Friday, 23 December 2005

Project Zulu – 2006

Back in 1987 I started toying with doing some colonial wargaming but my will was not strong. Over the last few years I’ve started painting irregularly and to a good standard.

So for 2006 I thought I’d go for just one plan and stick to it. Obviously it should be finish off my Sudan stuff or go for a more formal Modern Zombies game or Back of Beyond, or finish my Warhammer Empire army, or 15mm PITS stuff.

But no, harking back to my 1987 interest in the Zulu wars I have decided that my first six months of 2006 will be building a Zulu and British army for DBA. That’s apx 72 figures in 6 months, well within my capability. I’ve already test painted 3 zulu’s and am quite pleased with the results. Plan is to paint the figures and then base them, hopefully making the bases reasonably scenic.

The plan is no figure purchases 2006 until I finish the Zulu’s.

The other army that will be finished is my 15mm DBA moors.

The second project for 2006 will then be Sudan using Perry miniature British and camel riders.

Long time since an update

My weekly updates just haven’t happened but I have got a few things done. They include 12 WW British, a number of darkest Africa, a few modern zombies and some 25 mm Sudan stuff, Photo’s to follow.

I also bought Dog Town rpg which I am struggling to read, hopefully I’ll get back into it and get around to running a game next year.

Monday, 24 October 2005

A mixed bag

A week gone by. Starship troopers have arrived but I have done nothing with it except open the box. Have painted the base colours on most of my PITS figures (paint ran out : ( ) , plus a few red coats/blue trousers, just got to work out what is the best bulk painting method for these.

Did one test paint of a WW2 British, is ok if not a little too dark for my tastes, this could be the black undercoat or that I am mixing the colours too dark to start with, need to experiment.

Also painted up the base colours for my Back Of Beyond Chinese executioners and may well finish painting up them before doing much else. These are using the new lighter base colour scheme rather than my usual colours.

Once I paint these, the commanders and Russian command may go for an army, cavalry first, this period just keeps calling too me.

Probably 2-3 hours spent on miniatures this week.

On impulse bought Stalingrad by Antony Beevor and am very impressed so far, if it’s as good throughout I will certainly be picking up more of his work.

Tuesday, 18 October 2005

No Zombies Done but did go to SELWG

Next to no painting done for over a week. Went to Selwg over the weekend which was good as usual although once again seemed to be fewer people there and this year it was only on tow floors. Bought a number of pieces of painted terrain, including a 25mm Church, Barricades for Mordhiem and 3 15mm far east buildings fro Patrols in the sudan.

Was also tempted by some lovely 25mm Colonial flags but at £4 each felt they were just a bit too expensive.

I did try to avoid buying figures but fell into the trap of finally buying some 25mm Bolt Action Miniatures ww2 British, which I based this morning.

Target over the next week or so is to paint up the WW2 British and return to the PITS British, who’s original target date for completion was end October.

Monday, 10 October 2005

Monday Morning Update




























 









Not too much time spent over the weekend, mainly due to DIY distractions. Did manage to finish the Mordheim buildings and have mostly finished the bases for the last set of trees that I have that are not based. Once this is done all the terrain I have will be fully painted. At SELWG aim will be to buy some Middle East buildings which I will paint up ASAP.

So I now need to make a decision on what I am going to get up to next.

Obvious choices are to finish the 2 Cold Wars Zombies I still have and to base and undercoat the Masai.

If I get starship troopers the bugs will be near the top of any list.

Pics of jungle and Mordheim town will go up soon.

Friday, 7 October 2005

An Update - Last post got lost

Not done too much in way of gaming. Finished off a few more jungle terrain area’s and toyed with buying some GW jungle terrain as I am finding it difficult to find anyone who is supplying decent alternatives. The £20 price is daunting.

Still being tempted by Starship Trooper miniatures game and might have sourced a cheap copy, fingers crossed.

Darkest Africa

My Masai now own spears as I managed to get a batch of ebay. Only problem is now I have 42 more figures to paint. Will probably buy the Masai village from Grand Manner at Selwg

Club Game

Play ACW the other night in an interesting defensive position which was difficult to hold. Fortunately the British held their scots back superbly but when breaching the second defensive position did not get enough men in support and with the aid of our unusually effective Militia we managed to hold and win the game.

Target

Target this weekend is to finish off the Mordheim Buildings, probably 2-3 hours work.

Tuesday, 27 September 2005

The first post

This is the start of my online diary listing my aims, goals and achievements with regard to my hobby of wargaming.

The intention is to list some aims and keep everyone updated as to progress, hopefully including links to websites etc.

Also will include random musing on what I have found to distract me.