Friday, 7 November 2014

DBA 3 (Nice one)

Just received my!! Thought Id never see the day, this is a really nice rule book. I doff my hat  to those who brought DBA into the new age. It needed it and its been done well.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Still here and......

Just noticed is been ages since my last post well I'm still here and at the moment in the middle of selling all my 10mm armies off .....keep an eye on ebay :-)....and painting up some 15mm..hopefully get some photos up soon. thanks to those of you that have kept me on your following list.


Monday, 9 June 2014

The scale of things to come and a little something else.

As I've  written recently my wargaming mojo has gone ,I've not painted in months and I haven't had a game in ages. Then the other day whilst reading through the Medieval posts on the 'Lead Adventure' and 'TMP' Forums I saw some Feudal/Medieval armies in 15mm beautifully painted and based. I thought hmm? quiet like the look of them. Now as is very apparent on this Blog and my now closed 28mm Blog I do like a Medieval army (to say the least) and I've collected them in many scales but mainly 10mm. Hmm? (I thought again):-

Is it the hobby I'm tired of ?....No, I normally always enjoy painting and researching armies, even when not gaming.

Is it the Historical periods I'm tired of?...No like everything from Ancients to ECW, though Medieval is the one that floats my boat.

Is it the 10mm scale that at the moment I'm jaded with?... In all honesty?... it could be.  For many years apart from the odd dip of the toe in the 28mm scale of things and a big flirt with 15mm back in the day all my gaming and painting has been 10mm, Ive painted and collected a hell of a lot of the 10mm Medieval figures that's out there, maybe I need something different to paint? Yep I enjoy painting 28mm but the thought of collecting a full army at this scale again just doesn't compute at the moment. Collecting and painting 10mm armies is great, they look great en mass and in my honest opinion 10mm is the best scale to game in, but on the painting side while it is very enjoyable it can(when putting a full army together) become rather like  a production line. Also 10mm gamers in my area are now very thin on the ground :-(

So with all this in mind I'm going back to where it all (historically, Scale, and rules) began....I've decided to go with what floats my boat,  yep, the Medieval period...scale wise I'm going for 15mm??!! which isn't grandscale but its grand enough for me if it gets me painting again. In the rules set department I'm going DBA2.2 and DBA3 when it comes out with an eye on Big Battle DBA with 36 elements. The army I'm putting together will be close to the one I did in 28mm ( but didn't finish) on my 'In The Hall of the Plastic King' Blog, a Feudal English Army. This one will be slightly later being an army from around the time of Mr Long shanks himself 'Edward I'.
I'm still going to post up my 15mm progress on here even though the project isn't 10mm as I believe Blogs are a great way of keeping a project bobbing along nicely.

So that's where its all at :-) Thanks for reading and following my Blog and I hope there will be something in this next project to keep you doing so. I will be returning to my beloved 10mm in the future, just not yet, though I will continue to post any 10mm/6mm stuff I find interesting.


PS, there is going to be a surprise competition coming up in the next few months so I hope you pop back when I post details ;-)

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Like picking a lock with a wet herring.

Well its happened, its tried to raise its head in the past but its finally happened 'painters block'. 
 In the past its been a bit slow to get going but now I just look a the unpainted lead and think how, why, when.  I've  loads of lovely shiny new 10mm goodies to paint but I just cant engage head to paint. A full Late Roman army and I cant even think how I want it to look. I have lost the painting mojo, I cant even compose how I want my command bases modelled which is the thing I do first and foremost as it gives the feel of the rest of the army. I've lost my painting, gaming and slightly geeky  muse. I couldn't  have summed it up better than this:

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Interview with Bill the man behind Cracker Line and Plank Road.

Following on from my last three interviews with some of the people behind the companies and manufacturers who bring us the wonderful miniatures we game and collect here is the next in line.This time we travel over the Atlantic Ocean to speak to Bill from Cracker Line to talk all things American Civil War.

