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SgtGuinness09 Jul 2017 8:47 a.m. PST

The Hun The Frog & The Lion Part 3: The Boats

The blog post series continues with installment #3 about this scenario I ran at Recon and will be running again at Hurricon in Orlando with the naval portion of this battle. The scenario dictates the use of multiple boats, a low draft civilian steamer converted to a gunboat, (2) Arab type dhows or xebecs, and numerous landing craft. Check out my blog for more pictures and details.


This is an R Class steamer made and sold by Last Stand Dan.


The front dhow was built by Last Stand Dan and the rear xebec made by Richard Houston. Richard's boats sometime come up for sale at TVAG.

The next installment #4 will be:
Meet The Hun The Frog & The Lion.

I hope you enjoy the blog post.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2017 1:11 a.m. PST

Great post, Jeff!

Really helpful for we your fellow gamers that you list the sources for all the varous excellent boats used for this scenario. Many thanks for that!

Really hope I get to play in this scenario at some point in the future!

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2017 8:08 a.m. PST


Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2017 12:48 p.m. PST

Jeff – Who manufactured the figures you used for the French in blue? Do they represent French marines?

ITALWARS Inactive Member13 Jul 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

The potential use in a wargame tabke of gunboats/steam boats (not the very big ones) is enormous…by changing the flags and the crew as Jeff did you have many interesting possibikitie of being then…i draw, by memory, this list:
France: Tonkin, Dahomey, sub sahrian Africa against various tribes including touaregs and dervishes
Germany: Ost Afrika, Kamerun, pacific
belgium: Congo and Germany Kamerun in WW1
Usa and Spain: Philippines vs Moros and others insurgents
Portugal: Africa
GB: not only Sudan but also East Africa
Evento the Mahdist tried with a pair of captured former Egyptin steam boats to storm the French post at Fachoda only to be massacrated by Lebel magazine armed Tirailleurs Senegalais of Comandand Marchand

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2017 4:36 p.m. PST

@Italwars: Brits can also sail such boats against the Burmese/Burmans in the Burma Wars of the 1820s, 1850s, & 1885!

SgtGuinness19 Jul 2017 4:32 a.m. PST

Hi Bob, are you referring to these guys in the landing boats?


If so, yes. They are French Marines from the Old Glory Boxer Rebellion range. They are fairly nice figs, and they look better when painted. I used Asksri Miniatures Colonial Command pack for the officers and a Woodbine Designs Legion Hotchkiss crew painted as Marines.

Italwars & MG, you are correct gentlemen. These awesome boats are extremely versatile. You will see them crewed with many different nations in many games across the globe with a change in guns, flags, and name!

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2017 10:27 p.m. PST


Man, so happy you posted that additional -- awesome -- pic! I must join Bob in pointing out how good your French Marines look!

mollinary21 Jul 2017 1:24 a.m. PST

Lovely post, beautiful, well painted figures and great models. What more could you ask. Just one question, is that the French flag on the gunboat in the first picture? If so, I think it should be the other way around – all French flags I have seen have the blue at the staff and the red at the fly?


SgtGuinness21 Jul 2017 6:21 a.m. PST

Ethan, thank you brother. The right hand unit with was painted by Last Stand Dan!

Holy C$&@ Batman….
Mollinary, very astute of you sir!!! The image must have gotten reversed prior to printing and we missed it. Excellent eye there sir. You are the only one whose ever caught that. Thank you so much for pointing that out. Rest assured they will be flying the proper colors prior to their next action.

mollinary21 Jul 2017 9:09 a.m. PST

JB, you are welcome, les enfants de la Patrie must go into battle under the one true flag!


SgtGuinness21 Jul 2017 4:14 p.m. PST

Well said sir!

archiduque Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2017 1:46 a.m. PST


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