Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Warfare products - just in time for Christmas!

OK So we have a mix of great stuff on the run up to Christmas!

Some of it is available right now for shipping, some is to advance order as we'll have limited stocks for the first couple of months and we're giving our customers a chance to 'bags it' early.

Firstly let's introduce the new counter sets designed by the Harrison Brothers! The test sets we took to Historicon were a real hit and we sold out of pretty much everything during the convention. I brought some sets for personal use back to the UK but whenever we've used them, gamers have asked where and when they can get them.

I have limited stock of all pieces (Hurry! Get yours HERE) so here they are;

Order markers each set contains x 3 of each (18 pieces) @ £9.50 per set


The order markers feature outlines of some of Clarence's comic artwork featured both in BLB 2nd edition and the forthcoming BLB 3rd edition.

The second pack has some really nice markers for handling morale states and disorder.

Each pack contains x 3 of each  (12 pieces) @ £9.50 per set


The third gaming aid is a nice 'wheeling marker' which some take a little of the headache out of tricky manoeuvring.

The useful and attractive wheeling template @ £4.50

Everything is made from laser etched MDF. The size relative to 28mm miniatures can be seen in the photos.

Next.. the SA3 Swedish artillerists firing is now available make the total available for use as artillerists or engineers 15 models.

They look great mixed with a model from SA1 serving this light gun


Here they are:
SA3 Swedish artillerymen firing gun



The ramrod holder on the left in this set is replaced by an entriely new figure crouching and holding his hand to his ear!

Next we have the long awaited Mounted Dragoons in hats and Mounted Dragoon Command in hats. These are available for pre-order with the hope that we will ship before Christmas but if not, early in January 2017. 




They are covered by the Christmas discount offer. There is a limited stock order for the first production run so its over to you....

In addition, the matching French Dragoons and French Dragoons Command are also available for pre-order over the same timescale.







And the good news does not stop there. There will be an imminent release of code
R10 GNW Russian Infantry defending, some examples here:





It may be that about the same time we have the following codes available which have not yet even been previewed on the Blog:

R09 GNW Russian pikemen in kartuz ready
R12 GNW Russian musketeers in tricorne marching
R13 GNW Russian pikemen in tricorne marching
R14 GNW Russian Command in tricorne marching
R17 GNW Russian Grenadiers is fur trimmed mitre ready


There will be a slight delay in the commercial release of our Swedish and Russian Cavalry whilst we solve a couple of issues.



Monday, November 28, 2016

BLB GNW game - variations on a theme

Russian Battering guns pound the 2B BuA hamlet between turns 1-6


When Bob came over on Sunday for one of our rare games I decided to smooth out the last couple of amendments to the new version on Beneath the Lily Banners with some revisions to both hard cover target and SHAKEN rules.


The Russian Army


I had been busily basing more Russians for the GNW during the previous week and decided it would be a nice chance to get the GNW stuff out and rehearse for TACTICA 2017 in Hamburg.

As a variation on a theme I thought it would be a bit of wheeze to have a large Russian force attempt to storm a weaker Swedish army intent on defending its position.

To add extra spice I change three important things:

The Swedish infantry had no pikes - they were entrenched and defending so I assumed all pikemen had been sent to the rear.

We gave the Swedes no cavalry! - this was quite radical and I wondered if we'd gone a bit too far!

Finally, the Swedes were given a fair amount of artillery - three light guns and a field gun.

We also placed a 2B Built up area as a forward defence for the Swedes.


Wot? No pike? No Cavalry? and.. Swedish guns


All of the Swedish infantry battalions were of 12 models (except the BuA garrison), had no pikes and were graded as Veteran with two battalions of the Guards and one of Guard Grenadiers graded as Elite. The garrison had 18 models and attached to one of the light guns was a 6 model detachment of infantry. All Swedish units had flintlock muskets.


Russian left with the Guards who died to a man in front of a Swedish battery


The Russians had ten battalions of 18 models - six were Drilled, the Preobrazhenskoi Guards were Drilled Elite, three were Raw, all had flintlocks and one battalion was All musket.
In addition the Russians had a two squadron Dragoon regiment (Drilled) and a two model Battering gun detachment.


The first attack by a brigade that was to reform twice to deliver the final attack


The kicker proved to be the randomization of commander quality. The Swede was Inspiring and the Russian a Plodder.

