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REBELS AND REDCOATS-War in the colonies

REBELS AND REDCOATS-War in the colonies

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About the Project

A couple of years ago I picked up Blackpowders Rebellion supplement. from Warlord games. Black powder games are hard to get into as it requires a lot of miniatures and my original thought was to delve into Napoleonics but the rebellion book sparked my imagination.I find the wars for independence to be very interesting and colourful with its variety and setting. This project is a chart of my progress as I began collecting the armies required to recreate the scenarios in the supplement and the terrain involved.

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End of Battle pics

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End of Battle pics
American confusion as the redcoat wearing Connecticut unit turns up at the rear.American confusion as the redcoat wearing Connecticut unit turns up at the rear.
Crown forces cross the Bronx riverCrown forces cross the Bronx river

Battle of Chattertons Hill Report

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The Rebel forces position themselves to hold the hillThe Rebel forces position themselves to hold the hill

Chatterton Hill is the second scenario in the Rebellion supplement for Balck powder. It see’s the British out flanking Washingtons army at New York forcing the rebels to abandon Manhattan Island. The Rebels hold a hill that if the British can take will allow them to bombard the rest of the rebel army. The game began with the rebels deployed waiting for the Brits to come into play. Some failed command rolls kept the best of the crown forces off the table at the start of the game. The rebels tried to take advantage of this by crossing the river into the Crowns deployment zone. As the continental army tried to cross the bridge the militia halted at the ford as Redcoats came into the area and a fire fight started. The Brits splashed into the ford and were met by militia and a large fight began mid stream. Mean while the Dragoons and light infantry finally made it on to the table clearing the bridge of rebels. The Dragoons swept on into the fleeing enemy leaving them exposed and having to fall back. German Jaegers exchanged fire over the river and managed to see off two units with some superb marksmanship. Meanwhile at the ford the Brits reinforced by Hessians saw off the militia and it wasnt long before the whole rebel line began to retire. The quuickest game of Blackpowder I’ve ever had coming in just over two hours.

Rebel Riflemen hide in the woodsRebel Riflemen hide in the woods
Redcoats come on to the tableRedcoats come on to the table
Artillery bombardmentArtillery bombardment
Joined by their German friendsJoined by their German friends
Rebels and Dragoons clash on the bridgeRebels and Dragoons clash on the bridge
They sweep on and take on a bit too muchThey sweep on and take on a bit too much
Light infantry clear the woodsLight infantry clear the woods
Militia and Red coats fight in the riverMilitia and Red coats fight in the river
Plenty of bodies float down streamPlenty of bodies float down stream
Dragoons fallback over the bridge and rally for one more charge Dragoons fallback over the bridge and rally for one more charge

Delaware Regiment

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Delaware Regiment

The Delaware regiment had some nice looking light infantry style caps at the beginning of the war but would later end up in tricorns. From what I can gather this unit would later be decimated at the battle of Camden and get amalgamated into other regiments and was the only unit from Delaware.

Delaware Regiment

19th Continentals

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19th Continentals
19th Continentals
19th Continentals

This unit was rather hard to research for some reason. I couldn’t find any uniform colours until I spotted another wargamer had done them in a rather nice beige colour which I gladly copied.

3rd New York Regiment

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3rd New York Regiment

This was an interesting unit to paint. I find the grey with green facing to be a very smart look. I used to think continentals just wore blue until I got into era. The units that are grey or brown colours look smart on the table and adds a lot of variety to a force.

3rd New York Regiment
3rd New York Regiment

Rebels in Redcoats

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1st Connecticut Regiment on the march1st Connecticut Regiment on the march

The first Connecticut Regiment was one of the few American units to wear red coats which must have been confusing. One of the things I like about painting the Continental Army is the variety of colour schemes to choose from. My first none militia unit I painted was ironically in red. Usually the drummers in Rebel units wore captured red coats which was an interesting bit of trivia. I dont think I would have liked to have been a rebel in red.

Rebels in Redcoats
The variety of colours for rebel units.The variety of colours for rebel units.

Jaegers

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Jaegers

While taking shots of my Hessian’s I forgot my Jaegers. Probably because they were off hiding in a wood some place.

Jaegers

Hessian forces

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Hessian forces

I have completed my Hessian force although I have found it difficult to find the correct colour schemes for all the units and I certainly wont be doing any stripey trousers anytime soon. They may not be all historically accurate but they look alright.

