Saw this excellent poster near the Usher Hall in Edinburgh today-
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, 27 February 2023
Sunday, 26 February 2023
From Norroway, from Norroway.
A number of things just aligned- one of my regular opponents bemoaning the lack of regular troops in our VBCW games ( he just doesn’t appreciate scouts with rockets and shotgun armed shooting party not to mention the W.I) watching “Narvik” on tv and this stained glass in Abbot’s House-
So the idea came for an intervention force from Norway in the vbcw , their initial mission to take back the Northern Isles for Norway but then they got mixed up in the fighting more generally…
I looked online found the Great Escape Games Store saw some 1940 Norwegians, ordered them and they arrived very quickly, I think the next day! I just got on with them whilst listening to Scandi History podcast, appropriately enough-
Saturday, 25 February 2023
Terrain and a game
Been working on the terrain today-
Friday, 24 February 2023
We went down to the river
Trying some terrain ideas for MLS game- mdf hexes the same size as those on my mat are painted to use as a river with the banks built up with Vallejo Earth Terrain paint. Will see how they look when completed…
Thinking of using the mdf hexes to represent marsh and forest too.
Thursday, 23 February 2023
Books old and new
Been looking at these from the Ducal Library today for inspiration-
Excellent reads both of them and filled with great practical ideas for modelling . Well worth a look if you are thinking of doing some winter wargaming.
I was in Blend a.m and l picked these up from their vintage/ second hand book section-
P.S does anyone know of any figure range with a Matthews vibe. I can’t but someone out there might know better…
Wednesday, 22 February 2023
Long ago and far away…
A photo of a demonstration game at Claymore in Adam House , Edinburgh recently sent to me by a friend. I am in it and a familiar fellow blogger. The game was The battle of Winwick Pass 1648.
Tuesday, 21 February 2023
On the workbench- MLS
Having based almost all of the 1790 big battalions l’m currently turning my attention to MLS. On the workbench are some mountain troops, an assault unit, mortar with team, anti tank rifle, officers and the newly released cavalry figures. Units to fit a hex are five/six infantry or for a cavalry unit one mounted and two dismounted. These will be used with Brian’s splendid Memories of ‘34 rules which are fun and suitably different from other games I play. Here is what I was working on today-
P.S currently working on some ideas for mountain terrain, more anon…
Monday, 20 February 2023
It is well known that after a grenzer unit mutinied it was received warmly within the Duchy of Tradgardland. The Duke generously gave the soldiers land in exchange for military service. They settled well within the Duchy and married local women, becoming popular with the local villagers due to their martial prowess and willingness to defend the borders of Tradgardland.
Sunday, 19 February 2023
Artists Book Market
Enjoyable visit to the Edinburgh Fruitmarket Gallery to see the Artists Book Market today. Terrific work on display and for sale.
Saturday, 18 February 2023
East Tradgardland Troops
East Tradgardland tends to look east in many ways. For example the samovar in popular here and nowhere else in Tradgardland. Here in the photos are the Fourth and Fifth East Tradgardland regiments. As can be seen their uniforms show a distinct Russian look to them-
Friday, 17 February 2023
Visitors from NZ
The post lady brought these yesterday. They had travelled far to muster here-
Thursday, 16 February 2023
Yesterday saw me meeting my daughter and my sister in law for coffee in Blend, Abbot’s House. Old Brummie friends always call it the Pink House for obvious reasons. Any way it was good to be back as recent circumstances and one thing or another meant I hadn’t been for weeks. Since l was last there a vintage book section has opened with many interesting books for sale including Ladybird books.l noticed one on Napoleon l had not seen before. Lots of interesting art books too.
Tuesday, 14 February 2023
Norwegian Wood etc
Monday, 13 February 2023
I am your father.
I can sleep anywhere except in bed! I doze on public transport, in cars and in places of entertainment. The warmth has something to do with it plus the motion.
Forty three years ago I went with friends to see “The Empire Strikes Back” at the cinema. I wasn’t a big Stsr Wars fan but went along anyway. Sleep engulfed me in the latter part of the film and I never heard the iconic words of this post’s title being uttered. I awoke to the credits and the excited chatter of chums!
Last night, forty three years later, l heard the iconic words and saw the end of the film. Disney + has a lot to offer. I have been working steadily through the spin off series and am now going through the films. I have a new appreciation for the films l saw in my youth as well as appreciating those new to me- I see something in them l never saw in my youth.
It was nice to see Bobba Fett in the film last night as I only knew him from the mini series. The Star Wars universe is captivating me at present and I am enjoying it immensely. I just wonder why it has taken me all this time to get onboard?
Sunday, 12 February 2023
North Tradgardland Troops 3 - artillery support.
The North Tradgardland ski troops ( distinguishable from Norwegians by having skis of the same length unlike Norwegian ski troops whose skis are one long and one short) are organised into two units. One is armed only with rifles whilst the other has a sledge mounted light gun as well as rifles for personal use.
Saturday, 11 February 2023
North Tradgardland Troops 2 - Trollsdalregiment of Foot
Some more 1790 figures from North Tradgardland. They are the Trollsdalregiment of Foot. Their name refers to where they are recruited from namely the Troll Valley area of North Tradgardland. They carry a North Tradgardland colour as well as the Ducal colour. Unlike most Tradgardland units they are regulars who are ready to defend their border against invaders at a moments notice. The are commanded by Colonel Ubesluttsom and Captain Usikker. Although well trained the unit is led by less than professional officers whose vacillations unsettle the men somewhat. Here are some photos of the regiment and the uniform plate that inspired the colour scheme.
Hopefully a game very soon…
Friday, 10 February 2023
Village people etc etc
Wednesday saw me pass a trial without catheter at the the hospital which was good , but its removal has given me another uti. Tried to get antibiotics from the surgery yesterday but they weren’t up for. However I got some this morning after a telephone consultation with the g.p. Hopefully they will sort it out.