Sunday, 27 November 2016

Battleground Show 2016 (a, very brief, game aar)

First up, a re-posting of what I said last post - As I, in my infinite wisdom, buried the message at the bottom of a Colonel Bills catalogue post where most wouldn't read. 

After the 2nd of December (next gaming meet of the group I'm in) I'll probably not be seen much on the blogosphere till around the 20th January 2017 (coinciding with the first show advert of 2017 for Col. Bills).

Truthfully, I'm a bit of an Internet addict, once I get surfing it I end up on it for hours, so I'm trying to cut back and also get some projects finished. Mainly a couple of units of 28mm Ancient Germans for To the Strongest!, my IHMN Prussian Company, some more ACW naval, and my chariot racing game. 

I'll be checking my email periodically, in case PBB or contacts arrive in the in-box. 


Battleground Show, yesterday, at Stockton. 

My camera died at the very start. So no photos from me. 
(hopefully I don't need to buy a new camera)

I played two games - Exec-Wing (X-Wing variant) by Consett Gamers. Which was a quick and easy game; the club secretary running the game was a top bloke and helped out the newbie player (me) fly my Imperial starfighters. 

Second game was Matt Crump's (Wargames in the Dungeon) Lord of the Rings game.Which saw The Fellowship of the Ring fleeing the Uruks at Amon Hen.
I was watched on by Martin Cooke (who I 'borrowed' the photos from) and it sounds like my winning result was a better than average one; 3 Hobbits rescued and all Uruk-hai killed / routed. [Lurtz did survive, to be fair, after having shot Boromir full of arrows!] Only member of The Fellowship I did manage to lose was the most important one - Frodo Baggins, The Ring Bearer. 

It was a great little game, strategic but simple to play. 20-30 mins playing time. Definitely a game I'd recommend. The game looks gorgeous, too.
Matt points out that he's going to activate 'this' bunch of Uruks
(I managed to squeeze in a game right at the very end of the show - Hence why most others are packing up their tables in the background)
Aragorn to the rescue! 
I had the DĂșnadan charge down the cliff edge, leaping from on-high into the midst of an Uruk band and quickly putting them to the sword.
Though I then went and lost Frodo Baggins (Hobbit nearest to picture, and this side of the head ruin). Whoops!

So it was another enjoyable addition of Battleground. A show which I've kept each year's entrance wristband - I've got all 3, so far! - in the hope that they might be worth something one day (doubtful). 


And that's about it. 


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Col. Bills - new '2nd Hand Stock' & Bristol, Reveille Show!

Colonel Bills News:

First up, an apology by me. To both Stu and the Reveille, Bristol show.

I hadn't spotted that the Colonel Bill's notice board had been updated to include this particular show - So I didn't make sure to feature it on a TMP post.


27th November -  Bristol - the Reveille show.

Colonel Bills is in attendance!


Next topic:

Quoted from Colonel Bills Facebook

"The relentless show schedule at this time of year has meant that we have not had much time to process new '2nd hand' stock. However we have managed to put some 28mm SYW items and a whole 1st Corps 25mm Sung Chinese army on the unpainted section of our shop, so please take time to check them out.  
With only two weekends - shows at Stockton, Bristol, Pudsey and Halesowen - left to do we hope to get caught up over the next month or so."
LINK to the unpainted, second hand section of the webstore


Lastly, forum and blog news:

Some readers may know that the Steve Dean Painted Miniatures Forum is now no more. There is a Facebook group, for those interested. I, previously, posted some Colonel Bills adverts on that forum, but obviously now can't, and the Facebook group is a closed group and not really the platform to promote the majority of adverts that I make for Colonel Bills.

I'm having a good think about my forum participation, in general. So, at present, my LAF and Pendraken Miniatures profiles are a touch sparse on the info they previously displayed.

This blog is, also, getting a bit of a tidying up. Some things have disappeared, may be to return. I'll be sorting the blog out a little better in the new year. Starting a little earlier, in December and away from the computer, I'll begin going through what I'm doing in the hobby and sorting out forgotten projects or stuff that needs selling off. Also what I'm going to have to focus on, game playing -wise, with the local clubs and groups that I've access to.

