Friday, October 5, 2012

Army Saffron Reinforcements

After the battle of Tolerable Island, I decided that the Army Saffron division needed some reinforcements. Below are some photos of the units that I hav completed.

This is the 1st Gurkha Battalion. This is an original sculpt by myself. They are based on the 1880's uniform.

This is the 1st Mountain Battery. The officer in the left photo is a new original sclupt. The remaining figures are my Indian infratryman with special artillery arms added.
Here is the Army Saffron Infantry Brigade command. The Indian senior officer is the same figure used for the artillery battery commander. The Army Red advisors are made from a staff figure seen in eariler posts. The two right figures have the standard foriegn service helmet. The three on the left have the home service helmet, modified with a larger brim.
These are dismounted Army Black Hussars. The body is that of the Army Red hussar I did a while back. A head swap made them into Army Black troops.

Finally, I have two new officers; one for Army Red and one for Army Black. Both use the Army Cerise dismounted cavalry body. For the Army Red officer (left) I used the foriegn service helmet. For the Army Black officer (right) I used my german dragoon helmet.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Battle of Tolerable Island

Pulau Diterima is a small Polynesian Island in the southernmost part of the chain. It's location between oceanic currents gives the island an almost European climate. The island is an excellent source of guano and has been claimed by both Brittanium and the Rhineland Confederation.

There has been much saber rattling over the rights to the island and diplomatic channels have reached an impass. In order to strengthen their claim to the island, the Confederation has produced a "treaty" alledgedly signed by the "King" of the island. They have also chosen this time to install Fredrich Willhelm XXII (third cousin, twice removed from the Kaiser) as the Provincial Governor of the island. To officiate the event, King Ludwig II and Queen Maria of Bavaria are on the island with a large Confederation military escourt.

As it so happens, Brittanium's ally, the Rajah of Chutneepore has a similar claim to the island and has landed with a mixed corps of Brittanium and Chutneeian soldiers. Each claimant landed on the island  on the same day. One at the harbor on the north end of the island, and the other on the south end. The Rhineland Confederation having landed earlier in the day managed a recon of the area. The Brittanium forces marched inland without the luxury of advanced scouting. The two forces then converged on the town of Whadeehootee.

What happened next was the first battle of Whadeehootee.

Army Red ( Brittanium / Chutneeian corps) deployed on the open ground south of the town.
Army Black Marched down from the north through fields divided by hedges.
As the first shots from Army Black's heavy Krupp guns rang out, one shell found its mark amoung the  Brittanium Territorial Highlanders, taking out 14 of their gallant men.
In Army Red's opening salvo, they scored hits with devestating effects. One struck an Army Black limber, which detonated a second limber and an artillery supply wagon. Out of the 40 gallant guardsmen behind the blast, only 10 survived. Also 4 Bavarian Garde Du Corps were laid low, along with a horse gun crew.
The second shell took out the Bavarian Infantry Brigade staff and half of their heavy gun crew.

As the battle continued, terror rained down from the skys. As the Chutneepore Lancers charged the Bavarian Dragoons, a shell bursted amoung their ranks, destroying the entire unit along with 4 dragoons. The Dragoons then retired to reform. A second shot from the mighty Krupp gun obliterated one of Army red's horse guns along with 7 soldiers of the 2nd Chutneepore Infantry.

Another Elswick 4.7" shell finished off the replacement crew manning the Army Black horse gun in front of the flaming ruins of their limbers.  The surviving Army Black horse guns also destroyed the remaining Army Red horse gun and crew with a well placed shot.

The Army Red sniper was also active during this time. He was able to bag one of the Army Black forward observers. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, an Army Black motorcycle with machinegun moved into position to blast the Brittanium Rifle battalion. The Rifles took 5 casualties from the machinegun before they took out the gunner with return fire.

Army Black was not the only side that took hits in the supply train. The Rajah of Chutneepore lost two of his elephants to artillery fire.

With all the shells flying to the Army Red left, the Dragoons spy some Army Black infantry advancing under cover of the town. The rifles also see what appears to be infantry and possibly a cavalry unit advancing from behind Whadeehootee.


In the town, the Army Black Jagers entered the large building at the end of the main street. The remaining troops on the Confederation right flank maneuvered to the left for a final push through Army Red's mauled 2nd Infantry and Cavalry brigades.

The concealed Jagers and a Spandau opend a whithering fire upon the Brittanium Regular infantry. The Infantry attempted to rush the building, but were punished further by the combined rifle and machinegun fire. As a result they fell back in disorder. At this, the Brittanium Heavy Battery commander turned his to 4.7's on the building and gave it two rounds.

