Friday, February 19, 2016

A fantastical return to form...well possibly maybe

First off I am still here, in the land of the living. When there is nothing good to say, say nothing at I haven't for over a year. It's not for want of trying, it's just that I haven't been that inspired. I have tinkered along with bits and pieces, but nothing of particular substance that I wanted to share on this blog site.

However, my creative edge has been peaked by a return to fantasy gaming. Tomorrow I will be playing my first fantasy battle in over a two years. Yes I have dabbled in some fantasy skirmish games here and there but nothing I have felt warranted being discussed in depth. I will be heading up to the local wargames club for my first game of Kings of War. My opponent and I are both using a Bretonnian themed army so we'll see how they compare and how the rules play out. I must say I am really looking forward to it.

A couple of players have dabbled with the rules and quite enjoyed them. In a fit of fantasy madness and inspired by the rise of Oldhammer I decided to buy the Rules Only version of the Kings of War Rulebook (KoW), without all the fluff. I must say from what I have read of the rules they appear to be clear, concise and without too many exceptions as was the case with Warhammer Fantasy Battles.

Following on from the game I will give a review of the battle, with the addition of some photos. I am not promising anything. I dare not use the word 'try'!

So what else do I have in store? Well first up, I have a substantial Bretonnian army to complete. It's lain in its army case waiting to be finished since 1994 when I was given the 4th edition boxed set by my brother. Since then I have amassed a sizeable army of knights. I always like knights, especially on horseback. I just wish they weren't so much of an eye bleeder to paint! I will probably stick with the Games Workshop names for my fantasy armies as pretty much all of the models are from Citadel Miniatures.

When it comes to gaming I am no tournament player - I prefer scenario based games as that is where I tend to have the most fun. Let's face it, it is rare for warfare to be a balanced affair! What I liked about the KoW army lists are the ambiguity, a bit like the old Warhammer Fantasy lists from times passed. The open army lists allow players to create their own setting. Something which I think is long overdue. Not wanting to get into a them and us scenario the kids of the 70's and 80's sure do think creatively. Anyhow I digress. I think that KoW will be a refreshing charge, no pun intended,  back into the realm of fantasy wargaming.

I have also pulled from storage my old castle buildings, including a Citadel Miniatures Mighty Fortress purchased back in 2004 for the GW Summer campaign - Storm of Chaos. It even had a roll out at the GW Gamesday 2004. Since then, like many castles it fell into ruin, so much so that art mirrored life. I was storing the model in a greenhouse tunnel at a friends farm. As any castellan knows, rats and mice can be quite an issue if not dealt with. One of my castle towers did have, I repeat did have a nest of some rodent kind. Bloody Skaven! I have since brought the model back home where it now lies in a crate in a dry room waiting for its overhaul. It has been washed and cleaned thoroughly and I am hoping to bring you all some test updates in the near future with regard the modelling and paintwork I wish to undertake to give it a facelift.

So that's it for now - let's see how it goes. I do hope that it won't be January or February 2018 before I post again!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Year, same philosophy?

As I sit thinking about what this year has in store for me I can with certainty say I will not be buying too many new products or models. The tail end of last year saw my wife and I buy our first home. There is to be a lot of belt tightening over next 18 months.

However, I see that as a positive! The projects I intend to focus on this year are my 15mm American War of Independence and 15mm Caesarean Rupublican Roman army from Westwind. Moving to 28mm scale I have my War of the Roses Project, more can be found on this on my sister blog, The White Boar. I will also being trying to paint up so e of my Empire of the Dead miniatures too, as they have been lying in their boxes for too long. I made the most of the Christmas bonanza on Amazon and bought a kindle copy of In Her Majesty's Name, the steampunk rules from Osprey.

The biggest project will be to develop the outbuilding, which sits in the garden. This is a stone building with a small conservatory attached and will make a fine studio/workshop. It will be a good amount of time before I can develop the area as I still have some remedial work to do in the house.

I think that's all for now. I don't want to get ahead of myself as these things invariably take longer than expected.

Saturday, April 26, 2014


First of many I hope! I present the 33rd Regiment of Foot. Apologies for the poor photos. I will endeavour to take some better ones as soon as I have better light and camera.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Post Salute 2014

Well Salute 2014 has been and gone. It was great to see and talk with the various vendors and old friends. Our Flames of War board did not win any prizes, but it did win a lot of plaudits from the punters. Wargames Illustrated came down to take photographs and Battlefront have invited us to attend the European Grand Tournament with the board later on in the year. Henry Hyde, editor of Miniature Wargames popped along too to take photographs, hopefully we may even appear in one of the magazines later this year.

As for loot...well I picked up some bases from Warbases (big heap of elliptical bases (cavalry) for my War of the Roses project). I also bought some spring/autumn tufts from Antenociti's Workshop, some A4 magnetised paper and a small collection of AWI miniatures from Peter Pig.

I haven't forgotten to post some pictures of our demo game, it's just a matter of time! I will also track the progress of the 15mm AWI project I am starting. What I can say is I have based my regiments, British and Continental on those units which fought at the Battle of Brandywine.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Salute 2014

I will be heading to Salute 2014. This time however My local wargames club is taking a game along. This is the first time the club has been represented at an event on the mainland in ten years. A couple of club stalwarts have been the driving force for the game, a 15mm WWII game using the popular Flames of War rule set.

You can see a preview of the game in earlier post on this blog. Richard and Glenn have expanded the Normandy terrain board and it is shaping up nicely. Other members are busily finishing off various units for the game but we are 75% ready to go.  It's looking like it's going to be a grand day out for us folk from Jersey!

As for my own projects I have a couple of irons in the fire. Currently I have a French Dystopian War fleet, an Empire of the Dead Kickstarter to paint. I have a strong feeling that I'll be picking up a few bits and pieces at Salute and then there's the War and Empire Kickstarter from Westwind to arrive later in May or June. If that's not enough I have my sister blog on the go highlighting my progress with my War of the Roses project.

I will post some pictures of the Salute board nearer the event.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Year Beckons

Well it's been quite along time since I posted anything on my ramblings. A lot has happened to me in the real world, most of it good I might add. With that in mind I may have more time to put up some posts!
My local club, The Jersey Privateers will be attending Salute this year and I am looking forward to it. It's a big day out for us financially, so we are going to make it a good one! I will post more on this later, possibly with some construction photos and a brief synopsis.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Napoleonic Reboot

I have been dabbling for a while with various projects. My Empire of the Dead will get a further look in when the models arrive from Westwind Games. The kick starter miniatures should arrive in September, hopefully.

However the other side focus I am looking into is Napoleonic wargaming. As space is an issue (I have too many 28mm miniatures) I am building my armies in 15mm. I have bought some Peninsular British as I like the variety of troops which fought in that theatre. The models are Blue Moon miniatures.

The miniatures themselves are pretty good value, although they do have a bit of excess flash. They are fairly easy to paint too. I am planning on building a couple of divisions, perhaps even a corp for the French. As for the rules of choice I'll be using Le Feu Sacré, by Too Fat Lardies. These rules handle corp sized games, require less miniatures per battalion and I like the fog of war aspect that the rules use.

I will post a British orbat soon. The first regiment is the 45th, Nottinghamshire regt.