Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Photo tour of Wargames Headquarters

All photo are credited to Dave Kennedy.  Looks like the Christmas Elves are busy casting goodies for Christmas. 

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Boer War Black week

I always had interest in the Boer Wars.  These Wars ended up being the modern warfare.  Gone where the days men standing in line like the Napoleonic war and American Civil War. 

We are in the Middle (10th-17th Decemeber 1899) of what was called "A Black Week" for the British Army during the 2nd Boer War.
These three battles – Stormberg, Magersfontein and Colenso – shook late-Victorian Britain. The British Army suffered almost 3,000 casulaties.
Esteemed Historian Dr Spencer Jones of Wolverhampton University tells the story of Black Week - the battles, the generals and the mistakes.

Mounted Agincourt Knights by Perry Miniatures

Pre-orders are now being taken!
Mounted Agincourt Knights 1415-29
Designed by Alan Perry
The figures in this set represent European Knights from 1415-1429. Armour and clothing variants allow European cavalry (French, English, German, Italian etc.) to be built. Up to half the figures can be assembled to represent light horse; mounted sergeants or archers. There are many arm, torso and leg variants to allow a huge amount of individuality and poses to be achieved. Many of the arms have the weapons attached but others are without hands (which are attached to various weapons) to allow more flexibility for those who like to personalize their figures. There are some bodies with fixed left arms but most are with separate ones.
The bodies are split so you can introduce a bit of movement from the waist as the helmets of the period didn’t allow the head much side to side movement. Three heads on each frame have the visors sculpted on them in the locked-down position. The idea was to fit as many variations of the riders as possible on one frame. You will also be able to use arms from the present Agincourt box sets with these.
The lighter armoured figures can also represent earlier (1390’s) or poorer knights in padded aketons or juppe de wambesons.
The horses are Michaels’ WotRs horses. There was no need to remake these or make additional ones as the basic tack remained identical through most of the 15th century. Alan has made a couple of additional horse heads with earlier chanfrons (as these were a little different) and shorter crinet on the neck. Up to half the horses can be armoured.
There are armorial banners for French English and German knights inclued.
If you buy 3 boxed sets direct from us you will receive a free metal mounted commander.
You can pre-order now from our website, the boxed set will be released on the 7th Jan 2019. Please note the payment will be automatically taken when you put the order in.
Code AO 70
Price £20

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

LnL Heroes of Normandy

Lock and Load is a very nice game system to play many different eras of warfare.  I have a couple of the games.   The video will give one a very nice overview of the series.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

DIY groups for machining and computers

I just found out about a group called the village.   It is is an interesting concept where people get together to make things.  Another side of the learning process is running the real equipment.  This include milling machine, lathes, computer for programming part, 3d printer and laser cutter.   Currently the closest one to me is in Ferndale.   It is called i3 Detroit.   Looking like after the first of the year I'm going to looking into this DIY shop

i3 Detroit

Here what they say about the program.
Ever dream of a place where you could build and craft your heart’s desires?
A place to find other Do-It-Yourself-ers and get tips and advice?
A place where you could learn to use and have access to tools that would never fit into your garage or your budget?
That place exists, today. Welcome to i3Detroit.
Here at i3Detroit, we want to create and build, probably much like yourself. We’re not a profit-driven tool rental center, we’ve got a burning passion to create, tinker, hack and make, one that drives us to create the best possible community and space. Our members take pride in what we’ve built, and for good reason. We’ve got such a diverse range of things to create with here, and we’ve done it all as a highly-engaged volunteer community with a passion for things such as crafting, woodworking, metalworking, electronics, welding, programming, and digital fabrication!
Located near the heart of Ferndale, we’re close to many local events and an amazing community. If you’re curious about, or never heard of a Makerspace, then swing on by on a Friday evening (6:00 to 9:00 PM) to take a tour and get to know the membership!
Excited? Gotten this far? Come see us! You’ll find this is just the place you’ve been looking for!
See you soon!

They even had a miniature painting workshop;

Miniature Painting Class/Meetup 11/17/2017

Alec and Swit are offering a miniature painting workshop 7 – 10 pm November 17, 2017. Come learn how to paint cool gaming miniatures for games like D&D, Warhammer, or just make you favorite board game a little fancier.  The paint is non-toxic acrylic. It will stain clothes.
10 People Maximum.
 $5 material fee.
Paints, brushes, and pallets will be available. A few miniatures will be available for $3-5 or bring your own. You are welcome to bring your own kit but we’ll still ask for the material fee to cover permanent painting supplies for the i3Detroit classroom.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Warlords Cruel seas game

Before you throw down your money to buy this new game from warlords.  Here is their video showing the game play.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Pegasus Hobbies 1/72 Russian Buildings

My past post showed pictures of a WW2 era Russian village.   Here is your chance to build the village using Pegasus Hobbies Russian village buildings.  This series building had been around for many years.   Not many of us have seen these built.  Why because they are still in the box or hidden away in one's gaming pile of stuff.   Gary Beardaworth a member of the Battle Group face book page is the proud owner of these models shown below.  The buildings are Christmas present from his friend Simon.  The best part they come painted...  Plus the unassemblied builds are $9.00 to 11.00 USD