Hello Bill thanks for offering your time to answer some questions for Grand Scale wargaming.

Okay first things first, why, when and where did Cracker Line and Plank Road ACW Miniatures come into being? 
I started Cracker Line almost as an after-thought. I had contacted Bob Soutar at the recommendation of Simon Bargery, owner of Redline 10mm Napoleonic Miniatures. I admired the style of the 10mm Russian infantry in Great Coats. I wanted to have figures in Great Coats sculpted for my upcoming Chattanooga Campaign, which I was bringing to Historicon. The caveat was, they had to be for the Western Theatre and wearing mostly slouch hats. When I received the figures, I was astounded by the detail and the quality of the castings. Griffin Moulds out of the UK does some fine work. My figures came out of the bag ready to paint. I was convinced other people would want to buy these little gems. I had already formed Good Ground, LLC a few years earlier to sell bases and terrain. Now I was ready to start a line of my own. In January of this year I finalized the purchase of Starfort Miniatures from Rod Langton. I originally designed my figures to be compatible with Starfort. They are now Plank Road Miniatures, my answer to those gaming in the Eastern Theatre. I will expand these lines and bring the mould qualities up to the same standards as Cracker Line.

What do think makes a good 10mm ACW miniature?
 My idea of a good 10mm ACW figure is one with a large variety of realistic poses. I studied the art of Don Troiani, Keith Rocco, Dale Gallon and John Paul Strain to develop the poses for my figures. I think my sculptor, Bob Soutar, has successfully given my figures the visual appeal of this fine art work. The poses are active, but not comic in appearance. They look American. One of my customers has said they slouch, they look tired, in short, they look like Civil War soldiers, not well-drilled Europeans in American uniforms. I thought that hit the nail on the head. In fact, his name is William Jones and he is quoted on the home page of my website. I also feel it is important to match the size and girth of other lines so that the figures may be mixed, giving the gamer and almost infinite variety of poses. It never made sense to me to make the figures too large or too small to match other manufacturers. I own figures from many lines, and I wanted my own lines to fit well with them. I think I have accomplished this as well.

Can you say what ranges and products are next and what's the future for Cracker Line and Plank Road ACW Miniatures?
Cracker Line will do cavalry and Wilder’s Mounted Rifles next. Up next for Plank Road is the Iron Brigade. I will also be altering some of the Plank Road figures and adding poses to the current line to bring them in line with my philosophy. 

With rules solely for 10mm Ancients and Medieval gaming a little thin on the ground is this the same for those who wish to game the ACW period, and what rule sets would you recommend? 
Actually, there are a lot of choices for the Civil War gamer. I, however, love Fire & Fury in both its Brigade and Regimental iterations. In fact, Rich Hasenauer and I are old pards and I have worked with him on many of the scenarios out there today. My regimental and brigade packs were designed with Fire & Fury in mind. 

For anyone interested in starting out along the ACW gaming road what size and what make up of army would you recommend?
It makes sense to start with the regimental sized actions. Doing parts of battles, like the Wheat Field instead of Gettysburg or Starkweather’s stand at Peryville rather than the whole engagement. One can ignore cavalry at first, as it plays only a marginal role in most Civil War battles. Start with infantry and artillery. You can’t go wrong. Most of the manufacturers also have starter packs. My own are called Army Starter Packs, which have one US, one CS Brigade Packs and one artillery battery pack.  

With time spent being involved with Cracker Line and Plank Road ACW Miniatures do you have any of have time to play war games and do you play any other periods apart from ACW?
I do run games as a GM and often push lead with my own club, SMG (South Florida Miniatures Gamers). I have interest in most of the horse and musket periods starting with the French & Indian Wars and AWI all the way up through 1865. I also love WWI, WWII land, air and naval. I have lost count of the number of scales and figures I have. I don’t know any more. The good thing is, neither does my lovely spouse.  

