Monday, July 18, 2016
Another shameless plug I'm afraid and an explanation as to why magazine publishers may see a blip in regional sales for Lincolnshire this month.
Miniature Wargames reaches a landmark issue with number 400 this month.
If that's not enough reason to buy it then how about the fact that Henry has be kind enough to lead a new series with an article about me?
And then there is the new issue of Wargames Illustrated (no346) which this month features an article about, what I consider to be the very best wargaming club in the country (but then I would given i'm a member), the Grimsby Wargames Society.
The issue also features a write up of the Battle of Ramillies - something I'm looking forward to given that it is the main game next month at the Society.
Monday, July 11, 2016
My wife needed to visit "The Range" (a weird store that is hard to define but really good for arts and crafts) for some supplies for her science lessons at school - tissue paper to make parachutes. Whilst there I took the opportunity to have a look at their arts and crafts range.
Very good it is too.
A decent variety of brushes of different qualities and prices. Excellent range of W&N acrylic paints.
I also picked up several of these pens from W&N. They have two nibs, a fine and a not quite so fine, and come in a variety of colurs (I picked up Lamp black, Paynes Grey & Burnt Umber) with the idea of using them to detail figures and flags. Now they are watercolours so will need to be applied after varnishing but that's fine since they are only for details - I had in mind using the Burnt Umber for improving faces with lines for example.
I also bought some more brushes for a decent price.
My wife has now vowed not to go to the Range when I'm in the car.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
The Grimsby Wargames Society will be pleased to present a magnificent staging of the Battle of Ramillies on Saturday August 27th.
We have fought this famous battle of the War of the Spanish Succession before but this time it will be even bigger. To press we estimate some 5,000 28mm figures on the tabletop - our largest ever game.
We plan to halt at around noon for the traditional fish & chip lunch.
There are plenty of commands available so please let me know if you'd like to come along and take part.
Entry fee will be £1 + lunch (approximately £5) - a quid for a full day of playing with some lovely toys!
Friday, July 01, 2016
I used to be organised I think. One unit at a time from start to finish. When the last few figures of that unit were nearly complete then I'd get the first of the next prepped. Yet somehow I've managed to get into a situation where there are now three units in progress at the same time.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
A while ago I posted a blog about what I have ongoing as projects and ideas. A long time ago I posted about a SYW idea using flat figures.
Well with a number of fellow bloggers talking about their toy soldier projects I thought it might be nice to bring you up to date with my flat figures.
The two photographs were taken last night with a few French figures marching around my Grandfathers buildings. These were made for me some forty years ago by my maternal grandfather and are much cherished. He didn't play wargames but he loved to make things from wood and I don't think anything would give him more pleasure than to see that these are still loved. The idea of bringing the flats into play is because they would have appealed to him in terms of styling, quality and the skill required to make them.
Monday, June 27, 2016
When I started in this hobby there used to be a single figure code for each type of figure I wanted. It was simple - just our code ABC for "French infantry at the ready" or code XYZ for "British artillery man with bucket".
Somewhere down the line we introduced different angles of the head, different hairstyles, slightly different poses. Then those poses became strikingly different but all mixed in the same bag. Now our lines have a very different look to the toy soldier effect of yesterday.
But one thing that hadn't changed much was the number of options available in the artillery. Probably down to the fact that we don't have that many pieces of artillery in our armies, makes the cost of casting numerous different poses, faces, hairstyles etc. price prohibitive. Which meant our artillery has a very similar look in just about every base on the table.
|Footsore Swedish artillery. I really like the figures holding their ears as the gun is fired. Models from my collection.|
|Warfare Miniatures Swedish artillery. Photo from Warfare Miniatures.|
The website also shows how some of those figures can be used in other areas such as pushing forward wagons.
Just lovely. And in a way I'm glad I've bought what I need because I just don't need this amount of temptation.