Sunday, 18 March 2018

Some Painting At Last

As the snow was pelting down yesterday I managed to finish off four bases of Aztecs:

There is a motley crew of figures on my paint table at the moment including more Meso-Americans (mainly Incas), WWg(X), Welsh cavalry, early Carthaginian chariots, Chinese chariots and some Vikings.  Maybe I will finish them off at some date in the future!!!

Anyway...whilst searching for more information on Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign I came across another blogger:

History in 1/72

85eme Demi-Brigade de Ligne
Delhi light horse
Dromedar Corps Egypt 1799
Dromedaries (painted)
French foot
French grenadiers
Napoleon in Egypt
Napoleonic Turkish army
Nizam I Cedid
Ottoman army of the Napoleonic period
Ottoman army, more info
Turkish Napoleonic army

Now I'm researching the Incas, trying to find out how to best use the figures I have.  Cannot find anyone who manufactures a litter in 20mm (or suitable carrying figures for conversion/scratch building).

Weekly Roundup

Monday 12th March 2018 - WDW

French v Prussians - Age of Eagles - practice for Saturday's big game.
Germans v Americans - WW2 - Andrew's rules
DBM - Philistines v Medes - victory to the Medes after a bit of a struggle - nice to be on the winning side for a change.
DBMM - Alexander Imperial v Later Carthaginians - competition practice

Saturday 17th March 2018 - WDW

Eylau 1807 - French v Russians & Prussians - Age of Eagles - the big game run by Chris
"History of the World" - boardgame - a three hander where I came last (by a big margin)
"Braggart" - card game - great fun - my first game and I came last....but there was only 6 points between all of us.

Looks like Sunday is going to become my blogging day for the forseable future - too much is going on on Thursdays at the moment.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Big Battle DBA v 3.0

Saturday 10th March 2018 - Gt. Houghton

This is the first time that  I have played this variant.  DBA Version 3.0 rules has imposed DBMM dice allocation. 

I took my "Hellenistics" tin along and fielded the army of Antigonos Gonatos.  The inclusion of a Spartan Greek ally was to get a Lh element (AG has none).  My only other option was to take either 4 x 4Wb or 4 x 4Ax. 

Ian had Lysimachid - very similar army but no elephants.

Given the terrain my right wing were given the lowest dice, the centre the highest and the allied command was random.  Ian decided to lead with his left, support with the centre and refuse the right. 

My central attack was successful breaking the opposition (in spite of loosing an elephant).  The two flanks were in trouble at times with my right eventually crumbling.  Intervention by the 'spare' troops, from the centre command broke Ian's right flank.  Game over.

Strangely enough victorious troops are not required to pursue.  Broken troops cannot make any aggressive move(s) - they can only be held or flee.

I made several mistakes including double-ranking my spears and forgetting about side supports.  The Wb and elephants were pretty useless.

An interesting experiment - don't know if I will be in a hurry to repeat it!!!

Game Two:  DBA v3.0 - AG (again) v Gauls.  A steep hill allowed me to close down half the board with a few Aux & Ps.  I massed my remaining troops on the left and overwhelmed the enemy - 4:0. This time the elephant did it's job.

Weekly Roundup:

Monday 5th March - WDW

"Black Orchestra" - boardgame - trying to assassinate Hitler
"King of the Battlefield" - Prussians v others (a mixture)
"Age of Eagles" - French v Prussians
DBM - Early Armenians v Han Chinese - my army had plenty of Aux but all the terrain ended up in my opponent's half of the table.  Still, I had overwhelming numbers so I pushed forward.  The dice gods were not smiling upon me this day - neither in movement nor fighting.  Two of my commands broke.  Their losses were in single figures.

Saturday 10th March 2018 - Horbury Library

Andrew was conducting an ACW game.  I was required elsewhere (see above).

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Books & Magazines

Ian came in on Monday with a pile of books he was selling off cheap.  I snapped up this one.  Given my 'butterfly mind' it was a dangerous purchase - it might have taken me down some dark purchasing alleys.  Luckily the book is so superficial that it is nothing but a starting point.

I have a passing interest in the period.  This is the old 1974 book - it has been replaced by a two-volume issue.

Finally...Chris brought in a book for me to read -
"Bonaparte in Egypt" by J.Christopher Herold
Pub: Hamish Hamilton 1962 - 424 pages.  More on this later.


