Friday, May 29, 2015

Over Macho Grande

I've ben quiet here of late as pressure of family stuff has kept me away from much game-related stuff and any blogging.  However, tomorrow we're playing our first game of Sharp Practice in many a year.

The scenario takes place in 1814 in the foothills of the Pyrenees, just near the little village of Macho Grande.  Here's my test set up of the train:

The scenario's a four player job with two French players and two Brits.  Should be plenty of opportunities for staunch disregard of danger and looking dashing in a well-tailored uniform.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Eagles in Edinburgh

Not much from me of late as I've been away in Wirral where my Mum's now out of hospital (hurray!) or up in Edinburgh on a slightly early 25th Anniversary break with Stella.

Our arrival in Scotland's capital coincided with the opening of a small Waterloo exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland.  I say small, there are probably only a couple of dozen artefacts in about five cases but two of them are these...

Reunited for the first time since 1956, these are the two French eagles captured at Waterloo.  The one on the left, that of the 45th Line Infantry Regiment is the very one captured by Sergeant Charles Ewart of the North British Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys).

And later the same day, in the parade ground before Edinburgh Castle we came upon Ewart's final resting place....

Friday, May 8, 2015

Detailing Bjerkvik

I had a bit of aching over on Richard Phillips's blog about the difficulty of obtaining bits of civilian clutter to dot around 6mm scale battlefields.  The other evening I decided to have a go at doing something about it.

I sat down with the bits box and some plastic card and rod and knocked up this tanker-trailer.

I was going for the kind of thing that might be pulled behind a tractor and contain some kind of liquid feed or fertiliser.

This is part of my plan to add detail to the Bjerkvik base before this year's Joy of Six event.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Nothing To See Here...

... move along please.

Weekends have been busy of late with trips to Liverpool and Hull so I haven't completed much that's particularly photogenic.

I've decided to spend a few evenings getting the whole of my 6mm early WW2 French force based according to the standard I use for Blitzkrieg Commander (though it will also function for Tac:WW2).  Here's a Renault R-35 battalion in mid-basing.

And below another shot showing the whole army to be completed.

The chopping board on the left has models in various stages of base painting including the R-35s plus another battalion of Chars B1 bis.  In the middle are infantry and support weapons (Scotia).  The two boxes on the right contain mostly finished models but also a reinforced infantry battalion (Heroics and Ros) that need rebasing to my current standard.