Selling & Sales

So I’ve continued to have some good luck on disposing of some of my old gaming collection. And some other items I hadn’t yet considered selling but had caught the interest of other collectors. Which is actually really handy as I took the opportunity to acquire some new items in some sales – mainly for current wargaming projects – and so those funds helped me pay for the new stuff.

This ‘recycling’ idea is working then.

The offers I’ve received have made me re-evaluate what I want to keep. There’s a few games that I now believe will not see the tabletop again – unless I suddenly create a brand new regular game group to play them with. Unlikely in a rural village location only used to whist drives and domino evenings. They can therefore go on the disposal list too.

As the emphasis continues to be on wargaming, it sort of makes sense too. I’ve been incredibly fortunate there too. Like the skeletons I picked up a while back, that turned out to be just what someone on the LAF needed. And in that case I ended up with a ‘trade’ for some useful items to serve several purposes. And I also sold on the plastic British Paras I ended up with too, along with some German WW2 I was unlikely to ever finish up.

On the KickStarter front I’ll be ending up with a lot more Ogre Miniatures. I already have some basic sets (No.1) plus some of the Ogre sprues that have a MkIII and a MkV, and there’s some of the last stock of white metal to come too. As I’m actually painting (aye, don’t faint, it’s only been a 4 year break!) I will soon have some more 15mm terrain that will be useful for the Horse & Musket periods (GNW, Marlburian & Napoleonics) and these same resin-cast items might also provide me a Tiffins Games product line too. So at some point I plan to put in a proper order with the intention of painting those up for EBay. So as a follow-up to the terrain painting, at some point I need to prime and paint some of the Ogre plastic minis, just so I can share my efforts, which in turn hopefully encourages me to paint more.


There’s also the 60 militia types and character officers who will serve as great additions to the Balkanesque TMWWBK ready for priming as well, hopefully this week. Then it’s some experimenting with block painting and some highlighting to then finish off with a variation of the ‘dip’ method. My aim will be to do it subtly different. Add black or brown ink to diluted brush-on acrylic varnish and to see what we produce. If it works – I have some slight reservations – then we have a method to churn out much more, and a lot faster.

TMWWBK front-cover

And the aim for the tabletop out in the DoMA is to set up a handy scene for some repeat practice with the TMWWBK rules in my Gothic-Balkan setting. Again, it’s been really useful to have had a good sort out. Items are now sensibly stored, easier to locate and use. I’m looking forward to that as it pushes me further into other related projects that will also require more figures to be painted and terrain to be produced. It’s motivated me to look at alternate options, like the idea of using magnets for 28mm cavalry. That means I would only need a certain number of mounts, and I can have riders to swap on and off. As the mount – be it horse or gashant – is the most expensive of the pairing, this could certainly work to my advantage. And dinky little 2mm and 3mm magnets are a lot cheaper in the grand cost of things. This could be a handy idea to extend to a few other things as well. And I’m a tad enthused about some MDF kits for aerial steam launches too. More expense, so more recycling I guess.

Finally, the company accounts should be in now. Before deadline too. That’s actually a good result as I’m notorious in doing it all last minute, much to the angst of my accountant no doubt. It’s good to achieve something like that as it proves to myself I’m restoring a little bit of proper ‘time-management’ back into my life, outside of the old working environment. It has also nudged me to look at new approaches for the games company too, such as Amazon Marketplace set-up, and to get some costing work and commissions of new product lines underway. I like the way it’s progressing, at a steady pace, and I’m looking forward to seeing what can be achieved.



And there’s more!

More figures. A lot more. An old gaming friend who’s way more productive and better painter than I can ever hope to aspire too, decided to shift his 28mm Medieval/Renaissance stuff. Painted and unpainted. And I took them on, to provide them a new ‘forever’ home, as the pet people would say. So I have a lot more figures now. So many in fact that I had to spend most of this weekend sorting out the DoMA. It was a case of rationalising the storage cases – long overdue. With that done, it was then time for a re-stack. And at least now I have it all stashed in a far better arrangement to set-up and take down wargames. Method has tainted my madness. And Really Useful boxes have proven to be exactly that.


Also had some success shifting yet more S&TO Countersheets to the other Ogre fans. And some chatter has inspired me to continue with the Mini-Campaign ideas I had. It’s always good when you have like-minded strangers bounce creativity between you. A good nudge to get me writing again as well, as part of the scenario design aims to include some mini-fiction inserts to help flavour and set the scenes.

