Thursday, February 15, 2018

Spanish Napoleonic Artillery #2



BOOM! 


This second Spanish battery, fielding an 8 lber and a howitzer, is from the firing set of Brigade Games figures.


Lots of animation and character in the Paul Hicks sculpts!



Very nice gun castings from Brigade games (French range) as well. 


Excellent sculpting of the uniform details. 


Only the finest for the Real Cuerpo de Artilleria!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Spanish "Numancia" Dragoons, 1805, and Dragoon facing tables

    My second regiment of Spanish Dragoons has mustered out!  But before we get to them, I thought it was time for some detailed uniform information on these troops.

    At the start of the Revoulutionary Wars, of the eight regiments, six wore yellow coats, waistcoats, and beeches, whilst the regiment "Rey" (King's) had blue coats and breeches with scarlet waistcoats, and the regiment "Reina"(Queen's) wore a scarlet coat with blue waistcoat and breeches. The regiments had individual colors for their cuffs and turnbacks. There were no lapels and the collars were all the same as the jacket color. The regimental distinctions are listed in the Osprey title "Spanish Army of the Napoleonic Wars (1)", by Rene Chartrand and Bill Younghusband, covering 1793 - 1808. A bicorne hat edged white was worn. Their shabraques were in the facing color, edged with the button color (white for all but one regiment). 

    By 1796, the Dragoon uniforms changed and all regiments now had yellow coats, white waistcoats and breeches, and red turnbacks. The lapels, collars, turnbacks, and piping on the pockets were now in (quite different) regimental colors. Once again, these are listed in the Osprey title cited. All units had yellow shabraques edged white. 

   The uniforms of the Spanish Dragoons changed again in 1800. Now all regiments wore green coats, with buff waistcoats and breeches. The shabraques were green edged in white, and of course the regimental distinctions on the lapels, collars, cuffs and pockets changed yet again as well, as listed below. Buttons were white (pewter) for all regiments. 

Spanish Dragoon Regiments, 1800
Regiment
Collar
Cuffs
Lapels
Piping
Rey
Crimson
Crimson
Crimson
Yellow
Reina
Scarlet
Scarlet
Scarlet
Yellow
Almansa
Sky Blue
Sky Blue
Sky Blue
Scarlet
Pavia
Yellow
Yellow
Yellow
Scarlet
Villaviciosa
Sky Blue
Scarlet
Sky Blue
Scarlet
Sagunto
Crimson
Yellow
Crimson
Scarlet
Numancia
Green
Yellow
Yellow
Scarlet
Lusitania
Black
Scarlet
Scarlet
Scarlet


    Not content with keeping the uniform industry busy enough already, in 1803 the Dragons were abolished altogether, and the eight regiments converted to Hussars and Cazadores a Caballo (chasseurs). This change proved unsuccessful, and on January 30, 1805, the Dragoons were restored.

    Now all regiments wore lemon yellow coats, waistcoats, and breeches with scarlet turnbacks and white buttons. A white crossed sword and quill emblem was embroidered on the collars. The collars, cuffs, cuff flaps, and the button holes on the lapels (only) all had white piping. The pockets on the back of the jacket were piped in the regimental facing color. The 1805 facings were as listed below, but some regiments that were part of La Romana's Division, having been sent to Denmark for service with the French and then repatriated by the British after Napoleon's invasion of Spain in 1808, were still wearing the chasseur style green uniforms in 1809!

Spanish Dragoon Regiments, 1805
Regiment
Collar
Cuffs
Lapels
Piping
Rey
Crimson
Crimson
Crimson
Crimson
Reina
Scarlet
Scarlet
Scarlet
Scarlet
Almansa
Sky Blue
Sky Blue
Sky Blue
Sky Blue
Pavia
Yellow
Sky Blue
Sky Blue
Sky Blue
Villaviciosa
Green
Green
Green
Green
Sagunto
Yellow
Green
Green
Green
Numancia
Black
Black
Black
Black
Lusitania
Yellow
Black
Black
Black
Additional details about the Dragoons can be found at Keith Barker's excellent site:


Spanish Dragoon regiment Numancia, wearing the 1805 uniform. The history of this unit dates back to 1707. As with my other regiment, the flag is of the Villaviciosa regiment (the only one available); the only difference would be the badge on the reverse (pictured above) of the flag. Keith's site has a depiction of the regimental badges from an earlier time. 


