Thursday, 11 February 2016

The sacred mole of Ukkert or My Elves have their first outing.

Had a most enjoyable game of Dragon Rampant on Tuesday.
My Elves at the start of the game with their Eagle chums.
The Dwarven defenders await across the table...
My opponent's new and splendid Ral Partha ram riders. They flitted about skirmishing with crossbows a bit.
End game- my eagles menace the Dwarven scouts, my small unit of Elven lords has made it out of the woods and the remnant of Elven archers appear near the upper left hand corner of the picture. At this point I resigned- there were just too many dwarves left. Dragon Rampant gives a fun game ,easy on the brain and big on enjoyment. If you haven't tried it yet go for it!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Still here and a question?

Last weekend saw snow here in the Duchy-
which sadly didn't stay around for long. It also saw quite a number of games of "Ticket to Ride"-
which were part of my daughter's 22nd birthday celebrations.
This morning saw me rebasing and trying out static grass and those clumpy scenic reedy things-
as well as those  dice frames from Warbases.
Finally the question- does anyone know if "Little Wars" was played outwith Great Britain when first published?If so where?
Have a good Saturday one and all!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


Tuesday would have seen me married 25 years. I decided to get a book to celebrate the day-
It was chosen for a number of reasons- I had been in the area on holiday with my parents and recall hearing part of the story from the tour guide, Jan and I had planned/hoped to walk in the area on holiday together and finally I recall having some Suvorov Hinchcliffe Russians many moons ago.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

The Duchy of Tradgardland's forces on Mars

The Tradgardland settlement on Mars is protected by a number of different troops. Firstly some Martians have enlisted and fight under the Ducal flag-
The Tradgardland Navy has unloaded some ship's guns and built emplacements to protect the settlement-
Further posts will show the naval,land and air vessels operated by the Ducal Navy.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Captain George Aubrey R.N

It is Captain Aubrey's first visit to Mars. His famous father,Jack, never served in the Martian colonies.
Captain George is going to take up his post as captain of H.M.S Amazement or Mazey for short. Just
having  come through the portal he asks for directions and  help with his sea chest.
A local man offers to help, for a consideration. Captain Aubrey follows behind taking in the sights and sounds of the new world...

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The post and a project

I acquired these books this week-
 The first I have begun on the train this week and is a fascinating read. The second only arrived today and looks interesting and well produced on first glance. BTW anyone know of 28mm 18th/late 17th century figures in carnival masks?

Finally I am delighted  to be the new owner of the Mars 1832 figures cast and designed by Kev ( for more info go to- )
I am going to cast more figures and add boats and other transport. It will be Mars 1833 and will feature (amongst other things) the Martian colony of Ny Tradgardstadt.
Some initial background-
As a result of a Space- Time Portal, the British, Tradgardlanders and other European nations have colonised areas of Mars  since the 16th Century. Co-existence with the Martians and each other had been cordial up until the end of 1831 - when a dispute arose- in 1832 hostilities  emerged,deepening in 1833...

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Aelfing * in Tradgardland in the company of Mr Hackett

* from the Anglo Saxon verb to apply natural pigments to an elf of small size regardless of gender or geographical locus.

I am feeling a tad better. I have not taken time off work and have battled through so far. Having been uptown this morning for some shopping ( including a very interesting issue of  Wargames,Soldiers and Strategy, some food and a copy of "The Man in the High Castle" and "The 32 Stops" by Danny Dorling) I have spent some time working on some GW elves to oppose the GW chaps of Richard and for use in "Dragon Rampant" games.
Note Spotify working in the background supplying encouragement in the form of  Steve Hackett's "Genesis revisited Live at the Royal Albert Hall."
I saw Mr Hackett live a few times in my student day's and his concerts were some of the very best I ever attended. His an accomplished guitarist indeed.
Here are the figures now drying on the radiator-
I am pleased with these chaps and look forward to getting them into action soon.The eagles are from Peter Pig and I have had them for years.