Thursday, 4 September 2014

RP No 161 NYW French Zurlauben Infantry regt

About time I posted again??

These blue coated chaps were painted back in March for the Challenge but once again failed to make it because they were unbased. To date Zurlauben's are the last thing I've painted to a finish this year!!!! 

The regt were present at the following battles and sieges of the Nine Years War, The Boyne, Siege of Limerick, Siege of Mons, Siege of Namur, Steenkirke, Neerwinden/Landon and the Siege of Charleroi.
They were raised in 1684 and were massacred in 1704 at the Battle of Blenheim, so much so they were disbanded and never re-raised.

From the Journal of John Stevens, a captain in James’s Grand Prior’s regiment, quoted in Kinross, “The Boyne and Aughrim”, Windrush Press, 1997

“Only the French can be said to have rallied for only they made head against the enemy and a most honourable retreat . . . Nor ought any of this glory to be attributed to the Count de Lauzun or La Hoguette, who at first left their men, but only to the valour and conduct of M. Zurlauben, Colonel of the Blue Regiment, who with unparalleled bravery headed and brought off his men.”

The plan is to paint up another two of the French infantry units who were sent to fight for King James in Ireland. I'm not too sure what the other two regts will be at the moment, but I hope to have them painted up this year..............fingers crossed!!
The flags are from Flags of War...I think???

Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Battle of Loki's Revenge - A FIW batrep

After the debarcle at The Battle of Old Man's Cabin,  Postie very quickly organized a second game. A French Indian War Skirmish. As you may have read in the last post Loki was down for a visit at Reject HQ and we thought we'd give him a chance to try and Not throw just 1's in a game!

Once again the sides were randomly drawn from the hat.
Above are my troops Col Howe's 55th Foot, Loki was on my right leading the 80th Gage's Light Foot,
on my left was Ian who led Rogers Rangers.
Opposite Ian was Rich leading an Indian warband, Dave was in the centre leading a unit of French/Canadian Militia and Fran was opposite Loki with some French Marines.

The game was simple, kill the enemy and if you can collect and take off board the booty laying randomly around the table. The green felt areas are actually open ground, everywhere else is wooded.

Dave and Fran decided to both go for Loki's 80th, which meant I had to split my force to both 
flanks and try and capture the booty.

The first shots of the battle, Loki is caught out in the open!!

On our left Ian's Rangers faced Richard's Indians, probably the best troops on the table 
(if they're in woods that is)

Ian and Richard in melee, the orange markers mean the figure is reloading

Dave sent some Militia over to attack my 55th, we were both dropping like flies!

The Marines move over the hill

A bit of double teaming as I help Ian out killing the Indians.

Things were getting a bit worrying for Loki, his troops were dropping fast.

Out numbered Loki fired but missed with every shot!!

So Fran charged....

Loki gets surrounded

on both sides....

 one of his last 3 figures is triple teamed and killed.

His remaining 2 figures join 2 of my men, who are just rejoining the battle after 
taking some booty offtable.......but the last 2 figures from the 80th withdrew from the field after 
failing their Morale check.

Fran was being rather gobby, so Postie gave him one of his usual nail in the head cuddles, I actually missed that but got a pic of Bad Boy Fran pushing poor Postie away???

It was getting late and the battle was so close, we didn't even know who was winning.
In a last desperate measure Dave charged his Militia Captain against my 55th Foot Colonel. Now all through the battle Dave's Halfbreed was on a stomping frenzy. 
Dave through his 2 D6 and threw an 8, which meant I need a double 6, so I threw and.........

The screams of joy and woe could be heard miles away
a double 6 it was, which meant I won the melee by 1, killing the Monster Halfbreed


Poor Dave did manage a smile, through gritted teeth though
So the win went to the English!!!
Loki couldn't believe he'd won the game and finished without any of his troops left on the table!!
Oh well a wins a win!!!

Finally at the end of the game, Postie presented Loki, with a figure as a memorial of the day
this also allows Loki to be an Honoury member of Posties Rejects!!

And here's a close up of the figure
A member of Monmouth's Rebel army for the Battle of Sedgemoor