Monday, 5 December 2016

First large wargame I ever saw....

As a teenager  I went  to see an exhibition of Fenton's (?) Crimean photographs in Charlotte Square Edinburgh. I forget the year. I was really looking forward to seeing photos like these-
The photos were fascinating but what really caught my attention was the wargame put on by the South East Scotland Wargames Club. There laid out in a large room was a Crimean battlefield replete with Peter Laing figures. It seemed vast to me and on closer inspection it was filled with regiment upon regiment. I recall being fascinated. Up to that point I had mainly painted Rose etc 54mm figures for display ( although growing up with Airfix etc fighting battles from an early age) here was something else - I was hooked and find myself still hooked near on forty years later. I went back again and again and watched and was filled with wonder.I can recall the excitement still. The excitement that led to carrying armies ( Mythical Earth and Airfix acw /tanks) around in my father's old Van Heusen shirt boxes to games. The rest is history as they say.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Books etc

I first read this 12 years ago,found it on the  bookshelf recently and am really enjoying it again-
Well written,filled with fascinating characters and events- if you have never read give it a go. Secondly a book sourced for me (thanks Michael) in Sweden-
By same person who did the Karoliner book.Inspiring illustrations.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Tradgardland foot of the 17th Century

First a view from the sharp end-

Secondly foot recruited from the guilds- in this case the Plasterer's Guild and The guild of Woodworkers-

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Advent begins...

Hung up my calendar today as Advent began
1 Of the Father’s love begotten 
ere the worlds began to be, 
he is Alpha and Omega — 
he the source, the ending he, 
of the things that are, that have been, 
and that future years shall see 
evermore and evermore.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

For Tim and interested others...

After much searching I located this paperback on my bookshelves today-
Found in a old second hand book shop in Edinburgh a number of years ago. It is a much sought after work I believe.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Tradgardland pikemen of the Thirty Years War

I pondered upon the comments left at my last post (thank you for your suggestions)  and have just finished (hence undried glue) basing my pikemen. I have gone with nine figures on a 50mm square base, I think it improves the look and better suggests a dense mass of pikemen-
Next I will work on the basing/painting of the shot...

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Basing try out for Portable Thirty Years War etc

This week I got some Minifigs S Range for my Portable TYW/ECW project-
I have used them so far to try out some basing /deploying ideas.Firstly a large Tercio-
Secondly Dutch?/Swedish?-
As ever let me know what you think and all suggestions welcome. Incidentally I have not tried out these formations in a game yet.