Napoleon in Egypt - part 4(a) - Magazines

I searched through my wargames magazines collection to find the following:

"An Egyptian Episode" - Ramanieh 1801
by Arthur Harman - MW 68 pp18-22
2 x b/w maps, 1 x cp, 1 x wp
background, briefings

"The Battle of Aboukir 1799"
by Mark Bevis - MW 144 pp48-51
1 x b/w map, 2 x cp, 1 x b/w ill (turks)
battle, terrain

"The British Army in Egypt"
by Stephen Ede-Borrett - WI 42 pp38-39/41-42
1 x wp
introduction, organisation, uniforms

"Death on the Nile" - part 1: French campaign in Egypt 1798-9
by Gary Hughes - WI 113 pp42-43/46-47
2 x b/w maps
background, gaming options, uniforms & appearance

"Death on the Nile" - part 2: French campaign in Egypt and the Levant
by Gary Hughes - WI 115 pp30-33
Mount Tabor, Bonaparte's Departure, gaming possibilities

"Death on the Nile" - part 3: French in Egypt 1800-1
by Gary Hughes - WI 118 pp26-30
3 x b/w maps
naval forces, uniforms & appearance, gaming possibilities

"The French Campaign in Egypt 1798-80" - part 1: Historical Introduction
by Stephen Ede-Borrett - WI 34 pp30-34
French Order of Battle

"The French Campaign in Egypt 1798-80" - part 2: French Army Uniforms
by Stephen Ede-Borrett - WI 35 pp30-32
2 x b/w ill
infantry, cavalry, changes

"The French Campaign in Egypt 1798-80" - part 3: French Standards & Colours
by Stephan Ede-Borrett - WI 36 pp22-23
2 x b/w ill
cavalry, infantry

Key:  b/w = black & white
          ill = illustration(s)
          cp = colour photographs
          wp = 'wargamers porn'
          MW = Miniature Wargames
         WI = Wargames Illustrated


Weekly Roundup

Saturday 17th February 2018 - WDW  [more details]

Napoleonic - Novi 1799 - Russians & Austrians v French
Colonial - British & Egyptians v Dervishes - "Men Who would Be Kings"
"Oregan" & "Revolution" boardgames

Monday 26th February 2018 - WDW

"King of the Battlefield" - Bavarians v French
"Fire & Steel" skirmish - ACW
DBMM - Carthaginians v Persians
DBM - Tuareg v Welsh - victory for the arab warbands - but only just.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Napoleon in Egypt - part 3(b)

No posting last week as I was down with some horrible lergy.

Whilst idling at the keyboard I did come across another blog featuring Napoleon in Egypt (and WW1 East Africa).

1866 and all that...

3rd Dragoons
4e & 22e DBL
6 Horse Limber
7e Regt de Hussars
22e DBL & Artillery
22nd Chasseurs a Cheval & Palm trees
75e DBB
85th & 88th DBB & Artillery
85th DB & Artillery
85th DBB & Oasis
88e DBB & Dromedaries
88eme DBL & Generals
Camel artillery with Ottoman driver
Camel limbers & Artillery
Dromedaries (dismounted), regiment of
Dromedaries (mounted), regiment of
Dromedary unit, mounted
Egyptian Ruins - part 1
Egyptian Ruins - part 2
Egyptian Ruins - part 3 (final)
Egyptian Village - part 1
French Army Parade
Lead (and Plastic) Pile

These are not the blog entry headings but rather the main (Nap) items within.  The painted figures are mainly metals or Perry plastics.

Wargaming  Roundup (2 weeks this time):

Monday 12th February 2018 - WDW

"Lost Battalion" WW2 boardgame
Impetus - Indians v Persians in 365 bc
"King of the Battlefield" - French v Hessians & Hanoverians
DBM - Pyrrhic v Antigonos One-Eye - Chris lost the cavalry battle on our right flank whilst I struggled to hold the left.

Saturday 17th February 2018 - WDW

I wasn't there so only limited information available at this stage.

"Oregan" boardgame
One other boardgame

Monday 19th February 2018 - Wrenthorpe

DBM - Early Crusader v Syrian - I managed to break the Armenian ally but Al went down to the warband assault.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Thursday's Leftovers

I didn't want to make yesterdays posting too long so here is the usual weekly fare.

Internet Picks

(1)  Australian Civil War 1933-39 [Alternative Time Line] - for those who like the idea of VBCW but not the setting/factions:

(2)  Flags in Foreign climes - some suitable for Napoleon in Egypt and the Haitian fights:

(3)  Basing ships for wargaming (any scale)

Weekly Roundup

Sunday 4th February 2018 - Vapnartak, York

Really cold and trying to snow.  Two false alarms and too many people.  A dearth of book sellers.  Didn't buy much - should have emailed suppliers before I went. what did I buy?  18 foot, 6 cavalry & 2 carts (all from Museum Miniatures).  8 Vikings will join my growing Welsh DBM army.  10 Arab blades and 6 horse will make those tins heavier. 

