Sunday 29 October 2023

Nap Campaign: Battle of Presscot, 14th April 1808: Turns 13 - Conclusion


The situation at the end of turn 12.

Turns 13 - 16

British Left

Vallin's cavalry brigade has been moved forward to strengthen Toussaint's infantry brigade ready to counter the advance of the British 5th Division.

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Tuesday 10 October 2023

Nap Campaign: Battle of Presscot, 14th April 1808: Turns 9 - 12


For ease of reference, this is the situation at the end of turn 8.

Turns 9 - 12

British Left

Kempt launches the 32nd Line at the French 1/9th Light hoping for more success than the failed attack of the 28th. A ragged volley from the French battalion failed to halt the charge and the British battalion succeeded in pushing them back.

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Tuesday 26 September 2023

Nap Campaign: Battle of Presscot, 14th April 1808: Turns 1 - 8


The objectives for each allied Division.

Turns 1 - 4

Turn 1 saw the opening exchange of artillery fire and deployment of skirmishers. A With the allies outnumbered by artillery pieces, Wellington took no time to order the advance across the whole line. This is an overview after the opening moves in turn 2.

A reminder of how I play skirmishers. They are played in the abstract with each unit's and brigade skirmish values marked on the roster. This indicates how many dice rolls are made with a '6' to hit. Where possible they are rolled in pairs to allow for double '6' results. The only representation on the tabletop of skirmishers are those light battalions that deploy into skirmish formations when the normal skirmish rules apply.

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Monday 18 September 2023

Nap Campaign: Battle of Presscot, 14th April 1808 - Introduction

You will be able to find the strategic background to this battle in the last "Map Moves" posting which is located under the "Napoleonic Campaign Map Moves" label on the right.

This is the first incursion into French territory by allied forces. Wellington is in overall command with his 800 British/KGL force together with 426 Portuguese. His right flank is occupied by 1,106 Spanish. 

Attempting to repel the allies is the French 'Army of the South' commanded by Marshall Soult. The right (blue 4) is centred around the 6th Corps and on the left the 4th Corps.

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Friday 8 September 2023

Britannia Campaign: Map Moves Turn 4

A reminder of the colour coding for the British tribes. Green - pacified, orange - allied, blue - rebelling. 

The events this turn saw the 2nd Legion defeat the Durotriges tribe and is now pacified. The 16th Legion moved north to the Iceni who remarkably agreed to be allies. Should they be trusted! The 9th Legion has moved north to the territory owned by the pacified Trinovantes prior to advancing towards the Catuvellauni.

A problem has arisen for the Romans however, when the normally amenable Cantii tribe have rebelled. The 20th Legion that had been held in reserve, move to deal with the rebellion and will be the subject of the next battle. 

Tuesday 1 August 2023

On the Workbench: Pony Wars - Natives completed

The compliment of Native Americans has been completed, albeit 120 short of the 600 mounted figures recommended in the rules. Having seen advice that 480, or even 360, should be enough I have decided to leave it at that. There will be tepees and Bison to be painted up in due course.

The completed Natives. On the left is a pack of dismounted Braves and a pack of villagers. 

The most recent figures just completed. A pack of 120 mounted Braves.

Prior to the Natives, a pack of Settlers and Civilians was completed. The wagons had been done previously.
This is the bulk of figures finished with just a few odds and ends to complete the figure painting aspect. There is still a fair amount of terrain to finish so a little way off yet before I can get this on the table.

In the meantime it is back to Napoleonics with Portuguese for Bussaco. On the subject of Napoleonics, the butterfly has taken effect once again and figures have been purchased for Austerlitz. My interest in this battle originated from a game on my old Commodore 64 in the 80's and is one I always intended to play. I had considered 2mm (see my posts on this scale) but now reverted to 6mm. The plan will be to use General de Brigade rules but a unit will be a brigade rather than battalion at a figure ratio of 1:40. It will require some adjustments to the rules which I shall be working on soon.  

Wednesday 12 July 2023

Britannia Campaign: Vespasian's 2nd Legion v The Durotriges

-Vespasian moves west into the land of the Durotriges leading the 2nd Legion. The rolling countryside is topped by numerous hillforts. It becomes clear that this tribe is more content to sit in their fortifications from which they will need to be ejected. 

