Sunday, September 20, 2020

Battle of Murphy's Station (In Freedom's Cause)

 Arofan hosted his Civil War game (available through Application of Force

I commanded two small brigades form PA and NJ while Mark had the the large New York formation to the lower left.  Our confederate antagonists are Bill running the Louisiana (North) brigade and Chris with the Mississippi (South)
The forces close in on the Train station and begin to exchange fire. 
The First Confederate brigade charges and is seen off as the PA Zouaves occupy the train station buildings.
Louisiana and PA Zouaves battle in savage hand to hand fighting. My boy’s sands for a turn but then the pounding is too much for them and they break and run. 
The confederate push to the north is well underway but their attack to the south has fallen back to regroup.
Union Artillery blast the Louisiana troops back out of the town. 
The first Confederate unit has run but fighting continues around the town. The standoff to the south continues.
Confederates attempt to rally int the north (with mixed success) as the standoff to the south continues. 
Three Louisiana brigade units are badly hurt but not routed
They rally and go back intot the town where close fighting cotinures untill fresh Union regiments can caharge in and turn the tide giving the Union a narrow victory. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

English Frigate and French ship of the line

Two new ships one an English frigate the other French ship of the line join my collection. 
The Ship of the line is the last of the box set I got and came looking quite handsomely. I have not yet christened the ship. 

The flags and be swapped out because of magnets or by simply pulling them off the mast heads and then she will be English or some other flag as needed. 

The second ship is an English frigate that I have decided to use the "bark tan" or red sails.  These were common in the far east so this ship may have recently returned from service in the Indian Ocean or East Indies.

The affect is quite striking, and she looks very fine.  She will make a good pirate if I ever need one.  

Her flags can also be swapped out for another letting me field them as American's, French or others as needed. 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Roger's Big Fight take 2

 I made a second attempt at Roger's Big Fight/Battle of Sandy Hook. The United States squadron is unchanged but the British have Garriere added and both Aeolus and Belvidere where upgraded to Veteran.

I also changed the wind direction from west to southwest so it wasn't quite so against the British. Frank helped me running Aeolus and Belvidere. Bob had President, Jess had United States while Dana ran Congress. Arofan took Argus and Hornet.

Arofan moved off  to the right forming a mini- squadron to take on Belvidere.

Battle is joined Argus and Hornet fired on Belvidere doing significant damage including a damaged rutter. They get hurt I there turn taking fire from Shannon and Belvidere. I got too cute with Shannon and had to change my menuver breaking my line of battle.
USS Congress is the first US ship to hit Shannon quickly followed by broadsides from President and United States. The noble English frigate is shattered.
Shannon stiles then sinks the British line is is following behind her into the American cross fire. 
Garriere and Africa sail between the two big American frigates blasting left And right giving and taking its. HMS Aeolus hits Hornet again.

Aeolus grapples the President while United States turns too follow the English fleet.  Congress cuts behind Africa and hits her with it's heavy guns. The small American ships are trying to get back into the action while franticly making repairs. HMs Belvedere is trying to do the same from the other direction.
The battle is not going well for the English but they have an opportunity. USS United States is alone facing Guarriere, Africa and Belvidere. The English look to take advantage.
First Belvedere and then Guarriere cross The United States bow. Guarriere fails to land a single hit despite being at point blank range. Africa and United States exchange broadsides a the United States and Guarriere collide sinking the Guarriere. Meanwhile the Argus and Hornet come up behind the Africa and fire into her stern the damage is minimal but Africa is battered from the broadsides of the United States and is badly hurt. The battle ends with Shannon and Guarriere sunk and Aeolus captured. United States is probably a operational if not total loss but Africa is sure to be sunk or captured with her. It's likely that Congress would be able run down Belvidere and take or sink her. It's a clear US victory as break about midnight. 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Prizes and new Frigate

I was lucky enough to be a winner in Black Seas Fleet painting contest held by Warlord Games and  Gabrio Tolentino.   

