Birthday Huts

So this is what Mrs Soldiers got me for my Birthday. A fantastic selection of gifts, including a goodly selection from Warbases.


So I built them, cut up a flannel and soaked the strips in water and PVA and stuck them on the rooves. I then stupidly left them outside to dry, catching the only shower of the day!


Two days later after they finally dried I got to spray them. I used as many different colours on the rooves as I could. I also added sand to some PVA to add texture to the walls.


The finished article!!


I now need to sort the rest of my roman road!


Bridge over the River Greeny

I am way behind on posting. I have found myself a job and as a consequence thrown my leisurely lifestyle into disarray! But one has to pay the bill!

This is the battle report from when Tom and I fought in preparation for the upcoming tournament. I will post up about that and link to all the other Bloggists who where there. I just checked Tom is way behind as well so don’t have to write about him being better than me.

So in this scenario the brave Irish are trying to forge a bridge head over a fast flowing river to invade the lands of the Late Romans lead by Tomosius. The hearty warriors of the Clan McGlassen (means Green and is actually my Clan though I am like 20 off the top, Catholics!) send fourth their General Stevo McGlassen to hold the ford in single combat whilst the rest of the army move up. Tom quite wisely sent forward his Bishop.

Now the Bishop charges in and I plug him with a javelin for half his wounds.


Realistically I need this combat to last as long as possible giving my army time to move up ready for the assault. But old Stevo here has different ideas and caves the Bishop’s head in round one. So reinforcements are nowhere to be seen :{


So my general’s Ceithern yomp up and plunge over the ford – big mistake he is surrounded and murdered. The only good news being that half my army hadn’t arrived yet to panic and run off!

Tom pursued and dumped his best troops onto the ford.

I repaid the favour of all the troops surrounding him.


Even so I couldn’t get across as Tom had so much in reserve and the game ended.


The buggers!


The learning points, try and keep the Irish together. We can’t go one to one with other units in the game so we need to kill stuff on our terms. As I am writing this retrospectively I know I haven’t done well at the tournament either but at least I got some soldiers and chocolate coins!

Saxon Heroes

So with loads of gaming, life crap, Witcher 3 and everything else I have been grinding on with project Saxons. Footsore Miniatures is the manufacturer. Blatant plug but they are the good guys so go and have a look at their stuff.

This is the ASB, again banner by Wargames Designs, please note that the banners go the opposite way to the Irish so if they fight all the flags will go the same way like the wind is blowing across the battlefield.


This is one of the special Vikings you get for ordering from Footsore. I switched out the axe for a spear so he can stand in for a Saxon hero.


Here is my Saxon Warlord. Isn’t he rugged? And don’t forget he is strength 5 so fear his wrath! Downside: two attacks. So fear the wrath turn two of combat mighty heroes!


Front view: Sticking with the turquoise and white theme, Byron would approve!


Again another Viking who has stepped into the Saxon role. I am going to try very hard to not give in to the urge of painting a Viking army. There are too many on that band wagon already.


I am doing these guys at the same time as my first unit of Duguth so hopefully get everything done and posted up early next week.

Late Romans stick Irish in Age of Arthur

In a vain effort to not look like knobs on Sunday Tom and I gathered to play some Age of Arthur. Tom, of course, has completely finished his force and will not be sticking on static grass whilst driving to Peterborough on Sunday. Here is his army now:


This is my lot. Look Tom movement trays and static grass and shields. To be fair I have no magnetic solution to the army so I am not sure how I am transporting them to the Peterborough (at freaking 6am!!!!).


Side shot of Tom’s. I love the Roman shield walls, they just look awesome!


We skirmish pre move. In case it is not obvious Tom has really good troops that do what you want them to do. I have buckets full of mentalers who pretty much do what they want with much gusto. But I hope that quantity has a quality all of its own!


Initial skirmishes lead to the dogs bouncing off the bow armed milites. I always get suckered into shooting at the skirmishers which is probably the least effective use of my missile troops.


The envelopment plan is going ok. My British allies obviously don’t fully back this battle plan and are hanging back to see how it goes before committing to the plan. With allies you have to roll to activate them for the first time. I, of course, rolled 1 two turns running and so they sat there considering the Irish rush onto the Roman spears.


