Monday, 31 January 2011

How's it going MrF Jan 2011?

The Presidents Mansion is torched by The Brits!

Here we go again another year & what to do.  For some time now I've felt we've reached a peak with DBA based games, don't get me wrong it's still a cracking set of rules & it's fun gaming.  However a change is as good as the rest, the biggest problem was.. What else to play?  Lots of rules sit on the book shelves in our humble abode, a lot of them only good for sending me to sleep (mental note... I must sell them on Ebay or something).  A while ago whilst trawling through the web, I came along a set of images for cards & counters, but not where they came from.  Eventually I tracked them down to THE PERFECT CAPTAIN website.  These are sets of rules created by wargamer's who were disillusioned with the rules out there.  A brief  look at the periods listed & my interest was perked. 

SO what new period? I picked the War of 1812, some say Napoleonics with Indians...  Again it's different plus not many people have done it. A lot of the battles were small so no need for hordes of regiments, in large wooded areas. I had been thinking of running it a few months ago with DBA but.... Anyway, what scale?  I think we've collected enough 15mm lead, no more.  When I first started gaming (again) with the kids a few years ago, we collected a shed load of 28mm, mainly from the Del Prado Waterloo series.  After discovering DBA, we flogged a fair bit of it (what a mistake) at game shows.  Of course the good stuff goes (for a pittance of what you paid) & your left with the average.  We've got some Brunswick Cavalry/Infantry which we've never been able to get rid off.  So these were used as the base, a new paint job & a few conversions (The bit I love doing) produced some snazzy American troops & British Dragoons.  We're still putting together the forces, I'll put pix of what we've got later.  The John Bull Patriots, is aimed at the AWI & War of 1812,  for small scale actions.  I'll go over them later as we are just getting to grips with them now.  

Next the inspiration & research, another favourite of mine.  Book, videos & websites.  Osprey of course always comes in handy.  The best books I picked up were from Partizan Press including one of the best scenario books I've ever read, all in colour as well.  A big thank you to Dave of Caliver Books after the books I ordered 'disappeared' in the British Postal system, Dave promptly replaced them - cheers cracking service.  

The Perfect Captain Website

John Bull Rules

War of 1812 

The War of 1812

A cracking set of games from the Gourmet Wargaming Club

The John Bull Rules by the Perfect Captain

The War of 1812 - A Campaign Guide to the War with America 1812-1815 by Stuart Asquith
A cracking book, lots of info about the war year by year
Osprey's The American War 1812-14.  Both Us & British/Canadian uniforms

Osprey's The United States Army 1812-15.

The Niagra Campaign 1814

Scenarios for The War of 1812 by Stuart Asquith
Fantastic book, a lot of scenarios, lots of maps & OOB's all in colour too!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

DBA 15-19K Pirates vs Spanish

Happy New Year & all that malarkey....bah humbug.  Work, most definitely took it's toll on MrF last year only a measly 16 posts for the DBA 15K website.  Well this year it will be different!!!  Though it may not be DBA we'll be playing.  I've had a look at a few other rule sets & at last found one that appears to be Ok.  We've already started collecting new minis, this time in 28mm, so stay tuned.

SO first up Captain Henry Morgan's Raid on Panama 1671.  Pirates vs Spaniards.  This was inspired by Steve Balagan's battle
Well done to Steve, another cracking website... check it out.

The fine & dandy Captain Henry Morgan

The Battle of Panama 1671
Links to the attack on Panama....

Spanish Army
1x General, 4x 3Knight, 4x 4Pike, 4x 4Shot, 1x Artillery, 5x 2Psiloi (Indians), 
2x Warband(African Slaves), 2x Cattle(Warband), 1x 4Bow (Indians)

Pirate Army
1x General, 1x 4Blades, 6x 4Shot, 2x 4Musket, 8x 3Warband
(4 Warband would be kept off table for a sneaky flank attack..)

As usual a few rounds to come to grips...

The Pirate lads AAaaaarrrr.. take the initiative & attack.

Scratch one artillery

Spanish turn & in go the Stampeding Cattle!!!

Ole! The attack of the Spanish Knights

Those sneaky Indians are trying to out flank the Pirate lads AAArrrrr!

Pirate shooting takes down the Spanish!
The Stampeding Cattle are PANTS & shot to bits...

End of turn 6 positions

The Pirate sneak attack, more Pirate Lads AAaaarr!!

Pirate firepower sends em packing...

The Spanish Line steadies....

The Pirate Lads AAarrr!! hack down the Spanish Pike.

It's not looking good for ze Spanish!


and more AAAaaaaaaarrrr!!!

Nice view of the battle

The Pirate Lads AAarrr! press home their attacks

But the Spanish Knights manage to cut down some unlucky lads

But the Pirate Lads AAAaaaarrr! can't be denied!!! Victory

Panama is SACKED!!!

Amy took the Pirate Lads AAaarr!! for that one & went straight for the jugular.  My Spanish Army was poorly lead & it showed...  Never mind, at least we've started 2011!