Saturday, 10 October 2015

On the painting tray: October 2015

Just to prove that I'm not dead, but alive and well in Cheltenham. No gaming organised yet, although I have visited one club which is quite far away from me on the other side of the town. It's no big deal, though, since the new job is really heavy and most nights I can't be bothered thinking. I am hoping that once semester begins properly things will calm down a bit. I did go to Colours at Newbury for the first time, courtesy of a certain Roy Boss, president of the Society of Ancients, who lives less than fifteen miles away in Cirencester. That meant I got to meet some of the Society people I previously knew only from t'intertwebs, such as Phil Sabin and Richard Lockwood. Afterwards, Roy very kindly gave me a large number of mostly painted 25mm Early Imperial Romans, enough to make about a legion and a half, and also loads of nicely painted, almost finished 28mm Caesareans, some by Foundry and some by Companion Miniatures - the Foundry ones were also sculpted by Mark Copplestone, so that will give me another legion to add to my growing hordes. Thanks, Roy! I think he felt sorry for me or something. Thanks also to Roy and his wife Karma for feeding me after Newbury. In the meantime, I've set up and started a legion from scratch. Photographic evidence:

This is my rather messy painting table.
And this is what I have managed to achieve so far. Not a lot, but at least it's a start. And now for some rather belated photos of Colours:
Phil Sabin's Zama game. First time I've actually seen Lost Battles in action.
A rather nice gridded 15mm game of Agincourt.
Lovely wintry game. I can't for the life of me remember the battle, but it sure looked purty.
Nice scenic for a skirmish game.
At the other end of the same table.
This was right next to the SoA game: stretcher bearers in no-man's land, WWI. I think the hats were compulsory.
Napoleon in Egypt, including camelry.
More from the same game.
ECW: Battle of Newark, I think.
And again.
Playmobil chariot-racing!
Because you can take them apart, you can show the carnage on the racetrack. This looked like proper fun.
Large 15mm game of the demise of Ariete. Above are some of the advancing Brits.
A longer range shot shows the waiting Italians too. Lovely models.

And that's it so far. I don't have a desktop in my houseshare, so I'm nipping round the corner to work briefly on Saturdays to try to keep up with my gaming, including edits for Slingshot. I'm doing nowhere near as much in the way of gaming as I did in Glasgow, but it's still happening...


  1. Great report! Keep posting. :)

  2. Thanks - that was quick! We must be online at the same time or something

  3. Wonderful pictures! That winter games looks amazing.
    I also have a soft spot for that Playmobil chariot game -- there's something very funny in the contrast between a bloody chariot race and those placid Playmobil faces.

    1. Hi Matthew, Playmobil was a big hit. I loved the emperor and bodyguard in the centre. Something in my memory is telling me that the winter game was Franco-Prussian War, but I couldn't swear to it for sure. You are right, though, it was rather lovely.

  4. Many fine looking games!

    Say, what were your impressions of Lost Battles? I have yet to give them a try.

    1. Hi Jonathan, I think the rules work, and there are nuances that would need practice, especially with brilliant army commanders. The one thing that is somewhat counter-intuitive is the handicapping system. Lost Battles is intended as a statistical analysis, and battlefield performance is weighted in accordance with the relative fighting strengths of the armies. The idea is to see if you can do better than the real generals. It is possible to sweep the board but still 'lose' as it were, if you didn't do quite so well as, say, Alexander, or 'win' if you do better than Porus while losing horribly overall. It can take a bit of getting used to this aspect.

  5. Nice to see a post. I miss reading your long running campaign battle reports.

    1. Thanks, Joseph. I miss playing in them too...