Triple-hex Port Active

I also took delivery of yet more SoG ship models, and there’s a few more cheap offerings on their way. After they arrive, I’ll have something like 25+ ships! Actually, it may well be more than that now. So, I think I also now have enough of them to be going on with too.

Finally, Ook has done wonders and sent me my latest 28mm Victorian Sci-Fi batch. Some more Hinterlands ladies, this time the Naval Landing Party, complete with ‘Pompom’ gun. The Officer with her sword and fobwatch is just delicious. Should I say that? Ah well, I just did. Plus, at a wargame show last year I acquired a few packs of ACW Iron Brigade figures from Colonel Bill’s – he deals with selling on what he calls ‘pre-loved’ collections of unpainted stuff that he buys from other gamers.

ACW I here you mutter, why? Truth is, when I saw them online, with their longcoats, tall hats, brim turned up plus other features, I instantly went to the Space:1889 ‘Soldiers Companion’ army lists and matched the pose with the description of Ruritanian infantry – Mounted Rifles to be precise. So I gambled, bought the figures, drew up the uniform guide, gave it to Ook and he delivered. Exceptionally well too. 24 figures easily provides me with two units under TMWWBK and that adds a new option to the slightly Gothic direction I want for the specific campaign format I’m planning.

So dear readers, you can say I interrupted my train journey on the Trans-Balkan Express with a brief sojourn at Strelsau, capital of the Kingdom of Ruritania. Marvellous – the patisseries are divine.


Too many miniatures? Never happen!

So I did get productive after all. I now have 120+ based and undercoated elves destined to end up as Canal Martians and Hill Martian troops. I will also soon have 50+ Prussian Landwehr based and undercoated too – and these are destined to end up as ‘generic’ Militia types for any of the pseudo-Balkan nations I’m working on.

TMWWBK front-cover

It’s to use TMWWBK rules with the information from the ‘Soldiers Companion’ to do the Ruritania/Graustark/Axphain games. I’m determined to get some of these painted up first, perhaps two-dozen, to then have them ready to be a few trial units. Turns out it’s a handy model – ragged trews, longcoat, field cap, and a weapon where you cannot see the lock to discern whether it’s a musket or a breechloader. So it suits perfectly for my use. And these were a very cheap acquisition in one of the periodic sales from Warlords.

And I need to stay on that focus too, as a whole horde of 28mm Late Medieval turned up in the post today, the last consignment of my recent acquisition from a friend of mine. I don’t think I’ll ever have to purchase any more for this project again. But I bet I will. I bet I’ll find some critical troop-type I need for re-fighting some historic battle, and I’ll find out I have nothing suitable. But for now, I have enough. And I suspect I’ll be re-basing some or all of it too. Typical.


At long last – we have – Ogre Miniatures

Today, the long-awaited box of Ogre Miniatures Set 1 was finally delivered to my door.

I will be honest – it’s a relief. Sadly I have come to the conclusion that with as much patience as I’ve given out, and with all the hopes I had that things would improve, it’s all kind of foundered. I don’t know the full story, not sure I want to delve too deep to be honest, but those guys in Texas are great with the gaming stuff for Ogre – they just can’t fathom ‘international trade’ at all. This hasn’t been a one-off – my original consignment from them (the BIG one) was also plagued with various errors and cock-ups, that cost me additional funds to sort out. I am still hooked in for Ogre Miniatures Set 2, but only as a pre-order with W23. And if there’s a Set 3? We shall see. It needs to be pretty special.

So keeping it in a generally positive vein (I did get the long awaited goodies after all), I’ve reconnected with the Cartography Guild. I first joined up back in April 2014. I even dropped them some funds back then as support for the site. And then, of course, a major life/job/house/location change ensued. I lost contact, only visited a few times, despite them sending me the rather nice automated birthday greeting, and lost my grasp on it. Well, no more – back in there tonight, gave them some more support money, even sorted out my profile properly and started a CG blog too. Somewhere to put down my notes and thoughts on map stuff. Aye – I know – I’ve been piss-poor and keeping this up-to-date, and I then go start another I’ll need to keep on top of? Mad? Quite probably.

