Thursday, 29 December 2011

Setting the scene.WIP

Well I'm still waiting for my ECW miniatures to arrive :-( the joy of ordering the week before Christmas. So while I'm waiting  I thought Id best get some 10mm  Scenery for the field of battle. First off I'm going to put together a small village, as this is my first foray into the period  I think its best not to buy resin buildings just yet, so I'm going to use the printable card buildings from Steven Hess (Brumbaers) web page (the link is on my list for those who need it) whilst they aren't strictly ECW they are Half timbered so will fit in okay for now.Here's some photos of WIP still lots of work to do.

Friday, 23 December 2011

A christmas gift opened early, yuletide Interview with the man behind Magister Militum.

In my continuing quest to get the people who make the wonderful miniatures we game with in the world of 10mm to give us their views on the hobby, here's the next instalment and just in time for Christmas it's a present worth opening, as Richard the man who is Magister Militum gives us his take on all things 10mm. So the snows falling outside you've just had your Yuletide feast and your sat in front of an open fire with a glass of port and some fine cheese, the chap sat at the other side of the fire is Mr Magister Militum so lets hear what he has to say.........

Okay first things first, why, when and where was Magister Militum born?
The idea behind the 10mm side of Magister Militum comes from when I was still at school. We did a lot of gaming in 6mm but I always wanted to use 10mm, very little of which was available at the time. I think 10mm gives a great look to a wargames table with enough figures to give units a feeling of real size but small enough figures to allow for space on the table and the feel of a real battle. 28mm figures can be lovely but a large battle with them gets extreemely claustrophobic. Chariot came out with its 10mm ACW line and I was hooked, you could say I like the range so much I bought the company (a few years later though). It was logical for me that we would focus our own efforts on 10mm figures when we looked at getting new ranges made and it has been most of our focus for the past 7 years.

What do think makes a good 10mm miniature?
To answer what makes a good 10mm figure is difficult. I think it is more a case of what makes a good 10mm unit and that varies by period. For gallic warband you need a lot of variety and a wildness to the posing. For Romans you need uniformity. For Napoleonics you need to be able to see the uniform differences (I get a bit carried away on those at times) and that means you need the detail to be 'raised' so it is easier to paint. I think most of all a figure needs to be as accurate as possible, whether that is getting the right horse size (Cossaks rode ponies so should be on small horses while Heavy Cavalry should be on much larger horses unless you are looking at the Crimean War where all units very quickly found themselves using locally sourced cossack style ponies).

How do you decide what range will be next?
In terms of deciding which range to do next, that can be tricky as there is so much we want to do. What ever is selling well is a pretty good guide for us. Napleonics are going very well at the moment so we have focused on completing those ranges for example. I try not to get too sidetracked as that leaves lots of ranges in development at once which means some don't get finished or worked on as well as they should. I started the WW1 range because of my own interest in the subject. It was the focus of much of my degree and I started a doctorate looking at it (sadly the lure of money got in the way of that although it will be something to come back to when I retire). The range however has ended up playing second fiddle to the Napoleonics and is way behind on the release schedule (the artillery are comming, honestly).

I know that your ranges are very large but for those that don't know, what ranges of miniatures are currently available from yoursleves?
Our 10mm ranges are pretty large now. We cover Biblical (although we are missing Assyrians, Babylonians and Mitanni at the moment, hopefully something to finish off next year), Ancients up to the fall of Rome, Dark Ages mostly focused on Western Europe, Medieval, Napoleonic, Crimean War, ACW, Franco Prussian War, Zulu War, WW1 and WW2. Also we have a pretty comprehensive range of 10mm Dinosaurs which is growing all the time and the beginnings of a fantasy range (Orcs and Elves so far).
   For other small scale ranges, we sell the GHQ ranges of 10mm figures (Napoleonic and ACW) 6mm vehicles/infantry (WW2 and Modern) and 1:1200 (Napoleonic ships) and 1:2400 (WW1, WW2 and Modern ships). We also stock the Mainforce 6mm infantry (WW2 and Modern). We stock the Hallmark 1:6000 naval range and the Cap Aero 1:1250 aircraft along with our own 617sq 1:1250. Finally we have the Hallmark 1:1250 naval range (WW2) and lots of 6mm buildings (GHQ, JR Miniatures and Battleground) and 10mm buildings (our own range).

