Monday, 18 February 2019

AHPC9 Donnybrook - Warfare Miniatures Militia




Surprise Surprise!!!
More Donnybrook shenanigans!!!
I bought these 50 Warfare Miniatures last year at The Other Partizan wargame show,
from Mr Beneath the Lily Banners Hilton himself. 


These are very multi-purpose figures and are something that were missing from
the late 1600's figure range. Dixon's and Reiver do have similar figures, but not in this many poses. And this is only the start, there will be more poses from Warfare minis!!


I mainly wanted these figure to use as Militia for Bacon's Rebellion or King Philips War in America,
but they will also be used as Rebels in the army of the Duke of Monmouth
at the Battle of Sedgemoor. And also they can be used for as either side in Ireland in the Boyne campaign.


There are 30 Musketeers and 20 Pikemen/Sythmen
I do have another 10 Pikemen to paint up, but I've only just bought some different 
weapons for them to hold, hopefully they'll be painted during the Challenge???


These 50 x 25mm figures earned me a very nice 250 points to add to my tally.


Which at the moment stands at 1309 points!
I had given myself a quite modest target of 1200 points this year, but 
I've got my mojo working at the moment, its just like the old days.
I can't seem to put the brush down. Which is getting the dreaded lead pile down
ever so slightly!


You too can buy these great figures from Warfare Miniatures, to add to your collections, or maybe even start a new one????   just click this link


I kept the palette very basic, keeping mostly to various shades of grey and brown
with the odd splash of colour here and there.


Once again I used the inking method on these figures, I think it worked perfectly, especially
 on the apostles and lighter coloured shirts.


And to finish a few pics of the back of the figures





Saturday, 16 February 2019

AHPC9 - 25mm Donnybrook Ladies



For today's viewing pleasure may I present four Donnybrook ladies.
The first three are armed and dangerous and look like triplets! They can be used in a local Militia
in Europe or the America's. 


The last lady stands babe in arms and is probably the most dangerous
out of the four!


All 4 are from Redoubt Enterprises.


Nice and easy, pretty boring really
20 points Mr H?


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

AHPC 9 Donnybrook - Bonnie Price Charlie & Generals (Heroes & Villains)



Here we have 4 x 25mm Commanders, for my Donnybrook
shenanigans!!!!


 Here we have Bonnie Prince Charlie, from the very new range of figures from
Ian over at Flags of War. He's a great sculpt with no flash what-so-ever.
I've never bought a figure that fits so snug on his horse.


 Charlie boy will be winging his way over to my Dad's figure collection, and 
will join the other figures I've painted for him as pressies over the years. 


Next we have the ill-fated John Graham, the Laird of Claverhouse, 1st Viscount Dundee
or
Bonnie Dundee as he is more widely known.


Dundee (not crocodile) is another great figure from Reiver Castings.


And shall lead the lines as a hero in my Highlander Donnybrook games.


Lastly, yet more figures from Reiver Castings, some left over figures from the 
Gentleman Horse regt from a few posts ago. These three shall be used for any of the 
armies I've painted up so far.


English, French, Irish Jacobite, Scottish Jacobite, Sedgemoor Rebel or
Commander or town elder in the wilderness of the America's


 5 x 25 Horse gave me 50 points!



Sunday, 10 February 2019

AHPC9 Bonus Round "Mercenary" - 15mm BLB - Baron de Kronberg Hussars


This was probably the easiest bonus round in this years Analogue Hobbies Painting 
Challenge,"Mercenary"
I could have painted loads of figures for this round, I bet most of us could have?
I chose to go back to my 15mm Beneath the Lilly Banners French army.


The Baron de Kronberg Hussars made their first appearance in the French army in 1692.
They had 2 squadrons and were commanded by a Hungarian in French service called Baron de Kronberg or Cornsberg. They were later in 1693 known as Mortani. 
They were a shortlived unit when Kronberg fell into disgrace and left France. In 1697 they ceased to exist.


Now here's the dodgy thing, There is no information on their uniform at all.
So I made it all up!! Shock- Horror! I thought red and yellow coats looked cool and it'd be a  complete contrast to the rather boring grey coats of most
of the French army.


The figures are from my favourite goto for the 1690's Essex Miniatures!
This is the same unit that Sir Sidney Roundwood recently painted up in the Challenge!!!

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

AHPC9 Donnybrook - 25mm Jacobite Artillery


Firstly, thank you to all you lovely lot out there who voted me into second place in the 
"Sport" bonus round. I had a lot of fun creating the figures and have been asked what rules I plan to use to play Lacrosse with them. I don't know how to play Lacrosse, never mind make rules up for them!!!

Another week has passed and I've been very busy with the brush!


I've stayed with the Jacobite Highlanders again this week, but have gone for
the simpler form of artillery.


All the Highlander figures are like the Horse in my last post from Reiver Castings, while 
the artillery are from Parkfield Miniatures and Wargames Foundry.


There are 7 x artillerymen


And 2 guns


Also there are a few packs of Trade Goods from Crooked Dice
that can be used as hastily built barricades. 


7 x 25mm  35 points
2 x artillery 15 points??? (Should be 10 points each, but one's a tiddler?)
5 x various trade goods ?????


