Monday, 20 October 2014

Sword & Spear Demonstration

On Sunday Robert Taylor organised a demonstration game of Mark Lewis's new Sword & Spear rules at MAWS. All credit must go to Mark for running the demonstration himself.

Sadly, I couldn't attend because I had already arranged a 650 point game of Field of Glory (FOG) Renaissance. However, I was able to sit in for while after my game had finished and take a few photos.

Graham (standing) watching over Mark's shoulder (right).

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Blog Survey Results

To begin I'd like to thank every reader who took the time to complete the survey I ran to mark my 300th post. Without you this article would not have been possible.

When I checked, I was surprised to see that I've been running this blog for seven years. As far as the Internet is concerned this is a long time. It's more than enough time for disruptive changes in technology and resultant changes in reader habits. Most notably the time has seen the rise of Twitter and the rise and fall of RSS feeds as ways of staying in touch. So in addition to general feedback I asked a few questions about the techniques people use to follow the blog.

Since the survey closed it's been a bit difficult to find the time to analyse the results and I apologise for the short delay. Thankfully, I have finally found time to go through the survey responses. Before the details a bit of context:

  • Since 2007, the blog has averaged 50 page views and 34 unique visitors a day.
  • The best ever daily page views was 636 in mid 2008 whilst subsequent peaks have been around 300 and increasingly the result of an "advert" placed on the likes of TMP or other hobby forums.
  • The blog currently has 74 readers using the RSS feed and my Twitter account has 39 followers.
  • The survey yielded 8 replies which, based on the above, I estimate to be 10-20% of my regular readership.

So what did people say?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

TYW Danish Marines

Here's some photos of some of the Danish TYW Marines based and ready for their first outing on Sunday:

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Almost Finished

When I switched from DBR to FOG Renaissance I was shocked to find that I didn't have enough painted figures! In almost all instances I have been playing FOGR with armies based on what I have painted.

Needless to say, for the last two years I've been painting various battle groups just to provide more balanced armies and a modicum of  choice. No wonder my Persian project is so far behind.

My Danish TYW army is a case in point. I can field a historically balanced army but only have the bare minimum of infantry. Until now! Today I finished the last 12 figures in a batch of 56 (yes 56!) TYW heavy infantry. When based this will provide 12 elements of Danish Marines and 2 command elements.

This last batch will be varnished tomorrow and then stuck on bases ready for a mass ground work session next week. Here's a slightly out of focus photo of the figures on their painting stands: