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Sharpes Pursuit – A Fist Full of Lead AAR

Posted on February 20th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Hi FolksAs promised the Shed saw its first action of 2018 last night, the temperatures in SW London hit a barmy 10 degrees outside so it was warm enough in the shed (16 degrees)I was joined by Mark and Rolf and we had already decided that the night wou…

Shed Works all done – let the games begin

Posted on February 19th, 2018 under Posted by

So this weekend I spent the best part of two days clearing out the games shed, refurbishing the roof (thanks John) and generally getting everything ready for the start of the spring games season.The big table isw now clear of all the rubbishthe shelves…

Has Photobucket finally come to its’ senses?

Posted on February 14th, 2018 under Posted by

As most bloggers know Photobucket decided to kick a nunmber of its customers in the the proverbials last year by discontinuing the service that allowed hosting of images to blogs, forums etc. The subject was done to death on the forums and significant …

Sudan project part 12 – British Camel Corps

Posted on February 8th, 2018 under Posted by

Morning Allpart 11 can be found hereHot on the heels of the Egyptian Infantry we have one of the more Iconic units of the Sudan campaign – The British Camel CorpsOnce again I have elected to use the Perry Miniature range and after some careful cal…

Sudan Project part 11 – The Egyptian Brigade

Posted on February 6th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Hi FolksShall we get back into the wargaming groove…I think so !Over the last few weeks I have been steadily painting up my forces for the upcoming Sudan project – it is my desire to see this on the table by March. So today I am introducing the Egypt…

Construction Work Finished (almost)

Posted on February 5th, 2018 under . Posted by

Hi FolksIf you have been following the blog over the last few weeks you will have noticed that there has been a bit of a break in my wargames activity – have no fear as this is about to change with a number of important updates waiting in the wings.My …

More Construction Work – part 2

Posted on January 24th, 2018 under Posted by

Just a quick update on the new shed build…The walls are up and the roof is almost finished – currently planning to fit the felt this weekend with a neighbour.So in the meantime I am building the doors and will start on the internal walls later this w…

Major Construction work….

Posted on January 19th, 2018 under Posted by

Afternoon AllThis post might explain why things have been so quiet at Shed Wars in the last few weeksYou may recall almost two years ago I extended my shed (the full details are here) but part of the deal with the Shedwife was that I had to give her pa…

Sudan Project part 10 – More British Forces

Posted on January 9th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Happy New Year and welcome to the first post on this blog for 2018.Things have been a bit manic over here at Shed Wars central and both painting and games have been a bit thin on the ground in the last couple of weeks. Things have have not helped when …

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…