Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Books Reviewed

I've written reviews for the following for Miniature Wargames:

Both highly recommended but I can't say more until the reviews have been published when I will add links to the articles page.

The 'Askari review should have been published by now but some how it never reached Henry at Miniature Wargames.

It's Been A While

April in the UK was warm and sunny. So apart for enjoying the weather I've been getting on trying to finish a 650 point Field of Glory Persian army for the Renaissance competition at the Stoke Challenge. I've even gone as far as writing my list and ticking off the battlegroups as I finish them.

At the moment, I have a few Turcomen to finish, along with a dozen heavy and four elite cavalry. Sadly, the last two involve horse armour with complex patterns. So far the elite horse armour is taking me 2-3 hours each! Luckily I have a quicker method for the heavy cavalry.

I am pleased with my progress so much so that I had to order more heavy cavalry last week as I was in danger of running out. I also took the opportunity to order the extra models required to field an 800 point army. I have two months to get all the above finished and based. It will be close.

For the elite cavalry I wanted to add paper lance pennons but wasn't sure if they were used and what colours were known. A quick post of TMP produced a contemporary image of small red pennons (see below) so I that's what I added.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Slip Sliding Gone

Thank you China!

Earlier this year the cheap reading glasses I was using whilst painting gave up the ghost. No problem. A trip to the shops soon provided a replacement pair. They even had sprung legs for a good fit.

However I began to notice a consistent problem: when huddled over a figure, and nearly always when I was attempting a tricky bit of painting, the glasses began to fall off my nose.

I think this happened because the glasses had a steel frame and were a bit heavier than my first pair. Nonetheless I persevered and became adept at catching them before they hit the painting table.

Even so it was really annoying and unnecessary. The fix was easy and immediate: wind elastic bands around the end of each leg of the glasses.