Monday, 22 August 2016

A quick trip to Partizan

I made a trip up to Newark yesterday to visit Partizan at its new venue at the Newark show grounds, I had a shopping list of essentials and wish list too.

Straight in front of the entrance was the last valley stand, I've wanted some pieces suitable for 28mm gaming, if you got there after me Sorry. Here's my box contents on th living room floor covering approx 3' X 5'. This will fit in great with existing collection, I'm looking forward to making a table with these at the club soon.

Now on to the stuff from the list;
  • The usual bag of mdf from warbases; circles for 6mm trees, skirmish bases for Sharp Practice and small pieces for my 6mm WW2.
  • 6mm WW2 Soviets from Adler ( these are replacements I will find the ones I lost now!)
  • Ainsty Castings Celtic Cross
  • Otherworld Wights from Annie's bargain box
  • Foundry Explorers and armed civilians from Colonel Bill for both Congo and Zulu games
  • Some tufts for the Sudan bases from Great Escape Games, there's also a can of Russian Uniform Green to speed up the painting of the 6mm Soviets
  • Congo!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Artillery, Civilians and Wagons

I have been focusing on models for Sharp Practice and have had some of these for a while and finally cleared them of the painting table.

The first of my Napoleonic artillery, a medium gun and crew for the British.

Here's the equivalent piece and crew for the French. All these castings are from Front Rank, great castings with no mould lines or flash and available singly.

They also do period civilians, here's most of the first two packs apart from a mounted gent still on the painting table.

At Salute I also picked up the Sharp Practice wagon pack.

Ammunition cart

Engineers cart

Water cart


I have a couple a drovers from Westphalia to go with the wagons and I need to source a driver for the carraige.

Finally here's a couple of Reaper Bones Dire Wolves for Frostgrave and D&D.

After finishing the rebasing of the WW2 Soviets I've been keen to continue to scratch my 6mm itch but I can't find the infantry and don't recall seeing them for a few years. I've bitten the bullet and put an order in to Adler to replace them. I expect them to turn up any moment.

Meanwhile I have had delivery of the Austrian deck for Blucher and broken up the last of my Austrian infantry bases, these have been glued back on to 60mm X 30mm MDF and I need to paint three more command groups.

Saturday we visited Haye on Wye and I managed to pick up a few books, mainly on the English Civil Wars and particularly focusing on local actions, more reading while we wait on the new Baccus range.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Evesham Battlefield Walk

Whilst at the Tewkesbury Medieval festival, I bought a Graham Turner print, here it is in the hall complete with my girlfriends bunting!

This week was the 751st anniversary of the Battle of Evesham, I'd walked the battle site before but this weekend had the opportunity to join a guided tour by The Battlefields Trust. We lingered in the park whilst the local dignatories laid their wreath on the memorial, in leui of a photo, here's the War Memorial and a shot of the Bell Tower.

The talk took us walking out of town to the small meadow associated with the battle and here's a shot of the information board. The battle happened all across the top of the hill, 12.000 infantry and cavalry take up a lot a space.

On the gaming front I have taken delivery of lots of roads and rivers suitable for 6mm and 10mm gaming and finished a refurb of my old WW2 Soviets. I've only found some of the infantry, still to dig out the rest. Bases on vehicles are not to everyone's taste, but I like that it keeps the vehicles from knocking all the paint off, also you can do little dioramas. 

Tonight's game at the club was going to be Blucher but my opponent had to cancel, I popped along to say Hi and got a quick game of The Great War by PSC Games, great fun as are all the Commands and Colours type games.

Next up, the long awaiting wagons and artillery.

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Joy of 6 Sheffield 17th July 2016

The Joy of 6 is a specialised show organised by Pete Berry of Baccus, dedicated to the much overlooked 6mm scale. The games and traders were picked for their relevance to the 6mil gamer. The show was easy to find, plenty of signs pointing the Sheffield Hallam university.

The first stop was the cafe for a much needed cuppa and sausage butty, food here was very cheap, a refreshing change from other shows. I took plenty of pictures, many for my own inspiration, here are just a selection.

First up, Dresden my MAD gamers, using Black Powder.

This great walled town is from Total Battle Miniatures.

Ligny by Leicester Wargames

Brittania by Mailed Fist, the Boudiccan revolt using Hail Ceasar. The wooded areas lift off the bases, so troops can be placed underneath, a great idea done with a plastic base and lots of clump foliage.

Red Effect by Cold War Commanders

Every modern game needs its town, I like how buildings have been based. Roads are a mixture of Z gauge railway terrain and homemade on cheap floor tiles.

The cooling towers are 3D prints from Brigade, wish they would make these in resin as the prints are£13 each!

Finally on this games, a couple of examples of the building bases. All buildings are from Timecast.

Hougemont by Lee Sharpe and Ian Willey.

Saga in 6mm by Per Broden assisted by Neil Shuck.

Old Puttees by Baccus showcasing their WW1 range using Great War Spearhead.

The Somme by Robert Dunlop

Pharsalus by Andrew Brentnall using To The Strongest.

Commission Figurines make buildings in MDF and have made the first figures in lasercut MDF, just released are some Marian Romans, great details at a fab price 96 figures for just £2!

Their game mixes their own wooden figures with more traditional lead sculpts.

DBMM presented by Milton Keynes

WW2 Ground Attack by Leeds WS using Check your 6!

The Bridge at Remagen by Deeside Defenders

Skalitz by RAF Cranwall

Battle for Ponyri by Luton Lancers using IABSM3

Break the Line by David Elks and Tim Rogers

Battle of Wilton by The Legion of Blokes.

A new release from Total Battle Miniatures, a superb Motte and Bailey castle and village.

Superb painting on this game set during the reign of Stephen and Matila.

The smallest game, Operation Bagration by Seebee games

Dan Hodgson put two Star Wars games on, both the Battle for Hoth and the Battle of Endor. This guy has lots of X-Wing ships.

Heroics and Ros had plenty of nice new releases on show.

Baccus had their new WW2 ranges on show as well a sample of their coming soon vehicle range. The model, a Sherman, looked great, but I'd love to see it next to other models on the market. The infantry I think sit mid way between Adler and GHQ for size. The detail is good but with the advancing and firing infantry packs being 96 figs, you will have plenty of spare castings. I think I will be picking up some of these later in the year when I return to WW2 in 6mm.

Pete also shared the news that he was withdrawing the ECW range soon as the range is being resculpted and expanded later in the year. This was well received and I'll certainly be interested in seeing what comes out.

I managed to keep my purchases to Leven, picking up a few more adobes for our Sudan , another stone bridge, farm buildings for ACW and the La Haye Sainte farm house which is good for WW2 and Napoleonics. Next club I'll be giving Blucher a run out whilst continuing to chip away at my 28mm Napoleonics for Sharp Practice although I'm know brimming over for moving my 6mm projects forward.

Remember, the bigger the battle, the smaller the models!