Thursday, 20 December 2012


Seasonal greetings and witterings.



Just a quick post to say Merry Christmas! and a Happy New Year! to all the followers and of course the 'tooters' of  'Grand Scale wargaming' and thank you for being bothered to read my posts, musings and witterings about war gaming using the 6mm and 10mm scales, and the occasional 28mm post. And its with the latter in mind Ive decided (I KNOW I said I wouldn't )to start a Blog just for my 28mm stuff,  just to stop the scales and projects getting muddled, heres the link to my 28mm Blog for those who wish to have a toot:-

http://inthehalloftheplasticking.blogspot.co.uk/


I'm not sure how often posts will be but I really am enjoying putting the army together and have decided to try and make it an all plastic army. My main 10mm project for the start of the year is to complete my Medieval Scots , hopefully farther Christmas is bringing  some more :-) 

 As for the Blogging scene (and Ive said it every year) but it really is good to see so many good wargaming and painting Blogs out there. To read something fresh every few days about this wonderful past time in its various scales is great. Ive really enjoyed the past few years being part of the  Wargaming Blogging community,so once again thank you to all fellow bloggers for re sparking interest when it sometimes wanes. Heres to many more years :-)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Free Flag Downloads.

Now I know there are many sites out here doing some really nice free downloadable flags and banners but here's one I've missed. I took a look this lunch time and WOW!! these are really nice they are on the Grimsby Wargames Society web page. So hats off to them for 10mm they will need a little resizing me thinks but that shouldn't be to hard to do. Here's the link for anyone who hasn't already been there(apologies if this is old news).

http://grimsbywargamessociety.webs.com/flagdownloads.htm

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

6mm WMA Battle Report.

One of the people who is really trying to publicise  gaming in the grandscale of Warmaster Ancients  is Justin Taylor of VVV transfers. He is currently running practise and intro games at his local wargames shop/club, and is also organising WMA tournenments in the new year. He's just posted up an AAR if one fo the practise games so for your viewing pleasure click here and show some support :-) He will hopefully be linking in with Hail Caesar at some point? due to the rules being readily available:-)

http://3vwargames.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/warmaster-ancients-carthaginians-vs.html?showComment=1355315701925#c5632060445589916793


Monday, 10 December 2012

Liebster Award. hmm?



Now then I have kindly been nominated for a Liebster Award by 'Rothgars Workbench' thank you.Here is the link to his Blog for those who have not seen  it:-

http://rothgarwb.blogspot.co.uk/

So I believe I've now got to:-
1 - Show thanks to the Blogger
2 - List my top five Blogs
3 - Post the award on my Blog
4 - Enjoy support from other Bloggers
5 - Have fun and spread the karma

Hmm? not sure if its a bit chain letter'ish. Which I do not do (as it were), but my assumption is this way the Blog with the most links wins?

So here are my top five Blogs:-
1-http://yorkie.6sided.net/
2-http://dalauppror.blogspot.co.uk/
3-http://stuartsworkbench.blogspot.co.uk/
4-http://harness-and-array.blogspot.co.uk/
5-http://onelover-ray.blogspot.co.uk/

Well that's that good luck to all.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

10mm Scenic eye candy.

Whilst trawling the web recently Ive come across several photos of 10mm games and scenery that reminds me why its the best scale to game in, In 10mm  on a 6'x4' table you can fit in a whole landscape filled with scenic eye candy which isn't possible with clumsy 28's:-) Here's some of the photos I've come across to prove the point.




I also spotted this painted fig on the TB Line Blog..Stunning!! well done that man.





Saturday, 24 November 2012

More Barons (28mm musings)

Here some photos of the latest addition to my 28mm Barons army, these are a standard bearer carrying the  banner and colours of William Marshal. And another Baron armed with a battle axe, I struggled with this chap couldn't  get the heraldry quite right so he's the best I could do with him. The final photo shows the all the chaps (so far) as one, with a list of who's who,as always a click make em bigger:-)








So we have:

William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke and Striguil.

