Saturday, 23 April 2022

Culloden at Partizan and mulling things over.

 Partizan is fast approaching and in between trying to take out the kitchen, doing some landscaping for my good lady I’m trying to get the demo game finished. 

99% of the figures are done, a few bases need finishing some pieces need Matt varnishing and there’s a few not essential but nice to have pieces to do. We shall see.

The big job was getting the field of battle done, so today I downed tools in the house and retreated to the games room. Fur had finishing trim and all the base coats put on.

Some work needs to be done on the marshy/boggy ground and to check I have enough walls for the enclosure and Culloden park. But just about there. Labels and handout to prep ( hopefully ) and figures boxed in preparation. Looking forward to the weekend for sure.

So I was away in the Peak District last weekend and whilst there did some mulling, Norm on the Battlefields and Warriors blog decided a while back to cease posting his reasoning is worth reading ( his blog can still be accessed) and certainly makes you think about the time we spend on IPads, laptops etc and in terms of blogging it is certainly a chicken and egg situation. But the bottom line for me is that I enjoy posting but from now on only when I think I have something worthwhile to post or something I want to log  for the future. 

Finally photos of my little collection of vignettes all painted by the talented Mark Allen,

Now these chaps look great in the display cabinet but I feel a bit sorry for them in that they have no troops to command or lead to glory. So I’ve been mulling a small project over more details later! Keith Flints ‘Shadow of the Eagles’ look interesting and allow reasonable sized forces to battle it out on a 6’x4’. 

His units are a little small for my liking but I have no problem in looking small to start with and the scaling up later. So busy just making a few notes on my thoughts and looking at options.

Tomorrow my wife has arranged for a family get together and some fine dining in celebration of my 65th birthday ( it was on Wednesday) I’m not keen on fuss but the full family hasn’t been together for a long time so I shall make an exception on this occasion.

Hopefully another Culloden update next week 😁🤣 - no pressure.


Jonathan Freitag said...

Happy 65th! I am sure your Culloden game will be a masterpiece. Your lonely Napoleonic commanders certainly are.

The Jolly Broom Man said...

Happy Birthday mate! Everything you’ve done there looks gorgeous…as usual. In light of Norms comments I’m going to limit myself to 2 posts per month from here on in. I got a fair amount of painting and prep done recently by limiting the amount of time spent staring at a screen. Norm has definitely given many of us pause for thought.

Aly Morrison said...

Happy birthday Graham…
All going well I will see you at Partizan…

All the best. Aly

TamsinP said...

Belated birthday wishes, Graham!

That teddy bear fur mat looks grand. :)

The Good Soldier Svjek said...

Many Happy Returns Of The Day !

Donnie McGibbon said...

Happy birthday sir!!! Looking forward to updates on the Culloden game, it should be a cracker when all in place. The vignettes are stunning, he is so talented, always love seeing his work. I must admit I like your idea of doing something with them other than a display, will look forward to seeing your progress.

StuartInsch said...

Happy Birthday!

I hope your day goes well and your game looks great - the mat already looks fine.

Look forward to seeing the game, but sadly it will only be online. ☹️

rct75001 said...

Hope the birthday get together with the famnily was great Graham. Those vignette pieces are works of art.

ronniec said...

A belated Happy Birthday, Graham.
Wow, the Culloden landscape looks fabulous!
Any chance of showing the handout to those of us who'll be unable to attend the great event?

Graham C said...

Thanks everyone for birthday wishes the day went well.
Ronnie if I get the handout done I will provide a copy 😁 hopefully plenty of photos will be taken and posted, so onwards and upwards!

ronniec said...

Terrific, Graham. Thanks.

Chris Gregg said...

Sorry to be late to this Graham and glad you had a great milestone birthday; still a few years to catch up with me! I've played on your furry battlefields and can confirm you are THE master of the teddy bears. Culloden will no doubt be just as good as the others. I won't be there so I reiterate the request for max photo coverage and handouts on the blog please. You have an invite somewhere in your inbox to our big Cotswold "what if" Jacobite game in September. Happy to send again if it is mislaid. I entertained Keith Flint at an Imagi-nations game last weekend, got him to sign my copy of "Shadow of the Eagles" which I recommend if you want a battalion level game. Best wishes Chris G.

Phil said...

I will be making a 'bee line' to your table at Partizan, Graham. looking forward to it.
Best rgds. Phil