Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Friday, February 16, 2018

Perry Miniature Afghan Tribesmen

I did some more experimenting with speed painting and decided to use a white primer and then paint in the details.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

French Foreign Legion Company in Mixed Dress

Here is Legion Company number 2 in mixed dress of white fatigues, great coats and the colonial uniform. Marche ou crève!

Friday, February 9, 2018

One Hour Wargames Campaign: The Third Battle - Fortified Defense

 The "War of Great Grazing Area Succession Dispute" or simply "The Pig War, is not going well for the Grand Duchy of Bluhofen. After preventing the army of the Principality of Redersteinerburg from crossing the Lahn River, Redesteinerburg is now prepared to seize the towns of Lederhose and Kotzen. Though defeated on the open field of battle and currently outnumbered, the Grand Duke has decided to fortify the two towns with garrison regiments and a small portion of his regular army in a bid for time . . .

This is Scenario 15: Fortified Defense from One-Hour Wargames by Neil Thomas.  It seemed to me to be a logical scenario to play as one army desperately tries to delay another, much superior force.  There are two unique rules for the scenario that add some flavor to the game.  The Bluhofen team must place a garrison unit in each of the fortified towns; as long as the garrison survives, the town also receives a "shooting" die with a range of 12".  The rest of the Bluehofen army is set up anywhere in Zone 1 within 24 inches of their baseline.

Army's were again rolled randomly and Bluehofen has 3 Infantry, 2 Cavalry and 1 Skirmisher.

The other special rule is that the Redesteinerburg army at anytime during the beginning of a turn could declare a "refit"; all Redsteinerburg units would leave the board and then reenter at full strength.

Redsteinerburg would have 4 Infantry, 1 Cavalry and 1 Skirmisher.

Bluehofen deployed first and the Army of Redsteiner decided to put the weight of their forces against the town of Lederhose and quickly established a firing line.  The forces of Bluehofen screaming "For the Duchess" moved aggressively to protect Lederhose.
The Bluehofen forces see a gap in the Redsteiner line and attempt to use their superior numbers in cavalry take advantage and out flank the attackers of Lederhose.

The garrison and town of Lederhose hold out as the cavalry come to the rescue.  Note the skirmisher unit harassing the Redsteiner Cavalry.  The skirmisher unit caused just enough of a distraction and losses to concern the Redsteiner commander.

 Though the garrison of Lederhosen is destroyed, the Grenadier Guards occupy the town as the cavalry outflank and start to systematically destroy the Redsteinerburg infantry with a series of flank attacks. 

 "Well that didn't work", declares Baron von Joe and Redsteinerberg declares a "refit" on turn 7.

 The second Redsteinerberg attack.  Unfortunately for them, they start to focus on destroying Bluehofen forces in the field instead of attacking the towns.

Unfortunately I forgot to take more pictures.  The Redsteinerberg cavalry was overwhelmed by the Bluehofen cavalry and the firing of the Grenadier Guards.  The Redsteinerberg infantry advanced on Kotzen but was caught in a crossfire between the two towns, the Bluehofen skirmisher in the woods and the victorious Bluehofen cavalry starting to hit the flank and rear of the remaining forces.  "This doesn't look good" decided the Redsteinerberg team and they graciously conceded the battle before the allotted 15 turns.  As both forces regroup, it appears that there maybe another fight near the Lahn River.  The current score:  Redsteinerberg 4, Bluehofen 2.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

French Foreign Legion Company in White Fatigues

Here is the first company of 12 Legionnaires that I painted in white fatigues.  I have various methods of painting white, my favorite involving layering light brown, buff and then white.  A grey base works well also with with highlights.  However . . . I cheated this time and just painted 2 coats of white over a black primer.

The figures are from Artizan Designs which is one of my favorite figure manufacturers.  The flag is from the wonderful site Warflag. The staff for the flag is a cut down metal pike from Warlord Games.

The company is organized as 12 figures and can be utilized for a variety of Colonial rule sets; my two favorite these days are In Her Majesty's Name and The Men Who Would be Kings.

 Honneur et Fidélité

 The bugler is my favorite figure.
Legio Patria Nostra!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Artizan Design French Foreign Legion Figure Comparisons

 When North Star Military Figures was having a clearance sale, I ordered a company of Artizan Designs French Foreign Legion in white fatigues.  When the package I arrived, and I stopped drooling (yes I love Artizan), I noticed that not all 24 figures were figures in white fatigues.  I had 8 figures that were incorrect:  4 figures in great coats and 4 figures in Troupes Colonial uniform.  My first reaction was "Dang it!" but then I thought it would give me a good opportunity to make two 12 man companies look slightly different.  One of the companies would be in white fatigues and the other company would be a mix of white fatigues, great coats and the Troupes Colonial Uniform.

Left to right: Legionnaire in white fatigues with 1888 ammo pouches, Lebel rifle and ‘Melon’ sun helmet; Legionnaire in great coat and sun helmet; and Legionnaire in Troupes Colonial uniform and sun helmet.

Painting virtually an all white uniform is tougher than it looks!

Since the great coat takes up most of the figure, I found this quite easy to paint.

The trousers can also be the same color as the jacket.  In addition the figure can also be used for French Marines as they used the same cut of uniform.

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Kingdom of Ngoni

The rise of the Zulu nation to dominance in southern Africa in the early nineteenth century (1815 - 1840) disrupted many traditional alliances. Around 1817, the Mthethwa alliance, which included the Zulu clan, came into conflict with the Ndwandwe alliance, which included the Nguni people from the kwaZulu-Natal.

One of the military commanders of the Ndwandwe army, Zwangendaba Gumbi (c1780–1848), was the head of the Jele or Gumbi clan, which itself formed part of the larger emaNcwangeni alliance in what is now north-east kwaZulu-Natal. In 1819, the Zulu army under Shaka defeated the Ndwandwe alliance at a battle on the Umhlatuze River, near Nkandla. The battle resulted in the diaspora of many indigenous groups in southern Africa.

In the following decades, Zwangendaba led a small group of his followers north through Mozambique and Zimbabwe to the region around the Viphya Plateau.  In this region he established a state, using Zulu warfare techniques to conquer and integrate local peoples.

The date on which Zwengandaba's party crossed the River Zambezi, sometimes given in early writings as 1825, has been argued to have been on 20 November 1835.

Following Zwangendaba's death in 1848, succession disputes split the Ngoni people. Zwangendaba's following and the Maseko Ngoni eventually created seven substantial Ngoni kingdoms in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. 

While the Ngoni were primarily agriculturalists, cattle were their main goal for raiding expeditions and migrations northward.  They raided north, taking women in marriage and men into their fighting regiments.  The Ngoni integrated conquered subjects into their warfare and organization, becoming more a ruling class than an ethnic group, and by 1895 few individuals were of pure Ngoni descent in the world of In Her Majesty's Name.