Finally got around to taking some pictures of my 10mm Pendraken AWI figures today. The collection is almost finished, and comprises 12 British regiments and 3 Hessian, along with a couple of artillery pieces and some Hessian Jaegers. I still have some more officers to paint up, which will be based on slightly less ridiculously large bases, and also a few more guns. I think I could probably do with some more skirmish troops, although most of the British regiments have had their Light & Grenadier Co’s painted and based separately, to allow for the creation of converged battalions. Lastly I could do with some cavalry.
Almost all of the figures have been painted by Andy Mac, although a few are my own work which although not as good, is relatively indistinguishable at anything but very close range. All basing on PWS Steel bases using PVA and sand then painted and with MiniNatur tufts.
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Also visible are some split rail fences I have painted up recently from the Baggage train. A bit flashy, but very good value for what you get, and a lot easier to do than making them. I will be buying some more as these will see service both with my AWI and ACW collections.
Way back at the start of March, I was joined by Matt and a couple of forum friends Goat Major and Timmo to celebrate my birthday by way of a 10mm AWI game. We chose at random based on the forces we had available Haarlem Heights, a scenario written by another forum friend Brendan. I duly got the terrain laid out using my best interpretation of the terrain against the restrictions of the Geo Hex system I bought last year. This gave a pretty pleasing look to the table though, and with a few additions from Matt mainly the fencing and streams and Goat Major’s lovely buildings we had a 5×6 foot table looking not totally dissimilar to the layout in the book. What I’d not realised at this point was that we’d end up using only about 1/3rd of the entire table!
The game went well, with a few hiccups due to rules misunderstandings etc as is normal when you play something for the first or second time. We all had a good time I hope and everyone felt that British Grenadier is a good system, but that things do tend to take a while to resolve. Once things start to go wrong though it looks like it goes downhill fast, but we never actually got that far.
Here’s a few pictures from the action. As always click on the picture to make it bigger
On Saturday I took a break from frantic coding on the computer for the campaign system and played my first game of British Grenadier. Goat Major from the WD3 forum travelled down and we were joined by one of my regular group Matt. GM brought down his lovely felt terrain mat which is just so much better than a plain green sheet like I have, as well as his box of troops so the table was adorned with bits and pieces from all three of us which was nice and I think the table looked pretty inviting.
Since it was the first game for all three of us, Matt & GM having professed to “reading through the rules last night” and not being a terribly large scenario, I figured it would be best if I umpired/read the rules while the other two played. We muddled through quite well in the end, having a few questions that still need resolving. The game played quite slowly, partly because of our uncertainty in places, and partly because the scenario has variable entry times for some of the British troops which thanks to GM’s rolling, occurred on the same turn his Hessians could cross the bridge. Thus ensued quite a big log jam of troops which we elected to bypass because of time marching on, and teleport troops into a position where we could see an assault going in.
The game never got anywhere near completion, but we all learned some vital lessons about the ruleset, that you really need to plan ahead what you’re trying to do. Its not a ruleset where the player can be really reactive every turn, sending troops one way and then the other. Have a plan and stick to it seems to be the order of the day.
I took a few pictures of the action which are below. As ever, click on the picture to get a bigger sized one.
Happy New Year to my followers (around 3 of you I reckon!). Yesterday I had a very enjoyable time painting these Pendraken 10mm AWI casualties up in preparation for a game of British Grenadier that Matt, I and Goat Major from the WD3 forum are having next Saturday.
The figures were a joy as ever to paint although a few in the bag were miscast badly which is a real shame. Matt’s going to be getting a late Christmas present of the American’s (If you’re reading Matt, Merry Christmas!)
I’ve been intrigued by I Ain’t Been Shot Mum (IABSM) for a while now. The rules from Too Fat Lardies have clearly got a large online following and are now in their third version, priced at £12 for a PDF the rules were certainly worth a punt.
Last night Matt and I tried out one of the scenario’s from the rulebook, “North of Caen” which pits a Company of British Infantry against a couple of platoons of Germans dug in around a cluster of buildings. I won’t try to do a review of the rules or an explanation of the mechanics as there are already good ones out there. What I will say is that we were both very pleased with our experience and although we had a raft of questions resulting from our game and of course I spent a large amount of time with my head in the rulebook searching for x,y or z so we didn’t finish the scenario, I think we were both pretty impressed and are looking forward to the next game.
I took only a few pictures as the light was pants due to the whopping big Lightning storm we had half an hour before which lingered around for the evening. Small dice recorded casualties and Irregular Miniatures 6mm explosions are used to count Shock points. All miniatures are 10mm Pendraken painted by me, terrain is a mix of resin buildings and hedges from Timecast, doormat and teddy bear fur fields and trees made by myself and bought from The Last Valley.
An overview of the table at the start of the game
2nd Platoon advances straight into the face of a MG42 and rifle gruppe.
A section from 2nd Plt gets mullered by the MG42.
Further shock compels the section to fall straight back, inflicting 5 shock on a section behind.
Looking slightly Napoleonic, 1st Plt take positions in an orchard facing more Germans (Behind the building from the camera)
My life over the past few weeks seems to have been solely dedicated to these chaps. I’m fairly happy with them, my painting seems to match in with Andy Mac’s reasonably well, although he clearly uses a different flesh palette than I do, the styles are similar generally. He’ll put more shading on things like straps though which I’ve resisted in an effort to get these finished in time for the Pendraken Birthday Bash. “Goat Major” and I have volunteered to put a game on between us, opting for Freeman’s Farm straight out of the Black Powder rulebook. I’ve just spent almost all weekend working on the basing, I’d forgotten just how big a job basing masses of troops can be.
Anyway, here’s the images (Painter in Brackets to avoid confusion!). All figures are Pendraken, bases are by Precision Wargame Supplies and tufts are Silflor. Click on the images to make them bigger.
Having been envious for some time of the fantastic collections being built up by people using Pendraken’s fabulous new (relatively now) 10mm American War of Independence ranges, Matt and I have finally taken the plunge this year and begun to gather some forces. Recognizing that I can’t take on another large project of painting and expect to be finished any time soon, we’ve taken the step of commissioning AndyMac to do the majority of the painting. Andy’s painting is disturbingly, soul crushingly good and when he sends pictures like the ones below and tells you that the figures look even better in the flesh, you know it’s money well spent.
However, I can’t resist painting at least some of the figures, so here are some Hessian Jaegers painted by me. They’re still waiting for a blast of varnish, but given the appalling weather at the moment I don’t want to risk it. Especially since I’ve just been dripped on in my conservatory which has just had a new bloody roof costing a fortune. I am, shall we say, “not happy” and leave it there grrrr.! Anyway, onto the pictures (Click on them to make them bigger!)…