Welcome to my wargaming blog,
I'm Dave and live in Morpeth, Northumberland in the UK.
This may or may not be a regular thing, we'll just have to see how it goes.

I am a painter/collector of figures first and a wargamer second. My thrill in this great hobby of ours is to place that final well researched & painted unit into the cabinet. The actual gaming with the figures is an important but secondary experience, we all like to win, but it isn't the be all and end all of it, being with good friends and having fun is.
Hope you will enjoy reading this blog as much as I will writing in it.
Just to remind the visitor to scroll down the various pages and click on 'older posts' to see more.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Nearly done, 10mm Caesarian Romans

It has been a while since I last tackled these fellows, my 10mm Caesarian/Pompeian legions have sat short of five cohorts for about two years but now with my policy of getting armies to a 'playable' completion I figured that these lads were next in line.
For the moment there are one and a half legions per side along with supporting cavalry and skirmishers. I do have a few Numidian cavalry to do and I must admit that I would like to add more legionaries eventually but for now this is where I am at:

This is the latest legion to be completed. Each unit represents a cohort (the first cohort being double size of course). The castings are mostly Old Glory with some Magister Militum thrown in though I do intend to look around at other manufacturers later on.
 Skirmish types and Gallic cavalry.

Finally a view of the lot, two full legions, two half legions with cavalry/skirmish support.

The cavalry in these photos are more eastern sorts.
The intention will be to fight a campaign using Columbia Games, Julius Caesar a fantastic board game of the civil war period as a gaming tool.

ACW 15mm Confederate cavalry next!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

More Revolutionary Vendee figures.

After searching for ages for some suitable mounted figures for the Vendee royalist cavalry I finally found some. I had been looking for mounted armed civilians with a feel of wealthier landowner about them, you know, not rich but fellows who could afford a decient horse and the weapons to go with it. So I sent away for these Trent Miniature figures for the Irish rebellion of 98 (I think), cut down the daft lepricorn hat and added a wider brim - hey presto and ther you are:

The quality of the pictures ain't great I'm afraid but I had a game of 15mm To the Strongest going on so I didn't have much room!
Here are some photos of the whole ensamble as it were:

I've really only got about three more flags to paint for the musket armed troops and maybe a limber for the humongous siege gun and we're away.
Finish off the 10mm Caesarian Romans next. It never ends, good job I love it!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

I said I never would, but I did!

Yep, never again would I stick those bloody Vitrix sods together. That's what I said and for quite a long time I stuck to it, but to be honest I'm a tight git and getting a battery of British foot artillery on the cheap seemed to good a chance to resist.
I get the box opened and then remember why I have avoided it for this many years, talk about overkill, at one point I thought that I would find separate eyebrows for the buggers, Vitrix 'there's fousands of em', parts that is!
Never mind, onwards and upwards, the three gun battery is done and added to the British Peninsula force started years ago, they needed the support and they've got it - no excuses now lads.

 I thought I'd use one of the spare limber carriages to construct a small vignette - so:

"The bloody things stuck sarge."

The whole brigade:

No more though!!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Vendee rebel personalities 1793-96

A few Vendee rebel personality figure from Trent Miniatures painted up here, didn't take that long. I bought them a while back and it actually took me longer to remember who the manufacturer was than doing the painting - seriously!


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Wargames buildings - what scale?

An epiphany, when I went to Mick's fantastic wargames garage conversion the last couple of times we all commented on the fact that he was now using 6mm model buildings to represent towns/villages etc instead of his old 15mm gear.

I thought, well that looks about right, the smaller models allow troops to be placed in the town yet doesn't look out of place scale wise.
So onto EBay with most of my 15mm buildings and out with the decorating brush for the 6mm buildings from Leven Miniatures and TimeCast :

As you can see I have placed 15mm figures beside them to give you an idea but bare in mind the first photo which lets you see how they look on the wargame table en-mass from a distance. The Russian type buildings have 10mm figures beside them.
Of the two companies I just about prefer Leven Miniatures but it's a damn close run. I will probably get more but I want to get back to painting figures, it's just not the same is it!