Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I Aten't Dead

They say time goes quicker as you get older, so I must be aging at an exponential rate as the 3 months since my last post have flown by. In all fairness I've done very little wargames related so there's been little to report, that's through no lack of motivation but simply lack of time. A (sort of) promotion, house move and other hobbies (the horror) have taken up a bit more of my time than usual.

Could go well with Rogue Trader....
I have, without wanting to go on about it, lost a bit of love for GW. I had quite a while back. Beyond a shadow of a doubt a point has been reached where I can say they definitely don't make miniatures or games for me anymore. And that's fine, change is inevitable and no company owes me the games I'd like to see. I can still use older miniatures and play older games and older versions of current games. I just need a project to get me into it all again. Something that infuses a bit of Jodorowsky's Dune and the Jodoverse into Rogue Trader could be fun...

That said, I do have some Blood Bowl related plans in the pipeline, so watch this space. 

There's also plenty of historical goodness lined up, from an ACW map campaign that I'm planning and umpiring (see Ed's latest post on a superb ACW game on a budget), some French and Indian War stuff in the post and a few other projects lined up that you will see on both mine and Ed's blog shortly. And part 3 of the Fighting Fantasy series (when I can find the damn book). This is a bit of a blank slate fresh start of my wargames blogging, if I can post once a month from now on I shall be happy. Hopefully it shall be more. The sabbatical year comes to an end. 

Now I finally have the new PC I want to get back to doing more graphical and fluffy stuff, so expect more of this in 2015. I'm already tinkering with novel ways of doing battle reports for various games and periods (SAGA, Blood Bowl and Necromunda to name a few), as the Battlefleet Gothic report a while back seemed to be pretty well received. 

In Other News

Navigating on my prototype homemade chart
There are a couple of other non-wargames projects in the pipeline that some of you may be interested in. 

Das Boot

You may have seen Ed's brief coverage of our immersive sim gaming meets RPG meets living history "U-Boat Days". Myself and Ed will soon be setting up a joint blog to chart our attempts to essentially recreate a Type VII U-Boat control room in a garage and link it with a heavily modded Silent Hunter 3. From 'real' navigation, to working periscope and the works. We're getting there. I'll post the link as soon as it's up and running

Ollie using the hydrophones with a headset that I converted to work with the PC

A WWI Sim Cockpit

In a similar vein, I'm also attempting to build a sim cockpit of a First World War DH2 for the combat flight sim Rise of Flight. I'll be blogging about this and covering all the times that I staple my hand to some canvas or solder my finger together. Again, link will be up soon.

Thanks for reading and see you all again soon!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

1/3000 US Pre-Dreadnoughts (plus small 40k Imperial Navy update)

Blimey, it's been a while. I never intentionally intended to take a break from blogging, but one month became two and two became four. Thanks to everyone that's checked that all is well, I'm glad to report all definitely is.

Back to blogging. I've been working on some 1/3000 pre-Dreadnought ships (from WTJ Store) for Battlefleet 1900 (more on the Palladian Guard blog). These are superb miniatures and enjoyable enough to paint - although frosted slightly whilst spray undercoating so some colours are a bit drab. But as they're not meant to be looked at close up it's not a huge issue.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

On the Painting Table: Gripping Beast Normans

Before posting I watched in horror as these miniatures fell to the hardwood floor whilst attempting to move them to a room with better light. Amazingly the paint survived really well bare some small chips (they are still unvarnished), and only three tops of bows had to be re-glued. There's a couple of bits that need fixing properly, so please bear that in mind...

Defence of a Fence
After finishing the Mordheim Freelancer last week, I got cracking with a new project. SAGA was a game that I followed closely before it was released, but somehow never got round to playing it.

I planned to get a Welsh warband back then, but eventually opted for the Normans (I have a bit of a soft spot for the old sods). My 40k Spears of Mawdryn draw some inspiration from the Welsh of this period - so I wanted to go for something a bit different. I've also treated myself to a few Norse Gaels primarily to represent dubious oiks from the Hebrides (Kingdom of the Isles).

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