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Sudan Project part 9 – First British Forces

Posted on December 8th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Good Morning FolksPart 8 can be found herehttp://shedwars.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/sudan-project-part-8-dhows.htmlNow that the Mahdist Army is complete I have turned my attention to the British forces.The current aim is to create a force that will consis…

Sudan Project part 9 – First British Forces

Posted on December 8th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Good Morning FolksPart 8 can be found herehttp://shedwars.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/sudan-project-part-8-dhows.htmlNow that the Mahdist Army is complete I have turned my attention to the British forces.The current aim is to create a force that will consis…

Star Trek Fans read this…

Posted on December 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

The other day I was browsing You tube and by chance came across a fan made series of Star Trek called Star Trek Continues. These were made available on Youtube only a few monthsagoThis series comprises of 11 episodes and kicks off from the end of the o…

Star Trek Fans read this…

Posted on December 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

The other day I was browsing You tube and by chance came across a fan made series of Star Trek called Star Trek Continues. These were made available on Youtube only a few monthsagoThis series comprises of 11 episodes and kicks off from the end of the o…

Shed Wars 6th Birthday

Posted on December 5th, 2017 under . Posted by

Well today is the Shed Wars blog’s 6th Birthday – 

I for one can’t believe that I have been able to keep this going for six years. 

In part that is all down to you my followers for your wonderful comments and ongoing support. As is usual for me on these events I like to look back and summarise the previous year in a short review.

Once again I’ll firstly talk about the stats and then come onto the review proper.

As you can see from the numbers below the page view count continues to rise – I want that million hit marker !

Number of followers

Number of page views

Dec 2012

80

25000

Dec 2013

180

95000

Dec 2014

285

230000

Dec 2015

373

383000

Dec 2016

Dec 2017

387

424

578000

789500

The plague of the Russian bots seems to have abated and for the moment photobucket seems to be playing ball and honouring my limited price contract. In the event they do pull the plug I have now saved all my images and have these collated in such a way that I could relink the photos (not a job I want to do) but it is possible.

Stats over………………………………

So what happened this year?

Starting back in January I decided I wanted to have a crack at 28mm/Grand Scale Napoleonics and embarked on a very arduous task to complete armies for both British and French. Over 1000 minis bought, assembled (the vast majority were plastic) and painted hit the table in September of this year

This was clearly a big investment in both time and money and although these boys have only seen action a few times II am already looking forward to when it gets warmer and more Peninsular action can take place

The painted armies were shortly followed by one of my favourite terrain settings the Peninsular Village – I cant claim to have built the original but the setting of the warbase modular buildings on my boards set these off really well

One of the biggest battles fought this year kicked off in January almost 12 months ago on the anniversary of Isandlwhana and Rorkes Drift. Shed regulars refought these actions over a Sunday. Suffice to say hundreds of zulus and some very brave redcoats

The final Zulu assault..

Mark gets the prize for wearing the Pith Helmet

True to life the British Defenders held back the hordes at Rorkes Drift – just !
The other big battle and perhaps the largest to grace the shed yet was our epic English Civil War siege game
Over 12 foot of walls keeping the Roundheads at bay….
I even managed to build some breach sections for the game…
This year I promised myself that we would try to play more games across the periods I can offer and I think we were quite successful judging from a quick look back over the last few months
for example
English Civil War  –
Frostgrave 
Muskets & Tomahawks –
VBCW 
American Civil War – 
Saga – 
10mm Napoloeonic
The Crusades
and of course who can forget Daleks versus the Afrika Korps
You have probably noticed that there is a trend going on here – the Shed is going for big grand scale 28mm battles at the moment – in the past three years I have now assembled forces for the French Indian Wars, Crusades, Zulu’s, English Civil War and Napoleonics. The latest project follows the trend as I foray into the Colonial world once again with my Sudan project.
Last month I finished my Dervish army (approx 450 figures) which means I have probably painted close to 2000 x 28mm figures this year. I doubt my productivity will hit such ceilings again.
Of course these guys need an opponent so the British and Egyptian forces will hit the painting table between now and the New Year. In the meantime I am focusing on the terrain including a Sudanese city, a gun boat, some dhows and of course the river Nile.
By the time you throw in trips to the shows (Salute, Colours and Warfare) and add in the four day extravaganza known as BLAM this has been certainly a very busy year.
Next years plans are currently under wraps (OK still yet to decide)  but as they develop you will be the first to know.
As a final note I’d like to thank all those that frequent the shed for making the games such fun and to wish them and all those in the Blogosphere a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year – 
Bye for Now
Eric the Shed
  

Shed Wars 6th Birthday

Posted on December 5th, 2017 under . Posted by

Well today is the Shed Wars blog’s 6th Birthday – 

I for one can’t believe that I have been able to keep this going for six years. 

