ALY MORRISON'S "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The War of Spanish Succession ... The Royal Scot's Dragoons (Greys) and Face painting tutorial

The first of my British units is now finished...The Royal Scot's Dragoons later The Royal Scots Greys...


I love this unit...when I was younger I spent a lot of time in the regimental museum in Edinburgh Castle.
If you ever get to Edinburgh try and make time to pay the castle a visit...


https://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/


I was enjoying painting these dismounted troopers so much that I forgot to take any WIP shots... I will make up for this when I paint the mounted troops...








I thought that I would add my short but sweet face painting tutorial to this post...









The paints that I have used are...


Foundry... Flesh 5B
Foundry... Flesh Light 5C
Citadel... Dryad Bark
Citadel... Pink Horror
Citadel...Reikland Fleshshade
And Aly's Brown Liquid... https://alystoysoldiers.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/the-war-of-spanish-succession-prussian.html


https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint


https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling




Everything is first blocked in with flat colours...


Face... Foundry... Flesh 5B
Hair and eyes Citadel... Dryad Bark
Lips... Citadel... Pink Horror


I have only painted the pupils of the eyes...no whites... on most miniatures I don't even bother with this stage , but it seems to suit Front Rank Miniatures.



A wash of Aly's Brown Liquid...


I have shown this because its what I would wash the whole figure with anyway...
Looks a bit rough at the moment but don't worry.




Next up... Reikland Fleshshade...
He has a bit more colour now...




The flesh is now highlighted with  Flesh 5B slightly diluted with water or as I prefer Citadel... Lahmian Medium.
I think I use about 70% paint to 30% medium... don't worry if you make it a bit thin as you can just pain two coats.


I highlight the Forehead, Cheek Bones, The bridge of the Nose and if needed the Eye Lids.



I have highlighted the Flesh again with diluted Flesh Light 5C...
I put a spot of colour on the Forehead, Cheek Bones and the  bridge of the Nose.


The final stage is a further wash of Alys Brown Liquid to represent 5 o'clock shadow.


As a rule I like to leave the hair a dark colour as it helps frame the face.


Six stages my seem like a lot but if spread out over 18-20 figures you quickly pick up a rhythm.


I hope this has been helpful... as always any questions or comments will be ignored are welcome.


All the best   Aly

Friday, 22 September 2017

From my side of the table... Dead Mans Hand

On Tuesday my friends Ben and Anthony introduced me to my first game of Dead Mans Hand.


http://www.greatescapegames.co.uk/dead-mans-hand


Anthony was our host and we played on/in his beautiful western town...
Most of which came from 4Ground...


http://www.4ground.co.uk/the-dead-mans-hand









Its all so peaceful now...


I must confess that I didn't take that many pictures... I was having to much fun...
I shall endeavour to do the best I can with what I have...


We started with a short intro/walkthrough where Ben and I approached each other down Main Street...




You know the kind of thing...







We did what we were supposed to do...




We shot each other...


For our main game we each chose a different gang...
I took the Lawmen.
Ben took the Outlaws.
And Anthony took the Cowboys.


The scenario was pretty much made up on the spot...
Every one is in town...it may well be Saturday night...it all kicks off... last man standing is the winner.




Ironically or maybe rather obviously we all ended up here...





At one point nearly everyone had misfires and we had to resort to bad language and spitting...




This is where I got the drop on one of Anthony's men... And missed him with three shots at point blank range...
Unfortunately at some point the glass plates for my Daguerreotype were smashed by a stray bullet or two...
But as I recall the rest of the game went something like this...












Ben clamed victory .... mostly because he was the only one left alive...


I really enjoyed my introduction to Dead Mans Hand, the mechanics were very easy to pick up and even with my dice throwing I managed a couple of straight kills...
I will certainly be getting a set of the rules for myself... I rather fancy being a Pinkertons man...


I only (surprisingly) have one western figure in my collection so here he is...




  Billy the Git...


All the best   Aly

Monday, 18 September 2017

From my side of the table ... A Gentlemans War...

Or to be more accurate... A young Lady and Gentleman's War...


