Sunday, January 11, 2015

Peter Laing Wargames; Cure for a Bad Funk Part 2

     After the first wargame using Chris Salander's H&M 2.0 rules, I decided to use Bob Cordery's MEMOIR OF BATTLE rules, except I do not use the "crossed swords" on the dice, as I feel it leads to too bloody a battle.   Once again I will use ONE HOUR WARGAMES army selection rules. I also decided to use my Peter Laing "Toy Soldier" figures.
I decided to use my Shiak/ Brookshire imagination armies.  The Shiak army in the foreground, the Brookshire army in the background.

After a couple of moves, the Shiak army open fire at extreme range, killing two Brookshire soldiers.

The Brookshire cavalry hits the rightmost Shiak infantry. The initial attack kills one infantryman and makes the infantry retreat one square. The photo shows the followup attack. The cavalry rolls three "retreat" dice!
This shot shows the broken Shiak infantry retreating off the board.  For this game the first unit who loses three units loses the battle. Not a good start for the Shiak army!

The Shiak army forces Col Barnaby's Rifles back two squares. Col. Barnaby is Brookshires' most famous officer.

The Brookshire army manages to push back one unit back two squares.....

...and Barnaby's Rifles force back another unit.

Meanwhile Shiak's Speckled Horse cross the front and hits the Brookshire cavalry hard.  At  the top right of the picture a Shiak infantry unit has hit the Brookshire Volunteer Grenadiers, killing two and making the last retreat. The Volunteer Grenadiers is one of Brookshires best units.

Another view of the above photo. The Speckled Horse pursuing the Brookshire cavalry.

The Shiak left counterattack ; half of Barnaby's Rifles go down and another unit retreats.

The Volunteer Grenadiers counterattack and eliminates the Shiak infantry unit singlehanded!  No wonder it's one of the most famous units!

The Brookshire counterattack forces the Shiak army back. If Shiak loses one more unit, they lose the battle.

The Shiak counterattack wipes out Barnaby's Rifles. Meanwhile the Speckled Horse  continue to pursue the Brookshire cavalry.

The Brookshire counterattacks pushing the Shiak army back. Even the Brookshire cavalry has managed to put the Speckled Horse to flight.

The Speckled Horse sees that the Volunteer Grenadiers are severely weakened, so they attack  and  eliminate the last of the Grenadiers.

Meanwhile, the Shiak infantry kills 4 Brookshire infantry.

The Speckled Horse hits the Brookshire cavalry in the flank, killing two of them and  forcing the last to retreat.
The Speckled Horse pursue the remaining cavalryman, cutting him down.

Meanwhile, the Shiak counterattack eliminates two more Brookshire units, leaving only two infantrymen standing. Shiak has pulled victory out of the jaws of defeat!

The Shiak infantry takes the last two Brookshire infantrymen captive. In the background the Speckled Horse can be seen going after the Brookshire general. He beats hasty retreat.

I called these cavalry the "Speckled Horse" as the horses are speckled (although you can't see it in the photos.) It looks like whoever painted them used a wash of black paint for shadowing, but the paint seemed to have beaded up and dried into spots on the horses. I painted the men in uniforms such as were wore by U.S. cavalry after the Civil War.


  1. Sounds like you are getting well back into the swing of gaming!

    1. The last games have me wanting to more work on my "toy soldier" armies. I might even try to get some casting in this week! I just have to keep the motivation going.