Saturday, 16 October 2021

Bear necessities

 Yesterday when shopping I went into B&M and found these. A pound per pack , excellent value. I often look in charity shops and pound shops for potential gaming items. The bear will serve in a variety of ways - in 12th century Norway, Middle earth or other games as scenery. Might try them with the Paelo Diet rules too. The water buffaloes are slightly more challenging… 

Hard plastic, pre painted, what’s not to like…

Friday, 15 October 2021

Guiding again

 Today I was back guiding at the same place but in the 17th Century this time.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

For Mark etc


I notice that your Infantry musicians are missing one important instrument, often thought to have been invented in the 19th century by Adolph Sax - it was in fact first invented by the Hessians in the 18th Century and known as the Hessian Sax. 

I'm sure there's a Wikipedia entry to back me up on this 

  1. Most interesting Mark! I will post pics of my 18th century military band soon…

    Here they are , a kind gift from Tidders some time back and painted by him-

Monday, 11 October 2021

I can see clearly now…

 I bought the Daylight lamp as recommended by Jim D. I am delighted with it and it helps a lot as the dreich days increase . Thanks to Jim for this and others for their suggestions too.

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Revisiting the KFC

 Some links to earlier Karl Frederick County-

The name Hornig was chosen as they were pork butchers in this area. I still see their vans around Edinburgh, often with a haggis on the van as decoration.My forebears came over from Germany around 1900, both sides of the family that is. They had pork butchers well known in Edinburgh and connections to others in the trade in the North of England. 

Having got my Hessians painted ( by Northumbrian Painting Services) l have sent off for American Militia from Fife & Drum miniatures to have a go at painting myself. Incidentally does anyone know of other manufacturers compatible in size to them? 


 Got round today to painting the bases and basing onto felt topped Mdf  my Hessians I had professionally painted for me. Three units of thirty figures, six dismounted Hessian Hussars and six mainly dismounted British dragoons. They will serve in 1745 Jacobite Rebellion against some forthcoming highlanders.

They will also take a boat across the sea to fight in the American War of Independence against the inhabitants of Karl Frederick County ( or KFC for short) who have joined in the Rebellion. The KFC is populated by immigrants from the Duchy of Tradgardland who settled in the Colonies.

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Towards a game using Alexander’s Toy Soldiers set in circa 1689 using Table Top Battles on a grid..

 At the recent Woking 54mm wargames day ( see l really enjoyed playing in Anthony Morton’s ECW game. The figures and terrain looked great and the Table Top Battles Rules served us well. On my return home I began to plan using the rules for later 17th Century Battles. I began to plan what size of bases and movement trays might work-

I tried various dimensions,  options and shape of bases but in the end was not satisfied with the look of the game. I did wonder if I even needed any bases/trays so set up a trial skirmish just to see the look achieved. Alexander’s Toy Soldiers are bigger than 54mm so I decided on three infantry/ dismounted dragoons to a square and two cavalry to a square. I took some photos and was pleased with the results. Let me know what you think. I will have a play of 5he game next week...