Friday, 4 January 2019

The Big Day ...

As I type this I'm waiting to hear from my solicitors that my purchase money has been received by the people I'm buying from so I can get the keys to my new place ... Hurry up & wait .... Quite annoying ...

Still, gives me time to type this I s'pose ....

I've read a few "plans for 2019" posts over the last day or so, and never one to ignore a bandwagon (unless it's a Cruel Seas one), I thought I'd join in ...

On top of my cunning plans recent post, I'm also going to have a go at Flintloque this year - I got one of their starter sets & some rulebooks before Christmas & like what I've seen so far.

As I got Peter Pig's PBI rules for Christmas and have a bunch of 15mm WW2 I'm hoping to do that as well - with a bit of luck there'll be some overlap with Jim's (of wargames workbench fame) WW2 plans

I'm sure other projects will crop up & that I've forgotten some as well!

Anyway, happy new year to all.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Cunning plans ...

Well once my move is out of the way, I have a number of cunning plans for the upcoming year and, for once, I thought I'd share them (in no particular order)

  • 6mm Sci-Fi;  I took advantage of Brigade Models' Christmas Sale and bought a bunch of their Polish, Neo-Soviet & Bugs' mini's as I've wanted to science Fiction gaming in 6mm for a long time. The rules that I'm planning on using will be Nordic Weasel Games' Five-Core Company Commander or Dropzone Commander; will do a test-run with both

  • 10mm Fantasy; I have a bunch of 10mm fantasy that I've collected over a number of years, but have never actually played a game with - I hope to change that soon. I'll be using Pendraken's Warband rules (which seem rather excellent), but with 60x30 bases rather than the 100x50 recommended in the rules - as a space-saving measure primarily

  • 1/2400 Russo-Japanese War Naval; I posted about these a few times recently - I would really like to get these painted and onto the table. I intend to use Naval Thunder Rise of the Battleship rules

  • 1/3000 World War 2 Naval; I've got a small selection of British and Japanese ships and planes to do a game based on Force Z in the Far East. This will be with Naval Thunder Battleship Row rules

Anyway, that's the plan at the moment ... whether any/all actually get progressed beyond concept/planning remains to be seen ...

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Finally ...

Well, having had my offer accepted at the end of June, contracts were exchanged today with a completion on the 4th of January 2019.

Not an ideal date, but as it's the start of our annual leave year, at least I've got plenty of holiday!

Moving from a 3-bed house to a 2-bed maisonette will necessitate 'slimming-down' of stuff, but, to be honest, I do have a lot of stuff that I've kept 'in case it came in handy' so there are plenty of candidates for 'slimming' ...

I doubt I'll post again before the move, so I hope that all who read this have a great Christmas and astounding New Year!

Monday, 26 November 2018

Moving again ...

One of the reasons I've not been active on the blog recently, is I am again in the process of moving home.

Last year I bought a house in the village where my parents live just north of Andover, but it was too big for me - just me in a 3-bed house!  So when I saw earlier in the year that a 2-bed flat literally just up the road was on the market, I decided to move there.

After many delays - as anyone who's bought a house in the UK will know about - it finally seems to be going through, with a planned completion of 14-Dec

With that whole palaver of moving and then Christmas immediately after, I doubt that there will be any worthwhile posts on here between now and the new year ...

So if there aren't - Merry Christmas to all!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Oh dear ...

Last week my kitchen floor developed a water leak ... after several hours drilling with my SDS drill on its chisel setting, I managed to find the culprit and replace a section of pipe that was the culprit
... which was fun ...

To top it off, when I turned the water back on, the downstairs loo wouldn't stop filling ...

Turned the water off, played around with the ball valve, and managed to slow that down to a drip, but it still reaches the overflow after about 2 hours ...

Turned the water back on, and the upstairs loo no longer fills - it overflows into the pan and just keeps sending water into that ...

I think that the sale of this house has taken a month too long ...

Friday, 2 November 2018

Many & Varied ...

I've been making more dungeon tiles:
The pic shows some 'room' tiles and also my first attempts at stairs - should have made taller stairs ... I've also got another couple of magnetic notice boards ready to spray for them to stick to - job for the weekend.

I've been seeing a lot of posts about Sam Mustafa's Rommel wargame rules, so I bought a copy this week, and they seem to me like they'll be fun - another new project looms!

Having read them, I got to thinking about other grid based wargames - specifically Peter Pig's RFCM series.  So after not nearly enough thought, I gave my credit card another thrashing and bought a bunch of them, some as pdf, others as hard-copy as they're not all available as pdfs.

Having read 'War in the Age of Battles' (Samurai), 'Regiment of Foote' (ECW) and 'Square Bashing' (WW1), I think that they all create an enjoyable game and would like to give them all a try ... but that will be some time in the future - if ever!

I have a bunch of 10mm Samurai from a Bring & Buy many years ago, and Pendraken late western front WW1 so that just leaves ECW to go on the new project list.

'War in the Age of Magic' (Fantasy) & 'Civil War Battles' (ACW) should arrive tomorrow - I did say the credit card got thrashed ...

Friday, 28 September 2018

Dungeon Tiles Made from Trains

In a comment on my last post, Jim of the rather superb (not to mention very busy!), Jim's Wargames Workbench, asked where I got the foam to make the dungeon tiles from ...

Well, I was in my local branch of 'The Works' when I saw a pack of foam 'Train Shapes', like this:


The pack only cost £1 although I can't remember exactly how many were in it, but it had to be at least 40 ...

It's just occurred to me that I should have put a ruler in the picture! - it's about 15cms from top to bottom; I cut one up last night to make some more tiles and got 3 pieces each slightly larger than 3x9cms from one piece

Thursday, 27 September 2018

RJW at Sea 4 More Progress & Dungeon Tiles

Made more progress on the bases for my RJW ships. Here's a group shot:

And now, the Kasuga on her own

After the painting of the bases, I've added the name labels and then 2 coats of gloss varnish. I've really quite chuffed them - now I just have to paint the ships!

I've also started on splash markers, which seem to be going well.

Concurrently, I've been making some dungeon tiles for a dungeoncrawl game I'd like to do at some point. Again a group shot:

Followed by an individual:

These are expanded foam, sprayed grey, lines drawn with a bic pen and then a coat of mahogany tint varnish; pleased with these as well!