Monday, 10 November 2014

The Megalomaniac spotted in Wargames Soldiers and Strategy Magazine

Fame at last. I spotted myself on page 61 of this months Wargames Soldier and Strategy magazine in the photograph at the top of the page. It was taken at this years Other Partizan. I am the chap stood at the bottom of Simon Millers great, huge, Ancients game with the red rucksack, surprising bald looking spot on the crown and fetching shorts and white socks. I think I may need to be reviewed by the fashion police before stepping outside of  the house!

Monday, 27 October 2014

My oldest 20mm WW2 Germans

I needed a Heer sniper team for the Battle Group Ponyri campaign so I raided the plastics box for inspiration and I found the chaps in the photos. They are both soft plastic figures from my childhood that I'd kept. I believe they are both Airfix. The chap aiming is a Mountain trooper and the chap I am using as a spotter is Wehrmacht from the 1960's.  Now the spotter chap actually predates my childhood as it was purchased by my Dad to play with his younger brother probably in the mid to late 1960's.

1960s German on left and 1970's German in right. The clear liquid on the right hand rifle is glue. I didn't get chance to do my usual PVA wash, paint, gloss then mat spray to give them strength and the rifle broke in the line of duty. The blob of glue will hopefully save it and I'll mask it with some flock which will make him look more like a sniper... I hope.

I'm really proud I can use such a vintage toy in my games today especially one with such a family connection.

I also field a Stuka which still had string on it from hanging from my bedroom ceiling as a kid. Unfortunately it didn't see action over Ponyri but has supported my forces in other games for many years.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Conwy Wargames Club

Today I paid a visit to the Conwy Wargames club, an informal group of like minded individuals. Some of the chaps I knew from my youth in the old LLADs days (Llandudno and District Wargamers Club). Some of them remembered my Dad who'd been a member. They meet every last Sunday of the month at roughly 12pm at the Colwyn Bay Sea Sports and Social club. Bigger games are played at players homes.

I didn't play because I mainly just wanted to introduce myself, and the rules they were using I wasn't familiar with. I forgot to take photos which was a shame as the Saga war bands looked great, and the ACW skirmish figures were pretty. The rules being used for the ACW skirmish were WRG's Fire and Steel.

I found them a very friendly bunch open to playing any rules and interested in most of the periods I like, and they've played most of the rules I like and use the rules I fancy trying. I look forward to getting some games in.