Wednesday 12 October 2022

I’m back - and doing bits !

 Thought it was time to give a quick blog update. First many thanks to all those people who wished me well through here, Facebook etc. The operation took place 3 weeks ago and went well in fact they discharged me after 48 hours! Much to my wife’s shock 🤣 however recovery seems to be going well and I see the specialist on the 25th for the pathology results and next steps.

First 7-10 days I pretty much just binged on movies, tv and books but bit by bit I’ve been itching to get some painting done. So I’ve finished another Elite minis early French unit and unit 8 is under way, this is still gloss varnished but I’ve decided I will be matting them down

I’ve also been busy basing the ECW figures Lee has been painting for me. Tomorrow will see basing material go on and another count up of what I have.

I had hoped to do my refight of Edgehill this month on the anniversary, however I’m not certain I will be able to lift the boards etc. but we shall see!

I’ve also been plodding away at the Warlord ‘epic’ Napoleonic now my target for this is to do Quatre Bras using DBN but with each base of infantry being around 500 men, so around a battalion. The French need 33 bases and I’ve finished 22 so not many more to go! Lee Gramson on his blog has got a really firm hold on the DBN project and is putting standards and command on each base however I’m not being as restricted as that as I also intend to use these guys to try some other rule sets.

Now I know the British heavies weren’t at Quatre Bras but I wanted to paint them and looking to the future I’m sure I will need them. The mass of French infantry look quite imposing.

Some time ago I also bought some Wofun 18mm Seven Years War pieces to fight the battles of Frederick the Great, I hadn’t done anything with them since buying but now seems a good opportunity to make a start. I had forgotten I’d asked the guys at Wofun if they could give me some samples of the Russians they do, on checking I’ve found they’ve given me four sheets of troops - 3 of Russian Infantry and one of Russian Hussars so that’s 6 regiments of foot (48 figures each) and 2 regiments of horse (27figures each) so around €70 worth of freebies! Very generous. So I will start on the protagonists and see where we go - at the moment I’m tempted to use these for Charles Grants the Wargame. However Mark Dudley is writing a DBN variant for the SYW so they may get some play testing for those as well.

Here’s the Russians I’ve based so far, as usual I willl ink the edges and do some scenic son the bases 

Even with customs fees etc I still think these pieces have huge potential for gamers who don’t want to paint more armies and just want to game. They’re now doing 10mm Napoleonic and ACW which look most impressive.

Finally if anyone wishes to purchase and unopened copy of Musket and Pike board game - 7 battles of the ECW it’s available for £40 I made a faux pas and preordered this and forgot I’d also preordered the dual pack which has the battles of Gustavia Adolphus included and two extra ECW battles .

So quite busy and lots to look forward to. I’m not making plans at the moment just doing what I fancy each day!

Take care everyone 


Independentwargamesgroup said...

Great to hear? from you Graham. Your ears should have been burning on Sunday when I bumped into Charles and his daughter at Newark. Its good to see you upbeat and doing a bit.
Keep up the goodwork.

Graham C said...

I was most upset to miss Partizan it looked awesome. ! Hope it was all good for you.

Tiberian general said...

Glad everything went well for you Graham and may your recovery go from strength to strength. Very nice looking stuff you are working on, I will not crack and buy any Warlord epic Napoleonics but if they do SYW that's another matter.
Take care.


Donnie McGibbon said...

Great to hear that the op went well and you are on the mend, really pleased to hear it. You have been busy, I really like the Epic Napoleonics, they look cracking and the Wofun SYW look super, both very tempting!!

Ray Rousell said...

Great to hear you're well enough to get some painting done Graham.

The Good Soldier Svjek said...

Glad to hear from you again and keeping busy, I'm a big fan of Wofun figures and have been doing Italian Wars using them in 18mm - quick and easy.

Jonathan Freitag said...

Great to hear that you are back up and about, Graham!

Norm said...

Good post op news. Your epic are looking superb. Wasn’t that interested in the WoFun, but the mention of 10mm has peeked my interest 🙂

Unknown said...

Good to hear you are on the mend

David Crook said...

Hello Mr C,

Great news you are ‘back in the saddle’ so to speak and recovering well. The WoFun SYW looks lovely - I have 18mm for the ACW - not the Peter Dennis range - and 28mm for the Jacobite Rebellion.

I suspect I may be getting some more at some point!

I will also be inking the edges - what do you use for that? And I will be doing something with the bases as well.

All the best and carry on getting well again!


'Lee. said...

You certainly have plenty to keep you occupied during your recovery Graham :) Love that shot with all the different scales in the background, I spotted another 40mm British battalion being rebased.

DaveD said...

Good to hear your progress . Hope to the upcoming consultation goes positively.

rct75001 said...

Really pleased to hear your making good progress and getting a chance to get back to the painting table Graham. Here's to continuing good news.


StuartInsch said...

Glad to hear you're doing well

The Jolly Broom Man said...

Bloody hell mate…go big or go home is very much your watch word isn’t it. Most impressive! Glad to hear your on the mend too.

Graham C said...

Thanks for the comments.
I think you will be quite impressed with the 10mm Wofun.
David C
I use a Pigma brush pen - dark brown for the edges. Photo update next post.
It’s really the time and the opportunity to attack those lead/plastic mountains.

Carlo said...

Wonderful to read your post and wow Graham - you are belting those figures out! Great you are going so well mate and the hobby will be a sensational panacea as well in terms of distraction and focus. Those French Elites look particularly fantastic.

ronniec said...

Delighted to catch up with your news Graham. Splendid!

Chris Gregg said...

This seems just like normal service but with knobs on Graham. You are putting the rest of us to shame with your amazing output and in so many different genres too. So glad to hear life is coming back together so well for you after the scare. Keep up the gentle exercise every day and be careful with your diet. Probably doing you good keeping away from those boisterous drunken wargamers! Best wishes Chris G

ronniec said...

Best wishes for your appointment today, Graham.

Tiberian general said...

I am glad things are going ok for you Graham, very nice stuff on the workbench.