26 Apr 2017

Nappies, Nappies everywhere.

And I'm not referring to the fact I have a one year old daughter.
The Napoleonic era has always been a draw with regards to wargaming, the imagery of massed miniatures on the table top, sweeping advances, dashing flanking manoeuvres, Sean Bean, what's not to love?
Oh yeah. It's a scary period to try to get into. The depth is immense, the variation in uniforms, the number of figures needed to give the scale of the battles justice and finding a like minded opponent when all that was that being played had come out of that Nottingham based company we all love and loath.
Then a few years ago a Spanish company called Man at War released Napoleon at War. Quite a nice little ruleset but with the benefit of being supported by a range of figures boxed as needed. By the brigade as well. OK the figures had been scaled to 4 men to a company but it felt like you would be pushing whole regiments around. (My 2 play throughs involved empty bases.) I even prepped one regiment of French for painting before other projects took over as the realisation that everyone else wanted to play everything else. Then a big gaming purge happened and I sort of forgot all about this excitement in my life.
Until I stumbled across 10 boxes of Napoleon at War figures in my garage, yes!  I want to paint and play with these 18mm fighting men. No! I sold the rulebook. No! Man at War abandoned the project. Yes! There is new management planning to take it forward......apparantly.
Ah well, whatever. I hope to get these 2 times painted up and maybe use them with Warlord Games Black Powder ruleset. And if v2 of NaW is released happy days.

24 May 2016

Slow starts.

After a few weeks looking at them finally got some paint on my 1st set of Strelk.  Started with sticking each base worth of figures onto tongue depressors. (The same type that I make hedgerows on, a tutorial can be found here.)

Each stick gets a coat of Vallejo black primer.

 And then a spray with VMA24 Khaki Brown.

Also been distracted gluing Khorne Bloodbound together, been pulled towards them after falling for the Slaughterpriest sculpt and couldn't resist getting some to paint, it'll be a nice break from all the dull colours in FoW.

12 May 2016

A very neglected blog indeed.

Wow, how long has it been? Not that I've been sitting idle, just other life stuff has been happening. Now the father to two beautiful children, Khaden and Charleigh-Lou,  I've become a sort of triathlete and work has been grinding me down.
But I've been missing rolling dice so have been having a dig through all that survived the mass eBay clear outs that have decimated the ranks of my gaming armies. Still a half decent set of figures, and with what seems to be a major shift towards plastic everywhere I look, a collection that could probably attract a 'rare and OOP' tag line if I decide to part with it.
Amongst the pile of lead (OK, white metal, but lead is easier to type.), resin and plastic is a stupid amount of Soviets for Flames of War, actually not that stupid an amount, just more than will fit in any deployment area and will probably never all be painted, but I'm a gamer, and it's the law to have stupid amounts of figures. So last night was spent cleaning up 16 teams that make up a Udarny Strelkavoy company. (Should I be putting "Platoon" in brackets after that?) Now I just hope that the gallons of paint in ridiculously tiny bottles that are hanging on the walls hasn't dried up like the Cote d'Arms paint had a want to do if you hadn't looked at them for a few days.

And now that bit's over.
WTF GW?  You blew up the Old World?!?!?!
Seriously though Age of Sigmar is intriguing enough that I've splashed out on the starter and a few 'battletomes'.  Seems to me to be more of a "Beer and Pretzels" (If it wasn't aimed at those too young to drink beer.) style of game than the hardcore tournament WAACers would like, and that suits me fine.

26 Jun 2012

Getting ready for Operation Squad.

So after a chat during the last FoW Thursdays@Karls some 28mm skirmishing action is on the books.  Having played a few games of Op. Squad I am quite taken by the action/reaction mechanic and have recomended this ruleset as a starting point, then hopefully move on to something like Rules of Engagement, though I have disposable Heroes knocking around and quite like them.
Anyhoo, I have a full strength British Rifle company waiting to be painted so have made a start on the Bolt Action plastics I have.
10 man section.

Bren Gunner.







(The cat ate his Rifle.)



A nice simple paintjob that is quite effective on the table top, I've over 100 of these to paint so wanted something quick.

23 Jun 2012

At last.

I finally took time to photograph my 7th Armoured Division, enjoy.

HQ elements.

A Troop

B Troop

C Troop


Anti Tank

Motor Rifle Platoon


22 Jun 2012

Fixing my Detolf.

Ikeas Detolf display cabinets are almost flawless arn't they?  I have looked and found nothing that even compares in that price bracket, but yet flawed they are.  (At least for those of us that want to display wee fighting men.)  Coming with only 3 shelves they do leave a lot of unused space, space that can be filled with more wee fighting men, one very popular method of getting in extra shelves is the cable grip method, this involves buying some 6mm cable clamps and a bit if fiddling, I would also recomend buying the extra shelves a little deeper than the originals if you do go this way.  For those of you unfamilier with this method you can find it here.

Not bad, but it does look like a cheap fix, I wanted something that would look a bit better and after shopping around I discovered I could get 6mm drawn steel rod for not much more than the cable clamps would cost me, so measuring the existing glass supports I bought enough 6mm rod to add 3 extra shelves per case.  (I picked up 2 really cheaply from a place that closed down.)
I only added 3 shelves and did not put an extra shelf in the bottom section, this gave me a larger section for anything big I may end up with.

I cut the rods to the required length.

But forgot to take a picture.

I then decided a simple jig would help position the rods a bit more accurately so constructed one from some spare wood, this would help prevent wobbly shelves.

Then using the jig to position everything welded the rods onto the existing uprights.

Then primed and repainted the frames.

And assembled the cabinet as usual.

No picture yet.
I got the shelves cut at a local glaziers, you can use the dimensions of the original shelves in this case, and I would recomend a pencil grind to finish the edges. 

There we have it, one modified and neat looking Detolf cabinet, next thing would be to add lights.

FoW Thursdays , first meet.

FoW Thursdays got of to a flying start, 5 of us done our best to keep my wife awake and we mostly got 2 games each of the Infantry Aces campaign, which at the moment has the Axis with the upper hand. Next meeting for FoW Thursdays is on the 5th July for anyone wanting to join the fun.