With the Huns distracted by the charge of the Line infantry and the heavy shell fire, the Brittanium Rifle battalion stormed the building. After a tough fight they managed to expell the Jagers, though they suffered more casualties than their foe. On the Army Red left, the Krupp guns did butcher's work, decimating the ranks on that side of the field. Finally, The Conferedation massed all their remaining troops for an assualt which pushed Army Red back on to their transports and out to sea.

This was a Skype battle, with Patrick controlling the Army Red troops via a webcam. I controlled Army Black, moved all the troops according to orders, and fired the guns. Patrick got to roll his own dice for casualties and morale. We used Striker! for smallarms and machinegun fire. We also allowed indirect heavy artillery fire, each heavy battery having forward observers and signalling crew.

The loses in the action were staggering. For Army Red:

Of 6 infantry battalions, 1 was left at full strength and one at half strength. The remaining 4 units were below their Crisis Point.

Of 3 Cavalry Regiments, a total of 10 figures remained.

The entire Horse Artillery Battery was lost.

2 of 3 baggage elephants were lost

2 of 6 Signal crew were lost.

For Army Black:

Of 6 Infantry Battalions, 2 were below their Crisis Point, 1 was at half strength, and 3 were at full strength.

Of 5 Cavalry Regiments, 1 was below its Crisis Point, 1 was at half strength, 2 were damaged but above half strength and one was undamaged.

3 of 4 horse guns and crew and all of their transport were destroyed.

Half of a heavy gun crew was lost.

4 of 8 machinegun crew were lost.

The entire Bavarina Infantry Brigade staff was lost.

All in all, it was great fun spent over two evenings.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Vehicles, New Armies

The spring has been a busy one and has not allowed me much time for modeling or gaming. However, I have completed one long delayed project and started a second project.

The Bavarian Royal Coach
Years ago, Patrick gave me a fancy coach that would take a single horse and had a goofy looking driver. I decided that this coach would work nicely for Ludwig the II, King of Bavaria's royal transport.

I painted the coach cornflower blue and trimmed it in gold and dressed it with royal flags. The horses are Prince August Hussar horses. Their blankets were printed on paper then glued to the model. I added the headdress with wire and kneadatite.

The King is a copy of my original figure. The other three passengers are resin copies of figures that will be available from TVAG. All have been converted into seated figures.

The driver is one of my standard seated figures with a German cavalry head.

Army Saffron - The Troops of the Raja of Chutneypore

While building a bunch of Balkan masters, I decided tat I'd like to have some Indian troops to bolster my Army Red. The results are the troops of the Raja of Chutneypore, a small princely state wedged between Nepal and Bhutan.

Above are photos of the Raja of Chutneypore in his royal transport. The elephant is an african elephant I got from Walmart for a buck ( I can't find indian elephants anywhere ). I used a pair of sissors to trim down the ears and covered the lack of a humped back with the howdah and blankets. The howdah is cardstock and the blankets are plain paper. The patterns for both came from photos of persian rugs. The mahout and the Raja are custom built figures for this model. The two Army Red advisors are my standard seated figure, modified to sit in the howdah. I also modified the home service helmet on one of the advisors.

This is my first baggage elephant. I think I saw this type of rig in a picture I found on the internet. However, I have not been able to find the picture since I built this one so I might have imagined it. Anyway, the baggage rack is made of painted cardboard. The quilted blanket is Magic-Sculp. The harness ropes are twine and the boxes are cardstock from TVAG and some found on the internet.

Here is an artillery rig. With this one, I used Magic-Sculp to build up the back. Then, I covered that with the foil off of a wine bottle. More Magic-Sculp and twine were used to complete the harness. The limber is a cheap plastic ACW model which I modified with clothes hanger wire to fit the elephant. The gun is a shooting model I got from Patrick.

Here is the Army Saffron armoured car. It is a WWI Rolls Royce card model designed by myself. The machine gun is a plastic model. The wheel illustrations came from the Fiddler's Green Lanchester AC. The flag and side emblems are my design.

Here is the Army Saffron 1st Irregular Cavalry. The riders are my own design. The horses are French Napoleonic Dragoon.

These are the 1st Chutneypore Infantry. They are figures of my own design.

These arethe 2nd Chutneypore Infantry. They are the same figures as above, just different paint jobs. The flags for Army Saffron are based on several Indian designs, both ancient and modern. If there is interest in them, the may become available through TVAG.

These are not part of Army Saffron, but they are new. These are Army Red Dragoons. The riders are my orignal sculpts. The horses are imported chinese plastic.