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At last, some ancients!

Posted on May 28th, 2018 under . Posted by

At last, I’ve been able to fit some ancients into my busy painting schedule!  These GB Early German minis are ex James Morris and I’ve given them a little light refresh- new spears and highlights. They are joining a German Late Antiquity army…

At Partizan with Soggy Bottom!

Posted on May 23rd, 2018 under . Posted by

I had a fantastic weekend at Partizan in Newark with chums Andrew Brentnall, Tim Thompson and Ian Notter! Here are some photos of the game that Ian took. Above are the hard-riding Northern Horse (foreground) and the Troop of Shewe (AKA the Royal L…

Snagging

Posted on May 18th, 2018 under . Posted by

I ran out of time, before Salute, and didn’t manage to complete the basing of the Soggy Bottom horse. Yesterday and today I have been frantically adding tufts- at least four per mini- rather more than 1000 in total. Time permitting I will dry-brush the…

Hold your horses!

Posted on May 17th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Reinforcements for Sunday’s Partizan game. These are the horse holders for Colonel James Wardlawe’s dragoons and will sit behind a hedge, all day, doing absolutely nothing, except for looking pretty. Minis are super Bicornes, which a few Redoubt horses…

Coming to a Partizan near you, soon….

Posted on May 4th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Andrew Brentnall and I will be bringing our Soggy Bottoms (same battle, two different scales) to the Partizan show in Newark on Sunday May 20th. If you would like to see how the For King and Parliament rules play, or better still join in and turn a few…

Back to School!

Posted on April 30th, 2018 under . Posted by

Here are some pics of a To the Strongest! game run at a school in the ‘States by Jared Fishman.”On Saturday, April 21st, Hackley’s game club (NYSGA- New York Student Gamers’ Association) ran a battle set in 1099 CE, during the First Crusade.  Elev…

For King and Parliament at Salute

Posted on April 18th, 2018 under . Posted by

I’ve been so busy since Salute that I’ve not even had a chance to post any photos! These were all taken by Ian Notter, who did a fine job. Most of the minis are Bicornes with a few Redoubt and Renegade added for variety. This thread is picture-heavy an…

To the Strongest! at Salute

Posted on April 10th, 2018 under . Posted by

At our table GG07, circled in whtie on the plan below, Andrew Brentnall and I will be running not one but TWO games of For King and Parliament. We’ll start games in the morning at 11AM and afternoon at 2:30 PM. If you’d like to play for an hour or more…

Welcome to Soggy Bottom

Posted on April 4th, 2018 under . Posted by

The Borsetshire village of Soggy Botton will feature in our Salute game on Saturday week. All of the buildings are painted- the red-primed areas need to be textured and covered with mud or grass, and the brown strips around the edges with wattle fences…

Preparations for Salute

Posted on March 29th, 2018 under . Posted by

Above are the “reinforcements” for the Salute game- eight regiments of horse and six of foot – have a click! Chum Ian has been helping me to grout the bases- just 2 regiments remain ungrouted- next week comes the dreaded flockathon that precedes any sh…

For King and Parliament is in the shop!

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 under . Posted by

TtS! “For King and Parliament” is a simple set of wargames rules for the Civil Wars in England (and Scotland and Ireland) of the mid-Seventeenth Century.Written by myself and Andrew Brentnall, they use mechanisms that will be immediately familiar to pl…

Saint Something-or-other

Posted on March 6th, 2018 under . Posted by

Here’s a quick shot  of a WIP terrain piece for my Salute ECW game; a Hovels church and scratch-build chirchyard. David Davies painted the church but I’ve detailed it- it stands around 25cm tall- a fine piece. The churchyard disassembles and packs…

More hosses

Posted on February 7th, 2018 under . Posted by

Chum Shaun McTague brought in a load more painted cavalry yesterday. These are most of the additional “Swedish” horse (gallopers if you like) for Salute; around six eighteen-man regiments worth. Dauntingly I also need to complete at least three larger …

Still trapped in the ECW

Posted on February 5th, 2018 under . Posted by

In the lead-up to Salute, all my ancient and medieval projects are currently on hold and most of my recent posts have been on my new ECW blog. So I thought I’d pop in here and say hi, even though all I have to post is a pic of a couple of extra ECW reg…

Last call for the To the Strongest! Worlds

Posted on January 29th, 2018 under , . Posted by

On Saturday 24th February 2018, the fourth “To the Strongest!” World Championships will take place in the village of Chalgrove in Oxfordshire- and there is still time and space for a few late entries!We believe that “Worlds” is the largest 28mm big-bat…

