Favorite AWI Blog's 2014


New for 2013 new adventures 1895 and Beyond

Henry has introduced me to a new set of rules look here for new tales of these adventures.
IHNM - In Her Majesty's Name by Osprey


My newly updated blog for supplies and painting tips gleaned from the web and my general surplus miniature selling page click on the link to take you to the new blog.

I now have joined the electronic age and have paypal and EBay auctions.


This is a blog I set up to chronicle my adventures in wargaming overseas in Scotland in 2011 and to continue following particular games overseas that I enjoyed with my new friends in Edinburgh. I look forward to finally updating this with more pics soon.


Napoleonic Campaigning in Italy

Napoleonic Campaigning in Italy
Les Grognards Blog "The sabre that Napoleon used at Marengo"

Napoleon's Drum and his Marshals

Napoleon's Drum and his Marshals
Napoleon Mulling over his battle plan

Napoleon reflecting by Iron Mitton

Napoleon reflecting by Iron Mitton
Quiet before the battle

Napoleon the morning of waterloo

More Iron Mitton Cartoons

More Iron Mitton Cartoons
Knock - Knock

Iron Mitton Cartoons

Iron Mitton Cartoons

Civility in wargaming

Civility in wargaming

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Black Powder Test Games - Giga bites cafe - River Fight

Had a great time showing Steve Smith from NC and Wes Shores the Black Powder rules at Giga Bites on Saturday afternoon - Pictures to follow of the three test games - It was a fun series of games - Also some pictures of other stuff to be added On Volleyfire VSF

1. French Infantry  vs British Infantry

French repulsed

2. French Infantry and Artillery v. British Infantry and Artillery

French repulsed / British enfiladed one Polish column causing an important break from fire

3. French Brigades of Infantry and Elite Mixed Guards Brigade cavalry with attached artillery


British Brigades of Infantry and cavalry with attached artillery
(Special unit of AA Captain Sharke and his band of rifles just for a change of pace)

Colonel Steve joined in and opened up with a blunder move for Napoleon's Brigade as an important attack stalled.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mini La Haye Sainte Napoleonics

In a fresh venture using 4Ground  Scenics David Parente and I pushed some classic minis in a sample battle at Giga Bites using Black Powder - this was the second battle of the day.

This time the French were Pushing on the left and the right, while David attacked the center
Got to use his guns this time (as opposed to Game 1)

No Blunder Moves this time either! OOPS except for the 95th rifles

British Advance to attempt a frontal assault in "french" style
David and his artillery die roll or was this his close range musketry

British Artillery firing

Scattering Artillery fire using cannister into the rear of British lights in the sand pit 

More effective musketry of David's

The Dragoons flank attack from another view

The Dragoons Commanded by Marshal Catch the British line in the flank
and yes enfilade does cause a lot of damage

The 28th French Line Assault the gravel pit, 
while the French Dragoons have routed one British line
 and are following up on the second

The 5th Legere and Chassuers of the guard penetrate the flank of the British and ROUT the Highlanders

Love this Giga Bites terrain piece elevated graveyard ruins for artillery -
not much for effective artillery fire though

The French lights skirmish and assault Mini La Haye Sainte

French Light Horse artillery pestering the 42nd British Lights

La Haye Sainte Black Powder Napoleonic's Game One

First Game with David Parente La Haye Sainte Full Size Napoleonics - Blunder Move Artillery

Rob Tuttle joined the French Side with a new player Calvin on the British side with David Parente

We divided La Haye Sainte into a 4 block BUA. Used reduced Musket and Rifle ranges and reduced movement for both cavalry and infantry, also Artillery. Murat and Ney were in command.

La Haye Sainte other terrain is just for asthetics

4 Brigades of French with a Battalion of Chasseurs of the Guard

The British Moving to resist the French Juggernaut

OOOPS the British Artillery Blunders attempting to re-position itself

The Blunder Move straight forward

The British Highlander commander in the Highland spirit
as he outflanked and enfiladed the Polish 3rd Battalion of line

Nasty Melee as Highlanders teach the French not to present a flank to an opponent
 (blame it on Ney not seeing the Highlanders for the tall corn)
 Quatra Brau all over again

Proper French Advance in the old way The British held for one turn and then well overwhelming force

Round Two of the Melee lucky for the Polish they disordered the Highlanders

Rob assaults Le Haye Sainte (2nd Blunder Move took part of the 95th Rifles off table for three turns)

Rob continues the Assault into La Haye Sainte with the 8th Legere
followed by the Polish 1st Battalion and Neu Chatel Battalion

The bloody fight as the Polish

Rob Tuttle - Commands the French Assault

David and Calvin contemplate the next British advance as the 
French Chassuers of the Guard retreated from the Broken Polish ROUT

French prpare to advance

The Highlanders are caught disordered by french Dragoons and the Chasseurs of the Old Guard

British support of La Haye Saint fails

Remains of British Brigade covering retreat of British Highlanders

Out flanked British Brigades

French crush the British left Flank but the Prussians are not far off
and Ney has expended the French Cavalry Reserve

The 95th and 60th rifles are out matched by the strength of french forces in La Haye Sainte assault

The Fight in La Haye Sainte Continues

Friday, August 15, 2014

Napoleon Bonaparte's Birthday August 15th

"In 1852, President Louis Napoleon of France declared that August 15--Napoleon Bonaparte's birthday--would be celebrated as France's national day. Leading up to the creation of the Second Empire, this was the first in a series of attempts to "Bonapartize" his regime and strengthen its popular legitimacy. Across France, public institutions sought to draw local citizens together to celebrate civic ideals of unity, order, and patriotism. But the new sense of French togetherness was fraught with tensions.

New Wargames to follow and yearly celebrations - All this time never had researched his birthday

Saturday, August 9, 2014

August 2014 Pirates Giga Bites with George Condo

Used a Bit of LOTHS and Black Powder (but need the whole LOTHS next time - left the book at home LOL) Now I see why folks are so keen on PDF rules and tablets, laptops, etc!!

George Condo joined me for a game of Pirates

Commodore's Bonaventure Condo exchanges fire with the Governor's ship the Purcell

Ready to repel the invading pirates

One of the Garrisons ancient weapons opens fire

The Island awaits

Commodores Marines

Natives repel the Governor's ship Purcell

Governor's Guard assaults the Artillery

The Governor's Black Legion

The Pappelis captures th Bonaventure

The British Garrison

The Bonaventure Crew makes chase

The Purcell

St Giga Coves Castle Ruins

The Governor's Guard Rushing the Hovey Artillery

Blunder Mover by the Governors' Yacht

The lowland dock area below the St Giga Cove Castle

Commodore Condo steals away with a captured longboat

Condo's Privateer Marines have switched sides

The captured Bon Homme Richard attempts to make chase after one of its fleet

Seems a lot of ships changed sides during this game not sure who actually won
But Commodore Condo did capture 3 ships and lost 2 so perhaps it was a narrow victory

Condos Marines attempt to recapture the Bonaventure

The Commodore and his marines (what are left anyway)
 makes off with the drydocked leaky HMS Giga's Scurvy Wench