Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Seaports and towns, HO/HO scale card stock buildings

Back in the 1990s, I had purchased 2 books of New England themed buildings for a town, and a seaport.
I lovely built them and used them for my many battles. Until I moved to South Korea for my first teaching job. And I haven't been able to find them since 1997.
So I made my last hobby purchase on my card for a VERY long time and will be slowly building them.
Oh and that includes a 3d puzzle of Hogwarts castle which is currently scattered on my sons bedroom floor as he has the space for.
So my North American theater scenery will be fine.
Hmmm, New England seaport, 1770s raids or War of 1812 battles.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Another new idea, Hudson's Bay vs Northwest trading company Battle of 7 Oaks, 1821

One of the interesting scenarios and conflicts which I have read about was the violent rivarly between these 2 fur trading companies.
The Northwest Company had been built by investors in Montreal, and may have had a prevelance of French speaking members while the Hudson's Bay company were an English speaking company, and who had a longer established relationship with the first nations peoples in the region.
I have several metal and plastic figures which could be used as fur traders.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Warlord Games Plastic Colonial Militia

As part of my subscription to Wargames Illustrated, I received a free spruce of figures or kit as a promotion. This month, is an 18th century spruce of American Colonial militia. This means I have figures for both 1775-84 & War of 1812. I could even have them for the 1750s.
I will try to build and paint them this summer.
I have a few heads from one of the WW2 sprues with bonnets, so I may see if I can paint a few as rangers/highlanders or as Brant's White Volunteers.
A few of the heads also have round hats with one brim up so I will also paint a few as Virginian troops.
The round hat types will be made into militia/frontier types which can be used from 1750-1820.
The package arrived on my son's 14th birthday, but he wanted an iPhone instead, so all is well.
So far I have built 3 of the figures
More to be done once I know my days off on new job

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Battle of Lake George, 1755

 Baron Diskeau's force made up of Regiment La Reine and Regiment Landeauc
 the Anglo-american force of Sir William Johnson's force

half of the Amerindian and Colonial force

and the other half

the French advance towards the Anglo-american camp

the French fire

and the British Artillery fires back

the French regulars begin to take casualties 
The French continued to fire into the camp and unlike the historical outcome, the Amerindian force rushes the camp for a chance at the spoils of war. 
The English Colonial militia, loose faith and flee towards their boats in the lake. The colonial regiments charge into the woods to clear the right flank, but may have doomed their position as when the Amerindians rushed the camp, the defense collapsed. Sir William Johnson was able to flee with a portion of his force.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

My version of Culloden April 16, 1746

My first 18th century game of the season.
The Jacobite line forms up

the government forces take position near the old farm.

rather than wait for the British to open fire, the Jacobites begin their charge

the Jacobites attempt to take both enclosures

but fall into a pincer movement

the British right consists of a combined Grenadier battalion

the Jacobite casualties add up

the Jacobite smash into the front line of government

and the Irish Picquets take position in an enclosure

the government horse flank half of the Irish picquets and the only Jacobite gun
history repeated itself by having the Jacobites cut down in a crossfire, the rest of the Jacobite army under the command of Lord Lovat, flee, the 45 is over, now the chase for charlie begins

Monday, 15 April 2019

The collection I have is to stand as is.

I have come to the realization that I may have to not increase my collection of my main hobby collection.
Around 2004, I took a count of my collection and came up with the figure of 10,000 figures and about 1000 vehicles for my others.
I have to be satisfied with what I have and game and play with what I own now.
That or I need to get my spending in control.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Barrosa 1811 will now be New Orleans 1815

As some blog viewers may have noticed, I had a rather large blog posting about an upcoming battle I had planned to do. However, over the last few months, I have been reconsidering my collection.
A new friend I have met has been trading parts of his collection for bits of mine. One of the latest bits he asked for was a Napoleonic French force. So, after consideration I traded my Napoleonic French force for several modern/cold war and WW2 kits. If I want to get back into Napoleonic, I can always buy newer kits.
I had taken the collection with me to Japan for 11 years, but my heart has always been in North American conflicts between 1620-1820.
So, when I can find some time, I will be doing up the New Orleans campaign.
Or, this book could be sold, most of my interest for the War of 1812 is confined to the Canadian side of the operations.
But it seems that no one is taking me up on the offer of my book, and after my tax return came in, I may be able to weather the storm.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Warmer weather coming, so garage will be back in business

I was puttering around in my garage between work, sleep, shoveling snow and slush and then water issues.
I should be able to get two tables going this year.
Stay tuned.
I spent the day airing out and sorting off both my gaming tables. I'd like to try to run both, one for large games, the other for smaller skirmish ones.
However, with the influx of new kits, and reductions of my other collections, my project table will stay cluttered for a while

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

La Belle-Famille, 24 July, 1759 Niagara,

One of the books I got for Christmas 2018 was Ospreys Combat North America 1755-63 British Redcoat vs French Fusilier by Stuart Reid.
The great thing about French and Indian war battles is the small scale they were, but the outcomes were so huge in the history of both Canada and America.
British Forces
De Lanceys Light Infantry: 44th, 46th, and 4/60th light companies
44th Regiment
46th Regiment
New York Regiment
Farquhar Grenadiers made up of the grenadier companies

French Forces
Companies Frances de La Marine 6 companies
Militia and Amerindians

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Darnah, Algeria, 1805

Minature Wargames have a scenario between US Naval troops against Ottoman Corsairs. The conflict came about when the Americans didn't want to continue to pay Barbary Deys protection money.

US forces consist of
2 guns with crew,
6 Turkish warriors Capt. Eaton

Lt. O'Bannon
30 figures mix of Marines, sailors

Derna castle: 40 Muslim warriors

The article lists a large amount of Turkish troops, but I will be using my Muslims troops as the defenders.
 I can use my Muslim desert fort as the castle.