The yellow, black, red and white colors of this unit's uniform are quite striking, aren't they?


The obverse of the standard has the royal arms in the center. 


These excellent figures are once again by Brigade Games, sculpted by Paul Hicks. The Dragoons come in 2 variants, the previously shown Almansa Dragoons were composed of figures from the other variant. 

The trumpeters wore "reversed colors", see the prior post for additional discussion of that. The trumpet banners were red with the regimental badge surrounded by a trophy of arms. I couldn't find specific information on the trumpet cords, so I went with white mixed with red.


The red and yellow spiral on the flagstaff is a final bit of military bling for this already rather gaudy unit. Carguemos esa línea!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Spanish Napoleonic Artillery #1


The first artillery battery for my Spanish Napoleonic army rumbles off the painting table!


This battery is equipped with  an 8 lber cannons and a howitzer; both of which are Brigade Games models (French gun castings used). 


The crew are also by Brigade games; this the "Spanish Artillery loading" set. 


Wonderful sculpts by Paul Hicks. The blue is a 2: 1 mix of Michaels' Craftsmart dark Blue (which is both thin on coverage by itself and a bit light in color) and Delta Ceramcoat Opaque Blue. 


For my usual games with Field of Battle, a battery is two stands, but only one stand per unit is needed for Snappy Nappy. 


¡Cargue y prepárese para disparar contra esos franceses!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Battle of Oppidum Commorari - 2nd Punic Wars


Yesterday Jared and I ran a game of To the Strongest! for his middle school game club in Tarrytown, NY, using my 25/28 mm Punic Wars collection. Here's view of the opening setup. The Table was made up of a phalanx if school desks, 3 wide by about 10 long... and it worked fine, giving a playing area 4.5 feet wide x 12 feet long.


Unfortunately, I didn't take many pictures. The action was hot an heavy, and  Jared and I were very busy assisting the players with the game. The school policy prohibits posting pictures of students without explicit permission (sadly, understandable now days). This shot is from the 'South' at lunch break, about halfway through the game. 


The same, seen from the North. The students picked up the game very quickly. I intentionally ignored the moral check rule for lost non-light units, as the game plays fine without it, and it's best to keep it simple on a first go! Everyone seemed to enjoy the rules (I really have yet to have anyone ever dislike To the strongest, even if it might not be their favorite set). We had to call the game after about 3 hours of play, just as the infantry would have been getting more heavily engaged, and at that point the Romans had the edges, with 17 out of 27 Victory Medals remaining, as opposed to 15 out of 28 remaining for the Carthaginians. 


    The students were great to work with, and I think every one thanked me at least twice for running the game. I was also able to deliver the Wizard Kraft river set to add to their terrain collection, plus some surplus books to add to Jared's library. 


Battle of  Oppidum Commorari

CARTHAGE (North to South)

CMD
LATER Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
1
Left Flank Cavalry - Hatti




1
General, Mounted, Detached - Maharbal
2+
Replay
5
2
1
Libyan/Phoenician Cavalry, Javelin, Veteran
6+
3
11
2
1
Libyan/Phoenician Cavalry, Javelin, Veteran
6+
3
11
2
1
Spanish Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
9
2
1
Spanish Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
9
2
1
Numidian Light Cavalry, Javelin, Veteran
6+
3
6
1
1
Numidian Light Cavalry, Javelin, Veteran
6+
3
6
1
1
Spanish Light Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
5
1

CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
2
Infantry Group A - Catherine




2
General, attached -  Hanno
2+
Replay
4
2
2
Libyan Spearmen, Deep, Veteran
6+

9
2
2
Libyan Spearmen, Deep, Veteran
6+

9
2
2
Balearic Slingers, Lt Inf, Sling, Veteran
7+
3
5
1
2
Balearic Slingers, Lt Inf, Sling, Veteran
7+
3
5
1
2
African Javelinmen, Lt Inf, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
2
African Javelinmen, Lt Inf, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
2
African Elephant
7+
Shock, Spec vs Cavalry, Rampage
6
1
2
Camp


1
3


CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
3
Infantry Group B - Thomas




