Ayton – On the workbench

I had hoped to post a decent update last week with a another chapter in Private Lamm’s Journal but things have got delayed a little. I’m still painting for the Ayton game which is now a scarily six weeks off! Still planty to do! So I’ve been cracking on with things and the bulk will make their appearance in the Journal ‘in context’. But in the meantime here are a few pics from the workbench.

More Uhlans for Von Donovans’s Legion and the Royal Guard of the Sacred Camel, part of the forces of the Pasha Sultan Abdul Seyfi, Guardian of the Blood Red Moon and Protector of the Sacred Camel.

Cheers for looking. More next week with a bit of luck!

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ImagiNation Update – Ayton 2011 Game Report

OK, so Ayton 2012 is only a couple of months away! However, I had hoped some of the content I’ve just published was going to appear in Battlegames magazine, but things did not work out so I’ve finally pulled together MY account of the weekend, as told by one of the participants, Private Rüdiger Lamm of von Donovan’s Legion, the Savage Swans! I’d also added the bulk of the photos I took over the weekend to two galleries. I’ve not been able to annotate them but if you’ve read the reports on here, WD3 and in Battlegames magazine they should provide some visual eye candy to accompany the texts.

As Henry points out in the introduction to Part 3 of the write-up in issue 28 of Battlegames, this weekend was about ‘the game’. The terrain may not have been display game quality. Some figure were on unpainted MDF bases. Everyone brought their own figures painted and based their own way. A lot of the figures were stunning. But it was the people and the game that made the weekend the success it was. I am really looking forward to this year’s game.

So, what do we have?

Altefritzenburg – I’ve added a little more backround and maps etc. are to follow soon.

Journal of Private Rüdiger Lamm – this I intend to continue as I chronicle events after the victory and prior to the next game. And introduce some new forces to the mix!

Ayton 2011 – a little background to the game lots of pics from both days. Day One and Day Two.

Hope you enjoy them all



Technical Rant: Thank you Google. I’ve spent quite a lot of time and effort on this blog and was really quite chuffed to find I had 175 Followers via Google Friends Connect. This month, Google decided to drop GFC for any non-Google Blogger blogs and it seems only a matter of time before they do so for blogger as well as they try and push people towards Google+.So the nice little Followers widget I had a bottom left is not blank. I am hoping that people will still pick up new posts and I suppose this will be the test. In the meantime I’ll be looking at linking more to Facebook with a page devoted to this blog, and other options as well.

So if you have come here via you Blogger followers and you are commenting please let me know the Blogger world still knows I exist!


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WMMS 2012 – Show Report

Today I went to the West Midland Military Show in Aldersley. I think the last time I went to this show was at a different venue and probably in 1993! I don’t normally make shows in the Midlands or the West but I’d arranged to visit good friends in Birmingham on Saturday night and drove over to the show this morning. It’s put on by Alumwell Wargames and I have to admit I really enjoyed it. The leisure center took a little finding (good signage up until the crucial right turn which says Aldersley Stadium where all others refer to Aldersley Leisure Village!). The free parking was great, IF you could actually find a space. It seemed very busy and full. But the venue was good. A LARGE sports hall, well lit, with the whole show under one roof. Traders (of which there was a good selection) mostly round the outside, and games, traders, re-enactors and modelling displays in the middle.

I hadn’t really planned to take pictures as I was mainly going to pick stuff up from Michael at Angel Barracks and Pete at Baccus, but some of the games were so good I felt I had to! As ever, I’d have liked to see more info on who was doing what game as I didn’t really have the time to quiz everyone. If there’s a poster or info sheet I usually just snap that for later reference! Anyway, rather than a detailed breakdown I’ll just put up two galleries of my favourite games and then a general one for the show. And then I’ll waffle a bit…

These are a few of my favourite things!

Pics 1 and 2 are of a very well presented Ride with the Devil ACW game

Pics 3,4,5,6 are of the Fishguard 1797 game put on by Mark Davies and Martin Small. It was a pleasure chatting to Mark about the game and seeing the amount of work a conversions that went in to it. The militia dragoons apparently starting life as Perry Hussars!

Pics 7-15 were the highlight of the show for me. A pirate game put on by Shrewsbury Wargames Society. Now I will admit to bias here as this was the club I started gaming with in the late 70’s! Although I’ve bumped into club members at other shows this was the first time I’d seen a club demo game and it was a pleasure to chat with Chris and Keith (who I don’t think I’ve seen for over 25 years!) and also to bump into Tym who over the same period I think I’ve only chatted to on TMP once! The game was excellent and I hope the photos do it justice. Lovely paint jobs, ships and terrain. If there’s an award for best demo game this would get my vote!

The last pics are of a great looking Hougoumont game. This used teddy bear fur and this worked really well.

I took quite a few other pictures but don’t really have the details of the who and what.

The ACW on the hexes looked good. The FWC looked very red/pink! The Culloden was neat. And I missed others…

The nice thing about going to a ‘western’ show was seeing demo games from clubs that just don’t make it up north!

Now, to the serious stuff. What did I buy? Not a lot really. Diesel cost my near £70 for the round trip which was more than I planned. I had dice, paint and some nice SF critters to collect from Angel Barracks. Some 6mm Dark Age things from Baccus (of which more in a week or so) and I ended up with a few other 6mm packs as well. There was an excellent 6mm painting workshop there as well and I had a nice chat with the guy, Mike Salwey, currently sculpting the 6mm Ottoman range. These are VERY nice and for a first time sculptor are truly excellent. I look forward to seeing the  rest of the range. And buying some more!

In other news, Battlegames 28 arrived on Saturday morning. I’ve yet to read the bulk of it but therein lies the final part of the report on last years Ayton game and I’m quite pleased to see that the Uhlans of my Savage Swans made the front cover!

As they charged across the bridge to do battle with the massed Guard cuirassiers, I’m sure someone from the game will happily point out that they bounced off and minutes later were seen heading in the opposite direction!

I even got recognised from my photo in the mag and was stopped for a chat by Ubique

So all in all a good weekend…





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