Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Perry Light Cavalry sighted!

The Perry's have now confirmed that they're releasing the awaited Late Medieval Cavalry in April, nice to know.

I've been looking forward to this release as I think they are going to be very useful kits, both for their 'on the box' stated use obviously, but also for a great number of uses in conversions. More so because of their Light status than the knights, good as the knights are.

I'll be picking some of these up so after their released in any event.

For a bit more gen (and some nice piccies too boot, head over to Simon's blog Je Lay Emprins for more on these early testers and more.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Scatter Terrain

This week I've been putting together some more bits and bobs for terrain including some scatter terrain pieces. I've finished off these woodland scenary bits.

Nothing wow but should be generally useful pieces.

The background to the pieces is my WIP terrain boards where I'm experimenting with a bit of texture and dusting off my air-brush and begnning to lay down some colour.

Enjoying the experimenting with the air-brush before I do some flocking trials. (not sure that sounds right :) ). More on this anon.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Sir Roderick Stewart of Callander

Another couple of figures finished off to go with my mounting number of medieval skirmish types, this time in the form of the fictitious Sir Roderick Stewart of Callander (ie me :-) ) and his trusty retainer.

The knight is of course a Copplestone character figure, which originally gave me the idea of the character, due to his head gear sporting a tower device.

The standard bearer is a Perry GW Dogs of War standard bearer with a head and shield swop. Again used due to the tower device on his standard.

The Coat of Arms on the standard and the badge device on the pavaise are of my own Coat of Arms, which I quite fancied putting on a figure just to get myself on the table as it were. The standard is really to large to go with my lowly standing and I would be in trouble with the Lord Lyon if I appeared on the field with a four foot standard but hey, if all the big-wigs can get in on trying to show of with a bigger banner than they were allowed, so can I.

I might re-do the standard as it has come out a bit fuzzy and could do with jazzing up a bit, but it will suffice for now.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Knights and MaA's 2

First completed figure output of this year comes in the form of some more Copplestone Medieval skirmish types to add to the growing throng.

Nice and easy to paint up, I do like the slightly exaggerated look of this range of figures. They've been around for a fair while but still available, I only wish there were more in the range, but still enough to keep things busy. 

Still got a couple to finish off on the painting queue which I should finish shortly, in the shape of a couple of more characters for a bit of fun which I'll post up soon.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Planning 2015

'Future Wars - you know they make sense'

With the New Year well under way now and all the cobwebs of the festive season well and truly blown away with return to the grindstone, I have been looking at what the year ahead hopefully holds in store for my gaming life in 2015.

Putting these thoughts down in writing and sharing them to the 'Great Blogosphere' seems to help formulate the plan and then fix it in the mind's eye, and is still quite therapeutic and interesting in itself. As most of you out there will no doubt agree, that half the fun of gaming, is in the planning and anticipation of what is to come as much as the actual events.

This year I am really continuing on from last years' successes and efforts with the main thrust of actual gaming is going to be in the Skirmish vain. This will encompass on going campaign's in the form of the Necromunda Campaign currently underway at the FDWC which has been a slow burner so far but is beginning to build into something quite interesting as the various gang's gain character and ability and with 12 players involved is proving quite varied already.

A new campaign due to start in the Spring is of a Dux Britanniarum campaign with myself playing as one of the Scotti raiders, so a band of Scots is on the cards for painting and modelling in the coming couple of months. I'm looking forward to both the the campaign and the modelling for this, with a couple of ideas already forming in the murky depths for modelling opportunities, I expect a small output of dark age themed terrain bits on the horizon to try out my sculpting skills.

The other drive over the coming year in this vain is to get some games in with my Future Wars project which has shaped up quite nicely with the Earth defenders about done and the Enemy only needing a few more of their number completed to get a good game on the table.

The final one in the group of skirmishing is to get a few more games of ye olde medieval games in here. I continue to slowly add to my collection of late medieval skirmish types and will perhaps put together a small linked series of games to tell a good old tale of yore to add to the fun. This will need a bit of development but that will be part of the fun there.

I have been tempted by the excellent 'In Her Majesty's Name' rules which I reviewed recently, and I am thinking of getting involved perhaps in a small way in the Great Game/Steampunk/Victoriana thang and I am toying with the idea of a Prussian-esque band but we'll see how time goes with that one.

The slow burner's that are my Army Projects will continue in the background and in no particular order, the coming year will feature;

Almohad Berber Army - This army is still up there on my list and with a few steps forward taken last year I'm still very keen on seeing this army to fruition. I've something around nine units prep'd and ready to paint and an another currently on the painting table this one will definitely see some noticeable progress in the coming months.

Italian Wars French - Really no progress on this one last year, but as one of my first interests in wargaming I would like to see a small amount of progress on the army as the only bits done recently were in the form of some terrain bits here. A realistic target however given the other themes, will be to get a couple of the units already WIP to completion, so that's the goal here.

