Sunday, 18 May 2014

New Buildings for the Wargame Table

On Saturday, in lieu of not being able to attend Sheffield Triples this year, I finally got round to digging out three old buildings and doing them up. They are by JR miniatures (sold by Magister Millitum) and I have had them for years, and did a particularly poor job of painting them at the time. They are Brawners Farm, Guilford Courthouse, and Bryan house, and I set about re painting with added detail for example I added a veranda to the latter, and several barrels, wagon wheels and Fencing (by Renedra). I thought they would work both for the AWI (having just played my first game of Muskets and Tomahawks) and ACW. 

The models themselves are a bit rough, cast in polyurethane it seems because they are very light, and I am pleased, except in each case the roof is cast on, which is never ideal
Above Bryan House, with the start of my AWI Continental Army for Muskets and a Tomahawks

Next, Guilford Courthouse with my ACW Union Cavalry

This is Brawners Farm, with some of my ACW Irish Brigade

And finally, Confederates firing from soft cover, in their camp (Renedra tents)

I'm quite pleased with how they have turned out. All the figures are painted by me and manufactured by foundry

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Another game of Hail Caesar

3 games in as many months! Unheard of at Chez Lee. This time a Roman Civil War, 4th century. 

On my right flank, a skirmish between light troops

On my left flank, an all cavalry clash

And in the centre, the Heavy infantry advance toward each other

In the centre, nicks Romans launch themselves at my Artillery. Needless to say, the artillery didn't survive

My heavy cavalry destroy their opponents on the left (well what do you expect Nick when you charge Cataphracts with Medium Cavalry?)

Nick keeping up a brave face, despite losing his cavalry division and allowing my cavalry to envelope his right flank.

So I think I had the benefit of some lucky dice rolls, and the game was mine. We are certainly getting the hang of the rules now, they are ideal for a nice friendly game lasting about 3 1/2 hours with about 400points per side on an 8x4 table. 

Most of the figures are Foundry 28mm

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Late Roman Cavalry and Infantry

More of the Late Romans I have been painting lately.

First a unit of Cataphracts by Musketeer Miniatures:

Next a unit of Light Cavalry - Equites Mauri Feroces (Ferocious Moors). Again, Musketeer Miniatures

Last but not least, some Artizan designs Arthurians painted to represent the Petulantes Seniores:

All these will be going up for sale on eBay later today

They are a good size match, Artizan and Musketeer. I also have some Musketeer and Blacktree infantry I will be working on next.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

More Late Romans

SAnother unit of Musketeer Late Romans finished this week. Shield transfers again from LBM.

I have also been re-doing some of my Foundry Late Romans this week, re-organising them into units of 24 (they were 18) foot. It's a great pity they are so much smaller than the Musketeer figures as I like them both.

These are up for sale on eBay (finishes on Sunday 23 Feb):

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Equites Honoriani Iuniores a unit of Late Roman Cavalry from Musketeer Miniatures, painted by me, with shield transfers from LBM, representing the Equites Honoriani Iuniores. Lovely figures to paint, although my preference would be for smaller horses, as these are giants alongside my existing Foundry figures. I hope you like!

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Another game of a Hail Caesar

This time Huns against Late Romans. A very special game, not the least because I was reunited with some figures I painted for my good friend Nick almost ten years ago!

First, my Hun army, with Goths, Franks an Alans
Above - The Alan's, 

The Hun Nobles

The Franks

Next, the Roman combatants

And finally a few shots of the game

The Romans left flank, the Roman Cavalry Division clash with Frankish infantry and Goth Cavalry

The same flank, this time from the Huns viewpoint

The Huns right flank, Alan cavalry clash with Roman Medium Infantry. This melee went back and forth for quite a few moves, but eventually the Romans won through, with the Alan cavalry breaking

A good game, the turning point for the Huns came when their prize unit, the marvellous Hunnic noble cavalry, gave a very poor showing against a unit of Roman cavalry. Atilla hung his head in shame as the unit broke.