In part that is all down to you my followers for your wonderful comments and ongoing support. As is usual for me on these events I like to look back and summarise the previous year in a short review.

Once again I’ll firstly talk about the stats and then come onto the review proper.

As you can see from the numbers below the page view count continues to rise – I want that million hit marker !

Number of followers

Number of page views

Dec 2012

80

25000

Dec 2013

180

95000

Dec 2014

285

230000

Dec 2015

373

383000

Dec 2016

Dec 2017

387

424

578000

789500

The plague of the Russian bots seems to have abated and for the moment photobucket seems to be playing ball and honouring my limited price contract. In the event they do pull the plug I have now saved all my images and have these collated in such a way that I could relink the photos (not a job I want to do) but it is possible.

Stats over………………………………

So what happened this year?

Starting back in January I decided I wanted to have a crack at 28mm/Grand Scale Napoleonics and embarked on a very arduous task to complete armies for both British and French. Over 1000 minis bought, assembled (the vast majority were plastic) and painted hit the table in September of this year

This was clearly a big investment in both time and money and although these boys have only seen action a few times II am already looking forward to when it gets warmer and more Peninsular action can take place

The painted armies were shortly followed by one of my favourite terrain settings the Peninsular Village – I cant claim to have built the original but the setting of the warbase modular buildings on my boards set these off really well

One of the biggest battles fought this year kicked off in January almost 12 months ago on the anniversary of Isandlwhana and Rorkes Drift. Shed regulars refought these actions over a Sunday. Suffice to say hundreds of zulus and some very brave redcoats

The final Zulu assault..

Mark gets the prize for wearing the Pith Helmet

True to life the British Defenders held back the hordes at Rorkes Drift – just !
The other big battle and perhaps the largest to grace the shed yet was our epic English Civil War siege game
Over 12 foot of walls keeping the Roundheads at bay….
I even managed to build some breach sections for the game…
This year I promised myself that we would try to play more games across the periods I can offer and I think we were quite successful judging from a quick look back over the last few months
for example
English Civil War  –
Frostgrave 
Muskets & Tomahawks –
VBCW 
American Civil War – 
Saga – 
10mm Napoloeonic
The Crusades
and of course who can forget Daleks versus the Afrika Korps
You have probably noticed that there is a trend going on here – the Shed is going for big grand scale 28mm battles at the moment – in the past three years I have now assembled forces for the French Indian Wars, Crusades, Zulu’s, English Civil War and Napoleonics. The latest project follows the trend as I foray into the Colonial world once again with my Sudan project.
Last month I finished my Dervish army (approx 450 figures) which means I have probably painted close to 2000 x 28mm figures this year. I doubt my productivity will hit such ceilings again.
Of course these guys need an opponent so the British and Egyptian forces will hit the painting table between now and the New Year. In the meantime I am focusing on the terrain including a Sudanese city, a gun boat, some dhows and of course the river Nile.
By the time you throw in trips to the shows (Salute, Colours and Warfare) and add in the four day extravaganza known as BLAM this has been certainly a very busy year.
Next years plans are currently under wraps (OK still yet to decide)  but as they develop you will be the first to know.
As a final note I’d like to thank all those that frequent the shed for making the games such fun and to wish them and all those in the Blogosphere a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year – 
Bye for Now
Eric the Shed
  

Sudan Project part 8 – Dhows

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

Hi FolksJust a short post today but if you missed the last one in this series head hereOne of things that drew me to the Sudan Colonial period was the opportunity to introduce river craft – specifically river gunboats and the more native sailing d…

