Friday, 31 August 2012

Flags and a New Store for Mrs PK

Here are the chaps with there new Standards for the game on Sunday and also Mrs PK's new general stores. All these have been completed ready for Partizan on Sunday. Gosh I am so excited. If any of you chaps are about at Partizan come over and say Hi.

Humbo Militia

The Duke of Rutlands Own

Mrs PK's New Store

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Evesham Volunteers

Yes its time for the Evesham Volunteers to step to the stage and take its bow. Here is the finished illustration for Solway's next release a book of Royalists Flags and a bit about the histories of the units carrying them. This chap is from a militia unit The Evesham Volunteers who are raised in support of King Edward VIII and are a part of the Army of the Severn. Here is the chap for you.

Evesham Volunteer Standard Bearer

I have had to use Safari to upload the picture and post this, Bloody Chrome

I Cant Upload any Pictures, Aaaarrrggghhhh

Well I cant upload any pictures to my blog at the moment, stupid blogger. I have tried different Chrome, IE Firefox and its the same on all and its pissing me off. Is anyone else having or had similar problems?

Monday, 27 August 2012

New Flags for the Humbo Militia

After two years of campaigning, okay after four battles the Humberstone Militia has laid its old flags down and been given new colours on behalf of a grateful city. These standards has also been granted battle honours, okay, shows which I attended and battled. Hope you like them.

New VBCW Cover Work

Yes I am working on a new project for Si at Solway, this one being a book of Flags and banners of the Royalist factions. I was given a very simple brief, can I have a banner bearer for the book and I did the rest. I have gone for a militia standard bearer from the Evesham Volunteers and have done great joy with him. I have goiven him the standard British army tin helmet, a Safari Jacket and some tweed walking breeches. His webbing is "home made" and he carries a Bergmann MP28, a pistol in a holster, possible a Broom Handled Mauser and a sword sword or bayonet. The standard is that's of the Evesham Volunteers and a copy of it is here.

Evesham Volunteers Colours

Evesham Volunteers Standard Bearer, 1938

Saturday, 25 August 2012

I'm so Excited

I dont know about you lot but its only a week to go and I am starting to feel the bug of excitement about the game. I hope you fellas are up for a good and enjoyable game? I know I am.

Anyway I got the confirmation through this morning and morning and we are in our normal place, near Paul Hick's and Mutton Chops, Reiver Castings and Gripping Beast. I have included a map to us those who have not been before where we are, we are the highlight one, the green one.

Doors open at 10.00 for the public and I will be getting there for a 8 start, to set up the table.

King Richard III and some Interesting News

As some of you might know I live in the city of Leicester and for the last couple of days the local council has been getting rather excited, well by the council's standards, about a King of England. They is a link between the city and King Richard III in that he left the city to go to Bosworth and ended back there after the battle a bit dead. Anyway enough of the history lesson and what has this got to do with VBCW, well my friends I will tell you, the link is the Ian McKellan film and the inspiration behind this great period. So back to King Richard and Leicester, well as I said the local council is rather excited as they have a team of archaeologists digging around a council owned car park as there is evidence that this is where he is buried, which would be amazing if it was. Now I just have to think of a way to get involved and spread the word of VBCW to the general public. 

Here is a link from the BBC website, Local BBC News

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The Partizan Show Freebie Figure

Some of you might remember me saying something about a being asked if they can make a figure of one of my illustrations well this evening I was emails some photos, Top Secret like of the green of the freebie figure for the Other Partizan show and I was shocked at what I saw. I opened the emails and saw the photos I realised that a dream of mine was fulfilled, that of seeing what of my illustrations realised as a sculpt.

Illustration of the Kelham Monk
Above is the original idea of the Kelham Monk, as appeared in the Guide to the Anglican League, a group of militant monks fighting with the Anglican League in and around Newark, based at Kelham Hall. Below is the sculpt created by Mark Sims of Crusader Miniatures and i have to say he has a wonderful job in being him to live. He has been sent to the mould maker and caster today and should be ready for the Other Partizan show on 2nd September as the freebie figure. 

