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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Organising My Paint Desk

A little while ago I picked up some new paints from Foundry which meant I had to reorganise my painting desk to fit them in. I did post a picture of my desk on Twitter which caused all sorts of comments to flood in, generally people couldn’t understand how clean my desk was and some


Command and Colours Napoleonics

Yesterday I visited my good mate Mark for a game, as he wanted to show me Command and Colours. now I have to admit that I’ve never played any C&C game before (even though I have the Kickstarter version of The Great War) so I was looking forward to it. Mark being a wargamer at

Trip to Castle Gamers in Bridgend

whilst demoing Sharp Practice at Firestorm last month I got chatting to Richard an old mate of mine and he asked if I fancied doing a demo of the game at his local club. well emails were exchanged and last night saw me driving to the village of Coity to join the Castle Gamers on

Sword and Spear Fantasy

Yesterday I went to Firestorm games to introduce my mate Steve to Sword and Spear Fantasy, and also to playtest the new undead rules that Mark has written. we played a 500 point game of Elves v Undead with a good assortment of unit types included and as it the norm with me Steve won the

Geoff Bond, Mike Hobbs

Big Chain of Command game

last weekend myself and good mates, Mark, Ty, Geoff and Steve got together for a big game of Chain of Command at Firestorm games Geoff had agreed to run the game and he put together a scenario that allowed us to use my US infantry and Fallschirmjäger, Ty’s Heer and Steve’s US Paras. the game was

Matt Slade, Ralph Plowman, Geoff Bond, Steve Bond

More War of 1812 test games

this Thursday and Friday saw me trying out a scenario that might make it into the War of 1812 book I’m putting together for Too Fat Lardies. I don’t want to say too much about it as its still in the design phase but it involves one side who are low on supplies defending a

A walk in the countryside looking for cake

Being a report on the heroic advances of the Duke of Wheeling-Turn in the lands of the Elves By Mr. Hobbitson, chief war reporter of the Illustrated Londinium Tymes After many a long week spent chasing the scoundrel Mordred through the wilds of Armorica the Duke of Wheeling-Turn and his trusted second in command General

Another Sharp Practice playtest game

As yesterday was a Bank Holiday in the UK I took the opportunity to meet up with good mate Steve and have a game of Sharp Practice at Firestorm games. Steve is a fan of the Lardies rulesets but hadn’t played SP before so it was a chance for him to try out the new

War of 1812 – demo game

Yesterday I ran the first in what will be several demo games of Sharp Practice 2 for members of my club and I had 4 willing players who wanted to try out the rules. This also allowed me to start working on a scenario for the Too Fat Lardies event ‘OML4’ which is happening in Evesham in

Mike Whitaker, Nick Skinner, Neil Shuck

Visiting Lard Island – The Evening Game

This post continues on from my previous one here, it might be worth giving that a quick read through if you want a bit of background. After soundly thrashing Mr Clarke at his own game, I retired to my hotel to freshen up before being taken to the top secret TFL Research and Development center,


Painting Progress – British Rifles

You might remember a while ago I picked up a pile of Napoleonic figures at the last Firestorm games bring and buy and one of my purchases was some British Riflemen. Well they’ve sat on my table for ages awaiting some TLC and finally I got round to painting them up. Originally there were 14

15mm Skythians for Sword & Spear

A while ago I picked up a Skythian army from my mate Craig Thomson after I tweeted about getting a third army for my Ancient games. The figures came from Forged in Battle lovely War & Empire range which Craig got in the first FiB KickStarter, this suited me as I’d got Greeks and Early

Peninsula French Army

As I’ve finished the Highlanders which are a core force for playing Sharp practice Games in the Peninsular, its time to think about some opposition for them. Obviously that means the French (or an Ally regiment) and so yesterday I dived into my lead pile and pulled out 2 boxes of Perry’s French infantry. The Perry’s French are in

Highlanders for Sharp Practice

You might remember a little while ago I picked up some Victrix Highlanders from the Firestorm games Bring and Buy sale. Well the figures were all painted but needed touching up and also I wanted to extend what I had and make a complete Highland force for Sharp Practice so I ordered a couple of