On Saturday my daughter came round for her first 'proper' game of toy soldiers... Hurrah!
We decided on a game of A Gentleman's War...
This is a set of rules that Howard Whitehouse is putting together to create a table top game that is inspired by H.G.Well's Little Wars...
There are no firing cannons but there is a nice card based turn/activation system and dice based movement, there is also the excellent premise that the game is played by gentlemen (and ladies) so if there is a problem you solve it in a gentlemanly (lady like) way... or dice for it.
The rules are also good fun and easy to pick up .


If you want to know more here is a link to the Yahoo group...


https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/groupurlGentlemansWar/conversations/topics


When Mharaid arrived we had a nice cup of tea and she had a quick look at the rules we then set up the table...






We went for a nice busy Wellsian style set up...




You know the kind of thing...


The buildings are from War Bases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=vbcw


The sheep , explosions (which we use as disorder markers ) and some fencing came from Irregular Miniatures...
http://www.irregularminiatures.co.uk/indexes/42mmindex.htm


Trees came from a number of sources.




My troops deployed under the command of General Malchanceux...




Mharaid's troops deployed under the command of General Rust...


Now I am sure I can hear some of you saying "I hope old dad is going to go easy on her?"...
Nope!
You should be asking "I hope she is going to go easy on him?"...
Mharaid has grown up around and works in the games industry, she has played online tactical and role-play games since she was big enough to reach a keyboard and has shrewd tactical mind.
She is "That more intelligent sort of girl who likes boy's games and books".
Oh! and all the gods of luck and dice look kindly upon her .



TO WAR...








Early moves and manoeuvre's... all seems good...



I have General Rust's horse artillery in my sights...


Now... as the rules go, you turn over a card to activate each unit in turn...marking the unit with - in this case a button - to show it has moved.
At the start of each move you get three cards that you can play at any time to interrupt your opponent's move or your own...
Yup! don't you just know who pick that one up right away...


 
General Rust...


So I interrupted the interruption...we couldn't find a precedence for this in the rules so we decided to fire at the same time... 


Now I wonder whose dice these are?...



Now this was one of Mharaid's worst dice throws...




First blood to General Rust...



A bit about the sheep...
There were four flocks and one black sheep...
We decided that you would gain extra victory points for each flock you controlled at the end of the game plus bonus points for the black sheep.
Our rule was if any troops approach the sheep we would throw a scatter dice for direction and a die six for distance...
From the start the sheep preferred to move towards General Rust...


This situation takes a little explaining...
I had decided to move along the road and up the hill to put me in a better position to attack Rust's troops and get some sheep.
As it turned out I managed to move 4"...
Not to worry the Scots Greys were a distance away, even with a good roll they wouldn't reach me...
Mharaid made an excellent role...then interrupted herself... then made another excellent role... this doesn't look good...




And here we see a classic Mharaid Morrison dice roll...there is no need to show mine...




And the result is... I have created a monster....




Fortunately I managed to chase them off with a whiff of grapeshot ...





The state of play before lunch...
My men had bread and wine...
Rust's men had tea and biscuit's.
We had....






Yum Yum...


After lunch... to add insult to injury...





Rust rallied the Scots Greys...





The open ground on the hill became a killing zone...Rust's guns mostly killing my men... me mostly rolling one's and the sheep dutifully heading Mharaid's side of the table...




Even with my men in the way, this lot still want to head to Rust's side...




As the Highlanders move into the woods it looks like the sheep are about to enrol as auxiliaries...



Here we see my Turco's ... the finest of North Africa's light troops dashing into the church yard at about 2" an hour...




And not engaging very successfully in a fire fight with Rust's Guards...



My gun and infantry get to the top of the hill and rush forwards... at about 2" an hour...



The Highlanders burst out of the wood...



My infantry charge in at them...




And I win !!!... and no longer in contact with the enemy become a perfect target for the artillery...
Se la guerre...










Along with their new recruit's Rust's army moves forwards...



Only pausing to stamp all over one of my units that were stupid enough to get to close... oh! and look more sheep... not heading in my direction...




With the black sheep showing his true colours and I conceded the game... which could be taken that I still had a chance...I didn't...


So ended a truly enjoyable day...Mharaid had a great time and so did I
We plan to do it again...Hurrah!


The miniatures are all Shiny Toy Soldiers - Little Britons... Made by yours truly and available here...
http://www.spencersmithminiatures.co.uk/html/little_britons.html




All the best.   Aly








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