Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fistful of Lead Colonial Skirmish

Last Thursday we gathered at the Baron's for a fun night of Fistful of Lead and some new 28mm AWI minis the group has acquired. With a few tweaks to the original rules including more cumbersome re-loading for muskets, the game flowed as well as the Sam Adams Boston Lager that Doug provided. Not much in the way of details of the clash, as you can read a very nice AAR report over at the Baron's Blog.

British lights infantry and Hessians move into a small hamlet to sabotage a colonial wagon packed with powder.

Receiving word from a local farmer the wagon had been discovered by redcoats, a unit of Continental Army regulars along with the help of some local militia are dispatched to secure it.

British cautiously move up the road towards the wagon positioned at a crossroads.

A small squad of Hessian mercenaries spot CA troops approaching in the distance. Bold moves towards the continentals would prove deadly for the Hessians. 

The lobster backs would attempt to put pressure on the crossroads and the colonists' right flank.

Heavy fighting across the hamlet ensues and the militia begins to take heavy casualties.

A strong continental left and the ability to shift reinforcements to the center would prove to be the difference in the battle.

Towards the end of the evening what looked like a sure British victory would turn disastrous. A stiff rebel resistance in the center at the objective would win the day.

Monday, January 11, 2016

28mm AWI Continental Army

As a bit of a follow-up to my last post, here are some pics of my finished continentals. All but a few are Perrys, and the Perrys I must say are incredible sculpts.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

28mm Foundry AWI

Happy New Year! For several months I've had a hankering to paint up some American War of Independence figs, especially some redcoats. I've always thought the classic British red jacket is really cool looking regardless the period. Compared to some of the other periods I've painted, the uniforms worn by 18th century troops would be by far the most difficult project for me yet. Because of this, I decided my limit would be just enough for small skirmish-level games. While they were definitely a challenge to paint, they weren't as tough as I thought they'd be.  I  didn't get real historical when I chose facing colors. All the infantry are British light infantry.  The continentals I'm working on now are proving to be pretty easy compared to the British. These will be fun to bring out for one of the Baron's Fistful of Lead games.

I don't know how I'll use an artillery piece for a skirmish game, but it was fun to paint.