I love the fact he has a covered Adrian Helmet and drawstrings on the waist, why did I think of that? I am so over the moon and please with this, you cant imagine my first figure of one of my illustrations. Hopefully it will be the first of many. 

Now there is a good reason for going to the show.

Bad News, Good News and Other Partizan

The Battle of Houghton on the Hill, 1938

Due to personal events which have happened recently the planned Battle of Stoke Fields at Other Partizan has been cancelled . But please dont fear as this means that it will on ahead but at another time.

Now thats the Bad News out of the way, and I hope that you are still reading this as out of the ashes of that a new game has risen. Carrying on with the previous Partizan themes with the Duke of Rutland, the Leicester Socialists, the battle to capture King Eddy, the battle of Queniborough, now come the third part in the series the Battle of Houghton on the Hill. Yes the Battle of Houghton on the Hill and hear is the plan.

The Setting

The village of Houghton on the Hill finds itself today a part of the ever ongoing civil war that has gripped the country. Being an important crossed between Leicester and the Anglican League at Peterborough, the Duke of Rutland has rushed in a detachment of troops to take and hold the crossroads until reinforcements turn on. Moved into the village under the guise of Lord Quenby’s LDV on an exercise and before the locals knew what was happening, the Duke of Rutland’s BUF set up a road block and placed the village under guard.

The forward observers from the Leicester socialists noticed and observed the movement of Lord Quenby’s troops with interest, as they have been relatively quite since the attack on Queniborough. Upon seeing that they have set up a road block at the crossroads and in fact that they are not the LDV that entered the village but now black/grey uniformed BUF they have sent back there messages to raise the alarm, for good reason as on the Duke of Rutland has control of a virtual crossroads and also, if he brings up his artillery, he can rain fore on the city and the airfield.

The Rules

The rules being used for the game is Went the Day Well by Mr Ook. If anyone is in need of a copy please pm me with your email address and I’ll send them out for you. The version we are using is Version 9, so check your version and let me know if you need the latest one?

The Game Setup

The will be three players on itself side with a fourth player as overall commander and holds the reserve platoon. The starting positions are outlined below and on the map.

The player’s forces will be:
A command section of commander, a 2iC, and two runners.

Next will be 2x sections of 10men, with one commander, one LMG and the rest armed with rifles, shotguns, SMGs, as fits the figures.

A Support Team

Either Mortar with crew
Or HMG with Crew

A Specialist Team
Either a Boys AT rifle with 2 man crew,
Or 2 man Anti-Tank team,
Or 2 man Roadside Bomb Team,
Or Light Armour vehicle

The Royalist Plan

The plan is simply Royalist/BUF forces have planned a surprise attack to gain advance of a virtual crossroads outside of the city of Leicester, which brings both the city and the airfield into range of the Duke of Rutland’s artillery and provide a good forward base for further actions on the area and on the city itself. So the Duke has sent a platoon of his best troops, his Duke of Rutland’s Own BUF Co or the Doctor O Buffs as the Leicester socialists call them, to take and hold the village and the crossroads from all comers.

So the BUF player sets up all his forces within the village at the start of the game.

Turn two, the player commanding the forces coming in from Billesdon, far table edge come in, as these the first set of reinforcements to support the BUF. These will be make up you’re the Duke of Rutland’s Royalist Allies.

Lord Quenby’s Catholic forces will come in from the top of the table, from Green Hill. From Turn Two a die is rolled to see if they turn up,
Turn Two 5,6
Turn Three 3,4,5,6
Turn Four Anything but a 1.

Reserve troops to start arriving anytime after Turn Four with the same roll as above.

The plan and aim for the Royalist/BUF/Catholic forces is to hold the village of Houghton on the Hill from those socialists.

The Socialist Plan

The plan is to retake or drive out the Duke of Rutland’s forces from the area. As it is a virtual crossroads junction the city has rapidly assembled a rush force to retake the village quickly. However as the city council was taken by surprise, the network of informers and spies having been purged by the Duke’s forces after the Queniborough incident, and a has sent orders in a rather uncoordinated manner to available forces in the area to stop the Edwardites at all costs as they fear the loss of the airfield and the city to them.