War of 1812 Cover Art – sneak peak

Just been sent this by Mr Clarke of Too Fat Lardies, its the cover of the War of 1812 campaign book I’ve been working on no other details yet on release date or cost, but I’m very excited so if you are interested in the War of 1812 and don’t yet own a copy of

Command and Colours Ancients – Storage idea

Last week I sat down with my mate Mark and he introduced me to Command and Colours Napoleonics, well I really enjoyed the game and I really fancied getting my own game to play at home. Unfortunately the Napoleonic version is out of print but I knew there are a lot more games in this series so I

Reinforcements Arrive

my painter chap Gareth from ADC Painting has just delivered my latest order and I thought I’d post them here They are the latest figures for 1812 and include 12 x 41st Foot Grenadiers in Stovepipe shakos – this gives me 24 of these now so enough for 3 regular groups in Sharp Practice 24 x Canadian

Scratching that Vietnam itch

I’m in a period of flux at the moment, I’m just finishing one big project (my War of 1812 project) and I’m not sure what to do next, so instead of starting 1 thing, I’ve decided to do many little projects at once. my 20mm WWII German army is coming along nicely and I’ve nearly finished


Whats on the Paint Desk

Its been a busy week and I’ve managed to clear off a lot of figures from my paint pile. So as of today my desk contains the following models are 8 Footsore miniatures Great Northern War Swedes The crew for some 20mm Early War German Infantry support guns a unit of Warlord Foundry Royal Horse Artillery


Ed Morris, Cigar box Battles, Mike Hobbs

Cigar Box Battle Mats Review

You may have noticed last week that my Meeples Boss Mr Shuck (all praise him) posted a review of some Cigar Box mats he was sent, well 2 of those mats were destined for my grubby little hands and I’m now able to give my opinion of them. Cigar Box were very generous and asked


Whats on the Paint Desk

Its Monday, so that means its time to see what’s on my paint desk This week I am mostly painting 8 Footsore miniatures Great Northern War Swedes The crew for some 20mm Early War German anti tank guns lots of 28mm 95th Riflemen


What’s on the Paint Desk

After a couple of weeks off I’m back painting again and this is whats currently on my paint desk 8 Footsore miniatures Great Northern War Swedes The crew for some 20mm Early War German anti tank guns 5 Royal Foot Artillery crew plus an Officer for the War of 1812 and Peninsular games a 6lb gun


What’s on the Paint Desk

It’s been a very slow week, in fact I haven’t finished painting anything so once again here’s my painting desk’s contents 8 Footsore miniatures Great Northern War Swedes The second Freebooters Fate Raven figure plus her pet bird on a pedestal The crew for some 20mm Early War German anti tank guns The last 8 Highlanders that I


Battlegroup WWII Data Cards

I’ve been a fan of the Battlegroup WWII rules since I first picked up the Kursk book back in 2012, I now own all 5 of the supplements and think the rules are some of the best out there. but as with most WWII games there has always been a problem playing them and that


What’s on the Paint Desk

Finally after many many weeks I’m actually able to post this weeks WotPD on time This is mainly because I haven’t really done much painting this week, but here we go Today the Paint desk contains the following figures : Firstly the old favourites 8 Footsore miniatures Great Northern War Swedes The second Freebooters Fate Raven


What’s on the Paint Desk

It’s Tuesday, it’s hot and it’s time for yet another ‘What’s on the Paint Desk’ Today the Paint desk contains the following figures : 8 Footsore miniatures Great Northern War Swedes – yeah these are starting to get a very dusty now The second Freebooters Fate Raven figure plus her pet bird on a pedestal – ditto


Painting Progress

Would you believe it, it’s yet another late Painting progress post ah well lets crack on with my weekly update, here’s what I’ve managed to finish this week 12mm Orcs – I’ve decided to add a new army for Sword and Spear Fantasy so I’ve dusted off the last of my Kallistra Orcs. OK I

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