Sunday, 7 May 2017

Wargaming Depression and Mortem et Gloriam

So having painted the Old Guard and subsequently starting of the Marines of the Guard, I ended up selling those as well.

I don't what it is about gaming at the moment but I can't seem to sink my teeth into it. I've bought various ruleset and figures but they have all ended up sold.

So what is the problem?

For me, well it is me! I am the problem. I am torn between the love of painting 28mm figures but struggle to see a decent sized battle unless it's in 15mm or below. I don't mind painting 15mm but I prefer the large scales. And this is my catch 22.

Case in point.

A friend has created is own set of Napoleonic rules and they are lovely, easy to play and can be done in an evening. He and another friend will bring their armies for waterloo which consists of 5 battalions each, a battery of artillery and two regiments of cavalry.  This is all in 28mm and look lovely but it's not a battle. They label it as a division aside but in my head, it's a brigade and I can't shift that mindset.

The option is that I could do it in 18mm and maybe I should but I'm not inspired at the moment.

My time is limited for painting. My job is excellent but takes up the hours and, combined with having two small children, I just can't be bothered. It's a shame as I've enjoyed the hobby for 10  years but seem to have fallen into a rut.

I've recently bought Mortem et Gloriam, a set of rules focusing on the Ancient and Medieval era. I had previously considered going for Impetus but something about the comprehensive army lists for Mortem et Gloriam really struck home. I sold all my 15mm ancients may years ago, so I'm starting from scratch and, as a reuslt, I've bought some Polybian Romans from Forged in Battle.

Now already I have out both figures and rules on sale on Facebook and Ebay and I'm regretting it.

I'm a fickle man and this is another issue. Apart from SAGA and Muskets and Tomahawks, I have not seen a project through. I;m easily distracted by other things, currently, it's the Last Kingdom which makes me want to build a 28mm dark age army or two.

But this time I'm determined to do this. I need to, for my own sanity.

So here are some shots of my Romans that I've painted. It's still early days but I'm going to keep going. I may wobble at times but support from the wider community is needed.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wargaming depression and The Old Guard

So it happened.

Wargaming went a bit weird for me. A combination of two young children, difficulties at work and falling out with various people meant that gaming went a bit strange. It had never left but I've sold most of my stuff including my ships, SAGA armies and the French Indian Wars stuff. Gone also are my books;  the Osprey books that took me 20 years to collect.

It's a funny feeling when a big part of your life disappears or changes and I think I had gamers depression. For instance, my WW2 collection went from 20mm, 10mm to 28mm to 15mm back to 28mm then 15mm and now 20mm.

But here's the trick. The selling was the bug. I enjoyed making a bit of cash, albeit at a loss. But I would buy other stuff and it would sit there and do nothing.

Recently my mood changed and I've found something I enjoy. My greatest love for wargaming has been the Napoleonic wars but I've never found rules I've liked.

Then a friend started his own set. I played a few games and liked it and started my first army since the cull of 2014.

I'm doing 28mm French Imperial guard and loving it. What do you think?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


Lastly I have finished two units of hearth guard for my jomsviking. These are the lovely gripping beast figures! 

15mm Thracians

Continuing the update, I've been rebasing my FOG Seleucid army for impetus. Painting is not overall great but will do. 

15mm British Light Battalion

Having just had my second baby (well my wife has!), I've been blessed with a quiet little girl. As a result I've been able to bust out some figures. 

First up is the 1st battalion of the light infantry for the AWI. This was made of combining the light companies of the line battalions and sticking them in there own unit. I'll have two such battalions by the end of this project. 

The figures are the excellent peter pig range.

Monday, 15 September 2014


I haven't updated in a while and probably won't for a bit as my lovely wife is about to give birth, but here are a few things that I've been working on. Firstly we've got some world war 2 bits. The Germans are a mix of early war miniatures and fantisan, the bt7 is from Pegasus.

Next is a my jomsviking jarl. I've neglected saga lately so it's been fun to get back to it. He's not finished yet but there is no a huge amount to do!  

Thursday, 1 May 2014

British Grenadiers for the French Indian War. 40th Foot

Hi all, just a quick update for my FIW project. I managed to get these figures done in a week, 12 in all. The grenadiers were quite daunting  but I enjoyed painted them. I've gone for the 40th foot as this became the Somerset regiment, which is where I live. Figures are from Redoubt.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Mysterious Figures

I recently found these but I don't know what they are or who made them?

15mm French Napoleonic

My other passion is the Napoleonic wars. I'm looking at building up a force for Salamanca, using the General de Brigade rules. This is my first battalion, a generic French one.

15mm AWI British Army

Continuing my British Grenadier work, I managed to paint up my Guards battalions, as well as the lights, a commander and some light dragoons from the 16th. All figures are Peter Pig.

Battlegroup Kursk and Normandy

I've really been enjoying both BG Kursk and Normandy and now have a sizable German, British and Russain force. I'm currently updating my Hungarians as I've just got hold of  a copy of Barbarossa.

 All the British stuff is from Grubby's tanks. 

 The Panzer III's are fun in Kursk, well not fun for the crews. They tend to blow up quickly.

French Indian War

Further updates to my M&T project include some Canadian militia and Scottish Highlanders. Love this game, though I tend to lose if I play the French.

The Scotts are from North Star and the Canadians are from Galloping Major. 

The tarten was a real pain but I do fancy some Scotts Grenadiers, so might just have to brave it in the future.