Sunday, June 17, 2018

Spanish technical troops: Pontooniers, etc.

I needed some Spanish some pontooniers for my Snappy Nappy game. 

A few extra figures from Threee Armies and Brigade games were put to use. 

The stacks of boards on each base makes their game function clear.

They would serve just as well as sappers or engineers when and if needed. 

It looks like I may need six suuch stands for the revised scenario...

So here's the 5th stand

Maybe a 6th yet to come?

The uniform is the old version of the Engineer General Staff; green coats, violet facings, red turnbacks, silver buttons and lace.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A few Spanish Leaders

The final push to complete my Spanish Napoleonic army is painting enough leader stands, and then a few odds and ends.

The mounted officer is by Eagle figures. 

The large dog is from a set of canines I purchased several years ago. 

The foot officer is a left over Thee Armies figure, wearing a green uniform faced violet, with silver buttons and red turnbacks, as worn by the Engineering general staff. 

Rear views.

Another Eagle Figures officer, with some accompanying infantry men by Eagle figures (with blanket) and Miniaturas Dose de Mayo (in the "new" uniform stovepipe shako but an old uniform white coat)

AS few tufts for variety...

and a rock!

Rear views once again. 

Some leaders on foot, shown previously but finally based - the wonderful Brigade Games portly general twirling his mustache, a Brigade Games Guerrilla Leader, and a Three Armies officer.

The Three Armies figure has the silver epaulets of a Brigadier General. 

High fives!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Hills of Iron, Silver and Gold, and Iron Mules

Back in January I backed my second Kickstarter, "Hills of Iron, Silver, and Gold".  I went for one of the biggest pledges, 3 "Hills of Iron" ("small"), and one each of Silver (medium), and Gold (Large). The arrived on my doorstep from the UK last week in a big, well padded box.

Hill of Iron #1. Is that nicely done, or what?!

Hill of Iron #2; each hill is unique. 

Hill of Iron #3; these "small" hills are roughly 15 x 24 cm. 

Hill of Silver; a "medium" hill, approximately 20 x 30 cm

Hill of Gold; a "large" hill, in this case partially with 2 levels. 

View of the escarpment end of the Hill of Gold; approximately 25 x 40 cm.

A week ago we attended the 5th annual antique tractor show at Topland Farms in Roxbury, CT, less than 5 miles from our home. The owner of the farm collects antique tractors and related farm equipment dating from 1911 to 1934. As y6ou can  see, the resmblance3 to locomotive engines can be striking in some of these old machines - at least 20 of which were powered up for the parade.

No rubber tires on these - all cast iron!

The collection includes 100's of these early machines, some weighing m ore than 10 tons!

I would imagine these must have been delivered by rail!

It is hard to see, but this model has a pipe running across the front of the tractor. It carries water from the engine, and has holes in the bottom of the pipe that lets the water cascade down  an open "radiator" of ? Canvas; the water is then piacked up from the pan at the bottom and reciculated to cool the engine!

Note the cast iron "treads"!

A much smaller, later model. 

Note the huge smokestack; this one chugged and backfired regularly, emitting lots of smoke, but drove along smoothly!

Note the enormous fly wheel; this seemed to be used in starting the engine. 

Look at the size of this one; there are far bigger ones in the 5 sheds housing other pieces of equipment. 

The resemblance to an "iron horse" is obvious here!

All of these were manufactured at various sites in the Midwest. It is likely they were only really useful there, where the ground was pretty much flat. 

A later, more compact version. 

Th tans at the back hold gasoline, kerosene, and water.

Note the huger smokestack once again.

Another, more "modern" tractor. 

 Still with the large fly wheel. Don't get your hand caught in that!

 Part of the parade from behind.

 Great for some new "Steampunk:" ideas, eh?

Note the hiuge smokestack again.

Yes, they can back up!

 Looks almost fragile compared to some of the others!

No canopy on this later model, but note the huge spikes for tread!

The Empress, Princess Kate and her husband, Greg, and grandsons Owen and Oliver. Owen (in carriage) LOVES tractors. I must have lifted him up onto the the drivers seat of at least 2 dozen!

There's actually a you-tube video of this year's show...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Snappy Nappy marches on Lancaster!

