Monday, July 22, 2013

HISTORICON a Success!

Heading home after attending HISTORICON.  We had a great trip and convention.  I have a couple of things for the War of 1812 from the Con.

1.  I picked up two packs of Knuckleduster figures for the collection.  I got the US Dismounted Staff pack and the US Militia Artillerist pack.  Both are excellent sets of figures.  I will be using the artillerists for my supporting guns at Queenstown Heights game.  The staff are for my army command stands and others specialist stands.

2.  I played in a Chrysler's Farm 1813 game.  I had a really good time.  The terrain was excellent and the figures were well painted.  I played in the game because they were using a set of rules I had not used before, Wellington Rules.  Designed for Napoleonic small unit actions, the rules seemed to work well for Wo1812.  I am considering getting them and trying them out for my games.

3.  In probably the find of the convention among the Northern Conspiracy, I got a set of buildings and a fort for my 1812 collection.  I will post photos as soon as possible.  There are five buildings, an animal pen and stockade fort with blockhouse all assembled and painted, ready to go.  Really good price at the flea market as I got them all for the same money that I was considering spending on a smaller fort and blockhouse kit unpainted!

Overall this was a great con and hopefully this, and the new house, will help get me motivated to get some 1812 gaming going!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Big War of 1812 Game Coming Next Year

I am starting work on a big game for next year. I will be hosting a day-long mini campaign for our gaming club. We will be using the 1814 Niagara Campaign as the basis for the scenario. More to come in the next few weeks. Here are a couple of photos from our last 1812 era Napoleonic game. We will be using the same rules for the mini campaign.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Battle of Lundy's Lane Refight

I hosted another go at my Lundy's Lane refight on Friday night. We used Volley & Bayonet in Wing Scale. This was at least the fifth or sixth time that we have played this game, although we have been modifying the rules a bit just about every time we played. It was a great battle with much of the back and forth of previous games. Scott's Brigade attacked aggressively and early (very historical) with unfortunately the historical results of being almost completely wiped out! Ripley's Brigade and Porter's militia followed Scott into battle and actually closed with the British on the hill to good effect. The British took a very historical approach in their battle plan also. Guns were placed on the hill and their infantry supported the guns. They fairly well dared the Americans to attack! There was a slightly stronger push south by the British along the Portage Road but it was well handled by the Militia Brigade. Overall the British players had a good battle plan and they definitely had the dice rolls to back up their tactics! It seemed like every time there was a combat resolution or a morale check the appropriate die roll came up! The British were on fire. Overall this was again a very enjoyable scenario which could have gone either way. I am glad we had an opportunity to play the game.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Brother Against Brother - American Units

Here are the American units that I have for the Brother Against Brother game system. The units include 1st and 4th Rifles, two units of Regulars, Kentucky rifles both mounted and dismounted and some Buffalo Militia. Overall, A very good mix of troops. Here is an overview of the entire force:
And here are some close-ups of the troops:

Brother Against Brother - British Units

Here are a couple of photos of my British units for the Brother Against Brother game system. We just had a game using these units a few weeks ago and it went really well. The units include two squads of regular line infantry, a Marine squad, a squad of Voltiguers Canadiens, one of West Indies infantry and one of Glengarry Light Infantry. Here are some close ups of the units:
And here is an overview of the entire force:

1812 Great Lakes Gunboat

Here are a couple of photos of my "Privateer" that I painted up for our club's big "Pirate Game Day." I named the ship after an actual 8-gun Brig which was used as a Privateer out of Portsmouth, NH during the American Revolution. I can use it as a gun boat on the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. I have a total of twenty crew members which can be used as the crew for the boat as well as a landing force. The smaller ship's boat is a kit that my friend AJ designed from his laser cutter. It is very simple to assemble and looks really good for this time frame. I have several more of the kits to assemble to use with my Queenstown Heights scenario. This boat will look much better when I get it stained.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sedentary Militia Complete

I got my Lower Canada Sedentary Militia finished and based today! Our camera is in Canada with my wife right now, so photos will have to wait. I will get them up as soon a s possible. This completes all figures for both US and British/Canadian sides for my Lundy's Lane game flocking is scheduled for tomorrow. I have also finished all of the labels for the game so we are set to get a date on the calendar and do a play test of the game!