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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Back into reenactment

I'll be deploying with the 2nd Battalion 84th Regiment Royal Highland Emigrants as their drummer.
future piper

practing with my Japanese friend Hideki

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Monday, 17 April 2017

18th Century French Horse

Since I now have some excellent mounted dragoons, I shall have to paint them for the French service as I have a British and a Hanoverian, Prussian force.
Perhaps a new raid game?
Pictures to follow

Saratoga Campaign: Brunswick Dragoon Regiment Prinz Ludwig Ernst

It's taken me close to three years to build this unit due to my move back to Canada and finding a set of Dragoon figures.
Zeveda produced an excellent set which I have used the dismounted figures to build this Regiment.
The Regiment was equipped for mounted service but were unable to acquire horses upon arrival in Quebec in 1776. Thus it fought dismounted for the whole campaign.

From Osprey MAA 39 The British Army in North America 1775-83 (1974,1998,)

The regiment was raised at 1698 and was designated as a dragoon regiment in 1772, and was commanded by Maj-Gen Friedrich Riedesel who was in command of all Brunswick units in North America. Its field commander was Lt-Col. Friedrich Baum who would die at Bennington.
The Regiment had 20 officers and 316 men. It was organised into four troops of 3 officers and 75 men.

The entire regiment was either killer or captured at Bennington  on August 16, 1777

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Jacobite Rebellion Falkirk January 1746

The British line forms up with the Grenadier companies forming the front line.

Loundon's Highlanders and the 43rd Foot form a second line.

Government horse hold the left of the second line.

Jacobite horse begin their advance

The Irish Picquets with Royale Eccossis provide a strong line in support of the clans

The Highland charge begins.

The Jacobite charge hit the British line, but it did not initally break. This caused the Highlanders to fall back in confusion but with the British advance, the Irish units were able to blast a hole into the British line, thus splitting it in two and resulting in the Highlanders pushing home a second charge with caused the government forces to flee. 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

King Phillips War 1675 Governor Winslow Attack on Connecticut River

This battle comes from a variety of sources. The inital idea came from the August 1999 issue of Miniature Wargames. In their Renaissance section an article by Simon Lee War in the Colonies: King Philip's War 1671-1676.
Roger Marsters Bold Privateers: Terror, Plunder and Profit on Canada's Atlantic Coast (2004) gave me some more ideas. The rules used were Slitherine/Osprey's 
Field of Glory Renaissance.

 New England troops, a combination of Pike and Shot with some ship guns, prepares to advance on the French and Indians who are blocking the river valley.
A large body of Huron warriors have rallied to try and drive the English from the Connecticut river valley. 

Winslow's force consists of several regiments of militia, most armed with pikes and matchlocks, a few with flintlock or doglock muskets

The French forces however all have flintlocks. They have barricaded their end of the valley with fallen trees and some basic earthworks.

The English artillery open up and smash some of the fortifications to bits. 

This enrages rather than discourages several groups of Hurons who charge out and engage the militia in impact charges.

The miltia pike and shot blocks are unable to make much headway towards the lines.

More and more Hurons rush the militia who are stalled in their advance.

One group is broken apart and slowly cut to pieces.

The first line of militia pike and shot blocks begin to fall back. 

The militia units with more advanced firelocks begin to open fire holding back he surge of warriors

However, it proves to be too little too late

With a broken line and no clear way to break through, Winslow orders a withdrawl. New England may now be open to invasion!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

King George's War: French attack on Gorehams Rangers camp 1748

I'm not sure if I've played this battle before but one of my co-workers wants to get together and try some gamming.

This seems like a good start.

The game will be French troops from Quebec, and Acadia, with Mik Maq support,

The Crown forces will be made of several companies of Rangers.

The ranger base camp. 

 Le Compaigne Franche de La Marine form the right flank of the French,

Canadien Milice advances to support the French right.

A ranger company awaits the attack

Compaigne Frances in forest kit

 in garrison kit

MikMaq on the French left

Rangers deploy to their defences

the MikMaq maul the rangers on the right,

Alex catches on fast after loosing a milice group. He quickly advances his units to pour fire into the camp. Not even the camp followers survived. Total loss to the British.