Friday, December 8, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Barbarians at the Gates

Well, more like Tripolitians in this case.  I finally got around to basing most of the remaining Second Barbary War figures, in this case the Tripoli pirates.  I had the U.S. Marines mounted some months ago, but for some reason (perhaps a lack of bases or more likely a lack of drive) never got around to the bad guys. I still have to mount the gun crews, but I think what I might do for those is model two types of stands, one with crew and gun, and another with just crew.  I have plenty of gun crew figures, so I can certainly have it both ways, so to speak.  I'll need to pick up some guns from Thoroughbred (most likely I will go with their 9 pounders), but beyond that, the forces are pretty much ready for base prepping and priming.

About half of the grunts and two of the leaders (right, on larger bases)

I've been giving the rules (Force on Force/Ambush Alley) some thought, thinking that my initial force ratings for the pirates might be a tad off.  Therefore I think the following change is in order:

Barbary Coast Dudes

Quality - D6-D8
Morale - D6-D10

Beyond optimum range 1D for every four figures firing (muskets), within optimum range 2D per every two figures firing (pistols and muskets), and gains two extra melee dice for use of knives, pikes/spears, blunderbusses, and swords.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Really Off Topic - The Battle of the Wabash Trail

As part of my love for Ohio Indian Wars, I on occasion keep coming up with ideas of projects related to the period that have nothing to do with gaming.  One is to write a tour book that would cover Harmar, St. Clair, and Wayne, another to do a tour book on just St. Clair (smaller in scope, but easier to complete the legwork), another idea is to backpack either St. Clair's or Wayne's march from Fort Washington to Wabash or Fallen Timbers respectively, and most recently I have been thinking about marking the St. Clair campaign with some sort of driving tour signage that would guide the driver from Cincinnati to Fort Recovery, taking the closest historical route, and going by the various related stops.  Of course, to do the latter, I would need to raise about $1000.00 to purchase the signs, work with local and state entities to allow the signs to be installed, and then write that St. Clair tour book to provide directions and background.

This idea is probably a pipe-dream, but I did design a tour directional sign!  Imagine seeing these signs for one hundreds miles, from the heart of Cincinnati to Fort Recovery.  It could spark some interest in the period and increase a bit of tourism dollars for the small towns along the way.  Hmmm, maybe I should think more on this....

Fort Jefferson on a cool morning
Fort Jefferson from the southeast - The flag in the previous picture can be seen above the white house in the center

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'.


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