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Mega Phalanx 3

Posted on August 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

A quick WIP shot of the forming phalanx; all minis finished and varnished. Ranking up is always a challenge with animated minis like the ones I’m using here. Happily I am currently ahead of target for Partizan! :-)

Mega-phalanx 2

Posted on August 11th, 2017 under . Posted by

A hastily snatched shot of Thebans forming up for Sunday-week’s mega phalanx. Here are the 70-odd hoplites (Lucid Eye, Foundry and Victrix) that will constitute the 6-deep formation. They are all in active poses – I want the finished unit to have a sen…

Thebans at the charge

Posted on August 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

I have around 10 painting sessions before Partizan and have been racing to finish what I’m calling the Theban mega-phalanx for Leuctra- it’ll be touch and go. Here are the shields- painted, varnished and awaiting their clubs of Heracles. The figures (n…

28mm Desert buildings

Posted on August 7th, 2017 under Posted by

Chum Welsh Raglan is trying to persuade Total Battle Miniatures to replicate this range of 10mm buildings in the larger 28mm scale. The lovely buildings are cast in light weight resin. They would be very useful to us 28mm gamers; I’m thinking Hatra, Pa…

More Greek horse!

Posted on July 30th, 2017 under Posted by

Mea culpa- it has been over three weeks since my last blog post here.After a lengthy busman’s holiday on my new English Civil War blog I have returned from an actual holiday (Whitby) to ancients. Here are some Greek cavalry, painted by Nick Spelle…

More Greek horse!

Posted on July 30th, 2017 under Posted by

Mea culpa- it has been over three weeks since my last blog post here.After a lengthy busman’s holiday on my new English Civil War blog I have returned from an actual holiday (Whitby) to ancients. Here are some Greek cavalry, painted by Nick Spelle…

New "For King and Parliament" Blog

Posted on July 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ll be posting a great deal about the English Civil War during the coming year, so have decided to set up a dedicated ECW blog- it’s called For King and Parliament (the same name as that of the rules Andrew and I will be publishing later this year)- b…

New "For King and Parliament" Blog

Posted on July 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ll be posting a great deal about the English Civil War during the coming year, so have decided to set up a dedicated ECW blog- it’s called For King and Parliament (the same name as that of the rules Andrew and I will be publishing later this year)- b…

Summer sale!

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

I will be holding a summer sale of the “To the Strongest!” ancient and medieval wargames rules, lasting until midnight UK time on Friday 7th July.
The rules’ unique activation mechanism and simple grid enables battles to be fought to a bloody conclusion in around 90 minutes, and they are supported by over 150 free army lists, with more added each month.
The digital version of the rules, the hard copy rules and both sets together will all be discounted by 25%. Moreover, with each order I’ll include a sample pack of 20-or-so of the chits that are used with the game.
I have also put some other products on sale, including quite a few Deep-Cut Mats and Batbases, and will be adding more products during the course of the week.
Sale items in the BigRedBatShop
Finally, I have also published an updated version of the “Even Stronger” supplement with some important updates to the rules (a free hero with every warband!), and updated several of the army list booklets.

Summer sale!

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

I will be holding a summer sale of the “To the Strongest!” ancient and medieval wargames rules, lasting until midnight UK time on Friday 7th July.
The rules’ unique activation mechanism and simple grid enables battles to be fought to a bloody conclusion in around 90 minutes, and they are supported by over 150 free army lists, with more added each month.
The digital version of the rules, the hard copy rules and both sets together will all be discounted by 25%. Moreover, with each order I’ll include a sample pack of 20-or-so of the chits that are used with the game.
I have also put some other products on sale, including quite a few Deep-Cut Mats and Batbases, and will be adding more products during the course of the week.
Sale items in the BigRedBatShop
Finally, I have also published an updated version of the “Even Stronger” supplement with some important updates to the rules (a free hero with every warband!), and updated several of the army list booklets.

ECW 4

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 under . Posted by

Progress on my first regiment- the command stand and casualty minis are blocked in and the rest are inked. Turns out that command minis are even slower to paint than musketeers! Still, I am on the final lap with perhaps two painting sessions left, whic…

ECW 4

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 under . Posted by

Progress on my first regiment- the command stand and casualty minis are blocked in and the rest are inked. Turns out that command minis are even slower to paint than musketeers! Still, I am on the final lap with perhaps two painting sessions left, whic…

ECW 3

Posted on June 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

Steady progress with the ECW minis- I’m around 70% in on the first (front) regiment now, they need to be piked, inked and varnished. The command stand are mustering at the rear…  They are going to be, most appropriately, New Model Army.

ECW 3

Posted on June 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

Steady progress with the ECW minis- I’m around 70% in on the first (front) regiment now, they need to be piked, inked and varnished. The command stand are mustering at the rear…  They are going to be, most appropriately, New Model Army.

Norman foot

Posted on June 14th, 2017 under . Posted by

Here are some of the Norman foot that Shaun McTague has painted for me- I hope to eventually have around four times this many. They are mounted on temporary painting blocks- I really should be finishing them, but am currently addicted to the ECW!

Norman foot

Posted on June 14th, 2017 under . Posted by

Here are some of the Norman foot that Shaun McTague has painted for me- I hope to eventually have around four times this many. They are mounted on temporary painting blocks- I really should be finishing them, but am currently addicted to the ECW!

ECW 2

Posted on June 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Terrible photo but the ECW minis are coming on- I now have 60 “under the brush”. The chaps on the left will be Royalists and the right, New Model Army. Two things I have learned thus far:-ECW minis are not faster to paint than ancients; especially musk…

ECW 2

Posted on June 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Terrible photo but the ECW minis are coming on- I now have 60 “under the brush”. The chaps on the left will be Royalists and the right, New Model Army. Two things I have learned thus far:-ECW minis are not faster to paint than ancients; especially musk…

Normans

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

I’m going to try to get back to two or three posts a week. Here are some Normans that Shaun McTague painted and which I’ve detailed. I plan to produce a good-sized Norman army and a Byzantine army to fight it- probably next year, though, as the ECW wil…

Normans

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

I’m going to try to get back to two or three posts a week. Here are some Normans that Shaun McTague painted and which I’ve detailed. I plan to produce a good-sized Norman army and a Byzantine army to fight it- probably next year, though, as the ECW wil…

Opening a new front…

Posted on June 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’m sorry for the recent lack of posts- I’ve been very busy writing “For King and Parliament” for release late this year and it’s cut right across my blogging time. I still have loads of units that I completed for the last WHC gig in april that I’ve no…

Opening a new front…

Posted on June 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’m sorry for the recent lack of posts- I’ve been very busy writing “For King and Parliament” for release late this year and it’s cut right across my blogging time. I still have loads of units that I completed for the last WHC gig in april that I’ve no…

Nellie news

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Aventine have produced some new ride on crew for their new resin elephants, and Keith kindly sent me some photos which I reproduce here. These are really great minis- all the heads are separate so it is possible to introduce extra variety. I plan …

Nellie news

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Aventine have produced some new ride on crew for their new resin elephants, and Keith kindly sent me some photos which I reproduce here. These are really great minis- all the heads are separate so it is possible to introduce extra variety. I plan …