Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I Aten't Dead

They say time goes quicker as you get older, so I must be aging at an exponential rate as the 3 months since my last post have flown by. In all fairness I've done very little wargames related so there's been little to report, that's through no lack of motivation but simply lack of time. A (sort of) promotion, house move and other hobbies (the horror) have taken up a bit more of my time than usual.

Could go well with Rogue Trader....
I have, without wanting to go on about it, lost a bit of love for GW. I had quite a while back. Beyond a shadow of a doubt a point has been reached where I can say they definitely don't make miniatures or games for me anymore. And that's fine, change is inevitable and no company owes me the games I'd like to see. I can still use older miniatures and play older games and older versions of current games. I just need a project to get me into it all again. Something that infuses a bit of Jodorowsky's Dune and the Jodoverse into Rogue Trader could be fun...

That said, I do have some Blood Bowl related plans in the pipeline, so watch this space. 

There's also plenty of historical goodness lined up, from an ACW map campaign that I'm planning and umpiring (see Ed's latest post on a superb ACW game on a budget), some French and Indian War stuff in the post and a few other projects lined up that you will see on both mine and Ed's blog shortly.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

1/3000 US Pre-Dreadnoughts (plus small 40k Imperial Navy update)

Blimey, it's been a while.Thanks to everyone that's checked that all is well, I'm glad to report all definitely is.

Back to blogging. I've been working on some 1/3000 pre-Dreadnought ships (from WTJ Store) for Battlefleet 1900 (more on the Palladian Guard blog). These are superb miniatures and enjoyable enough to paint - although they frosted slightly whilst spray undercoating so some colours are a bit drab. But as they're not meant to be looked at close up it's not a huge issue.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

On the Painting Table: Gripping Beast Normans

Before posting I watched in horror as these miniatures fell to the hardwood floor whilst attempting to move them to a room with better light. Amazingly the paint survived really well bare some small chips (they are still unvarnished), and only three tops of bows had to be re-glued. There's a couple of bits that need fixing properly, so please bear that in mind...

Defence of a Fence
After finishing the Mordheim Freelancer last week, I got cracking with a new project. SAGA was a game that I followed closely before it was released, but somehow never got round to playing it.

I planned to get a Welsh warband back then, but eventually opted for the Normans (I have a bit of a soft spot for the old sods). I've also treated myself to a few Norse Gaels primarily to represent dubious oiks from the Hebrides (Kingdom of the Isles).

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Liebster Award: The worthwhile chain letter

Admiral Drax has very kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award. You're a scholar and gentleman sir!

So what is a Liebster Award? It's essentially a chain letter (but one that's actually worthwhile, I think) where you nominate some blogs you like to get people to go read them. Here are the guidelines:

1: Copy and paste the award on your blog linking it to the blogger who has given it you.
2. Pass the award to your top 11 blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their posts to notify them that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog.
3. Sit back and bask in the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing you have made someone's day!
4. There is no obligation to pass this onto someone else but its nice if you take the time to do so.


The format has changed slightly since Chris at Sippin' on Paint Water very generously nominated me in 2012. I like that, it's organic. So feel free to alter or ignore any of the sections when re-posting, except the nominations of course, or add your own.

Monday, 28 April 2014

On the Painting Table: Estalian "Caballero" for Mordheim

What a week! Last weekend saw a fantastic game of Battlefleet 1900 with Scipio, Coldsteel and Ollie - keep your eyes peeled on the Palladian Guard blog for more. The burnout of March has well and truly gone, with productivity and sheer bloody enjoyment at a high.

I'm finally getting a Mordheim warband together to face-off against Scipio's Vampire Counts and Coldsteel's Last Watch. My original plan had been a band of Stirland deserters with A Field in England psychedelic, folk horror element - but decided this was too similar to my Mawdryn Space Marines.

Time for a rethink then. I'd already bought one of my favourite GW miniatures of all time, the Mordheim Freelancer Knight. His Don Quixote look gave me the idea to assemble a ragged band of Estalians. I thought this was reasonably original, but saw that Victoria of Victoria Miniatures had won the Australian Golden Demon with this incredible Estalian Inquisition warband in 2000 (which I must have seen in the UK WD back then). In the past this would have put me off, but I decided 'sod it', Estalians it would be. 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Simple Scenery: Making 28mm Wattle Fences

For all of  your 28mm medieval livestock management needs
As my previous attempt at scenery (Building Bilgewater Creek) was sci-fi, I wanted to try something a bit more organic and olde worlde and build up some terrain to be used in historical games (particularly ECW and dark ages) and double up for Warhammer etc. I wanted to start  with a simple piece and work out the best way to recreate wattle (as you do), for fences and wattle and daub buildings.

A proper wattle fence...
Wattle fences can easily cover most eras as they've been used for so long and you can make them look as shoddy or as neat as you like. So here's a step by step guide to creating your own wattle fences. Just for your reference, these come up to shoulder height of most 28mm miniatures. This version uses paper, but I want to try a version with fine string, twine or wire as I think that would look better.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

"Freeway Fighter" Adventure Gamebook - Episode 2

Last week on Freeway Fighter...
For part 1, click here

The last episode saw our intrepid non-hero (who seems to be a painfully real version of me channelling Alan Partridge mostly) tasked with driving across a post-apocalyptic wasteland full of marauders in order to collect a fuel tanker from a distant city. Thankfully they'd given me a heavily weaponised Dodge Interceptor. Basically, the plot to Mad Max. However I have no driving licence - never mind insurance. And come to think of it, I don't remember the town council that sent me on this mad task even giving me a map... All sounds promising doesn't it. 

