Thursday, 11 December 2014

At Last! A New Post!!

Hi all,

I was contemplating whether to just say that I've been away from the hobby for four months due to personal reasons (which is certainly true!). Read on if you want to hear the 'blues jam'- if not just scroll down to the pics below;

Basically I've been away from wargaming and painting for about four months due to a relationship breakdown with the love of my life. I was with her for fourteen years when one day she asked me to leave, which is what I did. This was obviously devastating news as although we weren't married the relationship, which was very loving, was the basis of my life and it has taken me four months to come to terms with it being over! I doubt that I'll ever be really 'over it' but at least i now feel strong enough to start blogging, painting and being creative again. I guess that the fact that we had not had any children in this case is a blessing as they would have almost certainly have suffered psychological trauma through the breakdown of what was once a very strong relationship. My partner was always supportive of the hobby and was often to be seen at shows with me around the country. I don't bear her any animosity and in fact i am very thankful for our time together.

So, I hear you say, what have you in the pipeline?

Currently I'm working, or rather about to embark upon a couple of projects. The first being two demo games that will be at Salute in 2016 and Vapnartak in the same year; the games being The Battle of Hastings and Battle of Fulford Gate.

The second project is going to be another demo game, possibly at Partizan next year that will feature the Second Afghan War and Mike Owen's brilliant range of North West Frontier mini's combined with Studio Miniatures North West Frontier range and of course, it would be almost sacrilegious not to include some of the Perry Miniatures sculpts that they did for Wargames Foundry back in the day as well as some of their suitable Indian Mutiny/Indian Rebellion of 1857 mini's.

That's all for now really except to say that bearing my obsession with Late 14th Century Warfare I have of course asked Santa to "please bring me three boxes of the new Perry Miniatures HYW English!

Pics below, I'm sure that you've all seen them before but what would a post on a wargaming blog be without any pics, eh?










Thanks for reading and thanks for your patience for my lack of posts.

Darrell.

At Last! A New Post!!

Hi all,

I was contemplating whether to just say that I've been away from the hobby for four months due to personal reasons (which is certainly true!). Read on if you want to hear the 'blues jam'- if not just scroll down to the pics below;

Basically I've been away from wargaming and painting for about four months due to a relationship breakdown with the love of my life. I was with her for fourteen years when one day she asked me to leave, which is what I did. This was obviously devastating news as although we weren't married the relationship, which was very loving, was the basis of my life and it has taken me four months to come to terms with it being over! I doubt that I'll ever be really 'over it' but at least i now feel strong enough to start blogging, painting and being creative again. I guess that the fact that we had not had any children in this case is a blessing as they would have almost certainly have suffered psychological trauma through the breakdown of what was once a very strong relationship. My partner was always supportive of the hobby and was often to be seen at shows with me around the country. I don't bear her any animosity and in fact i am very thankful for our time together.

So, I hear you say, what have you in the pipeline?

Currently I'm working, or rather about to embark upon a couple of projects. The first being two demo games that will be at Salute in 2016 and Vapnartak in the same year; the games being The Battle of Hastings and Battle of Fulford Gate.

The second project is going to be another demo game, possibly at Partizan next year that will feature the Second Afghan War and Mike Owen's brilliant range of North West Frontier mini's combined with Studio Miniatures North West Frontier range and of course, it would be almost sacrilegious not to include some of the Perry Miniatures sculpts that they did for Wargames Foundry back in the day as well as some of their suitable Indian Mutiny/Indian Rebellion of 1857 mini's.

That's all for now really except to say that bearing my obsession with Late 14th Century Warfare I have of course asked Santa to "please bring me three boxes of the new Perry Miniatures HYW English!

Pics below, I'm sure that you've all seen them before but what would a post on a wargaming blog be without any pics, eh?










Thanks for reading and thanks for your patience for my lack of posts.

Darrell.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Perry plastic Men at Arms, Proper Pics Like.... :>)

Slightly late but as promised and here are some decent pics of the new Perry Miniatures Plastic Men at Arms. First though, a few notes.....

These sculpts of of extremely high quality and I would be bold enough to say that they out rank that of the Perry metal Wars of the Roses/European Armies ranges! That is really saying something. As seen in my last post I had a bit of a tinker around sticking them together, mainly following the picture that outlines some examples on plastic Men at Arms box inlay sheet. The sheet by the way contains many standards, banners and coats of arms so that it should be an easy task, given all the information contained in all the other Perry Medieval boxes to start to put together any army you choose (including the War of the Kalmar Union Michael ;>]  ).

There were a few gaps in the spaces between one or two joints but these are easily cemented together with plastic polystyrene cement as it actually cements the parts in place and is not just a bonding agent.

The torso's in the box would easily go with any of the plastic sets thus far, the front ranks of a Swiss phalanx, extra poses for the Mounted Men at Arms etc etc. In conclusion, I have to say that thus far they were joy to play about with and with three boxes to play with I will never run out of dismounted Men at Arms in any of my armies!