Weekend plans then:

  • Get the Martians undercoated and ready to begin painting next week.
  • Sort out my 28mm Border Reivers for some photo snaps to send onwards to the new owners of the old Vendel Miniatures moulds.
  • Find all the packs of 10mm figures I purchased a while back so that I can pass the lot on to the decent chap who wants to buy them off me. Just need to recall where they were stashed!
  • And set-up the DOMA table for some TMWWBK-Gothic flights-of-fancy, as those naughty Axphainians look set to encroach upon Graustark territory once more!

So, if you’ll excuse me, the Trans-Balkan Express is set to leave from Platform 4 in a few minutes, heading south-east via Dresden and Strelsau, and I fear my man Carstairs may be having a little trouble with the German porters. Must amble.

German Empire

And that one too? Where did it go?

I need to get a grip on ensuring I update this. Several times I almost clicked the tab to enter text here, but I’ve been all too easily distracted. By a lot of things.

Firstly, had another successful games weekend hosted up here on the Wall. Most importantly I got Dragon Rampant back to the table, in a Lord of the Rings setting.

The Angmar War – Ravaging of Nenuial

And with a simple map campaign too. Three games played, some new players introduced to it, and all-in-all, a good success. And the campaign remains sound, still plenty more to play for and a few lessons learnt to enhance it further, so ready to be added too again at another time.


Boardgame-wise, it was good to break out Pandemic – Reign of Cthulhu. I’m tempted to say I actually prefer it to the straight basic Pandemic. If it gets some expansions (there are rumours) then it will become supreme favourite version. But it’s a good variant, and with the different characters, there’s some considerable re-playing potential there.

And alas, Fury of Dracula (3rd edition) was not so successful, but we started it too late, it took too long to set-up, and at least one player present finds vampires a bit of a ‘yawn’ subject. So that didn’t end up as popular as I thought it could be. However, I still rate it superior over the earlier GW version.

Myself and one other started up with examining the WW2 miniatures rules Chain of Command from Lard Island itself. Again, there was a degree of fatigue creeping in at that point, so we examined the (rather good) pre-game Patrol Phase and discussed the Lists that provide you options for force-creation. There are some clever aspects in these rules, and there’s a deliberate attempt to reflect different national army doctrine. I will trial a few elements of the rules in solo play, to get a better grasp. Not yet convinced that these are ‘THE’ rules I/we want for our WW2 yet.


Secondly, I have continued to offload my latest purges from my collections, either by trade or sales. But I’ve not turned a ‘profit’ yet – far from it, much of that has then been used to acquire items I’ve happened upon by chance. Still a lot cheaper and quicker than buying new however. I’m still left with the Supremacy stuff, and I’m beginning to wonder, is there anyone out there who still has a hankering for this? It seems not so far.

Thirdly, I am signed up for another year with the medieval household, and there’s a nifty little event at the end of March, back in Leominster. I’m looking forward to that, as I enjoyed it a lot last year, and this time it’s combined with a long weekend in the great little Town of Books. It will be good to see our friends, browse bookshops, spend money and to generally relax. With the odd sword or spear fighting thrown in for good measure.

And I now have two longbows – the new one is a secondhand acquisition with a lot more pull – about 50% more required from my original longbow. I also have a straw boss and targets, and a hefty load of points (arrows). Hoping the weather changes a bit and I can convince one of the land-owning neighbours I need space to twang, then I can assess whether either or both bows need further attention – and how much practice I need too.

So to return to the wargaming, I still have some projects to get on with as well. And I’m savouring that, as I need some quiet weeks and weekends after sorting a lot of things out over the last two months. It will be good to get back into a painting and crafting regime, to end up with some productivity. Something to add to the collections for future gaming. I still favour the Space 1889 Martian forces and human contingents first, as the need for historical accuracy there is not so important. It also permits me to re-discover my preferred painting techniques, maybe try a few new ideas. Using that as a practice run, I can then divert myself to other themes too. Anyway, getting the Martians sorted into some sort of army force provides me the opportunity to finally explore TMWWBK (The Men Who Would Be Kings) rules.

Finally, as if getting my pension on a monthly basis wasn’t a sure fire sign of ancientness, I’ve just been summoned for the ‘old-git‘ medical. Guess it would be rude not too – while the NHS still exists? But it would make sense, despite knowing what most of the answers and commandments will be.

More input soon, I promise. There’s the prospects of a new RPG session coming up with the crew, where a good friend has volunteered to take over GM duties so that I can relax and play. That’s very welcomed, as I need a re-balance to regain some creativity for my own ideas.

And not forgetting the Writing. Dear Reader, you may see more of that sometime soon.





