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Title: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 12 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on April 09, 2018, 10:39:25 AM
A friend introduced me to Sharp Practice last year and I really enjoyed the mechanics. Firstly, though a confession, I know very little about warfare during the black powder era so despite enjoying the game I grappled with the idea of getting into a new period, reading about it and collecting the figures.  I think it was Matthew Spring's book "With zeal and with bayonets only" that convinced me that the American Revolution opened up a rich vein of military history with lots of interest.

So I've taken the plunge and started putting together a British and Continental force.  Here's the first batch and there's a bit more about it on my blog if that's of interest https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com.au/2018/04/the-redcoats-are-coming.html

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/N0yA0v.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poN0yA0vj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/KmTbsR.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmKmTbsRj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/TSeecH.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnTSeecHj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution
Post by: OSHIROmodels on April 09, 2018, 10:44:45 AM
They look great  :)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution
Post by: SABOT on April 09, 2018, 08:40:56 PM
Lovely job.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution
Post by: Jeff965 on April 09, 2018, 08:53:32 PM
Nice clean painting style 👍
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution
Post by: Anderson Collection on April 09, 2018, 09:21:26 PM
Very nice👍
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution
Post by: Arthur on April 10, 2018, 09:53:47 PM
Indeed. Those reds and blues are quite vibrant.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution
Post by: TacticalPainter on April 10, 2018, 11:30:33 PM
Indeed. Those reds and blues are quite vibrant.

Actually they are not that vibrant, I used the 'enhance' feature in iPhoto and it has made the colours more saturated than they actually are, particularly the blue.  While the feature does a good job of brightening up pictures, it can over do the colours some times, as happened here.

This picture is without the enhance feature:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/GCRNZE.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmGCRNZEj)

Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on April 11, 2018, 08:26:57 AM
Blue can be a very difficult colour to photograph and rarely comes out the way it is on the actual figure.  Very nice job, though.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution
Post by: Jabba on April 11, 2018, 11:25:53 AM
Great looking figures. I'm supposed to be doing something similar when the other projects are "finished".
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution
Post by: TacticalPainter on May 10, 2018, 04:18:20 AM
Some groups of light infantry now very close to completion, mostly just needing their bases properly flocked.  All figures are Foundry Perry sculpts, except for the casualties which are Perry plastics from their AWI box set.  Odd really, but I'm finding I'm painting these figures quicker than 20mm WWII, must be something to do with the size.  No complaints, painting quickly has to be a good thing!

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/mwfmwk.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pomwfmwkj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/HtwpYO.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmHtwpYOj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/5npgn2.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pn5npgn2j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/6oR7HU.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pm6oR7HUj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/HGqyAy.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnHGqyAyj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 10 05 18
Post by: FifteensAway on May 10, 2018, 04:44:35 AM
Did those casualties flunk out of the Potsdam Grenadiers?  Look large.  But fine painting.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 10 05 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on May 10, 2018, 06:26:01 AM
They are not as big as they look, the lens has distorted them.  If anything the Perry plastics are slimmer than their Foundry metals.  Same height, but slightly less bulky.  To the naked eye they all blend well together though, the differences are marginal.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 10 05 18
Post by: OSHIROmodels on May 10, 2018, 06:30:02 AM
Splendid  :)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 10 05 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on May 13, 2018, 07:30:02 AM
Bases all flocked and finished and the same done for the sabot bases I intend to use.  A big thanks to Brendan Morrissey (aka Baron von Wreckedoften) for pointing out that my light infantry in uncocked hats and roundabouts would not have been seen at the same time as those in helmets (and doing it without shooting me down publicly!).  I was hoping to use the former as my skirmishers and the latter as my lights in line (and to be honest, I will just to get these on the table), but will sort this out in due course.   I've also made up a few markers for casualties, shock etc.  There's a bit more on my blog if you're interested https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com.au/2018/05/sharp-practice-awi-british-progress.html


(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/7IqxY4.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pn7IqxY4j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/Qsbxih.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poQsbxihj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/FZeQ3A.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmFZeQ3Aj)

Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 13 05 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on May 28, 2018, 10:41:08 AM
Working on the Americans now and trying to come to terms with painting blue uniforms.  I'd heard it was tricky, but this has been a nightmare.  I was aware the blue on my British facings was on the bright side, so tried ways to mute this for my Continentals.  In the end I've settled for a base of Vallejo Dark Prussian Blue with a highlight of Prussian Blue.  In photographs this still tends to come out on the bright side, not nearly so bad to the naked eye however.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/QjXfb4.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmQjXfb4j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/pB5WLG.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plpB5WLGj)

Here are the same figures just with natural light and more how they look to the naked eye:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/9GqrMt.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pl9GqrMtj)

Here they are at the head of the queue with more of the half painted groups behind them. 

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/dYss97.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pldYss97j)

A Perry 6 pounder and crew on the way to join my British force:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/ck1Crg.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmck1Crgj)

The Warbases water and ammunition carts:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/fiwcgr.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnfiwcgrj)

Last but not least some of the very lovely Perry skirmishers.  The muted colours are a nice change after the more decorative formal uniforms:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/DRC80L.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plDRC80Lj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: OSHIROmodels on May 28, 2018, 10:49:25 AM
Lovely work  :)

It's very tempting to get into this period again.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on May 28, 2018, 01:46:05 PM
Saw these on the TFL forum and thought "Wow!  Nice!"  The blue actually looks much more accurate under the natural light - has a slightly more faded quality to it.  Be careful with the right arms of those marching figures as it is very easy to get the "tick tock" effect (right arm/right leg moving in synch).  The riflemen have some lovely muted colours.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on May 30, 2018, 03:14:17 AM
Be careful with the right arms of those marching figures as it is very easy to get the "tick tock" effect (right arm/right leg moving in synch). 

Well noted there, I thought there was something odd about the way they looked.  Never too late for some minor surgery!  Some quick work with a sharp scalpel on a few of the worst offenders followed by some fresh paint and they look better.  Thanks for the heads up, I'll keep an eye out for that when next assembling some of these little fellas.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/rv4G0T.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/porv4G0Tj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/SSPfBu.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plSSPfBuj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/h9nO2u.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmh9nO2uj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: 95th Division on May 30, 2018, 12:24:30 PM
Very nice - really like the rifleman figures.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on May 30, 2018, 04:07:19 PM
The second set of photos look perfect - very natural.  Swinging the arms whilst marching is very much a modern thing and troops of this era were supposed to march with their arms by their sides; however, it is difficult not to acquire some momentum in the upper limbs whilst walking long distances.  Again, the natural light makes that dark blue look very accurate.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: Dr DeAth on May 30, 2018, 04:13:23 PM
Just seen this thread - some lovely brushwork there.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: Mad Doc Morris on May 31, 2018, 10:28:25 AM
Excellent choice of setting, rules, and miniatures combined with good progress Ė what's not to like! :)
Your project is really scratching an itch for me. How do you find those Perry plastics? Having painted a large-ish collection of the Perry's AWI metal figures, I found them a bitÖ flat? Maybe should give them a second look?
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: Belisarius on May 31, 2018, 10:39:21 AM
Lovely brushwork on one of my favourite periods . What are you using on the bases before flocking ?
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on May 31, 2018, 11:35:10 PM
Lovely brushwork on one of my favourite periods . What are you using on the bases before flocking ?