Lee was very generous and gave me 70 points in total!!!
Which along with another group of figures pushed me up to 7th place.
My highest placing in around 4 years!!!

Monday, 4 February 2019

WWI Batrep - The Battle of Guise 1914





Four Rejects got together for a WWI battle last Sunday, using Posties 6mm figures.
It was a very tense affair the whole way through, infact it was one of those games were it
didn't seem to matter who won.
Postie reffed the game I played the French, Richard and Surj were the Germans.

The Battle of Guise 29th August 1914

This is Posties interpretation of a small part of the battle using regiments that were either
 there or close by.

To win the game Postie informed us, certain strategic landmarks of the battlefield were worth points. At the end of the game. the points would be added up and the winner declared. It didn't matter about losses, only the landmarks.......

OOB

German
2nd Army - Gen von Bulow
7th Corp - Gen von Einem
13th Inf Division - Gen Lt von Dem Borne
25th Brigade IR 13, IR 158, 3 Battalions of each
26th Brigade IR 15, IR55 3, Battalions of each

14th Inf Division - Gen Lt Fleck
79th Brigade IR 56, IR57 3, Battalions of each

French
5th Army Gen Lannezac
18th Corps - -Gen de Maud'huy
35th Inf Division - Gen Marjoulet
69th Brigade 6 RI, 123 RI, 3 Battalions of each
36th Infantry Division - Gen Jovannic
71st Brigade 34 RI, 49 RI, 3 Battalions of each
72nd Brigade 12 RI, 18 RI, 3 Battalions of each


Postie had already pre set all the troops
This is my right of the field. Well there's big points in the town for sure, but who's 
gonna get there first??


Middle right
I already own the town on the left, that's gotta be worth points, as does the big hill
in front of the town, that could be a problem for both sides. The little farm building must be worth something too?


Middle left
Hmm? Not many points here...I think?
Perhaps the building on the German lines,  but its that hill again dominating the area


The left
Now there's a few points here?
Two bridges and 2 building complexes.......


The whole table


The Villains of the piece
Surj, Postie and Richard


First turn was a mad scramble to the town. I won first turn, so I moved and fired first.


Another mad scramble for the farm complex, but Richard held back his line
 on the far road? Hmm? What are they up to???


Mad rush for the hill. I'm outnumbered here and its very open ground, 
ripe territory for machine guns!!


My artillery was battering the poor Germans.


Looks like we'll both get one building each.
Each small building can hold either 1 Company of infantry (1 stand) or 1 Machine gun.
The larger buildings can hold one of each.


Next turn, Looks like the church will be mine as well as the building this side of the road and 
Richard will get the other side.


Richard still didn't move in the left centre, I moved up to the farm house.


I got on the hill first, But could I hold it?


I'm in! With a stand of infantry.


First casualties of the day go to the Germans and I threw a 10 to fire on a D10,
which results in a courage test for the Germans, see the red marker.


Bloody hell, its pretty bloody on top of the hill. Richard targets me with his artillery.


Well I've gained the ground, but Richard isn't budging from the road.


I get some re-enforcments!!!
They got another artillery piece I get a wagon and tent!!!


Its a pretty bloody affair. My two infantry to the front are being battered by Richard's artillery


Next turn and we're all in. This is going to be a mighty stand off


Richard's still refusing to move his side forward. I'm happy to stay my side too.


I fell back off the hill and moved back giving ground, hoping to entice Surj 
forward, which he did.


Casualties are popping up everywhere. I'm trying to get round the flank to take the 
building on Surj's side. While he's now pushing for the hill.


I get my commander too close to my infantry. He has to test for casualties. Luckily I threw well!


Surj moved back to form a line to get maximum fire to the hill, so I moved my troops back off.


Back down on the right, both sides still hold their end of the town.


Not sure who's gonna break first?


The whole table.


I finally knock Surj out of the building on the left and move in myself, hopefully
I'll gain a point or two for my endevours?


Richard's had enough!
He charges the infantry on the left, the Church and the building in the middle.
From previous games we both new it'd be hard, BUT we both forgot the change for defenders
dice roll. Richard needed 8's and up on a D10, were I only needed 6's.


The inevitable happened. Richard was pushed back from all three melee's


Then to make matters worse, one of the units fails its courage test and moves back another 4 inches.


I'd been slowly moving troops over to the hill, from the right, then made the move over as close as I 
could the Germans in the woods. As they were closer than 4 inches, if they targeted my troops
with artillery then some casualties may go to the Germans instead of me.


Surj looked week in the open ground now, so I pushed forward to support the attack on the hill.


Moving the 2/18th RI and the 1/18th RI back up the hill actually turned out to be 
the winning move.
Postie ended the game  prompt at 4.30, as he had planned all along.


He added the points up from the map above giving the French an 10-8 point victory.
If I hadn't moved back onto the hill and gained an extra 3 points the Germans would have won 8-7!!
And most of the building we fought over didn't even count as points either!!
He's a sneaky bugger that Postie!

What a great game, all three of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, Posties WWI rules
are really good, they work very well and make you play to the period
Well done evil one!!!