Over the 22 turn game the Russians failed to get any movement seven times and on at least a further six turns their movement was 25%. The Swedes coasted to 100% movement for between a quarter and a third of the turns!


The Russian right wing

The game unfolded in an intriguing way. The 6 x 4 table meant that the Russian heavy battery was within short range of the BuA right from the start and pounded it mercilessly. I sensed Bob's trepidation of impeding disaster as the guns minced the garrison for the first three turns... how wrong those gut instincts can be!


The first successful object of Russian attention - the village with Veteran garrison


Devastated by two battering guns at close range, garrison reinforcements are sent


The garrison about to flee, the Swedes pushed more infantry forward to stop the rot


The Swedes charged panicking the 1st Battalion


Village empty, Swedes thrown back but Russians take a wobble

Having used the battering cannon to support my infantry in chasing the garrison out of the village (in fact annihilating them) the attack I was teeing up on the main Swedish line had to be reformed twice before a final depleted and desperate assault by three battalions almost carried the breastworks before collapsing completely.


The first attack on the centre develops well

Another view with Dragoons and Foot checking against the Swedish left redoubt


Another shot of the Russian right with some venerable Dragoons painted 20 years ago.

From the 'mighty' army which lined up so handsomely at 1330 hours, only three battalions stood before the breastworks at 1700 to try and assault a Swedish force hanging on by its collective finger tips. Having got one battalion over the breastworks, supporting charges failed to carry the day and the Russian attack collapsed leaving a single intact battalion in a Mexican stand off with a hungry looking unit of Swedish Grenadiers  on the Swedish extreme right.



A collapse of the first attack - domino effect.. so frustrating!



Most of the day's casualties came from the devastating artillery fire of three light and one field gun  on the Swedish side and the two Battering guns on the Russian side.

Two Russian battalions died to a man less than five inches from the Swedish line having never fired a shot - The  1st Battalion of the Preobrazhenskoi  Guards and the 1st Battalion of the Novgordskoi Regiments both went down without faltering.. what a waste!


Nearly there on the Russian left - the Swedes are exposed


This almost worked but the battalion was raked by flanking light artillery fire


Total Russian losses (mostly from artillery it must be added) were 97 models whilst total Swedish losses were 48 models - almost exactly half. The total Swedish strength was 84 models and 4 guns whilst Russian strength was 192 models and 2 guns. Only a single squadron of dragoons and one battalion plus the guns were left in good order on the Russian side by the close of turn 22.


The reformed brigade lines up for the final attack

High water mark the Swedish gun position was overrun in this charge

second charge goes in against the Life Guards

If only this charge has gone in!

So near yet so far - the Swedes are triumphant - well done Toggy!

We were averaging 4.5 turns per hour or 13 minutes per turn. Interesting, because it was not a small game. Someone asked us at Crisis why BLB took over 60 minutes per turn.. answer.. I don't know! Maybe the person running their game had not read the rules!



Toggy and I concluded the following:

1. Having a Plodder for a Commander is not good for an attacking army - we are very bright chaps!
2. Swedes can use artillery very successfully!
3. Battering guns within close range of a BuA is definitely the way to go!
4. BLB III is very intuitive and runs even more smoothly than BLB II
5. We need to game more often
6. Always keep your camera charged! - had to resort to iPhone for last few shots!

Although I did not apply all the GNW amendments and special rules the game played fast, smooth and was exciting. We both commented that until the last turn it was anybody's to win.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Battle for Britain Part 7 - Players enter stage left

von Tettau, Marlborough and Tollemache left, Sarsfield, Hamilton and Berwick on the right
Three weeks before the event each player was sent a '1692 State of the Kingdoms' summary, a brief regarding their own situation and an order of battle giving details of the forces with which they would enter the campaign.

The master view campaign positional map - players saw a limited view of this


Over the following weeks right up to the eve of battle summaries dated roughly one campaign month apart were sent to each of them. These contained a campaign history for their forces, attrition information, details of plots and schemes, items they had looted or found, decisions they needed to make and general background on the chaos that was Britain. The first summary was dated roughly June 18th and the last August 18th 1692.

Universal 1692 briefing to all players


Soon, the replies started. Can I talk to so and so?, can you send this message to such and such? Where are all my allies? etc

The next stage was the direct communication. After a general email circulation list was shared it all kicked off. At this point the campaign of disinformation began with bluffs of side-swapping, alliances which never were and deception plans - some of which actually worked well!