The City of Leicester, Thurnby and Bushby, LDV are the first chaps to be rushed forward to push out the BUF from the village. The player has his full platoon with him but starts advancing up the road from Thurmby, the main road from Leicester to the village.

Turn Three, the players commanding the Launde Abbey and Leicester, Anglican League forces will come in from the southern table edge from Fisby Grange Farm area, with orders to cut off the BUF retreat and help retake the village.

The player commanding the City of Leicester, Houghton LDV is to enter the table from the south-western edge of the table from the Houghton Lodge Farm area. From Turn Two a die is rolled to see if they turn up.
Turn Two 6
Turn Three 4,5,6
Turn Four Anything but a 1.

Reserve troops at start arriving after Turn Four with the same roll as above.

The Plan for the City of Leicester Socialists/Anglican League is to drive those Doctor O Buffs from the village, take back the crossroads and hold it against those Edwardites.

I hope that the everyone is happy with is plan, I know I am. Can everyone who is player please bring any trees, hedges, walls that they have.

Thanks there chap

Monday, 20 August 2012

A Confederate Musketeer

Here is the last of the Irish Confederate's that I am doing and this one is a musketeer again wearing the traditional trews/legging trousers, the long jacket/coat that was very common with the Irish people of the  time and using his blanket as a windcheater/cloak. I have really enjoyed doing this and though no where near as good of Sean O Brogain's work on the same subject I am very happy with the results. here he is for you to make up your minds. Next actually is going to be a Standard Bearer for VBCW, more on that later.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Bloody Fran and Ray's Quiz

Just how mad I am to answer these questions set by Fran at The Angry Lurker and Ray at Don't Throw a 1 on there blogs, So here is my answers to their questions, just like many others before.

1. Favourite Wargaming Period and why?

That is an easy one it has to be a Very British Civil War and I know so of you are thinking and/or saying "thats not a period" well in my mind it is. Its not Second World War, its not Interwar, Back of Beyond or moderns, its simply a Gentleman's war in a time went Britain was Green and Pleasant. The reason for it is rather simple and a little personal. It is the period that has got me wargaming again after playing some rather soulless games and it is the way I played when I was young.

Also I have to admit I an a huge Bloodbowl fan and player, most get around to putting them up on the blog. Bloodbowl is just a great game to play and the best thing that GW ever did, a real game in a box.

2. Next period, money no object?

That would be Samurai. I love Shogun Total War 2 and would love to field a painted army like that.

3. Favourite 5 films?

Ian McKellan's Richard III



Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Wild Geese

Iron Sky

Went the Day Well

4. Favourite 5 TV series?

Band of Brothers

Jeeses and Wooster

Falling Skies

Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister

Horrible Histories

Red Dwarf

Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

Lad Rats

5. Favourite book and author?

HP Lovercraft and the Lovercraft Omibuses

6. Greatest General? Can’t count yourself!!

I am not one of the greatest general or even a general. Gosh I think it has to be John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough

7. Favourite Wargames rules?

Went the Day Well, a set of rules that has been written by my very good friend Ook which might get published one day and I am doing the illustrations for :D. They are actually a very good set of skirmish rules.

8. Favourite Sport and team?

It has to be football and Colchester United.

Is BloodBowl a Sport?

9. If you had a only use once time machine, when and where would you go?

To the restaurant at the End of the Universe

10. Last meal on Death Row?

Damn I got caught. Roast Pork and all the trimming with lots of crackling. Why its pork! The great meat in the world. Mind you a good curry would be a nice second.

11. Fantasy relationship and why?

Monet, Renoir and Sisley, the three french impressionists artists friends who lighted something within me and I would love to learn first hand from them. Either that or Felicia Day from the Guild

12. If your life were a movie, who would play you?

Easy Richard Burton, but he is dead, maybe not so easy after all.

