Went with friends yesterday to Burnley. After Church at St Catherine’s we went to Towneley Hall for a look around and a picnic.
The adventures of an 18th century imagination, located in Northern Europe formerly ruled over by joint rulers Duke Karl Frederick and Duchess Liv.Not to mention the American colony of Ny Tradgardland the 17th century Colony of New Tradgardstadt and the newly restored territory of the Shetland Isles. Featuring a supporting bill of gaming in a diversity of times,places and scales.Hopefully something to interest all who pop by...
Monday, 20 March 2023
Saturday, 18 March 2023
A wee visit
En route to seeing friends in Skipton l stopped by the Royal Armouries Leeds. Leeds city centre is full of water and fascinating buildings-
I didn’t have long so I concentrated mainly on the tournament section and the ECW section-
A brief but enjoyable visit, I’ll be back for sure.
Friday, 17 March 2023
A question of scale.
Been looking at the farm with different sized figures today-
Thursday, 16 March 2023
The parcel has landed
I took the opportunity in the recent EM4 sale to pick up some pre painted scenery in the shape of a farm. It has lift off roofs and opening doors. I very pleased with the farm and its constituent parts. They are well made and offer much gaming potential. Although bought with 28mm ( l placed some vbcw 28s in the photo for scale) in mind I think it might serve with 40mm too. Here are some pictures of it , just as it came out of the boxes , no construction necessary-
Wednesday, 15 March 2023
In non hobby related land
Sunday saw me in Edinburgh for Church and Volunteer Guiding . The day began with a splendid lox and cream cheese bagel at Bross Bagels. -
Sunday, 12 March 2023
Weasley done, not
Today I went online to look for some inspiration for the weasels, stoats etc. The Burrows and Badgers figures are quite charming but l am not sure. They are a tad medieval for my taste and I am looking for more of a Victorian vibe. I did send for some figures of wild weasels which are for d and d , are 40mm long, and should serve with rifles and pillbox hats added. Inspiration was this E H Shephard illustration-
Also found the illustrations below which will give me food for thought-
Saturday, 11 March 2023
Another VBCW game - the first appearance of the Norwegians
Another game today and the first outing for the Norwegians. Here is what I sent the players-
“It is a clash between the Anglican League Swedes and a Norwegian force which has landed off course whilst trying to “liberate” the Northern isles. Forces as follows-Swedes- HQ, three regular sections each with lmg and rifles, one irregular unit of volunteers with no lmg plus a wee mortar.
Norwegians- HQ, two regular sections each with lmg and rifles, one regular section with lmg , rifles and three figures with grenades, a heavy machine gun and a large mortar.
It will be interesting to see how these take on each other.
Scenario- hold the village pub garden to defend the local ale.”
Friday, 10 March 2023
Follow up to the previous post- Wargaming as a total work of art-Gesamtkunstwerk
This is the science fiction blog I referred to in the previous post-
Wargaming as total work of art- Gesamtkunstwerk
I was pondering on this in bed the other day - if this can be said of wargaming where various arts come to together to create a totality. The art of design, the art of scenic modelling, the art of painting and the art of rule writing. . What prompted this musing was the total work of art that is Mark’s Little Soldiers where a total aesthetic is seen through from concept to table top. Another example , which I follow but cannot lay my hands on is a chap who has created a science fiction/ rogue trader settlement in painstaking detail such as posters, graffiti and scenery not to mention the figures or buildings themselves.
Comments please, what do you think?
Gesamtkunstwerk- total work of art
Thursday, 9 March 2023
After Woking 3 or inspiration gained…
Monday morning l went to the shed and easily found what I was looking for-
Wednesday, 8 March 2023
As ever the Little Wars Revisited forum games day was splendid. Good company, food and games. The games were in 54mm of course-
- A snowball fight game by Mark with a few role playing ideas contributed by me. Fast, furious fun involving, amongst others, a Nutwood team and a penguin team.
- Age of Penda game in 40mm by Anthony with great looking terrain and figures. It was enjoyed greatly by players.
- NWF armoured train game by Mike with a splendid armoured train as a centre piece. Great scenery and figures using Man who would be king rules.
- Dark Ages by Patrick using Lion Rampant and his collection of lovely Irregular Miniatures Normans alongside Patrick’s trademark stylish scenery.
- Smugglers, a game by Brian with very nicely painted figures and a most enjoyable role play element in a four sided skirmish game.
As ever the evening ended with a lovely meal in a Turkish restaurant locally. It was great to catch up with friends old and new and meet folk for the first time whose blogs I read regularly.