Sunday, 26 July 2015

Saxon Hussars

This year has been pretty slow on the painting front.  What limited time I have seems to be spent on re basing.  

This morning I decided to re start painting my Saxon RSM Hussars. I have 12 of them that I started at least 18 months ago but I am finding really hard to motivate myself to complete.  So I got 6 of them out of their box and got the paints out.

These pictures show how far I got with them.

Let's see if I can get them finished by end of next weekend.  

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Waterloo at the Armouries

Popped over to the Royal Amouries yesterday for the Waterloo week.

On the 4th. Floor they a small exhibit room which had some interesting stuff.

First up was the original painting of the charge of the Scots Greys. It looks good in close up.

Max takes his orders from the emperor. 
Made a nice change as he never listens to me.

Now this would have hurt.

In all I counted 11 games being put.  There were at least 3 participation and Max spent 4 hours joining in whist I chatted away to various people.

Here are few photos of the games. Black Powder and Blucher seemed to used more than other rules with a large 6mm Age of Eagles also spotted.

Max had fun however I feel that a bit more could have been done on the day with perhaps more games and re enactors present. There was room.

On the plus side the museum was busy and as this was free the public could wander around and have a look at Wargames in action.

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.