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Durham Show and Eagle Figures

Today was the Durham Show. I’ve missed the last couple as it always seems to clash with either a holiday or my lads birthday party. I was determined to make it this year and despite many things conspiring against me (wife working, having to get daughter to friends and bringing my five year old lad with me!) I made it there for 10am!

It’s a small show. Basically two main rooms and the bring and buy (in the bowling pavilion this year) but has a good little range of traders. There were only three (I think) demo games but they were all nicely done (especially the modern game from Andy of Old Glory) and a rather nicely presented Colonial game in the Bring and Buy room. As I had my lad with me (his first show) I gave up on the idea of taking photos so if you want to see a few pics pop along to Richard (Herybird)’s blog here.

I picked up a Halo figure for my lad (he’s just turned five so had birthday money) and a Batman Shadow Assault game on the Bring and Buy. I was also meeting Robbie to return some RSM figures and pick up a bag of RSM Cossacks. I didn’t really have anything definite on my buy list but was pleased to spot, just in the entrance, Eagle Figures. Now I’d walked passed several times and glanced at the display stand and seem Napoleonics so kept walking! But finally I spotted tricorns and went for a little investigate…

Eagle Figures

The range has been around for a few years and was (according to the website) run by Stewart Black and Alan Mercer and based ‘down south’. The range has now been moved north and taken over by Ian McCulloch as of 1st June and, being based in Middlesbrough, the Durham show was his first outing! It was also the first time he’d really seen the show stock so was still finding his way round the trays! The ranges offered are mostly 28mm Napoleonic and SYW but also some ECW, HYW, Crimea and Moghul as well as some 15mm FPW and Naps. I only really looked at the SYW but there are some lovely figures there, especially the Prussian firing line seen here. A little search on TMP finds some nice reviews of the ranges. There seem to have been a few sculptors used over the years and some figures look a little ‘rougher’ then others but the detail and poses are good and there are some really nice figures! What really caught my eye are the SYW Armed Civilians( Codes SYWCIV1-5) and I thought straightaway that my ImagiNation of Altefritzenburg needs the loyal townsfolk to take up arms! So I just bought enough for a company to see how they paint.

The scultps are really nice and slim (and are the same style as their new Spanish Napoleonics) and I hoped they would fit in with the RSM and Minden that I use. Ian has a nice little comparison on the stand of the main manufacturers (Front Rank, Foundry etc.) but none of my regular staples. So…

Eagle Figures Comparison
From left to right: Eagle, RSM, Minden, Eagle, RSM, Huzzah, Eagle

The Eagle have quite think bases but I think they will mix rather well. I wanted to grab an officer to go with them but kept picking the ones out of stock so may go with a Minden chap. It’s nice to have some militia types that aren’t just AWI militia so if they paint up well they are likely to get brought up to the 36 figure full strength!

I’ve also been looking at dismounts for my RSM Dragoons and although I’ve ID’d a Hinchliffe horse for this I did find one here as well:

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The horse is a little chunky but has the right furniture so this may be an option…

Overall I’m quite pleased to find the range and chatting to Ian he seems to have plans to expand the range so I’ll be keeping an eye open and wish him all the best with the venture. And being in Middlesbrough I can hopefully save on postage as he should be attending the northern shows I go to!

 

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On the Workbench and 301 posts!

Well, I still haven’t got the detailed list of my plans up yet but I have at least done a little more towards it. Not as much as I’d have liked but something…

I’ve done the basic camo and wash on the T34s so just need the last dry brush and detailing on them:

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And I’ve based up the command stands and added the basing material to all three units now for the 6mm. STILL need to do the flags though…

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And I also realised that my last post was post 300 for the blog, making this 301! Quite a tally really over the years. The blog started as an ASL blog in November 2006 so six years and counting is pretty good I think… I’m also getting close to 80000 visits. This is only since I added the Site Meter icon (and I can’t remember when that was!) but I may try and do something when I hit the 80K.

