SAGA THORSDAY meets NORTHERN TEMPEST!

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Several Little Rays Of Negativity

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Today has been one of those days. Full of stuff not quite going right rather than things going wrong. Enough to cause me to frown but not enough to get me really naffed off. Whilst I have got stuff done it’s all been day to day stuff.  Today is no…

Historicon 2017, the numbers

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Just a quick data analysis, as I have been making a point of checking actual quantitative data before I make statements about trends. This is a count of what events were scheduled at Historicon 2017, held at Fredericksburg, VA.  I … Continue reading

Modular River, Part Two: The Bridge Begun

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Realized I forgot to include the photo of the river modules with the air drying clay banks in place, so let’s start off with that! I rolled clay snakes out, mushed them into place, and left everything to dry. On to the actual subject of this post, the bridge! This river project is initially intended … Continue reading Modular River, Part Two: The Bridge Begun

S-177 On the Seas of Tekumel, AAR

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This is a general After Action Report (AAR) of a game from the recent HISTORICON 2015 show last weekend called On the Seas of Tekumel. On the Seas of Tekumel. GM: Steve Braun. Fantasy. 28mm. Rules: Homebrew/Savage Tales. Tekumel is … Continue reading

Burning Rome Kickstarter Review

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Burning Rome Kickstarter Review

I grew up a stone’s throw from the city of Chester, famous for being an ancient Roman city and having some of them oldest city walls in the country. As such the sight of a man dressed as a Roman legionnaire touting entrance to the Deva museum (Deva being the Roman name for Chester) was a common sight. And because this was such a perfect opportunity for a school trip, I should be no stranger to Roman history, but all that I can remember is that the Romans used to eat dormice.

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"A Bruce, A Bruce!"

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Back in the mid 70’s I went to one of my first wargaming shows, probably Claymore, at that time I was an SNP supporter when it was all a bit of fun and pie in the sky, unlike the fanatics in charge today. Nigel Tranter’s Bruce trilogy was still a vivid memory and I had completed my first ever, proper army, Scots naturally. At this show I came upon a game by Fusilier games of Aberdeen and it cost £5, a princely sum back then for a game, but as it was called ‘Robert the Bruce’ and covered the Wars of Independence (although we were in fact independent) I dug deep and became a proud owner.

I enjoyed many games and like a proper wargamer I wanted to spruce it up, I always wanted to use 25mm knights rather than the counters but never got around to it, I did however make some nice coloured cards and laminated them. My one bugbear with the game was the map, many of the hexes could be argued over whether they were highland or lowland so I designed my own map, but never got around to actually printing it off, looking back it was a pretty amateur job which was best left alone.

I became aware years later of the game ‘Hammer of the Scots’ a nod to Eddie One and always fancied getting it but never did, every now and again the idea came up and again it disappeared as whatever I was doing at the time took priority. Due to technology the next time I looked I could actually see the game and watch how it was played, niggling away at me was the idea that this was simply ‘Robert the Bruce’ updated, I even checked up the designers and they are indeed different, but believe me the similarities are too many for it not to be a clone.

So the other day I bought it, the price had come down and I was tipped off that it was now £43, so I jumped at it. I had hoped to take it to the club this week but the one day I am expecting a parcel Parclefarce don’t turn up until late afternoon so way too late to sort the rules out, and guess what, the next day 0910 bright and early!

I like the look of the game and the mechanics are better and more streamlined than RtB, it is a block game and will be the first I have ever played. But, yes there is always a but, there is a touch of Braveheart in it, RtB was completely historical with HotS there are French knights, nope, don’t remember them during the Wars, they don’t turn up until the Stewart’s are on the throne so why they should be Scottish allies niggles me. In the original the Lord of the Isles was a Bruce supporter and MacDougall a Comyn supporter, both had fleets and were a great way to move forces around, the English had a fleet as well, in this version for some reason the only fleet in the area is Norse, seeing as the game starts around 1297 and the Norse had not been seen on the Scottish mainland since 1263 and signed a treaty in 1266 I do wonder who came up with this. I have one other small, but important to me complaint, James Douglas is represented by a generic saltire and not his coat of arms, that will be the first change and I have the technology and skills to do it, a saltire indeed for the Black Douglas. (When looking for 100 famous black Britons a few years back the Good Sir James (he was only the Black to his enemies) was mentioned, I wonder if they thought the Red Douglas’s were native Americans?)

So already I am thinking of introducing the Isles, Macdougall and an English fleet without even having played the game, so I shall have to rein in my enthusiasm until I play a few rounds.

Oh, and you can keep your Balliol supporting William Wallace, “A Bruce, a Bruce!”

40K Day with The Boy

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No, not THAT kind of 40K……THIS kind of 40K!In other news… I did finish up the cavalry for my Scots Government/Covanenteer force. I’ve also finished up a bunch of 70s/80s British and some armed civilians/insurgent types. I’ll hopefully get to post…

Epic Space Battles

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Epic Space Battles

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Epic Space Battles 2

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Epic Space Battles 2

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Epic Space Battles 3

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Epic Space Battles 3

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BREAKING NEWS: 8th Edition Iron Hands Stratagems and Chapter Tactics Revealed!

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The Iron hands are revealed today over on Warhammer Community. They were already a strong force in 7th, with army wide Feel No Pain, It will Not Die on all their vehicles, and access to Chapter Master Smash****er who was the very definition of Hero-Ham…

Evolution: Climate Review

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Evolution: ClimateThis landscape was once lush with plant life. Even on the driest days, the moist ground would wet both foot and claw and white capped waves would rage through this valley in a torrent that would both refresh and replenish even as their flow was stemmed. Small groups of fledgling mammalian communities would scurry in […]

Happy Monk the final update.

