Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Projects Update

28mm Napoleonics:
After completing the battalion of Elite's French Line, I'm coming around to the notion that Moresby's figures are even too large for Front Rank. Too bad, since I really enjoy the character in these figures but they positively dwarf the Sash and Saber French. I still plan to place a smaller order with Elite to complete two more battalions to join with the test battalion of the 36th.

The Second Manassas game continues to languish on the game table. After a good start in July, Paul and I haven't been able to coordinate our schedules to press on with the scenario. With Paul's busy fall travel schedule, our completion of the game is unlikely. Rather than pack up the game, I'll continue play solitaire as my time permits. From my notes, it looks like the game is currently at the Federal 0930 turn.

Scott and I met at Austin's Sunday afternoon for a game of C&CA. Scott chose the Trasimene scenario and Austin took Carthage leaving me with the Romans. With their backs against the lake and reduced activations, the Romans would find this one quite difficult. However, a few, early coordinated attacks by the Roman light foot took out a couple of Carthaginian formations on the Roman left and Austin's morale dropped with the loss of these troops. Ranged weapon fire continued peppering the Carthaginians and a third unit was lost. Austin counterattacked the Roman left with horse and destroyed two weakened Roman light foot but his attack in the center was repulsed with great loss. On the Roman right, light foot caused heavy casualties, forcing two foot units to retreat. At the conclusion of the game, the Romans held the field 6:3.

Painting Totals for August.
August turned out to be a productive month with an emphasis on 28mm Napoleonics. Also slipped in were 18mm Napoleonics, 18mm SYW, and 15mm SIWI. Just checking my painting log, AUG contained my highest output for 2010. With a SEP vacation and fall classes commencing, SEP production will drop. On the painting table are 24 SYW Austrian Cuirassiers and eight 28mm French Dragoons on the priming table. The Austrian horse are painting up quickly and I began to consider pulling a second 24 figure unit of Austrians from the inventory pile. Pulling the last Austrian horse regiment from inventory left only one 24 figure regiment of Prussian heavies to paint. Perhaps, a shortened September could be an 'all-cavalry' painting month?

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