Hopefully a little more progress next week as well.

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On the Workbench

I haven’t really done a Workbench post for a while, mainly because nothing was getting done! I have at last managed a couple of short sessions to move some things along. The six Adler generals for my ImagiNation units got varnished last night and now await basing:

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IMAG3234I still have the flags to do for the three units but can at least move the basing along.

As I now have my 666 Plan (full details coming soon, honest!) it seemed to make sense to do something completely different! When I bought a load of GHQ WW2 microarmour at the end of last year for my Western Desert plans there were also some T34-85s available so I thought I’d grab them to add to my Syrians. There should have been enough for two battalions but a few were missing barrels so I’ll either need to try and replace or just buy a pack to complete the second unit. Anyway, undercoated and basecoated. Next up drybrush, camo,  tracks, wash, drybrush and detail. And base…

IMAG3236Back to the ImagiNation stuff. I have started my first Altefritzenburg unit. Still a way to go…

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But this gives an idea of where they are heading:

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And finally, I took delivery of some Timecast goodness via the CWC forums. The start of my Cold War urban bases:

IMAG3239 IMAG3240Done to Timecast’s usual high standard, I only need to paint all my stuff to match now!

Hopefully I can get a little more done tonight or at the weekend.

 

 

 

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2012 – A Year in Review…

Well, I started this post back on the 28th and only got as far as a title! Did a little more last week and over the weekend and finally finished it today. So a little late but we shall see how it goes. So, how was 2012? Lets look at it from Highs, Lows, Slight Diversions and then Plans.

Highs

Well, it has to be Ayton again! The weekend in May (the Jubilee weekend) was yet again a weekend of great figures, a great game and great company throughout. You could not wish for a better bunch to game with and a better atmosphere. There are some pics from the game in the Ayton 2012 gallery, and the actual battle is written up by the ever faithful Private Lamm in his Journal entry. Getting everything painted and ready for this meant that at least the first few months were productive and quite a few boxes were filled in in the Painting Master Plan.

I did manage to add to quite a few other projects over the year. Added to my FUBAR forces even if I didn’t manage a game!

Patrol 02Started to recreate my ImagiNation forces in 6mm and was quite pleased with my converted Adler SYW lancers!

Savage Swan Uhlans
Savage Swan Uhlans

And added numerous bits and pieces to my Cold War Commander forces even if I didn’t manage a game this year!

D-30s
D-30s

I even started recreating the Savage Swans in 15mm Romano-British form!

sabot03So I think there were a lot of good little outputs this year. And it ended on a high with the final meeting of the Tyneside Club where we pulled together the Ayton troops again for a little Byzarbian Interlude!

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The cavalry of the Sultan Pasha arrive to help?
The cavalry of the Sultan Pasha arrive to help?

Myself, Ken and Phil did battle for a wagon train and it ended a hard fought draw (well, that’s what MY reports say!).

I made a good few shows as well and as with last year these seem to be moving more and more towards social gatherings rather then just an excuse to buy stuff. It’s been good to meet up with the denizens of various online forums and chat with traders. I look forward to the 2013 calendar.

So overall, not a bad year in a lot of ways.

Lows

The real downside has been the lack of games. The two big ImagiNation games and a small AWI participation game at the Pendraken Birthday Bash: and that was it. Not a good tally for the year even if all three events were great fun. Towards the end of the year my painting enthusiasm definitely went AWOL. Haven’t painted anything for a couple of months and although I feel I’m heading back in the right direction with sorting my painting space, until I come up with a PLAN things are still a little vague.

Slight Diversions

The title of the blog was chosen with care! I’ve wanted to do a 10mm project for a while and this year I’ve started (or at least spent on) three. I bought a huge pile of Pendraken Sudan figures. Then sold them. I bought some Italian WW1 figures. And sold them. And I have a pile of 1st Schleswig-Holstein War figures and these I still have and these will get done. Just maybe not this year!