All basing and no posting…

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

…makes Simon a dull lad.I am very much up against it, as I need to finish basing seven foot regiments, four regiments of horse and five command stands by 13th December. Some terrain would be nice, too…

All basing and no posting…

Posted on November 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

…makes Simon a dull lad.I am very much up against it, as I need to finish basing seven foot regiments, four regiments of horse and five command stands by 13th December. Some terrain would be nice, too…

Meeples Podcast

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

I recently had a fine chat with the guys at Meeples about forthcoming To the Strongest! developments and the forthcoming TtS! “For King and Parliament” English Civil War rules, which they have kindly made into a Podcast which you can download from here…

Meeples Podcast

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

I recently had a fine chat with the guys at Meeples about forthcoming To the Strongest! developments and the forthcoming TtS! “For King and Parliament” English Civil War rules, which they have kindly made into a Podcast which you can download from here…

St Crispin’s Day

Posted on October 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;For he to-day that sheds his blood with meShall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,This day shall gentle his condition;And gentlemen in England now a-bedShall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,And h…

St Crispin’s Day

Posted on October 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;For he to-day that sheds his blood with meShall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,This day shall gentle his condition;And gentlemen in England now a-bedShall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,And h…

Ruspina 46 BCE

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

“Caesar once again returned to the town of Ruspina, drew up his camp there, and then set out himself with thirty cohorts in light order to forage.”
Yesterday I ran an extended version of the Ruspina 46 BCE battle that is one of my favourite ancient engagements. NB all photos are clickable! 
Below are the massed Numidian cavalry, thaaaasands of them (well, 120).
The miniatures are almost all Foundry Numidians or Caesarians, with a degree of admixture of Crusader and conversions from other ranges. 

Above, lines of grim-faced legionaries. Below Caesar surveys the situation. In To the Strongest! terms he is a brilliant general, and very handy, too!

  

More Numidians, above and below.


Above, I based some palms with the minis, just for fun. Below, you can see how well the BatBases blend in with the Sagebrush Steppe design mat. Look- no straight lines!


We played the first part of the battle, twice, with novice players; everyone seemed to have fun, especially the kids, one of whom played for the third year in a row. SELWG is always a fun show! Huge thanks to chum Ian for the beautiful photography and to Mike Brian and his son Alex, and Robert, for helping with setup, and to the SELWGers. Thanks also to Foundry for the nellie and hippo and 1st Corps for all the sheep!  🙂

PS We have one place left on Saturday for a rerun of the battle at the Wargames Holiday Centre, near Basingstoke,; I’m also running the battle of Gaza with Demetrius Poliocretes, elephants and a forest of pikes.  If you are free drop me a line, i believe the day’s gaming costs £75.

Ruspina 46 BCE

Posted on October 23rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

“Caesar once again returned to the town of Ruspina, drew up his camp there, and then set out himself with thirty cohorts in light order to forage.”
Yesterday I ran an extended version of the Ruspina 46 BCE battle that is one of my favourite ancient engagements. NB all photos are clickable! 
Below are the massed Numidian cavalry, thaaaasands of them (well, 120).
The miniatures are almost all Foundry Numidians or Caesarians, with a degree of admixture of Crusader and conversions from other ranges. 

Above, lines of grim-faced legionaries. Below Caesar surveys the situation. In To the Strongest! terms he is a brilliant general, and very handy, too!

  

More Numidians, above and below.


Above, I based some palms with the minis, just for fun. Below, you can see how well the BatBases blend in with the Sagebrush Steppe design mat. Look- no straight lines!


We played the first part of the battle, twice, with novice players; everyone seemed to have fun, especially the kids, one of whom played for the third year in a row. SELWG is always a fun show! Huge thanks to chum Ian for the beautiful photography and to Mike Brian and his son Alex, and Robert, for helping with setup, and to the SELWGers. Thanks also to Foundry for the nellie and hippo and 1st Corps for all the sheep!  🙂

PS We have one place left on Saturday for a rerun of the battle at the Wargames Holiday Centre, near Basingstoke,; I’m also running the battle of Gaza with Demetrius Poliocretes, elephants and a forest of pikes.  If you are free drop me a line, i believe the day’s gaming costs £75.

Out of Africa(ns)

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

With the above Numidians based, I have finally have as many as I anticipate needing for the foreseeable futire…. These minis, mostly lovely Wargames Foundry from the Caesarians range, bring me to a total of 120 light horse which should be enough for …

Out of Africa(ns)

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under . Posted by

With the above Numidians based, I have finally have as many as I anticipate needing for the foreseeable futire…. These minis, mostly lovely Wargames Foundry from the Caesarians range, bring me to a total of 120 light horse which should be enough for …