Sunday, January 31, 2016

Paint your wagon.. WLOA944.. lovely job!

beautiful effect with the wood grain

I wanted to share this fantastic version of WLOA944 painted by Nick Armiger in New Zealand. He has used the Foundry triad combinations to get an amazing effect on the piece.

great contrast between wood and canvas

Nick used peaty brown B for bringing out the grain, charcoal black B with a wash of dark tone and all three boneyard colours for the tarp.

He is going to be working on some of the other wagon types soon and I hope he shares that output with us too.

Top work Nick!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ireland book Vol 1: Personalities :Sir Arthur Rawdon

Political firebrand AND/OR military buffoon?
Sir Arthur Rawdon features heavily in the early story of the war. He was young, a Member of Parliament and motivated to prevent all of Tyrconnell's initiatives. He was a leading light in the northern Protestant Association.
A rich man with lots of influence

Although known by the sobriquet 'Cock of the North' his prominence may have been a comment on his political rhetoric, wealth or public position as opposed to any great military skills.

Unfortunately for his reputation  he is linked to the embarrassing affair at Dromore where he was in a leading if not the commanding role and also the failure to stop Hamilton's men crossing the Bann at Portglenone in April.

Has history served him ill?

I have chosen to make him look affluent, bullish and dashing to match his 'Cock of the North' moniker. The model is the officer figure from WLOA44 who is wearing a breastplate and no back plate.

His horse furniture is in stark contrast to the simplicity of the Presbyterian non nonsense commander Adam Murray of Ling.

Riding along the edge of the Bann

He features in a few of the book's scenarios and may be an excellent figure to model for table top collections. Where possible I have tried to include a nod to some feature of the life of the prominent personage on the base of the personality model. In Sir Arthur's case the river's edge of the Bann can be seen in the above shots alluding to his appearance against Hamilton's Jacobites at Portglenone where they forced the crossing in captured boats!

 Let's see how cocky Sir Arthur performs on the table!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Whiskey in the Jar-oh! a scenario for Ireland Part 1

Ireland action from 1691.. Paul Mc's Kirke's Regiment
I wrote this scenario for the Wargamer's Annual several years back and thought it would be nice to serialize it here on the blog. It is quite a long article so will appear in seven parts. Originally the idea was play tested by Joe North and Gavin Tovrea in the US. Joe is a well known Jacobite!
He robbed many rich of their gold and their crown
He outrode the soldiers who hunted him down
Alas, he has boasted, They'll never take me,
Not a swordsman will capture the wild rapparee

Tories? Rapparees? Bandits? Freedom Fighters?
Extract from an old Irish ballad.
Forgive me if I first offer a little explanation about a group of people known collectively to history as the Rapparees. The reason is that the most common response I experience when mentioning them in conversation is a blank look. The word Rapparee apparently derives from the Irish word ropairí, which is the plural of ropaire. A rough translation is ‘one who carries a short pike’. Rapparees were irregulars who operated on the Jacobite side during the struggle between the forces of King James II and King William III in Ireland between 1689 and 1691. The term came to be generally applied to bandits and criminals after the period in question and is pejorative in that context but not in origin.
Current Thomond Bridge at Limerick - the town was the goal for William
Ireland had a long history of such irregular bands dating back before the Confederate Wars of the 1640s. During the Cromwellian campaigns of the 1650’s they caused widespread disruption to the hated anti-Catholic forces from England and made huge tracts of the countryside complete no-go areas for the occupying troops. These bands were ruthlessly hunted down, imprisoned, transported or executed. In this earlier period they were known as Tories, from yet another Irish word tóraidhe which translates roughly as ‘pursuer’. This is thought to be the origin of the political term Tory meaning traditionalist which has survived into modern times although the connection to me at least, is not immediately obvious!
From the castle museum at Athlone
The ‘tory’ label was applied during the early days of the conflict between the Houses of Stuart and Orange to Irish Catholics who supported King James. It was another way of calling them bandits or rebels and harked back to the previous generation and the activities of the anti- Cromwell factions. The term was superseded by Jacobite from the Latin Jacobus for James. When James’s man on the spot Richard Talbot, 1st Earl of Tyrconnell made the call to arms there were more volunteers than weapons. This meant some loyal regiments formed to fight the foreign invaders were disbanded. It is from these units that the bulk of the Rapparee bands are thought to have coalesced. The Rapparees were it seems a mixed blessing. They proved to be a persistent thorn in the side of William’s forces and tied down significant numbers of troops needed to guard supplies, trains and locations. At the same time, several groups began to menace the population in general. They were somewhat indiscriminate in their choice of victim and probably recognized a straight criminal opportunity which could be explained away if they were caught by their own side. This meant the Catholic population also began to suffer at the hands of these loyal men of King James. 
Re enactors in 1690s dress taken in 2015

