Sunday 23 January 2022
Friday 21 January 2022
Last Sunday I attended a small tabletop affair in Gateshead.I havent been there for three!!! years. Aardhammer is an interesting way to spend a few quid as there is always some thing I want. So ignoring all the Games Workshop figures I bought a Dwarf artillery piece to join my Burgundian artillery park. It looked medieval and fitted the base Id prepared for an extra gun. Originally made by Awesome Fantasy Figures, but I think it works.
Friday 14 January 2022
I have managed to base a couple more pike units to make them up to four.My intention is to have three battles of foot with pike, longbow, crossbow and some bills or men at arms.Cavalry will be in a separate battle and should be crossbowmen, coustilliers and gendarmes [new ones naturally]
In an attempt to spark my self up I painted up this large, 35mm wizardy type figure who will stand around giving advice. I finally realised many years ago I would never be able to compete with the likes of Graham Green, David Imrie and Kevin Dallimore etc so just attempt to make a fairly neat job of these one off's. It usually kicks me back into action.The figure was one of four I picked up at Stockton show last year? I think he was a 3D figure and actually very nice to paint. I have just completed a full artillery piece and crew purchased from a 3D company. That has turned out very well.The future appears bright for the 3D figure producers.
Monday 3 January 2022
Anyway onto a review of 2021 which was one to forget if at all possible, and yet John and I did get in quite a few battles and also painted a few figures in periods we haven't wargamed for many years if at all. Looking back I wonder how I managed to stay sane but then a lot of individuals didnt.
Normally I would highlight a wargames show which for me was the best one I had attended. Given the fact I only was able to attend three, I feel it would be churlish to award one an award when I enjoyed all three equally. Partizan had the best games with some excellent tables in various periods and scales. Fiasco in Leeds I enjoyed for the diverse trade and all round good crack. Battleground at Stockton I enjoyed because, well it was Battleground which I have always enjoyed.
A very close second was the Kern figures from Antediluvian Miniatures.They sell some figures based on the Durer sketches and are superb. They are also perfectly sized to match my Perry Kern and fit on the correct sized bases. No over weight chaps here.
Rulewise I have enjoyed using two sets. Never mind the Billhooks by Andy Callan and Test of Resolve, both for the Wars of the Roses. Two sets written by wargamers who know their stuff. Recomended.
Best product for use by wargamers? Warpainters random box of tufts available on E Bay. A snip at £15.00. The lunchbox sized container is full of different tufts, but all are usable and good quality.
As for resolutions. Im not a very good resolution keeper? but having realised how much metal Ive accrued this last year, I really need to either paint them or get rid. Its not really a resolution but definitely something that needs addressing. I intend to get to as many wargames shows as is humanly possible whilst not buying large numbers of figures. Is that possible?
So that's my 2021 review. Obviously there were other issues that could be discussed but I want to keep this light and optimistic.In my last post I highlighted what I believe is happening to wargaming, it probably isnt a bad thing but not to my personal taste. I enjoy board games but wargames for me need to be full of colour, lots of figures and tension.