Sunday, May 29, 2016

8th Battalion (Winnipeg Rifles), CEF

The 8th Battalion, CEF,  was originally recruited from 90th Winnipeg Rifles. While most of the battalions of the CEF sported cap badges with a maple leaf motif, the 8th Battalion had a cap badge with a running devil with a scroll beneath emblazoned with the motto “HOSTI ACIE NOMINATI” – Named By The Enemy. The enemy, in this case, was the Metis of the Northwest Rebellion of 1885 who apparently referred to the Winnipeg Rifles at the Little Black Devils on account of their dark rifle green uniforms.

The 8th Battalion was part of the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Canadian Division.

All of the figures in the 2nd Brigade are from Old Glory Miniatures


Painting Update

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8th Battalion (Winnipeg Rifles), CEF


Detail of the formation patch. The red patch of the First Division surmounted by a red triangle (red for the middle brigade of the division and the square for the third battalion within the brigade).


I actually have one of the cap badges (the hat is a reproduction).


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

The final battalion in the brigade – the 7th (British Columbia) Battalion.

Then… onto the first brigade…? or maybe finishing up some stuff for the third brigade? I’m using Wargames Foundry figures for the First Brigade and though I have a few on hand, I don’t have enough for the entire brigade. I ordered enough this past week to finish up the brigade, but I’m not sure if they’ll be here quite quick enough. I do have a few figures to finish up for units in the Third Brigade. The Third is made up of two units of highanders using the very first miniature I eve modeled and cast, one unit of highlanders from Old Glory Miniatures (which is mostly completed – I just have two or three extras I need to bring the unit up to strength), and a unit of figures from the Foundry. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion, CEF

Whew! Four posts in one day!

These are some of my oldest Great War figures. Most of these were painted over a decade ago. I may have even bought them from Saber’s Edge when they were still selling miniatures! Two of them are newly painting and the rest have had their helmets and formation patches touched up.

The 5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion, CEF was originally recruited from Militia Cavalry units in Western Canada – but went off to war as regular infantry.

All of the figures in the 2nd Brigade are from Old Glory Miniatures


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5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion, CEF


Detail of the formation patch. The Red patch of the First Division surmounted by a Red circle (Red for the middle brigade of the division and the circle for the senior battalion in the brigade).



Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably more of the 2nd Brigade. I have the figures – all ready to paint. Most of the 3rd Brigade is done, I think, and I need to order a few more figures for the 1st. I guess I’d better get on that!!

Odds and Extras and Other Minor Distractions


A few other things made their way onto, and subsequently off of, the workbench this week…

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Casualty Marker from Old Glory Miniatures



Other Assorted Distractions


Bad Guy with a gun from Copplestone Castings. I’d actually painted this chap up ages ago, before getting on with the Great War project. I actually finished him up at the same time I painted Jules and Vincent, but when I went to take a picture of him, I noticed a huge chunk of paint had been scraped off his lapel leaving shiny bare metal!? So I left him on the workbench to fix up.


Spare Highland officer from Brigade Games


British Colonial Officer drinking tea from Tea Time Miniatures


British Paratrooper officer drinking tea – also from Tea Time Miniatures


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion, CEF

10th Battalion (Canadians), CEF

Starting in on the 1st Division – or adding to it, rather, as I already have a few of the units done… or… PART of a few units done… This one, for example, I had painted the officer and one of the NCO-looking guys (holding rifle and pointing) YEARS ago… They’ve been touched up a bit – new colour on the helmet and repainted the formation patch to match the rest of the rest of the troops.

The 10th Battalion was originally recruited from militia units in Winnipeg and Calgary. The sailed to England in 1914 as part of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Canadian Division.

All of the figures in the 2nd Brigade are from Old Glory Miniatures


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10th Battalion (Canadians), CEF


Detail of the formation patch. The Red patch of the First Division surmounted by a Red square (Red for the middle brigade of the division and the square for the junior battalion in the brigade.



There are actually two lewis gunners pictured in the group shot above. The pack of lewis gunner came with 8 or 10 - of which I only needed four. half of the Lewis gunners were prone and the other half were standing with gun out in front of them presumably to be used as though it is braced on something (like, say, the parapet of a trench), as above, when defending trenches.

Don't get me started on the prone figures...

At least Old Glory has a FEW kneeling figures I could add into the mix... one per unit... but at least not ALL of the other figures are standing while the Lewis gunner is prone. 


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Odds and Extras and Other Minor Distractions

Then the 5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion, CEF

40K Again


We finally got around to playing a game of 40K with my friend Aaron and his boys. They are the entire reason my kids ended up starting to build 40K armies and what inspired me to finish up my Imperial Guard (well… ONE of my Imperial Guard forces…). I’d had 40K stuff before… and the kids had one or two miniatures (things we’d planned to use for other games or the 40K RPGs – like Only War  or Rogue Trader), but it wasn’t until we’d heard they’d bought into it and were planning to play that we got going on our stuff. In the last year The Boy has cranked out just over 900 points worth of Orks. The Girl is working away at her Eldar – but she has so many other things she’s working on, it’s hard to stay focused. Mind you, they’re ELDAR and she’s started with her Elites, so she could field half as many points as the boy with two characters and a unit of Howling Banshees…

The Boy took along all his Orks and the Girl took all her Eldar (plus my old Harlequins – that I painted 25 years ago!). I took a pile of Imperial Guard and figured I’d sort out what I could field once we got there.

