Thursday 31 December 2020
An eagle soaring high looks down upon the battlefield below...
Wednesday 30 December 2020
I have just set up my final game of 2020. Taking the advantage of the recent thaw the Reichsarmee have taken the chance to mount an attack upon the Austrian held village of Weltschmerz. Here we see them trudging through the slush filled forest towards their goal.
A surprise gift arrived yesterday from my niece and her partner. A most welcome and generous gift-
Tuesday 29 December 2020
Currently can’t seem to read novels ( been like this for months now) so trying these short stories, some work on the painting desk and the new bird feeder set up. Icy bright day here with overnight snow smattering having frozen.
Monday 28 December 2020
I’ve not played a solo or Zoom wargame since Christmas but have enjoyed some board games with the family. Alice Chess remains popular here. I was given 221b Baker Street and we tried it out yesterday. Lovely looking board and fun detecting. Earlier we had played the UNO esque Mind the Gap and we have also played the cooperative game Forbidden Island. No we shall get some other games out in the coming days. What have you been playing?
Sunday 27 December 2020
Very recently I was recommended these cardboard buildings which are 3D puzzles rather than wargaming scenery. I think I had seen them before on Howard Whitehouse’s blog possibly. Anyway I sent off for them to Amazon and they arrived before Christmas. I took some time on Christmas Eve to make one up and photograph it with a few 28mm figures. Although more 20mm scale it looks great with 28mm and would look excellent with 40mm as slightly undersized stylised terrain. The pieces fit well together and are detailed inside as well as out. I kept the instructions carefully to hand and was glad I had done so.
Saturday 26 December 2020
It is still dark outside and the rest of the house is asleep. I have made a coffee, let it brew and am ready for a quiet day. At least until I run a greater family Zoom quiz tonight. Yesterday was a good if different Christmas Day. Gifts were well received and we had much to be thankful for. A different day, as I already said but a good one.
I was delighted to get some interesting reading material. The Art Deco book and garden gift vouchers were from a greater family secret Santa thing and they chose well. The bird book is to deepen my knowledge of the garden birds who have become even more important to me since Lockdown began in March. Over the summer their presence was a delight and diversion, including the nesting blue tits back again. The 1940 book is to offer scenic advice especially for a Norwegian 1807 project.
Thursday 24 December 2020
Wednesday 23 December 2020
Tuesday 22 December 2020
As there were a few spare coppers in the Ducal war chest I joined this lot ( again , had been a member yonks ago) to give them some support.
I joined for many reasons, Roy Dilley’s book had been important to me growing up, I had collected 54mms before I wargamer, the pioneers of wargaming were members and because of my interest in old toy soldiers. Wargaming grew from within the ranks of the BMSS but seems to have no home there now. Am I the only one to be disappointed about this? Maybe I haven’t looked hard enough? Why this divorce between collectors and gamers? Makes me sad, thoughts please...
Monday 21 December 2020
Sunday 20 December 2020
Saturday 19 December 2020
with some amendments of my own. I took these photos as my gaming set up is not too well lit and the sun seems hardly to shine here to help. Do pop over via the link to see the snowball fight that Mark staged.
In the Albion game the soldiers will have to be careful to avoid hitting beefeaters and other passers by or they will be in trouble! Have a great Saturday!
The Duke of Tradgardland is fortunate to have amongst his troops some Welshmen who emigrated to the Duchy in the time of Cromwell. Here they are free to follow their customs at Christmas.
Thursday 17 December 2020
It is not long to Christmas here in the Duchy of Tradgardland. It is a cold morning beside the fountain in the square, with a brilliant blue sky above, as the wood cutter brings home another tree from the forest to decorate the town.
Tuesday 15 December 2020
I really enjoy imagineering. This blog was born out of it and the fun that brought through Emperor v Elector. I have enjoyed thinking of Tradgardland backwards and forwards in time from the 1750s where it began, It grew out of a love of Copenhagen and Denmark with other Scandinavian touches.
Currently much of my gaming takes place in a Europe where Germany never unified nor Italy too. No 1870, no 1914 or 1939 I guess. I haven’t thought through all the potentialities and anyone could drive a truck through inconsistency after inconsistency. However I guess the that’s not the point. I’m not some reasoned history forum but a place to escape and relax. Volare Cantare is based upon thirties travel posters with a look of time and place sans the nasty bits.
The Empire ( neither Holy nor Roman nor an Empire) has survived in my world into the twentieth century with a patchwork of states with the governance and bureaucracy of the 18th Century. Jazz Age interwar look ( preceded by Arts and Crafts Movement for the 1900 armies) with none of the rising menace.
Albion has her queen, colonies and more . Maple Leaf Country stands guard against the Star Spangled state who has her own worries with Spain and Russia having territories with land borders to her. Fun not worked out to the nth degree but a convenient mixing pot of my interests. Tell us about your imagineering...
Monday 14 December 2020
Middle daughter has been enjoying the “Queens Gambit” on Netflix and is keen to play me at chess. After a few games I introduced her to this-