Monday, 31 July 2017
Firstly many thanks for your kind words and support,it really makes a difference. I am moving forward. I have taken much of your advice- a day visit to St Andrews was great, listening to Test Match Special whilst doing some gardening or painting and enjoying some books and tv. Friday saw me take my Romans across the Firth of Forth by train to try and put down a revolt by Civilis. The game was great but ended in my Romans succumbing to the combined might of Germanic tribesmen allied with revolting roman auxiliaries and cavalry. A re match is planned. Today I cut the hedge with secateurs ( whilst telling passing neighbours that Jan had sensibly always banned me from an electric hedgetrimmer in case I cut myself) ending with me cutting a finger and going to minor injuries at the local hospital to have the cut glued and a tetanus booster given. This will put my Kingdom of Commagene figure painting on hold for a few days. We are getting there.
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Friday, 21 July 2017
Ambush in the forest,Norway 1200 AD- a game played with the ancient rules from "Developing the Portable Wargame"
A forest in Norway,a patrol of knights are making their way home through the forest-
They encounter some ambushers-
The resulting battle was played using these rules-
They give a most enjoyable ancient game and like the Ronseal advert says they do exactly what it says on the tin,sorry book. Bob develops the portable wargaming rules of his last book taking them to the ancient period and to the skies with aerial combat not to mention adding depth and interest to his already accessible system. Well worth getting hold of ,they are packed with inspiration and will add much to your gaming.
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
A sunny day in Tradgardland today and I set a challenge for my three daughters- paint a house made out of a breakfast biscuit box to be used as wargaming scenery.
Here are the results-
Please vote for your favourite by leaving a comment below. Watch out for the houses being included in a game very soon.
Saturday, 15 July 2017
With both the kitchen table and dining table commandeered for ongoing art work or studying I am unable to set up big games. I have therefore set up a game (see yesterday's post) using the converted garden potting bench I adapted for inside use-
The game can be left up ,out of everyone's way, ready to be played on and off over a couple of days. The railway background paper helps shut out the real world and adds atmosphere to the look of the thing.
Friday, 14 July 2017
It is time to revisit my two deadly rivals- The Duchy of Volare-Cantare and The Imperium.
Now the newly painted forces of The Duchy of Volare-Cantare.
Tanks and Alpini go into action...
Next those of The Imperium-
Infantry,Cavalry and Light Armour go into action.
Finally got figures from Eamon and tanks from Tim Gow on the table.More pictures as the game develops tomorrow...
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Sunday, 9 July 2017
On holiday now. Yesterday ( with the sunne present for once) I spent much of the day cutting the grass and weeding,redeeming the wilderness but not too much. I was accompanied in this by a radio on an extension cable with Test Match Special.
I am pleased with the result. I also watched an interesting film- "Free state of Jones" which is well worth a watch. Today the weather has returned to a cold wet norm and I have been painting figures, accompanied once more by T.M.S. Nearly two years ago I got these rules-
and have yet to use them. I feel they would be just right for some skirmishes set in the late 17th century in Tradgardland.I will give them a go with the figures currently on the painting table. Anyone used them and what do you think?
Saturday, 8 July 2017
The Duke of Tradgardland watches as his gardeners train with muskets.
Amidst smoke and noise, the Duke's Grenadiers assault a statue of Mercury. The Duke hopes that the damage will only be slight but realises that grenades need to be thrown at times for practise.
Friday, 7 July 2017
Early morning and the Duke's gardeners make their weary way to the first job of the day.
Elsewhere in the lee of some topiary Father Lacey-Cotta awaits a confidant...
In another corner of the garden old mother Shippam converses earnestly to no avail.
Monday, 3 July 2017
Daughter number one has been making some model topiary out of clay with/for me today-
It is air drying so I will need to be patient for some days. In the picture is a late 17th century Front Rank figure for scale and inspiration. When dry I will paint and varnish the topiary not to mention the pond. After that some pictures with figures...
Sunday, 2 July 2017
Saturday, 1 July 2017
Schools hols began yesterday. I took some photos locally.Firstly our new museum/gallery/library-
Have a good Saturday!