Which brings me to say that I'll be taking a back seat from blogging and the Internet scene from the 2nd of December (coinciding with the next game meet of my local group) and will probably not be seen much till around the 20th January 2017 (coinciding with the first show advert of 2017 for Col. Bills).

If there's anything to report through this blog, via Stu at Colonel Bills, that'll be posted. And I'll keep checking my email, periodically, to make sure there's nothing to catch up on.

I'm at the Stockton - Battleground - wargames show on Saturday, and probably will end up taking a number of photos.


Sunday, 13 November 2016

Agema's Swashbuckler PBeM - Turn 7

Agema Play-By-eMail time. And if, like me, you're getting a bit fed up of my character being stuck in London waiting for the boat to sail, well, hopefully, things will be moving along soon. The game is meant to recreate the slower pace of life of the C18th, and to be fair I've not actually been ordering my character to be doing much adventuress fun - mainly to keep him from breaking the law, or a leg, and not rocking the boat before the ship sails. Also, the involvement of my rpg gaming is all part of a larger Diplomacy-type game, so the other players have to be allowed time to work into their plans my actions and to respond to me, should they wish ... As you will see, this turn!

For the previous turns, here's an index [LINK]
January 1707. London.
Current situation: 
In the shop you shout out in agitation, “I WON’T PAWN MY SWORD
Josiah Snead physically moves back as if you had struck him, and
waves both hands before him, “Well you’re free to leave, this is a
respectable establishment, we don’t need any trouble.” 
He then hesitates before calling out, presumably to some fellows in the
back, “Isaiah, Jeremiah, will you come in here please, could be trouble
You immediately feel embarrassed by your outburst, nod in a feeble
attempt at civility, and leave. 
Still annoyed from last month's failure to secure a loan, you attempt to
secure a job in a merchant's shop. You enter the premises of Mister
Harry Collins, a dealer in books. He looks over his round glasses and
with a flourish welcomes you to his humble store. His smile and
friendly manner changes somewhat on learning you are after a job, or
news of a merchant’s shop where work may abound. “Times are not
hard, but not good either, you could try Jones the fishmonger. He’s
always in need of helpers… mainly because he is so ill-tempered no one can stand working with him for long.” 
You take your leave to go to the shop of the said fishmonger, and find
him to be just as foul mouthed and unpleasant as Mister Harry had
warned. However, he offered you work for one guinea per four months,
paid in arrears. “If you don’t like the terms, clear off! I’m not a charity!”
he sneered. 
Retiring for the evening you were most pleased to find 75 guineas had
been forwarded to your person from the Duke of Halifax. It seems you
have your much needed patron after all! 
Josiah Muddley visited you come the morning. “Good news, sir, the
Duke of Halifax has graced us with no less than 500 guineas, the race
for Greenland is on!” He is effusive as he speaks of the wonders and
riches to come. He then got to the point of his visit. “I have heard the
gracious Duke has sent you a tidy sum as well. Would you care to
invest that as well into our venture? The more you invest, the more
handsome the share of the reward you shall receive when we succeed!
Come now, there is not a moment to lose, invest in the Royal Society’s
most wonderful adventure to Greenland!”
 Further to the, above, turn report
From the In-Game Newspaper: The London Gazette, January 1707 
First news item
"Having read of the possible expedition to Greenland, the Duke of Halifax has given a donation of 500 guineas to the Royal Society to help, and sent a further 75 guineas to Mister Yorke for his efforts." 
Last news item (the Reader's Letters): 
Danish-Norwegian Government Statement 
"Greenland is an integral part of the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway and has been since its settlement by Norwegian settlers in the 10th century. The Danish Lutheran Church has also been active amongst the native population of the island. Any foreigners visiting Greenland without the express permission of the Danish government will be considered trespassers and dealt with accordingly.
So that's it. I ordered my character to lose his temper, again, for this turn - I have to use my Weakness once every six turns, or face the consequences - so I let my character loose, not that he did much, in hope that getting bloody-well-annoyed might just create a little excitement for him. Obviously the GM had other ideas, and wants me to suffer all my excitement at Greenland - or a Law Court in Copenhagen!
Royal Danish Embassy London (2008)
So this next turn I'll finally be able to buy in some merchant stock - my character is a Merchant, remember - to trade with at Greenland. Hopefully. To aid in said venture I'm going to visit a professional letter writer and courier, to dispatch a letter to the Danish-Norwegian embassy at London, asking the Government at Copenhagen to grant my character one-off trading rights to visit Greenland and trade there - whether as part of the Royal Society's expedition, or under my own sail.

