Sunday, 20 November 2016


Sunday took us to Reading for Warfare, traditionally our last show on the Wargames show calendar. After sitting in traffic due to an accident on the M40 we eventually rolled up about 9am and began setting up our Somme game. Figures and terrain provided by Paul and Sally at Kallistra.

No trip to a show is without a shopping list, here's today's haul;

  • Zulu huts from Empress - these are for next weekends game, got to get them painted this week.

  • SwordPoint from Gripping Beast - new ancients and medieval rules

  • Tufts from Great Escape Games

  • 1/2400th Napoleonic ships from Tumbling Dice, inspired by my recent game of Trafalgar, the Langton 1/1200 models were too complex and delicate. This is a good compromise, 8 ships for the price of 1 of the bigger and easier to build.

  • Movement trays for more Zulu units

  • Queen Elizabeth I from Bad Squiddo Games

  • 10mm ECW Parliamentarian army bag from Pendraken - I've wanted to try Pendraken for a while, I'm hoping this pack will build two forces for Pikemans Lament as well as get me started for Pike and Shot.

  • MDF Fountain and summoning circle from Blotz - spotted these as I was leaving the show, super cheap kits for Frostgrave but I could see that fountain in Three Musketeers type games.

  • Friday I went in to Birmingham Waterstones to see and hear Simon Scarrow launch his new book. Was great to hear how he started on writing, his method and plans for the future. He was kind enough to sign my last paperback.

    Sunday, 13 November 2016

    Field Forces for TMWWBK

    Here are my first field forces for The Men Who Would Be Kings, first up in the British Infantry for the Anglo Zulu War. We have a large selection of manufacturers. The British infantry are a mix of Foundry, Empress and Black Tree Design, the artillery is from Rapier Miniatures, the NNC comprise Foundry, Wargames Factory and Casting Room Miniatures, finally the Natal Native Horse are from Empress.

    Coming soon, a Gatling gun and crew, rocket batteries and some vignette pieces.

    The Naval Brigade where often used in Victorian times, being immediately available, deploying from ships where needed. This is a versatile force useable all over the colonial world from Africa to Asia. These figures come from Perry Miniatures Sudan range.

    My Zulu force is made from Wargames Factory plastic figures mixed with Casting Room Miniatures and some odd Foundry figures from eBay. These six groups will be added to with more Wargames Factory and Married and Unmarried tribesmen from Warlord Games bringing the total to 12 groups. These need reorganising in to regiments based on their shield patterns.

    I am currently working away on the Boer figures from Black Tree, as they are in mixed civilian dress they are taking a while.

    A Nautical Evening

    Last weekend at Wyvern Wargames we had a couple of games with a nautical theme;

    First up Chris and I played Trafalger, the napoleonic naval games written by Mark Lathan and published by GW in the Warhammer Historicals brand - now sadly no more. The ships belong to Chris and are in 1/1200 scale from Langton Miniatures. The game was lots of fun I've been wanting to try it for a while after picking up a very tatty copy of the rules on eBay. 

    I'm very tempted to pick up some ships of my own but I'm not sure if my patience will stretch to all the rigging, it does seem to make the ships fragile and more like scale models then gaming pieces. 

    Stu debuted Cutlass along wide some Atlanteans and mysterious fish men.

    I'm going to have to pull my finger out and make my jungle terrain for Congo and trips to the Lost World.

    Monday, 7 November 2016

    Midlam Miniatures Wizards Apprentices Kickstarter

    Midlam ran a nice little Kickstarter for six wizards apprentices and there was just a single freebie on offer. To some that might disappoint but I think many Kickstarters over promise and undermine their business. See AQOTWF as a good example of this.

    So we have, clockwise from top left; female carrying a selection of scrolls, tubby male brandishing a frog, young woman puzzled with a wand, youth carrying spell books, another young with a wand and over large hat, a concentrating potion mixer completes the initial six with 'sanloss' tentacles bursting from his spell book.

    Midlam's next Kickstarter is for 'Halfling Wizards and Apprentices', the figures are completed and I'm expecting them to be dispatched soon. If they keep up like this, small contained projects suitable for RPGs like D&D, I will keep backing them.