Sunday, May 21, 2017

Returning to the scene.... LoA at Partizan 2017

Toggenhvud points out to Hiltonbock where the enemy are.....

Regrettably, The League of Augsburg has been absent from the Partizan show(s) for a couple of years. This was due to lack of bodies and the over-facing effort of single-handedly lugging a demo game and trade stand on a 640 mile round trip over 30 hours - I missed it!

Our pre-dinner stroll along the Trent to Newark Castle reminded us how much Clarence would have loved it here.

This year we made the trip to demo- only. Toggy and I achieved much during the nine hours in the car, our walk round Newark in the pleasant Spring evening, our relaxing drink in the Prince Rupert and a rather toothsome Thai in the restaurant next to the pub.
Quirky pub - The Prince Rupert - I had Rhubarb gin - yup, very Del Boy

We rounded off the evening of plans with swifty in the Millgate whilst corpsing watching ' 80's Celebrity meltdowns' on the bar big screen TV.

Our neighbours.. Dave and Aly's WWI masterpiece

Derby Pre- Dreadnoughts.. a harbour in Kamchatka?

Another of our neighbours... A lovely Sudan game .. not sure of the club

This set us up for a super Sunday in the Spring sunshine at Partizan. We got the game up in jig time and set about meeting many, many hobby friends before the doors opened. Really nice to see Shaun Bryant and Dean Whitehouse neither of whom I had seen for perhaps five years or more.

Yes . Mr Klutz remembered the Russian standards and pikes - they do make a difference of course

The games were good and the venue has the best natural light I have seen in a show venue for a long time. I enjoyed seeing Graham Cummings WAS game, The Derby Team's 1904 Naval battle (I love ships), Aly and Dave's beautiful WW1 battlescape, Chris Flowers 1973 Soviets v Germans and Dutch (unusual and interesting), The Perry's lovely Napoleonic Egypt game, Westbury's TYW Poles v Swedes?(I think) and several other interesting set ups.
Crann Tara's lovely Wild Geese

This was Edgehill - 6mm? or 10mm? can't remember

Our own GNW effort was very well received and despite a promise to ourselves that we would play the game Toggy and I managed two moves which happened between 1100 and 1115. Before and after that we were yapping continuously with a stream of visitors.

Other end of our game

Thanks to all of you who reminded me that the game looked very good WITH pikes in the Russian battalions! You really do have to be careful what you blog as it often comes back to bite you in the
bullet bag.

The formidable North Gate to Newark Castle

Lots of Warfare decisions made after this weekend and I am happy to say we'll be releasing some very fine ECW/TYW cavalry (10 sculpts) over the next couple of months. Thanks in particular to Paul Hammond for his assistance in making this happen.

Friday, May 19, 2017

GNW Swedish Brigadier vignettes

I was very keen to experiment with some test masters of the new Swedish cavalry command. I tried them on the new horses (of which there are 5 variants) and on two of the existing horses.

They were easy and fun to paint. The poses are dramatic and the look was very pleasing when finished.

I will let the photos do the talking with some commentary around each.

The dramatic officer has a separate arm.

Some infantry Colonels

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Warfare GNW Russian releases for May 2017

Delighted to say that we have now officially released four new codes for the ever expanding GNW Russian range.

We have R12 - the long awaited musketeers marching which come with shouldered musket - bayonet fixed or bayonet sheathed.

R13 The pikemen to march alongside these fine musketeers

R14 An outstanding Command pack with very flavoursome characters

And finally  R16 Grenadiers in fur mitre standing

These are already in the Shop on the LoA site. Quantities are also en route to Warfare USA as I write!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pike less in Falkirk .. LoA at Carronade 2017

The LoA GNW game at Falkirk 2017

I cannot say the our preparation for the Carronade show in Falkirk was faultless. I spent about 90 minutes the night before the show looking out all the various components from the game we had run at Tactica. Terrain - check, buildings - check, troops - check (sure about that?... yep), trees - text to  Toggy - check, rules - check, handout - oops I forgot that, never mind, we have voices, we can explain if anyone is interested.

Oi! Hilton, you muppet! where are the pikes for those Russkies?

As we set up on the drizzly Saturday morning, laying out all the troops Toggy says - 'Where are the Russian standards and pikemen?' 'Oh, they'll be in one of those boxes' - but of course they were not!

I enjoyed doing these new Swedish cavalry command figures

New officer, older horse type

Nice - new cavalry officer new horse typre

One of my occasional senior moments resulted in the Russian Army taking the field sans picque et drapeaux! I added an extra two feet of the table length from the Hamburg iteration of the game and this combination of extra space and the absence of around 50 troops gave the game some breathing space for manoeuvre which worked well in the end.