The package of goodies arrived this week sails flags a cutter (with a base) and the first edition of the Trafalgar times. I just had to make use of those battle damaged sales!
This English.frigate is showing a good deal of battle damage a loft or maybe it's just some storm damage.

I decided the flag needed a little battle damage of its own.

Monday, August 31, 2020

French Convoy defense

 This scenario was inspired by some reading I did recently about the "Glorious 1st of June". The two fleets consist of two ships of the line and two Frigates each. The British ships all have extra carronades the Frigates are Veterans and the ships of the line regular. The French Frigates are sturdy and streamlined. One of the French ships of the line, the Jacobin, is sturdy and overgunned. I played the French and Frank Shepherd and Will Hunter played the English.

The fleets start on parallel courses the French need to have fewer ships struck than the English at the end of 8 turns. Above you can see the situation as the Battle is joined.  The French Frigates scored early lighting the Belvidere on fire. The British ships of the line have turned to try to break the French line.

Both French Ships of the Line hammered the HMS Elizabeth a combination of critical hits (crew and quarter deck) lead to her colidding with the Berwick.  The HMS Sutherland then crossed Berwicks Sturm. Jacobin hammered Belvidere and began to turn to aid Berwick.
The English frigate Belvidere has recovered and cuts across the bow of Jacobin. It's a powerful broadside but the big French ship drugs it off. The other English frigate Aeolus cuts between the two French Frigates and savages both ships. 
After a fierce close range exchange of fire the the Berwick is out of control and strikes. The two French Frigates have been forced to strike by fire from the Aeolus. Jacobin hits Sutherland but though only lightly damaged the Jacobin is the only French ship left. Despite the battered state of the Aeolus, Belvidere and Elizabeth the action is a clear English victory.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Warlord Schooners

 I picked up the Warlord schooner box from Noble Knight games a few weeks ago and just finished them.

These are handsome little ships and they paint up nicely.
There is a lot of detail they will look great on the table. I'm not a fan of the metal sails however. They are a pain to work with and make the model too top-heavy.  I'd rather have bare masts and paper sails. 
I couldn't bring myself to cutting up the frigates ratlines provided with the kit so I've dispensed with them for now


Monday, August 17, 2020

Rodgers Big Fight

 Historically Commedor Rogers never found his fight in the war of 1812 but had he been delayed or the British fleet been a little quicker off the mark a great battle could have taken place in the waters between Long Island and New Jersey.

The American Fleet of President (Arofan) United States (Mark) in the center Congress (Will) to the left with Hornet (Will) and Argus (Mark) to the right. Face Shannon, Africa, Belvidere and Aeolus. 
I ran the British fleet as GM for this remote game.  I tried to concentrate on the two smallest American ships but was hard-pressed to close with the Americans holding the weather gage.  
The fleets closed and began to exchange fire. Shannon and Africa hitting the President. While Aeolus hit Hornet.
President and Congress caught the Aeolus alone while United States battled Africa and Shannon at close range. Hornet and Argus tore up the Belvedere though both were hammered in return as she cut between them. Hornet was forced out of the fight/struck.
USS United States cut in behind Africa and delivered a devastating raking broadside
Congress finished off the Aeolus. Argus menuvered to cut odd Belvedere and avoid shots from the big ship of the line. United States continues to fire into the stern of the Africa.
The Shannon landed a fire critical on the President in two turn the fire would inflict 20 points of damage all but destroying the proud ship (and confirming Arofan's nickname as Capt "Ronson").
President wasn't quite done passing her strike test and raking the Africa from the stern forcing to strike as United States and Congress move to cut off the fleeing Shannon. Argus Rakes the Belvidere forcing her to strike.
Congress fires into Shannon damaging her. Shannon now below half strength can't mount enough sails to out run the all but undamaged Congress.  The result is a clear American victory the Halifax squadron is destroyed and at least Shannon will join the US fleet. President may not make it home but United States should be back in action fairly quickly and Congress would be loose in the Atlantic to strike as she chooses.