For anybody who hasn't seen your miniatures or products can you give us the web details and links where these could be found? 
Visit my site at and you will see a wide variety of pictures of the figures, battlefields, bases and other accoutrement including my exclusive line of flags from Old Gunny. I now have all the Chickamauga flags in 10mm and will soon be adding Gettysburg. Between the two, there are literally a few hundred options, well researched by Tim Harrop, the Old Gunny himself. A nice thing about Tim, he takes no profit from this as all proceeds are donated to the Museum of the Confederacy. 

Once again thank you Bill for taking time out and answering my questions for Grand Scale Wargaming.
You're most welcome and thanks for the opportunity to talk about Good Ground,LLC.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

And so it begins....'When Rome went home'

My Late Romans from Pendraken arrived today and so begins the next chapter in my 10mm projects, and  one I'm calling 'when Rome went home'. The army will hopefully represent a field army in the final years of Rome's stay here in the north of England. Here is the first photo of the army the obligatory 'out of the box shot' . I must admit these appear to be some of the best, if not the best Pendraken miniatures I've seen. I've heard others say it and I agree they are lovely sculpts.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

And the winner is........

Welcome to our annual 'Best 10mm Manufacturer' award.
First of all I know this years award has been later than usual so my apologises for that. 
Secondly and most importantly  I,d like to thank everyone who voted in this years poll and as always a lot of you did, so once again thanks to you all. Now without any further ado in reverse order the top three best 10mm manufacturers for 2014 are ( opens gold envelope) :-

3rd place......TB line

2nd place......Kallistra

And in 1st place with 47%  of the vote! is :-

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(Long silence to build the tension)

The chaps from Pendraken were unable to be here to accept the trophy in person so the trophy will be sent to them in the post or given to them at the Triples wargames show later this year. I will try and get a few words from our winners later and post up soon.

Well done to all those who got votes, places below the top three where quite close so maybe next year we will see one of them heading towards the top.

Well that's it for another year lets hope there will be lots more for those of us who choose to collect and game in the best scale to enjoy over the next twelve months.

Jason :-)

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Best 10mm 2014, You decide!

Well It's Back the best 10mm miniatures poll, and as always only you can decide. Choose your favourite Manufacturer from the list on the right hand side of the Blog page and give them a click to register your vote. This year the period scale we looking at is from Ancients to Napoleonic, please keep this in mind when you vote. The poll will be up for two weeks, as always I will check and count votes daily as you know sometimes Blogger polls can switch off for no reason!?

Three times winners of the award are  Pendraken below with their 2012 trophy on the trade stand after being awarded at the Triples show.

Who can take the crown and stop Pendraken winning again you Decide!!

Now all thats left to say is good luck! to all those manufacturers who are entered and to all you 10mm gamers get voting may the best 10mm win!!


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Next full Army? The decision has been made.

Back in January I was mulling over what would be the next full army I would collect and paint? Would I stick with my beloved Medieval period? Maybe something late like a Tudor army or an Italian Condotta  army? It would have to be something I could really get stuck into researching painting and modelling as the gaming side of things at the moment are on the quiet front. So I've decided to really try something new I decided to collect an Ancients army (!?) I've painted and played Ancients in the past, a little in 15mm but mainly in 6mm having collected, painted and gamed Early Imperial Romans, Seleucid and Parthians. So with this in mind and more than a little thought (maybe too much) over the last three months I've gone for a Late Roman Army. A period I know very little about so plenty of reading and research to be done on that front.
I decided to go for 10mm which is a scale I've never collected Ancients in, and I'm going with Pendraken as a manufacturer. The Phone order went in yesterday (yippee!!) so all there is to do now is wait for them to arrive. I'm looking at Little Big Man studios for shield transfers which I will order over the coming days.

Well that's all for now,
Thanks for reading, 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

2nd Place and best 10mm is on the horizon.

