Tuesday 31 October 2023

Month end update!

 Well I almost let this month slide out of view. I hadn’t meant it to be so quiet but with the birth of two more granddaughters it’s all been a bit  hectic, but I promise I have been productive and I will post a few pics as teasers with more in the next update.

I finished the redoubt for the Bunker Hill game and have started painting more militia to garrison it, a few command bases to come as well.

Pendraken have announced quite a few new pieces are coming incl. militia artillery crew, naval landing party, amusette etc so lots more to look forward to.

I also got engrossed in a series of videos on you tube by the Crusty Colonel on his Dux Brittaniarum campaign now I knew already had some buildings, figures and the rules so a quick check in the loft and hey presto two forces assembled. I shall show all the figures next time! I’m using Forged in Battle for the Arthurians and Wiglaf minis with a few Splintered light for the Saxons….. now I know the Saxons are far later period but I like them and it’s my game.

The fort is from Forged in Battle and I think is excellent, really enjoyed painting this which of course means my campaign will be based in the North.

Finally I managed to pick up a collection of very well painted ‘epic’ ACW for not a lot of money from a gamer who has suddenly decided to give up, some 160 bases of infantry, 24 artillery bases and 40+ bases of skirmishers. No cavalry unfortunately (but I have some to paint) but quite a few Zouaves and some Iron Brigade. This acquisition coincided with me buying ‘With Hot Lead and Cold Steel’ a new set of ACW rules which after a cursory examination look interesting and I hope to get a game played next week, it even got me to pull some of 1995 purchases of these scenario books by George Anderson and Ryan Toews

So let’s see what transpires have a great Halloween and keep safe…

Sunday 8 October 2023

The Other Partizan

 Today saw me attend the other Partizan at Newark showground, now I usually stay over and attend the show but with growing years I’m becoming more tight with the money and decided the money I would have spent on the hotel I could spend at the show and therefore in my eyes I’ve spent nothing.!!!! Go work that one!

The two hour drive was straight forward - a bit of fog but it was clearing I arrived and Partizan always seems to be blessed with good weather and today was no exception.

A large queue was present and I decided to wait until it was moving in, the organisers got the queue moving in quickly ( take note York organisers ) and we were in, it was clear from the start it was to be a busy show. 60+ games and 40+ traders meant there was plenty for everyone. 

I bought a few bits and pieces, bases from Warbases, paints and paint brushes from Corittani miniatures/ magnetic displays  and some dark age Irish from Forged in Battle.. There were other traders I intended to return to but never got back.

I just intend to do a photo dump of the games - the first batch are the participation games and even they are now of a quality that a few years ago would be called demonstration

I apologise for any games I’ve missed ( and I know I have) it wasn’t intentional and it was also nice to see that the organisers are encouraging some smaller scale games to make an appearance.

As always it was nice to catch up with people and chat but I’m also aware that I never got to meet others who I knew were attending. By 1pm with the sun shining I sat outside, bought an ice cream had my sarnies and decided to head home - leg was giving me jip.

I still feel this is the best show on the circuit by far. Negatives and there has to be some - the seating area inside  next to the cafe is small for the number of people attending and by lunch time the gents toilets get disgusting, soaking wet floors and blocked toilets ( a sad reflection on some of the attendees) but I will be back next year!.