The original plan was to have everyone field whatever they had and I would make up for difference on our side with my Imperial Guard (Aaron has a few Ultramarines, his boys have Chaoe and Tyranids… Yes, I know, Tyranids don’t ally with anyone – we’re ALL food to the Tyranids… but I figured maybe the Orks caught a few they were using as “pets”..). When we got to their place we found one of his boys had taken ALL of their codexes to school… and left them there!? So we had NO IDEA what any of their stats or rules or points were… so we just ended up playing with what me and the kidz brought – which was okay because The Boy had lots of Orks and I had lots of Imperial Guard and so everyone got a few units to play with.


THE GAME

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Setting up. The Boy and one of Aaron’s set up his Orks on one side of the table. I took the Imperial Guard Company commande


The Boy and one of Aaron’s set up his Orks on one side of the table. I think they had five or six units of Boyz (mostly with sluggas and choppas and one units with shootas), some MegaNobz, some Lootas and Burnas, a Weird Boy, a Warboss and a buggy.


On our side I took eht Imprial Guard Copmpany command team. Amanda and one of Aaron’s boyz each took a Platoon Command and two Guard Squads, Aaron took my unit of Ratlind Snipers.


The Girl had her Farseer, a unit of five Howling Banshees, and a few of my old Harlequins.


It was a smallish table and ended up pretty packed with stuff!


We ended up only playing through two turns as there was a  LOT of explaining of how the game is played – though one of Aaron’s boyz had clearly read ALL of the fluff in the Tyranid codex – they were completely ignorant of the actual rules of the game…


Guard and Orks! The Guard went first and moved a bit to get in range and then started blowing away orks. After the first turn I tried to convince them all to stay put and just shoot at the orks as they approached as they would likely mess up in close combat…


Every single unit and every single weapon has it’s own special rule that we needed to keep looking up… Hopefully by the end of it everyone had a GENERAL sense of how the game is played and were sufficiently motivated to getting back to painting their miniatures!


Aaron’s ratling sniper took out a few Orks…


On the Orks second turn the Weird Boy teleported the unit he was accompanying BEHIND the guard lins and shot up one of the squads pretty good! That was a fun moment – unfortunately we had to call the game as it was getting late so they weren’t really able to take advantage of this.


Buggy rolled into the swamp and got totally bogged down.


It was a little frightening seeing that swarm of orks tearing across the table and not being able to take out nearly enough of them!

Over on the other end of the table, The Girl’s Eldar had rushed into close combat with the Orks and the Howling Banshees were wiped out! The Harlequins held their own… Sort of… Two were shot down by the Orks shooting before they entered close combat. When they did the Harlequins killed a few Orks  - but that wasn’t nearly enough. The Orks then caused three wounds – but amazingly the harlequns saved two of them. So the harlequins won the round of close combat and the Orks fled – the harlequins almost wiped them out in a pursuit – missed catching them be 1”…

I think overall The Girl was a bit disappointed with the performance of her Eldar, but I pointed out that the Eldar units seem to be pretty specific in what they do and need to be used in coordination with other Eldar units – the Guardian defender may be boring – but they might give her force a base of fire that could weaken the orks enough that when her howling banshees DO charge in they can just mop up what’s left… I’m pretty sure her Farseer could have been used far more effectively… but she had no idea how to use it and nor did I (as I currently have no psykers in my Guard force I had little idea how they work at all, let alone how to best use an Eldar Farseer).

I think everyone had some fun. Hopefully the next game will go quicker. Hopefully it will have inspired them to get back to painting (I refuse to play with OR AGAINST unfinished figures!) and maybe reading the rules (in addition to the fluff!). 40K isn’t my favourite miniature wargame – not even in the top 20… but it was fun enough and I’ll play it again – especially with these guys!

I hope I can get them playing some historical games some time... maybe Bolt Action...? 


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Finished up another battalion of Great War Canadians – I should have them posted shortly. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

9th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division, CEF


All the miniatures for the 9th Brigade are from Brigade Games.

(well, with one exception…)


9th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division, CEF






Unfortunately Brigade Games doesn’t make a Stokes mortar, so I’ll have to find another source for the attached 9th Trench Mortar Battery at some point


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Onto the First Division I think… or maybe some Germans…?

58th (Central Ontario) Battalion, CEF

The 58th (Central Ontario) Battalion, CEF was mobilized at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in April 1915 and joined the 3rd Canadian Division as part of the 9th Brigade in early 1916.


The miniatures for the 58th Battalion are all from Brigade Games -as are all the figures in the 9th Brigade.

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58th (Central Ontario) Battalion, CEF

Again with the prone Lewis team… oh, don’t get me started…



Detail of their formation patch - The Grey patch of the Third Division surmounted by a Blue triangle (blue for the junior brigade of the division and the square for the 3rd battalion in the brigade).

This finishes up the 9th Brigade. I’ll post a picture of the whole group shortly. This also finishes up all the figures I have for the 3rd Division (with the exception of one of the Trench Mortar Batteries). I should get a picture of the whole division, too… Might have to clear off the game table for that…


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Pictures of the entire 9th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division, CEF

Then onto the 1st Canadian Division!