Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The mounted officer is a Front Rank Prussian who was "pressed" into service as a Russian.
In my imagi-nations, this battalion will be part of the army of the Duchy of Courland.
I also tried the "dip" method with these figures. The picture shows a newly painted musketeer (mounted on the nail) and a similar figure after being dipped. The MinWax stain adds a bit of definition to my average painting job and makes the miniature look a little better.
Another battalion of Russians, errr Courlanders, awaits individual bases and then it is on to my Prussians, ummm army of the Duchy of Carpania.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
On the other side, Piotr Ustinov, Prince of Concordia, wants nothing more than peaceful relations with all of his neighbors (and plenty of gourmet victuals). Fearful of the behind-the-scenes machinations of von Stuppe, Ustinov has persuaded his cousins, Iago of Campostella, Siegfried of Sachsen-Wachsenstein, and Yakov of Courland, to join his Entente of Concordia to oppose the perceived aggressive nature of the League of Potzdorf.
Both sides are now beginning a mobilization of their military forces. Concordia has just recruited a battalion of foresters, a battalion of infantry, and a squadron of heavy horse, while Carpania has added another dragoon squadron to its already impressive forces. More to come, including pictures, and maybe even separate blogs for the League and the Entente.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
This review is divided into three segments. The first will cover the smallest of the three, the Russians. The Prussians and the French and their allies will be covered in subsequent posts.
The Russians of Corps Winzingerode, consist of the following:
21st Infantry Division, commanded by Generalmajor Laptiev, is represented by the Lithuanian, Petrovsk, and Polotsk Infantry Regiments, using Miniature Figurines figures, in a brigade commanded by Colonel Rosen, and
Heavy Battery No. 12, equipped by 12-lbrs, using older Miniature Figurines figures and guns; and Light Battery No. 11, equipped with 6-lbrs, using older Miniature Figurines figures and guns.
The corps cavalry is represented by:
3rd Cavalry Brigade, commanded by Generalmajor Pahlen, consists of Dragoon Regiments Riga and
8th Cavalry Brigade is represented by the Mounted Jager Regiment Nijinsk, using Miniature Figurines figures.
Reserve Brigade (fictitious), commanded by Prince Jakov Alexandrovitch Pavlov, is represented by I Battalion, Pavlov Grenadier Regiment, using Der Kriegspieler figures; I Battalion, Finnlandski Guard Jager Regiment, using Der Kriegspieler figures; and Chevalier Garde Cavalry Regiment (with two squadrons of horse grenadiers), using Der Kriegspieler and Scruby figures.
Note: These are some of the oldest metal troops in my Napoleonic armies, having been purchased in the early 1970s while I was in college.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
For those of you who are steeped in the names of imaginary movie countries, I'm sure you'll recognize several of the names, especially the Duchy of Grand Fenwick (from The Mouse That Roared) and the Markgraviate of Carpania (from The Great Race).
Colonel von Warsteiner, commander of the Warsteiner Grenadier Battalion and proprietor of the Warsteiner FreiKorps. The officer is an old Hinchliffe and the grenadier is a specially commissioned figure offered by Grenadier Books (http://www.grenadierbooks.com/).
Freikorps von Warsteiner (Front Rank figures)
1st Battalion, Musketeer Regiment Livlansicher Orden (Sash & Saber figures)
Although these units are ready for gaming, I still have some more work to do on them, such as completing the terraining of the bases and doing some detailed touch-up of the figures.
I'll post more as they become available.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Sink or Be Sunk! The Naval
The American naval presence along the coastal waters of the
The story of the British officer, Commander Nicolas Lockyer of HMS Sophie, is just as interesting as that of Lieutenant Jones. He was involved in the disastrous action against Fort Bowyer at Mobile Bay when his ship was damaged and another British ship was lost to the American guns. Lockyer was determined to succeed in his mission of destroying the American gunboats in order to restore his good name. His energy and competence, coupled with his good instinct for the proper tactics, were deciding factors in the British victory.
When the two men finally engage in battle, La Violette’s descriptions of the fighting rival those of C.S. Forester.
The Battle of St. Joe Pass, December 14, 1814, was a tactical defeat for the Americans. But like Benedict Arnold’s naval battle on
I commend this volume to those interested in both a fight against stiff odds and in the early traditions of the American Navy.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
We started off by laying a vapor barrier over the bare concrete floor and then topping it with 3/4" OSB sheets that had special dense foams block glued to the bottom. Since the OSB we used is designed for sub-floors, we had to fit the tongue of one sheet into the groove of the previous sheet and insure the edges were straight. This resulted in much pounding with a small hand sledge.
But after two and half days, we finally finished. All the sheets were down and everything was straight and fairly smooth.
The next day (Sunday afternoon) was to see the laying of the actual dance surface, a product called Marley, which is a heavy vinyl matt with a smooth surface.
In order to fit the 1.5m wide rolls so the seam in the Marley wouldn't be in the same place as the seam in the sub-floor, we had to cut a 38' piece lengthwise. That was a chore although a heavy duty box cutter made it much easier. And yes, that's me doing the cutting.
Now we had to flip the Marley so the black dance surface was up. The Marley is heavy and cumbersome, but the three of us (my two daughters and I) managed it without to much cussing and fussing.
But the final product of all our labor was worth it as the dance floor is now in and my daughter and her friend have been conducting classes all week.
And tomorrow I drive down to Hattiesburg for a small local gaming convention called HUBCON ( http://www.hubcon.org/ ). I'll play in a few games, buy some more miniatures, and renew acquaintances from across the South. A report will be forthcoming.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Currently I game as part of the Jackson (Miss., USA) Gamers.
Several of us have been gaming since college days and others have joined along the way.
I have very eclectic gaming interests and have figures, nay armies, for the following periods and "scales"
15mm early Medieval (ca 1000-1200 AD) [I guess you can see that I'm not very PC when I still use AD and BC in my dating.]
25mm mid-late Medieval
15mm Renaissance naval (galleys)
"Pirates of the Barbary Coast" Renaissance galleys
15mm English Civil War
25mm Swashbucklers and Pirates
25mm Seven Years War
25mm American Revolution
"Pirates of the Spanish Main" etc. sailing ships
25mm Franco-Prussian War
25mm Colonial (primarily British and their native opponents)
15mm Russian Civil War
25mm Back of Beyond China
Spaceships (primarily old Babylon 5 ships)
And I'll game at least once in just about anything, including MechWars and Zombies!
Well, I think that's about enough for this first post.