Their modus operandi was somewhat similar to that of any partisan outfit during  a foreign occupation. Hidden weapons caches (in the case of the Rapparees the location was often assumed to be in bogs), lightning concentrations of troops, hit and run raids and melting into the general populace was all standard practice. The short pikes favoured by them were cut down military weapons. Their arms were supplemented by captured or stolen muskets and no doubt, swords and sgian dubh. One of the best known but by no means the only notable Rapparee was a fellow by the outstanding moniker of ‘Galloping’ Hogan.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Ireland book Vol 1 : Personalities: Piers Butler, Lord Galmoy

Piers Butler, Lord Galmoy was a character who polarized opinion. He is vilified in Protestant histories of the conflict as a brutal, duplicitous and arrogant man will little time for the niceties of war.
Hero or Villain? Piers Butler

He was feared and respected as a dashing if bloody cavalry commander and his regiment of Horse were hated by the enemy.
His equipment is commensurate with his status

In certain accounts aspects of his conduct have been highlighted including the hanging and beheading of prisoners after he went back on a prisoner exchange deal. How much myth and post war propaganda have been built around him is unclear.

Butler lived to the ripe old age of  83 having served long and hard as a cavalry general in the French Army. He was much respected and admired so I suspect some of his legacy reputation in Ireland at least is propaganda.

Where is my Regiment?

I have chosen a haughty and intimidating model to represent the formidable peer. It is the officer figure from WLOA50 and placed on a standing horse he seems to carry considerable authority.

I chose a rich purple for his horse furniture and he has turned out to be one of the more extravagant looking personalities in the set.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ireland book Vol 1 : Personalities: Captain Adam Murray

Adam Murray - commander of Derry's Horse
Adam Murray is a character whose role in the Irish campaigns starts and finishes more or less with the Siege of Derry.

He was a Presbyterian of Scots descent and lived near to the city. He provide to be a bold soldier and inspirational leader to his men. He was involved in many adventures, skirmishes and battles during the period of the siege.

The colours were chosen careful to signify his serious, no frills beliefs

I have chosen to dress him in subdued colours and pose him with resolution on his mount. He was wounded many times and partook in several significant actions including the battle at Clady Ford where he first came to prominence and the battle at Pennyburn Mill where he attempted to rush a Jacobite camp.

The model is a minor conversion of the cornet from pack WLOA40 with an ordinary sword arm replacing the open hand for the standard.

Captain Murray charges the enemy!
This was achieved with a single clean cut using a craft knife.

Murray features prominently in the book and more can be found out about him there.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Historicon 2016

Clarence Harrison - Here's one of the units for the defenders of Derry at the Battle of Penny Burn Mill, Lieutenant Colonel John Cairns Regiment of Foot...

The uniform and flag of the unit are unknown. Many of the units on both sides at Derry were probably dressed in civilian clothes, so I've used a unit with a bit of a motley appearance. The flags are plain, the sort militia might carry, however in the case they are meant to represent the famous 'bloody flag' of Derry.

We're also not sure exactly which infantry units marched in support of Captain Murray's attack (most were detachments of musketeers rather than organized battalions), but Lieutenant Colonel Cairns was very active in the defense of the town and seems a good choice for our game.

Next up, Captain Adam Murray's Regiment of Horse!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Cards for Donnybrook

Clarence Harrison - Ok, people have asked for Donnybrook cards for some time and I have been remiss in following through on promises to produce them. One reason has been that the card deck is really specific to your collection and it always seemed easier to simply use index cards or something similar if you're best option was to write them by hand. But again people have asked so here are some cards you can print out for you games...

The first sheet is exactly enough cards for a 4-point force - a leader, four special characters, and four unit cards. The second sheet gives you the Reload, Turn Over, and Event cards, plus three more character and unit cards. The final page is for the backs should you desire. They are sized to fit into the standard sleeves for collectible card games like Magic, etc. which probably makes them a tad wide for UK A4. You should be able to choose the 'Fit to Page' and 'Center' option on any printer, manual load the pages and repeat the process for the backs and they will still line up perfectly. If you really want to go to town with these, print them on the heaviest card stock your printer will feed through and then laminate the pages BEFORE cutting out the cards (but AFTER filling them in with your units) instead of sticking them into sleeves.

Here is a sample card filled in...

These are based on the cards I made for my games...

I didn't post the fancy backs above because a full page of these eats printer ink, but I can add them if anyone really wants them. After cutting and laminating I used a specialty cutter I picked up from a craft store in the scrapbook section to round the corners and give them that professional finished card look.

Anyway, I hope you find these helpful. Let me know if I missed the boat and need to go back to the drawing board...

