Saturday, July 1, 2017

Well, I'll Be Legioned...

Dismounted militia - picture from Blue Moon site
After "complaining" in an older post that the Blue Moon 15/18mm range of Legion of the United States figures was far from complete, they went and released several new packs!  Huzzah!  But wait, the range isn't quite 100% complete nor accurate....

So, what has been added?  Riflemen, with what appears tomahawks, and that cursed spontoon/pike strapped across their back.  While Winkler's Fallen Timbers Osprey book might be illustrated with troops carrying that wretched thing, most likely it was not used in the field, or if it was, in limited numbers.  Okay, at least there are now riflemen.

Artillery, with King's Howitzers!  Okay, some question about the uniforms here as I am fairly convinced that the Legion artillerists were wearing Revolutionary War headgear, but I'll make do, and if need be, buy some Rev War figures to swap.

Mounted and dismounted Kentucky militia!  There are quite good and useful.  I like the fact they didn't try to put fringed hunting smocks on all the figures, but have them mostly in true frontier civilian clothing.  Good stuff here!

What's missing?  Light infantry and Legion high command.  Now, for the light infantry, just use American light infantry from the Rev War in the light infantry cap.  Done and done.  For high command, Wayne, and most likely Hamtramck and Wilkerson were wearing Rev War officer's uniforms, but the other Legion commanders would have been wearing the Legion headgear.  So a mixed bag of command would be quite useful.  In the interim, Rev War high command will have to do.

A big step forward for Blue Moon in completing this range.  Some tweaks and additions could make it the ideal Legion collection out there!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Second Seminole War - Pushing Ahead

Eeeck, not getting a lot accomplished on the miniatures front recently, So I decided it was time to start basing my Second Seminole War figures for the Dade Battle.  Contrary to what I had mentioned in a previous post, I am mounting these figures (FreiKorps 15) individually on 15mm round bases, and will use the Warbases' Dux Brit movement trays for the natives and their KoW trays for the American forces.

Still thinking about rules.  As mentioned previously, there is Brother Against Brother, Seminole Wars, and Sharp Practice.  Since the recommendation of the latter on a previous post, I did pick up a copy as well as the Summer Special that included the Seminole War.  I have yet to really read through either though.  Time to get crackin'.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

1866 and All That

No, not the Austro-Prussian War, but the Fenian Raid of 1866 that resulted in the Battle of Ridgeway!

Fenian soldier
For years (and I do mean years) I have wanted to game the Battle of Ridgeway.  The issue has been locating suitable figures in 15mm and how to make the game suitable for four players or so.  For rules I have always wanted to use Fire and Fury (or the more recent Regimental Fire and Fury) with some sort of scale reduction, but figures were always the issue.  The Fenians are fairly easy, a mix of Federal infantry and dismounted cavalry would do nicely, painted in various blues and greens, but the Canadian forces have been an conundrum.  One could use Crimean War British but the shako isn't quite right.  One could use early Maori War British, but again the headgear, unless one wants to use the pork-pie hat, didn't work for me either.  So while I have collected books, started a Yahoo discussion group*, and thought about doing something many times, I have never gone forward with buying figures as I simply could not find what "felt right" in 15mm.

I had at one time even had a Eureka 300 Club offering that did meet the required 600 figures ordered by ten or more interested parties, but for some reason the figures were never put into production.

Over the years of discussing this very topic on the Yahoo group, Bill Braham was working an angle with Pendraken to do a range of 10mm figures ideal for 1866.  I never really wanted to drop down to 10mm as I have plenty of Federal 15mm figures I was going to use for the Fenians, but without true choices in 15mm, I have decided that 10mm is my path.

Pendraken did release a fairly complete line for 1866 about four years ago.  This includes infantry in various poses (marching, firing, running, kneeling),  foot command, rifle command, cavalry, guns with crew, along with field officers and generals.  The infantry is in the shako while the cavalry is in the pork pie cap.  For the Battle of Ridgeway one really only needs infantry and command, as the Canadians did not have guns nor mounted forces present, but these do come in handy if doing a mini-campaign as there were other forces nearby that did included a mounted and artillery arm.

Going with 10mm will mean that I will need to buy Federal troops to use as Fenians, but as the cost of a 10mm figure is rather low (at the time of this posting .17 cents per figure), the investment is minimal.

Next post will be about figure scale and basing figures to use with Regimental Fire and Fury.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The War of 1812 or Dipping My Toes in the Water Once Again

A few years ago I was working on a War of 1812 project, using the excellent Knuckleduster 28mm figures, and I had a dedicated blog.  Alas, space became a concern so a hard decision had to be made, so I sadly sold off my figures and closed the blog.  But the period does keep calling to me, and in looking at the fine range of Blue Moon 15/18mm figures, I may have a way to get back into this period.

I live in the old Northwest Territory, which saw a share of skirmishes, battles, and even sieges during the war.  There are also "massacres," raids, and naval battles.  Starting with Tippecanoe in 1811, the Northwest Territory offers a wide variety of troop types as one can game encounters with frontier militia, Indians, and regulars.  Whatever your cup of tea might be, one can find it in the old Northwest. 

I already have the naval aspect covered with the Battle of Lake Erie covered in two scales, and I even moderate a small Yahoo group that covers this battle.  So from a naval point of view, I am set.

For land engagements, there are numerous directions I could start.  Tippecanoe sees frontier militia and a regiment of U.S. Regulars against the Indian Confederation based along the Wabash in Indiana.  There is also Fort Meigs, which would involve a large fort to be assembled, and I really do not have the space for that.  Fort Stephenson would be a much smaller fort, with U.S. and British regulars as the primary players.  Hull's movements near Detroit offer a few ambushes by Indians against U.S. detachments.  Of course there are the actions near the Straights of Mackinac, and other affairs along the Mississippi.

Regardless of what action one wants to focus on, the forces are relatively small, which can translate to a smaller amount of figures to purchase and paint, depending on what rules one decides to use.

As always, more on this as I decide what battle to concentrate on and what rules I will use!
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