Friday, 27 March 2020

Mortal Gods

First proper (painted miniatures to show) post since the return of the blog.

I've finally managed to paint up the Mortal Gods starter set from Footsore Miniatures, the figures in the set are plastics from Victrix Limited. As can be seen this starter set is great value for money, you get everything needed to start playing; I especially like the measuring sticks (on other blogs I've seen these painted nicely something I might revisit).

The figures were painted using Foundry paints, and the shield transfers are from Victrix (ones I bought years ago in a sale).

The game system is similar to Test of Honour also by Footsore, and is a game that I've enjoyed playing so didn't see any risk in purchasing this set. I'll post some pictures of my Test of Honour figures as I'm aware that I have some painted figures that haven't yet made it onto the blog due to constraints on my time.

Caution: Now might not be the time to tell wives and partners that the lead and plastic mountain was justified preparation for a worldwide pandemic!

Stay Safe

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Monday, 23 March 2020

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The Return of the blog

Like many across the globe I am practising self isolating in the face of the coronavirus assault. As a consequence I'm finding myself with more time to myself than usual and consider myself fortunate to have a wonderful hobby that I can throw myself into. So, the paints have re-emerged and I'm back painting.

First the boring bit....The reason why this blog went quiet over the lsat 2 years is that I returned to university to retrain as a Mental Health Nurse. I will be maintaining my Mental Health by studying and painting. At the moment I have no official knowledge of whether I will be required to join the workforce early, but like all student nurses our thoughts are with our amazing colleagues who are battling this virus.

My current plans for painting are:

DBA 3.0 armies, I recently purchased Mountain Indian and Ottoman Turks. I haven't played DBA for longer than I can remember, but it has seen a resurgence in my local club and is suitable for mini campaigns. So in preparation for the club reopening once this current situation is over I'm painting up these two armies. I'll also be digging through my lead pile and seeing if I can cobble together any other armies.

Gangs of Rome, figures and buildings to paint, presents to get ready for use once I have opponents that can visit.

Mortal Gods, finish the starter set.

I also recently purchased some of the wonderful Crucible Crush figures for Flint and Feather and these amazing sculpts are on the schedule.

I can't give an order for painting, things may change as I find something I fancy painting in a box....all I can say is stay tuned there may be some surprises.

To all who read this blog, take care and stay safe

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Baccus 6mm ECW: For King and Parliament

First post for a very long time, consequences of a heavy workload. For those that don't know me I've returned to university and am currently nearing the end of year 2, which has been an extremely busy year. I've not had time for any gaming since my last post, though I have managed a little painting by starting two armies for the English Civil War. There are a few additions that I'll add to another post, these will be commanded shotte, all pike and forlorn hopes and some buildings.

All the figures are Baccus 6mm and are based on 60mm x 30mm bases, with artillery on 30mm x 30mm, with some command on 25mm circular bases. These Baccus figures are absolutely stunning sculpts with lots of detail that careful brush can maximise, my painting is quick and basic but I'm very pleased with the results. These will provide forces for the Royalists and Parliament, and consist of 2 starter armies plus additional dragoons, generals, artillery and cavalry. Royalist cavalry are in Swedish formation represented by a single line, and Parliamentarian cavalry are in Dutch formation represented by two lines of troops. Rules will be For King and Parliament.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Sharp Practice 2 - First Game

Last night saw my first game of Sharp Practice 2, a French and Indian War clash of 50 points. I'm always late to party rules wise but have to mention that I was very impressed with SP2, extremely enjoyable... more of the same please! 

Pictures below show the main highlights of the French victory, aided by exceptional dice rolling on the French part and equally exceptionally bad luck with the dice on the British part. Once the Iroquois had killed the leader of the British Highland Light infantry it was only a matter of time before the leaderless remnant were wiped out. The French Regulars performed magnificently and with the support of the Canadien Milice halted the British Regulars advance, and with British Morale collapsing the game was concluded as a French Victory. 

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Iroquois rapidly advance on the British left
Canadien Milice move up in support of the Iroquois
Highland light infantry prepare to charge Iroquois warband
Iroquois prepare to receive the Highland charge!
Highlanders advance to the charge!
 Despite having advantages of tomahawks  in the charge, numbers and the dice gods conspired to deliver a crushing victory to the Iroquois in the ensuing fisticuffs
British regulars prepare to advance and present in preparation of delivering a withering fire into the Iroquois
Iroquois survive first fire from the British Regulars and advance to hunt down the survivors of the highland charge!
British Highlanders take up defensive positions in the face of the main French Regulars advance
French Regulars deliver a brutal first fire on the British Highlanders


Sunday, 21 July 2019

French Indian War revisited...French Force

It's been a while since my last post, I just wanted to mention that the blog hasn't stopped, just stalled somewhat as I've had a busy year or so, which won't actually slow down but get busier fro the foreseeable future. The good news is that I'm managing to fit some regular gaming into the tight schedule, and have plans to post regularly on the blog. 

Upcoming posts will include amoungst other things Test of Honour, a new 6mm project (my first complete army in that particular scale), Wars of the Roses update, new French Indian War figures, some L'Art De La Guerre, SAGA Magic and a little side foray into Gangs of Rome with the Blood on the Aventine set that I received this Christmas.

First up is a French Indian War force that I've painted up for a game this week at my local first game of Sharp Practice 2 as well, really looking forward to this, so better read the rules later...

The figures are AW Miniatures on movement trays from Warbases, the Indian movement base has been adapted by using circular inserts from Warbases so that I could accommodate different base sizes. The Commander bases have been assembled from inserts and smaller bases.

These should also get an outing in Muskets and Tomahawks.

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