Blimey!! March already, the year marches on. So without any further ado just to let you know my command base managed 2nd Place in the Pendraken painting competition, more by luck/default really as first place was tied but they did say there was only one point between the top three so I will take it :-)

Now for news about the up and coming best 10mm manufacture poll, this is a competition I started about four years ago so people could vote for their favourite 10mm, votes are always well into the hundreds so with this kind of interest  I'm going to run it again this year. For the last three outings  it has been won by Pendraken. If you've any manufacture you would like to see listed for this year poll post a reply and I will add them to the list. This year the poll will cover Ancients to Napoleonic (no WWII  or onwards this year).

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Gifts and painting competition entry.

A few weeks ago fellow Blogger Sean me to say he had some left over miniatures that he was going to paint up and send over, Blimey I thought what a nice chap. Well they've arrived and double Blimey these are really nicely painted and just what I needed to add to my Scots army, 2 units of Northern English Rebels one  spear and their mounted lords ( I added a couple of fig's to the knights to bring the unit to twelve). I think he should enter the Spear into Pendrakens painting comp to be honest. So here's a couple of photos for you to cast your eyes over :-) (Any blurriness is down to my poor photography in reality these are crisp)

And now for my latest painting project this is my entry in the Pendraken painting comp, a command stand for a French HYW army. I'm not 100% with this entry or the photos but I will give it a go and try and get something better for next year.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Plans for 2014?

Well I've been mulling over what to over the coming 12 months 10mm wise.First off I've decided to enter the annual Pendraken painting comp,

for this I'm going to put together and paint up a command stand for a Medieval French army. After this I'm going to do a Medieval Baggage train for my various armies. I really fancy doing another full army but what form this will take I'm not fully decided on. Italian Condetta, or an early army of Henry VIII? Hmm? or something completely different.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Bloodshed Beyond the Walls of Acre. SoW AAR Pt 3.

Right then first off a small disclaimer, this game was played over an evening and an afternoon. Photos where taken during and some afterwards so if some photos show units not quite  where the narrative puts them that's why. Also there is more detail and rules within the game than Ive comment on, but if every rule etc was explained as it was used I think the AAR would go on to long. Hopefully the write up will give enough information to make people want to go out and give these rules a go.If there are any mistakes during game play these are my own. a
Note: it is picture heavy, give em a click to make em bigger and normal playing time I'd say would be about 1-2 hours.

Brief Background.
After many months of campaigning the Mamluks head towards Acre to drive out the Crusaders from the holyland forever.

 5th April , Sultan Khali establishes his HQ on the eastern side of Acre and the Mamluk army moves into its siege positions.

6th April , The Mamluk siege of Acre officially begins

11th April. Mamluk siege engines start bombarding Acre.

15th-16th, 18-19 April. Sorties are made by the Defenders of Acre to keep the Mamluks at bay.
This Battle report will hopefully reenact one of those sorties...sort of, the real sorties where made at night against the Mamluk camp and siege lines.

Terrain was set and both armies deployed (as per photo). 

The Crusaders got first turn, All units passed discipline tests and steadily moved forward, in SoW all units roll a discipline dice at the start of their turn to ensure they don't do anything Rash and to see what type of move can be made, Simple or Strategic. The Crossbowmen only moved at half rate which allowed them to shoot at a unit of Mamluk Spear causing no wounds.In SoW each stand in the shooting unit rolls the relevant die type for that unit, once rolled all dice scoring 1's are removed.Then the defending player rolls the number of relevant amour dice equal to the hits taken.  Each set of dice are then compared high against low ie: att rolls 5,2,4, and def rolls 6,1,3. so 6 cancels 5, 3 cancels 2  and 4 beats 1 thus one hit scored. (hope that made sense and is right)

The Mamluk noble bellowed his orders to hold  fire with the Trebuchets and keep the Siege towers where they are(I only put them on the table for a bit of eye candy, they play no part in the game).All Mamluk units also passed Discipline tests and set off to meet the Crusaders toe to toe.The Archers opened fire on a unit of Crusader spear but no wounds caused. 

