Saturday 14th May 2022 Return to Dark Tower   Leave a comment

Phil, Mike and Darryl took on the Dark Tower.

It was close at times, with two players reaching two corruption and just a few skulls remaining. Nevertheless our heroes managed to defeat Ashstrider and win the day!

Posted May 15, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

15mm Austrians   Leave a comment

15mm Austrians finally painted to add to my Napoleonic Austrian Army.

8 bases of German Fusiliers. White uniforms, Shakos. Yellow and Dark blue facings. The Shako being introduced after 1808 and there being a mix of Shako and Helmet wearing regiments in 1809. My force is created for 1809 and the invasion of Bavaria. These Regiments have been issued with brand new Shakos from the supply depots.

Austrian Jaegers. Pike Grey, Corsican hats and Dark Green facings. The Jagers had a good reputation and were considered to be marksmen.

I also re-based 3 officer bases for my Austrians.

I have some cavalry and Grenadiers on order from old glory too, to add to the lead pile. If I get these done I will have a fairly large force to oppose my Bavarians.

Posted May 11, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Return to Dark Tower   Leave a comment

Has arrived. Played through a learning scenario. Now ready for real play but iPad will need to be at 100% charge next time !

Posted May 8, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

The Battle of Soggy Bottom   Leave a comment

Darryl and Mike’s Royalists took on Bruce and Phil’s Parliamentarians. This is a free to download scenario available on the For King and Parliament to the strongest website.

The view from Parliament right flank.
After turn one both armies advanced and the artillery had no effect.
The forces close
Haselerig’s lobsters
Commanded shot sneak through the woods
The Dutch style horse on the left flank are struggling. To the right flank Cromwell keeps losing his cavalry.
Royalist foot are holding the centre.
Royalist cavalry are strong on their left flank but falter before the Pike.
One of the forward regiments of horse is defeated by the Pike block causing the other to flee in panic. This clears the way for the lobsters to move forward at last. Similarly the Parliament infantry have cleared their foes from near the road but their own Foot are being pushed back in the centre.
To the right flank The Roundheads have rallied their infantry and Cromwell has charged forward clearing the way of enemy cavalry caught in the rear towards the King himself.
However the K

The King deftly turns his gentlemen pensioners around and charges into Cromwell taking him prisoner in the ensuing melee!

The Roundhead infantry are just about holding in the centre.
The Roundhead infantry clear the way towards hedge whilst on the right flank the remaining cavalry are blown but just holding the line.

At this point darkness began to fall and both sides began to withdraw. Victory medals were tallied and Parliament had 9 remaining versus just 8 for the Cavaliers. So a very narrow victory for the Roundheads who had saved the village of Soggy Bottom and driven off the tyranny of King Charles!

What a tough battle of attrition. So many cards drawn in the evening! Quite exhausting but hopefully fun for all and a chance to get all the ECW figures out in their resplendent uniforms.

Posted May 8, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Weathertop Hobbits and Strider   Leave a comment

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Treasure!   Leave a comment

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Song of Drums   Leave a comment

1809 and the Austrians have invaded Bavaria . Marshall LeFevre gathers his Army and meets them outside the village Pfeffenhausen at an important river crossing.

The Austrians in three brigades. Grenadier Brigade in the centre and forward brigade with light troops to the right
Austrian centre with guns on the ridge.

The Bavarians deploy with the mixed brigades to the flanks, central brigade and heavy cavalry reserve in the centre.

The Bavarians.
Austrians

The Bavarians advance across the line and cavalry wide to each side. The line infantry advance into the woods and the Hussars drive away the Austrian Hussars. This forces the Austrians to detach two heavy cavalry from the reserve to counter this threat. To the left flank one of The central line battalions has advanced too far and been caught unsupported when Wrede’s whole division falters entirely.

I have added cards to the commanders to aid in identifying the the brigades and the leader’s quality ratings.
The Bavarian advance in the centre has been forced back through artillery fire and musket and bayonet. To the right the Hussars now threaten the Grenzers who have been forced out of the woods in disorder.

Wrede advances his brigade whilst the leader does the same in the centre. The Grenzers form an unsteady square seeing the Hussars wheel about and the heavy cavalry rush to their rescue and drive the Hussars back. Horse artillery and light horse are detached from the reserves to bolster the right

The Austrians counterattack forcing the light infantry back out of the wood land and the forces in the centre back in disarray. The Bavarian lines are too close and they also suffer bounce through from the cannons. When attacked by fusiliers in attack column supported by Grenadiers to each side the Wurtembergers are eliminated.

