Friday, 11 October 2019

No plan survives contact with the enemy

The North West Frontier project went down really well and I have to say, that, despite it being a bloody stress to get it done, I really enjoyed the process of working through it and the sense of satisfaction at getting it completed. With that in mind I want to start planning new projects so that I can get as organised as possible. In this post I want to get them written down so that I can stop thinking about them all the time.

Monday, 7 October 2019

10 years of Havering plus Angry Irishmen

I've been hankering after some Irish for ages. They Elizabethan experience in Ireland was a difficult and complicated one and the various rebellions that fought to rid the Island of English influence were bitter affairs. The thing was that I had 'some' Irish but not enough to build a full force. The figures that I had were originally produced by Vendel miniatures a long, long time ago. They were the sold off to another British company who dissolved for...erm...political reasons. They figures were then sold on to Sgt Major miniatures in the states and were recently sold on again to Thistle and Rose miniatures, also in the states.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Keep Khan and Carry on - The adventure in the North West Frontier for Clotted Lard II

Usually when a Blogger hasn't posted for a while, there are excuses about not feeling the muse or getting out of the habit or not having anything to talk about but in my case - I've been fucking busy!
Busy busting my gut trying to get stuff built and painted! And all you have to do is look at the pretty pictures in this post and you'll see that I managed to get it all done!
Hooray for me!

Friday, 12 July 2019

For the love of Duck!

A couple of comments from the Runequest post the other day had me thinking about Duck's. If you aren't aware, one of the creatures in Runequest, and one you can take as a PC should you so desire are a race of intelligent, sentient, anthropomorphic Ducks.

These guys speak, fight, wear armour, adventure, fall in love etc etc, just like any other race in any fantasy setting but for some reason, some people find them really disconcerting. Some people admitted to finding the idea of Ducks off putting,  the very thought that a game could have a such a race included in it and still be taken seriously was anathema to them. I pondered on this for a while.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The Natives are Restless - Tribesmen for Clotted Lard II

I've been chugging away with the paint brush trying to get through a horde of Tribesman for my Chain of Command game at Clotted Lard II in September. I've already completed some Seaforth Highlanders and some Sikhs. 

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Chaos Renegade Warband - with a bit of cheating

You may remember a little while ago I showed off a new Chaos Renegade conversion that I had done. Well, every Renegade needs a warband and, by hook and by crook, I managed to force one together.

The warband is a mix of old figures, new figures and conversions and they are all ready and willing to cause mayhem on a planet near you (maybe not that near).

Friday, 14 June 2019

Old Schooling: Lord of the Rings Style!!

It only recently occurred to me that Legends of the Old west and Legends of the High seas, two fantastic skirmish games form the old Warhammer Historical stable, were actually younger than the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle game. I knew that they shared a rules engine, but for some reason I had assumed the Legends games had come first and that LOTRSBG (as I won't be calling it) had been a derivation of them. Other way round it seems.

This came about because I had a couple of enjoyable games of cowboys and mexicans, using the Legends of the old west rules, at the club last weekend and I realised that I'd never really given Lord of the Rings a go.

Friday, 17 May 2019

His Imperial Majesties Forces.

My blogging activity has gone through the floor and I'm going to blame it entirely on work. However I have been painting! I've managed to finish a platoon of Highlanders for my Proposed North west Frontier game in September as the Devon Wargames Groups Lardy Day, Clotted Lard. Read on for more pics!

Monday, 15 April 2019


If you are going to besiege a town in the late 1500's or even the early 1600's then you are going to have build yourself some siege works. And one of the most common types is a Sconce. No not an silly american name for a light mounting, but an earthworks that allows you to have a small fort that can keep a small force safe from marauding enemy. This can be used to protect the main siege lines from a surprise relief force and also gives you a base to dominate an area of strategic importance. Often these forts were victims of their own mini sieges. They were important for securing supply lines to the main besieging force and also to help to dominate the countryside. So forces often had to subdue (or entice their garrisons to defect, several english garrisons 'sold' their sconces to the Spanish) these siege forts before they could move on to attack the main siege lines in order to relieve the besieged town.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

The View of The Frontier

The North West Frontier - An Update. Things are moving on in the border regions of British India, despite having to herd 52, 16 year olds into completing coursework. Ugh!

Monday, 11 March 2019

Blood Bowl - Old school style

A funny thing happened to me the other day. I was influenced by a politician.

I know! But wait. A Labour politician called Jess Phillips tweeted that she had a 'house full of kids and yet it was all the adults who were playing this' and she tweeted a picture of a much loved copy of Blood Bowl 2nd Edition. Reading through the thread it was full of comments from folk who had great memories of playing the game 30 odd years ago (and the usual trolls that snipe at politicians obviously). One of the comments mentioned that the game goes for silly money on ebay and, being of  a curious disposition, I wondered how much. One of the first entries I found was a complete set for 30 quid. Before my brain could voice its objections, I'd bought it and it arrived last week.
To my delight, the set was complete, all the figures were there and only half a dozen of the Human players had been attacked by a youthful paintbrush. The polystyrene pitch was there, slightly biro'd but still in one piece and all the rules, plastic measuring templates, team names, roster cards, dice and even the little balls, were all in the box.

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