Feeling very tired this morning and not having a painting vibe, l decided to see how the MLS figures would look on terrain l currently had . I got out the terrain ( 6 by 4 hex mat, hex hills and trees) I had bought from DC some time back and set up a few trial shots-
Wednesday 31 August 2022
Monday 29 August 2022
Not really settling to much today. Got some useful practical things done around the house and a wee bit painting, reading and planning-
Sunday 28 August 2022
Yesterday saw me unpack and start a few of MLS soldiers which arrived in profusion this week. They , as said elsewhere, are well cast, tall and with minimal flash. They are a easy to paint compared to others I tried recently. However l am currently tired and caught up with real life , if not physically then mentally. August, as we go through the latter half of the month, becomes a lead up to Jan’s anniversary on the 30th. The girls need extra support to negotiate this time be they local or far away.This was compounded this year by what would have been my late father’s 95th birthday on the 26th. There is a sense of relief when we enter September.
Anyway a start has been made with painting and I have even made a simple conversion, more of which anon.
So here we are. Watch this space for further developments…
Saturday 27 August 2022
Friday 26 August 2022
Thursday 25 August 2022
Wednesday 24 August 2022
Monday 22 August 2022
Sunday 21 August 2022
I’ve been trying to finish off my AWI militia and riflemen.These are the ones I got as part of an order with Ronnie from Fife & Drum in America. Not too much is left to do prior to basing. The mdf bases were glued to felt yesterday afternoon and lay under a pile of heavy books to adhere them together. Hopefully over the coming days I will get some time to complete these.
I quite like the idea of returning to the K.F.C for the games. This was a small American county - Karl Frederick County populated by Tradgardland settlers and name after the duke of whence they came. The inspiration was the battle of Oriskany and Nicolas Herkimer.
The militia and riflemen will defend against a force of Hessians and Native Americans.
Rules to be used are by Jim Purky and here is a link to a useful tutorial on them-
Saturday 20 August 2022
Some interesting articles-
Friday 19 August 2022
Thursday 18 August 2022
Life post Covid has become very hectic with family matters and guiding duties. However l have taken forward my Volare Cantare troops and scenery forward a little as well a little think on the rules. Here are the figures on the work bench as of this morning-
Wednesday 17 August 2022
Been playing around with ideas for these imaginary rules. The non existent original is a crumpled pamphlet , in gothic script, found in a box of abandoned toys in an attic somewhere in mittel Europe that looks much like Nuremberg but isn’t.
The game commences with each side taking turn about to place one figure on the board. Each square can hold up to 3 infantry, three cavalry, two tanks or one machine gun/ artillery.
Movement is in squares- infantry 2 , cavalry 3, tank2 , guns 1 amended by terrain.
Firing - each figure throws a d6 5,6 to hit , 6 if target is in cover. Saving throw is a six.
Infantry fire with one d6 , machine gun, tank with four as do artillery.
Range unlimited for artillery, four for mg/ tank and three for infantry.
And that’s it so far. Pictures below are me working out arc of fire for machine guns and simple infantry combat.
Tuesday 16 August 2022
A rainy evening in the Duchy . I had binned for good my current viewing ( Sandman) due to the unpleasantness set in a diner, nah tooo much! I was looking around for something to watch and at the back of my mind I recalled that “The Grand Budapest Hotel “ had been mentioned. I gave it a go and am thoroughly enjoying it. Just the ticket for someone who loves imaginations.
In other news I have been working on semi flat scenery. Early days yet but it might well work out ok.
P.S amazing thunderstorm last night , quite the most spectacular here for years!
Sunday 14 August 2022
Saturday 13 August 2022
Friday 12 August 2022
I have become enamoured recently with Mark Copplestone’s forthcoming retro range of figures-
And finally the release schedule-
I have followed Mark on Instagram and enjoyed his journey towards production via creating imaginations and imaginary retro wargames. He has done so with great creativity, interesting terrain ideas and fun too.
It is lovely to see such a project mainstream in the hobby and eagerly anticipated too. I wish Mark well in this venture.
I have succumbed to these elegant, faux retro figures via the pre order and await their arrival enthusiastically.
Come on in the water is lovely !
Thursday 11 August 2022
Thanks for your kind words. My experience of Covid this time was that it was much worse than when I last had it in January. I was surprised how it laid me low and my daughter too. I feel I am just turning the corner now…
I have listened to Round the Horne , started the Sandman on Netflix, listened to the radio cricket as well as Tolkien podcasts. These have been my background to dozing quite a lot of the time. Guilty tv pleasure was “Come dine with me “ repeats
Here are a few pictures of an 40mm interwar imaginations game I set up recently. In more lucid moments I have been imagining a simple, child friendly game played on a grid in a 1920s that never was. I have called it “ Kleine kreig fur kinder” . An odd note was jotted down. The pictures represent such a game. I will close now as I am going to doze.