Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fun with 1812

I had a quiet morning before work.  So I set up a table and put out some of my recent War of 1812 figures.  The infantry are from Brigade games ministures.  Fancy New York cavalry from Old Glory.  Hunting shirt and top hat cavalry I picked up at Cold Wars and are The only figures in my collection I did not paint. Flags for the regulars are from War Flag Flags.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Smallwood's Maryland Regiment 1776

   Smallwood's Maryland  Regiment was established in January 1776. Once complete it was taken On the Continental line establishment and marched New York.   On 6 July 1776, the Maryland Battalion joined the main Continental Army and were assigned to Lord Stirling's Brigade.   Later in August, the Maryland Battalion was reassigned to McDougall's Brigade. As part of that brigade they fought at the Battle of White Plains on 28 October 1776. From 10 December 1776 to January 1777, the Regiment was  assigned to Mercer's Brigade and fought with them at Trenton and Princeton. In January 1777 they were re-designated as the 1st Maryland Regiment and assigned to the 1st Maryland Brigade on 22 May 1777 of the main Continental Army.

  Smallwood's  Maryland Battalion distinguished itself at the Battle of Long Island when they single-handedly covered the retreat of the American forces against increasingly superior numbers of British and Hessian soldiers.  During this action the Marylanders charged the  enemy six times to give their comrades time to make their way to safety.   But as more British reinforcements arrived and their own casualties mounted, they finally had to give up the fight and try to get to safety themselves. Only Major Mordecai Gist and nine others managed to reach the American lines. Of the others, 256  were dead  and more than 100 were wounded or captured. The bravery of the Maryland Regiment earned them the respect and admiration of their comrades.  Washington was heard to say as he watched their sacrifice, "Good God, what brave fellows I just lose today. " 

   The dead were buried in a  gravesite that is thought to be located on present day  Third Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets.  Until the widening of Third Avenue in 1910, the site was marked by a tablet that read: "Burial place of ye 256 Maryland soldiers who fell in ye combat at ye Cortelyou House on ye 27th day of August 1776."

 Figures are from Fife and Drum miniatures. Although officers appeared to have had red faced buff uniforms enlisted men were issued hunting shirts.  I decided to have The color ensigns wearing their dress uniforms rather then hunting shirts.   The regimental colors are conjecture and from GMB. They are that companies usually excellent product. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

3rd New York regiment 1776

   The original 3rd New York regiment is raised by Colonel James Clinton for five month'sservice.   They were assigned to Major General Philip Schuyler's Northern Army and toke part in the Invasion of Canada.  Arriving at Quebec they join the forces under Benedict Arnold.I

 With enlistment expiring General Montgomery and Colonel Benedict Arnold attack in a desperate attempt to capture the city on 31 December during a blizzard. The attack fails, but the siege is maintained into spring.  Enlistment expired and the regiment is disbanded.

The 3rd New York is re-raised, re-officered and rearmed for nine month's service in the spring of 1776.  It is commanded by Colonel Rudolphus Ritzema (who had commanded the First New York in Canada  in 1775). This version of the Regiment is composed of companies raised in the New York city area. 

   In New York city the regiment  is assigned to  Brigadier General Alexander McDougall's brigade.  Uniforms, based on deserter reports are either gray or blue coats faced green as well as the usual mixture of civilian clothing.  The regiment misses the battle on Long Island And takes part in the retreat northward.  They  form part of Washington's lines around White Plains New York in late October.

   on 28 October The 1st and  3rd New York Regiments, Smallwood's Maryland Regiment, 19th Continental Regiment from Connecticut (all of McDougall's Brigade),  Haslet's Delaware Regiment and Alexander Hamilton's battery reinforce two Massachusetts militia regiments on  Chatterton's Hill.  This is to protect Washington's right flank at White Plains.  During the Battle there they repel the main British assault, but are outflanked by Rall's Hessian brigade and forced to retreat. This is the 3rd New York's first fight.

    The regiment takes part in the retreat across New Jersey.  On December 26 the 3rd New York takes part in the Battle at Trenton.  Afterwards, enlistment up they are either discharged or recruited for the third (and final time) as the 3rd New York is again reorganized.  This term to extend for three years, or the duration of the war.

  I have painted the 3rd New York in it's blue coats faced and lined green.  Matching waistcoat were typical of many regiments in 1776.  Figures are from Fife and Drum minuatures.  Flags are  from GMB. As no documentation is available for this regiment At this rate I have followed Washington's advice of a regimental and national type color.  These are the New York colors carried later in the War and a liberty flag which is mentioned in several Crown Forces accounts as captured during the battles around New York city.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

5th U.S. Infantry regiment 1813

The 5th US infantry regiment was raised in April 1808.  During the War of 1812 the regiment took part in the fighting At Stoney Creek, Plattsburgh and Cooks mill (the final battle of the 1814 Niagara campaign).