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This is the last update as it’s only finishing touches and time to take pics, and as on sunday I am off to the Birmingham show next week will be the pics of that. But at the moment this is how things as looking.First, there was a little …

Happy Monk the final update.

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This is the last update as it’s only finishing touches and time to take pics, and as on sunday I am off to the Birmingham show next week will be the pics of that. But at the moment this is how things as looking.First, there was a little …

Coffeemill Exposition Mortsel

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In Mortsel, near Antwerp, a rather unique collection is on display until coming saturday, the 22nd of july.


Located in an empty store, the private collection of Rene Vanhove, together with a few pieces of fellow collectors, is displayed for all those loving the black gold.

The Dutch introduction, sourced from UitInVlaanderen, reads as follows:

Oude koffiemolens krijgen bij René Vanhove uit Hove een tweede leven. Hij herstelt ze allemaal eigenhandig en in hun oorspronkelijke staat.
Zes jaar geleden kreeg hij zijn eerste koffiemolen, die van de bomma. Nu heeft hij er een 130-tal staan. Handmatige molens, geen elektrische. Zijn grote trots zijn de twee Brusselse toonbankkoffiemolens van J. Van Cauteren uit 1850. Ook geliefd zijn de ‘boerenvlaamse’ molens en de koffiemolens van Peugeot uit Frankrijk of hangkoffiemolens uit België -Nederland en Duitsland.
“Ik vind het prettig om in alle rust iets te kunnen opbouwen, om vergane glorie te herstellen. Je kan geen brute kracht gebruiken voor koffiemolens, je moet heel geduldig zijn, opbouwend werken en vooral er de tijd voor nemen.”
Ondertussen is hij ook lid van de internationale club van koffiemolenverzamelaars ( AICMC) waarbij slechts een paar Belgen toegelaten zijn.
René stelt zijn opmerkelijke collectie tentoon in Mortsel. De tentoonstelling wordt aangevuld met enkele zeldzame exemplaren van bevriende verzamelaars.

Now, the exposition isn`t a huge museum or something, but it is a nice stroll through the past of the venerable coffee mill, from the old hand models to the first efforts at electrifying the machines.

Personally, I adored this collection of wall hanging mills, a lot of them gorgeously decorated.

It also has some serious oddities, like this italian one where someone did their own “handyman job” on powering it.

If you are in the neighbourhood, make sure to drop by this lovely little exposition for a trip through the history of grinding your coffeebeans!

It`s open between 14 and 18 hrs, and the entrance is totally free.

WIP Wednesday – July 19

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Check out the progress from the Chicago Dice team every week with WIP Wednesday!  Christian – Warhammer 40,000 Dark Imperium This week I’ve been eight hours away from home in Michigan’s U.P but that hasn’t stop me putting together my Dark Imperium box set! These miniatures are so easy to assemble and it’s been a […]

Crabs! Preview

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Crabs!It’s impossible for me to think of crab fishing without the Bon Jovi song “Wanted Dead or Alive” running through my head. This is, of course, because it is the theme song for the hit TV show Deadliest Catch. If you have never seen the show, it’s about crab fishing in the Bering Sea. While […]

Lich Lord for Frostgrave

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A model I’m using as the Lich Lord for Frostgrave, the mini is from”Otherworld Miniatures”, I thought he looked a bit more dynamic and to my taste compared to the imo static and a bit goofy looking Frostgrave Lich Lord.I tried to go for a “classic” …

Battle Report – Shadow War: Armageddon – Ep 07

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Szkielet z mieczem | Skeleton swordsman

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Szkielet z dużym pałaszem wydano wiosną 1987 r., a więc zaledwie kilkanaście tygodni wcześniej niż pokazywanego przedwczoraj kalekę. Podoba mi się jego zawadiacka poza i wielka pochwa na rzeczony pałasz, w jakiś dziwny, przewrotny sposób dobrze komponująca się z całością.
Malując tego rodzaju elementy zawsze mam pewien dylemat – malować je tak, jak powinny wyglądać po paru latach leżenia w ziemi, czy też raczej bardziej świeżo? Cóż, w tym wypadku realizm był, chyba, stroną przegraną;)

This skeleton with really large cutlass was released by Spring 1987, which makes him few weeks older then his crippled friend which was shown lately here. I really like his adventorous pose and big scabbard – it completes him in some strange way I think.

I have dillemma painting such details on undead miniatures. Should I paint it realistically, freshly taken out of the grave, with the look of decay or should I paint it in more vivid colors?


Szkielet z mieczem | Skeleton swordsman

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Szkielet z dużym pałaszem wydano wiosną 1987 r., a więc zaledwie kilkanaście tygodni wcześniej niż pokazywanego przedwczoraj kalekę. Podoba mi się jego zawadiacka poza i wielka pochwa na rzeczony pałasz, w jakiś dziwny, przewrotny sposób dobrze komponująca się z całością.
Malując tego rodzaju elementy zawsze mam pewien dylemat – malować je tak, jak powinny wyglądać po paru latach leżenia w ziemi, czy też raczej bardziej świeżo? Cóż, w tym wypadku realizm był, chyba, stroną przegraną;)

This skeleton with really large cutlass was released by Spring 1987, which makes him few weeks older then his crippled friend which was shown lately here. I really like his adventorous pose and big scabbard – it completes him in some strange way I think.

I have dillemma painting such details on undead miniatures. Should I paint it realistically, freshly taken out of the grave, with the look of decay or should I paint it in more vivid colors?