Thursday, July 29, 2010

English Civil War revisited

Funny how I tend to have little things like TV shows spark my interest in periods again, I was watching "Supersizers" elizabethan food on SBS last night and they had a feast in a magnificent manor house. After the show I thought I would do some cruising on the net and I started looking at ECW sieges of stately homes, well that started it, I vsited TMP and asked if anybody had some ground and floor plans of maor houses and today instead of painting I was planning a ECW manor house with a church, a wall or ditch and perhaps a ravelin for a gun emplacement. I decided to have a look through all of my magazines and books today and managed to find several articles and a whole book I forgot I had on ECW archaeology, with articles on ECW seiges and buildings and lots of suitable structures feeding the fire, many were making there way into my sketch book for planning a suitable building(s). So this weekend I should have a start on some buildings for our club game later this month on the 15th. I also dug out my ECW figs and decided to move some into the production line this week, undercoating occured this afternoon of 20 odd Warlord Games clubmen and 10 more Foundry dragoons both mounted and dismounted. I also discovered that I had not put all of my flags on my built units last year along with one unit of pikes are incomplete, so some pikes to be made and some printing to be done this weekend as my daughter makes my flags for me with her wizz bang graphics program. I will post my sketches tommorrow when my vision is complete! cheers (excited) Matt

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Catching up and messing About

Well such a beutiful day on Sunday I decided to take some photos after I finished preparing the garden beds for spring planting. I managed to get my ACW 1/1200th Langton ACW ships out and take a few photos so I thought I would share them. A bought a few of these for a river fight game for the ACW weekend, but they never managed to make it onto the table. I enjoyed painting these and after undercoating I think I painted all four in about two hours, a basic colour then a wash in devlan mud, and I am very pleased how they came out, I am thinking about returning and adding stays to the funnels with brush bristles and perhaps flags.

here they are
CSS Albermarle



Uss Cairo


USS Benton


USS Virginia



cheers
Matt

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The stars are in alignment!

Well what a beautiful winters day it was yesterday, a barmy 13 degrees in Marulan with not a breath of wind for our clubs carboot sale, which was very successful I felt. Sound concept with the travellers from Sydney and Canberra surprised by the short trip down.

Myself and Boyd travelled up together from Sunny Goulburn a little late and with good cappacino's in hand. After arrival I immediatly bolted to look at everybody's stuff, like a little kid in a candy stall. After the meet and greet I set up my stuff and went back purusing and buying, firstly some more ww1 1/72 scale aircraft off Rob's table, then some books from the cardinal, then some books, 28mm Greeks and 20mm Paras from Mick, then some vehicles from Chris, and finally some horse and musket civilians from Dave, on the swap and sale side I sold my 28mm chariot wars babylonians, my left over 20mm german vehicles and swapped late medievals for WSS and some ww2 gliders, a bunch of Perry indians for 7YW French Dragoons and a book for a book! Pictures are here

The BBQ was a hit and seemed to be a focal point for the discussion of politics, wargaming, upcoming events and holidays. Much talk of the clubs upcoming events including our "Arnhem" weekend in September and "Lace Wars" in November, along with the modern Rapid Fire "Cold War Hot" weekend against the Maroubra Emirs club

After returning home I handed over all of my cash and settled down to a bit of painting, cooked a very fine rissoto and retired to bed early to read my new books, now I have a hankering to replay Rossbach!

cheers
matt

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Goulburn Valiant Stormers Swap Meet

Goulburn Valiant Stormers

"White Lead Elephant, car boot swap meet"

24th of July , Saturday 10 am -3pm
8 Railway Parade Marulan
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Weather permitting..it will be quite cold but should be dry...


Bring a blanket card table whatever and all the stuff you are going to NEVER read, paint or play with and sell trade or swap with others of a like mind discuss what you intend to bring or what you intend to pick up on this thread here http://passageoflines.50.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=1220.


We can get about 25 cars into the backyard so there should be enough room? A goodly distance between Canberra (1 hr 20mins) and Sydney (1 hour 40 mins) ..sausage sizzle coffee and tea available at the location and local eateries and coffee are part of the general ambiance.


Bring lots of bags or boxes to carry home your loot and lots of small notes, it is very hard to get change around here . Bring a raincoat and an umbrella and don't park on the railway side of the road, you will get a golfball through your windscreen!


cheers
Matt

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Kingmaker 2010"

Well only a few members made it up this month so only five players for the sheildwall games, and I managed to take some bad pics and get a drubbing with my Flemish, but the good company and lunch made up for my misery. Louis and Guy won both games so a draw after all for first place. After we finnished we played 1/72 scale Wings of War with Marks fast play WOW with dice, Marks Rohden Gothas were huge and his Se5s, Fe2s were excellent along with a great range of early german kit. Five of us played and it was great fun, Sam was excited to shot down Boyd in his fancy Albatross, and I got mark on a single dice roll of 100! All of us have promised to paint our hordes of unpainted plastic ww1 aircraft we have around the place and get them on the table in the next few months. I have added the few pictures that did work out below. I have on the painting desk at the moment more 20mm germans, more 28mm Sassanids and some successor Greeks and ancient German cavalry as roman allies.

cheers
matt









Wednesday, July 7, 2010

On the painting table and errata!

This month back to painting my own stuff after painting a number of moderns and finnishing off some sculpting of some 28mm masters for some customers. A real mix on the table at the moment some Fenlon ACW Zouaves(which are now back in production) and my last bit of ACW lead I have in the hoard, must take a picture of the completed army this weekend. Late Romans (A and A minis)Sassanid Infantry and cavalry (A and A also)and some 20mm germans with snow equipment (which will be heading off to our clubs "White Lead Elephant" Swapmeet on saturday the 24th of July). Also sculpting some 20mm NVA for Wartime and sculpting some 15mm Buildings for Glyn a "Fernvale specialty scenics". We also had our ACW convention at the club "A House Divided" which was a great success with about 20 ACW fans having a great day out. pics below. Next month is our Sheildwall tourney so back to Vikings for a sec, before charging on with some moderns for our Club vs Club clash with the "Maroubra Emirs, Cold War Hot" game in August.