Monday, 12 November 2018

Sugar Islands on Tour

Some pics from Saturday's game at Targe in Kirriemuir. A very very busy morning filling folks in about the Campaign - it was three hours before I got a chance to sneak off from the table. We played the Attack on Madame Ducharmey's Plantation.

Caught up with CG and GH and have cooked up a few ideas which I will be working on over the next few months. In the afternoon some youngsters arrived and got a chance to play which was nice.

The table took second prize for best scenery which I'm delighted with and I managed to shift a few books too.

Copies of the book are now on their way to Canada, New Zealand and Australia as well as throughout the uk.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

NOW AVAILABLE - Wargaming the Sugar Islands Campaign - A Guide to the British Expedition to Martinique and Guadeloupe in 1759

I received the printed copies of the book from the printer today. It has been a quite a journey but I have enjoyed it very much and hope that you will enjoy reading about and gaming the battles and encounters on the islands.

Wargaming the Sugar Islands Campaign is an 80 page A5 glossy bound guide to the British Invasion of Martinique and Guadeloupe. It contains a detailed summary of the events on both islands, the leaders, the forces involved and the islands themselves. There is information on suitable figures, scenery and rule sets to use and loads of period maps detailing the landing areas and land fought over. I have commissioned two pen and ink drawing from Chris Gregg which sit in the centre of the book. Lastly the book also contains 6 scenarios each with a detailed colour layout and with special rules including a simple campaign and special events. 


Background to the Campaign
The voyage to the Islands
Scenarios for Martinique
The Actions on Guadeloupe 
The End of the Campaign
Scenarios for Guadeloupe
Notes for Wargames

Copies of the book are priced at £8 plus postage per copy.
(UK 1st std £1.50, Signed for £2.50, EU std £3.50, confirmed £8.50. US £4.50/£9.00, AUS/NZ £5.00/£9.00)

Should you wish to purchase a copy please contact me directly using the contact form on the RHS of the blog. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Sugar Islands - at the printer

A quick update to say that Wargaming the Sugar Islands Campaign is now at the printer.

I will have copies with me by the 7th of November.

As stated I will have a number of for sale at the display game run by myself and Oldmeldrum Wargames Group at Targe in Kirriemuir in November 10th.

We will be running Scenario 4 - The Battle for Madame Ducharmey's Plantation on the day.

As soon as I have the books in my hands I will open up for orders.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Wargaming The Sugar Islands Campaign - A Guide to the British Expedition to Martinique and Guadeloupe in 1759

Those of you who follow my blog will know I've been working on this for a while now. The good news is that I received the bound proof copy this morning. I can't see any changes required at first glance so subject to a deeper check and any corrections I should have copies of this for sale within the next  couple of weeks.

I will be selling copies here, via the blog and will also have copies for sale at Targe in Kirriemuir in November.

The book is A5 with a glossy colour cover and 79 with plenty of detailed colour maps of the islands and the areas over which the battle to capture them were fought. There are 6 systemless scenarios each with a colour map as well as details of the forces involved and their leaders as well as notes for a campaign, suitable figures and scenery.

More details will follow when I have the printed copies.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Second Holzende

Holzende - Second Day

I was back up to see Graham H a week past Friday and had another great afternoons gaming with his 40mm figs. They are such lovely toys, well painted and posed and with plenty of characters and vignettes to make a game look like a battle and less like two lines of miniatures facing each other.  This delayed report, (after a hectic week at work) tells the tale of the second day at Holzende .

Neither side felt able or willing to continue the fight from the first day at Holzende and the Austrians were content to let the Prussians retire before they themselves withdrew across the river to await a fresh assault in the morning. 

In the Prussian camp that night officers received a terrible dressing down and the colonel of the Grenadiers in particular came close to being clapped in irons and sent to the King in disgrace! However fresh troops arrived and as dawn arrived scouts reported the Austrians had pulled back. The assault would be renewed, the river crossed and the Austrians driven back down the road toward Prague and away from their Saxon allies.

