David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occassional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Garden Makeover 1 Wargame with Phil 0

Sometimes I amaze myself with my own stupidity. Phil and I were scheduled to play an Indian Mutiny game here in GHQ on Monday, a day which just happened to coincide with Day 1 of our garden makeover - delayed by a week due to pre Christmas snows pushing prior jobs into our time slot. I’d laid out the terrain yesterday, but intended to lay out the figures before Phil arrived today. Silly Boy! I couldn’t get into GHQ when the time came, piles of earth, the old patio stones stacked and broken pots, not to mention a jungle of plants, all bared the way! Never mind, we enjoyed a fine burger for lunch courtesy of Sue and a good natter about our Italian Wars project, not to mention putting the hobby at large to rights. So, no game report and pictures today, instead a look at my progress on the painting table recently ~


More FRONT RANK hand gunners. to the rear are more WARLORD
GAMES swordsmen with a TAG officer and a FOUNDRY standards bearer.
"No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!".
PERRY MINIATURES clerics with a head swap on the Cardinal,
giving my army spiritual comfort from Cardinal Bicclione!





All for the new Italian Wars project with Phil of course. I'm working on the two mounted clerics now and the first Elmetti for the second base of four figures. As the bases arrived from Warbases I've got the rest of my TAG figures either undercoated or ready to spray on the undercoat. Everything has been knocked back by the garden makeover work and my inability to get in GHQ before tonight!
On a personal note I saw my consultant today and as a result I will be admitted for a total right hip replacement on 10 March. Obviously the blog will be quiet for a bit after that. in the meantime, back to the brushes!

18 comments:

  1. Good news in the hip op. A fine array of fodder for the house of the Baldini to chew on, I may stand a chance of catching up given your news and the price of bacon may go up too ;~)

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    1. You will be well ahead by the time I’m allowed back at my desk, which is why I’m having a blast now while I can.

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  2. I don’t do gardens, I have a doctors note. Lovely figures.

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    1. I definitely have a doctor’s note now!

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  3. Beautiful elmetti. Interesting basing. What rules?

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    1. Thanks Robbie. We shall use a mash up of Neil Thomas’s Ancient & Medieval and Pike & Shot rules with our in house mods as we grow the armies. To begin with at least each base will be a unit, all with 100mm frontage.

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  4. Fabulous. I am inspired to dig my Venetians out and finish....er start, them.

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  5. Oh yes this looks just wonderful David!

    Christopher

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    1. We are doing what we can, so thanks for the positive response.

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  6. Lovely looking toys...and excellent news on the hip...
    You will be running around like a sixty year old in no time at all....

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Many thanks on both counts Aly. I’d settle for getting around like a 67 year old right now.

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  7. The force is growing well.....not certain about the irregular bases but this is something I need to look into....🤔

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    1. Base = Unit, all 100mm frontage, so makes logistics easy. Remember we don’t do points or lists, playing with what we’ve got, and develop our own mods or rules to suit as for Baldinus v Pompus Maximus.

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  8. I rather like the irregular bases.

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  9. Lovely looking renaissance types, knocked out in no time!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you Iain. I’m feeling my way towards the look I’d like, moderating my ambition by my relatively average brush skills.

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