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20 Jan 2015

The Battle of Bunker Hill

The Battle of Bunker Hill

The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on 17 June 1775. Mostly on and around Breed's Hill, during the Siege of Boston early in the American Revolutionary War.

Bunker's or Bunker Hill is an 1 10 feet high, near the neck of the peninsula on which Charlestown is situated, and which is divided from Boston by the Charles river. Learning that General Gage intended to occupy and fortify it, Colonel Prescott with 1,000 men was sent at night from Cambridge, the headquarters of the colonists, to anticipate the British. But they mistook, strange to say, for Bunker Hill another eminence called Breed's Hill, to the south of it, standing nearer to Charlestown and Boston, and entrenched themselves there before the morning. The eminence commanded the British camp, and, if armed with batteries, would have compelled the evacuation of Boston. When the entrenchment's were discovered, 3,000 regulars were sent to attack them, under Generals Howe and Pigot. Instead of landing at the isthmus of Charlestown so as to take the Americans in the rear, the troops, covered by the fire not only of the British batteries but of the fleet, marched straight up the hill. Two assaults on the entrenchment's failed, but General Clinton having joined the assailants with 400 men, a third was made. The Americans had exhausted their ammunition, and Colonel Prescott ordered a retreat, which was effected in good order, and though only one piece of artillery out of six could be carried off, they encamped at Prospect Hill, a mile from the battleground. As was natural, the loss of the assailants was the greater 226 killed and 828 wounded and missing, as against 115 killed and 337 wounded and prisoners on the American side. The battle had taken place in sight of Boston, whose roofs and steeples were crowded with spectators. These, besides the battle itself, had witnessed a sight which sank deep into the hearts of the American people, the burning of Charlestown by the British soldiers, provoked, it is said, by their having been fired on from its houses.

Orders of Battle

American Commander-in-chief William Prescott

1st Brigade, under the command of Israel Putman's

William Prescott's Massachusetts Regiment (250)
Fyre's Massachusetts Regiment (250)
Bridges's Massachusetts Regiment (250)
Israel Putman's 3rd Connecticut Regiment (200)
Massachusetts Artillery

2nd Brigade, under the command of Stark's

John Stark's 1st New Hampshire Regiment (300)
Reed's 3rd New Hampshire Regiment (300)
Massachusetts Artillery

3rd Brigade, under the command of

David Brewer's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Jonathan Brewer's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Little's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Whitcomb's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Dolittle's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Sargent's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Reed's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Woodbridge's Massachusetts Regiment (150)
Massachusetts Artillery


British Commander-in-chief William Howe

1st Brigade, under the command of Robert Pigot

Clark's Light Infantry (300)
Abercrombie's Grenadiers (300)
5th Regiment of Foot (320)
38th Regiment of Foot (320)
Royal Artillery

2nd Brigade, under the command of Henry Clinton

43rd Regiment of Foot (320)
52nd Regiment of Foot (320)
Light Infantry (80)
Marine Battalion (160)
Grenadiers Battalion (80)

3rd Reserve Brigade, under the command of

47th Regiment of Foot (320)
1st Marine Battalion (400)
Copp's Hill Battery 3 x 28 pounders

Royal Navy Support, under the command of Samuel Graves

HMS Somerset
HMS Glasgow
HMS Lively
HMS Falcon
2 Floating Batteries
Armed Transport Symmetry

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How it Played

Sources

19 Jan 2015

10mm American War of Independence Project

10mm American War of Independence Project

My 10mm American War of Independence Project (yes I know, yet again) another new wargaming project. This will be based around the Battle of Bunker Hill.

So this is the start 10mm American War of Independence (AWI) Project.

American War of Independence American Army.  
American War of Independence French Army.  
American War of Independence German Army.  
Painting American War of Independence American.  
Painting American War of Independence French.  
Painting American War of Independence  German.  

American War of Independence Project Pictures
American War of Independence Art 

The rules I will be using are Black Powder and Rebellion Black Powder Supplement.

The core of the army will be built using Pendraken Miniature's.

The Battle of Bunker Hill

American Order of Battle 

Commanders

William Prescott
Israel Putman's
John Stark's

William Prescott's Massachusetts Regiment
Fyre's Massachusetts Regiment
Bridges's Massachusetts Regiment
Putman's 3rd Connecticut Regiment
Massachusetts Artillery

John Stark's 1st New Hampshire Regiment
Reed's 3rd New Hampshire Regiment
Massachusetts Artillery

David Brewer's Massachusetts Regiment
Jonathan Brewer's Massachusetts Regiment
Little's Massachusetts Regiment
Whitcomb's Massachusetts Regiment
Dolittle's Massachusetts Regiment
Sargent's Massachusetts Regiment
Reed's Massachusetts Regiment
Woodbridge's Massachusetts Regiment
Massachusetts Artillery

British Order of Battle

Commanders

William Howe
Robert Pigot
Henry Clinton
Samuel Graves

Clark's Light Infantry (300)
Abercrombie's Grenadiers (300)
5th Regiment of Foot (320)
38th Regiment of Foot (320)
Royal Artillery

43rd Regiment of Foot (320)
52nd Regiment of Foot (320)
Light Infantry (80)
Marine Battalion (160)
Grenadiers Battalion (80)

47th Regiment of Foot (320)
1st Marine Battalion (400)
Copp's Hill Battery 3 x 28 pounders

HMS Somerset
HMS Glasgow
HMS Lively
HMS Falcon
2 Floating Batteries
Armed Transport Symmetry

28 April 2016

And for the time being this completes the American War of Independence British Army

14 January 2016

Some Grenadiers and artillery finished for my AWI project.














14 March 2015

Some Grenadiers finished for my AWI project

Some Grenadiers finished for my AWI project

February 2014

My carriage is finished

My carriage is finished

Some ladies and gentlemen for my AWI project

Some ladies and gentlemen for my AWI project

52nd Regiment of Foot completed


21 January 2015

The 43rd Regiment of Foot is finished I really enjoyed painting up this one.





43rd Regiment of Foot coming along nicely just details to add

14 November 2014

Some gun emplacements all finished the can be used for FIW, AWI and ACW

Some gun emplacements picture 1

Some gun emplacements picture 2

6 November 2014

Pendraken Starfort all finished complete with British and American flags which Malcolm Taylor very kindly did for me. However as the fort is in British control I can't see it being captured by the American traitors.


PS33 Star fort with outer ditch

5 November 2014

5th and 38th regiment of foot all based.

5th and 38th regiment of foot all based picture1

5th and 38th regiment of foot all based picture2

23 October 2014

First AWI regiment started 38th regiment foot

First AWI regiment started 38th regiment foot picture 1

First AWI regiment started 38th regiment foot picture 2

February 2012 

I entered Pendraken Painting Competition 2012 with their PS35 American Civil War (ACW) buildings which had painted earlier in the year.

PS35 ACW buildings

2012

I scratch built all of my American War of Independence (AWI) snake fencing you can find the complete guide to building these fences here.

ACW snake fencing

2012

My attempt to build a American Civil War (ACW) blockhouse which can be also used in the American War of Independence (AWI). And to be honest I'm rather pleased with how it turned out. You can see the full construction guide here.

ACW blockhouse

6 Jan 2015

Pendraken Painting Competition 2015

Pendraken Painting Competition 2015

The 2015 Pendraken Painting Competition had a huge 229 entries, our 2nd highest turnout in the five years we've been running it, so that's to everyone who has taken the time to paint up an entry.  Every year the standard gets higher and higher and the judges have had such a difficult decision on their hands.

The Judges never seem to have an easy job on their hands, and this year was no different.  There were several close categories, and we've got a few tied 2nd places this year as well!

Just for info, each judge had 6 points in total to award.  3 points went to their 1st place choice, 2 points to their 2nd place, and 1 point to their 3rd choice.  The points from all 5 judges were added together to give us our winners and runners-up.

And so, without further ado, the winners are:

Foot - Pre-20th C. (29 entries)

There were come very nice entries in this category and the points were split over several of the entries.  In the end it was the tidy colourful work and careful detailing that caught the judges eyes, but things were so tight that we almost ended up with a tie for 1st place!  It's worth mentioning though, that Streetgang's entries split the opinions and the points, so he almost missed out on winning a prize!

