Monday, 21 August 2017

From one civil war to another

My recent game of Sharp Practice caused me to think about my ACW collections, my 28mm Union troops are desperately in need of skirmishers and my 6mm Confederates lurked nearby mocking me for being unfinished since 2010!

Whilst reviewing old blog posts I found my unboxing post and my first few units. These figures had caused me a few problems, I've based the early regiments twice as I focused on to unit bases and didn't like painting off the black undercoat. Whilst off recently I took the plunge and pulled out the part painted strips and cracked on.

Once I had some momentum up it ceased being a chore and started planning future additions, more of everything!

It's ready for a game now;

18 infantry regiments
4 combined skirmishers bases
2 cavalry squadrons
2 dismounted cavalry squadrons with horse holders
4 cannon w/ 2 limbers
5 brigade commanders
3 division commanders
1 corps commander or CinC




I have some Perrys on the painting table for the 28mm Union, now did I buy some buildings from Joy of 6 last year?

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Escaping the grot box

We all have one, a grot box, a box or shelf of shame, that place where unfinished models go after we've lost interest in them. No don't confuse this with your lead or plastic mountain of untouched kits or figures - this is models we've started and lost interest, perhaps it's a dull sculpt and doesn't inspire, or we've moved on to another project.

There is a good selection of bits in mine and I'm working towards clearing it out, mixing it in with my current projects.

This week I've managed to finish a few bits and pieces. Firstly a Frostgrave bard, also good for D&D.


Next a couple of French officers, originally from Victrix but now no longer in their catalogue.


Finally a Front Rank civilian flanked by two Warlord British Officers suitable for the Peninsula War.




France

Recently I had the opportunity to visit friends who had moved to France, flying to Basel, we drove down the motorway through Alsace, you can see a graffiti covered pillbox in the shot below.
 

The Romans were also here, all that remains of the town of Epomanduodurum is the amphitheatre.



Most significantly, the city of Belfort was besieged three times during the nineteenth century, twice during the Napoleonic wars and once more in the Franco Prussian War. The statue below commemorates the leaders in each of those sieges. 


The city was protected by fortifications designed by Vauban. The city successfully resisted the Prussians and the defenders marched out with their weapons after the armistice. Because of this success, this part of Alsace was not handed over to new German empire.


After the 1871 war, the French built more forts in this area, their large cannon would give mutually supporting fire. This example Fort du Mont Bart was only open to school parties on the day we were passing.


The French like to leave anachronistic vehicles at their historical sites, Belfort had a Sherman, Mont Bart had this Panhard EBR. 






Monday, 7 August 2017

Is there a hole in your (photo) bucket?

The recent change in Photobucket terms and conditions have made massive waves across the hobby. Many forums have had much of their content replaced with the "upgrade your account" message, online retailers have also been affected.

Ultimately we have to wonder to their business model, income was from, I believe, from ads which we were displayed when users accessed online albums. Only problem was, they weren't. PB become the go to site for photo storage specifically so people could host images on forums, in the Internet age storage is incredibly cheap, bandwidth is not and nor is it predictable.

With the Internet as always "If you're paying for the product, you are the product" most definitely definately being true, users are trying to download the photos and move them to alternate sites although they might just be causing the same problem elsewhere, we will have to wait and see.

Years ago, when I started taking digital photos I started using a site called Fotki, currently about half the photos from this site are hosted on there. When I started blogging directly from my iPad I started loading photos directly in to Blogger. Fotki has managed to lose some photos as they have become corrupted in their database, also links to files became broken as some photos had their file paths changed somehow, this on top of a confusing cost structure caused me to give up.

I'm currently replacing all the old linked images with ones uploaded on to Blogger, so if old posts are appearing in your feeds, my apologies. Swapping images out has lead me to read some old posts and remind me of old games and projects.

Here's a couple;


  • Uncharted Seas - Easy to paint models, straight forward rules and still may favourite of all the Spartan games.

  • Lost Worlds - I have cave men, neanderthals and dinosaurs but it's never seen the light of day, I never found rules I was happy with.

  • 6mm ACW - Really disappointed I'd never managed to get a playable force together, messed about with rules and basing before settling on 60mm x 30mm and Black Powder, not to mention I wasn't happy with the black undercoat. Galvanised in to action I have grabbed some started strips and cracked on.