Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Mongol kickstarter from Pendraken.

The chaps over at Pendraken have decided to give a Mongol kick starter scheme a go, now whilst Mongols aren't my bag I thought it would be a good idea to put a post and link up to give any anybody who'd like to give the Mongols a go the heads up for what looks like will be a great success. Heres the link:-,7752.0.html

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

I'm in the line of fire.

A while back the chaps over at Pendraken started to post up on their forum interviews which they'd carried out with forum users and contributors. The other week Leon from Pendraken contacted me to see if  I would stand in the line of fire, I said yes. so without any further ado here's the link to my 15mins of to speak.:-),7756.0.html

More than worth a mention.

Nothing related to gaming, Time Team is of my favourite TV programs and this chap helped make it happen.So for me this is more than worth a mention. From 

The Guardian web page

Time Team's Mick Aston dies

The archaeologist and broadcaster, who found fame with the Channel 4 series, has passed away aged 66

Archaeologist and broadcaster Mick Aston, who found fame with TV programme Time Team, has died aged 66.
Close friend and former colleague Phil Harding, who also worked on the popular Channel 4 series, said he had received the news from Professor Aston's son James.
Time Team's official Facebook and Twitter accounts also paid tribute to the retired academic: "It is with a very heavy heart that we've been informed that our dear colleague Mick Aston has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family."
Dr Harding said that although his friend had suffered health problems, learning of his death just two weeks after talking to him on the phone for the last time had come as a shock.
"It just seems so incredible, like a bad dream, but unfortunately this is no dream," the 62-year-old said. "He was a seriously good mate and a seriously good archaeologist, a unique man. Everybody loved him, he just had a way with people. I cannot believe there was anybody who disliked him, he just had such a relaxed way.
"He had incredible knowledge and an effortless way of making archaeology accessible to people."
Born and raised in Oldbury in the West Midlands, Professor Aston was instantly recognisable on television for his colourful jumpers.
He lived in Somerset, and continued to take part in archaeology projects after leaving Time Team acrimoniously last year, when he accused the programme of dumbing down.
Before being named an emeritus professor at the university of Bristol and an honorary visiting professor at Exeter and Durham, he first joined the cast led by actor and presenter Tony Robinson when the show began in 1994.
Professor Francis Pryor, who also worked with Professor Aston on the programme, paid tribute to a man who he described as "remarkable archaeologist who could really dig".
He said: "I will remember him fondly - was a warm, loving, nice man. He did very good work on original British towns which is still being built on and he was an authority on monastic church archaeology and early medieval archaeology."

Friday, 21 June 2013

For the Scots...but what will it be?

Whilst painting more (!) Spear Inf stands for my Scots my mind wondered (as it does) and I had an idea for something a bit different to include in the army.  Here's some clues as to what it will be. But how to include it in the army? Can I build one? Will it fit? Will it just look bloody daft? All these questions will be answered in the coming weeks......or not.

I think it would have to be Grade 1 listed (if there is such a thing) as its going to be from between 1300-1400 ish.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Something to try and I hardly spent a thing.

Whilst trawling the web a while back I had a quick toot on the TMP and spied something that looked like it might have some balls and give us 10mm gamers something to shout about,  a bit of fresh air so to speak and this was:-

 Produced by Red Wyvern Games and written by Ian Hannam they are a set of rules written for 10mm gaming and using the same 20x40 base size that WMA used.  Now to cut a long story short after a couple of emails with Ian I've had the pleasure of having some of my Anglo-Saxons in the book. The production level of the book is great, Ive had a couple of read through's and tinkered with a few stands to see how situations pan out. The rules are written for use with Dark Age armies but I will hopefully get some games in the coming weeks with some early Feudal armies using Norman stats.I will post AAR and full review soon. But I can say with what I've seen so far I don't think the 10mm community will be disappointed. So without any further ado here's the link you'll need, go and give it a toot :-

 Yesterday I went to the Phalanx wargames show over in St Helens, This year I went over with an old gaming mate of mine from back in the days of WFB (28mm BOO HISS),  he's been out of the gaming scene for a number of years but is looking to get back gaming so Id suggested that he take a look around Phalanx to see what floats his boat. As always a nice and busy show with some decent traders. For the first time ever at a show whilst walking around I realised that a the moment I did'nt need anything!!!! I had money to spend (for once) but there was nothing that I really needed, as you know gaming a bit quiet at the moment a situation that looks as if it may get better in the coming weeks (HAZZAR!!). So other than finishing off my Scots I've not a lot to do, with this in mind I resolved to spend something. A quick toot at the Lance and Longbow stand and Id got some (Freezywater) Medieval Scots banners, then over to Kallistra for some bases whilst there I also acquired a set of their Medieval rules and army lists, I've got copies on my computer as they are a free download but you cant beat a hard copy the rule book, me and my mate got the books free from them (Thank you) and I bought  the lists book. Another circuit of the hall and Id purchased a tin of black primer from Warlord Games. Then over for a quick chat with the lads at Pendraken whilst here I ordered a unit of their mid medieval knights for use in my command stands for the Scots. and with that I was done. All in all about £30 spent (pityfull!!!!). Also noticed no Magister Militum this year, which was a shame as Im tempted to do another Medieval Italian army using their figures.
As a foot note my mate went for a Teutonic army just 6 packs for now from Kallistra, he's starting off slowly with DBA 2.2 then moving up to something a bit bigger.