Next turn the unit of Hospitaller Knights on the far flank failed  the discipline test and rashly headed straight for the nearest visible enemy unit. The crossbow also fail and act rashly shooting at the nearest Mamluk unit and caused a wound(result!!) The rest of the army continues its advance.

The Mamluks pass all test but decide to hold the line,even if you don't want to do anything all units must still take Discipline tests.
The archers shoot at a crusader spear unit causing one wound. 

This turn all Crusader units behave and the Hospitaller knights on the far flank decide to charge the Mamluk spear unit.The unit of Knights on the other flank charge a unit of Mamluk light Cavlary risking opening themselves up to being charge in the flank  by a unit of spear during the Mamluks turn.

The Crossbowmen seeing the danger opened fire on the spear unit causing a wound and making the unit lose a stand all stands in SoW have two wounds, thus because the unit took a hit last turn a stand had to be removed, but the spear hold their ground(bugger). In a bloody melee the Hospitaller knights on the far flank pile into the Mamluk spear,but only make one hit as the Mamluuks hold strong, but being unable to gather any strength the spearmen  fail to hit back and lose combat. They take a morale check,  and on hearing their mighty lord in the distance, they pass the test. The knights on the other flank attack the lightly armoured Mamluk horsemen but roll very badly and only cause two wounds removing a base. No hits made back, but again the Mamluks hold their ground.Combat in SoW is carried out like shooting were in the attacker rolls the relevant  die type and the defender rolls his relevant defence dice, then defenders attack back and the original attacker rolling defence dice then results are compared and losing side takes morale check.

The Mamluk army pushes forward the Heavy Cavalry charging the centre of the Crusader line ploughing into the nervous looking spear,The Mamluk spear on the left flank charge the Crusader knights that are involved in the combat with the light Cavalry, Archers shoot at  the crossbow unit  causing no hits.In combat the crusader spear in  the centre lost combat  and broke with the Mamluk heavy cavalry on their heels, the crusader knight on the left flank were mauled by the units of spear and light cavalry  they also turned on their heels and ran. The only sign of  hope was the unit of knights on the far flank who beat and broke the Mamluk spear riding them down.

The knights on the left flank rallied and turned to face the pursing Light horse and  spearmen.
The Crusader spear in the centre also found courage and and fought on against the pursuing Mamluk Heavy cavalry, but fell doing so. On the far side of the battle field the knights Hospitaler made their way back toward the action.
In their turn the Mamluk spear charged the crossbowmen and the light cavalry carried out a Feight charge on the knights, as the light cavalry wheeled their horses away at speed the knights fail a morale test and pursue the lightly armoured mamluks and in doing so put themselves in the open to be shot at by the Mamluk archers who are in the middle of the field which causes two wounds. In the combat between the crossbow men and the Mamluk spear it takes two turns but the crossbowmen fall. 

In the last turn of the game the Mamluk heavy cavalry and the remaining Spear charge into the last full unit of Crusader Intfantry and after some prolong fighting the crusaders take flight and the Mamluk noble orders the bombardment of Acre to continue, then the Siege towers start to advance and as it was in history the Mamluks take back Acre. 

So with more than a little artistic licence ie: different city, different year and not the same chap, but I thought it fitted in :-)

Now what do I think of Seasons of War? Well I like it ,a lot.Yes, the above battle was fought on a 2' x 2' with very basic armies but even at this base level it plays great, yep there were rules we missed etc ( I forgot my heavy cav had Bows!!) and I may have played some rules incorrectly whilst in the middle of taking notes and photos etc. 
The only thing that did stand out I think the range of missile troops is a bit too much on such a small battlefield, but the game played on a 4' x 4' as the author recommends this wouldn't be a problem. Give it a go I think it will be one that you'll want to play again and again, Well there you have it a brief overview and just my 2p's worth,