Saturday, August 19, 2017

Chasseurs Ste Domingue - Trent Miniatures

After what seems like weeks, finally some paint time and some extra's for the Haitian Project a small skirmish unit of Chasseurs Ste Domingue from Trent Miniatures.

As these forces begin to take shape I have been thinking about how I might pull the various forces together, I figured on creating a Maroon/Slave force from the early days of the rebellion and at the same time construct a conscript force made made up of free men, which could be used to surpress the slave force or both could face off against British, Spanish or French opponents.

I created the following stats for these fine fellows within the Sharp Practe 2 rules.

Irregular Skirmishers
Points Value
Controlled Volley
Crashing Volley
Tactical, Moveable DP, No Bayonets.

Moveable DP - May be selected as a support option.    

Tactical - Can perform Ambuscade when two cards are available.
No Bayonets - These troops are at a disadvantage in Fisticuffs.

The Chasseurs can be used to hunt down escaped slaves and members of the Maroon bands hiding in the mountains of Haiti or defend the island from the invading British.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Snow in August....

What with one thing and another games have been a little thin on the ground recently.
When it was suggested by a fellow gamer that he had never tried Chain of Command and as he had been making a US Para force could we run through the rules how could I resist.

Besides it gave me a chance to try out the new winter cloth that I have been slowing building up everytime I reach the end of a can of undercoat. I am rather pleased with the result I was looking looking for that melted snow effect and the dark brown faux fur shows through over a heavy dusting of white. What do you think?

A small encounter with the Russians looking to push past a German defence line made up of a platoon of Panzer Grenadiers in early 1945.
As usual my patrol phase was a nightmare, as the Russians I was pinned on the table edge and the Germans bagged all the best defensive positions perfect the numerous MG34's the sections contain.

Overwatch is the order of the day, as the Russians wait it out to amass enough 5's to play a Chain of Command Dice.

The Russians make their play throwing two sections and a HMG into the German defenders, the shock is starting to mount up for Jerry.

The Senior leader arrives and a reserve section. He begins the task of bring the shock levels back down and the additional firepower begins to tell on the already battle scared Russians.

The Russians break and with it their force morale.
Another loss for me... I swear these rules are cursed, still a good introduction to H and plans are now afoot for another outing in 28mm.

Right back to the brushes.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Arab Engineers for Sharp Practice.

The Haiti prep continues with the first batch of troops currently sitting on the side whilst the filler dries before the bases are given a liberal coating of sharp sand.
I thought I would clear a couple of items which have been hanging around since March and Hammerhead, the first items which need to be cleared off the paint table is an Engineering section for Egypt.

Within Sharp Practice the support option is made up of an Engineer Group with Cart it should be made up of six men and a Status I leader, I have five painted up from foundry but pretty sure I have a spare Arab knocking about, and a donkey or camel might be more suited to the desert than a cart.

When in a defending force an Engineer Group may always have 8” of prepared Breastworks or 12” of Barricade blocking a road or similar good news as I painted some of these recently but they have yet to grace the table yet.

Within SP Engineers who are given tasks to perform will generally complete those tasks faster, re‐rolling any 1’s rolled on the Task Roll however Engineers will not engage in firing nor will they attack an enemy. However, if attacked they fight as Aggressive troops in Fisticuffs.

A useful addition to the Egyptian project or any other Middle Eastern adventure.