The 2 carts are intended for Indian armies as anti-elephant devices.  I will attempt to convert them into WWg(X) for some of my Chinese armies.

Monday 5th February 2018 - WDW

Impetus - 10mm Samurai fight (again)

Setting the East Ablaze - trying to get the Russian Tsar out of the country whilst the Reds try to capture or kill them.

DBM - Galatians v Polybian Roman.  Jim didn't have much to do on our right flank.  I marched forward with a mass of Wb(O).  Andy had to hold off the mounted Roman hordes on the left. The Roman centre and right collapsed.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Napoleon in Egypt - part 3

(Because of this posts length I have split off the Internet Picks and Weekly Roundup for tomorrow.)

I'm not the first blogger to take up an interest in this period/theatre.  Those that have gone before.....

(1)  "Dust, Tears & Dice"

21st DBL - French Infantry - Tues 3.1.17
Adventures of Claude Canard - an SP campaign - Sun 16.6.13
Adventures of Claude Canard - Episode 1 - Scaling New Heights - Sun 7.7.13
Adventures of Claude Canard - Episode 2 - Canard's Rescue - Fri 11.10.13
Adventures of Claude Canard - Episode 3 - Canard's Enemy - Sun 20.10.13
Adventures of Claude Canard - Episode 4 - Canard's Rifles - Mon 25.8.14
Adventures of Claude Canard - Episode 5 - Dust, Tears & Dice - Sun 26.2.17
Arab Cavalry & Civilians - Sun 2.6.13
Bashi Bazouks [no pics] - Sun 4.3.12
Coptic Legion, Egypt 1798-1801 - Sat 20.5.17
Dawns and Departures SP campaign supplement - Sat 24.12.16
Desert Terrain (Crescent Root Studio) - Sat 9.3.13
Egyptian Trade Goods - Sun 27.7.14
Fish Tank Terrain, yet more - Sun 16.2.13
French General's & standard bearer Flags (BG) - Sat 7.6.14
French Infantry [no pics] - Fri 12.8.11
French Legere Carabiniers (BG) - fri 19.7.13
French Reinforcements - Sat 12.11.16
French Sailors (BG) - Thur 13.6.13
French Servants (BG) - Sat 15.6.13
French Uniforms [only 3 pics] - Armee d'Orient - Sat 14.1.17
Goat Stew - a French in Egypt encounter - Sun 7.5.17
Legere Skirmishers - Armee d'Orient for SP - Sun 8.1.17
Mamelukes & Ottoman Cavalry [no pics] - Sat 8.10.11
Mameluks Cavalry Force with SP - Sun 22.1.17
Market Stalls - Wed 17.7.13
Napoleon in Egypt [no pics] - Sun 7.8.11
Napoleon Takes A Day Out - Sun 5.1.17
Nizan Artillery - Wed 9.10.13
Nizam-i-Ceditso (Old Glory) - Thur 21.11.13
Nizam-i-Jedid (Ottomans) - Sun 2.10.16
Ottoman Janissaries in Egypt 1798 [no pics] - Sun 15.4.12
Paint Table Sunday - Mon 1.5.17
Sudanese (Maghribi) Tribesmen (PM) [no pics] - Mon 21.11.11
Support Options - SP in Egypt - Wed 12.10.16

Key:  BG = Brigade Miniatures
      PM = Perry Miniatures
      SP = Sharp Practice


(b)  Glasgow Wargames Club

Battle of the Pyramids 1798 - Wappinshaw 2008
Battle of Heliopolis 20 March 1800 - Phalanx 2008
Battle of Mount Tabor 1799 - Albanich 2008

(c)  Wills Wargames Blog

Bashi Bazouks - Tues 8.11.11
British 12th Light Dragoons - Sun 13.1.13
British Artillery in Egypt 1801 - Fri 28.12.12
British Commanders for Egypt 1801 - Thur 21.3.13
British Infantry in Egypt 1801 - Sun 23.12.12
French Artillery in Egypt - Thur 23.1.14
French Dromedary Corps in Egypt 1801 - Sat 22.2.14
French for Egypt 1801 - Fri 3.10.14
French Light Infantry (Strelets) - Wed 1.1.14
French Revolutionary Artillery - Wed 19.12.07
Ottoman Feudal Sipahis and Commanders - Wed 16.7.08
Revolutionary French Artillery - Sat 13.8.11
Revolutionary French Commanders - Fri 7.8.09
Revolutionary French Grenadiers - Thur 11.8.11


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Napoleon in Egypt - Part 2

Part 2 - Rules and Figures

(a)  I am  aware of only two 'dedicated' sets of rules:

"With Desaix in the Desert" by Will McNulty - there is a link on his website (but that doesn't work at the moment).  Perhaps leave a comment on his blog -  It is a campaign or 'discovery' set where the French general wanders around Egypt rooting out the Mamelukes, Ottomans and other 'natives'.

