Westphalian Hussars! Coool, I have this Regiment myself, so it was interesting to see someone else trot this regiment out.

Last Sunday was MEGA GAME '09. Organised by Mike Parker, (of Battle Field Accessories), about 20 or so Napoleonic gamers gathered at a windy Mornigton Secondary College to play a mini campaign using Sam Mustafa's (slightly modified) Fast Play Grande Armee (FPGA) rules.
The Game setup consisted two teams, (French and Allies), of about 10 player's each. The campaign was played by having several table set up in a hall at the college with each player commanding a Corp, and one player on each side acting as overall Commander In Chief, (CinC). Players comunicated by hastily scribbled notes being passed to ADC's (read Nic Robson of EUREKA MINIATURES) who would carry the note to the appropriate fellow Marshal / General or CinC.Players and their Corps would attempt to move from table to table during "STRATIGIC MOVE PHASES". I say attempt, because a die roll was required to leave a table.
Also, enemy Corps might also end up on a table with you, resulting in a battle.
To add to the Fog Of War, each play was also given a "Blind", (or Blank) Card to move around also.
I won't go into too much detail about the Game, but in a nut shell, The French held the main objective, (Dresden) with St Cyr's Corp. This drew in most of the Allied, (Austrian's Russians and Prussians). The French then tried to get as many of their corps their in an attempt to crush the enemy in detail. It was a close run thing, with St Cyr holding out all day and two French Corps and the Imperial Guard arriving just in time to give the Austrians and Russians a real "roughing up".
The final result was a Victory to the French, but with the allies fit enough to fight another day. A lot like to actual Historical battle really!
Enjoy the pictures.
Below: 1st Westphalian Hussars on the large FPGA Base.

Below: Marshal Mortier, (played by me on the day); BRAVO!

Below: My first action of the day. As I tried to move my Imperial Guard Corp from one table (Maize), to Dresden, a small Korp from the Austrian camp decided they were feeling "well hard". They put up a good fight, with both Corps losing a Brigade, but the Austrians were driven off, and the Guard continued on the the relief of Dresden, force marching part of the way to arrive just in time.

Below:The initial deployments around Dresden. St Cyr's Corp on the left and the Austrian Korp on the right.Between the Walled fields and Dresden you can see the two Italian Brigades who performed heroics by driving in the Austrian center when it looked as the Austrians would sweep away all before them.
Below: The Austrian Korp Commander urges his men on with screams of "Vowarts"! (that's "Forward" in english).

Above: The enthusiastic French and Italian defenders of the walled fields on St Cyr's left prepare to defend their real estate.
Below: The City of Dresden's Garrison have taken some hits, but refuse to budge. Today they must be stubborn!

Above: The Austrians attack and secure the walled fields on St Cyr's left flank

Above: The Austrians drive in St Cyr's left flank and occupy the walled fields, but in the center two Italian Brigades have driven back the enemy with cry's of "Vive Le Emperor" and "Spagetti For Everyone"!!!

Above: Napoleon arrives just around the same time as his Imperial Guard; "Hmmmm,.. If Marshal St Cyr can hold on a little longer we'll yet have victory"

Above: The Russians arrive on the scene. In the distance we can see Dresden. The garrison still holding on.

Below:The Imperial guard and another French Corp arrives!
The Russian Guard Cavalry Korp arrived and launched themselves at the Imperial Guard. The Middle Guard occupies the small town in the center of the far right table, (it's just in picture on the far right of this photo), as the Old Guard moves up to the right, (out of picture unfortunatly).

The honours were shared as the Russian Heavy Cavalry crashed into the Young Guard; with two Russian Cavalry Brigades quicky destroyed, but with the Russian Guard Cavilliers riding "rough shod" over TWO Young Guard Infanrty Brigades, (you can see the dashing distructive Russian horsemen standing where a YG BDE use to be on the half right flank). The Old Guard Grenadiers and Chasseurs however made short work of three Brigades of Russian Cavalry that destroyed themselves on the solid walls of the OG squares.
Dresden is saved!
All miniatures and terrain belong to Mike and friend.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

French Light Infantry By AB MINIATURES

(ABOVE: A French Marshal watches anxiuosly as the Lights advance)
Hi All
Here are some more pictures of my AB MINIATURES French Army of 1812.
Almost all were painted by Model Citezen Miniatures and based by me.
There are a few mounted officers based with the Soldiers that were painted by me.
The bases are slightly deeper and wider than I normaly do when basing for AGE OF EAGLES, but only just. I figured the Light Infantry would probably take up a little bit more terrain than their brothers in the line Regiments.

There are 4 Regiments here. I've yet to attach Flags to the Eagles. I might not bother,...

The last two pictures were taken with the flash on. Consequently the "Blue" of the uniforms is a little brighter and lighter than they actually are.

As you can see, MCM does a really good job, and AB Miniatures are really the BEST 18mm Napoleonics available, (IMHO).
Well, that's all for now.
Feel free to leave a comment.
Trailape OUT!

