Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Yet more French - Regiment Pondichery.1790 - 93

Well they survived the curse of newly painted units.
I wanted to give some distinction between the Royalist and Republican units so opted for the White uniforms which was prescribed for colonial infantry.

The first group were rushed through to provide support for the French at Mahon, the second group took a little longer.

These are again from Trent Miniatures Caribbean range.
They are from the Royal-Etranger Regt pack which were French in the service of the British in the Caribbean Wars but give me some additional variation to the French forces.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

V the Mini-series - Welcome to Zikanga.......

Whilst the TV show concentrated on the US, the motherships appeared all around the globe and no part of the earth was untouched by the Visitor presence including the backwater that is 

Louis "legs" Akimbo cared little for the visitor presence all he saw was another faction who were looking to step on his turf.

The Visitors has started to widen their influence under key human individuals and were subject to Diana's mid control process called "conversion", which turned them into the visitors pawns. With senior leaders now under the control of the Visitors they inserted themselves amongst key organisations such as the UN and slowing brought them under their control.
Bringing the Visitors into direct conflict with Legs.

The UN and Visitors had set up an outpost in the heart of Leg's territory and the local peace was starting to interfere with his "tax" collecting operation.

Recently the Visitors had installed a pipeline running across the country, he had blown it up only to find it piping water - very strange?
As the |Visitors started to strengthen their grip on Zikanga it was time to teach them a lesson and take out the engineers who would come along to repair it.

Louis "Legs" Akimbo had amassed out a force including a couple of technicals and had spread his forces on three sides of the engineers and their PMC escort, they needed to strike hard before the shock troopers could come to their rescue.

Legs gang members sneak around the edge of the board ready to strike.

As the opening shots ring out the Visitors and the UN rush towards the engineering party.

The lead technical pulls onto the road and firers into the advancing defenders.

The UN squad takes a hit from the technical as the Visitors return fire from the emplacement.

A section of Shock Troopers head into the jungle to cut off Leg's flanking force.

The engineers sheltering behind the landrover are hit by an RPG round and a number of aliens are killed along with the PMC's sent to defend them.

Heading for the high ground the last of the alien engineers is brought down. There would be no functioning pipeline today.

Legs heads for home as the Security troopers move down the left flank.

The UN troopers are caught in the flank as the technicals push on. The HMG's tearing into the exposed defenders.

The Visitors close in, their blasters taking down the gang members as they tried to flee through the hinterland.

In a final act of violence babba yalyo fires off his RPG round and catches Diana in the blast, she takes a wound and her artificial skin is torn fortunately the gang members were not able to live long enough to share what they had witnessed. 

The technicals cover the remains of Leg's force has they withdraw. Mission accomplished the engineers were out of action and the pipeline was still broken. That would teach them.....

Is that Mike Donovan looking for his latest exclusive..... Did he catch Diana's unmasking on film?

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Pearl of the Antilles. - The Arms race continues - Reinforcements end of week one.

As the campaign closes after the first 7 days in the field each player gains a number of additional support points to add to their core forces.

These are based upon the number of towns and villages held with each garrisoned location generating 1D4 support points.
The results after week one are as follows.

British – Thomas Maitland – RED - 10 Points.
French Royalist/Planters – Viscount de Blanchelande – WHITE - 17 Points.
French Republican – Léger-Félicité Sonthonax – BLUE - 16 Points.
Spanish – Joaquín Moreno - YELLOW - 10 Points.
Mulatto – André Rigaud – BLACK - 14 Points.
Ex-Slaves - Dutty Boukman – ORANGE - 14 Points.
Ex-Slaves – Georges Biassou – PURPLE - 13 Points
Ex - Slaves - Princess  Amethyste - PINK - 13 Points.
Haitian Loyalists - Toussaint Louverture – GREEN - 20 Points
Haitian Loyalists - Jean-Jacques Dessalines – GOLD - 17 Points.
Haitian Loyalist - Christopher Henry - BROWN - 16 Points.

The support points can be applied to the location of the field commander or the various region capitals.
Alternatively they can be "banked" in the capital to be spent in later weeks. 

The knock on effect of this of course, is that players are becoming more demanding of their troop types and what they want to field, which means I need to paint more, I should not complain really as that should was the idea of the campaign in the first place to try and clear the backlog of unpainted metal.

With that in mind, I finished off three for leaders for the Insurgent and Haitian loyalists, I spotted these on the Northstar site for their Dracula's American - Congregation Posse and whilst a couple of them are armed with firearms far too advanced for the period they are a good fit for additional bigmen.

Next up the yet more Frenchies to counter the new leaders.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

The Pearl of the Antillies. - The Haiti Campaign - The Battle for Bahon 6th August 1791

Dawn on the 6th August and Dutty Boukman's forces enter the field of battle looking to seize the Fort at Bahon from the French. Each side had a battle plan but who would come out on top?
Both commanders had chosen their support options carefully with Dutty selecting ladders and a moveable deployment point, which the French picked a secondary point to stop themselves being pinned in the fort. 

The Fort at Bahon was situated on high ground it was large enough to 2 units but could it hold back the insurgent forces?

Dutty Boukman's forces and local support. 
4 Groups of Conscripts, 1 Militia Unit, 1 Skirmishers units and some freed slaves.

The forces of Viscount de Blanchelande.
Three groups of Regulars, a 4 Pdr and war dogs.

Boukman's forces make the first move rushing the centre ground and seeking cover behind the ridge line. The French 4 Pdr was only able to get one round off before the slaves dropped out of sight.

