Friday, 19 September 2014

Books etc

Weekend at last.It has been a long week but it is over. The postman brought a new volume for the Duchy of Tradgardland library-
I have always wanted a copy and finally found one at an extremely good price. Many of you will know the military images from this of late 15th century troops including a wagon fort and tented camp etc. Here is an example of perhaps a less well known image-
I love the detail,the wee vignettes( fisherman,swan castle details for example) which tell a story,the evocation of another time.I hope to use this as inspiration for some modelling and gaming.
The postman didn't however bring my pre ordered copy of "Lion Rampant" which I was promised would be here  today (Saturday) as ordered.Instead Amazon now say it will come around the 26th.I had pre ordered and asked for a day of release delivery-20th. However an email yesterday told me of the change-annoying as I was looking forward to reading it over the weekend.
My eldest has now gone off to the Glasgow School of Art,straight into 2nd year.She has taken her camera with her and so the Duchy is without the possibility of taking photos at present.Updates will be the written word only for the moment.
Finally a recommendation-
A most enjoyable and diverting read for the train this week,do give it a go

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Very Big Day

Thursday 6.45 a.m and the polls open in 15 minutes.
 I will cast my vote on the way  to work at 7.00 am.
A very big day here.I hope it goes well for all and I,for one, will be glad when it is over...
May we all use our votes well for the common good.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Mr Anon not blissfully unaware...

 Found this  page this morning by chance when looking for uniform info  and read the following-

The chap who offered the name participated in a solitary show game and contributed not a single model yet his casual suggestion outlasted him by 19 years. I have seen him occasionally at events in Scotland and he is still perhaps blissfully unaware that it was his idea. Mr Anon was an infrequent member of an extended gaming circle during 1992-93 but quickly fell by the wayside mainly as he seemed to have little interest in doing anything more than talking about games. Ironically, the name is not what I personally would have chosen. It seemed a bit pretentious at the time and has only sat comfortably with me through familiarity of use. I however had no alternative to hand and for the sake of a scribbled piece of paper to mark our table space at a small show, it seemed churlish to object.

I think that I am indeed the aforementioned  Mr Anon! 

Harry Bilton  at his best...
What do you think ?


Friday, 5 September 2014

Weekend at last and a quote.

Weekend at last ,thank goodness. My eczema has had a bad  flare-up and is being a pain. On the positive side the postman has brought a couple of parcels-
A withdrawn book from a library in America via Amazon. It looks full of interest on first flick through.
The second parcel contained these-
Two figures caught my attention due to them being different-

I am pleased with my purchases and hope to get some paint to lead soon.Finally a picture of the chancel of our church which is being painted at present-
Reminds me of how my head feels tonight filled with spin and jargon...
Hopefully a couple of days off will get rid of some of it.
Lastly  a quote I discovered recently-

“Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer.
If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”

C. S Lewis
Have a good weekend one and all!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Journeying towards an 18th century wargame (1)

Today is a very sunny Sunday in the Duchy of Tradgardland. After Mass and coffee at home I cut the grass. During the grass cutting ( often a good time to think over things) I was musing on my desire to do a "Portable Wargame" set up for the 18th Century.This was sparked off yesterday by finding some 40mm Prince August chaps in a drawer.They would look great in a gridded game with simple terrain I thought...
So far various of us in various places have played many different periods as small,gridded games. I myself have tried Napoleonic ,Interwar and WW2 to name but some. So is anyone out there working on a 18th century gridded game- European theatre? Are there rules out there ( Wargames Miscellany for example) which I have missed? The project seemed just right for Autumn evening- easily set up & away,simple to play and most of all hopefully fun.
Has anyone got any thoughts ideas to share with me...

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Skirmish in the Carpet Valley

Saturday afternoon and I managed to get in a  solo game.I wanted to try out The Tin Brigadier rules by Ross.  Here are the starting positions of Army Red/White and Army White-
(Don't forget to click on them  for a closer view)Army R/W is at the bottom of the picture.

Army R/W cyclists cycle past Book Hill towards the enemy in the woods...
Army W lancers charge Army R/W infantry and a fraught melee ensues.
An exchange of fire between dismounted cyclists and infantry near Fir Wood.
Army R/W infantry flee from the valley in disarray...
Army R/W infantry advance with a General in attendance...
A fierce battle in progress for Other Book Hill.
Both armies retreated to tend their wounded and honours were even. A most enjoyable skirmish and I will definitely use these rules again.Figures were 54mm  and by various manufacturers including Brtains and Dorset Soldiers.
Many thanks for your  helpful replies to my previous post about getting a youngster & his dad into the hobby.I am still mulling things over. Incidentally he seems to have really enjoyed studying the Tudors at school,especially Henry viii

Saturday, 23 August 2014

A way in...

Friends are up visiting us from England .They have a nine year old son. The father ( who wargamed with figures at school,but not since around forty years ago) would like to get his son into historical figure gaming  as opposed to fantasy. I said I would have a think for ideas/a way in.
.I am thinking of rules  etc etc
Any thoughts gentlemen?