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

Sunday 16 June 2024

Fathers Day…

Greetings …

It’s Fathers Day in the U.K. today….

Another big book on Warships…

And a lovely Sunday Roast at the pub…

Sorted…😁


All the best.  Aly

P.S. I am painting stuff… Just slowly 😁

Wednesday 12 June 2024

Wild Geese 2024…

Greetings…

Last weekend saw the 2024 gathering of the Wild Geese Wargamers…
And what a fine weekend it was…
As always it was a joy to meet up with old and new friends.
Friday evening was spent sipping a few ales, catching up with each other and remembering fallen comrades…

Saturday morning saw us well breakfasted and gathered around our chosen first games of the day in ‘war room’…

My first game was Lobositz by Steve M… Using Command and Colors and his lovely collection of Prince August 42mm figures.












Next up I went on to defend Falkirk from government oppression…
A game by Gary Phillips using Graham Cummings lovely Jacobite collection.










I actually won on both these games… Some of my dice throwing was absurdly good…
It of course didn’t last…😁.
The evening was spent enjoying good company food and drink…

Sunday saw the Siege of Louisbourg…
This was put on by Willz using Guy Barlows figures and rules from Paul Robinson…
A delightful game… Dave A and I scraped in a second place… If one’s brought victory…It would have been glorious 😁…









Much to my delight I was given a trophy…


Certainly a step up from The Most Unlucky General….😁

This was a incredibly entertaining and enjoyable weekend… as always…
And my thanks go out to everyone involved in making it happen… Next year is already being organised and I am looking forward to it…

Has my Butterfly started fluttering…. Of course it has 🦋🦋🦋🦋🤣😂🤣

All the best.  Aly.







Monday 27 May 2024

Shiny Napoleonics… More Terrain.

Greetings…

Okay not actually ‘shiny’ terrain… But terrain to use with my shiny toys…

While my dodgy eye slowly gets better… Things seem to always take longer when you get older 🙄.

I have been assembling and painting more bits of terrain…

A couple of Sarissa buildings and some more trees…

The buildings and trees have been painted in the same way as my previous additions…

The details can be found here…

https://alystoysoldiers.blogspot.com/2021/09/shiny-napoleonics-my-first-building.html

https://alystoysoldiers.blogspot.com/2021/09/shiny-napoleonics-merit-alder-trees.html

The only difference with the trees…


Is that they are Poplars and were given a base coat of Citadel Death Guard Green spray…

https://www.warhammer.com/en-GB/shop/Death-Guard-Green-Spray-UK-ROW-2020?queryID=3761b7311820ff4fd6b351768013c48e

I have a few more buildings already assembled and I am also moving (slowly) on with something new and pretty…


All the best   Aly



Tuesday 21 May 2024

Partizan 2024…

Greetings…

So it was a bit of a wild dash round Partizan this year… 

I was originally going to be there for the whole day but sadly the world and real life intervened…

In the end I was there for about two hours… but what an enjoyable two hours it was.

Apparently they had a record number of people through the door this time…

We got there mid to late morning and there was still a bit of a queue 😱.

My first thought… Apart from wow! It’s busy!… Was to dash round the games and see if a vignette jumped out at me… When I say ‘Dash’ think ‘Determined Waddle’ 🤣.

I didn’t get a chance to take as many pictures as I would have liked… but here is what I took.




A lovely game from First Corps….

I have to confess to an ‘ Interest ‘ in this one, as a number of years ago I painted some of these toys…

It’s nice to see they are still seeing good service…






Phil’s small but perfectly formed Eastern European Renaissance game…

As a demo game this was faultless… Well painted… Well presented… well supported and a well deserved winner of the Best Demo Game Trophy.






The League of Extraordinary Kriegspielers Fiume 1920…
This was another stunning game… 
Adrian Shepherd was a member of this group and inspired and contributed to many of their vignette heavy displays… It’s seems only fitting that the Best Tabletop Vignette came from this game…



Mark Hargreaves delightful command group is exactly the kind of thing I can imagine Adrian loving…
It is of course worth noting that the map on the table is the map of the table the game was being played on… The devil is indeed in the details… well done.




The North Riding Wargames Club… “ It’s Hot Here Sir”
Loved that camel filled square…





Really good to see a game like this at the show… It certainly seemed to have picked up a lot of interest.








Well bless me… It’s the Boondock Sayntes…
As always a gorgeous looking table… When I got to it it was actually bathed in sunlight, which really added to the impression of India…





The Bodkins … David Andrews and David Imrie… 3rd Century Rome V’s Sassanids… What’s not to love…
A big thank you to David Andrews for jumping in to present the Best Tabletop Vignette trophy after I had to head off early…




Last but by no means least… A bit of madness from “The Bunker”…

And that’s as many pictures as I took…

Personally I think.. Even with my short time there… This was the best Partizan yet … The atmosphere there was amazing… It was sunny and everyone seemed happy and smiley…
I saw a lot of jolly good friends and I sadly missed seeing many more… here’s to the next one and hopefully I will have more time on my hands…

Did I buy anything…
Well….
Not as much as I had planned…
A couple of traders weren’t there and some who were had actually sold out of what I was after…
But of course I did pick up one or two ‘ birthday presents’


One always needs books…


And a pretty picture that I bought from my chum Peter…

But I didn’t buy any Battleships or anymore books on battleships…




Nope …..

Nothing to do with me…

Not at all…

Honest…. 🤣😂🤣

All the best.   Aly

Here are some links to others who were there….