Friday, 22 May 2015


Last weekend we put on a demo game at the Triples show in Sheffield. This may be the last time we put on a game at this show.

We used some of Ian's extensive collection of Napoleonic 28mm figures. Ken supplied the portable table which looked very good. The buildings were from Eauns collection of scratch built Mike Sewell Normandy buildings. Although only 20mm they worked well with the 28mm figures.

Tim organised the accomadatiom and logistics. I just turned up to make up the numbers and spent the weekend talking to the public.

We used Lasalle by Sam Mustafa and they worked really well and get the game moving along at a cracking place.

The game looks pretty good and the portable sand table looked superb. Here are some photos of the action.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Making a Sand Table

For our demo game at Triples in Sheffield were are putting on a Lasalle Napoleonic game on 28mm.  However just to add to the challenge we are also going to use a portable sand table for the game.  

Today we thought we better have a practise to make sure we knew what to do it on the day.

4 of the old timers gather around Kens wargame table.  The key items used are a simple wooden frame, 3 heavy tarpaulins and 5 bags of sand and a bit of tape. Flock is used to add texture to the finished table.

After the frame is screwed together the Tarps are laid out and tapped together. If you can get a bigger tarp then this would make life easier.

Tarps in position.

Add the sand and spread out. I would advise using gloves. 

A small trowel is good for spreading the sand.  Ideally the sand should be dry as this is easier to work. You can wet the sand of needed to mould a terrain feature.

The table begins to take shape. Hills and landscape can be realistically created.

Once the terrain is landscaped we are going to use flock sprinkled on top of the sand. We only did this on a small patch to show what it will look like.  Pretty realistic.  Roads can be left as sand and for rivers and streams just remove sand and expose the greeny tarp for the river. River banks are easily created.

The battlefield dressed with the village of Plancenoit in the fore ground. It will look so much better once it's all flocked.

A sunken road sculputured in the table.

Here a few shots of the table with the troops added to the basic, un flocked, sand table.

Another Austrian unit refurbished

I have revamped another unit of my old SYW collection. This is a unit of Old Glory Austrians. These are not the nicest figures and they are certainly showing their age.

Also I have decided to rebase my collection on 50 by 40mm bases for infantry and 45 by 50mm for cavalry and not 45 by 50 as previously planned. I decided to go for the longer frontage and less depth after seeing the infantry lines on Der Alte Fritz recent Mollwitz game.  

You can see the Mollwitz game here.

I am using a Peter Gilder style basing with a few tufts added to keep the basing simple.