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Friday, 20 January 2012

More Progress

When I started on my mission to buy land and build a new home,I didn't expect it to take so long.The project started in 2004 when I first had my offer to buy my land accepted. Eight! years on my long suffering wife and I succeeded against really all sorts of difficulties.It would probably make a salutary tale of a blog in its own right.If any wargamer intends to take my path,please get in touch,I could bore for England,on the pitfalls etc.
 The upshot was my war gaming  lessened,and my ideas were put on hold.So here we are now, a new home designed by my wife and I, a pile of debt and basically I am exhausted.On the plus side,its our home,and I now have a purpose built wargaming room. The dream is hopefully complete,well not exactly................



 I have been able to move the majority of my wargaming boards inside from the garage,and store them flat as they should be. Most of them I built for my 6mm wargames armies,and some contain specific battlefield representations,ie Waterloo,Borodino,Gettysburg,Leipzig ,Aspern Essling and Wagram.
My intention is to eventually sell my ACW armies,so I can re do my Gettysburg terrain.
Some of the boards must be over 25 years old,and have featured in Practical Wargaming  and the early Miniatures Wargames magazines. Most are in good order,some will want touching up etc.



I intend to exhibit at  more wargames shows,but for this I intend to build some more generic boards,like the ones I left outside the Newcastle Arena last year.I put that mistake down to the pressure of housebuilding. Mind I also blamed the same pressure,to driving into my neighbours stationary car last winter as well. I have put some figures on the table to show some sort of scale for the table.

I love the back drop that my wife and I put up last night,it really is the business.Definately recommended,as Ive stated before it came from a really good company called Art Printers. 



 I couldnt help photographing my Hanoverian horse grenadiers,just because they are a nice unit.
 On this photograph is a building I picked up from Andy Copestake,[unpainted] that he used to stock.Its a lovely piece.In the background are some French heavy cavalry,sauntering about.
 These Garrison Miniature Hessians I picked up on Ebay,and completed to make a 36 figure unit.In my opinion they still hold there own against more modern figures.I hops so anyway,as Ive got hundreds of them still unpainted.
 Anyway,my room is almost complete,Ive just got to construct some Ikea stools,and store some more books and magazines,and then plan my games etc.

8 comments:

  1. Looking good. I like the back drop - I am going to have to get one of them

    I am looking forward to a game on your new table

    See you at Vapnartak

    Mark

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  2. Your room and table are the envy of many, I can assure you of that, sir.


    -- Jeff

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  3. well done for getting to the end of what sounds like a long hard journey. Now just sit back in your stunning Wargames room and relax

    Peace James
    Exiles Painting

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  4. That's got to be a moment of triumph though to look around your own wargame room, in your own house, and see that all that stress and hard work has been worth it... lovely set up, and I like those Garrison figures - they have a real charm... :o)

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  5. Enjoy, you deserve it.

    Looks great by the way (especially the Garrisons)

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  6. Ab Fab, scenic backscene to the side of the table looks good too

    -- Allan

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  7. The backdrop is fabulous, and were you able to get that as a wallpaper 'border' or 'boundary layer' I think that it would be in many game rooms!

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My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

Austrian Grenzer

Austrian Grenzer
Austrian Grenzer

Smoggycon 2013

Smoggycon 2013
Smoggycon 2013

Smoggycon 2012

Smoggycon 2012
Smoggycon 2012

Smoogycon 2009

Smoogycon 2009
My French getting another beating