Aymeric de Sancto Mauro.

William Marshall's Banner Bearer.

William, Earl of Ferrers and Derby.

Ranulf de Blundeville, Earl of Chester.








Thursday, 22 November 2012

A link for Barons.(28mm Musings from the Cloisters)

Here is an example of the heraldry references I'm using  in putting together my Barons army. And  links to the sites for those who want to view the complete lists .





I've just finished a Standard Bearer and another Knight, so should have some photos posted soon.



Thursday, 15 November 2012

More painted 10mm Scots...and a slight diversion.

Blimey! it's been over a month since my last post, whilst gaming is still very thin on the ground at the moment the painting goes on!! Here are the latest units for my Medieval Scots army one is a unit of dismounted men at arms and one a unit of archers.













And now for the slight diversion.My enjoyment of painting and gaming in 10mm knows no bounds but as has happened in the past my butterfly nature flits to the bigger scale every now and then. So chatting to my mate who moved to sunny Scotland we decided we needed a project so we could game a couple of times a year on his odd trip back to sunny Lancs or any trips I take to Scotland. So we've gone for Basic Impetus as a rules choice, Impetus being a game we used to play every week back in the day its a great game, we both sold our rules books when he moved (nobody else around here plays)so being tight fisted northerners (well I am he's from a bit further south) we've gone for the free version:-) Wanting it to be a wargaming on the cheap project(no point spending big bucks on something that will be used a few times a year) we've gone for a period with plastics available Medieval /Feudal Europe. So Fire Forge games will be getting my spending money for this one. I'm basing my army around the time of Magna Carter and a little later 1215-1220ish. I found a resource site showing all the coats of arms of the knights who witnessed the will of king John and the barons who oversaw the Magna Carter. even though 28s aren't really my scale for painting I really am enjoying putting this army together. Here are a few photos of the first knights, not great but when they are together in the army they'll look okay.
I will apologise now for post 28mm on my 10mm Blog but its a great way of letting each other know how the armies are coming along. I will title future 28mm posts 'Musings from the cloister'  so if you don't want to view the big stuff you know not to read. I would do a separate Blog but I've tried that before and it didn't work out how id hoped. Anyway enough wittering here's the photos.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

New Kallistra web site.

Over the last few months the Kallistra web site has been promising a new look web site, well its now up and running and I've got to say it probably one of the best 10mm web store type about.There are loads of very nice eye candy photos(to make you want to spend your money)navigation is easy and from what I clicked on which was a lot, there are photos of all the figures they sell. The link is on my links list but here's the link if you don't want to be tooting on the links list:- hmm? lot of links in that:-) Also I noticed they are now producing a rather nice Trebuchet, I've no doubt this is for use with the up and coming Siege warfare supplement for their Medieval rules.The publication quality of these rules is very good and they are free to download (Shame you need the hex system to play) Here is a couple of photos that will make you want to buy some more 10mm!!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Medieval Scottish Spear.

Here is the latest unit for my Medieval Scottish Army. I've tried dabbling in some scenic base type thingy by adding English Knights charging into the ranks, wooden stakes and various grasses.This also involved a little cutting, filing off shields, lances and arms etc and making new limbs from green stuff (at 10mm I'm not sure its worth it).I'm also trying a different look to my painting as I'm wanting to give the Scots a more...hmm, in the middle of the battle look, if you get my meaning. I think when viewed at the normal gaming distance they look good but close up they just look badly painted.Give em a click see what you think:-)First there's a painting of a Medieval battle showing the look I want to achieve, then the Scots.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Scottorum Malleus in the Holy Land.

Right then, here are two army lists for the Scottorum Malleus rules. They where sent to me By Steve from the 'Little Legions' Blog, they are for the forces of the Crusaders and the Ayyubid Egyptians. They look very good, so a big thankyou to the kindly Yorkshireman :-) I had to re-jig some of the type to fit the lists on this page so any mistake in this area is mine.


