Thursday, 26 May 2016

Books & Partizan

Sunday 22nd May 2016 - Partizan @ Newark

Held in an 'aircraft-hanger' type building - high humidity, much noise, good light.  No cash facilities on site.  Very few 15mm figures around.  I should have taken my camera - some of the demo games were notable - Witch Racing (Terry Pratchett characters) - Clothes Pegs armies that looked both retro and spectacular - Very British Civil War.

Also met up with several of my fellow bloggers including the semi-legendary Tamsin.  Still didn't ask her about 'Junglegrave'.  Damn!

My only purchases were two books:

Published by the Pike and Shot Society in 2009 - £10 (courtesy of a loan from John Smith).  I had looked at this tome at another show and then 'hummed and harred' about it.  This time I took the plunge.

Published 1974 (hardback) for £1.95 - I bought it for £3.  Been interested in this war for some time - and it would use up some of the mountain of half-painted Airfix Napoleonics.

It took me 1 hour and 5 mins to travel the 50 miles to get to Newark.  Turning off the A1 was easy enough but the three lane roundabout that you are pushed into was a nightmare. So would I go again?  Well......maybe if they have a few more 15mm figures for sale!

Pics at:    (Sunday 22 May 2016)

Wednesday 25th May 2016 - Still waiting for summer.

Dull and rainy all day - 9 degrees in the evening,  Managed to get some painting done - various bits for my Renaissance armies.  

Must get around to splashing some paint on the new WW1 British (Tropical) figures for the upcoming 18th June scrap.  Probably use "I Wish I Was in France".  Would help if I worked out a scenario as well.

Almost finished another book - third in the series - "The First Colonial Soldiers".  Review in due course!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Knights & Days

Sunday 15th May 2016 - Halifax shop purchases:

1 x Waterloo 1815 - AP035 - Roger's Rangers -
I already have some of these - they could end up as dedicated French-Indian wars troops; be added to militia units of the American Revolution or be utilised as 'woodswise troops' for a (Renaissance) colonial army?

 1 x Dark Dream - DDS72005 - European Knights -

 The back of the box

The figures look more orange against the black background. Neither this nor the PSR shots do credit to the hideous pink they are extruded in (be thankful).

The obvious destination for these is for my proposed (DBA-RRR) Spanish  army of the Dutch Rebellion period.  I am also minded to replace the French 30YW Knights....then again some would make splendid generals!  With only 12 figures I will have to prioritise (or wait until I get some more).

Monday 16th May 2016 - WDW

DBM scrap between Sea Peoples and Makkan.  Pitting Bd(F) against Wb(F) means that you have to break through at initial contact.  After that the Wb numbers will tell.  What do you think happened?   Well at least it's a fair distribution - I have lost heavily with all three partners in turn.

On the other tables - Medieval Fubar between Sub-Roman British and some Arabs. 
                                  Impetus 100 Years' War fight

Wednesday 18th May 2016

Finally got a bit more painting done - nothing completed yet though.  Started on the Spanish mastiffs so that I can, eventually, field a Warband unit in my Colonial Spanish army. 

Thursday, 12 May 2016

No plan survives contact with the enemy.

Monday 9th May 2016

DBM - Samurai v Southern Dynasties Chinese - the latter being an experimental army.  It was a slow business with the Chinese starting to take losses near the end of the game.  I doubt that I will be fielding this army again.

Chang Cheng (boardgame) - with rival officials competing for favour by holding the Great Wall against the Mongol hordes.  It wasn't obvious at the start that the  'optional' two-player rule' was a must.

Square Bashing - Germans x British 1916

Tuesday 10th May 2016

 My Jinetes arrived from Model Hobbies: 

Red Box 72076 (set 1):    
& 72077 (set 2):               

After this sudden influx of 'Spanish' troops (Conquistadores & Jinetes) I need to re-appraise my armies.  New decisions need to be made - hence the heading - a quote from Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1871, paraphrased in  1964)

Some of the Jinetes have quilted armour which would be more suitable for the Spanish or Portuguese 'lancers' of the New world.  Methinks I will carry out some substitutions!  Similarly I now have sufficient numbers to carry out the same exercise with some of the foot units. 

I'm inclined towards creating an English Colonial (1.40), a later Dutch Colonial (3.20) and, possibly a Low Countries Spanish (1.47).  The last of these gives the direct opponent of my existing Dutch Rebellion (1.48) army but I lack the necessary Knights. 

Waiting for the dust to settle would be the wisest course .....but we shall see!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Some Slight Progress

Saturday 30th April 2016

Horbury Library -  one of WDW's 'outreach' days - 4 battles of the Hundred Years War - 2 against a young lad who did pretty well.  Afterwards I passed through Thornhill (near Dewsbury) where a heavy sleet shower almost stopped the traffic.

Sunday 1st May 2016

Halifax purchases:

2 x HaT 8293   WW1 British Infantry (Tropical) - these will go to my WW1 East Africa project.

1 x Mars 72019 Conquistadores
1 x Caesar 025 Conquistadores

The Mars (ex-Revell) have the war dogs but far too many sword-and-buckler men.  Renaissance troops for my English or Dutch Colonial army.

1 x Red Box 72051 Militia and Loyalist Troops (1745). 

 Still looking for suitable horse for the Jacobite Rebellion but otherwise now have a decent number to, at least, skirmish with.

1 x Model Color 70.927 Dark Flesh

Monday 2nd May 2016

Still only 8 degrees.  DBM - Tupi v Scots Common - heavy defeat for the South Americans.  

Battle for Normandy (SPI boardgame); Little Big Horn (1964 boardgame).

Thursday 5th May 2016 

Slight progress on the Renaissance front:

On the left - the Spanish Colonial general is now on foot - seems that his shield has taken damage already!
On the right - the final element for the Safavid Persians - Tufangchis shot.