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Fire & Sword Turn 05: March 1884

Posted on January 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

After the rather erratic results in February 1884 the Anglo-Egyptian forces were facing some great challenges (and some perhaps unrecognised opportunities) in March. Both Eastern & Western Sudan are only showing very low levels of rebellion and not offering a

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New Year’s Dungeon Bash

Posted on January 9th, 2015 under . Posted by

After this summer’s dungeon crawl I was eager to make some tweaks to the rules and run it again. The holidays seemed like an awesome time to get some friends together so we grabbed some beers and dice on New Year’s Eve and ran a wintery dungeon crawl. …

Italeri Church

Posted on January 9th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Following on from my last post (Italeri Country House With Porch) the other model I picked up from Kieran’s cancelled commission project was the Church (Italeri Kit 6129). This includes an attached (custom made) cemetery and is an outstanding model (if

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Italeri Country House With Porch

Posted on January 8th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Back at the start of 2013 I posted about my gaming buddy Kieran building some Italeri Kitsets for his WW2 Normandy Games – and that as he did such a great job I might need to get him to build

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Blücher By Sam Mustafa

Posted on January 5th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Early this year Sam Mustafa will be releasing his latest game system in his “Honour” series, Blücher, which provides the ability to fight grand-tactical type games in the Napoleonic Wars. One units, stand, or counter, represents a Brigade or Regiment (incorporating multiple-battalions)

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Marching On Richmond: The Conclusion

Posted on January 5th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Having broken from their 1864-1865 winter camps the armies headed further into Virginia, the mass of the Union forces always looking to outmanoeuvre the Confederates to expose Richmond and end the war. By late March a decisive battle emerged to conclude the

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Fire & Sword Battle 06: The Gardner’s Jammed & The Yorks Vanquished

Posted on January 3rd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As described in Fire & Sword Turn 04: February 1884 Sir Henry’s column continued South towards Dongola, and at the 3rd Cataract is met by the first supply steamer to have made it beyond the 2nd Cataract. It resupplies his column and brings welcome reinforcements

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Dux Bellorum With Carolingians

Posted on January 3rd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well I’ve been mucking around for sometime planning to do something for Dux Bellorum – and 12 months or so ago decided to do a Carolingian Army, albeit slightly outside the chronological and geographical period nominally covered by the rules (Arthurian

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2014 Year End Round Up

Posted on January 1st, 2015 under Posted by

If it’s not lead, it doesn’t count as adding to “Lead Mountain”, right? Right?It’s a new year, so time to review my hobby accomplishments this year and plan for next year.Painting:This year I completed:28mm Foot: 6728mm Cavalry: 20Elder Gods: 1Small Bu…

All the Single Ladies

Posted on December 25th, 2014 under , . Posted by

Christmas saw the arrival of several boxes of figures to replenish Lead Mountain, which means I need to get cranking on some existing miniatures to make room.This week I finished up few female fantasy figures from the Reaper Bones kickstarter. I’ve pai…

Gary Chalk Pirate Ship Update

Posted on December 23rd, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In an update to Kieran’s highly popular Avast! Ye Lubbers: A Pirate Ship in 28mm article about how to build a pirate ship similar to the famous Gary Chalk one featured in Wargames Foundry’s magazine, we have with some help located

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Tabletop World Windmill

Posted on December 5th, 2014 under . Posted by

I just finished painting up a windmill by the Croatian vendor Tabletop World. What a great little kit! I love Tabletop World’s work… details are deep and exaggerated, making painting fun and the final result full of character without getting too cart…

The Force Awakens: X-Wing Miniatures Battle

Posted on December 2nd, 2014 under . Posted by

My son and I were psyched to see the new Star Wars trailer for Episode VII, and after seeing the Millennium Falcon perform some aerial maneuvers in battle over Tatooine, we had to break out our X-Wing Miniatures and recreate the battle.Check out the c…

Black Friday and Holiday Wargame Deals

Posted on November 26th, 2014 under Posted by

Lot of great deals this year. Let’s get to it!Wargame and Miniature Holiday DealWarlord Games: Lots of great deals from Warlord but the best seems to be the FREE TANK with the order of the D-Day Firefight boxed set.  Want to go whole hog on your a…

Blogging and gaming hiatus

Posted on November 19th, 2014 under Posted by

As you could probably tell from the lack of posts in recent weeks/months I have taken a break from gaming although I have had a couple of games with my High Elves which I started to enjoy again. But I am taking a big break from gaming for a while. &nbs…

Wargame Terrain: Sherfy Barn

Posted on November 18th, 2014 under . Posted by

15mm Sherfy BarnI’m continuing to knock out a host of terrain projects that I’ve been putting off for far too long. At Historicon I caught the “All Quiet on the Martian Front” bug and loaded up on tripods and tanks to take home. I knew I’d need some te…

Architects of War scenic pieces: Donkey Mill, Well and Pig Poke

Posted on November 13th, 2014 under . Posted by

I try to spend October concentrating on terrain since I’m invariably distracted by modeling men, horses and vehicles during the rest of the year. This October was crazy and I had to put most of my wargaming and painting projects on the back burner.I’m …

Reaper Bones Commoners

Posted on November 5th, 2014 under . Posted by

I started these Reaper Bones Commoners near the beginning of October, hoping to use them as victims in a Halloween themed skirmish. Life got in the way and I only managed to finish them up nearly a month after I started them, and a bit too late to hit …

Bretonnian inspiration ahead?

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 under . Posted by

One of the blogs I follow regularly is James Wappel whose painting quite frankly is out of this world. Looking at his blog this morning I saw that he has purchased some of Fireforge’s Teutonic Knights and will be painting them up soon. Really looking f…

Fluffy Flying High Elves of Doom & Display Board

Posted on September 16th, 2014 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Submitted my list for what will be my final WHFB tournament of the year Cracks Call in Masterton at the end of the month.  There are still two more events scheduled to occur in Wellington Skitterleap and Vermintide but I’m skipping them as the cri…

Barrage 2014

Posted on September 14th, 2014 under . Posted by

I’ve been to the three HMGS conventions several times, but this weekend my son and I visited our first smaller local con. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but the large number of games, vendor tables and the relaxed atmosphere at Barrage made the tr…

Movement trays galore

Posted on September 5th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

As part of my efforts to tidy up my stuff I decided to finish off all of my Sarissa movement trays.  Grey ones are principally for my High Elves but there are a couple for my Dwarfs as well.  Taking me 3 nights and one morning overall.Night 1…

Avatars of War Update: More delays

Posted on September 5th, 2014 under Posted by

Another email from Avatars of War about yet another delay in the production and delivery of their new Dwarf Doomcrushers.  ——–Hello John,A quick note to tell you that Doomcrushers tooling is progressing without any unexpected technical proble…

New army project: Bretonnians

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 under , , , , . Posted by

I’ve pretty much talked myself into this as my next army project.  I’ve always liked the idea behind the Bretonnian army and thought it would be a great project to start.  But I resisted doing so for a long while mainly because I didn’t think…

WIP – High Elf Dragon & some finished Romans

Posted on August 30th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

More work completed on my Dragon and first lot of Romans all done.  Few issues with decals which didn’t turn out well but both looking goodish.Found out that the Dragon is Asarnil the Dragon Lord an old 5th High Elf character