As has been mentioned previously, We will be running a Snappy Nappy "Campaign in a Day" at
Historicon this year, on Thursday July 12, from 10 AM to 5 PM. This will be Event T:150:10
Campaign in a Day: Spain and Portugal, May to July 1809.  The event has been significantly
changed from the one we ran at The Portal in Manchester, CT the end of April, based upon how
that game played out.

I have increase all Command radii by 3" to allow for the larger, 28 mm figures, and the Spanish
are given the same command radii as later Austrians and Prussians. Rules are otherwise per
Snappy Nappy, by Russ Lockwood. I suggest purchasing a copy through On Military Matters
if you don't have one, but it is not necessary to do so. Rules summaries are available in advance
of the game and on site for players.

Orders of Battle
at 1 Infantry stand  = 1300 men (2 stands per unit), 1 Cavalry stand  = 450 men (2 stands per unit),
1 Artillery stand = 16 guns (1 stand per unit), with estimated last known positions:

ALLIES: (21" Command radius)

British Army: Lisbon

Sir Arthur Wellesley: Genius (+3)  (Wellesley commands the British and Portuguese forces)
2 stands Guard Infantry  Guard (4+)
2 stands Highlanders  Elite (5+)
8 stands Line  Veteran (6+)
2 stands Dragoon Guards  Elite (5+)
2 stands Light Dragoons/Hussars  Veteran (6+)
2 stands 6# Artillery  Elite (5+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

Sir Rowland Hill:  Charismatic (+2)
2 stands Fusiliers  Elite (5+)
8 stands Line  Veteran (6+)
4 stands Light Dragoons/Hussars  Veteran (6+)
2 stands 6# Artillery  Elite (5+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

Royal Navy: 4 ships, start in Lisbon Harbor
** Special Rules
1) Each ship may transport 2 stands of Allied troops along the coast
2) Any landing spot must be at least 12" from any French troops (no opposed landings!)
3) Ships do not affect land combat in any way.

Portuguese Army: Ponte de Sol,   Estramoz

Marshal William Carr Beresford: Charismatic (+2)
10 stands Line Infantry  Seasoned (7+)
4 stands Cacadores Veteran (6+)
6 stands Cavalry  Seasoned (7+)
2 stands Artillery Veteran (6+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

Francisco da Silveira Pinto da Fonseca Teixeira: Dashing (+1)  (Brunswickers used)
10 stands Line Infantry  Seasoned (7+)
4 stands Light Infantry Veteran (6+)
6 stands Cavalry  Seasoned (7+)
2 stands Artillery Veteran (6+)

1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

Spanish Army (15" Commnand Radius)
C-in-C: Junta Suprema Central (played by Don Julian Sanchez)


Don Julian Sanchez:  Dashing (+1)
12 stands Guerrillas (Militia, 9+)

Guerrillas - Can start on any of tables  in Spain
** Special rules
1) No points are scored for eliminating Guerrillas
2) Guerrillas may always retreat off board into "impassable" mountains.
3) Guerrillas are expected to act as spies and report their findings to Allied players as they
see fit. This includes possibly forwarding copies of captured dispatches!
4) Eliminated Guerrillas will "re-spawn" in 30 minutes on any table(s) in Spain that are free of
troops (including Gendarmes) If none are free, they may re-spawn in off table areas of Spain
(NOT Portugal)


1) The Guerrillas my prepare ambushes on any table where there are no French troops other than
Gendarmes. (this would include the tables they start out upon, even if Gendarmes are deployed on
that table).
2) Ambushes may be set within mountains, hills, woods, or villages.
3) Guerrillas lying in ambush are removed from the table. The site of the ambush is indicated by
a slip of paper hidden under the terrain in question, noting the forces placed there and the time
placed. If there is more than one stand of Guerrillas on the table, as many ambushes may be
placed as Guerrilla stands are removed. The Guerrilla player may also place as many dummy slips
as there were Guerrilla bands on the table (to mislead any casual onlookers).
4) When the Guerrilla player springs an ambush (which may be at the END of any French phase of
a turn), he rolls THREE morale checks, needing a 9 or a 10 (usual score for militia) on any ONE roll.
5) If at least one check is passed, the Guerrillas are placed on the table and then act normally on
the Allied Phase of the turn.
6)  If NO checks are passed by the Guerrillas, the stands are placed on the table anyway, BUT
they may NOT act, except defensively, until the FOLLOWING Allied phase.
7) The GM will be advised, either verbally or in writing, of the placement of ambushes.

