Friday, October 10, 2008

"Ticonderoga" Moab 2008

Well Guys the event finally happened, Andrew and I arrived a little late on the Saturday morning for set up so I called ahead too Andrew P so he could reserve our table. On the first day we had several "Brother against Brother" skirmish games after socializing and doing some shopping. Then I played about with the terrain for Sunday’s setup, as we ended up on a smaller table than expected, lucky I didn't finish the purpose built terrain for the table and used our clubs very transportable "TTSFN" (Total Terrain System For Now) which consists of styrene hills with removal blankets draped over it and a dyed cotton drop sheet. It worked well with the log emplacements I built, although a little small.

Not all of the French or British Regts I had planned made it to the table and I am ashamed to admit a few actually were based but not totally finished but still fought on the tabletop, however most actually were finished and I was very happy with the result, Scott also finished all of his promised French and British but failed to finish his Provincials.
We played the game twice on the Sunday with the British overwhelming the French both times, the Provincials were as outstanding and the French Dice were abysmal. Three of us actually knew British Grenadier quite well so the game flowed very smoothly, with rare checking of the rule book itself for clarification, we “gouburnised” the rules a little and changed a few things to speed up game play and do away with some book keeping. I had a very rare opportunity to lead my French to Defeat twice, Andrew was rolling like a girl and every time it counted it was a shocker.
Scott, Nathan and Andrew P lead the British to a resounding victory’s twice, with one or the other French flanks folding and then the centre collapsing in both games. Funnily enough the Scots copped terrible casualties in both games and stalled in front the abatis, never really contributing much except to look pretty, the Indians also helping to make that flank look very pretty but not achieving much.

Here are a selection of pic’s from the weekend enjoy!










Wednesday, October 1, 2008

42nd Foot "Black Watch" Lord John Murray



At Ticonderoga the 42nd wore buff facings, the flag is from warflag is for the later uniform change in 1758 after becoming a Royal Regiment and becoming a blue faced regiment.

History
The 42nd arrived in North America in 1756 and was garrisoned in Albany, New York. On July 8, 1758 during the Battle of Ticonderoga, the 42nd participated in the famed charge on the French lines and attempted to storm the breastworks on Ticonderoga Heights, losing over half its number. On July 22, 1758 the 42nd Regiment of Foot was given 'Royal' designation, becoming the 'Royal Highland Regiment'. King George also authorized the raising of an additional battalion. This 'second battalion' was sent to the West Indies, seeing action at Martinique, and the capture of Guadeloupe in 1759. Later that year, the 'second regiment' joined forces with the 'Old 42nd' at Fort Oswego. Albeit speculation, perhaps this 'regiment' was simply reinforcements, clad in the new 'blue-faced' uniform, and carrying the new Colours. In 1759 the 42nd 'Royal Highland Regiment' took part in the siege of Ticonderoga and the capture of Crown Point, and was present for the French surrender of Montreal in 1760.

I am embarrassed to say that due to time constraints, I had to have my Highlanders painted by a good friend (and saviour) the good Cardinal, otherwise they would not of reached the demo table in time for Moab, these are the first figures i have ever commissioned so I am happy to say that I am very happy with the result.

I really hoped to have a crack at these lovely Front rank figures from the Jacobite rebellion range. I have as yet to due a grenadier company perhaps in the future I will do some myself.

Uniform

The 42nd highlanders wore the black watch (government set) full plaid pinned on the left shoulder with a brooch, red short jacket with buff facings and white lace with plain metal buttons, blue bonnets with a white feather, black belts and cartridge pouch a brown leather sporran , a short broadsword hang from a black belted baldric from the left shoulder, the hose were red and white diced (they probably wore Indian cloth leggings at Ticonderoga though)black shoes and brass buckles, metal fittings on the musket with a brass butt plate, buff or plain leather sling. Officers were marked by red sashes and gold Aiguillettes and lace and buttons. The Grenadiers of the Highland Regiment were allowed to wear Bearskin-Fur Caps, with the King's Cypher and Crown over it, on a Red ground in the Turn-up, or Flap The drummers possibly also wore the bearskin too, the drum had a buff body with the royal cypher with red hoops and white cords.

There are a few a arguements that surround a number of issues in FIW for this regiment, the first is that the Pipers wore the Royal Stewart, this is how I had the cardinal paint him, as musicians were paid for by the colonel.

Finally a red vertical pin stripe in the in the original plaid for all ranks not just the Grenadiers.

Cheers
Matt

27th Foot (Lord Blackeney)

27th Foot (Lord Blackeney)



Flag from Warflag

Allowed to wear, in the centre of their colours, a castle with three turrets; St. George's colours flying, in a blue field; and the name Inniskilling over it.

During the French and Indian War, the 27th Foot saw action at Ticonderoga and Crown Point, and were present at the French surrender of Montreal in 1760.

I have painted my 27th regiment as per the 1751 regulations, The Coat, waistcoat and breeches are Brick red, the coat cuffs, lapels, linings, in the 27th buff facing colour. I refrained from painting lace on the hatmen (as the first corps figs have none) but the grenadiers and the drummers were suitably attired in white and yellow lace (as they are Front Rank figs).

I painted a white stock around the neck, white shirt cuffs, brown marching gaiters with black leather garters, black leather shoes, a black cocked hat trimmed with white, a black cartouche pouch with a buff leather should belt and buff waist belt. The long socket bayonet and the brass hilted short hanger sword, both sheathed in black scabbards, with brass tips. A tin water bottle with a plain rope is slung across the shoulder, along with a brown cowhide knapsack with natural leather straps and a natural canvas haversack. The musket has metal barrel and fittings and a brass but plate, with a buff sling.

Officers normally marched with fusils instead of pole arms, the officer lace, buttons and gorget was silver, Officers and NCOs wore a red sash either around the waist or accross the right shoulder, yellow gold aiguillettes and cords.

On the Grenadier Mitre Caps, the Castle was painted on a buff field, as on the Colours; White Horse of hanover and King's Motto on the red Flap, the rear of the cap had a buff band with a red monkey back with white lace, with a white grenade on a blue lace surround.

Drummers mitres as for the grenadiers except kings cypher, the uniform is in reversed colours with white lace, the drum had a buff feild with the three turreted white castle in the centre of a blue oval, red hoops and white cords.