Friday, 4 August 2017

Games

A visit from the Forbodian ambassador yesterday resulted in my first game of Command and Colours.
A most enjoyable game ensued and I would really like to try C&C again.
I have been re-reading this article again and hope to give it a go with some Lone Star  knights -

Charles Grant suggested 54mm Greenwood and Ball but for me the knights of my youth were either Lone Star or Britains. I have recently bought these toy knights I recall from the 1960s as my own ones have sadly gone. More are ordered including some that once were given away in Kellog's cereal .

Monday, 31 July 2017

Not out!

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

Black Dog

The Black Dog has been sniffing around of late but has decided to launch himself upon me now. I know a number of you are visited by him too. Any suggestions for how to deal with him?

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

Breakfast biscuits Little Wars house challenge

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

Space

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

Interwar imaginations revisited- gaming with the Portable Wargame Rules in mind

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...