Saturday, 11 March 2017

Breed's Hill, initial moves

I thought I'd actually test out the game today so played through about 10 turns which allowed for the grenadiers and light infantry to have their initial assaults repulsed.

The British deploy:

After moving out they look far more stretched:

After 10 turns the light infantry have taken huge losses on the beach and the grenadiers aren't faring much better:

The grenadiers falling back to regroup:

Stark's New Hampshire regiments look on:

Skirmishers in Charlestown keep the British left flank tied-down.

Pigot moved three battalions up towards the redoubt and breastwork:

A "miniaturised" view of the defenders:

That's all of the action for now.

Having done more research into this battle and created the scenery with as much care as I can, the end result is a much more interesting scenario than my previous experiences with "Bunker Hill" on the tabletop. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Midweek Supplement, Breed's Hill

I have spent time refining the game set up. The actual demo game will have more lichen and scatter on the table to blend items together but I think I'm getting 'there'. 

Views from behind the colonial lines:




Helicopter views from Charlestown:


The left wing of the Crown army moves into place:

The right wing looks on from Moulton's Hill:

Helicopter view of the defences on Breed's Hill. 

Currently I have not modelled the 'fleches' as the more I look the more it seems there is little in the way of evidence to support their existence. I have given the defenders a log barricade instead, reasoning that they might have dismantled fences but probably would not have constructed anything especially sophisticated. 

There's still time to change my mind though. 😀

Sunday, 5 March 2017

My Wargaming Week, 5th March 2017

On Friday I managed to get the current Breed's Hill collection onto a 6x8 table to begin optimising things for the demo game. The basic set up is shown in the first photo. The Mystic river is in the foreground with Charlestown in the distance. Breed's Hill is in the middle with two red flags flying in the redoubt.

A few things will change. The crops will be replaced by long meadow grass I think and the exact buildings/layout of the outskirts of Charlestown might be tweaked. There will be more militia, more fences and some stone walls but overall the layout "works". 

Here is a closer view of the redoubt and breastwork. The fleches need further work. 

Howe's right wing. Grenadiers approaching the fences, light infantry descending to the beach. Artillery in place on Moulton's Hill.

A view along the British line. 

Yesterday I popped along to the Hammerhead show. I picked up some 6mm grass sheet from which I have made the following patches of long grass to use as meadow:

I also bought a small pond from The Last Valley, and gave it the same "treatment". 

Lastly I bought another artillery crew in shirtsleeves and a blister of northern militia; both from Perry Miniatures. These have received a coat of Vallejo light grey primer and will be painted over the coming week.

I think the demo game should be ready well in time for Cannon so I hope to see some of you there on 2nd April or at Partizan in May.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

My Wargaming Week, 26th February 2017

Hi. It has been militia-a-go-go this week. 

Mostly new painting but also some renovation of older figures from the class of 2001. There has been a mix of gun crews, commanders and rank-and-file militia.

Below is the output so far, awaiting basing. Most of these will be used for the 300 or so troops defending the rebel right flank in Charlestown. 


A close up on militia gunners. These will operate a 3-pounder section:


Command stands. The chap with the "Liberty" glad still needs his pole and finial finishing off. The flags in these cases are hand painted but I'm sure GMB do some great alternatives. The command figures include some repurposed uniformed chaps. I've simply painted them in drab colours and made lapels and cuffs the same colour as the rest of the jacket. There's a lot of colours here that are more often seen on WW2 figures, such as german cammo beige. 


Lastly, another flag on the go. There's not much to go on regarding rebel flags at Bunker Hill and possibly none were flown at all. If they were then red seems the most likely colour and the pine tree emblem might have featured. Red is also a good "rebel" colour and fielding an army with no flags seems a bit dull. 

I'm experimenting with these flags. They are paper like usual but with a core of kitchen foil. I'm not sure this adds much but they do seem to fold a bit more easily and hold their shape a little better.


Terrain-wise the beach sections are about done and next weekend I might get the opportunity to clear the table and set everything up for the first time to get a feel for what still might be missing.

See you next week.

Don't forget the Hammerhead show in Newark, Notts next Saturday (4th). Not sure if I'll make it yet - I might be busy clearing the garage and table!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

My Wargaming Fortnight, 18th March 2017

Hi all

This week I have been on leave from work, for the half-term holidays.
This has helped a little with my productivity and I have managed to finish off the British army for my Bunker Hill/Breed's Hill project:

Here is the entire force. Howe's right wing on the top shelf, then Pigot's left wing and finally the reserve forces under Clinton:
 A close up of Howe's wing. Grenadiers, Light infantry and the 5th & 52nd regiments. The artillery are out of shot.
The command base for Howe himself is hidden at the back.
Then we have Robert Pigot of the yellow facings of the 38th with the left wing of the British army.
There is the 1st battalion of marines, three line battalions (38th, 43rd and 47th) and a "flank battalion" of the grenadiers & light infantry of the 35th, 63rd and 2nd Marines. Pigot is assisted by a second command base featuring Major Pitcairn of the Marines. Pigot himself was a Brigadier General but I opted not to put him in the blue facings of a staff officer. I may reconsider this.
Lastly, General Clinton and the reserve of the 63rd Foot and the 2nd Marines. Historically they landed quite late so weren't involved in storming the hill but played a role in mopping-up afterwards as the rebels retreated across Charleston neck.
The command vignettes feature a few conversions, achieved by taking the arms of various Foundry command figures (mostly standard-bearers) and replacing them with plastic ones from the Perry AWI British plastic command sprue. The exception is Pitcairn who is an Old Glory figure for now, but might get replaced by a conversion in the future.

Last week I also did some work on the artillery to make the carriages a little less blue and a bit more light grey. This was actually easier than I thought it might be, as highlighting with vallejo Light Grey seemed to do the trick without any major repainting. It has a slightly blue tinge to it anyway.

The model of Breed's Hill is now finished and I have made a start on the beach sections that light infantry will use to try and outflank the rebel defenders. Once these are done I will get the whole lot onto the table and see how it all looks (expect pictures!). February means that terrain building is slow progress however while I wait for glue and plaster to dry...

On the painting table now are rebel figures for command vignettes, sharpshooters and gun crews in civilian dress.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

My Wargaming Week, 4th February 2017

More painting this week. I have more or less finished the 5th Foot. The finials and cords just need a final highlight. The 47th are now coming along.





Saturday, 28 January 2017

My Wargaming Week, 28th January 2017

This week I have been mostly painting the battalion companies of the 5th Foot for my Boston 1775 collection. As an understrength unit they are another of those 18-20 figure battalions.


As you can see from the photo I have begun basing using a healthy dollop of PVA which will take a day or two to dry. The GMB flags have been assembled and the Front Rank finials painted and washed. These will be highlighted once the flagpoles are in the hands of the standard bearers. 

The "gosling green" facings of the 5th have been painted with a mix of Vallejo camouflage yellow and Army Painter greenskin. Final highlight was around a 4:1 ratio. This is still a bit more green than the colour of the GMB flag but close to the various illustrations and photographs on line.

I'll now begin prepping the 47th. Yet MORE white facings!