1st place: Roman Shieldwall, by Streetgang - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and 5 painted buildings from Escenografia Epsilon!

1st place: Roman Shieldwall, by Streetgang - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and 5 painted buildings from Escenografia Epsilon!

2nd place: SYW Grenadiers, by ali657 - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

2nd place: SYW Grenadiers, by ali657 - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Foot - 20th C. (14 entries)

This category had a smaller number of entries compared to the others, but it was still a strong showing.  There were some nice camo patterns attempted on several of the entries, but in the end it was the clean and tidy work that pushed the winners over the finishing line. 

1st place: US Paras in Normandy, by BH62 - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a £30 voucher from Last Man Last Bullet!

1st place: US Paras in Normandy, by BH62 - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a £30 voucher from Last Man Last Bullet!

2nd place: WWI Middle East Brits, by WeeWars - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

2nd place: WWI Middle East Brits, by WeeWars - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Mounted (26 entries)

This was really one of the standout categories in this year's competition, such a high level across so many entries that it really had the judges scratching their heads.  It was so close in fact that we've got a three-way tie for the Runner-Up position, all Late Roman figures as well.  Again, Streetgang's multiple excellent entries split his points and meant that he missed out on 1st place!

1st place: Late Roman Cataphracts, by barbarian - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and any kit from Severn Models!

1st place: Late Roman Cataphracts, by barbarian - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and any kit from Severn Models!

Joint 2nd place: Late Roman cavalry, by irregularwars - wins £5 Pendraken credit!

Joint 2nd place: Late Roman cavalry, by irregularwars - wins £5 Pendraken credit!

Joint 2nd place: Late Roman Cataphracts, by streetgang - wins £5 Pendraken credit!

Joint 2nd place: Late Roman Cataphracts, by streetgang - wins £5 Pendraken credit!

Joint 2nd place: Late Roman cavalry, by streetgang - wins £5 Pendraken credit!

Joint 2nd place: Late Roman cavalry, by streetgang - wins £5 Pendraken credit!

Vehicle (39 entries)

This category had a mix of entries, from bold camo schemes to more subtle detailing, but there were two entries that really caught the judges attention and picked up the majority of the points.  The Winner in this category is the first of two entries that picked up a maximum 15 points from the judges, so well done to that man!

1st place: Vietnam Air Cav, by Matt of Munslow - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and 5 painted buildings from Escenografia Epsilon!

1st place: Vietnam Air Cav, by Matt of Munslow - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and 5 painted buildings from Escenografia Epsilon!

2nd place: Panther, by BH62 - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

2nd place: Panther, by BH62 - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Fantasy & Sci-Fi (31 entries)

The Fantasy and Sci-Fi category was a similarly tight category, with only five entries picking up points and three of those fighting it out for the prizes.  Special mention has to go to Ironduke for the sheer number of entries, both in this category and others!  In the end it was some nice detailed animal work and some very nice highlighting that took the prizes.

1st place: Mounted Samurai Apes, by Ironduke - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a 2 player Starter Set from Hawk Wargames!

1st place: Mounted Samurai Apes, by Ironduke - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a 2 player Starter Set from Hawk Wargames!

2nd place: Goblin Red-Paws, by celtofkernow - wins £10 Pendraken credit, and a PHR Starter Army from Hawk Wargames!

2nd place: Goblin Red-Paws, by celtofkernow - wins £10 Pendraken credit, and a PHR Starter Army from Hawk Wargames!

Open - Single Base (54 entries)

This category saw an excellent turnout, with a great mix of ideas and styles on show.  The variety of the entries is always something we enjoy seeing at Pendraken HQ and it's one of our personal favourites!  Picking the best out of over 50 entries was always going to be a difficult task, but in the end our judges had two clear favourites.

1st place: Kublai Khan, by Matt of Munslow - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a copy of our new Warband Fantasy rules!

1st place: Kublai Khan, by Matt of Munslow - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a copy of our new Warband Fantasy rules!