The French are forced to deploy the line Infantry to counter the slave flanking move.

Boukman makes his move deploying from the coffee field the skirmishers seek cover amongst the French tents, whilst the bulk of his forces appear from among the tall plantation field.
The Royalist began to sweat from behind their stockade walls as they see the insurgents are armed with ladders to scale the walls.

The French expand their frontage bringing on the remainder of their forces as the insurgents advance on the fort. 

Dutty and his forces reach the foot of the hill, they had taken canister fire crossing the open ground and shock was starting to mount. If only they could grab the initiative and get into some kind of order.
After several turns of jostling for position things were speeding up now fearing a direct assault on the ramparts Blanchelande orders the dogs forward to clear the road, whilst Dutty calls forward the freed slaves.

Caught in an impossible position Boukman's formation starts to break up and his force morale starts to crumble. The dogs had done their work driving the right company backwards, drive away from the shelter of the steep slope they come under canister fire which forces them to flee.
The French Guyane Regiment advance to the lip of ridge and fire down into the pinned slaves, Dutty is knocked unconscious and his force moral slips still further. 

His men carry him from the field and his battered command retires as the French breath a sigh of relief. 

The French hold the field and with a superior force morale are able to replace their wound on the day,
They also hold the initiative plundering the slave camp and seizing six bags of supplies from the insurgent forces. 
Dutty despite his shattered morale only loses 2 men and suffers a further 4 wounded from his core force the majority of the casualties were taken from the locals pressed into service.

Both sides have learnt much and as they rest up on Sunday thinking hard about the reinforcements now available to them.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday morning paint table - Bn Guyane Regt - St Domingue 1790-1792

These seem to have been on the paint table for such a long time but finally they make an appearance, just in time for the latest campaign outing. I knew there was a reason why I was running it.

They represent troops of the Guyane Regiment garrisoned in Saint Domingue from 1790 - 1792
To separate the Royalists from the Revolutionary French, I gave them the round hats I could always paint in a tricolour cockade if they switch sides later in the war.

I wanted these to have a far more "lived" in feel to them, perhaps out in the mountains for several days or those who have been garrisoned on the island just a little to long.

The figures were from Trent Miniatures again originally from the Polish packs but with colonial cavalry heads added in.

This is the supporting plate. Its the gentleman in the background on the far left who seems to be far less formal.

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Next up more early French, I have a hankering to paint up Pondichery Regiment on the right....

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Pearl of the Antillies. - The Haiti Campaign - End of Day Six - 6th August 1791

The sun sets on day 6 as factions go into a day of recruiting but not before in the North of Haiti the Slave army of Dutty Boukman attacks the French forces holding the Fort at Bahon....
In later years there was an extensive building programme to defend against future French invasions, but bad news for the Viscount de Blanchelande the fort on our battle won't be this impressive.
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The French Royalist forces whilst out numbered perhaps as much as 2:1 do have the advantage of defending and have the newly acquired cannon to add to their forces.
But the Slave forces are lead by the infamous Dutty Boukman.

Dutty Boukman
Boukman born in Jamaica he was sold to a plantation in Saint-Domingue after he was caught teaching enslaved Africans to read. The moniker “Bookman/Boukman” was an indication of how slave owners viewed enslaved Blacks at the time who knew how to read.

One of the early leaders of the revolution he said to have declared at one of the meetings at Bois-Caimon, "God who has created the shining sun above … is watching us and sees the misdeeds of the whites! The God of the whites demands crime … Our God who is so good orders us to take vengeance!"
Rumoured to be over 6 foot tall he was quite the leader until captured by the French and beheaded, The French hoped to quell the revolution by parading Boukman’s head on a stake. Let's hope he fairs a little better in our campaign.
Meanwhile as the opposing forces ready themselves for battle by bringin in local reinforcement to add to the fight. The Spanish reinforce their hold on Ferrier having watched Princess Amethyste forces retreat over the river at Mahon. The Slave forces are in a sorry state with numerous wounded slowing their movement add to that the poor camp conditions they lose another sack of supplies to a plague of rats.... Things are not going well for the Company of Africans.

Meanwhile seeing his competition now heavily engaged the Haitian Loyalist General Toussaint Louverture makes his move advancing on the border where George Biassou and his rebel forces have been waiting for the likely attack.... Both sides wait for reinforcements to bolster their number before what is to be a mighty clash.

To the south things remain unchanged all factions continue to prepare for war, building defences and foraging for supplies content to see how things pay out in the north of Haiti.

The British working to their own agenda are distracted by a rescue mission to save a Damsel in Distress. A Lady’s maid joins their force and begs Maitland for assistance. The Lady has been captured by revolting slaves and is being held close by. Maitland dispatches forces and rescues the lady without losing any men. Lady Charlotte joins his forces for the remainder of the campaign.
Stay tuned for the Battle of Mahon and the first encounter between the French Plantation owners and the Insurgents & Maroons.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Tablescape Spanish Buildings.

With the first game under our belt in the campaign, I thought I would splash out on some buildings for the battles to come.
I do dislike painting buildings so these ready painted pieces from the guys at Tablescape are perfect.

They needed a little bit of work as they can appear a little on the bland side on mass, so spent the morning painting the doors and windows. These brings them to life and gives a little more variety to the town.

Longer term I plan on basing a number of them to give me some walled gardens, but these are ready for the tabletop.

Right back to the brushes....