Monday, 19 October 2020

Playing with Ratlines

    In a slight break to the promised schedule I have a quick post on my Dutch 1:1200 fleet. After finishing all the models I had in my backlog for this project, I knew adding a few more ships at some point soon would definitely be on the cards and I found a gap in my outgoings to squeeze an order in*, which arrived early last week.

*Thanks to Carol for correcting my order, again

   While the order includes extra ships to bulk up my fleet in a few different ways, the big thing that I have added to this order was Ratlines for all my ships - old and new - and it is at this point I want to say, Real friends don't recommend ratlines to their mates, naming no names, Neil. It is worth saying before I accidently tank the Langtons sales, the brass ratlines they sell are gorgeous but its just one more fiddly detail to do on a model that would test the patience of even the more laid back stoner. 

   The first ship to be finished and receive it's ratlines is the Hercules a 64 gun Dutch ship.

Langton Miniatures 1:1200 dutch napoleonic ship

   I also added some pinnaces and rowboats to the order** that will get added to the painting desk in batches over time. I'm not sure what I plan to use them for, but I have no regrets.

**Somewhere a Neil is calling me a stupid boy . . .

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Thursday, 15 October 2020

Fighting For Rome

     Carrying on with my push with this project I have swapped tacks slightly and instead of doing the last unit of Legionnaires, I have jumped to the first unit of Auxiliaries. Like the legionnaires I have avoided the red tunics that seem to have gone out of fashion with academics and gone for an off white, but the warlord models are also wearing knee breaches and neck scarves, so I have gone with a light brown for the breaches and red (because they are in the Roman army) scarves.

   The one big change I have been doing when painting Romans is that I have been breaking my rule of small batches and I'm not really sure why. I am now 3 units into this side of the project and while I'm painting the British side in batches of 6 (or sometimes smaller) during the week, I always seem to settle down at the weekend with a full block of Romans and start on all 12 at the same time. Not sure why but it seemed interesting to me at least.

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Monday, 12 October 2020

More Angry Natives

    I've given myself a bit of a painting target of uploading 2 whole units to this blog a week for the next month or so to try and get some projects (but mainly the ancient Briton and Rome projects) moving as best I can. I don't know if I can keep it up as it's going to be a minimum of 24 figures a week plus odds and sods, but it will help if I can, especially at a time when I am no longer gaming.

   This week's addition to the challenge is another unit of Ancient British Warriors - another 16 strong warband - and the second chariot from the unit of 3. This time I have mixed in a couple of slingers to build up numbers (I've bought 16 and the unit only needs 12) and I want the regular warbands to feel a bit disorganised and more of a rabble than the nice, ordered Romans they will be facing. 

   The chariot has minimal conversion work done to it, with the driver becoming the warrior on the back and a spare driver added - the old driver is in the second unit of warriors. The more I'm thinking about this project the more likely I am to add more chariots, so getting minor changes in now with extend the uses I can make of the 3 versions Warlord games sell (one of which is Boudica herself).

Next up (should) be a unit of Roman Auxiliary, so let's see how that goes.

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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

A 40k Detour (and another new project)

    One of the last games I placed recently, was a game of 40k 9th edition as I previously threatened I would. 40k will always have a soft spot in my hobby heart and its nice to scratch the itch once in a while, except this couple of games didn't so much as scratch the itch but make me find a whole new gnat bite I didn't know I had*.

   I wrote two quick lists out of models I had to hand - Primaris Space Marines vs Sisters of Battle, using points from the Indexes released at the start of 8th but using 9th rules (as stats etc will carry over but the points didn't) and we had a blast. The rules were simple enough that it took us a couple of turns to get our heads around and the rest of the game and following game, were spent chatting and eating snacks while we played, exactly what you want in a game.

*Did that analogy go too far?

   This game got me thinking. I want to have an easy small campaign I can from my front room in the new year that I have all the figures for and can be kept fun, simple and cheap. I'd picked up the new Recruit starter set to get the assault marines (more on them another day) and the Necrons that came 'free' became an obvious enemy for an Imperial army (which I am swimming in).
   The campaign will be based after the events of the Battlefleet Gothic campaign I played a few years back. The Aurora Knights home world has been destroyed, leaving a lifeless rock in space but something that was dormant below the planet's crust has been awoken and the Knights can't have a xenos force on their homeworld and monument to their failure.
   Step forward the first batch of Necrons. . .

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Friday, 2 October 2020

Keeping the natives down

    I'm painting my Roman Briton project in batches as I normally do, but I am also trying to get both sides moving at the same time. I think I have about the same amount of units for each side, so I've given myself a bit of a rule that the two armies alternate what is on my desk, two units a piece in and it is working so far.

   I only have 3 units of Roman Legionnaires planned, as the rest of the army is going to be made of Auxiliaries (6 - 8 units depending how you count them), so I am now over half way through this element of the project. I plan to have all Legionnaires with the same shield designs as I want to give the feeling it is the same century of a legion split and not be separate legions as some rule sets want to represent.

   The unit above is the same Warlord Games Legionnaires from the last unit but I've added a few bodies and bits from a sprue of Early Roman Veterans I got a year or so ago with Wargames Illustrated. I also found a sprue of Praetorians from the same period which I am looking to get a few more models for to make a unit of, who knew free models on a magazine could be so dangerous?

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Painting the masses

    I've got myself back onto the painting bandwagon and spent the weekend painting again. This weekend I managed to knock out a couple of full units, the first of which is another unit of Ancient Britons. I checked the rules I planned to use over the weekend and realised I had misread the unit size for Celtic warriors - being a unit size of 16 and not 15 as I thought - so I added an extra couple of Britons to my painting table to make up this unit and the last one I finished.

   While I was at it, I thought I would paint the first chariot from a planned unit of 3. The standing crewman is a two part kit, so I swapped the top of his body for one from the normal sprue as I might get another unit of chariots in the future, but I am unlikely to be doing those chariots at the same time as more troops and variety is the spice of life and all that.

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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Hadrian's Wall, Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum - the dangerous day out

   This is the last holiday blog post, which has purposely been left back until I had something painted to add to the bottom of it.

   Mid way through out trip we had tickets booked for Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum, While I definitely recommend a trip to Vindolanda, it was the Roman Army museum that was the really dangerous part of the day. The museum is more of a kids interactive job than in depth analyse of how the army worked, but the uniforms and videos going on everywhere do help to immerse you.

   Then the rest of the day we visited bits of Hadrian's Wall, a small mile fort and Housesteads fort before settling down at Twice Brewed (a micro brewery/pub that serves roman named beers*) and before I knew it, I had a Early Imperial Roman army on order with Warlord Games** and then within the week or so, I'd ordered an Ancient British army as an opponent for it.

*Very much recommended

**Full confession this is the 3rd Roman army I have in my stock pile***

***I have no regrets

   With a bit of painting mojo having returned ****, I got stuck right into my first few units for my planned Boudiccan revolt period armies. All figures are from Warlord Game's range and I plan to use Lion Rampant but with the Rule Britannia modifications from Natholeon's empires as he allows for slightly bigger barbarian units.

****and a distressing amount of Osprey's ordered

As I have a lot more painting to do and a lot more confessions to build up to in the future, that's it for now.

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