2nd place: Lee with his dog, by maciek - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

2nd place: Lee with his dog, by maciek - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

Open - Army! (36 entries)

All of the judges agreed that this was the hardest category of all to decide on, with so many outstanding entries on show and the judges finding it very difficult to pick just three for their points.  Loads of 10mm figures, all nicely painted on the table, what's not to like?!  After the dust had settled though, there were three entries battling it out for the prizes, with the eventual winners just edging ahead of third place.

1st place: Sub-Roman British, by streetgang - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a 6 month subscription to Wargames Illustrated!

1st place: Sub-Roman British, by streetgang - wins £20 Pendraken credit, and a 6 month subscription to Wargames Illustrated!

2nd place: WWI Austrians, by golem - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

2nd place: WWI Austrians, by golem - wins £10 Pendraken credit!

So congratulations to all of our winners, we'll be contacting you each individually to get your prizes sorted out, probably after we get back from the WMMS show on Sunday.  We'll also get your Winner's medals added to your profiles!

We'd like to thank our Judges for giving up their time to judge the competition, it's always a difficult task going through all of the entries, so we're grateful to them for their time.

And of course, huge thanks to everyone who has taken part this year, I hope you enjoyed taking part and you've managed to chip away at your lead mountain!

Coming up next will be the Aart Brouwer People's Choice Award, where all the entries who achieved at least a point (plus a few of my own favourites!) will go into a public poll to decide a winner.  The voting on this will run for one week, with a closing deadline of Thursday 12th March.  The winner of this category will receive a £20 voucher for loads of Minibits goodies and also a Scourge Starter Set from Hawk Wargames!  Please make sure to place your votes here:

And finally, as a special bonus for everyone who entered, we've got one more prize to give out!  This participation prize will be given out to one randomly selected person who has entered this years competition.  The Winners and Runners-Up will be taken out of the pot first, and then we'll draw a name from the hat to find our winner!  The lucky person will receive £10 worth of Pendraken goodies, along with a Shaltari Tribes Starter Set army from Hawk Wargames!  We'll announce this at the same time as the People's Choice winner, so stay tuned!

My entries for the Pendraken Painting Competition 2015.

Categories:

Foot - Pre-20th C. - Min: 3 / Max: 16 figures on a single base, and pre-1900.

Gallic Skirmishers

Gallic Skirmishers picture 1

Gallic Skirmishers picture 2

The 5th Regiment of Foot

The 5th Regiment of Foot picture 1

The 5th Regiment of Foot picture 2

1st Marine Battalion

1st Marine Battalion picture 1

1st Marine Battalion picture 2

Foot - 20th C. - Min: 3 / Max: 16 figures on a single base/movement tray.

Mounted - Min: 3 / Max: 10 figures on a single base/movement tray.

Vehicle - Single vehicle on or off base.

Fantasy & Sci-Fi - Anything Fantasy or Sci-Fi oriented, on a single base/movement tray.

Amazon Warband

Amazon Warband picture 1

Amazon Warband picture 2

Open - Single Base - Anything which doesn't fit into the other categories, with a max base size of 100x100mm.  Includes single figures, artillery bases, command stands, etc.

Barbarian Catapult

Barbarian Catapult picture 1

Barbarian Catapult picture 2

Siege Tower with Gauls

Siege Tower with Gauls picture 1

Siege Tower with Gauls picture 2

Gauls with ladders

Gauls with ladders pictures 1

Gauls with ladders pictures 2

Amazon Command

Amazon Command picture 1

Amazon Command picture 2

Working Party

Working Party picture 1

Working Party picture 2

Ladies & Gentlemen



Carriage

Carriage picture 1

Carriage picture 2

Star fort with outer ditch, 16th to 19th Century

Star fort with outer ditch picture 1

Star fort with outer ditch picture 2

Open - Army! - Armies, Units, Dungeons, whole table setups, anything!

Gallic Army

Gallic Army picture 1

Gallic Army picture 2

Gallic Army picture 3

Gallic Army picture 4

Gallic Army picture 5

AWI Army

AWI Army picture 1

AWI Army picture 2

AWI Army picture 3

AWI Army picture 4