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

Wednesday 24 May 2023

Operation Sealion… The Butter-Eagle-Fly has landed…

Greetings…

Yeah I know… I will get my coat ๐Ÿ˜‚

This is the next batch of test figures for my Dad’s Army project… 

I am imagining Paratroopers landing on Wollaton Hall in Nottingham and river bound troops attacking Trent Bridge Cricket Ground…

So… here are the villains…

German Paratroopers… none of them disguised as nuns…yet.





These are of course from Wargames Foundry’s lovely WW2 range…


I’m certainly getting the posts in this month,I’ve got a few more flutters on the way... 
Okay when haven’t I.
And then I have got a substantial rebasing project in the works…we all know how much fun that is.

The Jumpsuits are.. Foundry… Storm Green 27B
The Trousers and Ammo Pouches are… Vallejo… Field Blue.
The Forage caps are… Foundry Storm Blue Light.
Nap sacks and knee pads are… Citadel Fenrisian Grey.
The Helmets are… Foundry… Storm Blue 39B.
The Water Bottles are… Foundry… Drab12B.
The Rifle Stocks are… Citadel… Skrag Brown.
The Leather… Citadel… Mournfang Brown.
Schmeisser Pouches are… Foundry… Drab Light 12C.

As alway everything was given a coat of Aly’s Brown Liquid and highlighted with the original colours.






Sunday 21 May 2023

Partizan 2023… The butterfly landed.

Greetings…

I had a splendid day today at Partizan…

As always this is a fantastic show filled with beautiful games and lovely people…

I got a nice early lift and we arrived to join the end of a moderate sized queue… It was nice and lively when we got inside.

We headed off in our various directions to shop and look at all the lovely games…

As is always with this show I can barely walk ten feet without bumping into someone I know… this is one of the things I love about Partizan… it attracts fellow gamers from all over the country and it is a joy to catch up with everyone face to face…

The games were no disappointment…

Here are a few that caught my attention…



Mark’s Little Soldiers…

Well of course this ticks all the boxes for me… well designed and charmingly characterful figures as you would expected from the talented hands of Mark Copplestone and a lovely stylistic game…

Yup! You can probably tell that I like this…


Some crazy Zombie action from Burton and District Wargames… walking dead good.๐Ÿ˜ณ





The Battle - December 1862 from The Bayonets…

Or… Civil war action from the Double Daves (Andrews and Imirie ).



Mega Napoleonics from Wargames Holidays in Yorkshire…



The Battle of Ipsus from To The Strongest… lots and lots of pointy sticks.


A very lush looking American Civil War game from 1st Corps…


More nice Napoleonics from the Sheffield and Rotherham Wargames Club…



Operation Barbarossa from The Derby Wargames Club…


English Civill War action from The Iron Brigade… ECW/Pike and Shotte has never been one of my favourites… but I am finding that my butterfly is starting to warm to it of late.



Lovely WW2 action from Retired Wargamers Reloaded…


Yet more Napoleonics… This time from The Old Guard…



Catch The Pigeon… From Huntingdon and District Wargames Society… What’s not to like.




And back to more shots from Marks lovely game…

Mark also had a few test/experimental figures from different periods…


Well what can I say… count me in ๐Ÿ˜…

The vignette that caught my eye this year was this beautiful riverside well from the Boondock Sayntes…
A mixture of vignette and terrain… very nice indeed.



So what did the butterfly get up to?…


Flags of War… War of Austrian Succession…
I’ve been picking up some of these at every show they attend… My intention is to keep them as a retirement project… but you never know…


Yup! A box load of Marks Little Soldiers some Interwar Armoured Cars and a Tractor…
That was always going to happen ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚… I won’t be diving into this right away… but the diving will be happening.


The butterfly made me do it…
British and French Early Ironclads from Tumbling Dice Miniatures ๐Ÿ˜ณ

A present from my friend Phil…


He had to many 3rd Century Romans…
Thank you very much…

Some very necessary books…


And the reason my bag was so heavy…


Thank you Master O’Brien…
It is delicious…๐Ÿ˜‹.

