Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Fun with Ghosts

Good afternoon,

Last Sunday young Jono came round to very generously drop off a complete set of rulers, cards and dice for the boys at school (that makes six complete sets, excluding mine - thanks Jono!) and, while the opportunity presented itself, we broke out the minis and had ourselves a game. I had been fiddling around with Google Hangouts, seeing if it would be possible to video my next Edge of the Empire game with Matt, so, I figured, why not try out taping a game.

A couple of disclaimers...
  • This is from my tablet's webcam, so...yeah...
  • As we were in the dining room/lounge, there is no sound, as I didn't want to capture my family going about their day in the background.
  • Also, since it was just over an hour long, I sped the whole thing up, sepia'd it up with the intention of running an old timey silent film piano track in the background. Unfortunately, since this was recorded directly to Youtube through Google Hangouts and so I had to use Youtube's editing software, which doesn't allow for looping audio or additional tracks, the music cuts out way too early
Still, for what it's worth...here it is!

Yes, Nora did get blow'd up without firing a shot!

Thanks for the game Jono,


Thursday, 25 January 2018


Good evening,

Over my summer hols (it's been gloriously hot down here!), as well as knocking off my Thracians, I have finished off two more Macedonian [8] Pike elements, my last Greek Auxilia element (now I have three - a full Warmaster Ancients unit's worth), another Greek Psiloi element and a makeshift artillery piece.

(I say makeshift, because the Macedonians didn't use such light field artillery pieces (this being a HaT Roman Scorpio). They used rather lager pieces. So, this will have to be replaced...eventually.

As will that Auxilia element, since it is supposed to represent Hypaspists. I've got a birthday coming up in April, so I feel an order from Newline in my future...)

Finally, after many, many moons I now have an all option DBA II/12 Alexandrian Macedonian army complete and ready to field. Sort of.

II/12 Alexandrian Macedonian Army
  • 1 x General and companions (3Kn)
  • 1 x Thessalins (Cv)
  • 1 x Light Horse (LH)
  • 1 x Hypaspists (4Ax)
  • 6 x Phalangites ([8]Pk)
  • 1 x Psiloi (Ps)
  • 1 x Greek hoplites (Sp) or Thracians (3/4Ax) or Bolt-Shooters (Art)
Now to do another six [8]Pk elements, two 3Kn, one, possibly two 4Kn, four Cv, two [Armoured]El, (and possibly another two [Early]Elephants). Oh, as well as two elements of Hypaspists and two element of more period appropriate bolt-throwers. That'll cover most of the Imperial and Successor lists nicely.


Sunday, 14 January 2018


Good evening,

Over the last two weeks I've been giving Army Painter Quickshade Dip a bit of a work out. It all started with some Galatians.

As I was pulling out my next two Macedonian [8]Pk elements, I thought that I'd quickly knock off an element of Galatian 4Wb that I had put aside as part of a Seleucid army. Quick undercoat of Dark Fleshtone, top coat of Elf Flesh, slap on some Quickshade - done. Well, mostly. You might notice that with two of these figures I then went back over with another layer of Elf Flesh, only to realise that actually, they looked better without it.

In my original figure selection I only had two Italeri naked Gauls left over, so I grabbed two half naked Esci figs to make up the quartet. While I painting these up, I thought...I must have two more naked Gauls somewhere... And low and behold, amongst the unpainted Gallic army that I based up ages back, there they were. So, after pulling them off their respective Warband elements...

...it only seemed right to give those a quick lick of paint. If I was really keen, I'd go back and give those torques some paint...

And, since I was simply slapping on paint...Thracians!

I/48 Tracians
  • 1 x General (4Ax)
  • 2 x horsemen (LH) + 1 x peltasts (4Ax)
  • 4 x peltasts (3 Ax) + 2 x peltasts (Ps)
  • 2 x archers (Ps)
  • 1 x Camp Followers (Ps)

At the same time I used my more normal undercoat + one layer + top layer (no Quickshade) style to knock off another Greek Allied cav and Auxilia to add either to my Hoplite Greek or Macedonian armies.

Not bad for a couple of week's work!