Wargaming Neutral May 2011 Summary

Available Credits 81.50
Available Funds
-58.28

Mmmm… not the recovery month I planned! I’d hoped to sell another FWC army (the PacFed one is still available) which would have given me another £55 coming in which would have been close to breaking even. I still have other bits and pieces to sell so should manage it next month…honest…

Main expenses have been the rulebooks and my last minute collapse of will and purchase of assorted 20mm modern Soviets (and a few Brits)! I’ve managed quite a few bits of microarmour repainted and based (pics to follow) and have more nearly done. I also have a large batch of terrain bits to claim for!

Targets for June are to:

  • finish off the terrain bits
  • paint the Blue Moon AWI
  • do more micro armour
  • paint some of the 20mm modern
  • sell more stuff!

Not sure if I’ll manage all that…

Full breakdown here

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Partizan Today! 2011 AAR

Just got back from Partizan and as Grimsby Mariner says in the Comments to the last post, it did seem very quiet this year. Whether this was due to Triples or just general recession I’m not sure. I THINK a bit of both with the former being the bigger impact? Either way, I still enjoyed it and it was good yet again to meet up with a few people and be able to wonder around without the mass of people/backpacks impeding every move!

I shall come to my purchases in due time but first to the demo games. These were all pretty good, but as with last year, the lighting is so bad in some places it was impossible to get a good photo. Admittedly I was only using my phone but a lot were just blurred so I’ve let them out. So, if your game isn’t here then that’s why and not some slight on my part! 🙂

First up (going by the website) is Steve Jones’ 28mm AWI game. Some lovely figures and scenery. I think they were there last year and use the Perfect Captain rules (but apparently this game used Black Powder!):

More pictures on Steve’s blog: here

Then an 1935 Italian Invasion of Abyssinia game by James Morris and friends of the Newark Irregulars:

Then a WW1 game, The French Attack, by the Forest Outlaws:

Curtey’s Miniatures Battle of Lutzen:

Now I think this was a War and Conquest game, by Scarab miniatures,

There was a well presented 28mm Comanche Moon game by Marc Williams:

And some lovely 28mm EIR in Agricola Moves North by Phil Hendry, Too Fat Lardies and Warlord (I hope!):

In one of the only rooms with decent lighting was a rather good WW2 game by North Hull Wargames. I failed to grab any literature but it did look good and the pics came out well!

Westbury Wargames spectacular Afghan War game had a couple of cracking Soviet helicopters flying over the table. And I really should know what type they are!

The League of Gentlemen Alchemists put on their 28mm DBA campaign, the Italian Job. The lighting in that part precluded any decent shots!

And over in the top room, Wargames Inc. put on a nice looking Flames of War game:

The view in to the middle hall. I’m sure I’ve got this shot from last year and it looked busier!

And from that very hall, North Star’s Death on a Dark Continent:

And finally, a spectacular Egyptian adventure, Tomb it May Concern by the South East Scotland Wargames Club:

There were other equally good looking games but the pictures are crap!

What did I buy? Well, the Deluxe British Grenadier was a must, and really looks good. With the AWI in mind I bought some Blue Moon 15mm AWI Brits in roundabouts and round hats which may become the Royal Welch. I found a green ‘close’ to my Ral Partha one but will need to try it. And finally, it wouldn’t be the same without a Slight DiversionTM in my buying some late 80’s Soviets and Brits from Platoon 20 (East Riding) to dabble with Force on Force. Now who makes a 20mm BMP-2?

So there we have it. Partizan 2011. I enjoyed the day but felt it was not as good/busy as last year. I really hope the dates don’t clash next year. There were a few traders I expected but didn’t see (Timecast) but that likely just saved me money!

I shall return next year!

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Partizan tomorrow!

Tomorrow morning I shall arise at the crack of dawn (no real change there with two kids!) and depart in the car to collect Ian and head down to Newark for Partizan. I went for the first time last year and really enjoyed it and am looking forward to tomorrow. Spending has had to be a little curtailed. Partly because I’m trying to get my whole Wargaming Neutral thing back on track, but mostly because I just had to fork out £300+ on the bloody car to enable to get there! Just because some garage thinks it needs working brakes and legal tyres…picky, picky, picky 🙂

Planned purchases are British Grenadier Deluxe, maybe Hail Caesar!, and a major search among the paint suppliers for a match to my ultra rare and diminished Ral Partha green paint I use for my Swans!

I did just crack and order Fistful of Tows 3 via Lulu. The standard price is a bit steep but I’ve read some good things about it and fancy giving it a try. Normally about £40 in the coil bound, I found a voucher to give 25% off so that got it to a more reasonable level. Anyway, will see later in the week.

I think the T80 shown on the last post is definitely an H&R T80 ERA so I’ve ordered six of them to finish off the unit. And have two more T80 battalions on the go and another three BMP. You can never have too many Russians!

Hopefully show report tomorrow…

Andy

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Happy Birthday to me!

So, yes, today is my birthday. Forty-seven and I don’t feel a day over fifty! At least I got out last night for some nice tapas, sangria and cocktails and as the kids were at their Nan’s we got a lie in this morning.

I’d asked for some of the new ASL stuff from MMP so got the latest ASL Journal and just to start the day right, the map was missing! It’ll get sorted (MMP have great customer service) and it’s not like I’ll be playing it any time soon! But annoying none the less. To add for that, a much anticipated little cheque from an aged aunt had had my name spelled wrong by the bank so it’s unlikely they’ll cash it, needing a re-issue. Still, I’m sure I can borrow on the back of it and have some spending money for Partizan next Sunday.

Gaming-wise, and Wargames Neutral-wise, things are looking up, I’ve sold the 1/300th Canadians and one of the FWC armies so despite the above I do have funds for Partizan. Not sure what I really want to buy though. The new British Grenadier Deluxe is a definite. And I may be tempted by Hail Caesar! And there’s not a lot of lead I want/need. What I do want is either RSM or Heroics and Ros and hence mailorder. It’ll be nice to get out for the day though and I’m sure I’ll find something to buy! 🙂

I even got an hour this morning to start making up some hedges using the scrubber and magnetic foam method. Have a dozen lengths ready to be sprayed brown which MAY happen later if the wind dies down!

So there we are. Not a bad day…

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