"Demi-Brigades in the Desert" by Robert Henry - available from the Yahoo group of the same name.  This set allows you to fight against the British as well as the Ottomans.  [There is also a list of army strengths in the Files section].

I don't play mainstream Napoleonics but any set, that doesn't glue itself to the grand scale, should be adaptable.

"Sharp Practice" has been used by one blogger (see part 3) also using the campaign supplement "Dawns & Departures".

(b)  According to PSR there are 14 plastic sets available for this (sub) period:

Odemars  PF09 - French Revolution
GerMan   0022 - Napoleonic French Camel Corps
Strelets M068 - French Line Infantry in Egypt
Strelets M069 - French Light Infantry in Egypt
Strelets  118 - French Hussars in Egypt
Strelets  078 - French Artillery in Egypt

GerMan   0023 - British Infantry in Egypt 1800
Strelets M070 - British Line Infantry in Egypt
Strelets M071 - British Light Infantry in Egypt
Strelets  119 - British Cavalry in Egypt
Strelets  079 - British Artillery in Egypt

HaT      8001 - Napoleonic French Mamelukes
Strelets  120 - Mamelukes
Italieri 6082 - Mamelukes

The GerMan sets are superb but unavailable in the UK.  Odemars figures are rarely seen (no great loss there).  So it's chunky Strelets or nothing then!

Other, indirect options might be:

Napoleonics (mainly bicornes)

Italieri    6092 - French Infantry 1798-1805
HaT       8229 - French Artillery 1805
Zvezda   8080 - French Napoleonic HQ Staff
HaT        8187 - Saxon Infantry (half for AWI)
Emhar    7215 - Spanish Infantry
HaT       8300 - Napoleonic Spanish Light Infantry
HaT       8302 - Napoleonic spanish Line Infantry
HaT       8171 - French Grenadiers & Voltiguers 1805
HaT       8062 - French Line Infantry 1805
HaT       8009 - French Dragoons (but I don't like them)
HaT       8170 - French Guard Chasseurs

Napoleonics (poss British)

HaT      8091 - Napoleonic Swedish Infantry
HaT      8231- Swedish Artillery
HaT      8304 - British Infantry Command
HaT      8098 - British Marines
Airfix  01735 - Waterloo Highland Infantry

Non Napoleonics (may be suitable)

Zvezda      8054 - Turkish Cavalry (for Ottomans)
Revell      02575 - Prussian Hussars 7YW
Waterloo      011 - Dervish Infantry
Esci              238 - Muslim Warriors
Strelets         109 - (Mtd) Bashi-Bazouks (Russo-Turkish War 1877)
Strelets     M054 - (Foot) Bashi-Bazouks (  "  ) - NOT YET RELEASED

In addition there are a few 20mm metal figures on the market:

Newline Designs - Ottomans & French -
Irregular Miniatures - Ottomans & Early French -

part three - bloggers/wargamers who have already gamed this period.

Weekly Round Up

Saturday 27th January 2018 - Gt.Houghton

4 rounds of DBA v3.0:

(a)  Arab Conquest (Khwarijmians) 3.25c v Ummayad Arab 3.3 - my Knights outclassed Ian's cavalry [4:1 win]
(b)  Arab Conquest (main) 3.25b v Moorish 2.57 - my Cavalry caught Ian's Lh [4:0 win]
(c)  Syrian 4.6a v Early Crusader 4/7 - this time I was on the receiving end of Kn v Cv [1:4 loss] Incidentally the 'plough' stayed on this time.
(d)  Early Bedouin 1.6a v Early Sumerian 1.16 - for the first time I was defender but all the terrain fell into Ian's half of the table.  Although I shot off one battle cart (Kn) my Aux couldn't survive for long [1:4 loss].

Seems to me that army selection is paramount in DBA v3.0.

Next time it will be Big Battle DBA with 36 elements per side - Antigonid v Lysimachid.

Monday 29th January 2018 - WDW

DBM - Scots Common v Hussites - ended up a draw but there were some hairy moments.
DBMM Early Polish v Han Chinese - a 'historical' match-up (NOT)    with the Han being victorious (they were Tim's Polish).
Impetus - Samurai scrap

Thursday 1st February 2018

Two more DBA v3.0 videos from TA & Co: 

Medieval Norwegians vs. Scots Common DBA 3.0

Swedish Leidang vs. Vikings