Saturday, 22 April 2017


I am determined (after all it is over two thirds through April)  to sit and read in the garden today in spite of it being chilly the moment the sun is obscured by clouds. I am currently fascinated by this novel-
I am also endeavouring to playtest some portable wargame ancient rules for Bob and enjoying the process.
I hope you are enjoying Saturday whatever you are doing.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Happy Easter!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

                                                  But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
                                                  our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
                                                   now above the sky he's King, Alleluia!
                                                    where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

George Gush or went the day well?

Today we tried out the 1420-1700 George Gush rules we had not played for over 23 years. Went the game well- you bet it did. The joy of morale tests to be taken- my Burgundians even managed to throw three ones on three D6. Free hack at routing troops and artillery which actually did something. For the Period ( Burgundian wars) the rules gave a much,much better game. It was like meeting an old friend who one had not seen for ages  but with whom the dialogue just picked up so easily.
The element basing did not affect the game and we are keen to try them again soon.
For anyone interested and lacking a copy of the originals here is a link to John Curry's page-
The army lists and play sheet are even downloadable as a pdf there. Go on give them a whirl,as the Likely Lads said "The only  thing to look forward to..."

Books just asking to be gamed

I got this book 40 years ago when I worked in a bank in Edinburgh. The Accountant ( as the 2nd in command was called in those days) liked to read quietly over lunch in our miniscule staffroom so ,as our lunches often coincided,I often brought a book to work. I used to buy cheap second hand paperbacks in a wee bookshop in Easter Road.The above was probably my best buy.I have kept it through weed outs of books and many moves.I have read it many times over the years and thought  often of gaming the final battles in it. It would lend itself really well to Dragon Rampant.What books are calling out to you to game?

Sunday, 9 April 2017

George Gush 1420-1700 rules

Anyone tried using George Gush 1420-1700 rules with dbm based elements? How did you get on? I am considering them to fight the Burgundian Wars. DBM does not give us a good game for the period.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

I've been to...

I have been away staying with friends in Yorkshire.On the way I spent some time in Leeds-
The public art was quite inspirational.
The contrast of house boats and modern flats was interesting too.
I was very impressed by my first visit to the Royal Armouries.
The demonstrations of weapons and techniques ( in this case Talhoffer and the longsword)were informative and fun also.
Fascinating exhibits,interesting interpretation and an excellent building too.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Dragon Rampant,ring bearer scenario

My elves lost the the game but it was great fun.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Elven arms race

I have a game tomorrow against the forces of Saruman/Sauron using "Dragon Rampant" rules.I worked away with these splendid fellows off their sprues finding the heads a tad fiddly.However I wont have time to get them finished for tomorrow-
However I did find these Eagles (Greater Warband) and Woodland Creatures (lesser warband)
to fill the gap until the elven cavalry and infantry are ready.

I am reading this interesting book-
More really interesting posts on this blog-
Do pop over there for loads of inspiring posts!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Colf in Tradgardland : an entertainment of sorts

I have been playing around with the idea of  table top 18 th century colf. It is a game where players try and hit a target in the least number of strokes. Here is one such game beginning-
The players have chosen the statue of Hermes as their target but need to beware of the trees. I allow a player to choose the number and type of dice from a selection- say D3,6,8 and when thrown this is the distance the ball travels in cm. Non accurate hitting is worked out through scatter dice and/or a chart.

I use buttons to mark the position of each player's ball with little buttons.Here is a game coming to an end.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Potting Bench 2

I have a potting bench in the garden which comes in handy. Today I bought another in Aldi's and customised it a tad-
assisted by my eldest daughter the project moved forward-
Paint was added then Railway scenic paper and artificial grass from Aldi's got some time ago.
Finally some inspiration for a late 17th century garden for the Duchy of Tradgardland which I intend to build on this table/board/set up
.All in all I am pleased with this wee project to provide an area to game /model in which can remain up.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

The sun has got his pickelhaube on ,hip ,hip ,hip hooray

Been a tad low on the morale front of late ( 3 ones on 3 D6 ) but a little brighter today. I enjoyed reading Conrad's article on al fresco gaming in the latest issue of Miniature Wargames whilst having a cup of tea in the garden. I also watched Army Black's Spring maneuvers-

