Wednesday, 30 September 2015
It's the average modern rental cost per month of a one bedroom flat (I.e. Two-room) at each stop on the London tube map.
I came up from rural Cornwall to go to university in Uxbridge, top left. When I was single I moved to Boston Manor (bottom left) to work in South Kensington, then my first married home was a one bedroom flat in Richmond (bottom left) .
We moved out to Kent to buy and because they had grammar schools. I couldn't afford to send my children to public school and didn't want to ruin their prospects by dumping them in an inner city comprehensive.
The map is high res of you tap on it.
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Sunday, 27 September 2015
The above photo shows six models painted identically in fast, bland colours - no shading, highlights or layering. But two of them have been treated with Dark Tone: can you tell which, children?
When you are churning out forty ranked axe-dwarfs for a regiment this is a Godsend.
I don't dip the models but paint the varnish on, thinning with white spirit as necessary. However careful you are the lid will clog up and so expect to throw away about half. The pigment sinks to the bottom of the varnish but can be lifted up by the brush. I use cheap children's paint brushes.
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Peel (or Pele) towers were tower houses or small fortified keeps along the Northern Marches in Britain on the border between Scotland and England. This area was the Wild North, the land of the Border Reivers (who gave us the modern English word 'blackmail' - Reiv means to take by force) where neither London nor Edinburgh's writ ran very far. The zone was subject to constant raiding and was controlled by the Lowland Clans and Border Families who built fortified homes for themselves.
This is a fair representation of just the sort of Peel Tower that would be found on the edge of a Kingdom, around the Frozen City, or any lawless region.
The model above is new and from Fenris Games here in Medway. It can be had for the very reasonable price of twenty of our English Pounds.
The tower "120mm tall, 80mm diameter, hollow-cast resin and detailed with random stone blocks, timber floor supports, and single reinforced door and rooftop hatch .... an ideal objective or defensive point for any number of fantasy or historical gaming."
Looks particularly useful for Frostgrave or, indeed, any fantasy skirmish game.
Sculpted by Andy Hemming.
Monday, 21 September 2015
Sunday, 20 September 2015
Friday, 18 September 2015
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
The material is not great. It is shiny, needs washing, and various bits straightening using hot water BUT it is great value for money. And the results ain't half bad.
I have a vague idea of using these for a Frostgrave team as the soldiers.
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
I fielded a Liche King army. I concentrated the weight of my army onto my right wing, intending to refuse my weaker left. So from left to right, front to back we have: regiment of skeleton spear phalanx, regiment of skeleton warriors, regiment of revenant battle cavalry; and in the second rank a skeleton king, troop of skeleton warriors, troop of revenant skeletons.
I had allowed my units to become to seperated and set myself up for a flank charge from his chariot reserve. Movement in KoW is more flexible than in many of the games I have played and one doubles flank attacks in Kings of War!
My revenant elite and most of my skeletons died: well they were already dead, of course. In desperation I threw my king and Liche Lord into the fray before checking their stats: it turns out Liche Lords have little melee capability.
He will of course be back, when he has reconstituted his body back in the crypt and raised a few undead.