Sunday, 18 October 2015

French Perry Plastics 2

More news posted on the Perry's website on their Plastics Workshop in the form of some '3 ups' of their forth coming French Knights for the French Infantry box set and they look to be a very promising addition to their Agincourt to Orleans range.

As the pics show, and their press release indicates, there will be one frame of these knights along with 3 on the French (read European) infantry as shown on my previous post French Perry Plastics and interestingly, and probably a good move on the Bros' part, a separate box set with 3 sprue's of both the French Knights here along with 3 sprue's of their English Knights.

The release of these are promised for sometime in the New Year and once again I'll look forward to their release as they promise hours of joyous assembly and conversion ahead.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Frostgrave - Enchanter and Apprentice

More figures for the fantasy skirmish front in the form of the Enchanter and Apprentice from the Frostgrave range, being sculpted by Mr Copplestone I was immediately drawn to these figures and having a penchant for the Enchanting business it was a no-brainer to go for these types for my first Wizard for the game.

Pretty much followed the Kevin Dallimore painting guide from the Northstar Magazine (more or less) and using the Army Painter paints to I ended up with slightly more muted look to the figures than I normally would but still reasonably pleased with the end results.

I'm currently working on some more fantasy skirmish types to go along with the Enchanter which I'll post once completed.

Italian Wars Update 003 - Clergy

A small update on the Italian Wars, just to keep in bubbling in the background, in the form of a couple of Perry clerical types in the form of a Cardinale and his assistant Supernumary.

Nice and easy paint job and now that these are done, I'll get the mounted versions painted up soon.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Dux Britanniarum Campaign - June 565 AD

British Warriors and their Lord
wait outside their Watchtower
The fourth month of the campaign and the third month that the Scotti of Cenel Loarn ventured to do battle, having sat things out in May licking their wounds after the ding dong fecht with their neighbours in Pictland back in April.

Back up to strength they ventured south and looked to raid into the lands of Brits of Alt Clut (commanded by their Lord, Kev).

The randomly rolled scenario was the raid on the watchtower which once read up boils down to the attacker (me) trying to capture one of the defenders (Kev) Lords before they reach the safety of their tower. With the majority of the Brits starting defending their tower and a couple of warrior units and a lord coming on at the other end of the table the Brits have got to leg it to gain safety.

The Scots again randomly come on on one of the four side sections and have to try and intercept the Lord before he gets to the tower and then capture him. The fact that to capture a Noble the captors need to overwhelm the Noble and unit/formations he is with in combat by having three times the number of dice as the defender. No small task in its self.

The dice were duely thrown for deployment and I threw a 3 and set up on the same side as the tower at the far end and Kev threw a four which meant he started at the opposite side. Pretty much the worst set up I could hope for. Curses. The Brits also get a bit of a head start by virtue that I only get to have two units on the board to start with with the rest of my force coming on on the second turn as they are activated. Double Curses.

The game started and the cavalry unit that the Lord was with having turbo charges horses and were half way across the table before I moved. Abandoning the warrior unit of Brits, the Lord and his bodyguard raced to the tower with the rest of the British standing at the tower ready to repel boarders.

The Scotti cavalry made a spirited last minute charge down the road scattering the missile troops to the wing and the Noble Raiders breaking the British Shock cavalry screen and forcing them off the table but the Raider cavalry accompanying them got caught by the British Warriors before they could get in the way of the retreating Lord, and were mobbed.

All the British Lords now safe and sound at the tower, game over with a fairly quick 3 point victory to the Brits. With light losses to both sides (as most of the troops didn't see any action or in deed even get close to each other) both sides are free to participate in July's fun activities.

Pretty obvious to both of us from the start that this game was going to just be a race of the cavalry, and see if Kev got any low dice scores for his cavalry move (which he didn't) so almost a foregone conclusion given the random deployment but easily could have been the other way round. Such is the unexpected (and random) nature of Dark Age raiding.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Scale Scotland '15

Last weekend, I paid the annual scale model show, Scale Scotland 2015 in Edinburgh, a visit.

The show was extremely interesting and of a fair size, bigger than I had expected.

A number of modelling clubs were in evidence from Scotland and England showing their wares and a good number of traders with much of interest in the way of books, paints, modelling equipment and of course kits of all shapes and sizes. There was a particularly interesting entrepreneurial gentleman from Poland who had a very interesting range of terrain accessories and weathering paints etc that are to further investigated.

There was an extremely crowded room set over to the pursuit of wargaming too and included Wings of War and Chain of Command much in evidence and all looked to be enjoying themselves in the slightly claustrophobic area. Various gentlemen attired in military costume of various era's (mainly the First World War) wandered around and there were various displays of memorabilia and militaria which were very interesting (though the gentleman on the First World War stand could have been more knowledgeable on his display pieces).

I enjoyed the talk-ins and demo's that I saw, and were very informative but the 'Make n Paint' area was avoided due to large numbers of Dad's showing their kid's what not to do.

There was of course HUGE numbers of various of modelling endeavors on display.

All made out of paper

Prestwick Airport in miniature

As usual with these things, there was the mandatory competition area and the level of entries was very high and indeed a big number of entries in most of the bewildering number of categories. Some high-lights follow;

Junior entry
A good visit was had by all and I'll no doubt pay the event a visit next year though I won't be buying the coffee there, Airport price's you know with the venue being at the Edinburgh Airport Hilton. Luckily Jaqui had volunteered to get the coffee's in this time.

The Army had a 'small' display too
Jaqui shows off 'her' Lamborgini

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