Hessian forces
Hessian forces

New book

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I was at work today when blackpowders new supplement arrived. So in between talking to folk in 18th century clothing I was reading this book on the French Indian war. If I get round to this conflict it might warrant a separate project blog. Like what I'm seeing do far.I was at work today when blackpowders new supplement arrived. So in between talking to folk in 18th century clothing I was reading this book on the French Indian war. If I get round to this conflict it might warrant a separate project blog. Like what I'm seeing do far.

Hessian Reinforcements

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After Boston the British reorganized and headed for New York and with them came a number of German units which would be known as Hessians. I had picked up some plastic kits from Warlord but recently boosted them with some Perry metal minis. I managed to paint these two units in two days.

Hessian Reinforcements
Hessian Reinforcements
Hessian Reinforcements
Hessian Reinforcements
Hessian Reinforcements
Hessian Reinforcements

Reorganizing the troops

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British force so farBritish force so far

good thing about red coats is they can be used for lots of different regiments if you dont mind the facings being a different colour. This next battle has a force made up of lots of Hessian units so a new set of minis is needed. I already had some warlord Germans and I’ve ordered some Perry miniatures to boost the collection. I have found it difficult to find the correct colour schemes for some of these units so I’m using a bit of guess work with the images I have found.

Chattertons Hill

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Now Bunker Hill is out of the way it’s time to move on to the next scenario in the rebellion expansion for Black Powder. After the British abandoned Boston they reorganized and headed towards the loyalist heartland of New York. Washingtons forces had control of Manhattan but Howes British troops managed to out flank the rebels and cause them to retreat and eventually pull out of New York. Howe hesitated giving Washington the chance to escape with his army. The Chatterton Hill scenario details one of the outflanking maneuvers performed by the British. If they can take the hill they can position artillery on it and bombard the rebel positions.

the fieldthe field

This battle has allowed me to collect some continental infantry for the first time and paint some varied rebel uniforms and some German Hessian units breaking up the red of the British forces.

force listforce list

Rebecca the Redcoat

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Rebecca the Redcoat

With Bunker Hill complete Rebecca the Redcoat raises her cup of tea says chin chin and moves on down to New York for the next stage of the campaign.

The Battle of Bunker/Breeds Hill Report part 2

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Second stormingSecond storming

The Marines finally get into the redoubt wiping out the rebels to their front and clamber over the defenses. They are gunned down by the surviving militia but the British finally get their artillery ammunition resupplied and begin bombarding the redoubt. The rebels see off  a number of approaching companies but more crown reinforcements arrive. With renewed cannon fire causing havoc Prescotts defenses crumble as the redcoats advance and they retreat.  

The game was great fun with the British taking the field but it took some time with some bad command rolls and a stiff defense from the militia. Next step is the British attack on New York and the beginnings of the Continental army.

The Battle of Bunker/Breeds Hill Report

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Battle readyBattle ready

Had a great game of Blackpowder with my brother, he being the rebels and myself the redcoats. The game began with my forces under the command of Howe refusing to move which allowed Pigots brigade to catch up giving me an intimidating amount of red coats on the field. After being sniped at from Charles town my light infantry turned on the left flank to clear the edge of town of militia. The rest of the force headed up toward the redoubt on the hill. Orders were ignored with some failed command roles leading my light infantry to charge off toward Charles Town after wining a musket duel with riflemen. The rebels had a few failed command roles themselves with Starks brigade deciding not to march across the fields toward Howe but wheel and head towards the hill to support their comrades.

Clear those woodsClear those woods
Wrong way ladsWrong way lads

Stark quickly got his units back under control and turning towards the enemy while the British artillery realized they had brought the wrong size shot for their cannon reflected by a dodgy roll. They could no longer fire until a 6 was rolled at the beginning of a turn. Meanwhile the marines went tearing up the field towards the enemy with out any support and into rebel range of fire.

Discipline restoredDiscipline restored
Marines take the rebels on aloneMarines take the rebels on alone

The marines end up retreating after coming under fire from the rebels on the hill which allows the so far very inactive British to redress their ranks while continuing to fire on the snipers in Charles town.

The British form a solid line The British form a solid line

Howes Brigade finally reaches the redoubt with Grenadiers storming the defense and sends one unit of rebels fleeing. They leave themselves open to return fire and are forced back before fleeing the field. Meanwhile Starks militia come to  the rebels help tying up half of Howes brigade in a musket fight across the field.

Grenadiers storm the hillGrenadiers storm the hill
Starks brigade clash with HowesStarks brigade clash with Howes

Battle Ready

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The full fieldThe full field

I think my Breeds Hill battlefield is ready now. Need to work on the hill a little but it will do. This is all ready for a big black powder game that will involve a number of players on May the 4th. I do a large participation game every year on my birthday so this year its bunker hill. I hope to post a battle report after the event.

