Saturday, 10 December 2016

The Wargames Guy reviews Lion Rampant (podcast)

Some kindly soul set me a link to The Wargames Guy's podcast review of Lion Rampant.

You can listen to it HERE.

This is a nice overview of the rules, and its good to receive a new review a couple of years down the line from publication. It seems as though Lion Rampant is still a popular game, which is reassuring to know!

And indeed things go somewhat full circle here. Way back in the late 1990s (I think), I reviewed Chris 'The Wargames Guy' Parker's own medieval rules, Day of Battle, for the Society of Ancients' journal Slingshot. I've not played the most recent version of the rules but reviewed the old edition positively. You can grab the current version of Day of Battle HERE.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Arrow Storm game in progress

Here's a couple of shots of the playtest version getting a run out!

This boardgame has been in development for a couple of years, based on the final version of my earlier experimental medieval miniatures game, Scottorum Malleus (IV being the final version of that ruleset). When it launches, it will be a complete boxed game, with plastic miniatures and all of the terrain and accessories you need to play it.

Here you can see Agincourt underway; the figures are NOT the ones that will appear in the published game - they're just something we put together for playtesting. The final minis will be 1/72 or 20mm though. Same goes for the board components... the published game will have high standard pieces.

All being well, PSC Games will be putting out the Kickstarter info very soon....

Sunday, 27 November 2016

The Pikeman's Lament - Wargames Illustrated flick through video (and pre-orders from North Star)

My eagle-eyed co-author Michael, over at his Dalauppror blog, has spotted a video review of our up-coming rules. Check it out here.

And by happy co-incidence (or maybe good planning, certainly by someone other than me!), North Star now have a pre-order page for the rules, where you can purchase the book at a slightly reduced price. With my previous Osprey rules, it seems that North Star get their stock in and orders out earlier than mass market retailers such as Amazon, so it's a fair bet that will happen for The Pikeman's Lament too (no promises of course, as this is out of my control). Head over to North Star's order page here.

Albert Ball: This time not Nottingham but Tangmere

Concluding my short series of photos about Ball, here are a couple of unexpected finds, photographed on a trip to Tangmere RAF museum, very close to where I live. I wasn't expecting any Albert Ball connection, but there you go.

I hope you've enjoyed this slightly more personal than usual look at a First World War ace.

In memory of Albert Ball, VC, DSO and two bars, MC
14 August 1896 to 7 May 1917

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Albert Ball and Nottingham: Part 4

The last of my Albert Ball photos from Nottingham. These are from the Sherwood Foresters museum in Nottingham Castle.  No captions here as the museum has done most of the hard work for us.

To see all of the photos, click on the label 'Albert Ball' to the right.

Monday, 21 November 2016

TMWWBK in Wargames Illustrated 350 (December)

Just a little head's up and a bit of eye candy for you.

The Pig War sample field forces I included in The Men Who Would Be Kings rulebook seems to have been a bit of a hit with some gamers, so I've written a slightly more in depth piece about this war-that-never-was for the new issue of WI.

And if you've never heard of the Pig War... well, buy a copy of the December issue and you'll find out about something new! It's a superb 'what if'.

Alan Perry has taken some absolutely cracking shots to go with the article, and I've included one here to whet your whistle. There's something very pleasing about this Red vs Blue encounter....

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Pikeman's Lament advance arrives

Although it's publishing at the end of January, I've received my first advance copy of the new rules by Michael Leck and myself. Here's a little photo, fresh from the envelope.

This is always an exciting time in the run up to publication, as it means that the main shipment has left the printer and is sailing to my side of the world in the next couple of weeks.


Copies should be with the usual retailers in mid- or late January I suspect.

Albert Ball and Nottingham: Part 3

Continuing my photos taken in Nottingham, relating to the First World War pilot Albert Ball. This time, we move to Nottingham Castle's gardens, for views of the Albert Ball memorial there.

There's some excellent Pathe newesreel of the unveiling in 1921 HERE.

As before, click on the label 'Albert Ball' over the the right to see more of my photos.

The memorial showing Ball in flying gear.
Close up of one of the inscriptions.
Well that's definitely an SE5.

Close up of the main inscription.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Saxon Miniatures have some Arthurian cavalry coming!

I saw this photo on the Saxon Miniatures Facebook page... now this is exciting news, as I've loved the Saxon Miniatures ranges so far.

Not sure if they'll match up with my Footsore cavalry - the Footsore infantry are just that little bit bulkier in my opinion - but they might well be the nudge I need to finish off my Saxon Miniatures armies.

Here's hoping it won't be too long before they're out.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

I'm selling a couple of my 15mm Dragon Rampant armies on eBay...

With a deep breath, I've decided to sell up my 15mm fantasy armies and concentrate on larger scales. I'm keeping a few of my rarer models (such as the Copplestone Roman the man himself gave me), but the armies I used to playtest Dragon Rampant with, and who feature in the book, are being flogged off. And flogged off cheap like the birdy.

If you're interested in expanding your collection as mine recedes, please take a look:

Wood Elves

Northern barbarians

The barbarians feature my ever-popular Massive War Hedgehog.

The auction listings tell you which pages of the rulebook they feature on, too.

If you're interested, happy bidding.