Thanks.  The bases are 25mm MDF.  Figures are glued down and then bases smoothed out using Milliput.  I then apply some sand using PVA.  The sand is my own mix.  We live close to several beaches, some have coarse sand and some very fine sand, so I have various jars of these including my own blends depending on the texture I want to achieve.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on May 31, 2018, 11:37:45 PM
A bit more paint work on a few of the American riflemen.  Aside from their earlier work for Foundry, these are my first Perry metals from their own range and they are great sculpts and a delight to paint.  Casting and detail is much more crisp compared to their plastics which makes the job easier.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/zstvKb.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnzstvKbj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/xkX4Vs.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnxkX4Vsj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/UV9SO4.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmUV9SO4j)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: DintheDin on June 03, 2018, 08:23:37 PM
Very good paintjob overall, but your riflemen are top drawer! Congrats!
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 05 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on June 30, 2018, 11:20:49 AM
First batch of Continentals now painted and waiting for a varnish and base flocking.  Riflemen not too far behind and nearly done.  Next up some State line groups and then we're nearly ready for some blooding on the table top.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/H5m7Em.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poH5m7Emj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/L9lL2I.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnL9lL2Ij)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 30 06 18
Post by: arget8 on June 30, 2018, 11:37:05 AM
I'm really looking forward to seeing them all on the table. I love your battle reports.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 30 06 18
Post by: FifteensAway on June 30, 2018, 02:49:13 PM
The man lying look at the camera (loading his musket?) is one of the nicest face painting jobs - in any scale - I've ever seen.

On the tick-tock marching syndrome, if they are post Steuben training, that would be highly appropriate.  Those same marching drills are used in todays military and if you aren't tick-tocking your DI is going to yell at you.  Basic training anyway.   lol
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 30 06 18
Post by: DintheDin on June 30, 2018, 04:05:53 PM
The man lying look at the camera (loading his musket?) is one of the nicest face painting jobs - in any scale - I've ever seen.


I'd say that also the man behind him has an equally nice face painting!
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 30 06 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on June 30, 2018, 05:51:34 PM
Marvellous stuff - can't fault them!  :D
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 30 06 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on July 07, 2018, 06:45:57 AM
Now have the Continentals finished off with bases flocked, same with the riflemen.  It's all slowly coming together, more pictures on the blog https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2018/07/perry-28mm-awi-continentals.html

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/AxlXFG.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmAxlXFGj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/C0kZVp.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plC0kZVpj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/ni30Rb.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plni30Rbj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 07 07 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on July 07, 2018, 01:20:42 PM
Very nice - can't wait to see the Continental Light Infantry.  Good find on those horseshoe shaped bases, btw - not only a good way to mark up which leader is which, but also a good way of not leaving the leaders looking "shorter" from not having a sabot base.  Must get me some of them!
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 07 07 18
Post by: FifteensAway on July 07, 2018, 02:09:01 PM
I'd say definitely go with some brown coats for your continentals.  Will look 'right'. 

You still need Loyalists and Germans which means you need more continentals and militia - and maybe a French unit or two.

Shaping up nicely as a good start on the AWI.   ;)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 07 07 18
Post by: OSHIROmodels on July 07, 2018, 02:12:27 PM
Lovely work  :)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 07 07 18
Post by: arget8 on July 07, 2018, 06:29:41 PM
For the state line troops, I wouldn't hurt to either do them up in Gray coats as NY regiments, which would fit them in nicely with your light infantry in Saratoga caps. Massachusetts regiments wore blue coats I believe and they were pretty common too.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 07 07 18
Post by: Warboss Nick on July 08, 2018, 07:25:25 PM
Excellent brushwork with striking colours.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 07 07 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on July 09, 2018, 12:58:01 AM
Very nice - can't wait to see the Continental Light Infantry. 

Thanks Brendan.  While I try to weave my way around the minefield that is the uniforms of the war, do you or anyone else mind if I ask a couple of questions?

I'm using the Perry plastics for my American light infantry and plan to use the figures in hunting shirts with the caps (the Saratoga caps? is that what they are called?).  I've seen images of light infantry in hunting shirts with tricornes and in full uniform with caps, am I concocting a strange hybrid by having them in hunting shirts and caps??

While on the subject of light infantry, with the British you pointed out that the men in round hats and roundabouts wouldn't be seen together with the men in caps and longer jackets.  I assume that was referring to within the same unit, is that correct?  But was there a period when all British light infantry would have been in one uniform or the other?  In other words did they wear one uniform up to a certain year and then change into the other for following years?

With some periods these questions can often be answered with a simple, yes or no, but I'm beginning to discover with the AWI, the normal answer is 'yes, but however.....' followed by a lengthy treatise on what is known and what is unknown LOL.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 07 07 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on July 09, 2018, 11:14:15 AM
Hi,

1) The "Saratoga caps" are usually the ones worn by the British (in the Saratoga campaign, funnily enough).  When worn by the Americans - usually in the Main and Southern theatres, but never in the North as far as I can tell - they are simply referred to as "caps" or "light infantry caps".

2) Most manufacturers make the Continental Corps of Light infantry figures in coats, but I cannot see any reason why you could not have them in hunting shirts.  However (there it is!).....after 1778, hunting shirts became less common as the French-made lottery coats started to flood in.  Coincidentally, this is just before the CoLI proper appears.  That said, there are numerous other units that wore this style of cap with hunting shirts, including several of the Additional regiments, so you can always find a use for such figures.

3) As regards British light infantry, they wore the "official" (ie 1768 Warrant) uniform in 1775 and 1776, then switched to the "slouch hat and roundabout" look for 1777 - except in Canada/northern NY where they kept the coats but adopted the "Saratoga" cap.  We're not 100% sure what the main army under Howe/Clinton did after that; most folk just assume they kept the "informal" look until the end of the war, but it is just possible that they reverted to the "Warrant" look again (fwiw, I think the former is more likely).  Some late arrivals from Europe (eg the three units that arrived in the South in 1781 - 3rd, 19th and 30th) are known to have retained the European look - and suffered accordingly - but otherwise field mods were very much the order of the day.

Hope that helps.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 07 07 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on July 17, 2018, 04:55:18 AM
Thanks Brendan, you're a mine of useful information as always!

I've now made up some of the sabot bases for my leaders and I'm happy with the way these have come out.  A step by step on how I made them can be found here https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2018/07/sharp-practice-leader-markers.html

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/mWUFhB.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnmWUFhBj)

I've also finished painting and based my British 6 pounder:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/HMRNUK.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnHMRNUKj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/7ogbnx.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pl7ogbnxj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 17 07 18
Post by: Treebeard on July 17, 2018, 09:28:48 AM
Superb. They will look awesome on the table.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 17 07 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on July 21, 2018, 10:11:19 AM
As the previous poster said - superb.  One suggestion (for the world at large), if your gun is detachable, give it a dry-brush of light grey - the blue-grey you so often see for British guns is a pure wargamerism, they were actually straight light grey (no blue tinge at all).  Here's a good idea of what you should be aiming for (see what I did there?); ignore the un-soldierly appearance of some of the gun crew, the uniforms/equipment are spot on:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4jNkkrnz0s

