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Monday, 30 May 2016

Saratoga Campaign: Battle of Oriskany August 6, 1777

Kings Royal Regiment of New York and Brant's Mohawks prepare to spring an ambush

Herkermers force is about to be hammered by musketry

The Iroquois begin to fire

Queen's Rangers begin to fire

The Royal Yorkers begin to fire and move

The first volley destroyed two militia brigades. American Riflemen seeing the militia fall have begun to panic and are halting the advance. 

The battle continued with the Mohawks charging the American militia who surprisingly stood their ground and fought back! With the Mohawk casualties adding up, the Loyalists began to use fire and advance on the Americans, who eventually fell back under withering fire.
Johnson's men held the field.

My 43rd birthday on Mt. Thom, Pictou county

My good friend Francis Nickerson invited me to his property. Over the years, he has built up a small fort, cabins and a skill at arms range.
I went up with my family to look around and take a walk. It was nice to be out in nature.
Fort Francis

Leena with the colours

The cabin

Enjoying the pizza

Nice to have the stove on as the clouds closed in and the wind came up

The good Capt ain loaned Emi a blanket coat

The kids helping to make a great birthday

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Saratoga Campaign 1777: Battle of Hubbardton July 6

Crown Forces:
Fraser's Advanced Corps
Loyalists and Amerindians
24th Foot
Grenadier Battalion
Light Infantry Battalion

Grenadier Battalion
Light Battalion

American Forces:
2nd New Hampshire
Massachusetts Militia X2

The Americans forces.
Two battalions of militia backed up by the New Hampshire Regiment  

The Lights begin to engage the American left flank 

While the Brunswickers engage the right

The Artillery holds their ground to possibly add fire support

A birds eye view of the actioin

2nd Continental Light Dragoons, in Nova Scotia, 1992 for Mary Sillimans War filming

Brunswickers on the left continue to engage the American right

The militia beat off the Lights attack.

The battle continued with several volleys of musketry, however, when the British closed with the American left, a bayonet charge scattered one battalion while the other stood its ground and was annihilated in a melee.

The British and Brunswickers suffered some large casualties but will recover. The Americans still have scores of militia. Thus the first action goes to the Crown. Huzzah! God Save the King.

Saratoga Campaign delayed by a year

I just noticed that with my move back to Canada, and being so busy with work, it has been about a year since I posted about my plan for summer of 2015.

Well, since it's now 2016 I shall be conducting this campaign. Hopefully, I will begin gamming it this weekend.

The first step is to clean off my gamming hobby table from a years worth of projects.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Rod Redden and Emi Redden Thirteenth Wedding Anniversary

Ah it was such a lovely day when we got married. And lucky that it was so nice and warm. The sun was shinning. Good memories. And now we are back home to enjoy.

 our first flight back to Canada in 2013
not our wedding day but a happy family together, this was taken while still living in Japan

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

GNW Russians painted as Colonial American Troops and British

Back in the late winter, I was called into work and happened to be able to stop my one of the few hobby shops in the city. I was delighted to find a set of Zeveda Peter The Great troops.
I was able to buy this set in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan several years ago. Since I got a second set, these I shall paint up as both British units I need to flesh out, and Colonial American units from 1700-1776

Pictures to follow

The first units I have painted up consist of Maryland Colonial troops

Next are three companies of Pennsylvania Regiment

5th Marines, Royal Navy 1740s

Various Colonial Provincial units. I will identify them in a bit

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Getting back on track with Blackpowder gamming

Its been awhile since I've had the time or interest to do any work on my 18th century collection. Recently, I was able to get some superglue and start to reglue my metal figures.

Before I ran out, I was able to mount some French Milice, French Regulars, and some Royal Artillery gunners.
Slowly getting troops put together

The RA gunners being escorted by a French officer?!