Can you say what ranges and products are next and what's the future for Magister Militum?
We are finishing off the Napoleonic ranges at the moment, something I was not sure we would ever get to a year ago, with the Spanish and Portuguese just being released. Next year we will fill in some gaps with French Guard Cavalry, some missing minor nations, Wurtemburg for example, Staff/Battalion/Brigade commanders and personalities. We may do the Turks as well although good research on that is hard to come by. We have another 20 plus dinosaurs being sculpted at the moment. After that we will look at the Assyrians/Babylonians and some more WW1. We have plans around a large fantasy/sci fi project which I hope to start on next year as well. I would like to get an English Civil War range done and more WW2 infantry but that will probably depend on sculpting and mould making time. It will be a busy year for new releases.

With rules solely for 10mm gaming a little thin on the ground is this something you may look at in the future?
Rules are an interesting and frustrating area. We have a set of rules for dinosuars (including humans and other extinct creatures) Dinomight. We have plans for rules sets in Napoleonic, ACW and fantasy/scifi and were talking about a possible ancients set earlier this week. It is something we need to crack in 2012 probably with the Napoleonic set comming first. We also have a set of WW1 and 2 naval rules which needs a lot of work on ship information to finish off but one day we will get it released.

The Magister Militum trade stand is a familiar sight at most of the wargames shows across the UK , so how have you found the shows so far in 2011 and for you which is the most enjoyable.
The UK and European show scene is pretty vibrant at the moment despite the economic woes of the world. I don't think I could pick a favourite show, different ones are fun for different reasons (apart from Salute which is such hard work there is no time for me to enjoy it), the kids like Bovington most of all as they get to camp.

With a lot of your time spent running Magister Militum do you have any of have time to play war games?
I have almost no time for wargaming now, we get in some board games (something else we stock) though. I am also a Wiltshire Councillor which takes up pretty much any spare time I get. My wargaming tends to be limited to small bursts on the computer.

For anybody who hasn't seen your miniatures or products can you give us the web details and links where these could be found?
Our website is

Once again thank you Richard for taking time out and answering my questions for Grade Scale wargaming.And Merry Christmas.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas and some seasonal witterings.

Just a quick post to say Merry Christmas! and a Happy New Year! to all the followers and tooters of  'Grand Scale war gaming' and thank you for being bothered to read my posts, musings and witterings about war gaming using the 6mm and 10 mm scales.
Its great to see soooo many good wargaming Blogs out there and to read something fresh every few days about this wonderful past time in its various scales.Ive really enjoyed the past few years being part of the  Wargaming Blogging community,so thank you to all fellow bloggers for re sparking interest when it some times wanes. Heres to many more years :-)


Saturday, 17 December 2011

ECW inspiration.

While I wait for my first 10mm ECW army to arrive from Pendraken,Ive been looking around for some initial inspiration and I thought Id share some of my findings. First off trying to get exact colours for uniforms, clothing arms and armour used is a minefield, everyone and every book has a different opinion.The best piece of advise was given to me at a show a few years back by Peter at Baccus...." if you put a line down the middle of this room (the hall at Fiasco show) and one side became Royalists and the other side Parliamentarians there you have it, both sides look the same, same colour and style of clothing same arms and armour". So I'm not going to get too hung up on uniform colours but I will try and be as accurate as poss using the books Ive got and some articles and pictures off the are the covers of the first books I will use: -
Also found some Chris Collingwood sample pictures:-
Here are some small articles from Renegade the pictures are 28mm but the articles and ideas behind them for any scale:-

Also Nik Harwood over on the Pendraken posted up this Battle rep/AAR well worth a look:-,389.0.html

And lastly:- Some Parliamentary (probably?)rallying and marching tunes courtesy of YouTube and the ,Watersons. Not sure about the validity of these tunes to be from the period but certainty give the feel.