Note the authentic crisp packet blowing across the ground at 0:15, giving a bit of period flavour (cheese and onion, if I'm not mistaken).
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 17 07 18
Post by: FifteensAway on July 21, 2018, 04:42:44 PM
Not sure a modern painted gray with such a smoothly finished wood will represent 18th century colors very well.  The color of the painted gun carriage in this thread looks fine as is - and to my eye pretty gray.  Though I agree too many people interpret blue-gray as too much blue, it is just a gray leaning darker rather than lighter in my opinion.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 17 07 18
Post by: ARKOUDAKI on July 21, 2018, 08:13:21 PM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* Great work indeed! You are really banging them out! Impressed and jealous...keep up the good work! ;)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 17 07 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on August 28, 2018, 03:17:41 AM
Been busy painting, but not posting many pictures.  So here we have the first two groups of State Line, uniforms for these are based on the Perry colour sheet provided with their Continental plastics, in this case for the Connecticut 4th Regt in 1778. That said I felt the brown jackets and red facings were fairly generic and meant they could cover a few different units.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/dd9GdB.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmdd9GdBj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/43fHIR.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pl43fHIRj)

I've added an ensign and drummer to my Continentals:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/b2RAYl.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plb2RAYlj)

And another Sergeant as an additional leader for my Continentals:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/RBtZM0.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plRBtZM0j)

For the British I've added a leader in round hat and roundabout jacket:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/4OkEFB.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pn4OkEFBj)

And for him and the rest of the British leaders I've made up leader sabot bases, as I've already done for the Americans:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/dGFSxA.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pldGFSxAj)

There is also a deployment point for the British (I'm still working out what to do for the Americans):

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/vHvKw3.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/povHvKw3j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/3K17iw.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pl3K17iwj)

Last but not least I have a water cart and an ammunition cart to add as supports:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/v3teOU.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plv3teOUj)

Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 08 18
Post by: DintheDin on August 28, 2018, 05:14:55 AM
First rate paintjob overall, but the tent vignette stole my heart!
You are making a beautiful collection! Cheers!
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 08 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on September 27, 2018, 01:24:45 AM
So I now have enough painted figures to make up two of the core forces for Sharp Practice - either the Continentals or the Southern Militia (as long as I squint my eyes a bit and see my Continental regulars as State line).  I need to work on a few pieces of terrain and then I have enough to get some of these units on the table and trading blows with the British.  More images on the blog, if you're interested http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2018/09/perry-miniatures-continentals-ready-for.html

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/rAWZ95.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnrAWZ95j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/SKDeTt.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmSKDeTtj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 27 09 18
Post by: FifteensAway on September 27, 2018, 05:02:08 AM
No need to squint - State Line troops were Continental troops.  Yes, some state troops were raised for state service but mostly they were raised to fill their states quota of Continental troops.  It does get a bit confusing but that's a pretty basic truth - as I understand it.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 27 09 18
Post by: Bloggard on September 27, 2018, 02:45:07 PM
lovely painting and basing.

I take it you're using static grass - are you using one of those gizmos to get it to stand up like that?
if so, could you let me know which model?

I've got one, and I've never got the darned thing to work...
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 27 09 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on September 28, 2018, 04:26:07 AM
No need to squint - State Line troops were Continental troops.  Yes, some state troops were raised for state service but mostly they were raised to fill their states quota of Continental troops.  It does get a bit confusing but that's a pretty basic truth - as I understand it.

Ah, okay, got it. A touch confusing at first, but that makes a lot of sense, thanks.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 27 09 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on September 28, 2018, 04:37:25 AM
I take it you're using static grass - are you using one of those gizmos to get it to stand up like that?
if so, could you let me know which model?

Yes correct, it is indeed one of those gizmos. I've found them quite effective.

The one I'm using currently is my second one, both bought off eBay and both unbranded.  My first was very cheap and was a converted commercial fly killer - it still bore some of it's original branding (from a Chinese seller who was no doubt being very entrepreneurial). I had actually seen some tutorials online on how you can make your own using a tea strainer and the fly killer, so I wasn't totally surprised when this turned up. It seemed to work just fine for the work I needed it to do until I dropped it one day and it cracked the casing. I looked at going upmarket but couldn't see how to justify the expense of a branded model from a model railway company like Noch, especially when I could see how the bottom of the market model performed decently enough. In the end I settled for something a bit better than my first purchase but still very reasonably priced and this also does the job just fine and probably not much better than the cheap one, it just has a much sturdier construction.

There doesn't seem to be a particular knack.  I use Woodland Scenics' Scenic Glue but ensure I dilute it and spread it thinly. Other than that I just sprinkle the grass from the charged up gizmo. I wish I could give you some more specific and useful advice.

Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 27 09 18
Post by: Bloggard on September 28, 2018, 10:54:06 AM
that's all good, thanks.

any chance you can link to the one you bought?

from what you say, my lack of success seems more likely to be user-error (although I have to wonder what scope there is for that really), but nonetheless getting hold of one which definitely works as intended might be an idea.
anyhow - sorry for diverting the thread somewhat.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 27 09 18
Post by: TaltosVT on September 28, 2018, 03:14:48 PM
Those all turned out really excellent.  I love how the hunting shirts and basing come out.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 27 09 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on October 15, 2018, 04:11:22 AM
I had bought these Foundry figures to make up the two groups of British regulars I would require to complete the five groups of regulars for an early war core force for Sharp Practice. When I realised they have the longer 1768 warrant coats and so wouldn't match the Perry plastics I put them aside for a while. However it seems churlish to let 16 perfectly good miniatures go to waste and so I've finished them off and added to my options for building forces for Sharp Practice. The coats aside, the heads are a bit oversized and exaggerated, but I can live with that.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/cUDFt0.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmcUDFt0j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/VcRytg.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plVcRytgj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/uVOgzg.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnuVOgzgj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 27 09 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on October 15, 2018, 04:14:48 AM
that's all good, thanks.

any chance you can link to the one you bought?


Sorry, just realised you had asked for a link, I went through my purchase history and found it, here it is:
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GJ06-Mini-Flocking-Static-Grass-Applicator-SCENIC-MODELLING-NEW-/173100057492?hash=item284d914394

My first one was about half the price, I couldn't say this new one is twice as good, but it is better.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 15 10 18
Post by: grant on October 15, 2018, 04:23:24 AM
Great looking minis! I think your Foundry look terrific. Heads from the pics look fine ;)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 15 10 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on October 22, 2018, 04:34:06 AM
Thanks everyone. Just finished these Queens Rangers riflemen from Perry Miniatures. Up to their usual high standard of sculpting and lovely to paint.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/tTeWuZ.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmtTeWuZj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/WeaXnc.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmWeaXncj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/qLTjDu.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plqLTjDuj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/CQRmtv.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmCQRmtvj)

Also working on some split rail fencing, it wouldn't be America without it!

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/tiNMUF.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pltiNMUFj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/7kb4NL.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pl7kb4NLj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 22 10 18
Post by: armchairgeneral on October 22, 2018, 12:38:59 PM
Impressive painting and productivity.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 22 10 18
Post by: Utgaard on October 22, 2018, 01:01:18 PM
Beautifully painted additions to your force!
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 22 10 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on October 23, 2018, 06:20:43 AM
Very nice.  Can I ask - how are you structuring your Queen's Rangers force?  You may well know this already, but there is a common misconception that they were all riflemen because when Lefferts  researched his uniform book in the early 1900s, he confused them with a later unit of the same name raised in Canada in the 1790s (which was all rifle-armed).  A lot of uniformologists - and several figure manufacturers (including Alan Perry, although he knows now) - have followed his lead and also got it wrong.  Hence you need to use the light company figures (pack AW24) for the light company AND the 8 centre companies as well; the rest of the infantry was a grenadier company, and a highland company (effectively a second light company), and there was also a hussar troop, three light dragoon troops, and an artillery section with two small-calibre guns. 