3
General, attached, Heroic Virdomanus
3+
Replay
5
2
3
Gallic Warriors - Deep, Veteran
6+
Hero
14
3
3
Gallic Warriors - Deep
7+
Hero
11
3
3
Gallic Warriors - Deep
7+
Hero
11
3
3
Javelinmen, Lt Inf, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
3
Javelinmen, Lt Inf, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
3
Camp


1
3

CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
4
Infantry Group C - Lucas




4
General, detached, Heroic - Gisgo
3+
Replay
6
2
4
Spanish Scutarii, Javelin, Veteran
6+
2 + pila
9
2
4
Spanish Scutarii, Javelin, Veteran
6+
2 + pila
9
2
4
Spanish Scutarii, Javelin, Veteran
6+
2 + pila
9
2
4
Spanish Javelinmen, Lt Inf, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
4
Spanish Javelinmen, Lt Inf, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
4
Spanish Javelinmen, Lt Inf, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
4
Camp


1
3

CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
C
Commander in Chief - Hannibal Barca




C
General, Senior, Detached, Heroic, Brilliant
3+
Replay, Mv 3
12
2


CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
5
Infantry Group D - Lucas/Carter




5
General, attached - Mago Barca
2+
Replay
4
2
5
Libyan Spearmen, Deep, Veteran
6+

9
2
5
Libyan Spearmen, Deep, Veteran
6+

9
2
5
Balearic Slingers, Lt Inf, Sling, Veteran
7+
3
5
1
5
Balearic Slingers, Lt Inf, Sling, Veteran
7+
3
5
1
5
African Javelinmen, Lt Inf, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
5
African Javelinmen, Lt Inf, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
5
African Elephant
7+
Shock, Spec vs Cavalry, Rampage
6
1
5
Camp


1
3

CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
6
Right Flank Cavalry - Carter




6
General, Mounted, Detached Hasdrubal Barca
2+
Replay
5
2
6
Libyan/Phoenician Cavalry, Javelin, Veteran
6+
3
11
2
6
Libyan/Phoenician Cavalry, Javelin, Veteran
6+
3
11
2
6
Gallic Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
9
2
6
Gallic Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
9
2
6
Numidian Light Cavalry, Javelin, Veteran
6+
3
6
1
6
Numidian Light Cavalry, Javelin, Veteran
6+
3
6
1
6
Spanish Light Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
5
1

Battle of  Oppidum Commorari

POLYBIAN ROMANS (South to North)

CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
1
Left Flank Cavalry - Max




1
General, Mtd, Detached, Heroic
Marcus Atilius Regulus
3+
Replay
7
2
1
Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
9
2
1
Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
9
2
1
Light Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
5
1
1
Light Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
5
1
1
Light Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
5
1

CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
2
Legio I et II - Griffin




2
General, Mtd, Detached
Gnaeus Servilius Geminus
2+
Replay
6
2
2
Legionaries Special Legio I
6/5+
Pila, exchng
12
2
2
Legionaries Special Legio II
6/5+
Pila, exchng
12
2
2
Triarii, Legio I et II - Hoplites, small, veteran
5=
exchng
5
1
2
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
2
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
2
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
2
Slingers - Light Infantry, sling
8+
2
4
1
2
Cretan Archers - LI Bow, veteran
7+
3
5
1
2
Camp
-

1
3
2
Fortify 3 sides of Camp


3



CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
3
Legio III et IV - Noah




3
General, Mtd, Detached
Lucius Aemelius Paulus
2+
Replay
6
2
3
Legionaries Special Legio III
6/5+
Pila, exchng
12
2
3
Legionaries Special Legio IV
6/5+
Pila, exchng
12
2
3
Triarii, Legio III et IV - Hoplites, small, veteran
5=
exchng
5
1
3
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
3
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
3
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
3
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
3
Ballistarii - Artillery
7+
6
7
1
3
Ballistarii - Artillery
7+
6
7
1
3
Camp
-

1
3

CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
4
Legio V, VI, VII, VIII - Sid




4
General, Mtd, Detached
Quintius Fabius Maximus
2+
Replay
6
2
4
Legionaries Special Legio V
6/5+
Pila, exchng
12
2
4
Legionaries Special Legio VI
6/5+
Pila, exchng
12
2
4
Triarii, Legio V et VI - Hoplites, small, veteran
5=
exchng
5
1
4
Legionaries Special Legio VII
6/5+
Pila, exchng
12
2
4
Legionaries Special Legio VIII
6/5+
Pila, exchng
12
2
4
Triarii, Legio VII et VIII - Hoplites, small, veteran
5=
exchng
5
1
4
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
4
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
4
Camp
-