Theo attacks across the bridge

We had lots of interest during the day and Theo Blakeney Edwards (aka General Wauchope from our 1692 campaign - lately confined to a monastery having lost his mind at Ripon) played a passable and aggressive Russian general.

Another new Swedish officer type on one of the older style horses

Lovely new Russian dragoon flags on models painted by David Imrie 20 years ago!

The Carronade show which now rivals/surpasses Claymore as the premier Scottish event has plenty of pluses. Good access for exhibitors and trade, good light especially in the larger gym hall, space, an efficient and helpful hosting club, a good selection of trade and normally, a very good standard of games. This year however there were a couple of chinks in the facade I thought, few if any within the control of F&DWC.

Westerhope - Prince August nostalgia - that IS a wargame!

I enjoyed looking at this table

The temperature and air quality particularly in the gym hall was uncomfortably sticky and fetid. You felt as if a good wash was in order. The attendance also seemed somewhat down - could be an illusion but we thought it was a bit quieter than normal. The standard of games had slipped a bit too. It is a never ending debate - reality and accessibility versus glitz and pzazz. Scotland normally does the wargaming bling extremely well with more than a handful of clubs able to pull something very special out of the hat but this year the feeling was of lots of ordinary club night offerings.

Kevin Calder's falling WoTR man at arms!

And his fox catching a coney

Imrie & Friends and Calder & Nicholson pulled off the usual quirky-spectaculars. As you drooled over the hundreds of lovingly painted models the boys wanted to focus on showing the onlooker their pride and joy - men falling out of windows, foxes, ducks and cats sitting astride log piles - yup, we love our little touches!

The Westerhope chaps explained their complex unit naming system!

Tea light explosion markers which do not photograph well on an iphone

Westerhope put on a nostalgic and very attractive SYW game with Prince August figures. It was adjacent to our table and I went back to it again and again. In gaming terms there as a very strong link between that game and our own GNW effort. 25 years ago my introduction to the GNW was via Prince August  home cast figures just like these at a friend's house. These fantastic toy soldier games inspired the commissioning of the Warfare Miniatures GNW range.

Imrie and Co - heavy metal thunder from the 100 Year War

He does put on a nice show that lad form Leven

Toggy and I made a few decisions during the day. That was good. We talked to many friends and visitors. That was also good. The day went quickly and we had a nice afternoon out.

I have noticed an increasing trend for packing up early at shows.. I must say, I don't approve.

You did a good job on these Clarence!

More from our Spring Tour next week when we visit Partizan for the first time in a couple of years - that will be nice!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Warfare Miniatures - new releases and sculpts

Yep, I admit it, things have been pretty hectic over the last six to seven weeks. It may appear that we have not been doing anything here at Warfare Miniatures but a more accurate description of affairs is that we have not had time to tell anyone about all the things we have been doing!

Since my Dr Livingstone-Mr Stanley moment with Clibinarium in Enniskillen about a month ago (well exactly a month ago), we've traded at Salute, I have been abroad a bit and we've got lots of new things designed.

In fact, the Marching GNW Russians - pikemen, musketeers and command are all available but not yet in the shop. If anyone is desperate for them just mail me and we can sort it out by paypal. It will be a week or so before pictures appear.

Just to remind you what they look like here they are:

Russian Command advancing

Also available but not yet in the shop are standing pikemen in kartuz and grenadiers in fur caps. All in all we now have 16 Russian infantry packs compared with 22 Swedish so, parity almost but not yet achieved.

Russian Grenadiers

Rear view of Russian Grenadiers

Pikemen in kartuz

In addition, Clib had designed 15 Russian GNW artillerists which are currently being master moulded. I hope to have these out before too long. Here are some photos:

Russian crew loading

Russian crew running gun back

Russian crew firing

Russian Artillery officers

Lovely character in these chaps

We are also discussing a quick diversion into Prussian and Danish GNW infantry for a quick release.

Do not despair, the cavalry are again at the top of the sculpting pile and our little travails of
December/January are well behind us.

Russian Dragoon Command

Russian Dragoon Troopers

Swedish Command

Swedish Troopers

Swedish Troopers

Swedish Command #2

We are also revisiting the 1690s - more news on that soon.

As for big sellers at SALUTE - French Mounted Dragoons and GNW Russians. We were pleased with the trade footfall and had a good show.

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