Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Double 25.French Catholic 1562-1598.

Whoops! Nearly forgot these fellas, a Double French Catholic Army to persecute the Huguenots....





Sunday, 21 December 2008

DBA 15-19K Boxer Rebellion - Boxers


Inspired by 55 Days at Peking.... Oh Charlton Heston again! Here's our Boxer Army. Looking at the DBA 1500-1900 Lists, the Boxer Rebellion doesn't show. However, I still think the period can be covered by the extensions.

We've stuck with a 24 element army to face the upcoming '12 base Major Powers Army'. Mainly comprising of 'Fanatics', we've also allowed Psiloi, Jagers for some sniping firepower & a Cannon element (meant to represent older artillery pieces).
Incidentally the BBC ran a cracking program in their TIMEWATCH series on the Boxer Rebellion. A much more 'truthful' version of events.
However you can't view the program on BBC iPlayer anymore. Here's the link to the Beeb's Timewatch site for a preview http://www.bbc.co.uk/timewatch/
We still love the movie though!!!!

Boxer Rebellion : Boxers.
1-3x Jagers (3); 1-3x Psiloi (3); 17-22x Fanatics (3);
0-1xCannon(3); 1xLeader.

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The mighty Boxer Horde!!!!

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Optional Cannon element (at last a use for a GW Cannon of Khorne!!)


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The Boxer Fanatics ready for action.....


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HA... Nasty evil Prince Tuan!! Boxer General


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Jager Elements, to give the Boxers some sniping firepower.


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Pushing it here but, Psiloi in the form of crazy chinese ladies.. Red Lanterns!!!


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Attack!!!

Sunday, 14 December 2008

How's it going MrF? December 2008

Just a quick update, as work & study are taking up far too much time!
Crimbo is coming, so we'll have a couple of weeks off. In between the festivities hopefully we'll get some games in.

Projects on the go, Boxer Rebellion, Zulu Wars, Afghan Wars. Well, I'm well & truly hooked on the Colonial period. After our Sudan Wars project, I've found the 19th Century to be very interesting.... (ponder, ponder, stroke chin).

Here's a few pics of some of the figures we've come up with so far. The DBA Extensions don't have any lists for the Rebellion so we'll have to make our own.


BOXERS!!!

Prince Tuan & some Kansu Braves..... US Marines, Sikhs & Royal Marines




BOXERS up close. Plus Royal Marines (Jaegers)



Hopefully we'll get some more posts in before Crimbo...
If not Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year to all!!

Monday, 1 December 2008

Battle of Dreux 1562 - DDBA Catholic vs Huguenot

Here's our make of the Battle of Dreux, fought in 1562 between the French Catholics & Huguenots. Basically a French Huguenot force on the way to Le Havre was met & defeated by a Catholic Army. This was inspired by a cracking article at the Wargames Journal on the battle..

http://www.rebelpublishing.net/pdfs/The_Battle_of_Dreux.pdf

http://www.wargamesjournal.com/#

General Jack played the Catholics, he would hold the ground between the villages of Epinay & Blainville. I played the Huguenots & would be the attacker. From the articles OOB we went for 28 bases on each side. We had to add more Gendarmes to the Catholic force. The Huguenots had no Artillery but had the advantage in horsemen, Pistols/Light Horse & Knights. Plus we set up the troops according to the articles map. Shown on our battlefield map below.

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Direction of Attacks

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The Catholic Army set-up

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View of the Battlefield from the Catholic lines.

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The Huguenot Army lines up.

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'Can I play?' No you Crazy Weimaraner.
Incidentally the mad hound trashed our old Fuji camera. We now have a Fuji FinePix 8100, which I must say is 'superb' so good boy Harvey!!!

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The Huguenots advance to destroy the Catholics...

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First contact is made across the battlefield..

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'Charge!' in go the Huguenot horse. On the left flank the Light Horse are straight in.

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First blood to the Huguenots!

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The Battle takes shape.

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'Go on!' More casualties for the horrible Catholic force!!!

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The only response from Jack is to Recoil the Landsknect Pike from Artillery fire....

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'Pheeeww!!' Though the Catholic Gendarmes nearly force the Pistols into trouble..!

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'HA! HA!' The Catholic Peasants 'leg it' back to defend the town.

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Overview at this point, 3-0 to the Huguenots!!!!!

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More nice scenes of the Battle, it's a tough fight.



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'Oh no!' Jacks Catholics 'sneakily' cut off the route of the heroic Huguenot Knights.

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That 'pesky' Catholic Knight stand was a pain throughout the battle, it stood defiantly!

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Disaster! The Catholics fight back & make it 3 -3............. 'GGGGrrrrrr!'

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Another overview, the black dotted lines show the struggle.

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Close up at this point.

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Mercenary Landsknect Pikes versus a mixed Catholic force.

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The struggle on the Huguenot left.

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'NO!' The Landsknechts let down the side, 5 - 3 to the Catholics.

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'Do what!!!' down goes another Landsknect Pike, 6 -3 to Jack.....

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View from the Huguenot lines.

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Nice close up on Super Macro mode.
Catholic Gendarmes take down another Huguenot... 7-3!

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Oh, the end is nigh!!!!!

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A consolation though, Huguenot Millers strike, 7 -4...

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Jack's Catholics take the day, 8 -4!!!!

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Game Over - Final overview.

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Final Overview - close up.

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Oh well, it started fine, but the loss of so many Landsknects??? It was a conspiracy!!!
Jacks raises the arms in the 'mocking of the father routine', all together now......
EASY! EASY! EASY!