1
3

CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
5
Legio IX et X - Arjen




5
General, Mtd, Detached
Sempronius Longus
2+
Replay
6
2
5
Legionaries Special Legio IX
6/5+
Pila, exchng
12
2
5
Legionaries Special Legio X
6/5+
Pila, exchng
12
2
5
Triarii, Legio iX et X - Hoplites, small, veteran
5=
exchng
5
1
5
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
5
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
5
Velites - Light Infantry, Javelin
7+
3
4
1
5
Slingers - Light Infantry, sling
8+
2
4
1
5
Cretan Archers - LI Bow, veteran
7+
3
5
1
5
Camp
-

1
3
5
Fortify 3 sides of Camp


3


CMD
Description
Save
Spec/Ammo
Pts
VM
6
Right Flank Cavalry- Niki




6
General, Mtd, Detached, Heroic
Gaius Terrentus Varro
3+
Replay
7
2
6
Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
9
2
6
Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
9
2
6
Light Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
5
1
6
Light Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
5
1
6
Light Cavalry, Javelin
7+
2
5
1

The rest of this post shows the same armies and commands as I set up the trial deployment on my 6 foot wide table at home. Since I had some spare time, I also decided to try the one-off game table set up rules. I had in mind to use this set up for the game, but between the difference in table sizes and forgetting to bring a map or picture, that didn't happen. No plan survives contact with reality!


Test deployment without terrain. Romans near, Carthaginians far. 


Using the TTS rules, each player brings one terrain piece per 8 boxes on the battlefield. Pieces can be two boxes in length, but then cpunt as 2 choices. At least 2% must be open terrain (fields, road, or low hills), at least 25% must be rough terrain (such as woods, step hills, rocky ground, swamps, or buildings), and no more than 25% may be impassable terrain. Here's what the initial placement looked like; each side must pace at least 1 piece in each of the central, left flank, and right flank zones. 


Then one card is dealt face up on each terrain piece. Ant terrain piece with a diamond on it is removed. A number of pieces have been removed. 


Pieces with a Club remain, except that if they are in the central zone and not a road or a track, they are removed. Poof!  A bunch of rocky terrain removed! 


Pieces with Hearts remain in place. (Flipped cards indicate pieces whose fate has been adjudicated, and are in their final positions). 


Pieces with Spades will be displaced one box in a direction determined by the pip value of the card. 


Shifted terrain that had Spades played for them,. 

The resultant  final terrain set up. 


Another view. of the final terrain. 

Next are pictures of each of the 12 commands to make up for the lack of in-game shots!


Roman Command 1- Left Flank Cavalry under Marcus Atililius Regulus, aka Max.


Roman Copomkand 2 - Legio I and II, under Gnaeus Servilius Geminus, aka Griffin.


Roman Command 3, Legio III and IV, under Lucius Aemelius Paulus, aka Noah


Roman Command 4, Legio V, VI, VII, and VIII, under Quintius Fabius Maximus, aka Sid. 


Roman Command 5, Legio IX and X, under Sempronius Longus, aka Arjen.


Roman command 6, Right Flank Cavalry, under Gaius Terrentius Varro, aka Niki. 


Carthaginian command 6, Right flank Cavalry, under Hasdrubal Barca, 
aka Carter the Carter-aginian!


Carthaginian command 5, Libyan Spearmen in phalanx plus supports under Mago Barca, aka Carter and Lucas.   Whoa, Nellies!


Carthaginian command 4, Spanish Scutarius plus supports, under Gisgo, aka Lucas. 


Carthaginian command 3, Gallic Warbands and supports, under Virdomanus, aka Thomas.


Carthaginian command 2, Libyan spearmen and friends, under Hanno, aka Catherine. 


Carthaginian command 1, Left Flank cavalry, under Maharbal, aka Hatti.


    I used the new rules for the Polybian Army list, and these worked much better than the original; version with the multitude of brittle, small units. The Rally, Exchange, and Rearm rule for "special" Legionaries worked well to model the effect described for the this era without having to explain *how* they did it.