Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Great minds think...

Only the other day I had been musing about using Scandinavian Bronze age chaps for Lion Rampant, I had even left a comment on " I live with cats" regarding the matter. Now I discovered ( happily over coffee  at my daily blog review this morning) that Dan Mersey has just published a list for Dragon Rampant for this period
merseybooks: Dragon Rampant: Hyperborean Northern European Bron...: Dragon Rampant, my big skirmish fantasy wargame, allows you to take to the battlefield at t he head of a warband of around  50–70  models...

Yet another distraction to follow,can't wait...

Saturday, 14 January 2017

A blast from the past

Much of the day has been spent sorting forces for "The Pikeman's Lament" and using current figures I should have  three smallish forces- A ECW Scottish Covenanter one which will be opposed by either Montrose's Scottish Royalist or an English one of the Bishop's Wars for different scenarios. Whilst sorting things out I came upon this chap-
 The flag was drawn by Jan in the early days of our marriage for a display game to be put on at Claymore of the battle of Winwick Pass. It goes without saying he will be pressed into service once more. She also painted this for the same display game-
which I found in a drawer after some searching. It hung on the wall behind our game.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Flags of the 1st and 2nd Bishop's wars- can you help?

Can anyone help me with what flags did the English Militia/Trained Bands carry in 1638? Any info on coat colours would be very useful too.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Upon my return...

When I got home from work today a pleasant surprise awaited me-
They read very well and the layout is excellent. The rules look straight forward and great fun. The sample companies are a most interesting mix and include some conflicts that may well be less well known to readers. The authors are to be congratulated on their hard work which will help broaden the appeal of Pike and Shot wargaming. Do not hesitate to buy them they will give you some great games I am sure.

One of my targets for 2017 is to spend less upon the hobby both in terms of lead and books. For this reason I am going out to the shed  (unlit unfortunately) to see what figures can be pressed into service- probably ECW in Scotland or maybe the  Bishop's Wars but we will see. I wish to carry on a separate Old School Minifigs ECW/TYW grid based project. Taking this into account and my new blog it looks like 2017 will have a 17th Century flavour to it.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

A whole new world

Readers are invited to follow this link- and follow the adventures of settlers in the New World from the Duchy of Tradgardland in the mid 17th century.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

12th Night

As the Christmas decorations go away once more a newish Old School chum takes their place upon the book shelves-

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year

As the Duke of Tradgardland and his court dance the night away under a full moon let me wish you and yours a Happy New Year and all the very best for 2017.