The AWI version of the QRs DID have some riflemen later on, but only a squad (typically 12-16 men, under a sergeant - and they were mounted in the Southern campaign!), so your 12 guys are a 1:1 representation of the actual rifle component.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 22 10 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on October 23, 2018, 09:46:37 PM
Very nice.  Can I ask - how are you structuring your Queen's Rangers force? 

The AWI version of the QRs DID have some riflemen later on, but only a squad (typically 12-16 men, under a sergeant - and they were mounted in the Southern campaign!), so your 12 guys are a 1:1 representation of the actual rifle component.

Thanks, thatís very useful to know. At this stage Iím working off the core force lists in the Sharp Practice rule book, which calls for groups of either 6 or 8 Loyalist skirmisher riflemen. So in this instance Iíve just acquired an initial 12 of these Perry figures to meet that need. They are, as youíve noted unmounted, but I shall assume for game purposes they have dismounted for action (well, thatís my excuse anyway).

As Loyalists and Regulars units would have served together, is it a stretch to assume a group of Ranger riflemen might have worked alongside Regulars in a small action, say serving as scouts and skirmishers?
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 22 10 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on October 24, 2018, 01:40:37 PM
The riflemen actually took part in a mounted charge with the hussar troop at Spencer's Ordinary, sadly resulting in the death of Sergeant M'Pherson, who commanded them.

The QRs worked alongside the 71st in the South (an action called Point of Fork, against von Steuben and some Virginia troops).  However, there's no reason why you couldn't organise some other QR infantry - a couple of groups of grenadiers or highland company would look good. 

In fact, you could say that the QRs were made for SP2 (or is it the other way around?).
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 27 09 18
Post by: Bloggard on October 26, 2018, 11:20:43 AM
thanks, not in oz, but similar ones on sale here in the uk, but that style / quality is starting to get a bit painful in the prices dept.

Queen's Rangers are the bees-knees btw. Lovely painting

Sorry, just realised you had asked for a link, I went through my purchase history and found it, here it is:
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GJ06-Mini-Flocking-Static-Grass-Applicator-SCENIC-MODELLING-NEW-/173100057492?hash=item284d914394

My first one was about half the price, I couldn't say this new one is twice as good, but it is better.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 22 10 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on October 26, 2018, 11:59:53 PM
In fact, you could say that the QRs were made for SP2 (or is it the other way around?).

So Brendan, tell me, are you working on a commission from the Perrys by any chance? Every time you provide me with one of your gloriously comprehensive replies Iím off to the Perry website deciding what I need to buy next. Not only that, Iíve yet to get my existing AWI forces on the table for a game (although Iím pleased to say I hope to rectify that next weekend). That said, a Loyalist Force made up of QRs is very tempting.........
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 22 10 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on October 27, 2018, 06:02:00 PM
I do actually "work" for them - mostly Alan - occasionally (and very beneficially, they are a most generous pair). 

I'm actually looking at a QR force for SP2 myself, at the moment - although I have yet to decide which of the three distinct versions I'm going for: the initial one, under Rogers and then Weymss as a conventional infantry battalion; or the middle period under Simcoe when the Highland company and Hussar troop were added; or the final one, with the expanded corps from 1780 to the end of the war, wearing the later uniforms (including the iconic leather caps) from the Murray watercolours.  Decisions, decisions.....
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 22 10 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on October 28, 2018, 03:12:42 AM
The QRs worked alongside the 71st in the South (an action called Point of Fork, against von Steuben and some Virginia troops).  However, there's no reason why you couldn't organise some other QR infantry - a couple of groups of grenadiers or highland company would look good. 

I see the Perryís do QR grenadiers and lights, but would the highland company have a different uniform, or just some variation to the uniform to distinguish them?
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 22 10 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on October 28, 2018, 10:09:59 AM
The Highland company was originally raised in "highland dress" (which everyone has taken to mean the slightly different coat, sashes worn over the shoulder rather than around the waist, kilts, blue bonnets, broadswords, etc) and quickly became regarded as a second "light company", although it was occasionally used to guard Simcoe in action.  Given that all other Highland regiments adopted overalls for campaign dress fairly quickly after arriving in N America, I would use the Highland flank company figures at porte arms (pack AW 11, pack AW 8 for command - put a musket/fusil in the right hands of the two ensigns to give extra officers or sergeants) to have them in the same pose as all the other QR figures - assuming you like that sort of thing, it allows you to use the marching "late" highlanders in overalls as 42nd/71st/76th/whichever.

Also, if you're representing the QRs in their pre-leather cap days (1775 to early 1780), when they wore what Simcoe described as "miserable contract hats", I would go for pack AW 57 as they are in a broadly "high porte" pose, without packs and give the hats some white lace.  The uniforms of the grenadier, light and highland companies would be the same for either period.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 22 10 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on November 02, 2018, 01:02:54 AM
So now that I have enough miniatures for a game of Sharp Practice I've just needed to add a bit of terrain.  Not least of which is the ubiquitous split rail fencing. I've posted a tutorial for this on my blog and you can see it here https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2018/11/making-split-rail-fences.html

These will all hit the table this weekend for the first outing for Sharp Practice in the AWI. Can't wait.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/btgtZJ.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmbtgtZJj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/rIaxiH.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plrIaxiHj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/DCXeKL.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plDCXeKLj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 02 11 18
Post by: Belisarius on November 02, 2018, 05:12:41 PM
The fences are little gems and the house has painted up very well too , itís now on my to buy list . 😁
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 02 11 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on November 05, 2018, 02:07:06 AM
Nice to finally pull all these elements together over the weekend and play my first game of Sharp Practice. A learning game as much as anything but our familiarity with Lardie rules meant much was intuitive and play flowed at a good pace. I've written an abbreviated AAR here https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2018/11/first-game-of-sharp-practice-during-awi.html

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/yRcqZI.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poyRcqZIj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/5wdMER.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/po5wdMERj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/vMHJ3P.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plvMHJ3Pj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/oHMO90.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/ploHMO90j)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: Gibby on November 05, 2018, 03:15:29 PM
It must have been an amazing feeling to finally get these to the table. Sharp Practice is a really great game, and your project is awesome! :)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on November 05, 2018, 08:51:58 PM
Just goes to show you don't need a "traffic jam" of units to have a good game.  Nice to see the toys out on the table and giving pleasure to both players.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: bluewillow on November 05, 2018, 09:14:45 PM
Great looking fame

Cheers
Matt
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: Painter Jim on November 06, 2018, 03:44:24 AM
Great work you have done here and a pleasure to view.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: Shahbahraz on November 06, 2018, 08:01:58 AM
Love it, for some reason, I also started my foray into SP2 with AWI, and loving it, especially the Perry sculpts. The plastics make great line troops and the Foundry and Perry metals have so many lovely characters to add.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on January 23, 2019, 10:35:46 AM
Some recent painting to fill out the ranks. These include some Perry continentals in uniform and hunting shirts. I'm hoping the guys in hunting shirts can also be used to fill out the ranks for militia and state line.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/S89CuU.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnS89CuUj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/k6xlcl.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmk6xlclj)

Another Continental casualty and a British leader:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/Ro7Jxv.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnRo7Jxvj)