13. Favourite Comic Superhero?

Luther Arkwright

or Judge Dredd

14. Favourite Military quote?

"I refused to be pushed around like a damn chicken" Duke of Wellington at Waterloo

15. Historical destination to visit?

Naseby in Northamptonshire, especially as it is try to get funding for a visitor centre along the lines of Hastings, and Bosworth. Second one is El Alamein

16. Biggest Wargaming regret?

Stopping playing for a long period of time and taking a longer time to get back into it. Though I played Bloodbowl throughout this time.

17. Favourite Fantasy job?

I think I have it being a civil servant, lol. No actually I do have it as I always wanted to be an illustrator and I have been lucky enough to be able to thing thanks to Simon Douglas at Solway Crafts and Miniatures for having the fate in me and letting me come up with illustrations and ideas for A Very British Civil War and to other too. I guess that I would love to be a full time illustrator for the likes of Osprey, maybe once I am good enough.

18. Favourite Song, Top 5?

Anything by Pop Will Eat Itself, especially Def Con One

Anything by Joy Division/New Order.

Blur Coffee and TV

Anything by the Men They Couldnt Hang, especially Shirt of Blue

Anything by the Pogues

19. Favourite Wargaming Moment?

Not actually me but a mate of mine playing next to me in a bloodbowl tournament need a touchdown to win the game and go through to the semis in the last play of the game had to do a silly, stupid, jammy bastard move involving throwing the ball, catching in dodging players and running further than he can safely without killing his team, a real Hail Mary and pull it got. He won the move of the Tournament for that.

20. The miserable Git question, what upsets you?

What upset me, silly, stupid things.

This present Coalition Government, but especially the Tories for not running around like headless chickens, taxing the heck out of everything and guess what it not the civil and public service fault, we didnt cause the mess, try looking closer to home and the banks, you buggers.

People putting people down because of disablilties, colour, creed.

The flipping situation in Northern Ireland, it has not stopped, now we have "Peace Wall" dividing us instead. I can not imaging that Mo Molland had that is mind when she started the process. Jesus its sickening. I the Southern Government didnt help matters either, but I am not going there as I still dream of a united Ireland under one government, with one people and living in peace.

The colour blue.

The news.

The TV.

Stupid people


Radical religious groups

I am stopping there......................

Friday, 17 August 2012

The Irish Confederate War Irish Ensign

Here is the next chap and this is an Ensign in one of the Confederate Regiments but before that here is a little about the Irish Confederate Wars. The Irish Confederate Wars, also called the Eleven Years War (derived from the Irish language name Cogadh na hAon-déag mBliana), took place in Ireland between 1641 and 1653. It was the Irish theatre of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms – a series of civil wars in the kingdoms of Ireland, England and Scotland (all ruled by Charles I). The conflict in Ireland essentially pitted the native Irish Catholics against English and Scottish Protestant colonists and their supporters. It was both a religious and ethnic conflict – fought over who would govern Ireland, whether it would be governed from England, which ethnic and religious group would own most of the land and which religion would predominate in the country.

Irish Confederate Ensign

The war in Ireland began with the rebellion of the Irish of Ulster in October 1641, during which thousands of Scots and English Protestant settlers were killed. The rebellion spread throughout the country and at Kilkenny in 1642 the association of The Confederate Catholics of Ireland was formed to organise the Irish Catholic war effort. The Confederation was essentially an independent state and was a coalition of all shades of Irish Catholic society, both Gaelic andOld English. The Irish Confederates professed to side with the English Royalists during the ensuing civil wars, but mostly fought their own war in defence of the Irish Catholic landed class's interests.

The Confederates ruled much of Ireland as a de facto sovereign state until 1649, and proclaimed their loyalty to Charles I. From 1641 to 1649, the Confederates fought against Scottish Covenanter and English Parliamentarian armies in Ireland. The Confederates, in the context of civil war in England, were loosely allied with the English Royalists, but were divided over whether to send military help to them in the English Civil War. Ultimately, they never sent troops to England, but did send an expedition to help the Scottish Royalists, sparking the Scottish Civil War.

The wars produced an extremely fractured array of forces in Ireland. The Protestant forces were split into three main factions (English Royalist, English Parliamentarian and Scottish Covenanter) as a result of the civil wars in England and Scotland. The Catholic Confederates themselves split on more than one occasion over the issue of whether their first loyalty was to the Catholic religion or to King Charles I.

