Welcome to my wargaming blog,
I'm Dave and live in Morpeth, Northumberland in the UK.
This may or may not be a regular thing, we'll just have to see how it goes.

I am a painter/collector of figures first and a wargamer second. My thrill in this great hobby of ours is to place that final well researched & painted unit into the cabinet. The actual gaming with the figures is an important but secondary experience, we all like to win, but it isn't the be all and end all of it, being with good friends and having fun is.
Hope you will enjoy reading this blog as much as I will writing in it.
Just to remind the visitor to scroll down the various pages and click on 'older posts' to see more.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Here at last.

I've finally got round to painting up five British 28mm Napoleonic command for the one infantry and one cavalry brigade I did about a year ago. No excuse really but at least that's another group of figures that can be gamed with.


Monday, 21 August 2017

The cavalry save the day.

Now I'm not touching the Confederate statue thing going on in the U.S. with a barge pole so lets get that straight right from the start. I have my views but this isn't the place to air them.
So, that aside I have been indulging in some 15mm ACW painting, in this instance cavalry. Neither side had any to speak of and as I have figures lying around, actually two boxes of Mini Figs and I think Peter Pig (or maybe Essex) given to me by Tom bless his heart, I thought that they would give a game something different. Not the greatest of figures but they will do, now it has to be said that any cavalry with the capability to dismount will take a bit of effort to paint up but I think these will be worth it.

Two regiments of Confederate cavalry:

The dismounted figures and horse holders:

A Union regiment:


I would like to add to the Union, maybe another regiment at least with artillery support as well but a good start has been made.
If anyone is remotely interested I am making some progress at re-doing the various photos on the blog after those rip off merchants (I wont even mention their name) decided to charge people money for third party postings. It is taking a while but I will get there. So all postings up to and including 15mm SYW now have their pictures back on (for the categories click on what you want just under the large picture of Napoleon).

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Delays and frustration!

Been a bit of a sod this month mainly as my third hand PC went tits up, kicked the bucket and generally died an inglorious death. Now I hear you say 'third hand' what the heck do you expect. Fair play, I got this one from my third son who had got it from my second son and though set back to factory settings when I received it I suspect like me it was just getting a bit long in the tooth.
Any ho got my first new one for about ten years, yes I am that tight! So back up and running.
Had a couple of games of General De Armee, Spanish vs French so Neal and I are getting to grips with these fantastic rules. I didn't record them for posterity as we were looking back and forward through the rule book to clarify things and as I was thoroughly enjoying myself I frankly couldn't be arsed. I will do a Saturday game soon and put that on here.
In the meantime I have added a regiment of Confederate cavalry to my fairly big 15mm collection, Union cavalry still to do. Plus here are a few of photos of the 10mm French for Blucher. This will give a core of infantry to build the French army around and gets the repetitive side over, just pretty units to add.

Looking at the photos I thought maybe I should have made more of their faces but then they are 10mm for goodness sake, I'd be on all month doing that!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Photo bucket

Those Photo bucket arseholes have decided to demand a charge for any pictures that have been stored with them and are being used on 3rd party sites such as this.
They can sod off, so I'm now in the mind numing process of re posting the old ones back onto this site from my hard drive, not all as I stopped using Photbucket a couple of years ago but enough to piss me and many thousands of  past (hopefully) customers off.
Hope they go bust!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Malta visit 2017. The In Guardia parade.

My wife and I just returned from a weeks visit to Malta last night, god bless the woman, she put up with me trailing her about Valletta looking at all of the military stuff going on there, there's never enough time to see everything but I will shove on a few pictures of the 16th century re-enactment parade with some of the War Room, the control centre for the WW2 defence of Malta to be put up later.
The IN GUARDIA PARADE is a re-enactment that evokes an authentic event that took place regularly inside important military fortifications in Malta and Gozo. The re-enactment portrays the inspection of Fort St Elmo by the Grand Bailiff in charge of military affairs in order to ensure that the fort is in good condition to defend the Valletta peninsula and the two harbours situated on either side of it. 
During the re-enactment, the soldiers and knights of the fort's garrison - some 50 re-enactors in all - are kitted out in their finest uniforms to perform their military drill in order to demonstrate to the Grand Bailiff their state of readiness in the event of a military threat.
This parade seems to take place each Sunday throughout the summer months. I have seen pictures of it before so wanted to go but I was even more impressed when we went.

Who's the propa Geordie lad here like, Canny hat!

I would guess that the 'pike' would be lengthier in the field, these would be for guard duty.

'Charge pike.'

God bless my wife, she thought they were shooting feathers out of the barrels, told her it was the wadding.

Not what you think, left wheel!

It all ended with a bit of roughty toughty from these chaps.
All very well done, it's nice to see the uniforms 'live' as it were. In Northumberland we don't get to see the ECW re-enactors very much, they do the odd thing but not in any numbers so I enjoyed this lot.

I'll put on some pics of the War Rooms another day.