ALY MORRISON'S "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Hamburg Tactica 2018... Great War Miniatures.

For the last year I have been suffering the miniature designers equivalent of writers block...


I have started a number of projects and all of then have come to nought... some of them not even getting past the armature stage...


I am not sure why this has happened... possibly its because with my day job being a miniature designer I am simply a bit sculpted out when I get home...


Or maybe its because I am old and forgetful and can't remember what I was going to make ten seconds after I mix the putty....


Where was I ?....


Oh! yes...


For the last year I have been suffering the miniature designers equivalent of writers block...


So when my friends were over from Germany last year I suggested that Great War Miniatures might make a Hamburg Tactica exclusive miniature for this years show...


Yes Yes Yes was the response.... No getting out of this one...


It worked...


I decided to make a what some might call a rather sentimental couple of miniatures...


A British Officer and a German Officer meeting in an informal manner after the armistice and exchanging a hand shake.




The Masters...







Painted castings


I have put a reasonable amount of kit on them but tried to give the a none combinative look...


What is more important is that I am pleased with them and feel a lot more like sculpting more toys...


I shall endeavour to take many photo's of the show and put them in my next post...




All the best Aly















Monday, 12 February 2018

ROBIN...2018

On Sunday Mharaid and I went to The ROBIN wargames show in Nottingham...


https://www.wargamesevents.co.uk/


This is the second ROBIN show and also the second one we have been to...
We had both enjoyed the first show...although it was a tad cold and felt a bit empty... it was really nice to have a show that we can get to by tram.
This year was a considerable improvement... it was a lot warmer and busier...there were also more traders and display games...
Of course being on home ground there were a lot of people we knew...I think we spent more time chatting to friends than anything else... nothing wrong with that.


Here are a few pictures of some games that caught my eye...





The Battle of Port Arthur... Derby Wargames.






Crete 1941...Lenton Gamers.





A nice looking Eastern Front game... Sadly I am not sure who by.




A lovely display of kit by... The 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Reenactors.




The battle of Lake Erie... The Furness Warlords Wargames Society.






A lovely little display by Spectre Miniatures.... I really like the cacti.




I only bought one miniature... Shock Horror!









 But I did but a few really important and necessary publications...


After the show we popped on the tram and went to our favourite Chinese restaurant...so a very enjoyable day in excellent company.


All the best  Aly 









Sunday, 11 February 2018

Partizan 2018... La Gorgue Airfield 1918

This year Dave and I have decided to put on a WW1 game...
No surprises there...


Our game is based on an incident during Germany's 'Operation Georgette' on the 19th of April 1918.


After breaking through the Portuguese Sector during the Battle of Lys, the Germans pushed on towards the towns of Estairies and La Gorgue.


The airfield at La Gorgue was occupied by what had till very recently been No 8 Naval Squadron RNAS...
On the 1st of April 1918 it had become No 208 Squadron RAF.


After receiving reports of the German advances, seeing retreating Portuguese troops, losing most of their communications and coming under increasing enemy artillery fire it was decided to abandon the airfield.


Due to a heavy fog the aircraft could not be flown out and were grouped close together and set fire to at the last minute.


We thought that this would make a good basis for a fun and interesting scenario were we will have a chance to use terrain and troops not normally seen in a WW1 wargame...
An airfield...
RNAS ground crew and pilots...
And Portuguese Infantry.














https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_Expeditionary_Corps


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Lys_(1918)


http://www.naval8-208-association.com/HistoryWWIPage07.html












Dave has already begun to build some aircraft... He likes building things.


I shall pick up some  late war British and make a start on the Portuguese.


I shall also no doubt knock up yet another copy of the Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies... It would be rude not to.


All the best  Aly.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Pre Blog Games... Part three.

The final batch of photos cleared from my phone.


A Sikh War game hosted by Michael Perry.









A Sudan game hosted by Michael Perry.







The Third Battle of St Albans.
A fictitious game base on The Invasion of 1910 by William le Queux
Played at Michael Perry's House.















All the best  Aly

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

A New Osprey Men-at-Arms for my library...

The Armies of the first Carlist War 1833-39...




Its everything you would expect from Osprey...
A short but informative history and some nice pictures...A good little primer.


I was however rather amused by the claim that this is the first book on the subject published in English...




I believe this one may be the first...


Even more amusing is that Conrad's Book and Articles in Wargames Illustrated are referenced in the bibliography...


Ah! but I am merely teasing... Its great to see another book on such an interesting and very colourful 19th century conflict.


Of course this doesn't help keep the butterfly under control...I am rather tempted to put together a couple of forces for a Song of Drums and Shakos... Of course once I have finished my French and British...


Flutter Flutter...




All the best  Aly