Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

I am Arthur, King of the Britons.....

     OK, I couldn't resist the Monty Python reference. Sorry.

     Having survived the weekend from Hell (working 20 hrs of overtime, taking my wife to and from a dance convention, presenting the Castillo game at Pro or Con, and fetching my daughter from across town after a traffic accident) I decided to spend last night finishing my attempt to reproduce the Angus McBride artwork from the cover of Arthur and the Anglo-Saxon Wars from Osprey's Man At Arms series. There are things that I am still not happy with, but I believe that I have captured some of the energy of the brilliant art of McBride.

certainly no match for the Grand Master McBride, 
but he will do nicely as the commander of my Post-Roman British army

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Drivers to your stations!

So here are the Drivers in their completed chariots.  I will take this in order of fan seating positions. 

Here we have the menacing driver in the first Blue chariot as completed by Anton. 

Housemartin's Turks

     They are ready, drop by and collect them any time.

Friday, March 16, 2018

One Last Shot!

     For the near future at least, I will be taking the Castillo game to Pro or Con this weekend. If you want to play get there in the morning and sign up as I will be mothballing this for a while. The logistics of moving a game with this much terrain is a little exhausting. I may (just may) take it to the con at Fort Meigs in May, but that is still up in the air.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Housemartin, Your Turkish Delight is Almost Ready

musketeers are converted by substituting a Wargames Factory 
surplus Lace wars musket for the halberd , per your request

Curse You Angus McBride!!!!!! (UPDATED)

     I know that it is poor form to speak ill of the dead, but this goes back many years. In 1984 Angus McBride's work for Osprey's Man-At-Arms series #154 Arthur and the Anglo-Saxon Wars featured a stunning picture of McBride's reconstruction of what Arthur probably looked like in reality. The combination of subject matter and McBride's brilliant artistry left me wanting to build a Post-Roman British army with a model of the cover as my command stand. Having no one in my wargaming group that wanted to undertake building a Saxon army the idea languished for decades, rekindled every time I happened to see the cover as I was in my library. Look at the picture below to see what I am going on about.

there is a strong likelihood that I would kill to get the original artwork

CinyCon report

     My old friend Kevin has a report on his adventures in Ohio at CinyCon posted on his blog Zhodani Commando , he has pictures of games played there. Of particular interest are his lovely Samurai figures, more of which are visible if you scroll down through his postings. Kev is quite a masterful artist.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

This Circus is No Laughing Matter (Updated)

     Having almost finished the racetrack I decided to get started on the spina; the "island" in the middle of the raceway that carried some odd temples and such. The real spine is much longer and narrower (as is the real raceway) but this had to fit on a 6'x4' table so concessions had to be made. The hardest part of all this is that every picture I found of the Circus Maximus showed a different arrangement of decorative structures arranged along the spina. In the end I gave up and just decided to add such representative decorations as I could manage in an evening.

the track with a second coat of paint, 
this was a much lighter version of my favorite color "mistint"

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Off to the Circus!

   And not the Barnum & Bailey sort either! 

      Housemartin has pulled one last con on me; he needs a place for those chariots (with the "oh-so-lovely" charioteers) to run their races. He sort of left that lying there and, being the twit that I am, I said that it would be dead easy to make a spina and then paint a track based on the board that he showed me. Thus I find myself painting a terrain mat to match the track that his boardgame came with. For all my complaining it is a simple matter as you can see below.

a 6" by 30" space in the center for the spina and a series of 4" wide pathways around it,
the first layer is in a darker shade, a lighter shade will highlight the track

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Housemartin's Arabs

   I started this project a long while back and was determined to complete it before moving on to other subjects. It took a fair bit of time but I have completed the Cavalry and the Arab Commander and his cohorts. Nothing great but they are off the workbench finally (all that remains are a couple of dozen Jannisaries).

the whole lot so far

Friday, February 23, 2018