Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Battle of Schlosshugel 1760 - A SYW Batrep

The Rejects got together last Sunday, for a Seven Years War game, using a newer version of Posties new SYW rules. Some of the lads have already played Posties rules before, although it was my first game, and I gotta say an enjoyable game and set of rules it was!

Surj & Ian who had both played the rules before were the CnC's
Surj played the French along with Smithy, while I joined the British CnC Ian,

Part of my command
The Hanoverian's

Ian played the British and German allies in the centre

including the Highlanders

and the Hessian regt Erbprinz and Brunswick's ... regt

The terrain was luckily favouring us, the Brits.
So The French set up close together with their Horse facing the British centre.
Was Surj gonna go for a full blown cavalry assault???

The French centre, packed with Cuirassiers and supported by Dragoons

Facing them were the cream of the British Empire

I moved our Dragoon Guards around our left flank, and pushed forward to make a defensive
 line on our right.

Ian pushed the German artillery up to join the front ranks.

Surj didn't move forward with his horse, so Ian pulled his centre right around.

Ian pushed his Hanoverian Jagers forward to take a potshot at the French and also cover my advancing Horse.

Meanwhile on the right, Smithy was taking heavy casualties by my Hanovarians.

Surj pulled his Dragoons around his right flank to counter my horse.

Smithy under Surj's command crossed the hedge behind the farmhouse.
Trouble was it was against Posties advice, but they still did it??

Bit of a blurry pic, but we have our first charge of the day.
The British Dragoon Guards and French Dragoons both charge each other....

The Brits gave the French Dragoons a bloody nose and sent them packing!

As the French cavalry couldn't move for a turn, I turned mine around to perhaps
charge the flank of the French infantry.

Things were going very well on our right, I was giving Smithy a damned good thrashing!!!

The French infantry went into square.
There was no way I was going to charge them, so I chose the flank of the French Cuirassiers instead.

With the artillery and three units fleeing back, our right was looking pretty good!

Hanovarian Grenadiers

Not quite sure what the French were up to here. They were told they could only move out our side of the farmhouse in column, and couldn't fire or charge out either. SO why did they put all 4 units in there? Effectively taking the 4 units OUT of the game?

Still giving Smithy a beating on our right!
he he! 

German regt Saxe Gotha

Regt Erbprinz hides behind the hedge and takes a potshot at the French artillery.
Knocking them down to half effect.

Hanavarian regts kicking butt!

Me & Ian couldn't understand what was going on?

The French Cavalry were never going to charge after all?

Surj and Smithy pulled the plug
Game over!
Postie added up the points
It was a resounding 10-0 thrashing!

Myself and Ian both thought, the French cavalry would strike first, and after seeing the French set up, we knew that was their plan. But.......it never happened. Surj left it far too late to attack with the horse, his plan was to try and soften us with artillery and infantry, then go in with the horse. But the infantry never got in, they wasted 4 units in the farmhouse, knowing that they could do nothing except march out our side in column. So we did the sensible thing and blocked the route?
There will be a replay of this game with the sides being switched, both myself and Ian are quietly confident already! And I'm not even sure I can make the game!!!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Redoubt Enterprises 25mm Woodland Indians with bows

More Woodland Indians
I picked these up at Salute this year, with some others that I'll post later.
I bought them from Grubby Tanks to add to my ever growing Donnybrook Indian force.
I was going to buy some unpainted figures from Redoubt, but after seeing these decided 
to take the plunge spend a bit more dosh and save myself loads of time!

To be honest I can't remember how much they were, I think they were around £3 each,
which means they were only £1.50ish to paint, so a bargain in my opinion!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Woodland Indians - Flint & Feather

How disgraceful!
Its taken me 2 years to get these beautifully sculpted and painted figures based up and finished!
These fab figures from the Flint & Feather range were a gift from my Secret Santa back in 2015.

Although I don't really need anymore Woodland Indians for my Donnybrook game, I'm gonna have
to give in and get a few more of these figures. 
I wish they were available in the UK?

Thanks again

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Napoleonic batrep - The Battle of Klyastitsy 1812

The weekend before last the Rejects got together for one of Posties Napoleonic games.
But as you may have seen on Lee's blog at the end of last month, there was a  little difference.
The Little Rejects made an appearance!
Me and Postie have been talking about it for a few months, getting some of the kids involved. So we were joined by Richard's son James, Lee's daughter Emily and my 2 youngest daughter 
Holly & Nieve.

 The Setup

The Battle of Klyastitsy (also called the Battle of Yakubovo) was a series of engagements that took place as the French advanced on St Petersburg. The game starts as both armies head towards each other. The Russians appear to outnumber the French but they are facing superior quality troops and commanders determined to break through. A couple of units of mounted Cossack's are hidden in the woods on the french flank but they will probably be more of an annoyance to the french than a real threat. It all depends of the timing of their appearance...

