Can miniatures that you have bought ever be as loved as those you have painted yourself? Britain’s Deetail range were my favourite. One toy soldier a week. The newsagent’s shop window filled with rank upon rank of miniature heroes! They were the days. Alas the… Read More
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Wargaming the Madness!
How difficult can organising a wargames competition be? Well, the answer would be,” not too difficult”, were we not in the last week of Covid panic. But we have three tournaments running, the prizes are bought and we are full steam ahead to next Saturday!… Read More
Renaissance at Warfare and Roll Call
Bob Medcraft, friend to Cardiff Dice Studz and all round nice guy, is after your thoughts on the following two tournament themes. The rules system is Field of Glory Renaissance. Warfare Wargames Competition The options were: – Option 1 – Wars in North America &… Read More
2022 To the Strongest
It was November when I last ventured near the painting table. After two years of lockdown, I wasn’t feeling the love. Christmas bled into New Year and progress there was none. It was time to go back to basics, and follow my oft tried but… Read More
L’Art de la Guerre V4- Evolution versus revolution
By Dave Lowrie of the Bath Dice Studz This week has been a joyous one amongst the tribes, ADLG v4 arrived in the first post after the bank holiday! Don Miguel Bin Al Dween, Coronel of the Grand Tercio de Catalunya y Radyr and Lord… Read More
French paratroopers and the Bhagavad Gita
A hobby with targets? Yuk! However, I’d set those targets and in true Jordan Peterson style, I was going to tidy my bedroom before conquering the world! Within a few days I could actually see the floor! Would the reorganisation be without pain? A single… Read More
Wargames miniatures – a blast from the past!
My regular reader will know that I’m into painting miniatures fast these days. My desk was tidy. It was tidy and ready to start speed painting my Late Romans. But, and there is always a ‘but’, I needed to make ready for the next task… Read More
De Bellis Antiquitatis- Fortune’s Wheel
To some gamers it’s all about tournaments and intense competition. Increasingly my enjoyment from the hobby comes from a less frantic atmosphere. What could be better than locking the children in the garden, sending the wife to her small bore rifle practice and setting up… Read More
D.B.A., LADG, Impetvs options
God we love our jargon. Do you think any casual reader understands what the title refers to. The more organised gamer may use the same figures in sabots that allow him/her/zim to utilise the same figures but real men just collect more and more metal. And now, I’ve even got back into painting and basing ( and tackling the lead bedroom floor in the process)
The problem is of course how to base your miniatures if you don’t stick to one set of rules. It may not be a perfect answer but I use either 40mm squares or 80mm wide “Impetvs” bases. These bases cover the main , most popular systems. The squares are fine for L’art de la Guerre and the original De Bellis Antiquitatis. The larger bases can be used for Big Base DBA ( more to come on this one), Impetvs and Kings of War. I do really like the bigger bases but I still love LADG so I’m not rebasing everything.
Four big bases 80mm by 40mm- French blades or Henry Tudor’s mercenaries at a pinch (above)
Neopolitans guards above and Papal spearmen below
Syrian cavalry repainted by the legendary Keith Mc Glynn ( below)
Gascon Knights for the Hundred Year’s War below
Last of this week’s reorganisation- mounted medieval crossbowmen
As you can see, it’s been a productive week but there remains more to finish off. I would dearly love to collect enogh bases that I wouldn’t need to mix and match between boxes but I don’t think the rafters would take the strain. Truly inspired by a mini campaign Mike Lane and I played last week
So stay tuned- this last figure was a painted sample I sent for at least twenty years ago- I’ve finally found a use for him as a general! there is always hope for that odd figure!
I love being off work! Am I ready to retire ? Yes. Are my finances ready for me to retire? God, no! There’s a lot to be said though for doing what you like doing! Don’t worry this is not one of those blogs that… Read More