Finally some civilians to give me some minor characters plus some people to add life to the table:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/kEHwbR.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnkEHwbRj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/Pc3gmj.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plPc3gmjj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/5UqVPi.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pl5UqVPij)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: Belisarius on January 23, 2019, 11:27:10 AM
I love threads like these , gives me impetus to lift my own paintbrushes. Everything thing looks great figures, terrain, building and of course the fences . Brilliant posting and , more please . 👍
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: aphillathehun on January 23, 2019, 07:58:32 PM
The pictures today didn't come through, so it caused me to go back through some of your earlier postings to see whether it's just me - those are all fine.  You've done some amazingly good brushwork here.  A nice collection!
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: sepoy1857 on January 24, 2019, 01:52:15 AM
Amazing! Love em'. Great painting, and great looking terrain.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on January 26, 2019, 05:09:25 PM
You'd want a lot less uniformity for militia, but as the war went on, it wouldn't be unusual to find ex-Continentals in their ranks as "vets" became more commonplace.  However, they would be fine for State troops, although for them and Continentals, I would personally go for all hunting shirts or all regimental coats in any particular group, as I suspect these things were issued a lot more "uniformly" (ie to a specific company, or to NCOs) than most people realise.  FWIW......  :D
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: DintheDin on January 26, 2019, 09:00:41 PM
I visit this thread again and again to admire your paintjob and so nice pictures!
Especially in the last pictures I like very much the civilians! Well done! Congrats for your growing collection!
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on January 26, 2019, 10:04:16 PM
You'd want a lot less uniformity for militia, but as the war went on, it wouldn't be unusual to find ex-Continentals in their ranks as "vets" became more commonplace.  However, they would be fine for State troops, although for them and Continentals, I would personally go for all hunting shirts or all regimental coats in any particular group, as I suspect these things were issued a lot more "uniformly" (ie to a specific company, or to NCOs) than most people realise.  FWIW......  :D

That makes sense, thanks. I have 16 Perry militia close to completion and to make up groups of 10 as per the SP lists I need a handful of additional figures to fill the ranks, hence my comment about some of these continentals finding employment in militia  units, if I can mix them in. Given the lack of uniformity in militia uniforms Iím hoping one or two men in regimental coats and a couple in hunting shirts will just add to the general non-uniform appearance until I can add extra militia.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 18
Post by: TacticalPainter on February 04, 2019, 04:07:17 AM
And talking of the Militia, here are a dozen of the Perry metal Northern militia:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/XKvPcN.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnXKvPcNj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/XD0wa4.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poXD0wa4j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/TgfAIR.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmTgfAIRj)

Plus a cart which will come in handy for foraging, attacks on supply convoys and similar scenarios:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/0AWSAz.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pm0AWSAzj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 04 02 19
Post by: sepoy1857 on February 05, 2019, 12:59:43 AM
Amazing! Brilliant painting - nice looking game.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 04 02 19
Post by: FifteensAway on February 05, 2019, 06:10:10 AM
Inspired by such work, I've moved a box of 16 regiments from garage storage to workbench table for prepping for priming.  18 figures to a regiment - guess what scale?!  Keep inspiring me! 
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 04 02 19
Post by: armchairgeneral on February 05, 2019, 01:11:58 PM
Very nice painting
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 04 02 19
Post by: TacticalPainter on June 17, 2021, 11:33:27 PM
It's been some time since I added anything to this thread and while I haven't been super active there have been a several new additions.

The Renedra Church makes a lovely looking model however I didn't think it was particularly functional for gaming and made a few changes, you can see that build in this post https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2020/03/renedra-28mm-american-church.html

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/921/N8rNvj.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/plN8rNvjj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/qpgVQP.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmqpgVQPj)

Sarissa produce several small houses in MDF. This one has a roof embellished with planks from Charlie Foxtrot. The chimney breast on the original model is very slim and so I made it much thicker using cork and then covered it all with wallpaper embossed with a brick print (bought in A4 pieces on eBay). The chimney pot was made from scratch using Milliput. I put the finished building on a small base and I really like the way that enhanced the look of the house.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/dt3U3s.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmdt3U3sj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/S75q7f.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poS75q7fj)

I did the same thing for the larger plantation house that I made a couple of years ago. Amazing how the addition of a base makes such a difference. At the same time I replaced my original attempt at chimney pots using Milliput once again.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/TgmkFw.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poTgmkFwj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/Fa3cwB.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmFa3cwBj)

For Sharp Practice I needed a movable Deployment Point for my Americans and so used a couple of the Perry plastic figures in hunting shirts and mounted them on a 40mm round base. I thought they look like a couple of men who know their way around the local area.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/PEOWTB.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnPEOWTBj)

At the same time I reworked my main British deployment point which suffered from two defects. Firstly it featured a bell tent, which is wrong for the period and secondly the entire base was too large to be practical and so I moved the figure and the campfire and transplanted them on to a 40mm round base as well. I think this works much better.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/X1P6SU.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnX1P6SUj)

Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 18 06 21
Post by: Grumpy Gnome on June 18, 2021, 05:42:38 AM
So much to love in this thread. Great work! Good idea on the deployment points.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 18 06 21
Post by: Hu Rhu on June 18, 2021, 07:44:12 AM
Just caught up with this thread and read it from the start.  Great project, fantastic painting and wonderful terrain.  Fabulous.  :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 18 06 21
Post by: CapnJim on June 18, 2021, 08:15:19 PM
Just caught up with this thread and read it from the start.  Great project, fantastic painting and wonderful terrain.  Fabulous.  :-* :-* :-* :-*

What he said!   8)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 18 06 21
Post by: Gangleri on June 18, 2021, 08:30:29 PM
Very nice work on the terrain.  One small objection is to the cross on the church - in the Colonies crosses as decorations were uncommon at this time (too Popish) but otherwise they look lovely.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 18 06 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on June 19, 2021, 05:40:22 AM
Very nice work on the terrain.  One small objection is to the cross on the church - in the Colonies crosses as decorations were uncommon at this time (too Popish) but otherwise they look lovely.

Yeah, don't disagree but it comes moulded to the church exterior, it would take major surgery to remove. This congregation will have to be papists and punished for their sins!
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 18 06 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on June 19, 2021, 05:51:00 AM
As part of bringing the thread up to speed I've dug out some more images of various projects that I've worked on in recent months.

