Wednesday, 30 July 2014

AK47 pdf

I had to do a double take when I saw this on TMP today. The classic 'old school' version of the AK47 rules c1997 are now available as a .pdf from Peter Pig for the ridiculous but highly tempting price of £5.00. You even get your own personalised front cover, which I think is a really neat touch, even if it's designed to discourage multiple re-prints being distributed. I'm not sure this will work but, at the very least, it will be offset by new orders for the AK47 figures.
Bunga Bunga!
I have the rules in hardcopy but I've still ordered a .pdf set in order to encourage this initiative, especially if it means some of the back catalogue of RFCM rules get re-released in a digital format. It's also great news for my AK47 club campaign, which has been shunted along to 2015 by the Victory at Sea campaign, making the rules available to those players who are interested but haven't been able to tie down a second hand copy.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Billy Bones ACW Brigade

The Longstreet paper armies project moves further on again, with the rest of the packs that I need for the Union Brigade now on the hard drive. These consist of the cavalry and artillery plus some built up terrain. As yet, there are no dismounts or horseholders for the cavalry but I'm sure I can use some of the firing line infantry stands or skirmishers for the former and the latter can be fudged. I don't know when I'll be able to put this lot together but, if I can get access to a printer, I'll have a go over the holidays. 

The Great Wargaming Survey

This is an interesting exercise in self reflection, even if some of the questions are a bit leftfield. I don't normally fill in these on-line survey things but this one does give you a bit of oversight when it comes to what you're really interested in and how you could focus your wargaming efforts. It made me think a bit more about what I can really afford to ditch and what I should concentrate on in the long term, rather than trying to be a proverbial lead magpie.


Monday, 28 July 2014

Unofficial History

I've been reading this over the last week or so and it's been really good. I particularly enjoyed the interwar chapters, especially the punitive expedition in Waziristan, which reminded me of the stories my grandfather used to tell. It's all done in a very readable and entertaining style, so a bit of a page turner and well worth the time. There's some great scenario material in there too!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Westwind Summer Sale

Westwind have a 25% off sale at the moment, with 30% off some overstocked items. I've ordered a pack of Pictish heads to use as Saxon heads for my long planned Dux Britanniarum project, together with some shield transfers which I forget to order the first time round. It's well worth a look if you need some extra bits and bobs.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Billy Bones ACW Regiment


The Longstreet paper army project is moving along and we're working out the options, either 2D or 3D card units. I like the Billy Bones 3D range, so have assembled a trial five stand infantry regiment using the march attack set based on 40mm mdf rectangles.

These are left over from an old project and are band saw rather than laser cut, so have been relegated to the spares box as obsolete. It's great to find a use for them, even though the card stands have a slightly smaller frontage than 40mm.

I think the end result is pretty good, especially as it only took ten minutes to assemble. I really like the sepia effect and the style of the images, which remind me of contemporary photographs. I could shade the edges in brown felt pen and add a regiment label but, otherwise, job's a goodun'.

SAGA Summer [4]

I finished basing the last unit for the Norman warband today and, in a last minute change of plan, it's a levy unit of twelve bowmen rather than the original warrior spearmen. I tried to add a bit of variety to the four poses in the set but there's a limit to what can be done after you've swapped a few heads. I think they look fine and I'll be able to do a bit of differentiation when they get painted up.
This means that I now have six points worth of Normans to add to my existing but unpainted six point Viking warband. I'm hoping that I'll get at least one of the two painted up over the holidays, with only the base texturing and painting to tackle at the other end. I might even get to do the PVA and sand bit while we're at the beach, as there will be no shortage of the latter!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Pirate Crew Number Two

In case I run out of things to do on holiday, I thought I'd pack a few pirate figures to clean up and base, ready for the release of On The Seven Seas next month. I doubt I'll get round to them in the next few weeks, as I have more than enough SAGA painting to plough through, but at least I'll be able to make a start. I've heard mixed reviews of the new Osprey rules but you can never have enough pirates in your crew, so I'm sure they'll be worth the while.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

SAGA Summer [3]

A bit of a busy day but here is the penultimate unit for the Norman warband, consisting of eight warrior sergeants in quilted armour with spears and kite shields. I did some head swapping to add a bit of variety to the unit, which is why it took a little longer than usual. I'm hoping to complete the last unit of eight warrior spearmen tomorrow but I do like the idea of a missile unit of some sort, either some levy bowmen or warrior crossbows, although I only have figures for the first option.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

WWW Show Participation Game 2014

This year Wessex Wargamers Winchester will be putting on a participation game at Warfare in November, using my collection of 28mm pirates, the club hexon terrain and the assorted dinosaurs from my Saurian Safari collection. A couple of years ago I ran a Saurian Swashbucklers game at the club using an adapted version of the main rules which went down really well, so it's being re-invented as a multiplayer show participation game this year.

As a result, I dropped off my assorted pirates, pirate ships, dinosaurs and terrain at the club yesterday, so that a simplified set of fastplay rules can be worked out by the team. It will probably use the tried and tested mechanics that we've developed over the last few years and I'm hoping to get involved in some of the playtesting after the holidays. I think it will be a lot of fun and, hopefully, we might even win the award for Best Participation Game, which we've had a couple of times in the past.