Saturday, 15 June 2019

Close Little Wars

Trying out a gridded close little wars ( Featherstonesque)  game today. Signposts,lampposts, fencing and hedges are all castings by Replica model soldiers. Painted them up this morning and using them this afternoon. I am delighted with their old school look.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Uniforms and flag information sought

I am trying to find an order of battle  for the Dutch Army which landed in 1688 at Torbay. I also am looking for coat/ facing colours and flags. I have tried in vain in my books and on line. Can you help?

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Paints petering out, what next?

My paints are petering out-
My paints all seem to be running out at once. I feel l need to replace them en masse. What is the best way economically of doing this? I am a tad old school and don’t really use loads of shading paints of the same colour if you know what I mean. All suggestions welcomed.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

“About Cromwell “ rules try out in 54mm

I tried out the “About Cromwell “ rules that l had borrowed from Dave with my 1688 Alexander’s Toy Soldiers figures in 54mm. The Dutch invaders supported by the purple coated Trumpton Trained Bands ( with Windy Miller and wife) and some dragoons hold a position near the church. James’s Guards are attempting to take the hill. The rules worked well and l will certainly give them a go again.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Fantasy Quest solo game.

I conducted a quest for treasure using these rules:
My barbarian and thief were trying to steal treasure from the bad guys as seen in the photo below-
Game was on a 40mm grid using  54mm plastic pound store figures. Many thanks to Man of Tin for the barbarian and thief,the others were pound store knights bought by me. It was a tense game( and great fun) ending in the failure of our heroes to get the treasure. Yet of course there is always next time...

A commission

Sometimes a uniform really appeals to us wargamers and collectors. Maybe it is the colour or the design or something else. For me it was the Swedish fm/06 test uniform  of 1906 and how it harks back to the Swedish army of Karl Xll. The tricorn especially is splendid. So l commissioned Ian Kay of Irregular Miniatures to make me one in 54mm . I am delighted with his work.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Albion Pathe News : Manoeuvres

 Those dashing cavalry chaps advance supported by machine gun fire... meanwhile tanks and infantry advance on the enemy postions  whilst bicycle troops await orders in the nearby wood.