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?

Project placement

My new project as late summer becomes early autumn ( which I will endeavour to adhere to ) is to do some gaming set in the early ( initially)17th century in the settlements/colonies of the New World. It will be  (I hope) 40mm, toy soldier,Tin Brigadier,simple home adapted rules,fun,Close Wars,Deutsche Homage,gridded/ungridded  etc sort of inspired...

I cannot make up my mind whether I should host it on this current blog or neatly place it away thematically as many of you do on a period/game specific blog.There is indeed an attraction in a "one stop shop" for all my gaming but also I like the idea of  having a "New World" so to speak.What do you think?

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Another picture etc

Thanks for your comments you left at my last post.The "close war" rules are most interesting and I will have a go at using them,with a few amendments - to cover matchlock and flintlock for example. By the way this project is not FIW in another scale.
 .Anyone care to guess what period they thing I might be going to game?
I am  posting another picture to show three figures which are not the same as those I have already photographed-
The figure on the bottom right is skulking- a clue to a book I am re reading in preparation for gaming.amending rules.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Old Toy Soldiers or picking up an old project & can you identify these?

I started this project last autumn when I was off work recovering from an op.I laid it aside and have thought about it on and off periodically. At the weekend I looked it out and completed a few figures from it.
They are 42mm Deutsche Homage figure from Irregular Miniatures.Not to everyone's taste I know but I do like Heyde/Haffner look of them.They are most definitely toy soldiers and that is the look I have gone for.They are an integral ,if not representative,part of one side.The others are moving forward on the paint bench,but will probably now have to wait until next weekend before being worked on.

Recently I have been on the look out for the opposition.I had thought of some more Irregular chaps but came across the figures below and bought them.They were waiting for me at home having arrived in the post today.They were just under £20 pounds,including postage, for around 25 of them-
I am pleased with these well played with figures.They are battered a little,different in scales with the bowmen kneeling being  smaller than the running and charging others-yet for me that just adds to the charm of this endeavour.Paint is flaking and I think I will restore/repaint them,trying to retain as much of the original paint as I can,They will make an excellent start to an opposition force. Can anyone shed light upon their age,manufacturer etc?There seem to be not marks on the bases as far as I can see. I am not interested really in their value but just want to find out more...

Sunday, 17 August 2014


I'm down with fluy,coldy,throaty thing at present and have been most of the week-not to mention the ever tightening screw that is work. I've not felt like doing a lot this weekend but have been thinking...

I've been musing of late under the influence- of Heyde and Spenkuch that is!
I've been thinking of my German forebears in Kunzelsau in the last decades of the 19th Century.I've been thinking about the toy soldiers they would have possibly owned/played with.
Does anyone know of information about toy soldiers in per war Germany,I have Hans Roer's Speilfiguren and a reprint of a Heyde Catalogue of the period. I guess I am looking for background,availability relative price,influence etc- a sort of social history.
Finally does anyone know if Little Wars was played in pre war Germany at all or any parallel movement/rules of the time?

Saturday, 9 August 2014

A question of scale...and some plans

For some time now I have been collecting the splendid Nightfolk miniatures from Northumbrian tin soldiers ( ) which are a joy to see.They are filled with whimsy,quite beautifully designed and cast. I have yet put much paint to lead but am thinking of how to utilise them in my gaming.They are very large however-
As you can see they would not really fit in with my "old school" fantasy figures/project. So decision one is to run some fantasy solo gaming, as I have started about three posts ago, with old Ral Partha and similar sized figures.This will have a D&D wilderness adventure vibe ,I think ,at the moment.
However that leaves what to do with the growing collection of Nightfolk.I think the figures are fantastic and everything one could want in the way of a characterful range of figures.So the thinking cap was on again and two options have occurred-
1) To use Songs of Blades and Heroes as they have traits which would reflect the very individual nature of the Nightfolk.
2) To use the Nightfolk in rival warbands and also have human warbands using my Elastolin/Doug Miller renaissance figures.They will be be mercenaries and/or town nightwatch/militia.
In terms of scale I think the 40mm figures will work well.In an ideal world of money no object I might even have gone for 54mm humans.Anyway here is a comparison of a 40mm  human and Nightfolk-
 As ever your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Festival Friday

Jan and I were in Edinburgh yesterday.The City looked wonderful with restaurants etc spilling out onto the streets in the form of outdoor seating and dining.With the trams and crowds it could have any European city...
We were in to take an organised tour of the New Town gardens ( see this link for further info ) and began near the Scott monument having walked up from where we parked near the Botanics.
A newish garden behind Register house filled with lovely plants and interesting symbolism.
One of the Queen Street gardens.They are private gardens with keys needed to access them They are the gardens of the local residents of the streets that bound the garden.The Greek style temple was built in 1985 to cover a gas installation and looks great.It was a most enjoyable tour,we enjoyed talking with the others on it not to mention the guide herself.Do follow the link to read more and even book.I can recommend it highly.
Afterwards Jan and I had a most excellent lunch at the National Portrait Gallery ,did some wandering and shopping and got soaked walking back to the car in torrential rain not to mention thunder and lightening-a most enjoyable day out.
On our return two parcels awaited me- 24 Ancient British slingers and a large one containing three Nightfolk figures. As I return to work on Monday now is the time to plan priorities for projects, for painting and gaming (solo and otherwise) for the coming months...