So the basic plan here is to slam Ceithern into the front of Tom’s elites and give him horses in the side. We argued as to how horses work in this. I wanted them formed up as how I read it this gives them the ability to use the leadership of the hero and stuff. Tom said they were fine as skirmishers. Post battle I read that to take ranks they need to be formed up, so I cheated and probably won the game on that charge. They will be formed on Sunday.


In the middle we have a fairly even battle line.


It got very exciting in this middle bit. I smashed through the line. By rolling the flank and not properly aligning my fights didn’t go horribly wrong. I think most importantly Tom deployed zero shield walls. I was expecting an impenetrable wall of steel. Again this would have thrown the battle his way.


Summing up. I need to control the battlefield more. Put my damn ASB and Warlord in the middle. I did keep my heroes in the fights that means I kept killing stuff.

For Tom, SHIELDWALL!!! Also have ASB and Warlord in the centre and try to draw people into fights they can’t hope to win.

Overall Tom should have won. But I think we both learnt some stuff.

Finishing the Saxon Bodyguard

These have now had the bases painted and we are magnetised as the Irish go everywhere and I don’t have a clever solution for them. See I can learn from my mistakes dear reader.


Following the over regimented theme for these guys I have gone with geometric shield designs. This is just the base coat, there was highlighting too! I blutacked them to a coaster so I could paint them!


Close up on the command


The finished unit with bronze rims. Pretty decent looking bunch of fellas!



Like some kind of glutton for punishment idiot I have started a Saxon force. Partially to have something to fight against the Irish, and partially as I don’t have anything else to do.


I have gone very uniform with them as they are the elite guard for the king. The others will be more varied. I have to confess it felt a lot like painting Dwarfs. I will get them based up and shielded but will also do a rimless (wonder how many people search that word) movement tray as the ranking up is not perfect.

More on these soon!

Irish Movement Trays

So for those of you not of Irish heritage and not growing up in the 70’s and 80’s the title of the piece would infer that there was something wrong with said movement trays. As a proud Irish lad myself I see them as a necessary tool to move 114 infantry round a gaming table.

I rough out the sizes I need and sand the sides.


I then spray them Rhinox Hide, dry brush and add static grass, to match my army!


That’s it, I’m done! Operation Irish Army in two months is complete. I am terrified of transporting it and suspect I will lose shields and spears by the score but hopefully I will have a good looking army for the tournament. Next is to figure out how to use it but with a week to go I don’t think many practice games will happen unless I can convince Tom to scive off!

Varnish and Static Grass

After a little break from the Irish (moving a million miles and painting some Picts) I was back on the case. With 164 (I bet someone counts them) models to get static grass onto I started with the customery satin varnish. This is going to be a wargaming army and as such will need to be protected (especially as it is all metal).


Post varnish I set about static grassing. I would love to field the 70 Ceithern in one unit like that but sadly in the game it is no better than having 40 in real terms.


Next stop, movement trays

Footsore Pict Cavalry

Having a bit of time on my hands (not having a job) and needing a distraction (losing my Mum – I am putting it there and then leaving it alone) when the Boys at Footsore asked if I could do them some painting I jumped at the chance. Pict Cavalry you say. Well having just done the Irish I figured I could have a good stab at it.


The photos are a bit dark so for pro photos go here Footsore


I really like how they came out and follow the rule of being nicer than the cavalry I did for myself!


I have been using Citadel Air paints to do the bases. they are runnier than normal so I can base it straight on. Also (don’t know why) they dry really quickly!


As the pict shields are irregular sizes they have to be freehanded – joy. But I am not currently planning on doing an army so phew!


The trim on the blanket is blue as I was going for tying the whole lot together with a wee bit of Brave Heart livery.


More dudes sporting the blue


I do like the shields but noy sure I could face hand painting 130 of them!


All of them together, not bad for three days work me thinks!

Last 10 Slingers

So I have done it. The Irish army is painted. Also the years painting challenge is complete as I race over the line 2.5 months early at 301 soldiers. I might see if 400 is doable but that is no official target.

Plenty of gingers to keep Tom happy! Onwards to movement trays!