Sudan Project part 8 – Dhows

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

Hi FolksJust a short post today but if you missed the last one in this series head hereOne of things that drew me to the Sudan Colonial period was the opportunity to introduce river craft – specifically river gunboats and the more native sailing d…

Sudan Project part 7 – Mahdi Army finished

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

Good Evening FolksAs the calendar steadily marches towards Christmas I am delighted to that a sizeable part 1 of my Sudan project is now complete – The Mahdist forces – including camelry , horse and commandThe previous post to this project can be found…

Sudan Project part 7 – Mahdi Army finished

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

Good Evening FolksAs the calendar steadily marches towards Christmas I am delighted to that a sizeable part 1 of my Sudan project is now complete – The Mahdist forces – including camelry , horse and commandThe previous post to this project can be found…

Sudan Project part 6 – The Walls of Khartoum

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

Good Afternoon AllPart 5 can be found hereA happy afternoon was spent in the shed yesterday starting the terrain for my Sudan project – specifically the walls of a desert fortress/city walls of Khartoum. Indeed I am hoping that this will be generi…

Sudan Project part 6 – The Walls of Khartoum

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

Good Afternoon AllPart 5 can be found hereA happy afternoon was spent in the shed yesterday starting the terrain for my Sudan project – specifically the walls of a desert fortress/city walls of Khartoum. Indeed I am hoping that this will be generi…

Sudan Project part 5 – The Mahdi’s Cavalry

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Having almost painted 360 plus infantry for my Mahdi army its time to start thinking about their cavalry. (part 4 can be found here

Like most wargamers I am constrained by budgets and my biggest priority whenever putting together a new army is do this with value always in mind. As you have probably noticed in my last three big projects (ECW, Zulus and Napoleonic) delivering a meaningful army to the table takes a lot of figures – at best guess my Zulu project topped out at around 1000 x 28mm figures and through some rough calculations I reckon I paid less than 50p per figure to complete the project. £500 might seem to be a great deal to spend on one genre but by my reckoning the finished product is probably worth three times its initial investment (not that it is likely to be sold).

As you can see in the folowing pictures I have started painting these…

The Mahdi (Perry) based on a large warbase base (he’s the General)

Back to the Mahdi’s horse – The typical Ansar cavalryman including horse sells for around £3 on the Perry website. This appears to be comparable to other Sudan ranges offered by Bicorne, Redoubt etc.

Fortunately I picked up some of these for a good deal and I spent a few quid on the Perry Website (mainly Camels)
However I have a vision of fielding around 60 horse (this should give 5 units at 12 figures strong or around 8 units – 8 figures strong) and at £3 a pop this is a big cost for metal. What are the alternatives unless I can get lucky on ebay?

Is there a plastic alternative ? When I put together my Saracen army it was at a time when Gripping Beast had yet to launch their Arab cavalry but the thought occurred to me that these figures (in particular the light versions) might work for a period later than the crusades, so I bought a box….

12 Horse & Riders for £20 (source ebay)
These figures are compatible in size (height) with some Perry horse I got from a deal on the Lead Adventure Forum but the GB horses look heavier in the flanks. They also have an annoying knot tied in the tail  (sadly if you cut it off the tail looks too short).

The riders however are almost perfect when you add arms and heads from the Ansar infantry box range. By adding a few of the fuzzies heads, some of their weapons including rifles and their distinctive swords you get a very different looking unit. The cost of 12 cavalry figures is about £20 ( or £1.66 each) – significantly cheaper than the metal equivalent.

Two Gripping Beast Horse & Rider Combos with Perry Dervish heads & arms (being painted)
Comparison of Gripping Beast/Perry combo with Perry Mounted Dervish – not bad scale wise

So I better go and buy some more boxes at the forthcoming Warfare show (hopefully somebody will have a multibuy discount)

So the cavalry starts to take shape – 32 Horse, 9 Camel six brigade commanders and the Mahdi General

Come back soon

Sudan Project part 5 – The Mahdi’s Cavalry

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Having almost painted 360 plus infantry for my Mahdi army its time to start thinking about their cavalry. (part 4 can be found here

Like most wargamers I am constrained by budgets and my biggest priority whenever putting together a new army is do this with value always in mind. As you have probably noticed in my last three big projects (ECW, Zulus and Napoleonic) delivering a meaningful army to the table takes a lot of figures – at best guess my Zulu project topped out at around 1000 x 28mm figures and through some rough calculations I reckon I paid less than 50p per figure to complete the project. £500 might seem to be a great deal to spend on one genre but by my reckoning the finished product is probably worth three times its initial investment (not that it is likely to be sold).

