Monday, 29 August 2016

A General Short Of A Battle.


I thought I would try out my finished Piedmontese army of 1860 and fight the Papal army using 'Black Powder' rules . I diced for the starting positions of the various Brigades and placed them onto the table - here we see a couple of Piedmontese Brigades moving up in column (note the not entirely successful attempt at 'photo shopping' dust clouds).


The next Piedmontese Brigade comes onto the table , Lancers and Bersaglieri this time.





The Papal Line Infantry move down the road (there's that dodgy 'photo shop' again).


Things were going well and I was getting into the battle when the time came to deploy the last Papal Brigade of two Infantry units - and I couldn't find a Brigadier to go with them !? , I searched through my other Italian Wars of Unification boxes to see if he had been misplaced but couldn't find one anywhere ? . Then I started to remember that I was aware of this shortage but had inadvertently ordered the wrong figure ! "DRAT ! " . I searched in my bits box and found the wrongly ordered figure and horse and a Officer on foot , I thought - 'I wonder if I can convert the foot figure into a mounted one ?'. Now it's easy enough to convert plastic figures but metal ones ?! , so it was with some hesitancy I picked up my razor saw ............. (to be continued)





12 comments:

  1. Tony,

    I am intrigued. That looks like quite a compact BP game. Roughly what was the orbat?

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    1. The Piedmontese have 3 Brigades , 1st 2 line and a Bersaglieri, 2nd 2 Line and a Battery of Artillery , 3rd 2 small units of Lancers and a battalion of Bersaglieri. The Papal army has a Brigade of 2 Line Battalions and Artillery Battery , a Brigade of 3 'Foreign' Battalions and a Brigade of 2 Line , the CinC has a small unit of Cavalry under his control . I think it's a myth that you need a lot of units to play BP . I've played successful games with 5 units per side divided into 2 small Brigades, Tony

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  2. Good looking game.... I await to see the results of your surgery.
    cheers
    Mike

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    1. The result ended better than I thought ! , Tony

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  3. The dust clouds were instantly recognizable which makes them sort of New Age Old School.

    There are tricks to converting these modern alloys that don't like bending but all very doable with a saw, a drill, a file, some wire and putty. I look forward to seeing what you've done.

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    1. It has turned out better than I thought , Tony

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  4. I wager your conversion will be dandy!

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  5. Your Sardinians are completely awesome, Tony. As for the conversion, what all of them said! WM

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    1. I enjoyed painting them , something a bit different ! , Tony

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  6. What a wonderful table set and colorful game. Love the entire look of it. Good luck on the DIY.

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    1. Thank you, conversion has worked out not to bad, Tony

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