I also almost made a start on my GHQ WW2 North Africa project, then realised it would be madness with everything else going on! I was almost tempted to sell the lot and concentrate on the Moderns but I picked up so much of the stuff quite cheap it would be a huge expense to ever replace them. So they stay….

To be honest, the 15mm Dark Age dabbling is a diversion as I’ve only got a dozen or so figures painted and no one else plays the Lardy rules and in a lot of ways the enthusiasm boat has sailed…

So we move on to…

Plans

Now, several yeas ago, after my bemoaning the lack of games that year, my wife said I should aim for six games the following year, one every two months. I think that following year I managed three games so it wasn’t too bad! But this year, 2013, I’m going to aim for something similar. But with a slight twist.

Six games. Six periods. Six painting plans!

I want to use the potential for six games to drive my painting. Either adding to existing forces to enable a game, starting a new force, or even just completing terrain to make a game possible. So here are the six:

  1. 28mm C19th – This will be the troops for this year’s Ayton game in May. Spencer Smith FPW figures. It won’t be a huge force, just the Savage Swans redone in another period! Plus a few Ottomans
  2. 28mm C18th – There is another WD3 gathering in Scotland in September. I am still hoping things may change and I can actually make so I shall paint new troops (mostly the Old School stuff recently acquired) to take and if it doesn’t happen then I will arrange another mini-WD3 game at the Tyneside Club
  3. 6mm SF – I have enough for a game and enough scenery but there are a few more bits I want to paint/add and some thoughts on rules. But I intend to have a game this year either solo or at the club.
  4. 6mm ImagiNation – I want to complete enough of the 6mm figures to get a small game going. I’ve enjoyed doing these and it will be nice to use them. Likely with Maurice rules which I’ve wanted to try for a while.
  5. 15mm AWI – Now this may seem a strange choice given their lack of activity over the last couple of years but I do like the period and the recent B&D Miniatures releases have got me wanting to paint a few and have a game. Plus, Stephen, at the Club should be a suitable opponent!
  6. Cold War Commander – despite having painted and based quite a lot over the last year I didn’t play a single game! So the plan with this lot is to finish off troops for both sides, finish off terrain and then get a game going. And the VERY tentative plan might be to do enough to put on a demo game at Border Reiver in September.

So there you go. Now I’m not going to commit to the demo game until I KNOW I can do it. If Wd3 Scotland happens then I will be painting towards that and it may be madness trying to run a game the week before! We shall see. Sometime over the next week I will produce a list of actual targets and replace the painting plan to the right. Then it becomes official and I can start preparing the excuses for not hitting the targets!

So on to 2013 and I hope a few of you pop by to keep an eye on progress. I’m going to TRY and be a little more active on the blog. If I’m actually painting then it shouldn’t be an issue.

 

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Racked’em!

Following on from my previous post about my new paint rack I finally found time to tidy the desk and sort things out a little. The mess that was:

All getting a little messy...
All getting a little messy…

is now:

Tidy Desk
Tidy Desk

I also had to finally swap keyboards as the old one was full of crap (literally!) and keys just wouldn’t register when pressed! I intend to dismantle it, recover the drill bit I KNOW is trapped under the keys, and then use the keys for SF terrain…

The new paint rack seems to work well. Inevitably I have more paints than space but it did make me realise I probably have way too many greens and browns! When I get a little more time I will split off the duplicates and those I’ve not used for at least a year! It now looks a little more manageable.

The Racks
The Racks

Some the paints at the bottom and back can be a little fiddly to get to but I plan to sort out the main triads I use and place them on the top. I was almost tempted to get one of small racks but to be honest I don’t think I really need it. I was also tempted by their circular brush holders but I think the jam jars will do a little longer!

The ‘in progress’ desk behind is still a complete mess as I’m still working on my 2012 review and my 2013 plan.

More soon…

 

 

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