Monday, 29 January 2018

Accountability post 29th Jan

Late finish - just got back in from club having had my Night Watch roundly trounced by Grahame's Wildings.... typical Grahame force, lots of annoying missile troops in woods :D

Today? Today I did my taxes! Go me! Also went out, test drove and placed the deposit on (so, pretty much, bought) Anne a new (to her) car (the old one's a write-off) with which she is absolutely delighted, and I did manage to sort out printing quotes for various size print runs of a certain 72 to 96 page colour paperback book that you're all interested in.

The good news? You'll be able to buy a printed copy. In colour.

Tomorrow I'm in London all day for an interview, so don't expect much.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

A reader writes...

Ok - for those of you applauding my incompetence handling a British column in Spain over the holiday break, Jeff writes that the guys had another go this weekend... (there were, it has to be said, Certain Discussions at the time about whether the British had any chance at all. Me, I blame the CO :D)
[We] got together on the 20th to have another run at the scenario in which you played during your visit to the Twin Cities.  It turned out very different this time.

Pictures are here,
Looks like fun, and another excellent demonstration of the Napoleonic Command rules. 

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Accountability update 27 Jan 2018

Apologies for missing yesterday - three different recruiters decided they wanted to talk to me about jobs. After several go-arounds explaining what my plans were, and why they want to let me telecommute, I think I have one very good lead, and certainly another that's worth following to the next step. After that? Off to play a gig, and back home at 0030 or so. This rock and roll? Definitely a young man's game: I ache today!


  • Finished the master province table barring some final details in the Irish and Scots provinces


  • Big committee meeting. Lots of action items that I'm slowly walking through.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Amiens 1918 narrow gauge layout/diorama

Couldn't resist this when I saw it, either. It's an 009 (or in wargames terms, 20mm figure scale (aka 1:76/4mm to the foot), 9mm/2'3"gauge) layout representing a WW1 trench railway in 1918, built by Calum Willcox, a.k.a. SDJR7F88 on YouTube.

The figures are from W^D Models delightfully characterful range. The Mk1 is the classic Airfix kit, while the MkIV and Whippet are Emhar kits, the 18" howitzer (front left of the layout) and tractor are Roden, and the refuelling truck is Skala. The big gun dead centre is a 9.2" howitzer, and it's an A Wilkinson 3D print. Can't find out on his series of videos what the B-type 'bus is - I'm guessing it's either W^D or the Airfix kit, (Edit: and I'm wrong, it's a Corgi from the WW1 Centernary Collection.)

Really rather fabulous, I think. Lovely attention to detail, and clearly lots of thought gone into the staging of each vignette.

Would you like to see something like this on display at a wargames show?

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Compendium update/accountability post 24th Jan

Busy day today, in between feeding tea to the builders and answering 'so, where do you want this?' questions.

The Compendium is now up to 60 pages and just shy of 20,000 words. I'm anticipating about another dozen or so pages, I think, but could be mistaken. Today's achievements:
  • Added another Rich Clarke article (player notes) to the Appendices. As a note, these aren't as easy as they might sound, as they're not just a cut and paste job: they need formatting to match the rest of the book, editing to remove references to them being a blog post or standalone article, and sometimes also removing or rewriting a chunk of the pre/postamble, and invariably re-punctuating (missing commas!) and proof-reading.
  • Added a chunk of stuff to the introduction.
  • Moved a couple of things into the Appendices where I think they sit better, including the master terrain table, which has now become the master province table and includes resources and fortification levels.
  • Started adding data to the new columns in the master province table.
  • Reformatted everything that broke as a side-effect of the above!
Major outstanding tasks left:
  • Finish the master province table
  • Two Raid scenarios to write up properly, so I can start playtesting them
  • More thinking about Battles
  • Import the useful names table from the Lard Island site
  • Finish off the Characters section
  • Finish the 'campaign flowchart' Appendix
  • Start deciding on quotes, 'fillos' and photos to fill up end-of-page spaces
and a few other odds and sods

A very interesting hobby crossover...

Once again, I get to comment on where hobbies collide.

If you happen to game in 20mm (i.e. 1:76/4mm to the foot/00) and the appropriate period, this just turned up on my railway modelling FB feed....

No more details on the Oxford Rail site, but it would appear from comparing photos to be this beastie, the Ordnance BL 18 inch Mk I howitzer on truck, railway (Boche, destruction for the use of :D) along with a Railways Operating Division Dean Goods.

Not entirely sure I can justify one, but I'm sure someone out there who plays CoC in 20mm could come up with a scenario... I'd also note that I don't believe the price, since a Dean Goods from them on its own is way more than that!

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Freyja's Wrath Kickstarter

Bad Squiddo Games have started another Kickstarter, and this one is right up my street. And I quote:

"You want a whole army of kick arse shieldmaidens? Well, hello. These are suitable for both Dark Ages and Fantasy wargaming, with some of the units and characters also being versatile for a whole number of uses. The core troops are historical dark age (but cool and interesting enough to be used with fantasy) with a mythological twist with some of the characters. All the crazy stuff is rooted in Norse Mythology. And following Bad Squiddo tradition - yes we have some adorable critters!"
They are really really nice sculpts, and are of fairly generic usefulness in any Dark Age or fantasy arms, and I want them!

Pledged. Go thou and do likewise.

Compendium: research. Ho. Hum. Tomorrow,  a BIG table edit.
Club: swearing a LOT at various WordPress plugins that don't do what I want despite advertising that they do.
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