Tuesday, 14 November 2017

US Vehicles

Further progress with my WWII American forces for Bolt Action. Some vehicles, all 28mm Warlord Games miniatures. I have also completed the first batch of Infantry and support weapons these will be  posted as soon as I can get a chance to take photos.

On the gaming front the fledgling club has just met for the second time, SAGA was the game of choice, I fielded Scots and running true to form I lost spectacularly...

Starting the club has changed the focus in my painting schedule with my WSS taking a slight back seat as I concentrate on smaller club sized games. Figures are being painted up for SAGA and Muskets and Tomahawks. My Anglo-Zulu project will be receiving some additions, the first batch will be some NNC and Irregular cavalry to enable me to play The Men Who Would Be Kings. Then there will be further additions in the shape of Zulu huts, more cavalry including dismounted versions, and a small Naval detachment. Other plans are to work on Swordpoint armies, some will require a few extra figures and a little rebasing (my pet hate!); others will be new armies. Also on the assembly line is the much awaited Toy Story force for Dragon Rampant with the final figures just arriving; though I did purchase some extras for the Minions as a result but games will not be dependant upon their arrival. I won't be neglecting my WSS for too long, in all likelihood I'll have a unit or two on the painting table to work on as the mood takes me. I'm itching to paint my French Musketeers!

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M8 Armoured Car

M3 Half Track

Willy's Jeep with .30 cal MMG

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Prussian Fusilier Regt No.40

It's been a while since I've posted an update on my Seven Years War progress, which given everything that has been happening has decidedly slowed. Still I do have another regiment to share, this time the Prussian Fusilier Regiment number 40. The figures are 28mm Front Rank and the flags are from GMB Design.

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Friday, 27 October 2017


Apologies for the shortage of posts recently, as I haven't been feeling particularly well. So as a surprise I thought I'd return with a little project I've been assembling for the girls to allow them to fight the Battle of the Sandpit, these will be 2 forces for Dragon Rampant; the first is the Minions, and the second will be Toy Story based.
Rough points ideas are included in captions, I'm still thinking of terrain ideas, I have some ready such as alphabet blocks, and discarded crisp packets. Other hazards might include an area of foul smelling boggy ground called the cat trap! 
I was hoping to have the game ready for the girls to play over half term holidays, but I'm waiting for the Toy Story forces to arrive. The good news is that once they do it'll take very little time to get them ready for battle.

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Napoleonic Minions - Elite Foot (6 points)

Minions - Heavy Foot with Offensive Bananas (6 points)

Minions - Heavy Foot with Offensive Bananas (6 points)

Purple Minion - Lesser Warbeast (4 points)

Giant Minion with Fart Blaster - Greater Warbeast with Gas Attack (8 points)

Friday, 13 October 2017

Nugent's Regiment of Horse

Nugent's Regiment of Horse in French service, previously known as Sheldon's and later became FitzJames Regiment of Horse. 28mm WSS figures from Front Rank Figurines with flag by Maverick Flags.

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Crimean War Russian Artillery

More 28mm Crimean War artillery, figures by Wargames Foundry

The ECW conference was excellent, with many interesting papers being presented. Unfortunately Dr Abbiss was unavailable and as a consequence the paper: Warfare in the Wilderness: Indian War 1688 wasn't presented, which was a great shame as I was personally looking forward to this presentation as inspiration for potential gaming. However, the papers presented on the day were inspirational enough and have certainly given me pause for thought when considering certain aspects of the period. These conferences are an excellent day out, details of future events can be found on the Helion Publishing website or Facebook page. 
At the conference I picked up a copy of No Armour But Courage, Colonel George Lisle 1615-1648, by Serena Jones, published by Helion as part of the Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 series. I'm part way through this book and it is proving to be fascinating read. If you're not familiar with this series there are some very interesting publications; a couple which have caught my eye are On Gladsmuir Shall The Battle Be! The Battle of Prestonpans 1745 by Arran Johnston, and The Bavarian Army During the Thirty Years War, 1618-1648. The Backbone of The Catholic League, by Laurence Spring (one of the speakers at the conference). 

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Century of the Soldier

Tomorrow I'll be heading off across the border to Shrewsbury to attend the Century of the Soldier conference. Really looking forward to the series of papers being presented, and an enjoyable day out.

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Servants of Ra

Something of a departure from my usual stuff, a starter company: The Servants of Ra for the Steam Punk skirmish game In Her Majesty's Name available from NorthStar Miniatures

As usual I'm more than a little late to the party in taking up this game or anything on 'trend'. I've had the miniatures in the lead pile since they were released, and lovely as they are I had no immediate drive to paint them up. Something of a shiny brain purchase! My recent motivation to paint them stems from the establishment of a small local gaming group which will hopefully grow now that we have found a "free" location, yes "free", from small acorns and such.....we will see!

The figures really are a nice little set, lovely castings that paint up a treat. The starter company consists of Professor Abdul Abulbul Abir, described as a fanatical Turkish Egyptologist. It was this character that drew me to this faction as it appealed to my degree in Archaeology and History. Also included is the reincarnated spirit of Akhenaton; the Professors beautiful daughter Sairah, a Mummified Priest and the all important cultists of Akhenaton. I particularly like the cultists which are suitably menacing minions that would grace any pulp genre game.

And so, Akhenaton's plans for world domination begin.....

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