Sunday, 26 April 2015

IHMN: Sanders of the River

I bought a few little toys at Salute, cough - yes I know.

One of them was a Sarissa laser-cut steam launch suitable for VSF, steampunk or just colonial skirmish games.

This is a great kit and great value for money for ten of Her Majesty's Guineas.

I painted up the sides, sunshade and boilder and gave it a good coat of Army Painter tone varnish.

Pip, pip, old fruit.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Mantic Kings of War Review

The beta version of 2nd edition Kings of War is now available free on the web so I decided it was time I relearnt the game. Joe M. very kindly offered to teach it to me via a game at Rochester Models, undoubtedly the best way to learn.

I brought out my part finished Undead army of a Regiment of Ghouls, a Regiment of Zombies and a Regiment of undead knights which allowed me three wizards, a Necromancer, a Liche King and Mhorgoth the Faceless to which I added three troops of skeleton warriors. A regiment of allied Pike-men (phalangites) brought me up to 1K points.

Joe brought a human knightly army along, all cavalry and catapults with some mad monks.

The game plays incredibly smoothly. Cavatore, the designer, has a well deserved reputation for clean game systems.

This photo shows the engagement from the human board side. My knights and zombies have just got stuck in and my wizards are raining lightning down. In return the humans are raining rocks.

After a series of bloody charges and counter charges the game ended on turn six by die roll. The Mad Monks, a Catapult,  a regiment and troop of Knights - and my Phalangites, Zombies, and Skeleton Knights all had popped their clogs.

At the end of a very hard fought game that had hung in the balance to the last turn Joe won by 655 to 645 points.

I had a great time. Many thanks to Joe for his time. I heartily recommend KoW. You could fight very large games with these rules and the Armies of Men list is completely flexible. There is nothing to stop anyone downloading the rules for free and trying it out with their Warhammer or historical 28mm armies.

Apparently, Mantic intend to produce lists suitable for all the old Warhammer armies. This may be welcome as rumour insists that Warhammer is to stop being a mass battle game with many of the armies dumped.

The Old World may live again.

Sarissa Hansom Cab

The hansom cab is an iconic symbol of Victorian London and no game set in this place an era should be without one.

Sarissa now offer an inexpensive laser-cut model for £5.

I simply sprayed the model black and added a few brass highlights.

The result is pretty damn good. Of course there's no horse and driver but still excellent value for the money.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015


Popped over to Sissinghurst yesterday for a spot of lunch. The garden was looking great in the Spring sunshine.  climbed the tower to work of my rhubarb crumble.

Didn't have my camera but I did take a few pics on my 'phone. It had trouble coping with the high contrast but here goes.

The famous White Garden

Light through the ferns

The moat - all very Wind in the Willows

The blossom is out

The walled garden

The walk

Friday, 17 April 2015

IHMN, Royal Artillery on Mars

"Six-legged chappies, three rounds of cannister, fire..."

The model is Warlord's 7pdr from the Zulu Wars. Just right to support my Martian Rifles.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

IHMN, Naval Brigade

A naval shore party to back up the Pongos in red coats.

These chaps can be relied upon to bring a bit of professionalism to a bloody encounter.
We've got some sailors and officer with a Nordenfelt mounted on a gun carriage and another officer leading a squad of Royal Marines under command of a sgt.

Pip, pip.

Shiney Toys, Shiney New Toys

My order from Warlord Games has arrived.

Mwah, ha, ha, ha.....gibber.

The idea is that now I won't be tempted to buy anything at Salute - stop snigering at the back there.