I've put together scatter terrain and potential booty for foraging parties and raids. The barrels are from Renedra and the animals are from the Warlord plastic sprue and a very useful set it is - a few of the chickens can be seen pecking the ground in the vegetable garden. Talking of which the cabbages were made from paper roses sold in stationery stores in the wedding invitation section. They are a bit over scale but let's just assume the local farmer is aiming for a prize at the local agricultural show.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/TUTD5i.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmTUTD5ij)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/gRpjUr.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmgRpjUrj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/UYmyI4.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poUYmyI4j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/yzrr9c.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poyzrr9cj)

I made up some of the Renedra wattle fence enclosures thinking more of games set in Dark Age or Medieval periods but they could come in handy for almost any period. That made me realise the basing for the animals was a little too regular in shape and so I took by Dremel to them and formed them into more naturalistic shapes so that they would sit better in the enclosures. I think this works a lot better now.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/fWonD9.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pofWonD9j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/91fESG.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/po91fESGj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/1BSFbL.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pm1BSFbLj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 19 06 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on June 19, 2021, 06:10:12 AM
One of the fortunate things about living in Australia is how little the covid pandemic limited face to face gaming. Aside from about 10 weeks I've been able to play face to face for most of the last 12 months. Sharp Practice has featured in that gaming and I'm pleased to say I've really started to get a handle on the rules. It reached a point back in September of last year when we played two games in succession that I felt we'd arrived at a watershed moment in the learning curve. I wrote up a report on the games and what I thought I'd learned from the process in a post you can read here http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2020/09/coming-to-grips-with-sharp-practice.html

As always it was great to put terrain and figures on the table and actually play.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/gqdudm.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pogqdudmj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/awZLZa.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnawZLZaj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/wLFlyd.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/powLFlydj)

My regular opponent and I joined a new club last year and that's introduced us to many new gamers. More recently we hosted a four player game of the Sharp Practice scenario in the most recent Lard Magazine - The Magistrate's Daughter. An excellent scenario for four players and one with several objectives for all players which made for a very entertaining game with plenty of action for everyone.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/XsfM2a.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmXsfM2aj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/ymjOJn.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmymjOJnj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/LAcHM6.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poLAcHM6j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/kgb6r2.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnkgb6r2j)



Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 18 06 21
Post by: Norm on June 19, 2021, 06:46:56 AM
What he said!   8)

yep, just done the same, thank you.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 19 06 21
Post by: Hu Rhu on June 19, 2021, 08:50:45 AM
That is a beautiful board and wonderful terrain.  Great work.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 19 06 21
Post by: has.been on June 19, 2021, 10:22:40 AM
Nice, very nice.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 19 06 21
Post by: pbjunky1 on June 19, 2021, 04:46:22 PM
You have done a lovely job with the minis you've painted for this project. AWI is probably my favourite black powder period. I concentrated more on the campaign in the south. The Perry Southern Militia minis are really stunning (in my opinion). I bought way more of them than I needed.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 19 06 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on June 20, 2021, 01:21:53 AM
I've wanted to add some loyalists to the collection, so far all I have is a dozen of the Perry Queens Rangers 'riflemen skirmishing'. I've since discovered that the QRs had a unit of only 16 riflemen and the information the Perry's used to create this group was based on misinformation and confusion over a Canadian unit. For now I've used them mainly to stand in as generic loyalist riflemen or QR light infantry.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/oUQ5Zh.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pooUQ5Zhj)

I've wanted a more general group of loyalists and Giles Alisson's excellent blog Tarleton's Quarter suggest you can make these using the Perry plastic continental bodies and the round hats that come with the plastic British regulars. I've used the British arms with muskets at the trail and gone with green jackets with white facings. Any thoughts on whether these would also pass as QR centre company men?

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/OKQfa2.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnOKQfa2j)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 06 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on June 20, 2021, 01:42:27 AM
The most recent addition has also been my first mounted figures for the period and this brings this thread up to speed with the project so far. These are the Perry 17th Light Dragoons and lovely sculpts they are too. While I'm happy with the end result for some reason the painting of these turned into a terrible chore and I began to fear they would never be finished. Pleased to say I got there in the end.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/4eUhGD.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pn4eUhGDj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/MGrDW8.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poMGrDW8j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/j3U2Pc.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poj3U2Pcj)

Ironically their first time on the table was not a game of Sharp Practice, but one using the Muskets & Tomahawks 2 rules. My regular opponent enjoys the Studio Tomahawk rules and was keen that we give these a try to compare how they play against Sharp Practice. As you might expect given Studio Tomahawk's track record the rules are tight and give a good game experience. Whether it's a good historical game I'm less certain.

Some things struck me as just plain wrong. The rating for British Light Infantry give them an Aggression rating of 7+. That's a measure of their close combat prowess rolled on a D10 where you have to roll the rating number or higher for a hit. British regular infantry (centre companies) are rated at 6+ and Grenadiers at 4+ (making them a veritable steam roller when it comes to hand-to-hand). I can't understand why the Lights are rated so poorly, not just against the other British line units but more so when compared to American Militia which are also rated at 7+. It would make more sense to me to have the Lights rated slightly better than the centre companies but not better than the Grenadiers, so perhaps 5+. The American Militia at 7+ would then seem about right. I had a few other issues that meant overall I found more granularity and depth in Sharp Practice than M&T2.

As for my Light Dragoons and their first time in action, they put in a late appearance and exacted a bloody revenge on a Continental officer who had just slain my Rangers officer in hand-to-hand.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/S19V91.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnS19V91j)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 06 21
Post by: Hu Rhu on June 20, 2021, 09:58:59 AM
Excellent additions to your force.   :-* :-* :-* :-*   I love the Light Dragoons, but why 9 models may I ask?
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 06 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on June 20, 2021, 10:24:47 AM
Excellent additions to your force.   :-* :-* :-* :-*   I love the Light Dragoons, but why 9 models may I ask?

Sharp Practice has groups of eight plus a leader. Perry sell the Dragoons in sets of three with one set a command set. Conveniently making up the nine I need to start off with.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 06 21
Post by: Hu Rhu on June 20, 2021, 11:09:26 AM
Thanks for the explanation, I wasn't familiar with SP2. That worked out pretty well then. :D :D
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 06 21
Post by: CapnJim on June 20, 2021, 01:11:35 PM
The QR hatmen look good to me.  So do the dragoons!  Well done!
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 06 21
Post by: Gangleri on June 20, 2021, 04:48:02 PM
Continuing the excellent work.  QR are very good.  Also the terrain is great - really makes the photos come to life.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 19 06 21
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on June 20, 2021, 05:25:50 PM
I've wanted a more general group of loyalists and Giles Alisson's excellent blog Tarleton's Quarter suggest you can make these using the Perry plastic continental bodies and the round hats that come with the plastic British regulars. I've used the British arms with muskets at the trail and gone with green jackets with white facings. Any thoughts on whether these would also pass as QR centre company men?

Yes, they would, but only for one particular year (I think it was 1778 - it came up in a thread on the QRs on here a couple of months back) as it was the only one where they were issued this style of clothing - for the rest of the war, it was green coats with green facings, for all QR contingents.  Sorry (and after you went to the trouble of doing a pre-1780 - leather caps - version of the unit, too!!!).

Don't despair though, the QRs are a fantastic unit for an all-arms SP2 force - you can have grenadiers, centre companies, TWO light companies (one in highland bonnets), riflemen (who can travel mounted if you wish, and even take part in a charge), two types of cavalry, and a small artillery piece.  Your "Loyalists" in green coats faced white, can double as "vanilla" Loyalists, or even Continental Marines if you need an alternative use for them.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 06 21
Post by: Ceeteegee on June 20, 2021, 10:28:50 PM
A very, very nice looking QR unit you have there. They're on my to do list in metal, but in the meantime I have all the parts required to make those.
I made a large unit for Emmerich's Chasseurs after reading Giles Allisons'blog, with a small light company and a small unit of riflemen with as close as I could get to the 1776 rifles. But I could do with more Loyalists.   
PS Both groups I game with have a very relaxed attitude to the various theatres. I just favour Loyalist battalions with militia and native warriors. 
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 19 06 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on June 20, 2021, 11:02:06 PM
Yes, they would, but only for one particular year (I think it was 1778 - it came up in a thread on the QRs on here a couple of months back) as it was the only one where they were issued this style of clothing - for the rest of the war, it was green coats with green facings, for all QR contingents.  Sorry (and after you went to the trouble of doing a pre-1780 - leather caps - version of the unit, too!!!).


