Monday, 17 June 2019

uThulwana amabutho

The uThulwana (the 'Dust-Raisers') amabutho were also part of the Undi Corps, in reserve at Isandlwana and one of the four regiments in the attack on Rorke's Drift. Before Cetshwayo became King he was a member of the uThulwana.





Cetshwayo kaMpande

Friday, 14 June 2019

First Zulus Painted

My first Zulus completed (bases to be decided later). Not exactly 'fahsands of 'em', but the first five of the uDloko amabutho.



Part of the Undi Corps commanded by Prince Dabulamanzi kaMpande, these Zulus were in reserve (the 'loins' of the Zulu 'Horns of the Buffalo' formation) at Isandlwana. They had already force-marched 20 miles that day and arrived at Rorke's Drift around 4.30 p.m. The uDloko along with three other amabutho (regiments), comprised the nearly 4,000 strong Undi Corps which would attack the defenders of the mission station for the next twelve hours.


Prince Dabulamanzi kaMpande
(half-brother of the Zulu king Cetshwayo kaMpande)

Monday, 10 June 2019

"The sentries report Zulus to the south west. Thousands of them."

I've been planning a Rorke's Drift game for several years. I have acquired some Empress Miniatures British defenders, some Natal Native Contingent and some plastic Zulus and Redcoats from Warlord. I also have some scale maps and plenty of books! Here are just a few I highly recommend.




Then Warlord announced their new version of the 'Rorke's Drift Collector's Edition'. I'm nothing if not a collector so I have had to put in a pre-order!


The NNC need re-basing I think.


I've put together all the Zulus I currently have and primed them.


I shall get on with painting these whilst I await delivery of the Collector's Edition, mid to late June.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Some 'uniforms'

PC Frank Gladstone and PC Fred Thursday on the beat in Gasforth. trying to detect where their next cuppa is coming from.


I used the wrong wash on Frank's shirt, so I'll probably have to paint it again!


Monday, 27 May 2019

The Thin Blue Line

Yet another new project! A 'cops and robbers' game set in the fictional town of Gasforth. I want the game to be somewhat earlier than the TV series. More like late 60's, early 70's. So Inspector Grim will still have hair and will not yet have reached the dizzy heights of head of CID at the Gasforth 'nick'. Working on the 'uniforms' now, including Sergeant Fowler (later to be Inspector) and Constable (later to be Sergeant) Dawkins.



DC Gary Boyle and DS Derek Grim

"You seem to forget, Boyle, it's my arse on the line — so you'd better pull your finger out!"

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Listen Carefully ('Allo 'Allo for Michael)

My old thread on the LAF from 2015 has lost it's photos due to the Photobucket debacle. Michael has asked to see the photos as he is working on the same project. So here they are, I hope this helps a bit.


Officer Crabtree: "I was pissing by the door, when I heard two shats. You are holding in your hand a smoking goon; you are clearly the guilty potty."


Edith Melba Artois, Maria Recamier, Rene Artois, Yvette Carte-Blanche, Roger Leclerc and Madame Fanny La Fan.
(Foundry, Artizan, Artizan, ?, Foundry, Pulp Figures)


Lieutenant Hubert Gruber, Major General Erich von Klinkerhoffen, Colonel Kurt von Strohm, Herr Flick, Flight Lieutenant Fairfax, Flight Lieutenant Carstairs, Michelle Dubois and Monsieur Alfonse.
(mostly Artizan I think, last one on the right is Pulp Figures)


Colonel Kurt von Strohm, Herr Flick, Major General Erich von Klinkerhoffen, Lieutenant Hubert Gruber, Captain Alberto Bertorelli, unnamed German guard, Flight Lieutenant Fairfax, Flight Lieutenant Carstairs, Officer Crabtree, Monsieur Alfonse, Madame Fanny La Fan, Roger Leclerc, Michelle Dubois, Yvette Carte-Blanche, Maria Recamier, Edith Melba Artois and Rene Artois.




Crabtree: "Good Moaning, I have come to arost your mither."
Yvette: "Arrest her mother, why?"
Crabtree: "She has been pissing fudged bank notes in the hot shop."
Edith: "What does Crabtree say Yvette?"
Yvette: "I think he said 'she has been passing forged bank notes in the hat shop'."
Crabtree: "Presoasly!"

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

New toys!

I bought these already painted from another war-gamer. The Flashmans (Flashmen?) are particularly lovely.



Saturday, 4 May 2019

Down the mine...

Been doing a bit of gap-filling and adding bark for the rock-faces today.


Friday, 3 May 2019

Friday, 19 April 2019

More mining...

So, I spent the day sanding and gluing. Had to stop now as I need to buy some more pieces (and of course it was the cocktail hour!).



Thursday, 18 April 2019

Mine board

I've started work on my mine board. These are resin pieces from Ainsty Castings. I bought them in a sale last year. The board should be suitable for all sorts of games, Old West, Gothic Horror, Pulp, WWI and WWII, maybe even a POW escape game!

First attempt at a layout, might need a few more bits. Planning one more room and maybe an entrance from the other side.


I've had to saw up the main entrance this morning as I want the cart track to run outside. The original has wooden duck boards.


Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Blistering Barnacles!

I'm thinking about a Tintin league for an upcoming game of Pulp Alley on the China Station. Herewith the Leader and his Sidekick.



Saturday, 6 April 2019

The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu


Supervillain Fu Manchu's murderous plots are marked by the extensive use of arcane methods; he disdains guns or explosives, preferring dacoits, thuggee and members of other secret societies as his agents armed with knives, or using "pythons and cobras ... fungi and my tiny allies, the bacilli ... my black spiders" and other peculiar animals or natural chemical weapons. He has a great respect for the truth (in fact, his word is his bond) and uses torture and other gruesome tactics to dispose of his enemies.





Sunday, 24 March 2019

Donovan's Reef


I love this film, you can't beat John Wayne having a punch-up!



So now I've made my own Donovan's Reef, just need to paint a few figures now.


Friday, 15 March 2019

SAS in the Desert War

Cecil de Leominster (left) and Paddy Mayne (right) of 'L' Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade at an unknown location in Libya, early 1942. Time for a fag and a brew.


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Ritterlich im Kriege, wachsam für den Frieden

Just got started on my SAS/LRDG/DAK project. Here are the first of a small DAK column patrolling the desert in Libya.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Rangers of Shadow Deep

This is not a full AAR simply because it's one of the learning missions from:


It turns out to be a really superb game, particularly if you are normally a solo player like me. I thought I'd just post a few photos of my Ranger and his Warband I created for the game. I will be playing more of this.