The wars ended in the defeat of the Confederates. They and their English Royalist allies were defeated during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland by the New Model Army under Oliver Cromwell in 1649–53. The wars following the 1641 revolt caused massive loss of life in Ireland, comparable in the country's history only with the Great Famine of the 1840s. The ultimate winner, the English parliament, arranged for the mass confiscation of land owned by Irish Catholics as punishment for the rebellion and to pay for the war. Although some of this land was returned after 1660 on the Restoration of the monarchy in England, the period marked the effective end of the old Catholic landed class.

An Irish Confederate Flag
The actual flag I used is like this one but with Jesus carrying the cross instead.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Irish Confederate Pikemen

Yes this is the Irish Confederation of 1640s and not the American Civil War, sorry there my American friends, mind you that's a good idea for the future. I am not starting on a plate for the Irish Confederate War and this is one of the brave men that stood up to there Landlords and the Government. I have dressed him in the traditional dress of the time, a long coat or shirt and legging trousers. I think I have got that campaign and poor look, but proud to be fighting  for his rights.

Monday, 13 August 2012

More on Other Partizan

Firstly I have added a link to be able to download a playsheet for Brigadier 38 on the side of the blog. This is to help people playing the game at Other Partizan to have an idea of the rules. I hope it works.

Secondly I received an email today off someone who wants to do one of my illustrations as a figure a give away at a show. I will tell you more about this the more I know, but lets say I am on Cloud 9 at the moment. I know that I am a very lucky fella.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Wine, Good Company and the Olympics

Yes yes the closing of the Olympics maybe I can get back to normality and get my arse in gear. Please dont get me wrong I have loved every day of the Olympics and have watched a get deal of the events, fights, races and enjoyed every second of it, but it has impacted on me done my illustrations and paint, surprise, surprise. I now promise that I will get myself back into the flame and finish the illustrations for the book and paint more.

And to this end I have started and finished another one of my Soda Pop Miniatures' Super Dungeon Explore  figures which brings the grand total finished to 6 finished and another forty four to go. Actually I ordered a the Limited Edition character for the game, a Candy and Cola, but more on that later.

I have now finished the Riftling Rouge, who is a Demonkin Hero. She is another one of the heroes in the game and it was nice and good to paint something in a different colour skin, not really painted much in purple,save a couple of zombies, and i think she has come out rather nicely. I am rather liking painting these Amine Chibi style figures and I can not wait to have them all finished. Here are a couple more pictures of her.

Now for Candy and Cola, I had to order her from the US as strangely no one in the UK stocks her and the prices for her on ebay where stupid, no surprise there. Well I got her yesterday and I have to say I am rather happy with her. She is actually metal as opposed to the others from the game which are that plastic/resin stuff, yes I am really that technical, I know all the terms, lol and she comes with a playing card for the game too.

I cant wait to paint her but there is a new add on for the game, complete with more figures, but they realise that I have a life, actually what life, okay they win, called the Caverns of Roxor. Looks good too.

And I have saved this one to last, me celebrating Mo's win yesterday with friends, I warn you now its scary.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

A Blast from the Past

There are a couple of things I do besides illustrating, painting figures and organising wargames and one of them in the local village forum, basically a bunch of busy bodies trying to save the character of the village. Well I am a very lucky man as these were emailed to me and there show the village in the 30s to 50s. Lovely photos they are too and I thought that I would share them with you.

Conversation Club, Not really changed

Heslrige Manor, also not really changed

Main Street, end houses still there but the rest are gone and shop and flats are there

Main Street, only the trees remain and both pubs are gone.

Main Street, you would find a 1950s school on the field now.

Monk's Rest, used to be the Old Vicarage now posh flats with a lovely view of a park .

The Beeches, now a old peoples room waiting to be converted into flats.

The Warren, has not changes at all

Thurmaston Lane, houses all gone and now awaiting development

Tithe Barn, now a Luxury House

Now there is an insight to where I live, lol. Maybe I should have a the battle of Humberstone and create the village of old?

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