Friday, 18 November 2016


Well in between preparing for the show at Kirriemuir last weekend and my last show at Stockton next weekend I managed to clear quite a bit off the paint table.

Finished the MacDonald clan - only another 175 figures to go :)
and another squadron of French horse.

No pictures of the work bench this week as the figures are in a state of transition - i.e. I need to fill the gaps :)
Also next Wednesday I plan to have a solo naval battle trying out the rule Blood, Bilge and Iron Balls using the ships painted for me by Julian at Model J Ships - report will appear here.

Monday, 31 October 2016

A victory - and workbench update.

A busy weekend running round doing chores on Saturday but Sunday saw me travel through to Bob's for the annual Hordes of the The Things tourney which forms part of the World wide series of tournaments.

Not a game I play very often in fact it's almost a year since I last played but the event is very much a social event and a nice way to spend the day. This year the theme had to be based on historical armies as I'm slowly painting a Spartacus army for Big Battle DBA so tweaked this slightly to play in the tourney. As usual I forgot the camera but I surprised myself by winning all three games and winning the tournament.
Unfortunately the good guys team lost by 4 points. The only photo I have is Bob presenting me the wonderful trophy ! :)
A cracking day all told.
The paint table is still full of busy. The horses for the second squadron of Orleans were completed so I will do their bases and finish off the other two squadrons. Plastic ACW came to the fore as a number of club members thought it would be good if we all painted a brigade or two of palstic figures, so not one to be left out!!
The Jacobites have had a little more done and hopefully I can get them finished this week.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Work Bench Sunday!!

It used to be workbench Thursday - now its whenever I get chance!

Just a couple of pics, to the fore are the Orleans Cavalry - riders painted by Steve Allen I'm painting the horses - 3 squadrons to go. I think for those that get figures painted by others then horses and bases are the two most important things that tie the armies together. Hence I paint my own horses and base the figures, these figures have been glossed and awaiting the matt varnish.

The Highlanders have had a bit more work done but I aim for a push on them next week and then the usual suspects lurking in the background :)

Friday, 14 October 2016

Workbench Update and a bit more!

I haven't posted a workbench update for a while so here goes! The sons Panzer Grenadiers and sci fi pieces are still claiming squatters rights but as no progress has been made for a while they may disappear shortly! Only Dad can keep things on table for an indeterminate period of time.
Now the Battle of Rocoux is done with its trying to get back to some form of agenda - Jacobites to the fore as I'm behind on painting these chaps. Horses for the next cavalry regiment are off camera drying and the 15mm figures are for a Spartacus army - this is for an annual HOTT tournament at a colleagues although these days its more a social bash than a competition - anyway the theme this year was Historical armies so good old Spartacus fits quite nicely. I shall then finish them off for a Big Battle DBA force.


In addition I have just finished an article which may appear in the winter wargames annual - about a few boardgames I think make excellent campaign systems to generate tabletop battles and ideas on conversion to the table top.
Having just been told my booking for Salute is confirmed its also heads down to plan what I need to get ready for the Crann Tara stand - such is life!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Battle of Rocoux

Well it's almost a week since my return from Charles Grant's and another excellent weekend of gaming, chatting and having a small drink or three.

The game itself was based on the Marshall Saxe's attack on the centre of the Pragmatic army and will appear in Charles' next book

As a result I'm not able to go into detail of the game except to say it was hard fought and it was nice to see my British figures make the table. As usual some units shone and some did not live up to expectations and of course it always seems to be at critical times do our boys stand up to the mark or fail to deliver.

I have to admit the sight of 21 French columns marching towards my lines was a sight to behold.
So without further ado some carefully selected pics from the game.

So all in all an excellent game with excellent company and superb hospitality from Charles and Liz

Monday, 12 September 2016

The Road to Rocoux

two weeks time will see me travel to Scotland and visit Charles Grant to refight the battle of Rocoux for another of his forthcoming books.
I have been privileged to participate in a number of these refights and most enjoyable they have been

Rocux is a little different in that Charles wanted to use my British troops so the last few weeks has seen much painting of cavalry, there is now one squadron of Scots Greys to go to complete the 12 squadrons asked for.

Hence the busy paint table - not helped bu my son who suddenly decided to take a break fro the Horus Heresy and start WWII and plonk 30 Panzer Grenadiers and a few Brits on the bench before he left for three weeks to America!

SO its back down now to prepping the last squadron and converting a couple of standard bearers.,

Sunday, 28 August 2016

When good news is also bad

The lack of posts continues I'm afraid. This has been partly instigated by the sudden increase in orders for my figure range, quite a few from America (Brexit?) and of these a sudden surge in people buying Highlanders- what's happened?

So good news for my business and bad news for my spare time :)
Last Sunday saw me attend 'The Other Partizan' with both a demo game and trade stand. The game was loosely based on the Battle of Melle and in this particular case the British got their act togther early and punished the French.
Pictures below.
From talking to people the show itself was well attended and another success for the Newark team - well done.