Sample orbat dated 18th August 1692 showing the campaign entry force of the Duke of Berwick


The whole thing had (as intended) started to take on a life of its own and this was all to the good when it finally came to seeing each other and across the table.

Charges are occasionally levelled at me of having a somewhat 'Tuckeresque' mind (that's Malcolm, not Sophie just to be clear) -  In fact I believe that Bonnie Dundee defamed me in public as a ' lying wee bugger' - that said, there was no need for me to demonstrate my encyclopaedic knowledge of the works of Niccolo Machiavelli  - the players took to it like ducks to water.

Private briefing for the 'venal' Kirke - sorry Julian


Bill ' Butter wouldn't melt' Robertson proved to be one of the best at it. Peter managed to adopt a sort of Fu Manchu aspect in his role as Marlborough - inscrutable and equivocal. Bonnie Dundee I think had attend a few SNP rallies before the weekender and was frothing with Scottish Pride. The Marquis de St Ruhe's Gallic contempt for the Island Monkeys was so palpable that he created his own exclusion zone and nobody wanted to deal with 'The Bloody French', not even their allies!

Mild mannered Mark was positively brimming over with a young man's righteous indignation as Berwick whilst poor Julian having set his benchmark particularly low as the 'venal' (what? Barry did you just call me venal? come on!) Kirke - managed to go even lower during the weekend - in the end he even hated himself!

Actual detail of Berwick dispatch for July - seen only by him. All players received three such before the weekender


The gentlemen commanders were most definitely the measured and sensible Richard Hamilton - clearly a political fixer, the courteous and well bred von Tettau - receiving the 'Sporting Gentleman's award' of the weekend for capturing a crack shot sniper and then NOT using him against his enemy - bad form don't you know! Lord George 'Where are my Enniskilleners?' Hamilton and Dominic 'Tam' Sheldon - the aristocratic Turf Guide for all sporting minded nobles.


Ah!.. before it all went wrong. An original orbat which of course changed from 180692 till 180892


Paul ' Tollemache' Allen couldn't quite work out who the hell was to be trusted whilst young 'Wauchope' thought he'd been stitched up - which he probably had.

Our one true Irishman - Paul 'Sarsfield' was very intent on taking the fight to England and hooking up with his old army buddies and the man who is to field officer's what asteroids are to dinosaurs - Colin 'Colonel Killer' de Ruvigny managed to get through a major battle involving about 18,000 troops with only 2 model casualties thus disproving the laws of wargaming.


Berwick on the battlefield at Badon Hill



Mission accomplished. The chemistry was right for a good old wargaming bash.

In the next post I'll summarize 1692 so far and then we'll have a look at the first four battles....

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Battle for Britain Part 6 - The Earl of Marlborough's command

Marlborough's interesting and challenging Command


Now then, saving the most interesting till last? What to do with Mr Churchill? I had cast him in the role of undecided. He had played little part in the alternative history between 1690 and our current point the summer of 1692.

He appeared to have retired to country life, taking time to be with his family, explore alternative sources of income to soldiering and general putting himself in a financially stable position without the patronage of either King.... and that is just what the crafty bugger got on with particularly during June, July and August of 1692.


Many of his officers wore civilian clothes and no field signs as a deliberate instruction


Several players made approaches to Churchill via that well known 17th century channel of communication, email. His answers varied between brusque and business like to obsequious, contingent on the sender. He returned gifts of trinkets and money with a haughty and indignant air suggestive of one insulted by those who wanted to by him off cheaply. Yet purred like a cat to seemingly empty promises of future wealth and power.


Most of the men were civilian estate workers wearing their own clothes in the field


At the very same time his agents were robbing properties and wagon trains (often belonging to those men whose gifts were being so disdainfully rejected), setting alight to forage and ammunition depots, stealing cattle and horses, extorting money with menaces, stockpiling weapons and generally setting up such an atmosphere of febrile distrust that no one, even those on the same side knew exactly who to trust. The counties of Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire were all subjected to the attentions of seemingly unaligned gangs roaming and plundering, acquiring and collecting whilst declaring for none and wearing no visible field sign or token of allegiance.

Churchill actively (but secretly) encouraged the mutiny of the Coldstream Guards at Warwick and subsequently offered the deserters some land in Wytham Woods near Oxford in which to set up camp. He provisioned them and courted their officers with dinner and wine. All this to assist now penniless comrades in arms many of whom he had served with in previous campaigns.