So far on my quest for petroleum distillate, I have met a cyclist looking to loot some abandoned shops. It didn't get off to the best of starts as he waved a shotgun around at me when I went to say hello. But then I imagine you would be a bit tetchy if your only means of transport through the apocalypse was a bicycle. He warned me not to stop at a nearby petrol station as I would be robbed (just like a modern British petrol station then - ooh satire), I followed his advice and drove on despite the allures of the gasoline siren beckoning me onto the forecourt.

The story continues...

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Beating the hobby burnout - what keeps you motivated?

Ahhh the sun has emerged in Blighty and my Smarch hibernation is at an end. Thankfully, April has already been a good month for gaming, last weekend I GM'd a new Old West RPG campaign which saw Scipio play an inebriate. I'm not going to comment on how much of a stretch that might be.

"Lousy Smarch weather..."
That said, following the proper tradition, my New Year's Resolutions have been roundly forgotten, pushed to the back of the drawer like that slightly awkward Christmas jumper with your aunty's face on that she decided would be an appropriate gift. 

This was mostly meant to be an "I'm-still-here-and-I'm-blogging-(honest)" post, and a "sorry-I've-not-been-online-at-all-and-commented-on-your-wonderful-blogs". I've got a lot of catching up to do. 

I've been musing about about this hobby lark lately, and particularly the phenomenon of "burnout" - and consider a few ways to prevent or minimise it.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Paperback Fighter: Revisiting Adventure Gamebooks

My first proper encounter with gaming of the non-board variety, or gaming where there was a clear plot, was Adventure Game books by GW founders Livingstone and Jackson. Being in a nostalgic frame of mind I got to thinking about them recently. With myself and Ed planning on trying a bit of 2nd edition Warhammer 40,000, I also began wondering how these Gamebooks would stand up 20 years later. One book I was also fond of was the Mad Max-alike Freeway Fighter. I ordered myself a copy and decided to give it a try.

I thought it would also be more fun to play as myself, or rather at least and try to make the decisions as if I were there (well, sort of). This may be boring for you as it will probably involve a lot of me running away from things, but means I can put my own twist on the story rather than just retelling it.

I also wanted to see if I could survive, and dare I say it - win, without the Magical Dice that Always Roll What You Need, ort the Thumb of Time Travel carefully marking the previous page before a particularly risky decision.

Well prepared for a Sunday drive through the apocalypse

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Trench Raiders: Tale of Two Battles 1915 - 1917

Myself, Ed and Ollie recently got together for some superb games of Ed's self-penned ruleset, Trench Raiders. This post covers my French raiding team in their first game as attackers and a (narrow) victory, and a superb stealthy victory by Ed's Brits against Germans played by myself (report written by Ed). 

For the other part of this triple set of games and an overview of the rules go to the superlative Palladian Guard blog.

French raid on a German Trench, 1917

Player: Kieran
Army: French
Defender: Germans (Ed and Ollie)
Year: 1917
Mission: Intelligence Grab (search a dugout and then escape the board)
Maximum Artillery Support Available: Regimental Bombardment (Level V)
Artillery Support Selected: Company Bombardment (Level III)

Kieran's Plan
As with the game where we played the French as defenders where Ollie opted to take Company Bombardment, I opted to do the same. This does mean the opponent starts with the maximum number of defenders, but also has the slowest response time for enemy reinforcements appearing on the board. So as long as I could take out the bulk of the defenders in the first couple of turns, it could be wine and croissants for me.

I split my Raiders into two combat teams centered around a bombing team (pair) each – as seen below with the bombing team members in base contact. After taking out the defenders, the team in the top right corner were to make their way to the dugout and complete the objective; the other team (top centre) would cover the comms trench and deal with any reinforcements. The other riflemen/Officer were spread out between them, intended to move to wherever the most resistance appeared.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Is tabletop gaming doomed?

Apparently, video killed the radio star. But are video games killing tabletop?

Before I start the waffle, I implore you to visit the Palladian Guard blog to see all of the Mordheim and English Civil War goodies Ed has been posting about in the past couple of weeks.

Is wargaming a thing of the past? From Vintage Wargaming

Warning: Long(ish) Post. Last month's release of Games Workshop's financials and the rather notable dip (to say the least), the closing of stores in Germany and offices in North America (amongst other measures) lead some to proclaim that this was the death knell for GW, and a few even suggested that it was the beginning of the end for tabletop gaming itself.

There were even suggestions that GW themselves believe tabletop is dead, and are winding the business down - whilst bleeding it and its customers for every last penny they can. I'm not sure that this is true, but for the sake of argument let's assume it is and challenge that view.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

On Les Aura! 28mm French Trench Raiders

They have a certain je ne sais quoi

This is a bit of a surprise post, I decided not to mention it on the Resolution post. Ed's superb Trench Raiders game is coming on in leaps and bounds and now I have my own bunch of derring-do raiders.

Some of you may know that I've been involved in Great War living history, with a French portrayal. I won't get onto my soapbox about the misconceptions now, as I don't want to sound like Gove. Nevertheless, I have a great interest and fondness for the poilus of la Première Guerre mondiale. 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year! DYHAF's 2nd Birthday and Realistic Resolutions

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for taking the time to read this humble blog over the past year.

Boris' giant catherine wheel... hope nobody was left on it

As well as being New Year's Day it is also the second birthday of Do You Have A Flag. I've skipped the festivities due to being on crutches this past week. Nothing too exciting and a story so pathetic it's probably best to stick to versions including saving kittens from trees or daring hand-gliding feats across the Pennines.

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