Here's the pics (I'll endeavour to get a few painted up very soon):
















Cheers,
Darrell.



Saturday, 30 August 2014

They Arrived!! And I Couldn't help Myself So I......

Made some of them up at 5am this morning!! :>)

They are fab, very little by way of flash if any, small amount of filing to be done and you're ready to undercoat!

What's more, I bought three boxes which combined with the Perry plastic boxes and metals that I already own will last me a very long time and spread all across my Wars of the Roses, Burgundian, Italian League of Venice and (Early) Italian Wars French!! Can't lose really.

The free vignette is a fantastic rendition of a knight arming and reminds me very much of the vignette they did for Foundry many moons ago.

I took some very quick and very bad snaps below but will be taking some good ones with my camera later which I'll post here and on my Gewalthaufen Late 15thC Medieval Blog too.







Cheers,
Darrell.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Just a Quickie.....

I would not be doing good service to my Lord if I were not to show these:



As it says on the description of the first pic, useful for anything (in North West Europe) from 1450-1500. so many uses..... I wonder if Michael has sculpted any more packs to go with these? I'd love to see some with the archetypal Swiss Swords for example.

Cheers,
Darrell.



Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Medieval Warfare, The Burgundian Wars Vol 4, Issue 4

Just a quickie this time (More tea Vicar?..... maybe not!). I'm utterly run off my feet so I've just got time to say that this months Medieval Warfare, The Burgundian Wars has just been bought by yours truly (alas not read as of yet!) and as the title obviously suggests this issue concentrates on the exploits of Charles the Bold and his army fighting the Swiss Confederacy. a bit of a tea break post I'm afraid..... still, a must have for anyone interested in Late 15thC warfare!!

As I say, I haven't had the time to indulge myself in the contents so it would be rather silly of me to talk about the articles other than to leave a brief list of what you can expect:


Contents:

Je La Emperin- Historical intro.

"The First True Infantry"- The Swiss army in the Burgundian Wars

Forming a Burgundian Lance- Tactical composition and structure of the smallest tactical unit in Charles' army.

Fools Rush In- Siege of Nuess

The Battle of Grandson- Burgundian Blunder at Concise

The Mace- Specifically for attacking armoured opponents.

Bernese at Morat- A documentation of the Bernese at the Battle of Morat.

Battle of Nancy- I won't spoil it for you if you don't already know!

The usual other stuff including two more articles not related to the Burgundian Wars.

Cheers,
Darrell.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

I Have Only This to Say, They're Here! (Well almost!!)

OK, this speaks for itself:


The vignette of the noble being helped on with his armour is an absolutely beautiful pieces of sculpting and reminds me of the vignette set a century earlier that the Perry's did for Foundry. I will of course be buying three boxes (that will keep my busy for a long time, but will allow me to construct Nobles for all my Late 15thC armies, English, Italian and French. I may as well add Burgundians too now!!) 

Can't wait to get my mittens on these at the end of the month!

Cheers,
Darrell.

Friday, 1 August 2014

New Early Hundred Years War Sculpts from Claymore Castings

Something caught my eye the other day. It was the new sculpts for the Early Hundred Years War (known at the time as the French War) from Claymore Castings! They are sculpted by Matthew Bickley and they really do look great. I have been informed that those pics below are not finished sculpts, there is a little work to do on one of the crossbowmen for example, but they are sharp, crisp and well defined. Nice and dynamic too.

Also, Paul Hicks will be continuing with the Battle of Otterburn range. Of courrse the miniatures from both the Early hundred Years War and the Battle of Otterburn ranges can be used in practically any European conflicts based on their time periods. I'm thinking of using some of the Otterburn range as Teutonics for example.

Overall? Very impressed!

Here's the pics (borrowed from David of Saxon Dog Blog fame- you can of course read more on David's Blog).







Cheers,
Darrell.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Claymore 2014: A Great Show!- This Saturday 2nd August.

For my friends North of the Border with whom I spent many an hour wargaming with at the SESWC Wargames Club. Claymore is certainly the best show in Scotland and rivals many of the larger English shows IMHO. Made some great friends there too who I will be catching up with this weekend.


Be there or be square as they say! There will of course be a full report on my Just Add Water Blog

Darrell.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Battle of San Romano, Large Illustrative Pics- Well Worth Viewing!!

Hi,

I recently came across some very detailed and large (for the net) pictures of then Battle of San Roman 1432. although they were painted much later in the style of the 1450's (In my opinion- they are supposed to have been commissioned somewhere between 1435-1460 but the armour styles are more fitting for the 1450's) they still give an extremely evocative picture of Late Condottiere Warfare in Italy.
To quote Wikipedia:




You will have to excuse the overlap but I wanted the pictures of the painting to be as large as possible so that you can take in the breathtaking detail.

Darrell.