Skirmishing with both armies preoccupied Marlborough's County Defence force

 
He raised two regiments of Horse from English and Scots deserters who came from both Kings' cavalry regiments and recruited large quantities of volunteer Horse from the gentry and artisans of Oxford.  All of this in the name of protecting property and the surrounding estates from the marauding forage parties of both of the Kings' armies.

He scoured the countryside for men to join 'civil defence' companies and had these drilled and captained by army officers who had found themselves in the vicinity of the university city. He acted as a beacon of reason, a symbol of simple hope, the spirit of England. The population of Oxfordshire adored him as a benevolent Father and protector of their goods an chattels. Meanwhile............

More about his escapades will emerge as the series continues but for now we can review his militarily weak but numerous and well supplied forces.


Both armies raided and foraged incessantly during June to August 1692


Lieutenant General John Churchill's Command

The County Defence forces of Oxfordshire raised by Churchill created a permeable exclusion zone within the county which acted as a form of breakwater and buffer for the armies of King James and King William. The troops had limited combat capability but did score some notable successes against 'hostiles' on occasion.

Charles Churchill's Brigade

General Churchill's Regiment of Horse: A cavalry regiment of 12 models recruited from army deserters and ex soldiers. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix Elite.
Colonel Churchill's Regiment of Horse: A cavalry regiment of 12 models recruited from army deserters and ex soldiers. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.


The Earl used his charm on local populations in order to keep them on side.


Lord Randolph's Brigade

Colonel Randolph's Volunteer Regiment of Horse: A cavalry regiment of 12 models. Mostly estate workers from around the county. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Raw. 
The Hon. Henry Jervais' Regiment of Horse: A cavalry regiment of 6 models recruited from gentlemen at arms and equipped as cuirassiers. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Raw and given the suffix Elite.

Sir Oliver deHavilland's Brigade

Colonel Lindsay's Shire Volunteer Regiment of Horse: A cavalry regiment of 12 models. Mostly estate workers from around the county. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Raw. 
Oxford City Volunteer Cavalry: A cavalry regiment of 12 models recruited from the tradesmen and merchants of Oxford. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Raw.


Many veterans of the campaigns in Tangier joined the Earl's regiments


Sir George Osbourne's Brigade

The Earl of Marlborough's Regiment: A regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. The men are estate workers and volunteers. Graded as Raw. 
Captain Sandy's Volunteers: An  regiment of 12 models formed from army deserters, mercenaries and volunteers. Formed as All musket ie carrying no pikes. Graded as Drilled.
Colonel Jedidiah Smollett's Regiment: A regiment of 18 models. The men are volunteers from the Oxford Trades Association. Formed as Pike & Shot ie carrying a higher proportion of pikes than normal. Graded as Raw.


The Wytham Volunteers.. aka The Coldstream Guards (they tore off the RWMR cypher from their colours)

Independent Command

The Wytham Volunteers: A regiment of 9 models formed from deserters of the Coldstream Guards and displaced army officers camping at the Earl's pleasure in Wytham Woods near Oxford. Classed as All musket. Graded as Drilled.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Battle for Britain Part 5 - The Williamite troops

General Mackay's attack against Wauchope's French at Ripon 14th September 1692

Continuing the story of our Battle for Britain campaign with a focus on the Williamite forces participating in the war...

King William's forces were even more heterogeneous than those of King James. Dutch, English, Danes, Scots, Scots-Irish and French Protestant all contributed. Our commanders reflected this multi national mixture and we feature here three sample forces; those of Thomas Tollemache the English general, von Tettau the German commanding Danish troops and Lord George Hamilton the Scot commanding a mixture of Enniskillen Scots-Irish and English and Welsh militia.

The famed Danish Guards - broken in combat by the Grand Prior's 1st battalion at Badon Hill


Two of these commanders fought together in the preliminary August battles and the other pairing took the field at Badon Hill where von Tettau's command held the village of Chatton against all comers.


The Command of Thomas Tollemache

Lieutenant General Thomas Tollemache's Command

Thomas Tollemache could have filled the 'legacy darling' position conferred on John Churchill had he survived past 1694. He was a talented field commander, patriot and rising star of the English Army in the 1690s. In the campaign his command was not extensive but it did contain many of the premier regiments of the army.