Army of La Mancha: Puertollano, Almuradiel

Francisco Javier Venegas: Dashing (+1)
2 stands Light Infantry Veteran 6+
2 stands 1st Rate Line Infantry  Seasoned (7+)
2 stands  2nd Rate Line Infantry Conscript (8+)
2 stands Militia infantry Militia (9+)
2 stands Dragoons  Seasoned (7+)
1 stand 6# Artillery  Seasoned (7+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

José María de la Cueva, 14th Duke of Alburquerque: Reliable (+0)
4 stands  1st Rate Line Infantry   Seasoned (7+)
2 stands 2nd Rate Line Infantry Conscript (8+)
4 stands Militia Infantry  Militia (9+)
2 stands Line Cavalry Veteran 6+
1 stand 6# Foot Artillery  Seasoned (7+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

Army of Estremadura: Zafra

Gregorio García de la Cuesta:  Charismatic (+2)
2 stands Light Infantry Veteran 6+
2 stands 1st Rate Line Infantry  Seasoned (7+)
4 stands 2nd Rate  Infantry Conscript (8+)
2 stands Militia infantry Militia (9+)
2 stands Line Cavalry Veteran 6+
2 stands Hussars  Seasoned (7+)
2 stands Garrochistas Conscript (8+)
1 stand  12# Artillery  Seasoned (7+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

José Pascual de Zayas y Chacón:  Reliable (+0)
2 stands Light Infantry Veteran 6+
4 stands 1st Rate  Line Infantry  Seasoned (7+)
2 stands 2nd Rate Line Infantry Conscript (8+)
4 stands Militia Infantry Militia (9+)
2 stands Dragoons  Seasoned (7+)
2 stands Hussars  Seasoned (7+)
1 stand 6# Foot Artillery  Seasoned (7+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

Army of Galiza y Asturgas:  Oviedo

Pedro Caro y Sureda, 3rd Marquis de la Romana:  Dashing (+1)
2 stands Grenadiers Veteran 6+
2 stands 1st Rate Line Infantry  Seasoned (7+)
4  stands 2nd Rate Line Infantry Conscript (8+)
2 stands Militia infantry Militia (9+)
2 stands Line cavalry Veteran 6+
1 stand 6# Artillery  Seasoned (7+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

José Cienfuegos:  Dashing (+1)
2 stands Grenadiers Veteran 6+
4 stands 1st Rate Line Infantry  Seasoned (7+)
2 stands 2nd Rate Line Infantry Conscript (8+)
4 stands Militia Infantry Militia (9+)
2 stands Dragoons  Seasoned (7+)
1 stand 6# Foot Artillery  Seasoned (7+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

**Spanish Special Rules
1) Spanish troops may retreat off table (as a group)  into "impassable" mountains", or entirely off
the main table areas. If they do so, they may not return for at least 30 minutes of game time,
BUT all damaged stands will automatically be fully rallied.

Total 102 Infantry stands, 38 Cavalry syands, 13 Artillery stands + Guerrillas and Pontooniers.

Portuguese:  Cacadores Veteran (6+),  Line Seasoned (7+), Cavalry  Seasoned (7+),
Artillery Veteran (6+)
British: Guards Guard (4+), KGL etc Elite (5+), Line Veteran (6+),
Lt Dragoons Veteran (6+), Dragoon Guards Elite (5+), Artillery Elite (5+)
Spanish  Militia Militia (9+), 1st Rate Line [blue uniforms]  Seasoned (7+).
2nd rate Line [white uniforms] Conscript (8+) Lights/Grenadiers  Veteran (6+),
Artillery Seasoned 7+, Garrochistas Conscript 8+, Line Cavalry Veteran 6+,
all other cavalry Seasoned 7+
Guerrillas: Militia (9+)

French Army: (21" Command Radius)

1st Corps:  Merida

Victor: Charismatic (+2)
2 stands  Legere Elite (5+)
10 stands Line Infantry  Veteran (6+)
2 stands Hussar  Elite (5+)
2 stands 6# Foot Artillery  Veteran (6+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

2nd Corps:  Oporto, Villa Real

Soult: Charismatic (+2)
2 stands Legere  Elite (5+)
6 stands Line Infantry  Veteran (6+)
2 stands Hussars  Elite (5+)
2  stands 6# Foot Artillery  Veteran (6+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

