After the big tidy up the other week I’ve finally cleared a couple of things in the pile. A while back I acquired some Sudan Brits from Martin (Slugbalancer). Neatly painted I just applied a wash and based them after painting a few more to make up a full unit. He then most kindly sent me some more! Again, wash required, extras to paint, and then base.
This now gives me two units! Slow progress but getting there…And then the Curse of Burt strikes! Re-basing! The 10mm Lancer Prussians I painted and based a few weeks ago I decided just weren’t right. Four 6 figures bases, although quick to paint, just didn’t look like a unit to me. And when in line the FLAGS WERE NOT IN THE MIDDLE!!!
So, after consulting the Goat (Simon) I decided that a DBN compatible 40mm base was the answer. Now I thought this was just a quick rebase as I had it in my head the first lot were on 30mm bases so it was just a matter of re-arranging them. But they were on 25mm! And to get the required 12 figures on a 40mm base I had to paint another 12… but I think it was worth it…
The flags are printed from Warflag.com. I might try and stick a bit in the top for a finial as the poles are a little short for the size of flag I want…
So that is the 1st Battalion Muffling regiment. Just need to do the second now!
And finally the latest rule arrival is the 2nd Edition of Brigade Fire and Fury. Only had a couple of read throughs but the changes look interesting, adding a little more detail to unit classifications, some streamlining of mechanisms, diagrams and examples seem clearer, and a force generator added. Looking forward to trying them.
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After a nice lie in, breakfast, and nice smelly thing presents and chocolate I managed to grab a little Father’s Day me time in the attic. I’d thought to do some painting but the place is a mess so a tidy up was required first. The painting area in the desk was cleared and cleaned, paints put away, and the desk protector I’ve had for months finally put down…So… looking much tidier… Only issue is the mouse doesn’t like the plastic mat hence the piece of paper. I could really do with another Vallejo type paint rack and I have another drawer full of paints…
Now, to clear the desk I had to move off all the part prepped/painted odds and ends. All of these I piled on the now rather cluttered ‘gaming’ table…As you can see, no gaming on there for a while… But it did enable me to sort all the bits I have in the queue…So, left side starting at the back:
- 28mm Spencer Smith FPW French Marines and Mitrailleuse and crew
- 20mm Les Higgins WSS
- 28mm RSM primed…
- 10mm 1806 Project…
Centre starting at back:
- Crann Tara Savoia cavalry
- 10mm Sudan British
- 15mm Macedonian pikemen
Right side, starting at back:
- 28mm Crann Tara Savoia infantry
- 28mm RSM (painted!)
- 15mm Minifigs ACW odds and ends…
Now the current plan is to do the 1806 first. You may notice that the unit I had based is now off their bases! More of which in a day or so…
The C18th 28mm stuff should really be started as needed for Ayton next May but the 20mm WSS may be needed before if Essex Boy arranges an early 2018 game in his new shed!
The rest is on hold…
The other success of the day (apart from cleaning the attic windows) was zapping my big PC and installing a new version of Linux (MINT). The version of Ubuntu I had on was ‘broken’ and hadn’t been properly updated for a couple of years. So installing a current version was getting to be a priority. I usually install and keep my home directory but this time I jiggled the partitions round and created a new home and saved the old one. Before my ‘me’ time ran out I managed to restore my Thunderbird profile and get the Citrix Receiver working so I can log into work on Wednesday. Lots of stuff to reinstall now but it will be good to have a current setup…
And the day was rounded off nicely with beer and home made pizza at the Pickthall’s. Always a pleasure…
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Today, 10th June was the annual Durham Wargames Show put on by Durham Wargames Group at their club venue. I couldn’t make last year’s show so was determined to make this year. Luckily Lawrence was able to offer a lift and we arrived shortly after 10am. The bring and buy was in the pavillion on your right before you get to the main venue so we nipped in there first. It was quite busy with people booking stuff in and a good selection on the tables already. There was a table opposite that I think was meant for people booking in etc. but everyone seemed to be rummaging through the boxes there as well! Lots of books on the B&B but possibly not as many figures as previous years. And although quite busy for the first hour and a half I felt that by 11.30 everything that was going on was on and pretty well all the stuff that was going to sell was sold. There seemed to be a few bargains and the book prices were good. If I had spare shelf space I’d probably no longer have spare shelf space! 🙂
Hitting the bring and buy first was a good idea. I only had one thing on my shopping list, Jena, Auerstaedt: The Triumph of the Eagle by Francois-Guy Hourtoulle.
I used to have a copy of this acquired during previous project starts for an 1806 Prussian Army but I have been unable to find it! I must have sold it on at some point when I gave up. I knew that Worley Books usually had copies for £10 so if nothing else I was going to buy that. But there on the bring and buy was a copy for £5! Bargain! Sorted!
In the same room was a nice looking 28mm ACW game using Johnny Reb 2 rules. Very tidy game and nice to chat with Dave Jarvis both during the game and over coffee.
The main venue is two large rooms. There were only a dozen or so traders but all are fairly local and good to see them supporting the local show. Sadly, one of the traders, Northumbria Games, had a a closing down sale. I’ve seen them at many shows over the years and it is sad to see them go. I think the dominance of online purchases and Kickstarter played a big part. A shame…
The chaps from Old Glory UK usually put on a game at Durham rather than trade and had a nice looking late medieval game. This was the only game in the right hand room. In the larger main ‘hall’ were the remaining traders and two more games. A WW2 skirmish: And a nice looking game using the recent Pikeman’s Lament:
Durham is always a small show and for me is more about supporting the club and traders and having a good natter with the local players. It did seem quiet this year, possibly not helped by the rotten weather. I do hope it continues though as I always enjoy the day.
So given I had got the book I wanted and I’m trying to be sensible at the moment I started no new scales or periods and only bought four average dice! Not sure why but I’m sure they will come in somewhere!
Thanks to the Durham Wargames Group and nice to bump into a good few people and natter. And thanks again to Lawrence (and Rowena) for the lift!
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