Saturday, 24 December 2011

Dear Santa...

This year I want;

A Bren Gun
A Million Quid
Bettany Hughes
Peace and Quiet

I think the first three are pretty certain... got no hope on number four though.

In miniatures news, I've not painted anything still - simply no time with work. However I have hatched a plan to make a Dwarf airship for Splintered Lands using a Gripping Beast 28mm Dark Ages Sailing Boat, and a table lamp shade frame.

Which will necessitate me buying a Goblin Bat Clan warband to indulge in some aerial combat. In fact, I think I might knock up some rules for SSL specifically for the airship and have some skirmishes fought entirely above the Wyldewood as the Dwarfs fight off Goblin boarders.

And if I'm going to buy a Goblin warband, I may as well get the Bugbear one to round out the collection.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Motion To War!

"The beacons are lit! The beacons of Ashdown Forest! The great army of Kent is marching to war!"

In his coastal stronghold deep in the kingdom of the Seaxe, the Lord Tangent pensively rubbed his chin and lit yet another cigarette. He studied the spy's report again; his nemesis Odo of Kent had indeed mustered a mighty horde, and was now planning on another raid Southwards... as early as the end of January.

This news was troubling indeed.

He studied the roster... the Fyrd was insufficient...

It meant an event would now have to occur which had not happened in age...

He would have to paint something.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

2011 review, and plans for 2012

As 2011 fizzles out, I'm starting to look at next year, and what I'm planning to get painted/played, and also look back on this year and review how it went.

As it turned out, this year has been pretty good, all in all. I painted a 15mm Romano-British warband, sort of started a Saxon warband to fight against them. Got plenty of Splintered Lands painted, and bought - Dwarfs and Beastlands. Also invested in a fair amount of scenery.

Gaming-wise played Brytenwalda a few times, but then got diverted back to my favourite of Song of Splintered Lands. Played a bit of Song of Arthur & Merlin, and a couple of other randoms such as Sturmovik Commander.

Next year I'm planning on the following;

Saga; already got a load of Musketeer early Saxons unpainted. Think I'll get some bigger shields for them to make them later, then painting them up for Saga and Song of Arthur & Merlin

Splintered Lands: lots of painting to do here, and hopefully lots of games.

Bag The Hun; Already have enough 1/600 to replay the Battle of Britain in 1:1, so just need a hex mat/map. Discovered a website with aerial reconnaissance photos of Blighty taken by the RAF in 1946. So, stitched together a load of them from Woodmancote - a village about 5 miles North of here. Slowly colouring them in, and will get that to a Graphic/Printers to be printed on a 4 x 6 vinyl mat with hexes over the top
The actual image I'm working on is currently 13mb and enormous - haven't worked out what scale it'll be in when printed at that size, so may need to add bits later on. Strangely therapeutic process, and enjoying mucking about with Gimp trying to recreate fields to the human eye.

So what's in the pipeline for you next year?