CRUSADERS

TROOP
 TYPE
MOVE
(BW)
ATT
DICE
DEFf
DICE
SHOOT
 DICE
MORALE
PTS
CRUSADER KNIGHTS
MOUNTED KNIGHTS
3
6
2
0
GOOD
10
HOLY ORDERS
MOUNTED KNIGHTS
3
6
2
0
GOOD
10
FOOT SERGEANTS
COMMON FOOT
2
3
3
0
GOOD
7
HOLY ORDER FOOT SERGEANTS
FIERCE FOOT
2
4
2
0
GOOD
7
CROSSBOWMEN
MISSILE FOOT
2
2
2
3
AVERAGE
7
Army composition:

UNIT TYPE
AMOUNT
POINTS
CRUSADER KNIGHTS
2
10 (1UNIT HAS GENERAL)
HOLY ORDERS
1
10
FOOT SERGEANTS
2
7
HOLY ORDER FOOT SERGEANTS
1
7
CROSSBOWMEN
2
7

TOTALUNITS 8
TOTAL POINTS 65




ARMY SPECIAL RULES:

1.      BRAVE CHARGE.
2.      WALL OF SPEARS.



AYYUBID EGYPTIAN

Troop
Type
Move
(BW)
ATT
 DICe
D eff
Dice
Shoot Dice
Morale
PTS
MAMLUKS
ISLAMIC HEAVY CAVALRY
3
4
2
2
GOOD
10
ARAB LANCERS
SERGEANTS
3
4
2
0
AVERAGE
7
TURKOMANS
MOUNTED SKIRMISHER
4
1
1
2
POOR
7
BEDOUINS
MOUNTED SKIRMISHER
4
2
1
1
POOR
7
ARAB ARCHERS
FOOT MISSILE
2
2
2
3
AVERAGE
7
FOOT SKIRMISHERS
FOOT SKIRMISHER
3
1
1
2
POOR
3
KURDISH LEVIES
FOOT LEVY
2
2
1
0
POOR
2
Army composition: 

UNIT TYPE
AMOUNT
POINTS
MAMLUKS
2
10 (1 UNIT HAS GENERAL)
ARAB LANCERS
1
7
TURKOMANS
1
7
BEDOUINS
1
7
ARAB ARCHERS
2
7
FOOT SKIRMISHERS
2
3
KURDISH LEVIES
2
2

TOTAL UNITS 11
TOTAL POINTS 65



ARMY SPECIAL RULES:

1.      DEADLY AMBUSH
2.      EXTRA SKIRMISH






Thursday, 20 September 2012

Medieval Scots...oh and Pondering.

After deciding I'm not painting anything for a while which has been made easy having sold off all my unpainted miniatures and projects. I've now got time to ponder rules I prefer for 10mm, my previous post about Scottorum Malleus are part of this pondering. During the pondering, base sizes for units has come up, all of my 10mm armies are now based for Warmaster, over the years they've been base for other systems (mainly Impetus)having them based on 40x20 makes them great for using in other rules so when I decided on 80x40 for Scottorum Malleus it was easy to use WM bases two at the front two at the back as shown in previous post.After more pondering I think the 80x40 way is a great way to base even if using Hail Caesar in which I've previously gone for 120x40 unit sizes in. So with all this in mind I wanted to put a unit together purely based like this to see how it looks. Bugger sold everything off and what army would I choose? Got most of what tickles my fancy (so to speak). Then I found after a good root about two units of Medieval Knights from Pendraken...Great :-) I've got an early Medieval armies and I've got late medieval armies but nothing mid period these will be spot on so I've decided to start a Medieval Scots army from between 1388-1400ish, I also found some Freezywater Scots banners!! For the past few nights I've been busy painting and basing and here is the first unit for the Scots, there will only be one Mounted knight unit and this is it which is good because as you can see hand painting heraldry isn't my forte. The army will have twelve units to start with.1 x Mounted knight,1 x Foot knight,8 x Foot spear,2 x Bow. So here are some photos,give em a click they go bigger:-)on second thoughts they may be better viewed at a distance.