Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Finally some archers ....

Archers are the next focus for the Wars of the Roses project, first up I've pulled out the armoured models, no liveries on these but a couple of the bucklers are coloured.

Next up are a dozen of so in padded gambesons, some will be natural others will be liveried.

I've wanted some palm trees for the Sudan project, scouring the internet I found some but they were expensive, I did find some 'made in China' £8 for approximately 100.

This weekend should see the debut of Star Wars Imperial Assault, I've already got some of the add-one to pick up. Thoughts after the weekend.

I have been looking to start another 6mm Napoleonic army, I was looking at Prussians, British or another Austrian force. I have decided to rebase my existing Adler Miniatures Austrians, it's going to be a long and fiddly job but before too long I shall have rebuilt the I Corps for Wagram and Aspern Essling.

Monday, 16 March 2015

I had a birthday!

It's been a fairly quiet week on the painting front, thanks to my birthday and Mothers day. I have managed to start on the archers for Wars of the Roses and I working on a deadline now as I have a game arranged in a months time.

Meanwhile I'm still moving the Sudan project on, I needed some buildings so we could represent small settlements in the game, I choose these from Baccus, nice crisp castings and straight forward to paint.

I have been hunting for small scale Palm trees for a while too and managed to get a box of 100 from China for £8, I was initially concerned they were too tall but I'm happy with them now, date palms, just one variety of hundreds, averages 30', other varieties can reach 150'. I may make up some oasis pieces as well.

I don't normally get gaming related stuff for my birthday but I did get a copy of Mike Snook's excellent 'Go Strong into the Desert' and plenty of Salute spending vouchers.

Despite many tempting diversions, I am endeavouring to stick to my Wars of the Roses and Sudan projects, the shopping list for Salute shows that with the new Perry's medieval light cavalry and British cavalry and Camel Corps from Baccus. Bound to be some Warbases stuff too!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

February / March Painting

Here's a quick workbench shot, there's a window to the left and two lamps with daylight bulbs. Paints are in racks bought from Troll Trader at Salute last year.

Unfortunately single figures don't always look great when enlarged. Here's my female spanish guerilla from Elite Miniatures.

Recently I've been painting billmen, most of these are plastics apart from the standing or attacking poses which are Perrys metals. The flag belongs to Richard of Gloucester before he became Richard III.

More billmen, this time another Oxford banner.

Finally here's the collection so far, left I. The box are the archers, crossbowmen and the last of the dismounted men-are-arms. Next for painting are some rather nice 6mm Middle Eastern buildings from Baccus destined for the Sudan.

Hammerhead, Newark

Last weekend we took an contingent from the Wyvern Wargamers up to the Newark show ground for the Hammerhead show, a special feature of the show was that all the games were participation. The venue was light and airy, a big change from a cramped sports hall. There was a good mix of traders and a tabletop sale.

Our game was a recreation of 'Samurai Blades' using hexxon terrain and Steve Barber 40mm models.

I managed to keep my spending under control, bringing back a few blisters of Billmen, some more Baccus Sudan figures and some War of the Roses flags. I had a good look at Blucher, almost cracked but the game scale is too high for my taste, musket range being about 3" for volley fire. I am going to redo my Napoleonics, rebasing or replacing my Austrians.

The postman delivered my copy of the Angel Giraldez painting book, this is a fab book with a very limited edition figure. Lots to learn and try out here.

Bletchley Park

I recently had the chance to visit Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, an awkward drive for me as it's tricky to go east but the story of the contribution made to the success of WW2 was fascinating.

Here's the house, it's a mix of architectural styles due to its eccentric owners.

Here's an example of an Enigma machine, without the over formulaic nature of the messages or the silly errors by operators we wouldn't have had some much success.

The British used the 'Type-X' itself a licences version of Enigma with 5 rather than 3 rotors. This meant that when captured by the Germans, they made no attempt to use them to break British codes based on the "fact" that the Enigna with 3 rotors was unbreakable and this was even more secure.

Inside the replica Bombe.

The front of the replica Bombe.

A fascinating visit made even better by the volunteer guides, we were there almost six hours and still had more to see. I would recommend it if you have the opportunity.