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Heinz etc

Tomorrow will see my Heinz birthday and Tuesday would have been Jan's 55th. It is a mixed time for us here. When Jan and I first met it seemed a splendid conceit for us to have birthdays on following days but over time it  felt like it would have been more fun to spread the fun out over the year.
57 varieties seems an appropriate number - the number of projects I have currently on the go hobby wise :), the diversity of books around me as I type and of course my age.Also I must say that there are 57 and more blogs which I read regularly for entertainment,enjoyment and inspiration.
The girls made a splendid meal last night and I look forward to presents today including the latest John Curry book on Lionel Tarr. Tomorrow and Tuesday will see me thankfully in work with the 57 varieties ( no offence meant) that make up a school. 57 not out I say!
p.s anyone watching SS GB on BBC1? I found it a tad slow at the start but have warmed to it greatly.
p.p.s does anyone recall a novel about Britain losing the war and people being sent over from Canada(?) as agents to the fallen UK? I really enjoyed it years ago and would like to read it again.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A grid of offset squares for the Portable Wargame

I have tried squares and I have tried hexagons so I thought I would try something different-
I set it up using a paper board ,some wooden houses and my late 19th Century/Early 20th Century Scandinavian armies using Airfix 20mm plastic soldiers. Not to mention an elk for local colour.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Memories etc

Black dog been sniffing around all weekend and I have done little hobby related. I was however browsing the web and found this-
I have an original Athena one rolled/scrunched up under the eaves replete with drawing pin holes and blue tac. Along with the Rodney Matthews Elric on dragon it was on my wall for many,many years. It defined the look of the LOTR characters in my mind.
I am currently looking at the LOTR Citadel figures of the 1980s on ebay and am sorely tempted. I have my Mythical Earth collection, my GW figures and my Vendel ones. Do I really need another collection,hmmmm...

Friday, 24 February 2017

A wee game

Set up a trial game for the weekend-

Featherstone rules I think...

Friday, 17 February 2017

Unpacking etc

My washing machine arrived today,was installed and is currently working away in the background as I type. My 42 mm Franco Prussians arrived yesterday. They arrived thus-
Here are of some of them unpacked-
BTW any reading suggestions on the period?I read Michael Howard as a teenager.Are the Ospreys the most economical source of uniform information?

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Portable wargames

I set up a couple of portable wargames on my 3 inch square cloth.The first was to play Bob's published rules (inspired by Ross's recent games) with 54mm figures-
The second was with the Portable ECW rules for a TYW game-

Sunday, 12 February 2017

An unexpected journey or imagineering in the later part of the 19th century?

I had some vague butterflyesque plans for the time being.I would try and drive some projects forward across a very wide front, then came the email. It told of over 350 painted and 200 unpainted (plus wagons guns etc)  comprising both armies Irregular Miniatures (toy soldier looking in my eyes) 42mm Franco Prussian war figures for sale!
"The Duke of Tradgardland breaking into song upon hearing news of a lead mountain..."
                                                        by Anton von Werner

I could not resist with retirement a few (or less?) years away this was the Project to keep me going when the Ducal warchest was not to be dipped into too often for lead in times to come. So I am awaiting their arrival, the infantry are in units of 27 figures so a goodly size..
This got me thinking of imagineering in the period. I imagined some small states holding out against the German confederation possibly Tradgarland herself. So the figures could be used for 1870 France v Germany and also for some imaginary battles involving the successors of Emperor v Elector. Let me know what you think...

Saturday, 11 February 2017


Today began with the final demise of my washing machine.It has been a tad ropey for some time. Baling out the water was ok if tiring and I have ordered a replacement.
Next week I have a game of Dragon Rampant arranged. I had a wee look at my GW plastic elves-
I thought they could do with a makeover. While I worked I listened to-
This was the first time I had heard the short story "The Birds" by Daphne Du Maurier as opposed to the film.
It's a cracker click on the link to listen to it.
Secondly I am currently enjoying Post Modern Jukebox. They are a reimaging in 30s style of modern classics. Give them a whirl at-
Finally a picture or two of  the made over elves-

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Mythical Earth

Just setting up a wee solo game tonight-
Gondor defends...
Note to self in light of pictures- repaint/flock bases and edge in brown. 
Probably use Dragon Rampant rules.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

A parcel from Canada

Whilst lying in bed am ( chilling after a week of a horrible sinus coldy thing) the post man brought me a parcel which had sailed across the Atlantic-
comprising of some splendid fencing and some acw figures. I am most grateful to the Mad Padre for his most kind gift. Here are some of the figures-
which look great,I particularly like the great coated figures. I am inspired to get some Perry Miniatures British figures to do some skirmishing based upon the British/Canadian intervention in the ACW.