General Pierre Bellon Lapisse:  Reliable (+0)
4 stands Line Infantry  Veteran (6+)
4 stands 2nd rate Line (Foreign/G de P)  Seasoned (7+)
2 stands Chasseurs  Veteran (6+)
2 stands Dragoons  Veteran (6+)
1 stand 6# Foot  Artillery Veteran (6+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

4th Corps:  Ciudad Real

Sebastiani: Dashing (+1)
4  stands Polish Infantry  Elite (5+)
2 stands CoR Infantry  Seasoned (7+)
8 stands Line Infantry  Veteran (6+)
2 stands Polish Uhlans  Elite (5+)
2 stands Chasseurs  Veteran (6+)
2 stand 6# Foot Artillery  Veteran (6+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

5th Corps:  Valladoid

Mortier:  Charismatic (+2)
2 stands Legere  Elite (5+)
10 stands Line Infantry  Veteran (6+)
2 stands Chasseurs  Veteran (6+)
2 stands 6# Foot Artillery  Veteran (6+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

6th Corps:  Galicia

Ney: Charismatic (+2)
2 stands Legere  Elite (5+)
10 stands Line Infantry  Veteran (6+)
2 stands Chasseurs  Veteran (6+)
2 stands Hussars  Elite (5+)
2 stands 6# Foot Artillery  Veteran (6+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)

Cavalry Reserve:  Toledo

Latour Mauborg: (Dashing +1)
8 stands Dragoons  Veteran (6+)
2 stands Chasseurs  Veteran (6+)
1 stand 6# Horse Artillery  Elite (5+)

Milhaud: (Dashing (+1)
2 stands Hussars  Elite (5+)
6 stands Dragoons  Veteran (6+)
1 stand 6# Horse Artillery  Elite (5+)

Army Reserve:  Madrid

King Joseph Bonaparte/Marshal Jourdan: Dashing (+1)
2 stands Royal Guards  Elite (5+)
6 stands Line Infantry  Veteran (6+)
1 stand 6# Foot Artillery  Veteran (6+)
1 stand Pontooniers  Seasoned (7+)
** Joseph is in command of the French.  Joseph also commands the Gendarmes.

Gendarmes 6 stands- may start on any or all of tables in Spain.
** Special Rules
1) Gendarmes may be deployed as single stands to suppress Guerrilla activity; They count as
"Veteran" (6+) instead of "Conscript" (8+) when combating Guerrillas (only).
2) Gendarmes suffer no penalty for lack of command or being out of supply.
3) Gendarmes do count as troops on the table for the purpose of enemy movement, but do not cost
Victory Points if lost.
4) Gendarmes may not enter Portugal

Total: 76 Infantry stands, 36 Cavalry stands,  14 Artillery stands,
+ Gendarmes and Pontooniers

Legere, Poles, Guard, Elite (5+), Line Veteran (6+), CoR etc Seasoned (7+),
Foot Artillery Seasoned 6+,  Horse Artillery Elite 5+, Hussars and Polish Uhlans Elite 5+,
Chasseurs and Dragoons Veteran 6+, Gendarmes Conscript (8+)*

Unit type
Guard 4+
Elite 5+
Veteran 6+
Seasoned 7+
Conscript 8+
Militia 9+
2  - 16
4  - 14
16   - 96


2  - 16
6   - 42


4  - 36


8   - 48
20 - 100


12  - 72


4  -  28


10  - 60
18  - 90
14  - 56
30  - 90

8   - 56
12  - 72
4    - 20


6    - 42


14  - 98
54  - 324
6   - 30
6    - 30


10  - 80
24   - 168


2   - 18
11   - 88

British:  22 Infantry/126 pts, 8 Cavalry/58 pts, 4 Artillery/36 pts:  220 pts total
Portuguese: 28 Infantry/148 pts, 12 Cavalry/72 pts, 4 Artillery/28 pts:  248 pts total
Spanish:  72 Infantry/296 pts, 24 Cavalry/148 pts, 6 Artillery/42 pts:  486 pts total

Allies Combined: 122 Infantry/570 pts, 44 cavalry/278 pts, 14 Artillery/106 pts: 954 pts

French:  80 infantry/482 pts, 34 Cavalry/248 pts, 13 Artillery/106 pts:  836 pts

Pontooniers: May not attack or initiate Melee. To Build or take down a pontoon bridge,
once the Pontooniers are in position, check once per turn as per the rules; all nations need
a D10 roll of 7+; if unsuccessful, the next turn they need a 6+, if unsuccessful again then
on the following turn they need a 5+, and so on.


