Steve Thompson's Sharp Practice game at Hotlead (these are pictures of actual game I played in too), I started thinking about my fledgling Napoleonics collection. I have one box of Warlord Prussian Landwehr (which I reviewed last year) and 60 odd Russians I got two Hotlead's ago in the Bring & Buy.
I had been thinking that wasn't really enough to do anything with and I'd need more. Not being able to afford a lot more I put them away.
But at Hotlead I had had a pretty good time with a pretty smallish army (2x 24 figure units, 2x guns and an 8 figure cavalry unit). So I started thinking about my Napoleonics and realized that the box of Warlord figures would make a fine unit and the Russians would easily organize into at least 2 units.
In Sharp Practice figures are organized into Groups of 8-10 figures, and then the Groups are organized into a Formation. A Formation can have a flag and a Big Man with musicians to help him issue orders. A Group may have a lower ranking Big Man like a sergeant.
The Warlord Landwehr will easily sort themselves into 3x 9 figure Groups plus a command element of Big Man, drummer and ensign. The Russians have been resorted into 2x Formations. A Line Infantry Formation of 3x 9 figure Groups plus Command Group and assorted Big Men and a Grenadier Formation with 2x 8 figure and 1x 6 figure Groups plus Command Group and assorted Big Men. There's also an 8x figure Group of chaps with their muskets at the high port who would probably make a nice detachment of Jaegers. The also have an artillery piece.
I have enough Russian gunners to man two guns. I can probably get a second gun from Mike.
Hurray! Instant army! By the time I get all the infantry painted I will probably be able to save some money to buy a few cavalry and expand the Prussian contingent. Mike already has enough French to fight them if he can find enough extra command figures to make the Big Men.
Now I just need some time to do a bit of painting for myself....
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Some more pictures emailed to me by an attendee showing a few other games.
|Some Napoleonic skirmish action|
|Cacadores and Rifles vs. Voltigeurs|
|Green Jackets and Voltigeurs Rules.|
|Byzantines vs. German Imperial troops in Italy 11th cent.|
|He must be doing well.|
|Lovely masses of infantry!|
|The reason why I keep doing this.|
|A new hero|
My friend Peter took a bunch of pictures when he wasn't manning the trenches at the Bring & Buy. He has kindly given permission to publish some of them here. I made all the pictures small to save on page loading. click on each to view at full size.
|Getting started Friday afternoon.|
|With silly hats|
|Pasha Dan shares some fashion advice.|
|New Vendor. My local video rental store and GW dealer.|
|Some very pretty Turks in a Sharp Practice game.|
|Heroic defenders of the Electorate.|
|General view of the games, Friday night.|
|Setting up the Bring and Buy Saturday morning|
|An insanely detailed 15mm War of 1812 lake battle.|
|Mike is a deal hunting machine!|
|Keith's 15mm ACW game using Black Powder.|
|The very popular Chariot race game.|
|Saturday. We're in full swing now.|
|Mike M's 20mm AWI game.|
|Mike has almost made a religion out of using the 20mm figures.|
|ECW using FoG:Renaissance rules.|
|Bir Hacheim in 20mm with Rapid Fire!|
|B. of Helicarnassus in 15mm using DBM. This GM has been working his way through all of Alexander the Great's battles. Bringing a new one each year.|
|The Bring and Buy has a brief and rare lull.|
|Something going on in Mesopotamia in the 20s....|
|Punic Wars. 20mm. Might of Arms rules.|
|Rabbitman asks about something.|
|Keith's Wild west shootout. Also a perennial favourite.|
|Keith, (standing, red shirt) Hotlead founder and GMing machine!|
|Battlemechs battle over Quebec City!|
|Sunday morning. Still a good crowd.|
|The VSF Bring and Battle gets rolling.|
|Pete's Russians and Canadians. Why are they on the same side? Martian mind-control maybe?|
|The British camp. HRH Queen Victoria excorted by Sir Harry Flashman VC.|
|A flying machine made by one of the youngsters. He used it to good effect.|
|Pasha Dan gets some help with the rules.|
|The Mississauga Dragoons charge!|
|Pete's spar torpedo finally hits something!|
|Stopping the Martians!|
|"I'll be ready for them again. I know their weakness."|
|This kind of says it all for VSF I think...|
|Silly unit but awfully well painted.|