Friday, August 14, 2009

EUREKA MINIATURES Revolutionary Scavanger?

Hi All
Just a real quick update.
I thought I'd post two pictures of the magnificent little treasure I purchased some time ago from EUREKA Miniatures. It is a model of a French Revolutionary War soldier rumaging around in a fallen French Grenadier's cartridge pouch for that "last round".
I really enjoyed painting this model. I soon will start on the other 200 something Revolutionary War miniatures that I purchased from Nic.

AB and Fantassin Miniatures Spanish Militia

Hi All
Inspired by my friend Dan's sterling work in painting my Wurtemburg, Saxon, Westphalian and Bavarian troops, I thought I'd have a crack at painting some Spanish Militia.
BTW, check out Dan's work at his Blog: Gunner's Wargaming
So I ordered the figures and decided to hook in. Too easy, no real study required, (after all, they are militia, and Spanish at that), so I just painted them what ever colours took my fancy, (SHOCK, HORROR; I can just imagine the anal retentive crying in their Osprey's now).
Also, if I made a real arse of it, who cares, they are Militia after all,.... didn't I already say that.

All the miniatures are 18mm AB or Fantassin Miniatures. The fantassin figs I purchased via SCALE CREEP, (who, BTW provide OUTSTANDING customer care and service)
The AB MINIATURES I purchased from EUREKA Miniatures here in Australia, who also are a fantastic business to do erm, um business with.
Above: The brave Spanish Militia of unknown origins marches out of the sleepy village, bent on revenge against the vile French.
Below: The cowardly and murderous Spanish Militia feebly attempt to hold back the valiant French!

Bases are from LITKO. Flags are the free Spanish download types from warflag.
Please feel free to leave a comment or two.

The 44th Regt of Foot. Miniatures by VICTRIX

Above: The King's Colour and Regimental Colour of the 44th Regt of Foot.
Hi All
Well, I finally got around to painting some of the 500 plus VICTRIX British Peninsular miniatures I have sitting in boxes. I decided I'd have a crack at doing the 44th Regt of foot. Why the 44th? Simply because I hade their flag handy. The flags I used are actually one set of the flags that comes with the PERRY Plastic British, (the VICTRIX ones are a real tight fit on the staffs provided).
Anyway, not a bad first effort at Plastics. I did go a bit to far with the ink wash I think. I also need to touch up the trim on the Colours (flags), and paint in the Brass butt plates on the Brown Bess'.
I've based the bulk on 40mm square bases, with the flank coys soldiers on individual 20mm Square bases, (as I intend on using my 28mm Napoleonics to play Too Fat Lardies rules: SHARP PRACTICE).
I did place the Regimental Colour party on two 40 x 20 mm bases, just by way of an experiment.

Above and below: The Colour Parties with the KING's Colour (Union Flag), and REGIMENTAL Colour (Yellow). The Flags are from the Perry Plastic British Infantry box set

I also did a bit of "mix and match" with some heads and arms from the PERRY PLASTICS. I think this demonstrates the two makes are compatable.
The 44th seen here is composed of 8 bases of 4 figs each, (that's 32 figures total). 4 Grenadiers and 4 light Company figs, (and as I stated earlier, these "Flank" Company soldiers are based individually). I was temped to base the Colour Party troops individually also; and still might with subsequent Regiments.

Over all, I really like the VICTRIX miniatures. I only wish I was a skillfull enough painter to do them justice. I've asked my mate Dan, (of GUNNER'S WARGAMING blog) to do my Highlanders, (tartan is beyond my feeble abilities).
Only about 1000 Brits and French left to paint!
Please feel free to leave any comments.
Trailape OUT!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

More of "The Gunners" work!

Above and below: Regiment Prinz Paul. Painted by Dan Dunbar, Based by me. Bases from LITKO.

Above: The Wurtemberg troops prepare to defend the town!
Hi All
Here are some more pictures of the WURTEMBURGERS that "The Gunner" (of "Gunners Wargaming" Blog) painted for me, (I can claim however I did the basing).
Dan's ("The Gunner") work is really something to behold. Unfortunatly these pictures don't do his work justice. I'm happy to annonce however that a picture of one of the units he painted for me will feature in Sam Mustafa's soon to be released rules, "Lasalle", (part of the "HONOUR" system). All the miniatures pictured here are the magnificent AB MINIATURES, availble from Eureka Miniatures here in Australia.
BELOW: Wurtemburg Light Infantry

BELOW: Wurtemberg Gunners deploy their guns in support of the Light infantry .

The pointy end of "the Gods of War"

Dan has inspired me to have a go at 18mm figures again, (in spite of the fact my eye's are not what they use to be).
Please feel free to leave a comment!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Hi All
Yep, more Spanish!
Here we see them in mass!
The Cavarly were painted by DRAGON PAINTING SERVICE in Hong Kong.

Below we have the Fusiliers and the Princessa Regts advancing under withering fire from the French!