Painting, of late, continues to focus on the 15mm side of the ledger. Rather than continuing a steady stream of troops for the French Revolution, I break up the painting routine to field a pair of Irish regiments for the SYW.Off the painting desk today are Irish regiments, de Clare and Rooth. The 46 figures comprise Blue Moon foot and AB mounted officer.s Flags are from Not by Appointment. Both regiments saw limited service during the SYW but were much more active during the War of Austrian Succession.
If these Irish regiments saw limited service during the SYW, why field them? Should I not be painting gris-blanc Frenchmen if I am to field a French Army? Quite right. I should. But, sometimes I eat my dessert first! With the colorful Irish finished (for now), SYW work will begin to pull French troops into the production queue. First, other projects are seeing activity at the painting desk.
On the gaming front, I enjoyed another fine game via Skype hosted by members of a wargaming group in the UK. This marked my third visit and game with these fine fellows in the last three weeks. Three games in three weeks? Yes, indeed! This must be a record for me. In fact, over the last three weeks, I will have enjoyed five remote games. Unbelievable, really, and definitely a record.
While remote gaming during the pandemic has opened up a whole host of new opportunities for gaming, one downside is that I cannot take decent photos from my iPad during these remote games. Therefore my chronicling battle reports from these activities is lacking. I need to find a remedy for this. Luckily, Graham captured a sampling of screenshots and retells the battle on his blog posting of Back to the 15th Century.
Tuesday's battle featured a clash set during the War of the Roses (WotR) using 25mm figures and one of the member's developmental rules. Rules are geared toward the tactical level with each commander leading one Battle. The troops arrayed "en battle" looked great with banners and colors in abundance. Interplay between the lines within a Battle is key and decisions are many. My assigned Battle contained three lines of troops. I fielded Longbowmen in the first line followed in support by two units of foot in the second and third lines. Each line had varying degrees of armor and training. My third line was peasant rubbish. Having not gamed WotR, I did not know quite what to expect.
What happened? I enjoyed the game and rules very much! My first Battle was sacrificed for the cause but I received a reinforcing Battle to deliver the coup de grace. Rules seemed finely honed and play was smooth. Looking forward to another trial run-out of the rules in the near future. With exposure to so many new and interesting periods to game, I may be hard-pressed not to add on another project or two. Did I mention the WotR game looked great? Hmm. Iain, are you taking notes?