Saturday, 12 August 2017

Over to Britcon today and I spoke to my trusted and regular supplier about some 28mm Cape Wars figures which I hope to collect next Sunday at Partizan. 

It’s an interesting setting. The armies are not large, with 3000 men being a top end for the Xhosa and 1500 or so for the British, with the added fun of Boers, who were starting to get a bit uppity at the time. 

It means you can play some rather pretty games with around 300 models as well as smaller scale raids and the like. The lack of later weaponry such as the Gardner means that it can be rather bloody at close quarters.

I have had to go with 28mm against my better judgement as it’s not produced in any other scales, so don't judge me eh?

The two volumes sold by Perry Miniatures are an excellent read, even if you are just interested in learning more. As always they are superbly produced.

My mate and I picked up 8 Irregular Miniatures army packs, ready painted to an OK standard for 50% of bare metal cost, and between us bought 4 sets of the Perry Miniatures ‘Travel Wargame’ at £40 each from Dave Thomas, who was somewhat hoarse after a night on the town in Manchester last night.

I also purchased 3 paper army sets for 28mm figures from Helion and Company which will end up as large 28mm armies with which I will I think upset friends with traditional armies, when I turn up for games (maybe even a competition for the hell of it) with paper models.

I had a little bad news this week. A friend of mine - a painter whose work I respect - has irreversible lung cancer. The 2017 Reaper appears to be picking up steam again… It really should look elsewhere for 'trade' as I am getting a little fed up with hearing of friends being taken down in their prime. 

Anyway, to end on a more positive note, here are some pics of today's loot haul:

Friday, 11 August 2017

Normal Service Is Resumed - Now For A Rest!

Hi ho, my dear followers...

Well, after 8 weeks, the Dark Tower is now fully renovated albeit at a price tag £18,000.00 higher than planned.

It's really been hell and has affected my wife's health quite severely (possibly unrecoverable in fact)  so whilst the transformation is magnificent, the cost is, on reflection, not one I would knowingly pay again.

Anyway, As of 6PM today I have closed my studio for 17 days to take my first holiday since December. I did however finish on a busy note by completing a large number of 15mm Cossack and Italian Wars models for two of my regular account clients in Canada:

In the morning the Sheffield mob will be heading over the Pennines to Britcon in Manchester, to spend a day in good (albeit Lancastrian ) company, do a little shopping and partake in a rather fine lunch in Chinatown.

We all really love the show as it is relaxed, airy and has a rather decent little bring and buy. It's also free to get in. We seem to go over in greater numbers every year and never come home disappointed.

I'm looking to buy more 6mm stuff, but I am also looking at 28mm Cape Wars stuff as I finally got around to reading the two volumes by Col. Mike Snook which my wife gave me for my birthday last year (18th August) and it's a really fascinating period which does not require a large number of models. 300 figures will take care of any of the battles if you work in the standard 1:20 figure ratio. Whilst I had hoped to use a smaller scale of models, nobody makes suitable models in 6 or even 15mm.

The holiday is to be spent visiting galleries such as the Hepworth and Hockney as well as hunting down fine foods and wines asSummer passes into Autumn over the next few weeks.

On the 20th, we'll be heading down to Partizan, and then I am calling time on the year as far as conventions are concerned for 2017.

I'm also starting to sketch out some more ideas for my next book, and checking out the legal aspects of a few things I intend to bring to light in the narrative timeline. This break should give me the time I need to get my due diligence sorted out. It's gaming related again, but will also tackle a few things that may cause discomfort.

Well, I have to go and knock up a seafood pasta dish and drink some red wine, so I will thank you all for your patience whilst I have been living in the domestic equivalent of Beirut, and I look forward to getting back on track with my posts, from here onwards...


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Mayday, Mayday... This Is Free Trader Beowulf...

One of my personal projects is to put together a large 1/300 sci fi game. The original plan had been ground combat, but I found a range of 'garage' kits in 1/350 depicting the assorted and ubiquitous starships from the Traveller game. Anyway I ordered over a dozen as a 'test' and they arrived yesterday. A couple need cleaning up, but being resin that's straight forwards enough.

Now the plan is to also depict the low orbital conflict which on the day will dictate the provision of reinforcements for the attackers.

The pics show the various designs at the side of a strip of Brigade Models 'Pac Fed' troops in 1/300th scale.