Sunday, 17 June 2018

Phalanx 2018

Some of the games that caught my eye at the show (apologies as always for the lighting)

Our Lance & Longbow game, the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1454 a classic Neville/Percy scrap

Zulu War in big boys scale 54mm

The Zulus, thousands of them

The plucky Brits

Seven Years War - Torgau 1760 at the start

the battle well underway

The cavalry action

ECW played with baroque

15mm ACW

My pile of loot, mainly from the B&B. I also acquired a large bag of Warlord War of Spanish Succession figures that I plan to use with my 28mm pirates.

Thanks to John for the military transport book.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

On the workbench - June 2018

I've dropped behind plan last month basically due to the time taken up by the Market Garden terrain. I've got Phalanx and a Gentlemen Pensioners big game coming up this weekend. Currently on the bench are

  • WW1 Arab revolt - the foot figures are almost finished
  • Rebasing my SYW Prussian commanders - I've sorted out the necessary extra figures and undercoated them.
  • French musketeers - also uncoated
  • SYW Highlanders - already started on one unit of three, but painting tartan is going to be time consuming.

Monday, 11 June 2018

I'm back from Orkney

Just been on holiday in Orkney for two weeks visiting various Neolithic and WW1/WW2 sites, more on this in later posts. The downside is that while I was away the hard drive on my laptop died so blogging, etc will be more difficult for a while until I get it fixed or replaced.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Soviet commanders in winter

A little addition to my winter WW2 Russians was the nice command pack from Zvezda

Sorry about the quality of the image, I'll take another when I get chance

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Drop zone / Objective markers

One of the players at the recent Market Garden weekend had some parachute canisters as objective markers, so I hunted out some bits from the stash to do the same.

I've found enough for six British, five US and two German markers. I've based them on some new hexagonal bases bought in "The Works"

British containers are a mixture of Airfix and Revell, German are Revell and the American jump bags are also Revell.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Weeping Window at Carlisle castle

I missed seeing the poppies at the Tower of London, but yesterday I managed to travel up to Carlisle to see them there. Quite an impressive sight

Huge numbers of people were visiting and it's free to see it and the castle.

Afterwards I travelled along the Solway coast to the monument marking where Edward the First died while waiting to cross the Solway to hammer the Scots again.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

belated buildings for Market Garden.

These buildings from Timecast turned up too late for the game, and I wasn't sure about the size. They have now been painted and I'm still not convinced. They are sold as 18/20mm, I've displayed them with my 20mm figures.

Arnhem cottages, the front door is 15mm high by 5mm, definitely undersize.

Foy house & barn, the house door is 18mm x 11mm so the close to the advertised scale. The small barn doors are 20mm x 7mm so the right height, but too narrow

The overall height/bulk of the Arnhem church is fine, but the main door is only 22mm x 14mm. The back door is 18mm x 8mm.

They are very heavy, and attempting to dry-brush the brickwork is a pain as it is so fine. Because they are not critical to any game, I'll probably copy them and then sell them to a more appreciative home.