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 29 April 2016

Getting there, Late Roman Infantry.

Another session of re-basing done, late Roman infantry this time.
Now I'm not a fantastic painter, fairly average I guess but bare in mind dear reader that these lads were first painted about fifteen to twenty years ago, well before the advent of the top quality shield transfers you can get now. So it was paint your own shields or nowt, so to be frank some of the infantry shields look to be portraying anything ranging from a scrawny spuggy to a freshly plucked turkey! Free hand painting of wildlife is as you can see beyond my meagre capabilities. But they are what they are and I am well pleased with the basing.

Eight bases of Hunnic light cavalry are based but still need flocking so it's them next.
Neal 3rd95th.blogspot. and I should get a 15mm Nap game in on the new wargames table over the next couple of weeks so I'll try to get that on here as well. Of course (unlike Neal the hippy sod) I will make sure I finish the AAR before I post the photos - pull your finger out man!

Saturday 23 April 2016

Well, it's a start, re-basing again!

It did need to be done, these lads are about 15 years old now and were originally based for Warhammer which as a skirmish/small scale action set of rules were fine in their original guise but like allot of rule writers they got greedy and had to write supplement after supplement, and of course we bought them. Truthfully you can't blame folk for making money but the original basic set seemed ok to me, later on you seemed to need to refer to the books to find out every weapon each different type of warrior may have had at hand, ridiculous.
So as I can't be arsed to move individual (or even small groups of figures) around I figured one base, one unit would do for Dave. Impetus size bases cut for me by Mick I made a start:

All will be used for the excellent To the Strongest rules written and supplied by Simon Miller here The Big Red Bat Shop
As you can see these are the cavalry, I should get going with the infantry soon, then just the Huns and Visigoths to do. Oh well!!!

Saturday 16 April 2016

Getting there

The last couple of weeks have seen me fixing various bits of IKEA furniture together, some for my good lady and some for myself, though I have managed to fit in the odd game with Neal and a visit to the club so not too bad.
I finally started painting/re-basing my 28mm late Roman/Goth/Hunnic army but more of that in a later post.
The main achievement is to finally get the war game table constructed in the painting/gaming room.

Three pieces of IKEA box storage units were put together as a base, they also serve as storage compartments for terrain.

Part of the originaltable tennis table cut to fit.

Second section fitted, I didn't cut the two sections to the same size as I figured it would give me the option of a different size game depending on what I want.

Finally with my original green hex matting rolled out on top.

Might get a game in soon!

Saturday 2 April 2016

Thank **** that's done!

Well I'm 54 and I don't want to be doing that again. I mean, never say never, but I'm pretty sure they will have to be carrying me out of this house in a box!
As jolly readers of these musings may well guess my good lady, youngest (well not quite so young maybe) son myself and two pooches have finally moved residences. I love it, the wife loves it, my lad loves it but one of the two dogs howled at the front door to go 'home' for four bloody days.
No matter, I have a den, a man cave, to be precise aWargames Room! Top floor all to myself, bloody marvellous, no more freezing my bits off in a Northumbrian garage, which even in July can be pretty chilly I'm telling you dear reader.
The figure storage cabinets were brought from our last place and half of IKEA transported/constructed in order to accommodate books and a gaming table. Not quite there with that bit yet but shouldn't be too long now.
I will shove some more pickies on here as progress is made but here's a start: