Here they are, ready, waiting for the postman to deliver their new bases-
Friday 31 March 2023
Thursday 30 March 2023
I was fortunate to be able to buy these painted and based Wiglaf figures ( 18mm ) at a very affordable and generous price from AM recently. They are beautiful sculpts enhanced by excellent painting and basing.
Dan Mersey’s site here is well worth a look-
Wednesday 29 March 2023
I’ve been collecting towards doing a wee game at the next Little Wars Revisited games day. The idea was to create a pursuit, chasing, fleeing and ambush sort of game. I’ve had the image of “Knights in white satin…” in my mind for years ( sorry Moody Blues) where my mind combines the song with random images from the film “ Alexander Nevsky” by Eisenstein. What came recently into my mind was the second part of the song line- never reaching the end. It conjures up for me Knights struggling against , weather terrain and foes, desperately trying to escape, never reaching the end of their journey. So a potential game was born. I’ve been picking up these Del Prado Lithuanian ski troops off eBay for a while-
A suitable opposition to be chased and harried presented itself in these 54mm plastic figures-
The horn player and kneeling knight ( shades of Max Von Sydow in the Seventh Seal”) were my particular favourites but the other figures are full of character too.
Currently working on rules ideas ( maybe The Portable skirmish Wargame) or some very simple skirmish rules with added weather, character and pursuit mechanisms.
Terrain would be very simple with white, felt cloth, trees and terrain markers all that is needed plus the figures. Eminently transportable by train. Now all is left is to finish the figures and try the rules…
Monday 27 March 2023
As we seem to have decided to use DBR for our renaissance battles l felt l should begin the process of rebasing. Here are my Irish on 60 mm square bases-
Sunday 26 March 2023
I looked on eBay for some aircraft to use in the Memories of ‘34 game with MLS. Initially l wondered about 1/72 plastic kits . I have some interwar ones already for gaming in that period but wanted a change, probably something smaller. So after a look around l bid successfully for these-
Saturday 25 March 2023
Really enjoyed our ahistorical Poles v New Model Army game today. Essentially it was a chance to re familiarise ourselves with the rules (DBR) as well as get out some armies that haven’t seen the light of day for years. Good game, company and food as ever at P’s with G . A few random photos-
Thursday 23 March 2023
I have been getting some reading material second hand for the Riverbank project-
Some new recruits arrived today in the shape of two packs of three weasels plus two large rats that were thrown in as a freebie. Here they are beside two figures for a size comparison. They certainly will work well with the addition of weapons and perhaps some headgear.
Wednesday 22 March 2023
Whilst away the above book from Helion arrived. I have only had time for a quick look so can’t comment yet. This will be added to my Flodden books, book on The Battle of Linlithgow and Osprey tome on Scottish Renaissance Armies. A fascinating period and one rarely seen on the Wargames table.
Tuesday 21 March 2023
I left this comment on Man of Tin’s blog-
“Mother’s Day is a day where l remember my daughters’ mum more than mine and try and support them through the day .
My mother tolerated my toy soldiers as well as playing Subuteo cricket with me. She created the first imagination for me called “Blue Bay” where a blue towel spread on the table was water and rice or fish dressing was something for my diggers and truck to move around. The corgi water skier set sailed on the blue towel sea.”
The Blue Bay imagination was created in the long afternoons in my preschool days when I returned from my kindergarten l went to in the morning. Incidentally have the kindergarten to blame/ thank for my abiding interest in fantasy. We sang lots of songs and did dances about dwarves etc for it was a Steiner influenced place
The post is to be found at the link below and is well worth a read
This got me remembering that on holidays in later years , when I was around ten or so, we went to Blausee in Switzerland and Blue Pool in Dorset-
I am going to take Mark’s advice and integrate “Blue Bay” into my gaming in some shape or form , watch this space…
Monday 20 March 2023
Went with friends yesterday to Burnley. After Church at St Catherine’s we went to Towneley Hall for a look around and a picnic.
Saturday 18 March 2023
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
Been looking at the farm with different sized figures today-
Thursday 16 March 2023
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-