Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Carry On Up The St Lawrence - Chapter 1 - Opening Moves

As dawn broke over the green, fleece like landscape of eastern Upper Canada, Major Thomas Brackenreid came to the sudden realisation that Cousin Johnathon had managed to outflank his little force of Fencibles and Militia.

"Bloody hell,  Murdoch." he exclaimed in his inimitable Yorkshire fashion, "We've been outflanked."
"I do believe we have sir." replied Captain Murdoch, "I fear we need to act quickly, or we shall be cut off from Montreal."
"You're damn right there." said Brackenreid as he quickly formulated a plan. "Bonzo, beat to arms, and Higgins, take as many lads as are ready down to the road right now! Hold on until the rest of us get there", he shouted in the general direction of his men. "Yes sir." replied Higgins as Bonzo Bonham beat out the heaviest call to arms yet heard along the banks of the St. Lawrence.

On the other side of the Montreal Road, Major Magnum was unusually alert. Unencumbered by his recurring visions of high waves and canoe-paddling natives, he quickly ordered his regulars and skirmishers to deploy towards the road. Maybe the President had been right after all two years ago, when he said that this would be a mere matter of marching..........

But it was too late, the little band of redcoats that had been lining the road had grown in numbers and it now looked like there was some serious shooting to be done.

Major Thomas Magnum  leads his men forward from the rear, accompanied by Sergeant T.J Hooker and drummer Bernard "Buddy" Rich. Captain Jim Rockford (or is it Captain Brett Maverick, it's hard to tell sometimes?) directs the skirmishers from the 23rd US infantry

Major Brackenreid covers his ears as Bonzo beats the advance. Sergeant Henry Higgins steadies the Canadian Fencibles in the face of the American advance.
(The Americans appear to have brought a large drive-in movie screen with them)

"Book them Danno"

View of the Fencibles between the fences of the Montreal Road

This was Dave and I's first go at playing a game via Zoom. We will continue next week.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Terrain For First 1814 Campaign Game

So I've been sorting out the terrain for the frst game

More fences made to surround the two orchards

And more fencing to line the road across the table
Concession road allowances were 66 feet wide, althought some were only 40 feet.
This is scaled to 40 feet wide at 1:100 

I already had the farmhouse and barn done, but they are standing on some textured "fuzzy felt" from Hobbycraft

The river is made from OHP acetate sheets painted blue on the rough side and placed glossy side up. The banks are just Woodland Scenics blended turf.

 I'm in the process of painting up this 10mm wooden bridge from It is a superb littele model, delivery was really quick, and it is a perfect size. This will replace the stone bridge in the photo. The type of bridge could be important in a different scenario.

I made a couple of deployment points while I was at it.

I've also got a couple of wells, some troughs/pumps and pigs from Peter Pig to add a bit of flavour to the farmyard, and I am waiting for two large hills from SandA scenics to replace the chipboard square things on the table that I have not photographed.

And in case anyone was wondering, no the river is NOT meant to be the St Lawrence, it's a tributary brook or steam.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

One Of The Great Unanswered Questions Of Modern Music Is About to Be Answered..............

Buddy was really fast, Bonzo was really powerful:

but who will drum their comrades on to victory?

Carry On Up The St Lawrence

I've been wanting to do a Sharp Practice campaign for a long time now, and the day before Rich of Toofatlardies  put the Dawns and Departures video on YouTube, I finally drew up a map for a small ladder campaign.

It will be a short campaign of four battles set in 1814, with a force of Canadian Fencibles and Select Embodied Militia falling back along the St Lawrence to Montreal before a force of US Infantry. They will try to inflict as much damage on the invaders as they can until the regulars arrive after the fourth battle.

I've drawn up a map and  six tables.  The table and scenario for each battle will be chosen at random.

The forces are commanded by the usual suspects:

His Britannic Majesty's Loyal Citizens of Upper and Lower Canada
(This  is a predominantly Francophone Force)

Major Thomas Brackenreid (III)
Drummer: John "Bonzo" Bonham of the 6th Battalion S.E.M
Sergeant Henry Higgins (I)
3 Groups of 8 men from the centre companies of the Canadian Fencibles

Captain William Murdoch (II)
2 Groups of 10 men from the 6th Battalion of the Select Embodied Militia of Lower Canada
(This battalion never actually moved out of Montreal in real life)
1 Group of 6 men of the Voltigeurs Canadiens

Mr James Pendrick (possible criminal mastermind) (I)
1 Group of 6 local scouts.

A Sad Group Of Malcontents Who Think That The Conquest Of The Canadas Will Be
 "A Mere Matter Of Marching"

Major Thomas Magnum (III)
Drummer: Bernard "Buddy" Rich of the 9th US Infantry
Sergeant T.J. Hooker (I)
3 Groups of 8 Men from the 9th US Infantry

Captain James Rockford (II)
2 Groups of 6 Flank Company men from the 23rd US Infantry

Captain Brett Maverick (Who can easily be mistaken for a younger Captain Rockford) (II)
Sergeant Columbo (I)
2 Groups of 10 men from the Pennsylvania Militia
1 Group of 6 men from the 1st Rifle Regiment

So as Bonzo belts out the intro to "Rock and Roll", Brackenreid's men move out to confront the enemy.

It's been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely, lonely, lonely lonely, lonely time...........

Saturday, 6 July 2019

No Summer Purchases Challenge - Day 36: TW3 6.7.19

Still no purchases!
Continuing the bits and bobs

  • More TYW pikemen finished
  • French artillery rebased
  • British artillery rebased.
  • 5 turns of the Vimeiro scenario played (no displays of senility yet, although there has been an imbalance in dice fortune in my favour - I suspect it will reverse radically in the next session).

A bit of a hole where the first French grenadier brigade was

The second grenadier brigade closes in on the British line

The left of the British line - out of shot to the left Acland's brigade of 2 battalions has just arrived