Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Flurry of Activity

Yes, I have played some wargames again.

Not many, but they are happening; at some point I may even show you some.  There has been enough time to paint too.

I tell you all this now, without proof as one of life's other perennials ensures I can't display the evidence.  The laptop is playing up and won't permit the internet on it.  Typical really, if its' not one thing it's another.  Suffice to say I join you today from Lunch at work.

Ho hum.

Maybe there will be more to show soon...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day

MCMXIV, by Philip Larkin

Those long uneven lines
Standing as patiently
As if they were stretched outside
The Oval or Villa Park,
The crowns of hats, the sun
On moustached archaic faces
Grinning as if it were all
An August Bank Holiday lark;

And the shut shops, the bleached
Established names on the sunblinds,
The farthings and sovereigns,
And dark-clothed children at play
Called after kings and queens,
The tin advertisements
For cocoa and twist, and the pubs
Wide open all day;

And the countryside not caring:
The place-names all hazed over
With flowering grasses, and fields
Shadowing Domesday lines
Under wheat's restless silence;
The differently-dressed servants
With tiny rooms in huge houses,
The dust behind limousines;

Never such innocence,
Never before or since,
As changed itself to past
Without a word - the men
Leaving the gardens tidy,
The thousands of marriages
Lasting a little while longer:
Never such innocence again.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fiasco 2014

I went to my first wargames show in two years at the weekend:


Fiasco was in its' usual place at the usual time.  I found a lot of the games on show to be visually underwhelming, but I may not have been in the zone so to speak.  Only a handful caught my eye...

 6mm ACW done with realistic terrain.


 Some sort of El-Cid/Crusades game.  To be honest I'm sure I'd seen this before, but nice models.

Legendary Games, playing 'In the Grand Manner' as is typical for them, Same figures and terrain as previous games of theirs I've seen, but appealed to my interests.

I avoided talking to people as much as I sought out old friends, but I did run in to one or two welcome faces.  It was nice to catch up in a way, but it is always complicated.  I have long been one of those who would prefer to pass through this sort of event anonymously and unobserved, it was after all mainly a shopping trip for me.  I came away with a couple of books and two battalions of 28mm Spanish Napoleonics.  I was in and out within two hours.

There will be many places where you'll get a fuller review of the show, for my part it was enough to dip my toe back in the scene and find the waters aren't completely hostile.  Even if the smell a bit foul at times.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Painting Filth

I got a place in my life for some painting again:




Man I am rusty though.  These took an age to do for what they are.

Straight to eBay and sold for a pittance.  Ah well, they were only ever for the sake of practice.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Your Terrible Hobby

http://yourterriblehobby.com/

Hilarity and truth in equal, sad measures.  Mainly the crimes are those of 40k players, which means I have little sympathy.  Historical gamers may have cause to feel superior, but there are plenty of dubious fetishistic Nazi armies out there, not to mention Weird World War and so on...

We are all a little guilty, no?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Indefinite Hiatus

For a variety of reasons, I've decided I can't really be bothered with the blog at the moment.  Or much in the way of Wargaming for that matter; it is not the welcoming bolt-hole from daily reality it once was; if anything it has in the last months only added to the stress of daily life, and there really is nothing I need less at the moment.  

I've been gaming for over thirty years and blogging for nearly seven, but the latter at least isn't fun any more.

If I kick this off again in the future, it will at least give me the opportunity to clearly reformat my content and editorial position.  It won't have to be compromised as it has become.  In the meantime I'll bid you 'Au Revoir'; until I feel like doing this, until we meet again.

Yeah, bye.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Headingley Bridge 1013ad

Due to recent disruption, this is going back some way, but myself and Paul have had several games of Saga recently, of which the first was a go at the river crossing scenario, with my Vikings facing his Anglo Danes:


Paul opted for mainly units of 6 men, but with a small reserve of four warriors to keep his options open.


On the other hand, I decided to field one huge unit of Hearthguard.  12 men in armour, to put the fear of god into the enemy.


