Saturday, April 25, 2015

Blackpowder 1813 Some where in Flanders

 A Village somewhere in Flanders 3 French infantry and 1 Cavalry Brigades must hold the  town cross roads against 2 Allied Cavalry and 4 Infantry brigades. I have men in the buildings (see the skirmishers)
 My second brigade is on the right side with Mike's infantry.
 Mike's troops extend along the stone well.
 A mixed army of Prussian and British troops English Cavalry and infantry on the left and a mass of Prussians on the right.
 British cavalry moving forward in column attacks the attention of my artillery.
 Prussian troops advancing forward.
 The English Cavalry is stalled by fire form my infantry in the buildings and my artillery
 Cavalry clashes on the far side of the field.
 Prussian infantry assaults the center...
The Prussians suffer heavy casualties.....
 and they are thrown back...
 Cavalry charges the gun... I lost the gun but the cavalry was cut down by fire from the buildings.
 Cavalry battle continues and the Prussians continue to throw them selves against the stone wall
  A French blunder roll gets them on to the flank of Prussian troops...
Bill launches one last cavalry charge taking out my last gun... 
But they are broken in combat with my infantry and my flank holds the critical cross roads.  Mike's infantry is broken but his Cavalry is still in the fight barely and my second infantry brigade is able to extend to the right and hold the wall. The British infantry final get in the fight but I hold the village. Both Allied Cavalry brigades and two Prussian infantry brigades are broken... Its a French victory though both armies are reeling like punch drunk fighters.

There were some other cool games you can check out in my Facebook album  These include a Plains of Abraham battle and some guys playing a game using "giant robots" made from Legos.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Raid at Heaðuswát Cirice (Battle Blood Church)

Cuthwulf once again gathered his troops to rain the Briton lands this time the target chosen was a church (perhaps at the instigation of our new Wicca Priestess, Norgyth) the stream was not a significant factor beyond slowing my initial advance in a minimal way
John cam on in close proximity to the church but his position bottle necked him some what.  That swamp was the key terrain piece of the battle.
You can see how the Briton formation has to pass through the bottle neck corked by the swamp or move to one side or the other.
Both sides jockey for position.
I have gotten men in the church (this I believe is a mistake Looting is a 6 on a 1d6 and you have to pass twice, and your odds never get better... I should have kept that group in the fight)
Deorling confronts the Briton elites but decides...
its better to fall back to cover.
the elites attack I hold only because I have cover...
a bit of stand off has developed in the center as Cuthwulf and one of his Hearthguard move off to deal with the Briton elites.
John breaks away...
Still as stand off in the center my men are continuing to try to loot the church without success. My archers are picking away at one unit of Briton Warriors.  To the left John breaks one of my my Elites...
but the other comes up behind his elites and break them.
Both sides are fairly even as the battle enters mid stage.  there is a lot of back in forth maneuvering by Bergred and the Britons in the center.  The Swamp Deorling drives off the Briton Slingers but is overwhelmed by the levies.
Bergred launches a final charge that results in breaking a unit of warriors on both sides
Cuthwulf has rejoined the fight and call the warriors out of he church his two unit put a levy to route and the others withdraw.  Bergred's force is driven back(at the bottom)
Bergred is no trying to escape both sides moral is hanging by threads.  Cuthwulf tries to reach and save his old comrade.
Bergred manages to dance away for a while and I use the stand forth card and try to take john in the rear but my movement is far short.
Bergred's men are killed and he is over run and captures.  Deorling died with his men in the swamp. This was the bloodiest battle yet the Saxon's lost 29 men including 6 elites as well as a noble killed and another wounded. The Britons lost 22 men killed. This gives John a +4 victory his first in a while, fortunately for me the heavy losses on both sides mean the same recovery time though John as gained two additional warriors.  I need to roll up two new nobles.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Oh too many cool kick starters!

I am jumping on this one a the last minute they will work well with the Mouslings or I hope they will 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Viking Bondi

With new troops Joining Cuthwulf's war-band I picked up the Wargames Factory box of "Viking Bondi" and was very pleasantly surprised. The poses and sculpts were better than then figures in the Viking Thengs box set.
Here are the First two units worth of them. some of them will be mixed in with existing units to give them a better look the spear-men will be there own unit.
Banner man for the new unit once again using one of Ray's flags.
Runic Shield for this fellow.
I kept the shields simple this time.
These guys went together a lot better and there were no awkward one like up stances to deal with
I striped the tunic since we don't hae armor to paint this time.

Another striped tunic.

The Blue came out really well for this guy

One of my signature swill pattern shields

Spear men these guys will probably act as a unit either all six together as warriors or 4 of them as "skirmishers" if I ever get that kind of mercenary troops
I went with a dark color palate for the troops but

A little bright color color for the shield.

The wash came off looking like it has blood on it.

Sorry it's hard to find new stuff to say about this many Dark age warriors.