Damn these people and their ever changing uniforms. If I didnít know better Iíd suspect all the colonels were in cahoots with figure manufacturers, hell bent on maximising how much cash they can extract from us! Rogers and Simcoe were the Games Workshop of their day 😂

Joking aside, many thanks for the informative response. Iíve found that other thread too, equally enlightening. At least those figures in the round hats can also serve as a vanilla loyalist unit (which was the main intention) but good to know they can do service elsewhere. I hadnít even thought about Continental marines, good one!
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 06 21
Post by: Baron von Wreckedoften on June 21, 2021, 06:31:25 PM
One of the good things about the AWI, much like the ECW/TYW in fact, is that units are transferrable not just within an army, but even from one army to another - for example, Simcoe's, Tarleton's and Lee's corps all impersonated each other at some point in the Southern campaigns.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 06 21
Post by: BillK on June 24, 2021, 07:27:45 PM
Rerally nice work.
Wonderful thread.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 06 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on July 17, 2021, 02:09:31 AM
Another house for the collection, again from Sarissaís North American range. I think this is called simply Ďhouse with stone chimney and porchí. As usual Iíve added roof tiles, these are from Charlie Foxtrot.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/922/5QcfHU.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pm5QcfHUj)

The chimney breast is very slender and so Iíve increased the size by cutting a piece of cork floor tile to shape and glueing it on.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/924/V6vrxp.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poV6vrxpj)

The chimney and other stone effects around the base of the house I will wrap with embossed wallpaper with a scale brick print (eBay purchase).

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/922/K23Uof.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmK23Uofj)

I painted with craft acrylics and then glued the wallpaper on with PVA, the only reason to do it in that order is to avoid accidentally getting paint on it. I also made a small chimney pot using Milliput.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/922/CnocYl.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmCnocYlj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/924/OXi38r.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poOXi38rj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/924/cU9R3j.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pocU9R3jj)

Next job is to make up a small base for it:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/924/nP6W5a.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/ponP6W5aj)

Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 17 07 21
Post by: Mad Doc Morris on July 29, 2021, 08:41:05 AM
Looks quite easily done, yet what an improvement that chimney is! Thanks for illustrating the process.
Looking forward to the finished base. Have to admit I already tried to copy your take on that church model and the yard you've created for it. So, please keep it coming! ;)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 17 07 21
Post by: Gangleri on July 30, 2021, 02:40:51 PM
Very good idea with the brick texture, will have to look into that.  I was dreading having to etch fieldstone walls by hand.  The finished project is lovely as usual.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 17 07 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on October 01, 2021, 05:02:21 AM
Took a while to get the house finished off and based but it's done now:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/NK4QQx.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnNK4QQxj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/Ocii0t.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poOcii0tj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/FMTKK4.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poFMTKK4j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/EffL1K.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnEffL1Kj)

While I was sorting through my terrain box I came across a few half finished stone wall sections that I had begun making years ago. I was using small aquarium pebbles and gluing them down in layers using PVA glue. It was a laborious process as I had to wait for the glue to dry before doing the next layer and obviously these three must have been left behind once my boredom threshhold had been reached. Looking at them I thought they could be made into sections of split rail fence with stones piled up beneath. Of course these three sections are nowhere near enough, so completing one project has probably inspired the start of another, but that said I do like the look of these and would be happy to add more:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/UoocvN.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmUoocvNj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 01 10 21
Post by: rumacara on October 04, 2021, 05:30:08 PM
Your thread is a inspiration. :-* :-*
Will follow with interest. :)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 01 10 21
Post by: painterman on October 04, 2021, 05:31:47 PM
Excellent work on the terrain!
Simon
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 01 10 21
Post by: sepoy1857 on October 05, 2021, 01:05:24 AM
Looks amazing! That brick paper is a really nice touch; very realistic. I looked on Ebay, and they have some really nice brick and stonework paper sheets. Problem is they want to sell you like 16 sheets! I'll never use that much.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 01 10 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on October 05, 2021, 02:11:40 AM
Looks amazing! That brick paper is a really nice touch; very realistic. I looked on Ebay, and they have some really nice brick and stonework paper sheets. Problem is they want to sell you like 16 sheets! I'll never use that much.

Thanks. Perhaps find other club members interested in having some/sharing cost? It's easy enough to store and I've used it multiple times. I have plans for a Sarissa factory for a WWII project that I will cover with it, so think I'll have no problem getting through my stash eventually (yeah right, just like the lead pile...... ;)).
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 01 10 21
Post by: levied troop on October 05, 2021, 07:30:43 AM
The brick paper is a really effective short cut, I get through 16 sheets no problem :)

I do like the idea of using cork tile to thicken up chimney breasts and the like and those fences look very good. Will be following this foray with interest.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 01 10 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on October 20, 2021, 06:40:38 AM
We start a short Sharp Practice campaign this week. It's fictitious but based around the New York campaign. I wanted to add a few more leaders for the rebel militia and a mounted leader to depict the most senior leader on each side. The Militia are all from the Perry Northern militia command pack. The flags are temporary, I just wanted to have something on those flag poles before we start our campaign. The mounted leaders are also Perry and from their respective mounted leader sets.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/6Qd34h.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pn6Qd34hj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/lmlDDk.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/polmlDDkj)

Here they are set against the new house:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/gxipeI.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pogxipeIj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/0kCS14.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pm0kCS14j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/XqzJBI.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnXqzJBIj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 10 21
Post by: has.been on October 20, 2021, 08:41:29 AM
very pretty. Hope you enjoy the games.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 10 21
Post by: sepoy1857 on October 20, 2021, 11:30:10 PM
Wow! Very nice painting. :)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 10 21
Post by: CapnJim on October 21, 2021, 11:34:06 PM
You've done the terrain and troops justice there.  Well done!
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 10 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on October 23, 2021, 05:06:38 AM
Nice to do all the painting and terrain but nothing beats getting it all on the table and playing a game. My regular opponent Dave has created a campaign for Sharp Practice loosely set during the 1776 New York campaign. It takes place over five tables and we played the first game this week. I'm controlling the rebels while Dave takes the British.

Sharp Practice games always unfold with a good narrative and that makes it a lot easier to work it into a game report and I enjoyed putting this together. You can find the full game report here:

https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2021/10/ill-take-manhattan-campaign-scenario-1.html

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/FO522f.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnFO522fj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/x55FtY.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnx55FtYj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/Yu9dI1.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poYu9dI1j)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/hMTjfz.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnhMTjfzj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 23 10 21
Post by: Grumpy Gnome on October 23, 2021, 07:41:02 AM
That looks great! Sounds like a fun campaign.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 23 10 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on October 28, 2021, 02:16:19 AM
The next game in the campaign will need a barn, a piece of terrain I'm yet to add to my 28mm collection (plenty in the 20mm collection, but a bit small). Rather than work from an existing MDF model as I have with my other buildings I decided this was straightforward enough that I should try to scratch build one instead. I know, a bit old school in this day and age, what with laser cut MDF and 3D printing, nonetheless for those interested I've put together a step-by-step tutorial on how I did it that you can find here https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2021/10/scratchbuilding-28mm-wooden-barn.html

The shape is made from foam core:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/G7nX8M.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnG7nX8Mj)

The wooden planks were made from coffee stirrers (bought from a craft store.....I've got better things to do than grab handfuls from the nearest Starbucks):

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/6tjWxb.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pn6tjWxbj)

Here's the finished result:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/qPqtnW.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmqPqtnWj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/NfeMh9.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poNfeMh9j)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 10 21
Post by: levied troop on October 28, 2021, 06:12:02 AM
Thatís a masterful bit of building, it looks great.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 28 10 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on November 04, 2021, 11:09:34 PM
The next scenario in our Sharp Practice campaign requires a bridge, something I don't have in my 28mm terrain collection. Given how happy I was with the way the coffee stirrers worked for the barn I thought I'd have a go at scratch building a simple wooden bridge using the same technique as I did for the barn.