And of course there's the Film 'Cromwell' not very accurate but looks great and full of classic battle scenes and oneliners... "GOD dam this king!". "MANCHESTER do you not know we are at WAR!,I will fight this king then if need be I will fight Manchester as well!" etc etc :-)

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Another project added!!

All additional Saracens/Mamluks for my fall of Acre games are now finished,so let the gaming begin!!So now I'm wondering what new army to build next? I fancy doing another Pendraken army and after some thought as to what Pendraken army is next? Shall I stay in my comfort zone and go for another Medieval army, French HYW or Italian Condotta both armies Id like to have but Ive loads of Medieval armies I fancy something different. Do I go for another Dark age hmm? Ive not finished my Saxons (ended up putting them with the Normans to make an Anglo Norman army,and I'm more than happy with the results) so dark Ages not a good idea. Ancients? all my ancients are 6mm so no point going ancients. So without further ado Ive just ordered some ECW, way out of my comfort zone Ive had a small ECW 28mm in the past but I'm going to go big with this one!(hopefully). Ive got some reading on the subject,and I believe Father Christmas is bringing 'Massacre, the storming of Bolton' book,I live on the edge of Bolton and the local pub has the skull of the chap who removed the Earl of Derby's head from the rest of him, behind the bar.And there's lots of ECW sites close by for inspiration so should prove interesting.I'm also going to post up progress on the Blog. Any advise from you good men would be appreciated.The starter army has been ordered should give me 1000pt Warmaster ECW army,a chap at my local club has devised some additions for the WM rules,I will also be looking at Warlords 'Pike and Shotte' rules when they come out. Heres the starter list:- 1 x General 4 x Pike/Shotte 1 x Gallopers or Trotters(not sure which yet) 1 x Cuirassiers 2 x Cannon

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Anglo Normans

As I mentioned in an earlier post Ive put together an Anglo-Norman army here are some photos taken quickly and in poor light but you get the general idea.All miniatures are Pendraken.from their Norman and Saxon ranges.The army composition shown is a 1250pt Warmaster army

Friday, 9 December 2011

Command stand for Warmaster or Hail Caesar

Here's a few photos of my latest command stand for use with Hail Caesar or Warmaster,the miniatures are TB Line and the banner is Little Big Men. He will be one of the Mamluk commanders besieging Acre in the upcoming games project. As always click to enlarge.

A hidden gem

Whilst searching the WWW for illustrations to use in the 'Fall of Acre' project I came across this treasure chest,if your a war gamer or painter its a wonderful little resource.Just thought id share it so you can give it your support. Enjoy :-)

Thursday, 8 December 2011

The devils in the detail or am I playing devils advocate?

Just noticed that Warlord have bought out Immortal Miniatures. So what I hear you say and you be right in saying that, its 28mm of no real interest here but reading through what the chap from Immortal has to say there is this statement...'I have no plans to leave the industry altogether, I have a few small scale miniature projects on the go which will be announced in time'.. Now then does he mean his going to be making the odd 28mm figure or he's going small scale? I suspect he means the odd 28mm figure. But you never know :-) :-) Heres the link if you want a full read through:-

Friday, 2 December 2011

10mm Tournaments.

For those of you who haven't seen how the stylish Italians war game and hold tournaments check out the Anticamente Blog here's the link and some sample photos of why wargaming may be better in the Italian sunshine as opposed to the grey wet Lancashire:-).There some very good armies and terrain on show on the Blog

More Saracens Started

At last I was able this week to get the latest Saracens started so here's pictorial proof :-)
These are mainly from those nice chaps in Italy TB Line but I also thought id see how they blend in with some Pendraken so I put a command figure and standard bearer in a unit of Pendraken spear and even though there is a slight difference in size I don't think its overly noticeable I will see how they look together when painted.


Thursday, 1 December 2011

6mm and 10mm in WI,a refreshing change.

Just seen this link on the Wargames Illerstrated web page about s show for 10mm and under :-)

Heres the link:-