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A new year

Posted on January 8th, 2018 under Posted by

So here we are in 2018. A new house, a new year and a new games room with the picture above showing the new floor.  Later this month, all the walls will be dry-walled, plastered and painted. Later will come shelving and a gaming table or tables – …

Foot notes and a brief hiatus….

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

Despite the horrific dice rolling in the last game, I was very happy with the results. As a way to explore the rules, it was a success and I thought that the gatling did exactly what it was supposed to do. However, I now have to pack everything away fo…

Kas’trum Campaign Pre-Season Game Two – Into the Valley of Death?

Posted on August 9th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Hereford’s adjutant was back at his desk. This time it was the reconciliation of the Mess accounts. No matter how he worked the figures he always came up two bottles of claret short – and then there was that troublesome rumour that porter had been …

Kas’trum Campaign Pre-season Game one – One of our Ruperts is missing.

Posted on June 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

The early morning Sun licked steaming humidity up from the marsh surrounding the canal hamlet of Roogie’s Landing. The adjutant of the Earl of Hereford’s Regiment of Foot (The Hedgehogs) was doing his best to shuffle papers in the marsh reed shack that…

Kas’trum Campaign details, details, details.

Posted on May 27th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

So having a broad goal in mind, let’s put some structure around it. Drawing inspiration from the Too Fat Lardies At the Sharp End campaign supplement for Chain of Command, as well as earlier ideas of how Kas’trum fits in to the broader fluff of Sp…

Kas’trum Campaign

Posted on May 25th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Kas’trumOne aspect of history and war gaming that has always interested me has been the underdogs, the ordinary, the forgettable and the forgotten. It’s easy to get excited about the heroic, the dashing, the elite troops with all the kit as well as the…

Unexpected Reinforcements

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In late October of 2016, a package arrived on my doorstep. It was a cookie tin, the classical war gamer storage container of choice. In that cookie tin was “some colonials you might be able to use with your VSF” an unexpected and very generous gift fro…

2017 6×6 Challenge – My List, First 2017 Post, and a house keeping note.

Posted on January 3rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

So 2016 has finally gone, while it had some very good parts, like our trip to Malta, it had it seems more than its share of pretty crappy parts as well; walking out of Rogue One only to find out that Carrie Fisher’s passing had been made public while w…

November 11

Posted on November 11th, 2016 under Posted by

Blighters The House is crammed: tier beyond tier they grin And cackle at the Show, while prancing ranks Of harlots shrill the chorus, drunk with din; “We’re sure the Kaiser loves the dear old Tanks!” I’d like to see a Tank come down the stalls, L…

More Boat Stuff

Posted on November 6th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I recently read somewhere about making a type of decal using clear packing tape. The process is to laser print your image, apply a piece of clear packing tape over it then soak the whole lot in water. When you rub away the wet paper, the ink remains on…

Mechanical Men Revisited

Posted on October 16th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Last weekend I ran a couple of test games using the rules from my last post. The basic scenario used a company in line against a single medium mechanical man – mech from here on in. The mech was armed with a gatling ranged 24″/48″ and the riflemen were…

Mechanical Men for Space 1889 Soldier’s Companion

Posted on October 1st, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

A friend recently gave me a number of spare Heroscape miniatures, most of which will get re-purposed in one way or another.  The RPG side of Space 1889 features mechanical men as an item of technology that can be developed using the science rules….

I built a boat.

Posted on September 18th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

It was a rough start to the month, but one of the ways to keep the black dog at bay, is to keep doing things that make you happy. Gaming does that for me.   I determined that, apart from snuggling up with my wonderful wife this weekend, …

20 mm Conversions for Chain of Command

Posted on August 27th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

First, a couple of warnings. The photos are not great – the camera is old and I am no Karsh. Secondly, 20mm is my cheap and dirty scale to do North West Europe quickly and with a small investment. Efforts are focused on getting toys on the table rather…

Dinos on the Dance Floor!

Posted on August 12th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I had a lot of fun with the dino-hunt back in May so I thought I should paint up some more victims for future such games.  I wanted to avoid the usual green lizard patterns so I just went with whatever I fancied. The sharp eyed will spot one …

Bus Conversion – Part 1

Posted on August 6th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

As mentioned in my last post, during my travels in Malta, I picked up three toy busses. Two have been put aside for display and future use in a Hercules game but the third was earmarked for my British Home Guard.Three BussesI will note here that there …

Introducing the Colonel

Posted on August 6th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

At the end of July, my family and I spent a wonderful two weeks in Malta, where my ever enduring wife’s family is from.  Prior to my trip over, I had looked into war gaming groups and resources on the islands but apart from one club, there appeare…

IHMN Dino Hunt!

Posted on May 31st, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

This weekend past, I set up the table in the man cave, worked up some basic dino rules for In Her Majesty’s Name and ran a quick dino-hunt for my friend Shane.View of the field from the dino endA basic road through the jungle. Brush is considered to ex…

Test Game – Martian Messiah

Posted on May 17th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

After getting all my toys out I decided to run a test game of Soldier’s Companion. I chose scenario 1 from the book: Martian Messiah. This is a fairly classic search and destroy mission with a platoon of British sweeping the area of a Martian village l…

Martian Muster

Posted on May 16th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

This past weekend, I set up my games table in the garage and got all my Space 1889 bits out to photograph and inventory. A fair bit of this has appeared before in different configurations but everything is now mustered into more or less fixed units, an…

Analogue Painting Challenge – the final tally

Posted on March 27th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As I mentioned a long while back, I decided to participate in the Analogue Painting Challenge for 2015-16.  I set myself a goal of 500 points and wound up producing 675. I am quite proud of this and very much appreciate the kick in the pants it ga…

TOR games survey

Posted on January 13th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

Via Trouble at T’millTor games has a war gaming survey up which given their product lines has some VSF and Steampunk connections.  Go give it a look.

Analogue Hobbies – First Entry

Posted on January 11th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

As mentioned in a previous post, I entered the Analogue hobbies panting challenge as a way to push me to finish up my various armies.My first entry is here: From PatG – 25 mm An assortment of VSF Martians (370 points).Curt has asked for exclusivit…

Worth sharing – Pushing Tin’s Colonial campaign

Posted on December 18th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

If you have any interest in colonials (or VSF), go have a look at Pushing Tin – Campaign Anniversary. Stunning game pictures and excellent fluff, it is reminiscent of the Major General’s work – but in 6mm. Inspirational.

The Painting Challenge – the lead pile.

Posted on December 17th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Getting ready for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge and this is box one of the lead pile.  The 19 Gashant Martian cavalry mounts on the right are why I felt pretty confident I could hit 500 points.  Yes there are handful of fi…