Sunday, 5 June 2016

Caliver books visit...Ooops

Caliver Books

I decided that over the weekend I would make a detour and visit Caliver Books ( ). It was a quick visit and I wish I had set aside more time for the visit. I also wish that I had taken along with me my camera.
If you have not visited them before, I suggest that you do so. Its an Aladdin's cave of Books, Rules and Miniatures.

It was mind boggling experience and I should have taken my reading glasses along with me, as I struggled to read the titles on some of the spines. I came across numerous books in French on the Napoleonic wars and some really nice books on the various armies of World War 1 at £62 each.  The latter I think will be on my 'to buy' list if I ever get round to doing that period.

I had gone for one purpose only, that was to get a General De Brigade set of rules and look at the Minifigs. Unfortunately I was unable rummage through the Minifigs as they are made to order and us mere mortals are not allowed in to the casting room for safety reasons.

At the end of very short visit, I was a lot of money missing, but  had a carrier bag full of rule books.

General de Brigade and two of the Scenario books.
 My first purchases was the 'General de Brigade' rule book and I also ended up buying two of the Scenario books, which after flicking through I may play using Lasalle to see what the differences are.

In The Grand Manner & Westphalian Guard of the Napoleonic wars
 It has taken me nearly 25 years to purchase a copy of 'In the Grand Manner'. My previously copy had been a photocopied version from my poorer days. In my defence I did not have a lot of money back when these rules came out, they were quite expensive at the time. Now its common to ask £20 to £40 a rule book, back then I was buying £3 rule books. I think 'In the Grand Manner' was in the region of £25.
 The other book I found at the last second was 'Westphalian Guard of the Napoleonic War'. This was a Oh yes moment as we had been discussing the Westphalian Minifigs figures minutes before. It was just what I was looking for and a must if you want to paint up Westphalians. The author also promises a book on the line infantry and cavalry as well.

Blitzkreig 1939 1941
I purchased the 'Blitzkrieg' book on a whim. It has some interesting scenarios in and a quick play set of rules. Once I have had a good read of it, I will do a more in-depth report about this book at a later date.

So that's all for now, I have lots to read and another visit in a month or two is now in the planning.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Lasalle - Armies so far

Lasalle is the first set of rules that I have ever read that I cant wait to play a game. But with Steve's stuff still clogging up the works, I will have to wait a little longer.

But what Laselle this far has done is made me resurrect my Saxon Army form my Teens and also dig out my fathers Russian horde. So a lot of re-basing has gone on and in some cases just a revamp of the bases was required.

There is also another complication I have just agreed to buy someone's Napoleonic collection for metal price. Oops.

I will end up with the following armies to use with Laselle. British, French, Russian, Prussian, Austrian and Saxon, along with a plethora of minor states.

So up to now I have a Saxon army (an unofficial list off the Honor Web site) and a Russian one, although I need to re-base some of the Russian cavalry units for use with Laselle.

Saxon 1812 Army

My Saxon VII Corps is almost complete. I still need 3 more Light Infantry Battalions. But in Lasalle I can not field the whole Corps. I can either field my Saxons as Allied Brigade for the French or use the list from the web site.

Saxon Brigade (Back 3 battalions are only used if attacker)

I intend to use my Saxons as stand alone army as I have always have done. So under Lasalle, my armies core Brigade would consist of:
4 Line Battalions
2 Grenadies Battalions
1 Jager Battalion
1 Med Artillery Battery

with the following for use when attacking:
2 Line Battalions
1 Grenadier Battalion

If attacking this gives almost a Division worth of Saxons.

As most games I will play will only have one support available I will mainly use a Cavalry Brigade, which consists off:

1 Cuirassier Regiment (+)
2 Light Cavalry Regiments
1 Horse Artillery Battery

Cavalry Brigade (Cuirassiers still need their bases updated)
Although the Cavalry Brigade should not have the Cuirassiers in as these were farmed out to another French Corps, the author of the army list deemed fit to include them.

Russian 1812 Army

The Russians are still a work in progress and are still in need of re-basing.  Up to now all I have ready is the Core Brigade.

Russian Brigade (Artillery Batteries are two guns each missing)
 The Russian Brigade consists of:
6 Line Battalions
1 Medium Battery
1 Positional Heavy Battery

Russian Artillery battery at full strength showing how wide it will be compared to the two infantry Battalions behind.
The Russian Batteries are five guns strong each, and in my main picture I am only showing them as three guns each as I have run out of bases for now.
I have not yet re-based the Cavalry brigade, and I am undecided between a Light Brigade or a Cuirassier Brigade.

More to come.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

1812 Saxon Army Part 2 - update

Well I have been busy the last day or so and have already agreed in my head to re-base everything within my Saxon army to Lasalle for 1812. Originally my army was based for use with the Newbury rules and then In the Grand Manor. Whilst both rules had there merits and the later was quite fun to play. They still were missing something. I have tried Black powder and it did not click, and I found that they seemed to be written in a way, by people who knew the rules, but then had no ability to write them clearly in a way that new comers, could and would easily understand them. They also lacked any type of Army list or points system.
A lot of people hate point systems or army lists but I find that they give a balanced game otherwise it becomes a lead arms race.
I have also tried Principles of War and quite like the game system, which I use for my Zulus. It makes an interesting game. Having re-based a portion of my army for these rules, my current re-basing will ultimately bring those units into line with the new basing.

The progress so far:

I have re-based two battalions off infantry, 1 Regiment off Cavalry, plus two Artillery Batteries.

Old bases on left, new bases on right.

Old battalion basing on left, a re-based battalion the right

So you have to agree that the new bases look 100% better and do actually look nicer than they do in the pictures. I have ordered a large quantity of the 40x30mm bases as I only had a few in stock.  Once the re-basing program has finished I will then undertake a sprucing up of the figures them selves. Using army builders system to shade them and to neaten up some of the details. These figures have a lot of paint on them.
I have also to repaint all the cannons as new research shows that they were painted in an almost black grey and not the light grey I have them at the moment.