Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Battalions Sillery and Medoc arrive for duty

Two more French units, the Sillery and Medoc battalions, arrive and are ready for duty.  Enjoy the few photos of them.

Painting the flags is getting easier. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Royal des Vaisseaux and La Sarre Battalions report for duty

My on going WSS project has two more battalions added to it. The Royal des Vaisseaux and La Sarre.  The nice thing about these two units is their coat and cuff colors are exactly the same.  The flags are the only things that distinguished them.  Below are some photos I took of them.  The flags have been hand painted.  Again the colors all come from Robert Hall's book "Flags and Uniforms of the French Infantry under Louis XIV 1688-1714".

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Vows of Iron: Battle for Sicily!

This past weekend I ran a Vows of Iron game. I took a historical backdrop and created a fictional battle.  My idea was this: The Pope had grown tired of Frederick the II's willingness to allow Muslims and Jews to live in Sicily without persecution. The Pope contacted Philip Augustus and bestowed upon him the charge of a crusade to rid Sicily of Frederick and the Muslims and Jews.  The back ground is true to a point. The Pope did excommunicate Frederick the II for allowing Muslims and Jews to live under his reign and the Pope did call for a crusade against them called "The Sicilian Vespers" but the battle I depicted on the table did not happen.

The above rosters for the battle came from Piquet's "Beat the Drum" system from the rule system Band of Brothers.  The armies are little larger than what the rules Vows of Iron states but it worked out.  I did keep the army break points at 20 each.  This seemed to work out as well.  
The Sicilians line up for battle.                      The French are lined up and ready to attack.

Jeff, Andrew (Frederick the II) and Andy prepare their troops for battle

Dave, Peter (Philip Augustus) and Tim prepare their French forces.

And me, your humble game master.

The Frederick's commanders react to some French Taunting.

Opposites views of the battle.

Both armies lurch forward towards each other.  Several turns of movement brought them close enough for the knights to roll for their impetuous status. Most failed and charged at their enemies. 

The Center witnessed the bloodiest fighting with Frederick and Philip leading from the front.

Melees abound!!! Much blood was shed.

More views of the bloody center melees.

Some of Frederick's troops falter and fall back.

Frederick's right clashes with the French left and are pushed back.

Frederick's right holds it own against the French causing many casualties.

Frederick's infantry on the left holds on the hill waiting for the French. The knights smash into each other just below the stream. The Sicilian captain dies in battle. The first major death of the game.

More action from Frederick's left and center. The French right commander also perished in combat. Both sides were starting to loose fatigue points now.

The center of the battle was a whirling mass of melees that sucked in troops and it caused Frederick's troops to falter and their cohesion slipped away as their fatigue points dropped to zero.

The aftermath from the battle saw the Pope happy to have vanquished Frederick and Philip gained new territory for the French crown.

The game itself ran very smoothly, I had to spend some time looking up rules because it had been awhile since we played but everyone enjoyed the game and the out come hung in the balance for awhile. Both sides were close to breaking until the last few turns that saw the French win a couple of decisive melees which caused some of Frederick's troops to be destroyed or routed that then caused multiple "crisis tests" that only snowballed as more of his troops failed their rolls.

For the next battle I'm going to try and throw different troop types to see how they react with the rules and get a good feel for the rating system.  The group overall enjoys the rules and we will continue to play them. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

A new 28mm figure for the Barrios unit.

So like I did with the last unit I painted, I painted a 28mm figure in the same style as my 10mm unit I just completed.  Someone commented on the last post if I was going to do a mascot for each 10mm unit I did.  I like the mascot idea.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Barrois Battalion arrives

I've finished up the Barrois Battalion for the French and Spanish fight at Almanza.

The full unit.

The flag painting is getting easier

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Berwick battalion arrives to help the French

I finished my 3rd unit for my Almanza project is completed. The Berwick battalion arrives to aid the French and Spanish.  I painted this unit while I painted the 28mm figure in my previous post.  

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Took a crack at painting a 28mm figure for the WSS

So on a whim while I was gearing up to paint my next unit of 10mm WSS figures, I decided to paint one 28mm figure that would match the unit I was painting.  I'm not much of a 28mm painter as I have a hard time with blending, shading etc but I thought I would give it a try.  I'm almost done with the 10mm unit and will post that tomorrow or Saturday.  Still have to paint the flag.