Oxford's Brigade

Sir John Coy's Regiment of Horse: An English cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.
The Earl of Oxford's Regiment of Horse: An English cavalry regiment of 12 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite.
Sir John Lanier's Regiment of Horse: An English cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.

The King's Brigade

1st Battalion of the King's Foot Guards: An English regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite. Armed with flintlocks. 
2nd Battalion of the King's Foot Guards: An English regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite. Armed with flintlocks.
The Scots Regiment of Foot Guards: A Scots regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite. Armed with flintlocks.

My old Oxford's Regiment - now residing overseas

Churchill's Brigade

The Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards*: An English regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite. Armed with flintlocks. 
Colonel Churchill's Fuzileers: An English regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie without pikes. Graded as Drilled. Armed with flintlocks.
Colonel Ferdinando Hastings Regiment: An English regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled.
* during the course of the campaign the Coldstream Guards deserted steadily and sought the protection of the Earl of Marlborough in Oxfordshire.

Lieutenant General von Tettau's Command
Von Tettau was a very experienced German officer of long service who commanded his men competently and professionally.

General von Tettau's Command


Brigade La Forest

Regiment von Donop: A Danish cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.
Regiment Sehested: A Danish cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.
Regiment La Forest Suzannet: A Danish cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.

Brigade Zuylenstein

Regiment Zuylenstein: A Dutch cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Veteran.
Regiment Boncour: A Dutch cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.
Regiment Schack: A Dutch cavalry regiment of 6 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Drilled.

A Danish regiment I painted for Julian Blakeney Edwards about 10 years ago

The Prince's Brigade

Regiment Prinds Frederick: A Danish regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie not carrying any pikes. Graded as Drilled.  
Garden til Fods: A Danish regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie not carrying any pikes. Graded as Drilled and given the suffix of Elite. Armed with flintlocks.
Regiment Prinds George: A Danish regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie not carrying any pikes. Graded as Drilled.

Brigade Vammen

Regiment Jyske: A Danish regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie not carrying any pikes. Graded as Drilled.
Uddanelse Bataljon: A Danish training battalion  of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie not carrying any pikes. Graded as Drilled.

Hamilton's very mixed command of Scots-Irish, English and Welsh
Three other Danish battalions: Sjaellandske, Funen and Prinds Christian were with de Ruvigny in the North of England.

 
Lieutenant General Lord George Hamilton's Command


Lord George went on to considerable fame as Lord Orkney. In the campaign he has his hands full controlling a combustible mixture of Ulster Scots, Welshmen and West Countrymen. During the run up to the battles they did a lot of fighting amongst themselves!

Wolseley's Brigade

William Wolseley's Regiment of Horse: An Enniskillen cavalry regiment of 12 models. Classed as Blade Horse. Graded as Drilled.
The Earl of Anglesey's Regiment of Horse: A Welsh volunteer cavalry regiment of 12 models. Classed as Bullet Horse. Graded as Raw.


Conyngham's Brigade

Albert Conyngham's Dragoons: An Enniskillen dragoon regiment of 12 models. Graded as Drilled. Armed with flintlocks.
William Wynn's Dragoons: An Enniskillen dragoon regiment of 12 models. Graded as Drilled. Armed with flintlocks.

Tiffin's Brigade

Lord George Hamilton's Regiment: An Enniskillen regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie the regiment did no carry pikes. Graded as Drilled.
Brigadier Zachariah Tiffin's: An Enniskillen regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled.
Colonel Abraham Creighton's Regiment: An Enniskillen regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Drilled.

The doughty Enniskilleners

Scott's Brigade
The Somerset Militia: An English volunteer regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All piket' ie the regiment carried a negligible number of muskets. Graded as Raw.
The Wiltshire Militia: An English volunteer regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Raw.
The Pembrokeshire Militia: A Welsh regiment of 18 models. Formed as Regulation ie the normal proportion of pike to shot. Graded as Raw.
The Monmouth Guards*: A Welsh regiment of 18 models. Formed as 'All musket' ie the Formed as 'All musket' ie the regiment did no carry pikes. Graded as Raw.

*The Monmouth Guards were disbanded after a riot in camp when fighting broke out with the Enniskilleners. So many of the regiment were killed or injured in the fracas that the remainder decided to go home.


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