Back to basics

Well, that should be back to basing because that (among other things) is what I've been doing. It's a thankless task as far as I'm concerned, but it's eventually got to be done, but I do it grudgingly, even though the end result is OK and that's good enough for me.

I go for a reasonably simple approach because my units have enough trouble moving where I want them to without the added benefit of acres of undergrowth to distract them. So, I stick to a few tufts and such and tend to avoid floral displays akin to the Chelsea Flower Show. Some gamers are masters at producing attractive and natural looking bases, but I know my limits: glue the buggers down, hide the base edges couple of tufts to show willing, then flock 'em and flock off.

I've included a few photos of those ACW odds that've been knocking around daring me to base them and I'm part way through some ECW foot regiments which are a pig to do because of the cluster of figures on each base. However, onwards and (sort of) upwards as the saying goes.

Even I have to admit that it's been a while longer than a couple of days since my promised return, but there's a valid excuse and when I think of it, I'll post it here. Nevertheless, I have acquired a box of the new Warlord plastic Landsknechts thanks to a ten quid money off voucher (of which this damn' laptop managed to lose two over the past couple of months). I hadn't planned to get these yet, but the money saving was a draw. They're almost exactly as expected, having been ogling them on their original site and eyeing the teasers floating round the web. I haven't any complaints, but anyone thinking of getting some ought to bear in mind that the free flags on the propaganda sheet enclosed with them are too small. You can't have landsknechts with teeny weeny flags, for God's sake!

Having grown weary of re-jigging my own Second World War rules, I weakened and bought the new edition of the Battlegroup rules from the Plastic Soldier Company. They're just the job and will easily cope with my multi-figure bases. They look to give a balanced game and can handle either scenarios or points based games (ugh!). There are several supplements, including a Market Garden book which is due shortly, and everything looks reasonably priced even by today's standards. The rules include two QRF sheets and data cards, all of which have been sensibly bound with perforated edged by the spine of the book for easy removal. All in all, I'm pretty pleased, though there's an urge to start buying AB 20mm figures . . . .

Chop and Change

Seems like I've been ever so busy these past few weeks, but without anything to show for it. Typically, I've also forgotten to do lots of stuff, but that's me.

Anyway, remember a wile ago I mentioned I planned to paint up the Earl of Derby's regiment of foot and that I'd completed the Marquess of Winchester's foot? Grand lads, but, just before Winchester's were to have their colours applied, Chris remembered an old catchphrase of my Uncle Arthur's about a statue of the “Earl of Derby, mounted”, loaded with appropriate innuendo. Now it happens that there are quite a few associations with the Stanley family in this neck of the woods and something mysterious about some connection with Salford Lads' Club (no, Morrissey never went near the place save to have his photo taken for that album cover!) so it seemed appropriate to switch the designation of Winchester's to Derby's, which I've done and that's saved a batch of figures for another unit.

I've knocked off Lord Rivers' regiment (previously Sir John Boys – same chap, but a bit of brown nosing apparently went a long way), which is a Cheshire regiment (and probably North Wales and Staffordshire too). See these:

They're a bit too uniform and maybe overdressed, but they're a nice mix of Perry and TAG.

So that's it for a quick update. I'll probably hit the keyboard again in a couple of days or so, so standby . . . .

Is there anybody out there?

Been a week or two since I last tickled the ivories, due mainly to a stint of DIY and feeling guilty enough to do good works. Nevertheless, th'house moves ahead and we're we're on the home straight (gerrit?). Tony the Kitchen man (or it might have been his mate Dave) was a bit taken aback when he asked what we're going to do once we're got everything tickety boo and Chris , in an off handed way, said “We're going to die.” She's a dry one, that girl. Probably comes from too long working in mental health . . . .

Anyway, a bonus for little old me for all the piggin' around with plaster and paint is I've finally got a man cave. Nothing too ostentatious, but quite comfortable with enough room for most of my kit and room for a modest 6'x4' table. It'll no doubt evolve because there's a proviso that larger games will need to be in the garage which also houses the scenic stuff and the lead mountain. Still, better than I've ever had and I bet it would be a boon to the majority of gamers.

The Library

The Nerve Centre

The Troops (and such)

Young Henry has declared a limit on access: him, me, his Dad and Uncle Chris and absolutely no girls, except for Nana and Mum and maybe his mate Talula (!). I'm working on that one, but he's not six yet, so I think I've got time.

Tickled up some Confederate cavalry who've been skulking in the painting queue for a while and, after some experimentation, come down in favour of Black Powder for the rule set of choice for the 28mm units. That's for now and may change to Mr Lncoln's War – I'm like that. The 15mm armies will continue to scrap to Fire & Fury because I'm quite happy with them.

I'm still clearing up the ECW backlog (apparently, “The War of the Four Nations” nowadays). I'm going at a leisurely rate and I'm concentrating on the King's troops first, basing the core of the force on foot regiments recruited in North East England (cos I like it up there and it's got some good units), Cheshire (Chris' home county) and Lancashire (my home county). Alright, I know this means I have to include the Early of Derby's regiment and he was something of an oxygen thief, but anyone brought up in this neck of the woods will be familiar with the name (and a few others).

The good news is that Warfare Miniatures have confessed to the imminent release of some ECW?Thirty Years' War cavalry over the next couple of months, so that can't be bad. I'm a bit bored with the Perry range (lack of variety) and the Bicorne figures, although including some nice sets, are too big for my tastes (until proven otherwise). That leaves the fairly modest TAG range which are expensive, although their new subscription scheme looks like it will reduce costs.

So, there you go. I shan't leave it so long next time and, to be honest, given Brexit, Trump, a regional mayor not that may people want and a general election which is turning into a Brian Rix production, wargaming is a blessed escape. I'll be back – one day.

(Title is a track from Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' album, if anybody's interested . . . . anyone spot another reference?)


Struggling manfully to get a post in, but, you know how it is eh?

In the meantime, a quote from the film 'T2: Trainspotting', which reflects a lot of what many people call 'life':

"Choose life. Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares. Choose looking up old flames, wishing you'd done it all differently. And choose watching history repeat itself. Choose your future. Choose reality TV, slut shaming, revenge porn. Choose a zero-hour contract, a two hour journey to work. And choose the same for your kids, only worse, and smother the pain with an unknown dose of an unknown drug made in somebody's kitchen. And then... take a deep breath. You're an addict. So be addicted, just be addicted to something else. Choose the ones you love. Choose your future. Choose life."


Should be on Radio4's 'Thought for the Day'

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