As you can see in the folowing pictures I have started painting these…

The Mahdi (Perry) based on a large warbase base (he’s the General)

Back to the Mahdi’s horse – The typical Ansar cavalryman including horse sells for around £3 on the Perry website. This appears to be comparable to other Sudan ranges offered by Bicorne, Redoubt etc.

Fortunately I picked up some of these for a good deal and I spent a few quid on the Perry Website (mainly Camels)
However I have a vision of fielding around 60 horse (this should give 5 units at 12 figures strong or around 8 units – 8 figures strong) and at £3 a pop this is a big cost for metal. What are the alternatives unless I can get lucky on ebay?

Is there a plastic alternative ? When I put together my Saracen army it was at a time when Gripping Beast had yet to launch their Arab cavalry but the thought occurred to me that these figures (in particular the light versions) might work for a period later than the crusades, so I bought a box….

12 Horse & Riders for £20 (source ebay)
These figures are compatible in size (height) with some Perry horse I got from a deal on the Lead Adventure Forum but the GB horses look heavier in the flanks. They also have an annoying knot tied in the tail  (sadly if you cut it off the tail looks too short).

The riders however are almost perfect when you add arms and heads from the Ansar infantry box range. By adding a few of the fuzzies heads, some of their weapons including rifles and their distinctive swords you get a very different looking unit. The cost of 12 cavalry figures is about £20 ( or £1.66 each) – significantly cheaper than the metal equivalent.

Two Gripping Beast Horse & Rider Combos with Perry Dervish heads & arms (being painted)
Comparison of Gripping Beast/Perry combo with Perry Mounted Dervish – not bad scale wise

So I better go and buy some more boxes at the forthcoming Warfare show (hopefully somebody will have a multibuy discount)

So the cavalry starts to take shape – 32 Horse, 9 Camel six brigade commanders and the Mahdi General

Come back soon

part 6 can be found here

Latest on the Photobucket Issue

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under Posted by

Morning AllSo last night Photobucket advised me that my account and third party hosting privileges would be extended til the middle of next year (this was after I had manually downloaded every one of my 5000+ photos from the account) – as I wrote in my…

Latest on the Photobucket Issue

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under Posted by

Morning AllSo last night Photobucket advised me that my account and third party hosting privileges would be extended til the middle of next year (this was after I had manually downloaded every one of my 5000+ photos from the account) – as I wrote in my…

A strange turn of events….The Bad News Update

Posted on November 9th, 2017 under . Posted by

Hi AllFollowing my previous post I took the liberty of using the last two evenings (I reckon about 14 hours of work) to down load every one of the photos I had on photobucket (count over 5500).I tried using some apps to do this en masse but they kept f…

A strange turn of events….The Bad News Update

Posted on November 9th, 2017 under . Posted by

Hi AllFollowing my previous post I took the liberty of using the last two evenings (I reckon about 14 hours of work) to down load every one of the photos I had on photobucket (count over 5500).I tried using some apps to do this en masse but they kept f…

Some Bad News !

Posted on November 8th, 2017 under Posted by

Good Morning All

For some strange reason I thought I had managed to escape the photobucket debarcle that arose earlier this year. This was on account of the fact that I already had a premium account with said organisation. This was a fair price (£36 /year ) if I recall and I could upload my images and use third party hosting.

However earlier this week I received this email

 Hi ,

This message is to inform you that we discontinued the Plus 20 plan in June of this year. We have grandfathered your expired plan for several months as a convenience.

In order to keep your account current and all of your content available, we are asking that you migrate over to one of our current Plus plan offerings: Plans

Failure to do so within 30 days will result in your billing to be suspended, and your account will be reverted to a free account.