1 per enemy unit eliminated
(NO points for Pontooniers, Guerrillas, Gendarmes and Spanish Militia).

and for key cities and towns held at the end of the campaign (61 total points):
3 points per Building of Madrid (9 pts total), Lisbon (9) Valladoid (6), Oporto (6), Merida (6)
3 Points each for Fortresses of Badajoz, Almeida, and Ciudad Ropdrigo
2 points each for Damiel, Ciudad Real, Talavera, Navalmoral, Canaveral, Ponte de Sol,
Salamanca, and Mora.

Campaign Map with VP  - key supply locations in red


1) Supply status will be checked once an hour, on the hour.

2) Any troops actually occupying the buildings of a Major City (3 buildings), City (2 buildings),
Town (1 building), or occupying a Fortress (roughly 6" square on the tabletop - can hold up to  
4 units within max) are always “in supply”

3) British and Portuguese forces must otherwise trace supply to Lisbon, or Oporto (should they
take it).

4) French forces must otherwise trace supply to Madrid; 2nd Corps ONLY (Soult and Lapisse)
may trace supply to Oporto as long as they hold it.

5) Spanish forces ignore all supply rules! They are always considered in supply.

6) Supply MUST be traced through the key cities and towns that are worth VP's.
On any given table, if a side does not control ALL of the key locations on that table,
supply may traced into but not THROUGH that table.

7) Any troops that are found to be "Out of Supply" will immediately take one
and only one Morale check roll immediately, with results imposed immediately.
Additionally, Troops that are out of supply may not advance more than 6” from their present positions; otherwise they may only move towards their base of Operations (Madrid or Lisbon/Oporto).

On the table maps:
"Mountains" = Severe (Spanish Cavalry and Artillery ONLY may enter, but ONLY to retreat off the table, other nations Cavalry and Artillery may not enter)
"Woods" = Rough
"Hills" = Broken
Buildings = Town, except clusters of 2 or 3 = City.
Fortresses (Alemieda, Badajoz, Ciudad Rodrigo) are roughly 6” square and may hold up to 4 units.
All rivers are 1" wide (thus NO small arms fire across them), and may only be crossed at bridges, whether permanent or pontoon.

Some difficulty can arise when players leave token garrisons behind to hold critical bridges and bottlenecks, etc. It can unduly penalize opponents encountering such token forces when they have to twiddle their thumbs, unable to move because their opponent keeps running away to do moves in a much bigger battle on another table.  Of course, delaying the enemy (within reason), as well as getting notice of the movement of enemy troops into the area, are the two main reasons for leaving token forces to begin with.

1) A "Token Force" consists of not more than 3 units of infantry, or a single Cavalry or Artillery unit. Combined arms forces are never considered "Token Forces".
2) Wherever possible, the owning player will play their own troops provided that it does not unduly slow play on that table or elsewhere.
3) Another player on the same side, or the GM or their assistant may be assigned to run the force
if necessary to maintain the flow of the game.
4) Failing any of those, or by the consent of the owning player, the Token force may be run by the opposing player following the Default Orders given to the Token Force as follows:

Place a pre-printed card underneath the token force when it is detached,
that gives it Default Orders:

- Hold at all costs, always orienting to fire on the nearest enemy.
- Withdraw as quickly as possible away from the enemy.
- Withdraw as quickly as possible towards Deployment Zone  _________ (fill in the blank).

In the absence of a Default Order,  "Hold at all costs" is assigned.

On encountering the Token Force, and after suitably informing and getting the OK from the GM,
a player could run his own troops and pretty easily and reasonably run the opposing token force. Mostly the token force is not going to move (or will move away as quickly as possible), so one only needs to do trivial movement or roll shooting and morale for it. The Token force will impose a 60 second delay per unit each turn on the cycling of the active player. In other words, a Token Force
of 3 Infantry units would impose a 3 minute delay per turn cycle upon the opposing player. The
timer on a cell phone or similar can be used to track such delays.