Monday 27 May 2024

Pict Skirmishers

 Finished and based.

Made from Gripping Beast plastics with a few West Wind heads and slings from old Wargames Factory kits

Sunday 26 May 2024

Partizan Loot

I have been on a self imposed miniature buying ban for a year.

As I prepared to set off for Partizan 2023 I went to locate my reusable Partizan Tote bag only to discover that it lay where I had left it after returning from Hammerhead some three months earlier still containing untouched the models I'd bought at that show. I know we all joke about our addiction and lead mountains, but buying things and not even bothering to unpack them before setting out to buy more seemed a step to far. So I emptied the bag, put it down and decided not to buy anything for a bit. That bit turned in to 12 months, during which I painted quite a bit from the existing leadpile. 

However all good things must come to an end, and more to the point I couldn't actually finish the Pict army I've made good progress on without adding a few more models, so 12 month on seemed like the time to break the drought.

I pre-ordered quite a few things and went with a list of a few others.

The complete hall (plus Tote Bag of Shame)

The freebie show model, William D'Isigny. A nice 12th or 13th century knight.

Some standing stones. Kenton has been painting Lizardmen, so I thought I could add to the jungle terrain with some appropriate looking scenery.

They look pretty good - I can see me adding a few more from the range once these are done.

Magnetic tape - for Picts and Warmaster mostly.

Hills from Kallistra - I've been painting up some of their cliff faced ones for Warmaster games (pics soon) and thought some plain ones would be good. Or I may do them as Desert so I can finally play BKC.
Either way I'll need another set...

The inevitable Warbases order - 120mm frontage trays for Midgard - some for Picts and some for the El Cid collection. I also sneaked in a little load for a cart.

More bases, 30mm square ones for my Black Orcs - I've decided that as only some of them are based so far I should bite the bullet and move to 30mm for TOW for the unit (even if that means a little rebasing).
I also took the liberty of squeezing in a few bits to make Command stands for BKC.

A big bag of Picts - I took advantage of a Gripping Beast sale a few weeks ago to get them ordered cheap and post free. There's some cavalry and an armoured unit in there to bulk out the spear armed horde I've finished so far.

More Picts - these from 1st Corps - I took a fancy to the King model they do and thought the casualties would be useful for Midgard and other games and then bulked things out with some characters and skirmishers. The range is a good fit with the GB and BTD models that make up the majority of the army.

So that's it. Actually quite a lot of it seems to be supplies and scenery. The order was also quite focused on a few things - mostly Picts to finish off that project.

So it was good to be disciplined about not just buying more stuff for a year, but I'm glad I spent some money again with some very fine fellows.

Saturday 25 May 2024

Partizan 2024 Steve Jones' AWI

As well as Phill Olley's games I always like to see Steve Jones; games (and Steve himself for that matter). A few years ago I helped out on his game at Salute which was great fun.

His AWI collection always looks spiffing on the table.

Friday 24 May 2024

Partizan 2024 - Phil Olley Special

I've posted before (October 2023) about how much I like the games Phil Olley puts on so was pleased to see him back again at Partizan. And the game didn't disappoint - in fact I believe it won an award - richly deserved I reckon.

Unfortunately I was very busy with our game and Phil was deep in conversation when i swung past so I didn't get chance to introduce myself. Maybe next time...

The usual terrific mix of neatly, vibrantly painted models, great scenery and splendid vignettes. Oh, and those flags!

Lovely stuff.

Thursday 23 May 2024

Partizan 2024 - lots of pictures

Partizan was very bust for us this year so I didn't get as much time to wander about snapping pictures as I may have liked. But I still managed a fair few.

In no particular order here they are

Some sort of Indiana Jones v Nazis game

WW2 - Rapid Fire I think

Simon Millers mahoosive ECW game.
Read more here

Some 54mm Germans

This was the Curteys/1st Corps game - Mexican American war I think - looked lovely.


Big Sudan game - love seeing this collection at the shows - lots of inspiration, maybe I'll get my considerably smaller TMWWBK forces finished and on the table this year.

Not sure - South American wars?

Elephant fight!

Fulford Gate I think

Indian Mutiny possibly

This is the Boondock Sayntes award winning game - as usual a massively impressive display.

No idea where this came from - more WW2 though.

Back to the Sayntes

ECW possibly?

No idea

Also no idea, jolly colourful though.

Back to WW2


Back to the Curteys Mexican American offering

Some lovely eye candy. Apologies to the people I've mislabelled or been unable to identify - drop something in the comments and I can correct it.

There were also lots of other games that I didn't even see or get to. Apologies to you as well.

A few more pictures from a couple of favourites still to come over the next day or two