Table Size: 6' x 3'9"

Figures: 6mm Mostly Baccus and some Rapier

Rules: My own (based on General de Brigade)



1 x CinC + 2 sub-commanders

2nd Legion: 1st Cohort 52 figures. 6 x cohorts of 36 figures each, 1 of 34 and 2 of 32.
4 x Scorpios

Auxiliaries -

1 x Medium Cavalry cohort 30 figures
1 x Light Cavalry cohort 28 figures
1 x Equitata cohort - 1 x 12 light cavalry + 1 x 24 Aux infantry
2 x Batavian cohorts each 1 x 12 medium cavalry + 1 x 24 Aux infantry
2 x Auxiliary infantry cohorts each 36 figures

Total 617 figures


1 x CinC + 2 sub-commanders

1 unit of 30 medium cavalry
1 unit of 16 light cavalry
2 units of 12 light cavalry
2 units of 6 light cavalry
1 x warband 72 figs
2 x warbands of 60 figs
1 x warband of 50 figs
4 x warbands of 40 figs
2 x warbands of 36 figs
2 units of 20 Slingers
2 units of 20 Javelinmen

Total 642 figures

An overview at the start. The Romans deploy around the fort with all infantry ready to form testudos when necessary.  
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Friday 2 June 2023

On the Workbench: Pony Wars Settlers and Civilians

I am acutely aware that my blog posts are becoming a little rare of late! A combination of real world commitments and, dare I say it, a lack of wargaming mojo. I have the Roman invasion of Britain battle on the board but it is progressing at a snails pace. I do though try and maintain some sort of momentum in painting and modelling. Even if it is only half an hour during the morning.

To that end, here is an update on what I have been working on. Since January it has all been terrain, ships and planes. This is probably just about the longest spell where I have not painted any figures. A couple of weeks ago I decided it was high time that I made some progress on other projects. First up was Pony Wars. 

A complete pack of Baccus "Settlers and Civilians" beckoned and here is the completed figures prior to basing. They have received a gloss coat so a little shiny! My aversion to large bases means that basing will be a rather protracted affair, especially as they will, for the most part, be in singles or doubles. 

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Saturday 20 May 2023

Defending the Malay Barrier: Turn 1, 16th - 31st December 1941, Hunt for the Convoy

Rear Admiral Arthur Palliser commanding the WESGROUP sweep breathes a sigh of relief having successfully evaded any Japanese patrols. It was now important to locate the Batu Kharu supply convoy to buy the allies time. His flagship, the heavy cruiser Exeter, with the light cruisers Dragon and Durban, the destroyers, Encounter, Jupiter, Scout and Tenedos, heads north straight into a force 8 gale. 

Visibility was heavily reduced and WESGROUP searched in vain. Unable to locate the convoy they head for home in Singapore.

Several damaged Japanese ships are drydocked for repair bringing turn 1 to an end.

There will be a delay before I return to this campaign having switched to another era, the Roman invasion of Britain  which will be the subject of the next posting.

Thursday 4 May 2023

Defending the Malay Barrier: Turn 1, 16th - 31st December 1941, 1st Contact

 IJN Western Attack Force (WAF) - Allied WESGROUP (RN)

Rear Admiral Arthur Palliser commands the WESGROUP sweep intending to intercept the Batu Kharu supply convoy. His flagship is the heavy cruiser Exeter, with the light cruisers Dragon and Durban, the destroyers, Encounter, Jupiter, Scout and Tenedos sailing out of Singapore. Intelligence has been received from a sub reporting a sighting of what is believed to be this convoy. It has been confirmed this intelligence has been deemed accurate and therefore increasing the possibility of interception.

The weather is a rough Force 7 and overcast reducing visibility. As the fleet heads north Japanese land-based aircraft sortie to intercept but failed to locate them.

The wind drops to a Force 5 and still cloudy. Palliser curses the weather improvement raising the prospect of his force being located by the Japanese Distant Cover Group patrol. He need not have worried. The veteran Vice Admiral Ozawa was demanding answers from his lookouts as to why they failed to spot the Royal Navy ships. It was now just a question of locating the supply convoy.

IJN Eastern Attack Force (EAF) - Allied EASGROUP (US)

Rear Admiral William Glassford in the aging light cruiser, Marblehead, prepares to lead out his similarly aging flotilla of destroyers. Each has to test to ascertain if any have mechanical problems. As they slip their moorings, the Paul Jones announces it has engine damage. It could continue but its speed would be reduced. Believing it would be more of a hindrance than an asset, it was decided it would remain alongside for repairs.

Heading out of Tarakan in Borneo, Glassford's force is now reduced to 4 Clemson class destroyers, the Stewart, Parrott, Barker and Bulmer. They hope to intercept one of the Philippines invasion convoys. The weather is a relatively calm force 4 and cloudy allowing for carrier born air operations. The IJN light carrier, Ryojo, launches its aircraft but they fail to make contact with the US group.

As the Marblehead and its escorts continue the wind speed drops to a Force 2 and the skies clear. Not exactly what Glassford was hoping for with a Japanese patrol lurking out there somewhere. Sure enough, the EAF Distant Cover Group made contact during daylight 0800 - 1200. 

Contact was made at a distance of 23,000 yards (115cm). Both forces steaming at 25 knots with the Marblehead heading north-west and the Japanese south-east. The Japanese are located 4 points off Marblehead's quarter. 
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