  The 5th United States Infantry regiment is dressed in the 1813 mid war uniform.  The coate has a red collar and cuffs with white lace.  In addition the regiment has been issued the new tombstone style shako cap.  These are slight but noticeable differences from most of my collection which represents the 1814 Niagara campaign.  This way I am able to add more units for a better balanced army but still be able to tell them apart.

The beautiful regimental colors are from Flags of War.  They produce a beautiful yet under rated series of flags which deserve a high recognition in the wargame world. Figures are from Brigade games. Very nice figures which fit in well with my figures from Knuckleduster minuatures.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

New project: 1776

 Although quite happy with my Rev War armies up to now something was missing.  Many of my favorite regiments took part in the early 1776 campaign around New York city, across New Jersey and ending with the battles of Trenton and Princeton.   In fact, this campaign has long held a fascination for me.  I have spent many happy hours reading about it;  and have visited many of the sites associated with it.  So, irrational as it appears I just had to raise a number of regiments to fight battles from this campaign.

  My long term plan is to start with the American regiments.  After all how can you war game this conflict and not have regiments like Haslet's Delaware or Smallwood's Marylanders in your order of battle?  I was fascinated by the fight at Pell's Point after reading a report by Colonel Lamomi Baldwin so I have to add Glover' s brigade too.

   Not to forget the Crown forces!  I wanted addition Hessian regiments.  Who better to add than Colonel Rall's hard fighting but doomed brigade made up of his regiment and the Knyphausen and Lossberg Fusilier regiments.  For the British a Grenadier and Light Infantry battalion is a must.  Finally a couple loyalist regiments in green coats (which is actually more correct for 1777).

For battles one could not do better then fighting Trenton after Christmas day.  Not a traditional holiday activity  for the entire family but let us start a new tradition!  Princeton is a under appreciated action that deserves to be on the table top.  The delaying action at Pell's point could be a very different game.  And of course the Battle of White plains for me is a must. Must buy lots of autumn colored trees!

 Figures will be from both Fife and Drum miniatures and RSM.  Both lines are very similar in size and shape and fit very well together.  In addition I would like to add a few Kings Mountain figures to my collection. Flags will be either  computer made or bought from GMB.  I like the paints from rapier I have tried recently so they are my go to paints for now.

  To fund the project I already have a number of unpainted castings I have recently discovered.  I also have unfinished projects I lost interest in years ago.  A few American Civil War (25mmm plastic and some metal), some 1859 and 1866  Austrians (25mm and 15mm) and other miscellaneous figures will be sold or traded for new lead.

Please stay tuned for his this project works out.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Game Night at the club

  I do not always mention the club game night.  This is because often i am having too good a time to make notes about the game or take pictures.  Such was the case last month when I played in a fast pace and fun civil war naval game.   This month it was just as fun but I did take a few pictures and notes.

  If you have not yet visited Ed Meuller's blog please do.  Ed combines a great sense of humor with extremely inventive wargame ideas.  These came together in a wickedly fun game, " Loot the Baggage Train. " .Or, as Ed himself said;  "Loot the Baggage Train!" (30 Years War): This game represents that moment so characteristic of this age when the lure of looting the baggage train overcame any interest in the battle. In this game, players will control a file of dragoons, Croats, or "Polish cossacks" as they all converge on a semi-abandoned baggage train. Loot the train; loot the other players. It's every man for himself: the player who comes away with the most swag, wins. 

  So it was everyman for himself and much dealing and backstabbing and bribery.  Each player has four figures.  Both a mounted version and dismounted version.  I commanded a file of German dragoons.  We all races about uncovering wagons and small cashed of loot.  When you arrived at a market on the table it might have swag, or it might have nothing.  Some markers contained a grenado, which could be more deadly to the thrower then the reciever.

The infamous granado

Tossing the granado into the open window

High point for me was discover a grenado.  I used this to race up to a house, and toss it through a open windown.  I was lucky in that it exploded in the house and not in my hand!  Sad to say no one was in the house and no loot was found.  

As to who won?  That was not the point of the game. All had a wonderful time with much laughter.  A perfect game night.  

My bag of swag

Monday, June 4, 2018

Mamacita and Old Squinty Eyes

What are you looking at?

  My daughter Alexandra did a art project years ago.  They were two watercolors of foxes who she named Momacita and Old Squinty eyes.  We have them framed in our living room.  And after all these years they still being Janine and I great joy.  In addition there is a fix who lives in the woods around the back of the house who we are sometimes in the late evening or early early morning.

 When I was adding farm animals to my table top scenery I noticed Warbases made foxes.  So I had to add them.  After all with all those chickens and geese two foxes could be very happy around here!