Where did that month go?

I had intended to add more content. Then December happened. It was certainly a busy month, with a lot going on. Makes me wonder how did I ever fit in hobbies and interests, stuff to do at home and keeping in touch with various people, and contend with the work life too.

In truth, there’s been a few things achieved to set us up so we’re better prepared for 2018. And I’ve put down some foundations for future plans for private work interests too. Still got some more on that to do, and some decisions to make on where to direct all that effort, but it should now come together. Hopefully.

And I’ve been making more notes for my writing projects as well. Considering I’m a bit out of practice in that, it’s actually been refreshing to get back into the right frame of mind to structure all of that. There’s a few new ideas I want to trial, that may provide me a better regime to coordinate what I create. Again, I need to consider whether I put any of that up here. We shall see on that.

Glad to say that those cheapskates in the government finally started to pay up the missing redundancy I was owed. And it’s been interesting to see my pension arrive in my account too. Aye, I’m a pensioner. No matter how often I say that, I still chuckle.

The one thing I do need to sort out however is the gaming priorities. I’ve become a gaming butterfly, flitting from one aspect to another, unable to settle and concentrate on just one item to get it finished. I really need to get a grip and prioritise – and especially as another Brew-Up On The Wall is imminent, in three weeks time.

Here’s the current list of varied wargaming interests:

  • 28mm Elves as my Canal Martian force for TMWWBK for Space 1889
  • Plus some of the other unpainted 28mm I have for Gothic-TMWWBK too
  • Gaslands‘ – the new Osprey rules for near-future battling in cars and vehicles
  • DR is still a major interest, especially as I’ve increased my fantasy collection
  • 28mm WW2 has returned again, more so now I have ‘Chain Of Command‘ in PDF
  • 15mm Great Northern War, with the ‘Twilight of the Sun King’ 2nd edition rules
  • Ogre Miniatures, seeing that I’ve acquired a whole load more stuff for it
  • Full Thrust spaceships that I seem to have obtained at some point
  • 28mm sci-fi figures and terrain for improving what I have for playing FUBAR
  • And the 28mm Renaissance stuff I have that I still need to sort out

And then there’s just as much boardgaming stuff to contend with, especially after the BGG Secret Santa and Wargame Secret Santa have both delivered excellent gifts for me. The Ogre boardgame has also been taking up some more time too – there’s a sort of double-overlap, after having a few more sales of our S&TO Countersheet, along with the Ogre plastic miniatures finally getting sent out to the KS backers. Yet again, it seems US creators just cannot contend with International support and shipment. They have some quite peculiar ideas on how to go about importation, distribution and trans-shipment. Even fulfilling orders to Canada causes headaches. Imagine that, if we here in the UK couldn’t get goods into Ireland? It does baffle me at times.

Anyway, I have new boardgames sitting on the table, still in shrinkwrap, still to be opened and explored. Hence why I then decided upon another purge of the existing collection and have put unused and no longer wanted stuff up for trade or sale.

So I need to focus. And I need to sort out figure-painting – both with those I know who can paint stuff up for me, and to get back to doing some of the basic stuff myself.

Must get something finished and ready for three weeks time. That’s the new deadline!




More Martian Miniatures

So not only have I re-discovered nearly all the items I spent the last fifteen years squirreling away for the Space 1889 project, I’ve now obtained yet more stuff.

Last year, at one of the wargame shows in Northern England, I acquired 3 of Ainsty’s naval gun carriages. I decided then these would be perfect for Heavy Guns taken off some Canal Martian Screw Galley or War Kite for land service – just in mimicry of the Royal Naval practice to put naval ordnance on to field carriages for Bluejackets to contribute to the British land campaigns.

I’ve also picked up more Grenadier UK Wood Elves and High Elves thanks to Forlorn Hope Games. I’ve always thought these would make useful Hill Martians and Canal Martians. Next phase here is to get some practice in converting some to be armed with muskets. That’s some modelling and scratch-building work I’ve not done for a long time.

And I also took advantage of one of Black Tree Designs periodic sales and picked up some Anglo-Zulu War bits for the British but more elves from their fantasy range to also convert into armed Canal Martians.

Finally, the older stuff I had is now based up and awaits a decent coat of varnish. And I’ll brush it on – using some Winsor & Newton matt acrylic varnish. Still not quite ready to pray-and-spray just yet.

So the project gathers momentum. More info and pix soon.