I gave some thought to putting a rail on the bridge but I thought I'd keep it simple and it would also allow the bridge to work in 20mm for my second world war games in Burma or Russia:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/Exr8IC.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmExr8ICj)

As it is it works just fine for the AWI in 28mm:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/9Lbm8g.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/po9Lbm8gj)

But it would also pass muster for somewhere like Burma in 20mm:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/ORJiwQ.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmORJiwQj)

I used the same painting technique as I did for the barn to give a similar result:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/qpw3JE.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poqpw3JEj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/6y6SQR.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pm6y6SQRj)

We played the scenario yesterday and the bridge was centre stage:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/xIVmTS.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnxIVmTSj)

I'll work on the report for the game and hopefully post it in a few days time.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 21
Post by: CapnJim on November 05, 2021, 12:47:53 AM
Hmm.  I was not aware that the British in the AWI has armor.  That's not Hoyle....but it reminds me of the 2014 200th anniversary reenactment of the War of 1812 Battle of Chippewa.  As the armies were forming up for the battle, a British WW2 Lancaster bomber flew over behind the British lines.  Who knew?   :)

Seriously, folks, well done again!  Nice figs AND terrain...
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on November 05, 2021, 03:02:14 AM
Hmm.  I was not aware that the British in the AWI has armor........Who knew?   :)

Ha, they don't need armour, they have the light dragoons. Ask my militia :-(
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 21
Post by: has.been on November 05, 2021, 11:40:43 AM
Good decision to leave off the handrail (bridge). It will also
stop the silly sight of big based troops galloping along the
top of the railings.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 21
Post by: CapnJim on November 05, 2021, 03:35:10 PM
Ha, they don't need armour, they have the light dragoons. Ask my militia :-(

I see.  The battle report ought to be interesting then...
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 05 11 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on November 06, 2021, 05:45:46 AM
This is the second game in the campaign, Engagement 2: Miller's Crossing. The British suffered an embarrassing defeat in the first game and they were keen to take their revenge on the rebels and restore British prestige. Could the Americans repeat their performance and drive back the British again? The full AAR is here:

https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2021/11/ill-take-manhattan-campaign-engagement.html

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/xIVmTS.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnxIVmTSj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/922/nazRan.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmnazRanj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/NEx48L.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poNEx48Lj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/cfpCvo.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pocfpCvoj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 06 11 21
Post by: vtsaogames on November 06, 2021, 11:50:56 AM
Great stuff! Fabulous terrain and excellent figures. Thanks for the report.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 06 11 21
Post by: CapnJim on November 07, 2021, 10:48:12 PM
Great report.  I see what you mean about the dragoons!  Ugh... :)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 06 11 21
Post by: brunei35 on November 09, 2021, 06:58:17 AM
Excellent enjoyable report, thank you for posting.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 06 11 21
Post by: bluewillow on November 09, 2021, 08:12:41 AM
Great report and loving your barn and bridge

Cheers
Matt
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 06 11 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on November 10, 2021, 09:18:41 PM
In the previous game when we had wounded leaders who were temporarily out of action, in lieu of any other alternative, we tipped them on their sides, something I think spoils the look of the table. I made sabot bases to mark the individual leaders so I know which activation card they relate to and that system works well, so I thought I could come up with a variation of the same to show wounds..

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/923/mf5eMf.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnmf5eMfj)

Using the same type of single sabot base, I made up some bloodied bandages using tissue paper soaked in diluted PVA and then added a spare hat and sword from a Perry sprue. Much happier with these, which will serve their function and look much better on the table.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/924/BWDRHf.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poBWDRHfj)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/924/qCqERC.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poqCqERCj)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 11 11 21
Post by: DintheDin on November 11, 2021, 04:50:40 PM
The bloodied bandage, hat and sword! Ingenious and inspiring!  :-*
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 11 11 21
Post by: Shahbahraz on November 12, 2021, 09:54:46 PM
Very clever indeed. Consider the idea appropriated.  :)
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 11 11 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on November 15, 2021, 06:11:59 AM
The campaign rolls on and we reach the third scenario. Honours may be even with a victory apiece, but the rebels have taking many more casualties than the British. Will they be crushed by a superior force or find a way to hold off the redcoats? The full AAR is here: http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2021/11/ill-take-manhattan-campaign-engagement_15.html

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Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 15 11 21
Post by: Gangleri on November 15, 2021, 05:21:14 PM
Great report (with the new terrain visible in the lovely photos) and fine work on the wounded markers.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 15 11 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on November 21, 2021, 05:49:02 AM
After the surprising rebel victory in the last game the British are looking for revenge. They are out to rescue a loyalist prisoner and in the process seek a scenario victory that keeps their hopes of a campaign victory alive. They have the better force but that hasn't always played in their favour. The full AAR is here:

http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2021/11/ill-take-manhattan-campaign-engagement_21.html

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Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 21 11 21
Post by: CapnJim on November 25, 2021, 07:53:48 PM
Alrighty then.  Well done.  All tied up going into the fifth.  That one, it appears, is for all the marbles!  Looking forward to that battle report.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 21 11 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on December 19, 2021, 08:28:09 PM
The final instalment in the campaign set around New York in 1776 using Sharp Practice. The more we use these rules the more we make better use of them and the more I like them. Some lovely drill book musketry from Dave's British in this one, pity I was on the receiving end! It's a shame to see the campaign come to an end, hopefully we'll be able to get back to some more in 2022. The full AAR is here https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2021/12/ill-take-manhattan-engagement-5-last.html

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Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 12 21
Post by: DonFabrizio on December 20, 2021, 09:29:49 AM
Again, a fabulous looking game!
Regarding the campaign, did you make that yourselves, or is it from some Lardie Special?
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 12 21
Post by: TacticalPainter on December 20, 2021, 09:45:06 AM
Again, a fabulous looking game!
Regarding the campaign, did you make that yourselves, or is it from some Lardie Special?

Thanks. Itís a home grown campaign, our first attempt. We will review it and make a few tweaks and see if the Lardies are interested in using it in the Lard Magazine next year.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 12 21
Post by: brunei35 on December 20, 2021, 11:40:25 AM
Another excellent report of a fantastic looking table. Thanks again for these AAR blog updates and time you take producing them.

Cheers
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 12 21
Post by: Grumpy Gnome on December 20, 2021, 02:12:33 PM
A joy to read, although I was cheering for the Americans. Great looking games throughout the campaign that sound like a lot of fun.
Title: Re: First foray into the American Revolution Updated 20 12 21
Post by: CapnJim on December 20, 2021, 04:41:17 PM
Well done, lad! 

It does appear the Rebel forces started out on their back foot, and could never really get things going.  Oh well, there's always more battles to fight... :D