The aim of the scenario, is to cross into the enemy territory across the river, with only two crossing points available.  The last time I played this scenario I won by dint of having long range shooting to clear the crossing points.  


This time neither of us had such an advantage and so both sides lined up for a slugging match, with the Anglo Danes choosing to attack first.


Paul sent his Axemen over the bridge, but  things did not go well when they met the mass of heavy Viking infantry.  Meanwhile my Beserkers came to the usual sticky end at the other crossing point.


There was an uneasy stand off at the bridge for a turn or two, but then the Vikings began a steady advance over it.


Whilst at the ford, the Anglo Danish leader was holding off the Viking bondsmen in what was becoming a desperate struggle.


Waves Danes tried to stop the Vikings crossing the Bridge, and paid for it in blood, but as the last of their leader's men crossed the ford, their sacrifice in holding  the Hearthguard on the bridge proved enough.


Paul clinched a narrow victory.  Had there been another turn, I'm sure my Vikings would have swarmed over the river in force, and taken the glory.

A fun and tight little game.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Another Unitended Project

Sometimes Karma keeps on giving, but does so with a wry sense of humour.  Having finally sold my Vampire Counts army for just shy of £300, I get handed a pile of freebies from Mantic Games - by the Chair of the Headingley Games Club - filled with guess what?  More blooming undead.

On top of that are a bunch of their Orcs and Goblins and a hardback rulebook accompanied by dozens of copies of their paperback edition.

So what to do with them?  Well, I don't really want them hanging around; but I can't ignore them, after all the club also gave me that nice pile of WW2 goodies a few weeks ago (which are of more appeal to me at present).  So my decision is to try and fashion introductory armies from the models, block based for maximum east of use, paint them fast and use them for introductory games.  Ultimately to be donated back to the club for future use.

After a bit of tinkering with lists, and rummaging in my bits boxes for a few spare figures, I was able to fashion two balanced looking 600 point lists, enough to get an idea of the rules.  Each will mean painting about 50 figures; not many but I have no intention of labouring on what will essentially be tokens to be used by anybody.  Not to say that I don't want them getting in the way of my own projects.

So each unit will be block painted in the bare minimum of colours, and then washed with Army Painter Quickshade mixed with Vallejo Varnish (50/50 mix - seems to work well!).  The first two are already finished and give some idea of the intention:


A troop of Wraiths, done with a sum total of 6 colours and the shade.  And a unit of Orclings done in a similar manner:


Both of these bases were less than an hours work combined, so hopefully I can knock out the rest of the armies in a similar quick fashion.  With my aim for the year being to clear more tat out my house and focus on less projects more thoroughly, it's best for these to get moved on ASAP!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

A Return to Judea

So I've finally sat down and fabricated up another batch of Jewish rebels.  The building and painting for these takes probably as long as a unit of Napoleonic British.  Now I realise why I haven't got the armys' worth of figures off their sprues yet (some 18 months after buying them).

Still they look a fine bunch finished:


For this selection, I expanded the variety of shield designs to include some with a degree of Greek influence, but otherwise they were done in the same manner as the first batch.



I now have eight bases of close fighting troops and four of massed bowmen, a long way from an army perhaps, but closer to my goal.  I've decided that the heavy troops will be in units of three or four bases normally - three giving a 180mm frontage which is about right for Hail Caesar.  This also means that if I get one more batch of this size done I can assemble four reasonable units.

However, as my Spartans might say; 'if'.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Notice; did you?

Regular readers may have noticed the blog, other than 28mm plastic notices, has been quiet of late.  Well, in part it's due to my wrestling with a new laptop, which of course at present has none of my photos or much else on it yet; but for the most part gaming has slid down the scale of priorities of late.

There are a couple of batreps to post up, and some painting continues, but I'm waiting for the gaming mojo to return a bit too.  Recent issues took the wind out of it's sails somewhat, and it felt like a good time to do other things...

A break is not a bad thing it turns out, and it seems likely the blog will refocus somewhat when it returns to full activity, hopefully soon.