Thursday 23 December 2021

Merry Christmas, one and all!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Reflecting on the past 12 months, it's been an interesting year from a wargaming point of view.
My output is quite low for the year (320 of my 'painting points' ... ie a point each for foot figure, horse gun, etc). Much of that was painted in the first part of the year. Something happened mid-year that threw me off balance a bit I reckon! 
But at least I managed to have a few games, and in particular it was good to get some WAB games in with new-found pals, The Old Berks (Andy, John, Steve), and also to have the odd game with John Boadle and Garry Broom (our most recent being a Napoleonic bash the other evening).

As every year, I am grateful to all the commenters and visitors to the blog. Thank you. 

I'll post more thoughts on planning for the coming year in due course.

For now, I wish you compliments of the season. May you and your families and loved ones enjoy peace and goodwill at a time when we could all do with a whole load of peace and goodwill.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday 5 December 2021

Table set-ups

This weekend, I promised myself I  would just lay out a few scenes on the tabletop; not a game, not a 'parade'  as such, but scenes that convey a narrative perhaps. They're not dioramas, they're more like 'set-pieces'. 


I chose to potter around with the Wars of the Vaubarian Succession (WVS, c 1704) collection...

All figures and flags painted by yours truly. Buildings constructed by several very good modelers, as noted.

First up: Astrovian Grenadiers defend a hilltop position against Vaubarian cuirassiers...

Next; Astrovian infantry and artillery on the march.
The building was made, and painted, by John Boadle.

Below: Vaubarians defend a village.
Buildings are by Brian Rigelsford, painted by me.

Finally; Vaubarian Hussars on patrol.
Building is my own simple scratch-built model. 

Is it just me, or does anyone else set up tabletop scenes too?

It allowed my mind to wander off a little. It also made me realise that I need a few more vignettes to add to further scenes. Better get back to the paint desk...