All the best.  Aly




















Thursday 18 May 2023

Partizan 2023… And another butterfly.

Greetings…

This weekend is Partizan 2023 weekend… and my birthday… Hurrah!

I will of course be going and as always I intend to spoil myself by buying shiny things I probably don’t need… Hurrah!๐Ÿ˜

One of the people who will be putting on a game will be young Master Mark Copplestone with his Mark’s Little Soldiers…

These of course tick all the boxes for me and I know my butterfly will be fluttering madly…

Here is something I painted earlier…



I have no plans at the moment other than I neeeeed! To do something ๐Ÿ˜…

Say hi if you see me… I will be in my usual guise as an old Scotsman…๐Ÿ˜

All the best.  Aly

Monday 15 May 2023

15mm Carolingians… Carolingian Heavy Infantry.

Greetings…

Here is another unit for my 15mm Carolingian project…

Carolingian Heavy Infantry…




As always these fellows were a joy to paint… I have a unit of Carolingian Medium Infantry undercoated and waiting patiently on the my desk for me to finish butterflying around… looking at my dest at the moment they certainly are going to need their patience. ๐Ÿ˜
I think I will do a bit of desk clearing…so expect a fair mixture of pretty toys to appear over the next wee while.
The Heavy Infantry were painted pretty much in the same colours as the Guard Cavalry…

The Leather Bits are… Citadel… Deathclaw Brown.

The Red Bits are… Citadel… Evil Sunz Scarlet and Mephiston Red.

The Yellow Bits are… Foundry… Ochre 4B.

The Boots are… Citadel… Doombull Brown.

The Spears are… Foundry… Spearshaft Light 13C.

As always everything was given a coat of Aly’s Brown Liquid and then highlighted with the original colours.

The figures are from Forged in Battle.

https://www.forgedinbattle.com/


The paints are Wargames Foundry and Citadel...

The bases are as always…

All the best   Aly





Saturday 6 May 2023

Aly’s Brown Liquid makes an appearance…

The last time I was in Nottingham town centre I picked up the latest issue of Wargames Soldiers and Strategy Magazine…(No 124)

I only just got around to reading it this morning… and I was pleasantly surprised to find my name and Brown Liquid mentioned…



It was in an article by James McDowell on painting the Warlord Games Epic Waterloo figures…

The finished figures look fantastic… if I find myself painting really little people I shall probably try out his technique myself…

He mentioned that he came across the recipe for my Brown Liquid on YouTube… but of course all the hip kids know they can find it here…

https://alystoysoldiers.blogspot.com/p/a.html


All the best   Aly


Thursday 4 May 2023

New Books…

Greetings…

I haven’t posted any book acquisitions for a while… and I have indeed being acquiring books.

This books comes from my good friend David Crook with Bob Cordery 


I got this a while ago… it’s a cracker.

I’ve always wanted to do naval wargames… but I have been put off by the complexity of most rules …and models… full rigging anyone ?

David simplifies the rules intelligently and appears to give a good feel of naval warfare in this period .

As well as the rules there is a short history of early Ironclads and a list of the various wars in which Ironclads saw action by Bob Cordery.

The models that David uses for his games are delightful, simple and evocative… they remind me of old tinplate ships from the turn of the 20th century…

Even better he includes a section on modelling his fleets…

Yes I am of course biased… David is my friend and the rules are good…but I have not been bribed in any way…even though David knows perfectly well that I really like a good single malt whisky ๐Ÿ˜.

You can read more of David’s adventures in creating this book here…

http://awargamingodyssey.blogspot.com/search/label/ACW%20%20Naval

Has this caused me to rush out and buy a book on American Civil War Ironclads…

No!…

Honestly…. No!…

I have absolutely not bought any books on American Civil War Ironclads…

None!…

Hmmmmm!…. 


All the best   Aly