Battle Ready
Battle Ready

Counting my Chickens

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Counting my Chickens

After spending far too much money at Salute I ended up walking around with just £1.50 in my pocket and was determined to find something to waste it on. I fond these little chicks and out of all my new minis were the first to get painted up and added to my town.

Charles Town Finished

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Fences around a textured baseFences around a textured base
Flocked upFlocked up
Lady of the houseLady of the house
Smallest cornfield in historySmallest cornfield in history
Pumpkin patchPumpkin patch
Charles Town Finished

Marines finished

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nearly donenearly done
Marines finished
Marines finished

Marines on the march

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Marines on the march
red coats onred coats on
A bit of research A bit of research

Stared work on my last unit for Bunker Hill. Marines ( not yet Royal ) should get these done over the weekend fingers crossed.

Roads to Battle

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officer under escortofficer under escort

I have now finished my roads criss crossing the battlefield. I watched a terrain tutor video on this and made some simple dirt tracks with some filler. My main concern was warping but mells tutorials have some good tips to prevent this. I put some tape under the card to stiffen it up and it’s worked well.

filler on card before it was flocked upfiller on card before it was flocked up
Roads to Battle
Roads to Battle

Light Infantry Done

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Today I completed the light company detachment that I put together yesterday. I thought mixing the Warlord plastics with the Perrys might look odd but it seems to be alright.

Light Infantry Done
Light Infantry Done
Light Infantry Done

Last Redcoats for Bunker Hill

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Handy painting guide from Perry miniaturesHandy painting guide from Perry miniatures

I got my last box of minies for the Bunker Hill battle. I went for a perry miniatures plastic kit which is my favourite range for the period. I have one large unit of Marines to put together and the rest are used to complete a small Light Infantry unit. Nice break from the terrain building and I have a quick system for re cats now so hope to have them done by the end of the week.

Last Redcoats for Bunker Hill
Last Redcoats for Bunker Hill

Crop Fields

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Crop Fields

I’ve never made fields before but I’m pleased with the results. It was a simple job of painting a carpet tile brown and gluing down some sprinkled oregano and rows of flock and clump foliage. All I need now is a scare crow.

painted tilepainted tile
Crop Fields
Crop Fields
Crop Fields
Crop Fields

Colonial Town

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Sarrisa kitsSarrisa kits

I have four buildings now to represent the edges of Charles Town. When i put these two kits together I completely forgot to take any images of my progress. I might need to do a bit of work on gardens for the larger house.

Colonial Town
Colonial Town
cabin in the woodscabin in the woods

Woodland Revamp

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I have some old tree’s so I thought I’d give them a face lift by working on the base of each wood. I stuck a few stones on from the garden and textured the bases with filler before painting and flocking making them look more interesting than the simple flat flock they originally had.

filler texturefiller texture
Base coatBase coat
Bit of dry brushingBit of dry brushing
FlockedFlocked
Hessiens in the woodsHessiens in the woods

Unit Recognition

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Still working on gathering my forces for Bunker Hill I have finally completed my movement trays for all the forces involved but need to get myself one final redcoat unit. I have given each unit a piece of identifying text explaining who they are and what Brigade they belong to. This will help ID them from the rear by the controlling players.

Crown ArmyCrown Army
Unit Recognition
Rebel MilitiaRebel Militia
Unit Recognition

Battlefield Build Update

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I decided to get back to work on creating my battle field for BunkerHill. I broke out the upholstery foam and began picking to finalise the shape and size of Breeds Hill and gave it a quick paint. I got to work on my tree collection and have attempted to improve them with a bit of filler and the odd rock on the base. Next step painting and flocking.

Pick pick pickPick pick pick
Painted upPainted up
spot of gardeningspot of gardening

Expanding The Hill

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Expanding The Hill

After changing my Bunker Hill scenario to the one in the Blackpowder rulebook I’ve had to expand my hill. I made this out of upholstery foam for another game and got my pieces together.  I had to carve out some new pieces to complete the shape. On the scenario map the redoubt is in the middle of the hill. My redoubt is now too small and I need to expand it as well but first I need to paint up and flock the entire hill.

Expanding The Hill

17th Dragoons

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17th Dragoons

I decided to take a break from the mass of infantry that is required for the AWI being an infantrymans war not much in the way of cavalry was used due to the terrain. The British sent just two units of Dragoons and they dont pop up in many wargaming scenarios. But they do stand out on the tabletop and it made a nice change to paint these after all the infantry I’ve done.