However on the Austrian right flank each time the Bavarians react before they can advance. Even though they push their foes back at times the cumulative disarray on the rightmost brigade begins to mount and it is shaken. Calculating the disarray plus the losses across the whole Army now at the end of this turn the Austrians are close to their divisional break point.

Can they turn things around before the end of their next turn?

Over the next turn events turned bloody as the Bavarians advanced. Seeing Austrians in disorder the Bavarians advanced in line and caused a rout amongst the green Austrian fusiliers already in disorder. However this opened a gap for the heavy cavalry who smashed into the infantry in line destroying them. In the centre the Bavarians pulled back their disordered units and held their positions when the Austrians counterattacked. They also fired shot at close range inflicting heavy casualties but the Austrian artillery reacting had less effect. To the right wing the Bavarians destroyed the Grenadiers who had faltered under fire from the horse artillery . The Jaegers took the woods but the Grenzers were destroyed when the Bavarian light infantry emerged from the woods. The Hussars failed to advance in support so the light infantry are likely doomed if the heavy cavalry act quickly on the Austrian turn.

The Bavarian position is now looking strongest.

Nevertheless at this point it was clear who the victor would be so it was time to finish.

The rules worked well. For the most part though I enjoyed the game and thought the rules worked well especially with the Song of Drums dice mechanism adding uncertainty and the opportunity to have reactions.

Posted May 1, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Preparing for Song of Drums and Shakos large battles   Leave a comment

Time to dust off a set of rules I bought in 2014 and never played.

These rules use the same system as all the songs of rules which hopefully should give a fun game . It turns out I have enough Austrians now to create an army for a quick battle . Most though are based for Shako as I bought these from an open day whilst my Bavarians and my other Austrians are on wider bases. Nevertheless it should work with 120mm unit frontages . I have plenty enough Bavarians to create an Army to oppose them . For this I will use the French army list as the Bavarians fought using the French doctrine.

So will set up some terrain using my 15mm Napoleonic buildings and test them out . Took a look at Shako but it’s just not inspiring somehow. I also have black powder and Blucher I could try out . Maybe Grand Armee would be fun but I would need to buy that and probably it needs more Austrians.

An example list for Song of Drums:

  NumberQCSK  
C in C: Marshall Francois Joseph Lefebvre      
       
Mixed  Brigade (Crown Prince Ludwig)      
Light Infantry Green Coats2442Light, Elan 
Veteran Line Infantry Blue Coats3351Determined 
Line Infantry (Lippe White)1441  
Light Horse Chasseurs144   
Medium Foot Artillery14    
       
Mixed  Brigade (Prince von Wrede)      
Light Infantry Green Coats 2442Light, Elan 
Veteran Line Infantry Blue Coats3351Determined 
Line Infantry (Anhalt Green)1441  
Hussars144 Opportunistic 
Medium Foot Artillery14    
       
Line infantry Brigade (General von Deroy)      
Veteran Line Infantry Blue Coats5351Determined 
Line Infantry (Dark Blue Wurttemberg)2441  
       
Reserve (Lefebvre)      
Cuirassiers137 Cuirass 
Dragoons136   
Lancers Uhlans144 Lance 
Light Horse Chasseurs144   
Grenadiers (Dark Blue Wurttemberg)1352Elan, Elite, Determined
Light Horse Artillery13    
       
      
Austria     
Unit TypeNumberQCSK 
      
C in C: FM Johann von Hiller     
      
Line Infantry Brigade (FML Kottulinsky)     
Line Infantry Fusiliers 120mm wide (4×30-3×40)5460Green
Landwehr (4×30) Brown Coats/ Green Coats2530Militia
Medium Foot Artillery14   
      
Avant Garde Brigade (FML von Schustek-Heve)     
Jagers (4×30) Grey Coats2441Light
Grenzer (Brown Coat, Shako)1441Light, Elan
Light Cavalry Hussars145  
Light Horse Artillery13   
      
Grenadiers Brigade (GM d’Aspre)     
Grenadiers 2350Strong
Line Infantry Fusiliers 120mm wide (4×30-3×40)5460Green
Medium Foot Artillery14   
      
Reserve (von Hiller)     
Cuirassiers237 Cuirass
Dragoons136  
      

Posted April 27, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Dunsmore Heath   Leave a comment

The two Mike’s played the Royalists against Darryl and Phil’s Parliamentarians.

The forces deployed with the 20cm boxes for FKaP.

To start Parliament kept a reserve of cavalry off table and the Royalists two units of Dragoons, intending to bring those over the hedge eventually.

