New (Napoleonic) Saxons and a little more Sharp Practice

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A Sharp Practice end game position. More photos and an explanation further down.
If one looks closely one can see some Prussian Silesian volunteer jager skulking in the woods near the back wall of the church. This was the first outing for The son & heir’s latest creation and they will be spotlighted in the next post – assuming that their basing is completed in time!
Slow and steady was their motto for this game. They struggled to get to the front and were never at any stage in any sort of danger. They neither issued or received any shot. von Peter himself is not even sure that they ever saw an enemy figure! Canny fighters indeed!!  8O)
<Click> for a larger and clearer picture.

Calpe’s newish Napoleonic (as opposed to the thuggish dark age variety) Saxons

Another of those quick photo reviews. This time it’s the newish advancing Saxons in their later 1810 onwards uniforms from Calpe Miniatures. Three packs of musketeers in advancing poses. All of these packs contain four distinct figures.

As at the time of writing typing writing these figures do not display in the Calpe Miniatures Shop on their website. An email, phone call or whatever – check the Calpe Conact details – should see a suitable selection of the new figures winging their way to new ‘barracks’ of your choosing should that be your desire.

As usual the figures are photographed in the condition in which they arrived except that any runners have been removed and a black wash applied to help show the details of the figures. And it is here that once again von Peter himself must heap curses upon Games Workshop for their most recent paint range upheaval. This has resulted in their Badab Black wash being replaced with a renamed … and worse … glossy black wash. Glossy does not sound that useful for use either as a wash on figures where von Peter himself prefers a matt look or for quickly splashing over nude unpainted figures figures to prepare them for photographing. Fortunately for von Peter himself he doesn’t use washes a lot when he actually paints but sadly he used to use them when photographing nude unpainted figures. The last of Schloss von Peter’s stocks of Badab Black were eked out to wash these figures but the result was weak sauce and of no use when the figures were photographed. With many silent – and some not so silent – curses the figures were rewashed with watered down black paint  to get the results below. The wash effect is not consistent across the figures so von Peter himself offers profuse apologies and fires off yet more curses in Games Workshop’s direction.

The front on pictures do not show the muskets that well but hopefully the reader will be perceptive enough to get a general indication of the muskets attitude. That they are not all at the same angle will add to a sense of movement in the unit. At least that is the considered thought of von Peter himself!

The packs are pictured front and back. Again von Peter himself has spared no expense in the production of the photographs. He has rearranged the figures between taking the front and back photographs so that the same figure is shown in the same position left to right in the two matched photographs. Such over engineered service.  8O)

S1 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With covered shakos

S1 - front Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground)

S1 - back Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground)

S2 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With hairy shako covers

S2 - front Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With hairy shako covers.

S2 - back Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With hairy shako covers.

S3 – Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With uncovered shakos

S3 - front Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With uncovered shakos.

S3 - back Saxon musketeers in advancing poses with levelled muskets (parallel to the ground). With uncovered shakos.

The package conveying these new Saxons from Calpe Miniatures also contained a gaggle / dollop / swarm of French artillery guns. More on these later. <tease mode off>

We played Sharp Practice again

Bavarians with some French infantry were matched yet again against Prussian military might controlled by The son & heir. We used more of the rules this time … at least we did when we remembered!

A few photographs from the end of the game. Meaning that the tabletop has been cleaned out of quite a few of the original inhabitants. In general …

  • cotton wool denotes an unloaded unit
  • casualty figures and clear counters denote casualties. Once these equalled a base then the base was removed
  • green counters denoted shock points. These can be rallied off but if a unit has more shock points than figures remaining then uncontrolled retrograde movement commences.
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Overview of the end of battle from behind the Prussian lines

The Prussians won the church side of the battle. Here after the first turn it looked like the French infantry unit was going to stroll into the church to play the anchor role for the left of the Bavarian flank. Ah, ze plan – it eez coming togezer nicely! But then confusion seemingly set in and they stalled and watched in despair as some Prussian landwehr snuck in to the church under their noses. So stunned were the French that they stayed where they were just outside the church in column for several turns acting as a magnet for much of the Prussian fire until it all got too much and they rushed back to Paris via the back edge of the table. Life then got difficult for the supporting Bavarian infantry.

In the centre the skirmishing Prussian fusiliers took a battering from infantry and artillery fire and one of their three groups even had to fight off a bungled opportunistic cavalry charge. In the end one of their groups was heading to the rear but the others were gamely hanging on. The fusiliers will be getting a citation in despatches.

The centre also saw the demise of the Bavarian cavalry who attempted the ultimately unsuccessful charge on the Prussian fusiliers and then sacrificed themselves over several turns as a distraction to the greater good on the Bavarian right where …

… on the Bavarian right the honours were with the Bavarians who were steadily dismembering some Prussian reservists and the Prussian cavalry for no loss to themselves. This is where one should be posted if one were a Bavarian!

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The Bavarian right … from behind the Prussian lines. Look at all those green shock points on the few remaining Prussian cavalry. They’ll soon be passing over the back edge of the table on their way to a refit.
The Prussian reserve infantry are not much enjoying their day either. Their formation has broken into its constituent three groups one of which is making an involuntary tactical move to the rear – to be seen just in front of the artillery – while the other two are on separate sides of the building.

Another satisfactory game. The son & heir is threatening an actual scenario for the next game. He’s even set up the table.

Enough for now. Don’t forget to <click> on the photographs / pictures / images for an enlarged and clearer photograph / picture / image.

Until we meet again …

Salute
von Peter himself
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8 thoughts on “New (Napoleonic) Saxons and a little more Sharp Practice

  1. Good looking games vP! What do you think of Sharpes Practice now that you have a couple of games under your belt? I have them here, but I always felt that skirmish rules do not really convey the feel of the Napoleonic wars.

    Regarding the GW washes. The one I need the most is the Orgyn Flesh and i still have three pots in storage (even bought them at discount price at an electronics store which had for a short term tried to diversify its portfolio). If you need a decent black wash i can recommend the Vallejo one (although it is pretty strong and needs some diluting. If you want a homemade wash, you should mix in a little white glue. This helps it settle into the recesses.

    • Hello Burkhard

      I am enjoying Sharp Practice. Some people see it as a skirmish game but I see it more as a low level game with plenty of formed/line troops involved.

      The formed troops can be in line, column, square etc if you have enough of them together though we are yet to see a large column preceded by skirmishers rushing forward. There is also a chain of command to keep things regular as far as the big men go.

      The games are fairly bloody and units can deteriorate alarmingly if left in an area of high activity too long. Witness the Prussian fusiliers in the last game … though they did get to cover themselves in glory.

      If there’s one thing that is perhaps missing (says the veteran of a whole two games!) is that there is no affect on nearby ‘friends’ when groups/units run away.

      We have enjoyed Sharp Practice to date though we are definitely still learning. We are adding more rules each time we play. I like that it gives me a different style game with my figures that are normally used in higher level games. We have no problem using our (4 to a base) infantry. What I/we lack are enough suitable big men. I will probably paint the occasional figure to be used as big men and those figures will probably make their way into the larger games, if only as scenic items. 8O)

      Regarding the GW washes. I used to use the Orgyn Flesh or Gryphonne Sepia as a wash on flesh, had started to use Asurmen Blue as a wash on my Frenchmen and mostly Devlin Mud which I found to be very useful. Curses on GW for changing things! Thanks for the tip with the white glue. I might yet end up using it.

      Salute
      von Peter himself

  2. Nice work Peter – just purchased a copy of Sharpe Practise at CANCON over the weekend so keen to have a better look at the format and figures requied. Thanks for the review of yours and the young mans game!

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