Hungarian Black Army - Again, only minor progress on this last year and no real plans for gaming with this one this year I do have a unit or two in my sights to get painted up, really just because I want to and for no other reason. An army I really like the look of, I think I need a motivation of move this one up the rankings of importance before this is likey to shift up a gear.

Scots Army in France - A project and a topic close to my heart, this one has been through a lot more planning than is usual for my gaming output (perhaps too much? ) and the plan is still online and in the pipe 5 by 5 so far, with the force assembling as we speak as a small foray into the Loire Valley and I aim to get this force completed before adding reinforcements later in the year. Some of the latest and soon to be released Perry box sets should aid here along with a decent helping of Claymore Castings. Again 

Last year I re-set my sights for my painting target, as in previous years my aim had been much too high and too specific, and this seemed to be not far off what I can commit too as I was there or there abouts with the number, slightly missed by the fact I concentrated on getting more terrain done towards the end of the year. So I'm setting my target at the same 300 completed models, which I hope to exceed but I'll not get too carried away just yet.

Speaking of terrain, I have several bits in construction stage and I'll continue with these including my Abbey Project which I am really enjoying doing but it is taking a lot longer than envisaged though I did get done last year what I had aimed for (or very nearly anyway). It did strike me that we seemed to spend more time making terrain for games than we do actually playing wargames, so perhaps this hobby is actually mis-named? I do get a kick from successfully completed a good piece of terrain in itself so no worries there. Skirmishing gaming to be successful needs LOTS of terrain and I like a skirmish table to be eye-candy if possible so I aim to be producing lots of small scatter terrain bits over the year.

I still continue my search for my ideal Fantasy rule set and will continue my quest until the lost relic has been returned to its rightful place, but I fear it may be a long and painful quest. A couple more rule sets were tried over the last 12 months and no doubt a few more will be tried in the coming 12-month. Ever hopeful that I'll find one that isn't silly or power hungry or just plain broken.

The last part of my gaming jigsaw for the coming year is continuing my solo fantasy campaign. I did manage to get the resources finalised and updated and detailed the campaign maps last year so another success from 2014 and after a long and relatively uneventful campaign winter things are beginning to unravell quite nicely and is beginning to present a few interesting gaming oppurtunities which I will no doubt report on as they happen over on The Lornian Chronicles.

Another full year on the cards and with much gaming and things to keep me gainfully occupied and I'm already looking forward to much planning and scheming ahead. A plan indeed.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to All!

Wishing all out there a Healthy, Wealthy and Prosperous 2015.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

That was the Year that Was - 2014

And with 2014 rapidly coming to a close, I am looking back on the Year that Was 2014.

A mixed year once again full of surprises, some good and some bad, which I suppose is much the same for every one.

A new job was started, which was certainly unexpected but all good so far, and all the usual up and downs that goes along with real life away from the escape that is gaming, came my way.

My gaming life over the last year has been a bit up and down too, and probably related with the foregoing but I'm happy to say mainly up as a lot of what I'd planned (or really added to my Wishlist) to do was completed, or nearly so, so a big up for me, certainly compared to previous years.

My overall gaming outlook was to play more skirmish, story driven games rather than one of battles and that was definitely a big responding TICK as almost all of my games this year have been in that category including the successful conclusion of the second Mordheim Campaign which was lots of fun to do and kicking off the new Club Necromunda campaign which is now around a third of the way through along with a number of other skirmish types including some successful (and other less successful) experiments, some of which I'll post on in the new year.

As far as modelling and painting was concerned I'm pretty pleased too with my output and although I didn't quite get to my target of 300 completed miniatures I was damn close (completing more than I'd managed in the two previous years combined) and managed to get a fair bit of terrain bits and bobs done to boot.

The major Terrain project for the year was the ongoing Abbey Project and once again just shy of the final target, a fair of progress has been done and the first stage is near completion with a WIP post due again once the New Year rolls around.

The other Terrain stuff for the Future Wars project has been more successful with a fair bit completed there mainly in the way of accessories and table dressing but all good too.

The other thing terrain-wise I've been 'playing' with is card stock modelling and have put together a fair selection of buildings which though lacking the obvious 'weight' and 'depth' of constructed modells are quite nice and certainly quick and very inexpensive and will do for the fill villages etc that I don't have time to build the long way.

My army projects have all advanced, with the exception of my Italian Wars project, which hasn't really received any attention but is still there to be done and I will get to it, hopefully soon.

For new inspiration, I've picked up a spread of new skirmish rules that are about at the moment and cover a full spread of periods, from the Dark Ages through to Ultra-Modern/Futuristic era's and these hopefully will be the springboard for new stuff in the New Year.

Also inspiration wise I've seen a good number of movies this year, which is good in it's self, but these have often given me added inspiration for modelling and gaming so......nice there too.

All in all a pretty decent year hobby-wise with a few surprises as I've said and not a few excellent games too, so looking forward to more of the same (painting/modelling/gaming) in the coming year.
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