The Parliament left flank began with an artillery barrage that was ineffectual and moved its infantry and cavalry forward. The right flank simply chose to move everything forward and save the artillery gunpowder for any breakthroughs that might occur later in the battle.

On each flank the Roundhead horse fared badly against the superior Cavaliers. Fiennes on the left initially held well and disordered Legge’s cavalry. Seeing them in disarray he ignored the wisdom of Lord Brooke and ordered a charge. Unfortunately the cavaliers countercharged and not only did they inflict more casualties they wounded Fiennes.

On the right flank Lord Grey’s horse were put to flight and Godwin’s reserve had to be deployed to support.

However Parliament’s strength was its foot. To the right Ballard was able to steady his troops and rally when hit. He also held off the cavaliers. In the centre his brave regiments pushed close to the enemy along the road.

Facing pursuing cavalry to each flank and ahead to infantry on each side of the Roundhead army formed hedgehog. Fiennes was killed and his cavalry routed on the hill to their left but their commander kept them holding firm. This unit fired about twenty times against the cavaliers and never hit once.

To the right Goodwin just about managed to hold against the Earl of Northampton’s horse and the infantry second line turned to face.

One unit to the left faced off against the cavaliers who charged but were disordered by defensive musket fire and the infantry regiment just about managed to hold.

To the centre the infantry reserve were brought forward against the Warwickshire trained bands and eventually put them to flight with a glorious charge.

Lord Compton found himself holding the road with just his still mounted Dragoons and outflanked and outnumbered. So victory was awarded to Parliament, who had successfully managed to force the Royalists to withdraw their remaining cavalry and Dragoons where they could. Thus the Roundheads were able to march on and relieve Coventry.

An interesting scenario with the royalists outnumbered facing a stronger force especially outnumbered in terms of infantry but with better troops generally. In the end the Roundhead infantry were able to hold together with the support of their commanders and clear the way to Coventry before the cavaliers could outflank them.

Posted April 24, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

Preparing for Dunsmore Heath, English Civil War; For King and Parliament   Leave a comment

For King and Parliament are the TTS version for ECW.

Using a scenario book have prepared forces for Dunsmore Heath. A stronger Parliamentarian force must drive off the Royalists who are attempting to block their way to Coventry at Dunsmore Heath.

The Battlefield set out in 20cm squares for FKaP
The Royalists
Parliament

Spencer Compton, 2nd Earl of Northampton

An incredibly wealthy Royalist, with land in eleven counties and a close friend and advisor of King Charles.  On the outbreak of the English Civil War, Northampton as Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire was entrusted with the execution of the Commission of Array in Warwickshire.

You are leading a strong force of cavalry supported by your own Regiment of Foot.  Unfortunately, you lost your artillery in an earlier skirmish as your outnumbered infantry fled the field dropping many of their muskets in their haste.  Nevertheless, your Cavaliers are made of sterner stuff and once again you have deployed your forces across the road at Dunsmore Heath near Rugby.   Your aim is to block your local Rival, Lord Brook – that detestable base born religious fanatic and affront to the King in the House of Lords for many years past.   Your small army numbers about 700 foot and 1000 horse and dragoons. 

Your orders are to prevent the Parliamentarians from crossing the field of battle to march on Coventry.  If you can do this whilst sustaining only half their casualties (VP coins), then that would be a Major victory for the cause.  However, if your force is losing the day then if you could safely withdraw 75% of your cavalry that would deny Parliament a Major Victory.  Your cavalry force is actually most of the Cavalry available to the King at this time, early in the war.

 

Robert Greville, 2nd Baron Brooke

A radical Puritan activist and leading member of the opposition to Charles I of England prior to the outbreak of the First English Civil War in August 1642. Appointed Parliamentarian commander in Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

You have been readying for this war for some time, purchasing and storing weapons at Warwick Castle.  You have recruited many good men of similar mind to your regiment, for example the Leveller, Freeborn John Lilburne (whose writings are said to have later inspired the US Constitution).   Your soldiers are full of righteous passion for the cause and well equipped but lack even basic training as yet.   Strong in infantry and with artillery captured from the Royalists at an earlier skirmish your army is numbering about 3500.   

Your orders are to link up with and relieve the Parliamentarian forces besieged at Coventry.   You find the road blocked by the forces of the Earl of Northampton, your rival in Warwickshire at Dunsmore Heath near Rugby. 

In order to do so you must rout the Royalists whilst sustaining only half as many casualties (VP coins).  Parliament will require your forces for later battles especially once they have had time to learn some drill. 

Posted April 20, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures

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