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This blog is intended to document my wargaming hobby - things I think about the hobby, my projects, my painting, ideas about rules, and anything else that crosses my mind. I like people to read, and enjoy, it, but a large part of the reason for writing it is to record my thoughts and ideas for my own later use.
Sitting looking at the pair of (very nice!) Battleflag buildings I've built recently, it struck me that they seemed quite large. So I fished out a couple of figures - one from Dixon and one from Foundry, they do look rather small alongside the buildings, and particularly the doors. So I decided to do some measuring and calculating. …
This is 2013's first model - the Sheriff's Office and Jail from Battleflag, with the addition of their grey shingle kit. I'm really pleased with the way this turned out - I wasn't sure how I'd get on with some aspects - like texturing the 'render' on the jail. That was easy, as it turned out - a coat of PVA and then some Woodland Scenics 'Fine' railway ballast sprinkled on.
For once in my life, I seem to be starting a new project at the turn of the year, so 2013 seems as though it's going to be 'The Year of the Gunfight'.
I'm intending to build a small town, using mainly laser-cut buildings - ones I've got my eye on are from Battleflag, Sarissa Precision (assuming they're compatible, there are items in both the Old West Heroic and American 28mm ranges, which take my fancy), …
This is the last thing I'm making this year. It's the Gunsmith's Shop from BattleFlag. I'm really impressed with the way it went together. It does take a bit of thinking about before starting, when you're not very used to building laser-cut models. But having done the requisite cogitating, it went together very well indeed. …
Happy Christmas everyone!
In some ways, this has been a fairly momentous year, wargaming-wise - for one thing, I've published a set of wargames rules. In other ways though, it hasn't been all that great. My painting mojo has been AWOL (Absent WithOut Leave) for far too long.
I have just been fifty, and the world didn't end - just as well, as my 50th was the day after the supposed end of the world. …
Hi folks, sorry for the long delay between posts. I have a number of excuses - being busy with real life, then being ill (I've got a stinking cold this week, following on from some sort of 'bug' last week), but really, a great big dose of 'can't be bothered' has been afflicting my wargaming life. …
I want a river. I could do a lot more interesting games if my 'temperate' terrain collection included a river. The question exercising my brain is 'How?' at the moment.
My temperate terrain, in case you haven't been following this blog for long, consists of a set of 4mm thick MDF boards, flocked on one side with Woodland Scenics' 'T49 Green Blend Turf'. …
Sorry I've been so quiet lately - I've been on holiday to Rome! First there was all the planning and preparation, then, last week, there was the actual trip. It was, frankly, an amazing holiday. I can't remember ever enjoying an holiday so much. We saw masses, and masses, of ancient Roman 'stuff'. …
Here are the latest figures I've been working on - another two dozen of Aventine Miniatures' lovely dismounted Savaran noble cavalry. The transfers are from Little Big Men Studios, but I can't find them on the site - presumably an email to Steve will enable you to purchase them should you wish to!…
These are a few Vikings, from Gripping Beast, which I've just painted. I think I need a break from painting - I really didn't enjoy doing them very much, and didn't put enough effort into making them look suitably 'rich' - the latter three particularly, as they're supposed to be Harold Godwinson and his brothers. …
I've just realised I hadn't posted any pictures of these guys on my blog! They're the new Aventine Miniatures dismounted Savaran, which I'm intending to use as assault troops in sieges - and possibly sometimes to 'bolster' the Sassanid infantry during field battles. Shield transfers are some new ones from Steve at …
Here is Aventine Miniatures' latest release - a Sassanid command set. Adam has really 'gone to town' on it, and turned what I was expecting to be simply some foot command for the dismounted Sassanid noble Cavalry, into something rather special! Great fun to paint! All of which reminds me - I haven't posted any pictures of the dismounted savaran - see the next blog update!
I decided to combine my Aventine Miniatures Sassanid King's Jumbo with a couple of the new dismounted noble cavalry, to make a new centre-piece general's vignette for the army. I think it looks suitably colourful! Next time I'm playing a game, I really must remember to photograph the whole army - it's looking quite spectacular now; being quite a bit larger than last time I took a photo of the whole lot.
One of my main sources of difficulty, when I first started playing TooFatLardies' games, were that of working out what cards and tokens I needed, and then either sourcing or making same. When I designed AVGVSTVS to AVRELIAN, I was determined to make that step easier for those buying the rules. The cards are bundled, as printable PDFs, with the rules, as is a useable, but not very attractive or robust, set of tokens. …
Here's a Gripping Beast freebie figure (I don't remember what he came free with!), which I found on Sunday and fancied painting. I wasn't feeling well yesterday (I'm still not great), so sitting quietly, painting something simple seemed like a good plan. The shield transfer is, inevitably, from Little Big Men Studios…
(Photos courtesy of Aventine Miniatures)
Aventine Miniatures have just released the first two packs of dismounted Sassanid Savaran. Basically there are three poses, with a lot of different variations of helmets, aventails and the like. The right hands are all empty, and you can use spears, maces (supplied) or swords (which I haven't got any of yet, but they will be supplied). …
I've often felt that my 3rd century Roman general/emperor had a rather rough deal, compared to his Sassanid counterpart (mounted on his rather splendid pachyderm), cantering around by himself. So, this week, I found a couple of spare cavalrymen, and painted them up as Praetorians, or Equites Singulares, or something like that. …
It's only taken me four years or something, but finally, I've got around to making a sabot base for one of my British chieftains. This model, by Warlord Games, is a tribute to Angus MacBride, and is taken from one of the plates in the Peter Wilcox Osprey he illustrated. I painted the model way back, just before Warlord released it, but just never got around to basing it, until now!
Keith from Aventine Miniatures very kindly gave me a figure, horse and standard to make a standard-bearer for Pyrrhus, and here it is, finished. Transfers on shield and standard are by Little Big Men Studios.
Here are the four figures Dave Imrie gave me at Partizan, from his 'Claymore Castings' range of figures for the Anglo-Scots war of 1388. They're beautiful sculpts (as you'd expect from Paul Hicks), well cast. Shield transfer and flag come from Flags of War - and are very nice, though I found the transfer a bit harder to apply than those by Little Big Men Studio.