If you have any questions about your account or which of our current offerings is right for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Thanks,

Sebastian,
your personal account manager


This effectively means they are going to switch off all my images on the Shed Wars blog this December. Unless I pay them $399/year

It gets worse….I now have to do two things 

1) retrieve all the photos uploaded on photobucket
2) find another site that offers a third party hosting service for a considerably lower fee

I’ll deal with point 2 in time but my priority is to retrieve the photos currently stored on photobucket pronto. By my estimate there are over 5000 and these all have to be downloaded individually (Photobucket in their wisdom have disabled the download album function)

I spent a considerable part of yesterday retrieving around 1000 (these are now saved on my hard drive) – I just have to keep going. This blog has been a big part of my hobby in the last six years and I’ll be buggered if this is going to beat me.

So what does this mean – well until they switch me off I’ll carry on as normal (a bit like a duck serene on the topside whilst my little legs paddle furiously under the surface) – but it is likely that the blog will need to be rested/updated in the very near future.

The pain of re-attaching all the photos of the past fills me with dread

Thanks Photobucket !





Some Bad News !

Posted on November 8th, 2017 under Posted by

Good Morning All

For some strange reason I thought I had managed to escape the photobucket debarcle that arose earlier this year. This was on account of the fact that I already had a premium account with said organisation. This was a fair price (£36 /year ) if I recall and I could upload my images and use third party hosting.

However earlier this week I received this email

 Hi ,

This message is to inform you that we discontinued the Plus 20 plan in June of this year. We have grandfathered your expired plan for several months as a convenience.

In order to keep your account current and all of your content available, we are asking that you migrate over to one of our current Plus plan offerings: Plans

Failure to do so within 30 days will result in your billing to be suspended, and your account will be reverted to a free account.

If you have any questions about your account or which of our current offerings is right for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Thanks,

Sebastian,
your personal account manager


This effectively means they are going to switch off all my images on the Shed Wars blog this December. Unless I pay them $399/year

It gets worse….I now have to do two things 

1) retrieve all the photos uploaded on photobucket
2) find another site that offers a third party hosting service for a considerably lower fee

I’ll deal with point 2 in time but my priority is to retrieve the photos currently stored on photobucket pronto. By my estimate there are over 5000 and these all have to be downloaded individually (Photobucket in their wisdom have disabled the download album function)

I spent a considerable part of yesterday retrieving around 1000 (these are now saved on my hard drive) – I just have to keep going. This blog has been a big part of my hobby in the last six years and I’ll be buggered if this is going to beat me.

So what does this mean – well until they switch me off I’ll carry on as normal (a bit like a duck serene on the topside whilst my little legs paddle furiously under the surface) – but it is likely that the blog will need to be rested/updated in the very near future.

The pain of re-attaching all the photos of the past fills me with dread

Thanks Photobucket !





28mm Sudan project – Ansar Infantry now complete – part 4

Posted on November 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Morning AllJust a quick post – I can now report that all of my Dervish Infantry are now painted and based. Thats around 360 figures.Previous post on this project can be found hereThe flags are just images copied from google and cropped to the righ…

28mm Sudan project – Ansar Infantry now complete – part 4

Posted on November 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Morning AllJust a quick post – I can now report that all of my Dervish Infantry are now painted and based. Thats around 360 figures.Previous post on this project can be found hereThe flags are just images copied from google and cropped to the righ…

28mm Sudan project – More Ansar & Khartoum Walls

Posted on October 30th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Good Morning AllThis weekend I was able to crack on and finish a load more Dervishes and start on the walls of Khartoum.If you want to see the previous post in this project head hereUp first we have the latest Dervish units painted with the first …

28mm Sudan project – More Ansar & Khartoum Walls

Posted on October 30th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Good Morning AllThis weekend I was able to crack on and finish a load more Dervishes and start on the walls of Khartoum.If you want to see the previous post in this project head hereUp first we have the latest Dervish units painted with the first …

28mm Sudan Project – First Fuzzies completed part 2

Posted on October 24th, 2017 under . Posted by

Morning AllJust a small post today to confirm that I am cracking on with my Sudan project.Part 1 can be found hereFirst up a big thank you to a couple of folks from the Lead Adventure Forum who heard my call for 28mm Sudan Campaign figures. Both O…