Friday, January 15, 2016

A funny thing happened on the way to The Boyne... Pike & Shot game from Slitherine

Ah! The Boyne.. new, this will be fun

After a traumatic evening digging out my friend's car from snow and ice and preventing it sliding down a hill in a 'run of chaos'  I decided to recover by spending a mindless hour playing Pike & Shot which I very much enjoy particularly since they added the 'Campaign' package featuring our period.
Uniform colours and accurate flags.. even better!

I always check for updated scenarios and bingo! Tonight's new scenario was The Boyne. Good news which got even better when I clicked the start button and noticed that rather than the generic troop blocks and universal flags for each unit this scenario seemed to have colour specific uniforms, unit names and not generic 'Foot and Horse' titles but also - individual unit flags relevant to the units in question.
Wait a mo.. didn't Clarence design that Clanrickarde flag?

Closer inspection triggered more subliminal recognition. Those flags look quite like our Quindia/Warfare flags. In fact those flags look very like them. Must be a coincidence as at the present I was only seeing the visible Jacobite units.

Ay up! That's my Blue Guard flag design!

On march the Blue Guard from King William's Glen and I am shouting at the computer.. Those ARE our flags! How has that happened?

As each new unit appeared from the Williamite Army I didn't need to check who they were because I recognized them from the Quindia/Warfare flags.
Conclusive proof? perhaps not yet - The Jacobite Horse

I played the game (won it too!) Enjoyed the scenario and immediately contacted our Virginia office (not Langley) to report in. Much head scratching. Not me Guv says the other half of the duo.

I think so... our speculative Huguenot flags

Investigations were set in train on the Slitherine Forum. Paul was the game designer. It was an additional 'not for profit' scenario and to cut a long story short, he forgot to credit us on the Boards.

Reminiscent of the Osprey map.. lovely though

No harm done really. He is rectifying that. The good news is, he is working on Killiecrankie and more excitingly, Aughrim.
action in full swing

The scenario is actually very enjoyable and as King James you must avoid defeat for 26 turns which counts as a victory.
King William and his cavalry

Yup! its official - the Derry Foot flags

Paul has done a very good job on a balanced scenario. Exciting, tough, very close and it is possible to win. Come on Clarence, have another go. I may never play again and keep my perfect record.

I look forward to Bloody Aughrim. Maybe Gerry and Bob might win this time :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ireland book teaser - The personalities

I spent the Christmas break working on individual personality models for the key players in the 1688-1689 period. These feature in volume 1 of the new Ireland book.

I decided to be very disciplined and complete them all together so having painted 12 (Clarence has already done the 13th - Richard Hamilton), I have gotten them all to the pre finishing stage. By that I mean the figures are painted but the bases are not done.

I also wanted to experiment a little with the breadth of the Warfare range by taking various officer models and changing details such as arms, the horse they rode etc.

In the collective and quick iPhone shots shown here you can see them all. Everything is from the Warfare range and I have chosen the models and the poses with the individual's in mind.

 I will do a detail feature on the finished piece personality by personality but for now see if you can pick out....

Justin McCarthy, Piers Butler, James Fitzjames, Patrick Sarsfield, Adam Murray, Robert Lundie, William Wolseley, Thomas Lloyd, Piercy Kirke, Arthur Rawdon, King James and of course King William. Would be nice to hear your guesses.

Look out for the detailed features to come.

Taster here of the finished articles
Sir Arthur Rawdon - Cock of the North

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sir Maurice Eustace's Regiment of Foot

Clarence Harrison - Finally had the chance to finish this battalion for the Battle of Penny Burn Mill...

This is a really useful unit for any Ireland collection because they fought in most of the major battles, including Aughrim. Plus the flags are really cool - something beyond the normal crosses! They will be equipped with a pike stand as well, but I'm going to paint those for all four foot regiments at once.

More terrain stuff is on the way, but I am waiting for some supplies to be delivered. In the mean time I have plenty of units to paint! The Earl of Clancarty's is up next in red coats with white facings (again, lots of units this combo can be, including English Foot Guards), plus Colonel John Hamilton and Lt Gen John Cairns are flag swaps from my existing units so I should be able to get them posted shortly as well.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Warfare Miniatures Big Russian Battalion by Der Alte Fritz

Jim Purky is doing some sterling work with our new GNW figures right now. We've already seen his Swedes and now Jim has just sent me some wonderful pictures of his Russians.


Again he has gone for big units and the 3 deep 'illusion' which works very well on this spacing and depth of base.

The mixture of poses has given a very realistic look to the unit. although I often favour a closer spacing between musketeers purely to create little vignettes, Jim's excellent arrangement is possibly more visually accurate as the musketeers would have stood a little further apart from each other during this period.


Nice colours on the uniforms and all set off beautifully with the Quindia standard in rich red.

Another triumph for DAF .. I wonder how they will fair against.................

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