The Prussians deployed at first light. The Grenadiers and Rgt Von Lehwalt  followed by the Lieb-Garde and Garrison Rgt 11, supported by a medium gun formed the left flank. The right comprised Rgt Itzenplitz, a further medium piece and the Fusiliers of Von Rohr. In reserve stood Cuirassier Rgt no3, ready to exploit any potential breakthrough. The Prussian plan was simple. The strong left flank would force the river, the right would hold in place and tie up as many Austrians as possible, to assist this the Cuirassiers would move across the rear of the position to make it look as if a crossing was planned downstream of the bridge. 

Facing the Prussians the Austrians had deployed the remains of the Likaner Croats amongst the trees and bushes around the bridge. Behind them in line were the regiments of Carl Lothringen and Joseph Esterhazy and in turn behind them were the Austrian Cavalry, Hussars of Paul Esterhazy and Dragoon Rgt Althann together with a medium gun. On the opposite flank the Austrians had placed Rgts Deutschmeister, Botta, a medium gun and in a small wood, Grenz troops from Rgt Sluizner. A grenadier battalion was also on this flank, in reserve. Sitting behind the river the Austrians believed their position to be strong, even though it was clear that there were crossing points. 

The Prussians opened the day's affair by bringing up their medium guns and advancing to within range of the leading regiments battalion pieces. These started to play upon the lines of Austrian troops, concentrating upon Deutschmeister and Carl Lothringen. The Austrian lines were so densely packed they had not brought up their own guns and for a while the Prussians had things all their own way. 

The Grenadiers continued to advance upon the river whilst the move,ent of the Cuirassier across the rear of the Prussian position had an unintended effect - the Hussar and Dragoons turned and did likewise, moving across the rear of their own lines. This completely changed the balance on the Prussian left, making to look like a more even fight. The Grenadiers now reached the edge of the river and began to probe for the ford, shrugging off the mounting casualties which they were suffering. The Austrians seemed to be shooting high however and as many branches fell on the men as did cannon balls. Indeed on the right, Itzenplitz  seemed to have a veritable abattis of branches and trunks surrounding its position. The Prussian gunners were truer in their aim and as the Grenadiers splashed into the ford, Carl Lotharingen began to waver.

Perhaps it was the brave Grenadiers, perhaps the ranks of the Lieb-Garde and Garrison Rgt ll coming up behind them or the steady pounding they were taking from the guns, or even the toll of additional casualties on a unit less then fresh from the day before, but as the Prussians began to cross the river they recoiled, falling back. This exposed Esterhazy's infantry and they refused their flank and suddenly the Austrian left had moved away from their position on the riverbank. Orders were issued and the cavalry hastily recalled, but they way was clear, Prussians could now cross. 

On the Prussian right their artillery had been no less deadly. Deutschmeister was starting to look shaky from the steady fire it was receiving from Itzenplitz and the battalion and medium gun and decided enough was enough and fled behind the Grenadier Battalion. As the Cuirassiers drew up Von Rohr saw this as an opportunity to further press this flank and advanced from its position amongst the wheat, where its men had been sitting calmly untouched. A smattering of fire from the Grenz came from the woods,  but it was becoming clear that the Prussians had the upper hand on either flank. Von Rohr splashed into the river and began to cross.

Back on the left the Leib-Garde has crossed too and formed on the left of the Grenadiers presenting a wall of bayonets. Carl Lotharingen took further casualties and staggered back again, then took to its heels and fled. A forest of muskets now stood on the Prussian left as the garrison Rgt crossed and Von Lehwaldt also moved forward. The Austrian cavalry finally began to arrive after having crossed and recrossed their own lines. The Hussars and Dragoons formed up, ready to attack.

Over on the right the Austrian skirmishers fired off a few shots but fell back. Both Austrian signs were now under threat. The day was drawing to a close. It was clear that a choice had to be made, the cavalry would have to stand and allow the infantry to withdraw. The battle was over and the Austrian retreat had began