17th Dragoons
17th Dragoons
17th Dragoons

The Redoubt

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The Redoubt
The Redoubt
rolling out the artilleryrolling out the artillery
The Redoubt
The Redoubt

Since picking up the Blackpowder second edition I have a larger battlefield to put together for the Bunker Hill battle. I have enough of a redoubt but need a bigger hill to put it on and some surrounding fields.

FLAGS FLYING

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FLAGS FLYING

I needed a flag for my rebel standard bearer and decided to go for the prototype before the stars and stripes. I find this design interesting because it has the union flag in the corner with stripes rather than the 13 stars for the colonies. It makes me wonder if this could have been the flag for the Americas if a peaceful independence was achieved like Australias flag today. Whats funny is it is almost identical to the standard of the Honorable East India company which at this time was planting it’s flag around India.

East India Company FlagEast India Company Flag
FLAGS FLYING

NEW RULES

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NEW RULES

This turned up today. A skirmish company level rules set. This is why I base my minis on round bases I can take off my trays. Very familiar Osprey rules. I like the rules for commanding officers giving them quirky traits. The rues cover everything from the French indian wars to the civil war. I;m yet to read it all but so far so good.

SCENERY IDEAS

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I picked up a couple of plastic buildings from rendera which come with a lot of fences which seem common on American battlefields. I find them a bit flimsy on the table so I decided to mount them with a few flowers and a couple of grave stones. The church can come off the board and be replaced with the cabin. Maybe they buried their relatives in the back garden. I hope to get a few more buildings so I can do the edge of a settlement.

with churchwith church
SCENERY IDEAS
with building removedwith building removed
cabin insteadcabin instead

BLACK POWDER 2

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At Christmas I picked up the second edition of Blackpowder which contains an updated version of the battle of Bunker Hill. This at first I thought was a problem because I’d collected the forces for the original scenario and the terrain. However I think this updated version provides more flexibility to the battle and is larger in scope. This means I need to pick up a few more minis and put together a larger battlefield. I had started collecting for the second scenario in the rebellion book which was Chattertons Hill but I’m putting that on hold but still have a load of minis to paint for it.

New map for me to work on creatingNew map for me to work on creating
Crown force listCrown force list
Rebel listRebel list

GATHERING THE CROWN FORCES

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The full forceThe full force

All the units for the Bunker Hill scenario int Rebellion sourcebook for Blackpowder. They are split into three battalions. One led by Major General William Howe and another by Brigadier General Robert Pigot. The third are reinforcements led by Major General Henry Clinton. I’m missing one artillery piece.

Mustering the Militia

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Full force so farFull force so far

Black Powder has units that work with a frontage of different sizes which allows a lot of freedom with the unit covering that frontage. I decided on round bases for my troops on movement trays. That way I can use the figures for skirmish games in the future. I think on square bases the figures would rank up better but round bases does make it more economical with less figures required. Blackpowder games do have a level of abstraction when it comes to unit sizes. The minis are from Warlord with a handful of Perry miniatures. I still need an artillery piece. At this early stage of the war the militia units dont have an overall uniform from what I can tell so it was nice to paint a black powder force that wasn’t so uniform.

Need a flagNeed a flag
Mustering the Militia
Mustering the Militia
Mustering the Militia
Mustering the Militia

Finished Redoubt

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The finished painted up sponge redoubts on the hill. I think it's worked well. Just need to finish the troops to man the position.The finished painted up sponge redoubts on the hill. I think it's worked well. Just need to finish the troops to man the position.
Finished Redoubt
Finished Redoubt

Building Bunker Hill

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Building Bunker Hill

The first scenario in the rebellion book is the 1775 battle of Bunker Hill and the assault on Breeds Hill. I started by looking at the map in the book and what I would need to recreate the battle field.

My favourite Black Powder supplementMy favourite Black Powder supplement
The scenario mapThe scenario map

I realised what I needed was a large hill for my red coats to march up with a redoubt at the summit. I also needed the edge of Charlestown on one side of the board. I had a green mat but no hills big enough so I wondered how best to tackle it. I already had some hills I’d made out of foam that double as islands for other games. I laid them out and cut up some new sections to fit what I already had.

Unpainted additionvto the hills I already had Unpainted additionvto the hills I already had
Not sure about the barn?Not sure about the barn?

I continued using foam to create the redoubts. I cut up some sections and added some Gabbions although I don’t think any were at the battle but I was thinking of reusing them for other battles later. I added some balsa wood panels to the back and painted them up and I was pleased with the results.

Building Bunker Hill
Laying it outLaying it out
Building Bunker Hill
painted up with panelspainted up with panels

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