Order of Battle
6th Corp c/o Marchal St Cyr (Overall commander James)
   1st Combined Infantry Division c/o Gen Wrede  Heavy Gun Battery (James)
       1st Btn - 2nd Infantry(2), 6th Infantry (2), 2nd Lt Inf (1), Bavarian Line, Medium Gun Battery
       2nd Btn - 3rd Infantry (2), 7th Infantry (2), 4th Lt Inf (1), Bavarian Line, Medium Gun Battery
   2nd Combined Infantry Division c/o Gen Merle (Richard)
       3rd Btn - 4th Swiss (Elite) (3), 3rd Provisional Croatian Rgt (2), Lt Gun Battery
       4th Btn - 56th Line (4), Medium Gun Battery
   3rd Combined Cavalry Division c/o Gen Corbineau (Holly)
       5th Btn - 23rd & 24th Chasseurs a cheval
       6th Btn - 7th & 20th Chasseurs a chaval, 8th Cheau-legers (Lancers) 

Russians (1st Army of the West)
1st Corp c/o Lt Gen Wittgenstein (Overall commander Emily)
    5th Infantry Division c/o Maj-Gen Berg (Lee)
        1st Btn - Sieski Rgt (2), Kalvgski Rgt (2), Hvy Gun Battery
        2nd Btn - Permski Rgt (2), Mogilevki Rgt (2), Lt Gun Battery
        3rd Btn - 23rd Infantry, 24th Jagers, Lt Gun Battery
    14th Infantry Division c/o Maj-Gen Sazanoff (Ray & Nieve)
        4th Btn - Tulski Rgt (2), Navaginski Rgt (2), Hvy Gun Battery
        5th Btn - Tanginski Rgt (2), Estlanski Rgt (2), Lt Gun Battery
        6th Btn - 25th Jagers (2), 26th Jagers (2), Lt Gun Battery
    1st Cavalry Division c/o Maj-Gen Kazoffskoi (Emily)
        7th Btn - Riga Dragoons, Yamburg Dragoons, Grodno Hussars
        8th Btn - Don Cossacks, 10th Canton of Bachkirs Cossacks, Ural Cossacks (Militia)
        Opolchenie Militia Battalion being raised in the town.

The plan was pretty simple for us Russians.....
Just hold the lines and wait for the onslaught.

Emily was on the Russian right flank with our Cavalry. Facing Holly with the French Cavalry. 
We had a Baldrik supplied Cunning Plan?
We hid our Cossack units in the woods to our right. And hoped Holly would charge in so we could hit her in the flank,,,,more on that later.

The French line up

The set up

The French James, Richard and Holly, win the initiative and move first.

We were surprised at the speed of James' movement.
Me & Nieve were going to find it hard to redeploy our lines??

Lee's command in the centre 

Lee pulled his artillery up onto the hill.
They do look a tad exposed??

James and Nieve both open up with their artillery.

James moves forward again
and we pull back to give us more time.

The March of the Bavarians

The Horse deploy their horses in line ready to charge.

Our plan to move troops to our left has failed
they're not going to make it before James hits us.

James charges in!!

And so do Holly & Emily

We reveal our Cunning plan!
The French are quite rightly worried.

Lee Still hasn't moved!!!

While its absolute chaos on the left flank!
Richard always says that James a Demon with the dice!!
And he very much is!!
(Trying to keep the language down, incase the kids read it!)

Mixed fortunes for both sides, both win melees pushing the enemy back.

The Russian lines look a little straighter, but I don't think James cares!

Disaster for Holly and her French Cavalry
Emily's dice were just too good, winning 2 out of the three melee's

Holly's lone beaten foe can be seen fleeing the field.

Holly, half of Emily, Lee and Nieve

Demon James won't give up and charges in again.

Nieve damages the Bavarian's as they come in, but they still hit.

As do these, luckily for me, it wasn't a flank attack!

Now the Cossacks come and play.
In the rules Cossacks can only charge into the flank or rear of a unit or a disordered unit.
Holly's Lancers are charge frontally and y the flank. While her disordered Chasseurs are also hit.

Richard moves up his Swiss to do battle with Lee's Russian lines

Phew! Me and Nieve win a melee!

But its still looking dodgy.

There are a lot of disordered Russian units on the field (those with yellow markers)

A shot from the French side of the table.
Its looking very bad for Holly's French!

Richard, Holly, Lee, Emily & Postie

A very busy battlefield

Even the Opelchenie try and get into the action!

The French left collapses
Emily's dice were just too hot for poor holly!

And on the final throw of the dice poor James, fails a brigade morale check, meaning the whole brigade falls back 12 inches.
Richard then threw in the flag with James and Holly's permission of course!!

What a crackin game!
 It was always going to be a hard slog for the French but they gave it their best shot. James was, as I already said a Demon with both tactics and dice, poor Holly was unfortunately, caught out with the flank attack with Emily's Cossacks and great dice throwing, while Nieve thoroughly enjoyed herself, even if she did have to pop off for 2 hours halfway through to go to her friends party!
I think this will be happening more frequently!
Its so great that the kids have embraced all their Dad's hobby!