I think I'm only allowed to write one letter a turn. So I'll pay the professional scribe (he has all the decent quality inks and headed notepaper) to pen a thank you note to Lord Halifax, then it can be sent onward next turn - And so thanking, who I suspect is the (real person) playing as Great Britain, him for helping to forward my own rpg adventure. Such links to both the players playing as Great Britain and Denmark-Norway might just help me in the future, allowing my character government contracts to trade. My main rpg aim is to get rich quick, after all.

I might, also, just have my character pop back to that (in-game) book shop and see if there's any books on Greenland! Or some other useful tome.

Cheers for taking the time to read this.


Thursday, 10 November 2016

IHMN Prussian Company - BFG African Queen

Yep, more bouncing from one project to another. Typical wargamer, aren't I.

If you only knew the half of it!

Chariots... 7YW... Ancient Germans... Star Wars X-Wing... Star Trek Attack Wing... Looking at Wings of Glory WW1... Sorting out Colonel Bills Internet stuff and waffling on via various forums... Playing PBM / PBeM / PBB games.

So this time its IHMN. Thanks to Martin's [LINK 1] [LINK2] and Matt's [LINK] previous, and recent blog posts - Two good excuses to finish off what was started last year. Doh!

Firstly, a new addition: Hoetha Fukaya (yes, pronounced Who The F*ck Are Ya?) from Colonel Bills. [LINK to webstore]
I'm not certain what the thing is the model's wearing, on it's back - I have asked, though. I previously thought it to be a grass / leaves ornamental outfit, but looking closely at the sculpt it looks more like feathers. I painted it as grass / leaves.
 I also took the opportunity to alter the bases on my previously painted IHMN troops. Five finished:
Then there's four more needing the bases painted with brighter colours ... And a flag! The figures were painted just to be played with, nothing too fancy, then it doesn't matter if they get damaged while played with. 
Waiting in the wings. Eight more Naval Landing Party figures - pistols/cutlasses/rifles/volley gun/grenade launcher. Then seven normal Prussian infantry models with rifles (I believe these are old, now OOP, Ironclad Miniatures figures - Bought from Colonel Bills second hand, so I'm not certain).
On the wargaming club front; I missed last Sunday's meet. So am waiting for James [LINK] to recover from illness, make a blog post, and then I'll update my Club Page with a link to his site/post.

I've also been looking over the list of games available to play at the upcoming Stockton wargames show - I've a list of SIX games, that I'm hoping to get around! I've had to prioritise them and I doubt I'll get around to all of them, especially since there's also talking and buying to be done at the show. Anyway, top priorities are: Matt Crump's game [LINK], The Redcar Ironbeards game [check for them on Facebook], Dave Docherty's game [LINK], and the Westerhope Group's game [LINK].

The Old Guard Wargames Club (North Yorkshire) will also be displaying a 28mm Ancients game at the show - run by John and Pete.

Hopefully a 28mm Chariot [Faustus Furius WIP] post next time - The board's finished, and the second (converted) Col. Bill's chariot just needs to be finished painting. Then there's the oil jars and caltrop gaming markers to show you, too.

Cheers for looking.


Monday, 7 November 2016

Clint's PBB - Propaganda the 3rd! "The Dodo is Dead. Long live the Dodo"

Yes, more silly non-sense by me, all to do with Clint's Play By Blog game. 

Hopefully you can all read this - If not? Then try "Right Clicking" and selecting "Open In New Tab" and the image should appear in a new window, which can be zoomed in. 
Obviously steps have been taken by the Centralandesh Government to find the perpetrators of these lies and crimes!