Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sea Peoples Vs Persians (Post 2 of 2)

And here we have the Persians, from their first sighting from behind Sea Peoples' lines, to action up close.

Sea Peoples Vs Persians (Post 1 of 2)

This battle was fought last January and was intended to be the first of a mini-tournament involving eight of my oldest period armies, but due to other events, I haven't been able to progress with it (so far at least).

I expected my Persians to steamroll the Sea Peoples, but the latter put up a real fight. The pics in this post are of the Sea Peoples army, emerging to defend a narrow pass in a Thermopylae-style scenario.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Prussians Vs Russians - Battle #3

It took three battles but my Prussians finally triumphed over my Russians. (My guess before it started was that this would end up the other way around, but it was not to be!)

The Prussians (and allies) on the left of the picture. Prussian cuirassiers are in white and hussars in blue. Russian cuirassiers in white with a black iron breastplate for protection. Russian hussars and Guard Cossacks are both in red, but the hussars have a blue jacket. The infantry (foot soldiers) clash is between Poles in blue and Russians in green.

(The Poles are Napoleonics and historically fought with the French. Given the performance of my French against my Austrians last weekend though, they've probably done the right thing in siding with the Prussians in the campaign I'm currently running!)


Austrians Vs French

I didn't get any good shots of my French from last weekend's battle, but these are a few of one of my Austrian infantry regiments.

Hopefully over the next few weeks) I will be adding gun limbers and ammunition wagons for each of my Austrian battalions, so the next time you see these guys in action the photo will be a little more crowded.

For the record, the Austrians scored a very decisive win. My (French - not American) Revolutionary War French army used to be almost unbeatable, but they've taken two nasty hammerings now. They held up okay when challenged by Austrian infantry and cavalry, but the minute Austrian guns started firing in their direction, even if they weren't doing any damage, the French got very jittery.

Anyway, enjoy these pics. This weekend my Prussians crushed the final Russian resistance, and I have a couple of neat pics from that to post also. Not sure when they will go up though.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

"Special Request" - Jessica and Heather Vs The Hittites!

I don't usually do (or even get) special requests from people who want to see models of themselves in battle, but I got one last week so here goes.....especially for Jessica and Heather!

I'll let them figure out which of the two girl fighters they are, but they seem to have got themselves into a bit of strife with the local (Hittite) city guard while wandering around the town from my "Battle of Kadesh" setup.

(I was planning to fight this battle this weekend, but it has been overtaken by other stuff - a combo of work and events in my horse and musket campaign, which will almost certainly mean my next battle will be between my French and Austrian armies. Maybe I'll be able to try Kadesh again in a couple of weeks!)

The two female figures are from Cesar's set of "Fantasy Adventurers". Hittites also by Cesar and buildings by Hovels.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Prussian vs Russians (Post #4)

This time I'm focusing on my Prussian (and Saxon) heavy cavalry.

All these figures are cuirassiers - a full regiment of Prussians on the left, with a lone squadron of (Napoleonic Wars) Saxons on the right. The Saxons wear a (black) metal breastplate to provide extra protection. It wouldn't have been very effective against gun fire, but the main role of the cuirassier was to sit out the bulk of the battle - presumably somewhere safe from gun fire - and charge in at the decisive moment and hammer a hole that had opened up in the enemy line, hopefully to the point that the damage scattered the enemy. Against swords and bayonets, this breastplate would have been effective.

This was actually the first battle for my Saxons, and they performed very well.

After this defeat, the Russians sued for peace, but the Prussians don't appear likely to accept, so it looks as though I'll be preparing for a third clash between the two over the next week or so. It could be a busy time for me as my Austrians have also decided to go to war with my French, so I have at least one battle their to arrange. I had been hoping to give my Hittites and New Kingdom Egyptians a run but that might have to be pushed back a bit.

Then, of course, I still have all those other figures still waiting to be painted....aaaarrrrgggghhhh. I need more free time!

Prussians Vs Russians (Post #3)

Having withdrawn from the field in good order after the first confrontation, the Prussian general dug into a strong defensive position in a narrow pass, with his flanks protected by hills.

Eager for a result, and encouraged by oncoming terrible weather (which would limit the damage the more numerous Prussian guns could do to his troops) the Russian general decided to launch a full on attack.

It all started well enough for the Russians. The Prussian hussars couldn't repeat their heroics of the first day and were themselves scattered by a squadron of Russian dragoons enabling the Russians to get a foothold on the entrance to the pass. As the rain began to fall the Russians pressed forward. The Prussian guns got off a few rounds before having to cover the powder, and inflicted some heavy damage on the advancing Russian infantry regiments - just enough that when the two sides infantries came together, the Prussians had the edge.

With a gap emerging between the infantry melees, the Russian general threw his heavy cavalry forward to try and bust the line completely open. Unfortunately, as they forced their way trough the gap, they found the Prussian heavy brigade and its Saxon allies waiting for them. Seeing his cavalry overwhelmed, and his infantry beginning to give ground as the Prussian foot were finally able to use the numerical advantage their guns had given them, the Russian general decided it was time to flee the field.

A decisive win therefore for the Prussians.

Pictured above are:

1: The initial skirmish between the Prussian hussars (again in black) and Russian dragoons (in dark green)

2: A view of some of the Prussian infantry, again as seen from the Russian lines, lined up to protect their side of the pass.

3: Russian (green) and Prussian (blue) infantry come to grips.