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Monday, 19 March 2018

Umpoba/Ignosis ?

Umpoba/Ignosis ?
The bathroom and little boy's room are both completed, the central heating is at a very pleasant
temperature throughout the house, we have a new kettle and the stars are once more in the correct alignment.
All of which means that whilst I haven't manged to do a lot this last week, I feel that I have still made significant progress hobby-wise.
Here's a brief resume of what I've currently been up to.
First off I've finished another figure for my adventures  into Jimland (shown right), an Old Glory figure that has finally been finished (after fifteen or so years). I'll probably use him as a special character in a mission in Jimland.
Frontal view
Another view (getting bored yet ?
Rear view (for those that like this sort of thing)
I sorted my Fuzzies into nine units of twenty figures each,trying not to get any duplicate figures in any single unit.
Sorting table -showing six units
The units missing from the above are back on the paint tray, awaiting either, shading highlights or general touch-ups .
Paint-tray (the unit in the top left corner is complete, save for its flag)
Finished unit, except for its flag.
Another view of the unit
Bravely running away (aka boring rear view)
I'm also declaring the single British cavalry unit finished (I could probably do more with it , but I'm bored shitless to death with it.
Horse from Effingham
The horses are all greys (white) because I read that some regiment or other wanted these distinctive mounts in-theatre (even though they turned out to be crap_useless).
The same Effing horse
Obligatory boring rear view.
The Mahidist horse, whom I thought finished, are 99% done as I found when photographing them that I'd missed some bloody bless-ed tassels, but here's a photograph of them anyway
Spot the errors (no prizes)
All the 'completed' units require varnishing and the Mahdists need flags added, which is an easy job as luckily I found the ones I downloaded and printed off from Warflags  (a great site) many, many years ago.

On the Jumland front, now that I have access to my wargame room, I'll be taking another Warton- -Cartington expedition to their doom fame and fortune..

So that's it then from me this week, I hope you've found something of interest on your visit here and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated!

Monday, 12 March 2018


    Mahdist cavalry
Since my last post I have managed to do very little other than some painting and even then not finishing the unit of Sudanese that I thought I would have. I've continued painting up bases for figures and painted a lot of detail on the few cavalry that I have for this project.
British Cavalry

I bit the bullet and started painting the few cavalry that I have, then remembered why I dislike painting horses (and cavalry) so much. I keep finding extra bits that need painting, harness, blankets, etc. as well as tiny detail on the riders such as stirrups! The Brits have been almost completed for several weeks (and still are) whilst the Mahdist cavalry have been underway for a mere two weeks and are still not finished!.
All the infantry had taken a back seat for the moment as I really need space (which is unavailable currently due to the continuing work being done in the house) to organise them into units before the next stage of completion.
Camelry - worse than cavalry!
More camels for baggage ffs!
Whilst I haven't lost all interest in my Sudan project (I've even planned the 'final' purchases I need), I have realised the futility of it all, in that I'll probably never get to play a game!
With that in mind I have also returned to a project a started last November, so here's a teaser of wip that had to be put on hold for Xmas.
Obviously it's a building!
I think I've got too used to paying games and I'm having withdrawal symptoms, which, coupled with the kettle blowing up, it hasn't been a good week.
Over the next week, I'll be continuing with trying to get at least one unit finished for the Sudan.

That's it then for this week's offering.

Monday, 5 March 2018

The Warton-Cartington Expedition (3)

Day 9: Onward, ever onward , but towards JIm's Landing !
The Warton-Cartington expedition continues with more commentary from Henry Warton (scout) in the company of Frederick Cartington (Hunter), along with their remaining four Askari and eight bearers. On day nine they have enough food to continue for another three days maximum on full rations.

Day Nine
"As we moved North-east, following the river into jungle we noticed several ancient man-made stone dwellings among the undergrowth of the jungle.. I declared it an Ancient lost city of probably Persian origin, though Frederick thought it Roman."
Day 10 and nearly home!
Day 10
"Another monotonous trek following the river  Northeast through the hot humid jungle, the tedium only broken by our discovery of  yet another new plant species which I spotted first! I declared the Warton Fern, Frederick mumbled something about wild grass. We also spotted some native Tribal types that were underwhelmed by our presence and ignored us.

 I calculate that we have enough food  for a further single day's exploration before having to return to Jim's Landing."
The ambush!

Day Eleven  
"Breaking camp early in the morning, ready for yet our last day following the river Northeast before being forced by lack of victuals to return to Jim's Landing. 
Whilst in the tricky process of crossing a stream, I completely failed to notice an ambush up ahead!" 
The Exchange of fire and everyone that can getting out of the stream
 The rifle armed natives immediately dropped one of our Askari, with a well placed shot, whilst we returned fire bagging two of their on-rushing spear-men.
Everyone that could scurried for cover or got in a position to shoot. Both Frederick and I manfully stood our ground." 

The last fight
"The last of the native spear-men attempted to stab me but a quick rifle butt to the face deterred the fellow so much that he obligingly gave up the fight, fell to the floor, and died.
With the demise of half their comrades and no further casualties on our part, the natives departed and the swift but brutal fight was over."

(Obligatory boring photo)
It was a very successful expedition and a great deal of fun to play,  even though there was little to no action, but it is after all a game of exploration rather than action!
 In other news, we now have central heating and whilst I haven't entirely stopped painting, it has been sporadic and I never did manage to finish off the unit I intended to do. I have manged to dry-bush over 400 bases.!
The photo on the right shows half the bases finished (top)
and all the bases finished (bottom but rotated 180 deg.).

I've also been working on Jimland rules and after much humming and harring I settled for a version of the Source of the Nile  that fits in with the Jimland rules,  using a D6 and a single table!

My games room in the distance beyond the rubble pile!
Next week will unfortunately not see me see me being able to play a game as the plumber fitting our new bathroom is temporarily barring access!

That's it then from me this week, thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope you found something of interest .
As always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 26 February 2018

The Warton-Cartington Expedition (2)

From the Journal of Henry Warton
    The Expedition goes forth

"With the modest funds we received  for our efforts in the disaster that saw the demise of Sir Charles, the Rev  and Dave the prospector, we  still managed to put together an expedition of myself, Frederick, six Askari and nine bearers with enough food for the eight of us for 11 days." 
The Plan (a bit ambitious imho)

 "Our plan was to make a simple circuitous route that meant we were never more than two, or at most three, days from Jim's Landing."
 Day One
"Travelling NW from our now well acquainted camp we encountered a friendly village and discovered a new plant species. I said it was a type of Orchid, whereas Frederick thought it to be of the rose family. As expedition leader I plumped for my own  version of the species"

Day 2's progress

Day Two
"Following the plan our route SW led us into a horrendous windstorm, which took away one of most laden-down bearers, I believe the 'friendly natives we encountered had taken whatever they could from his body before we managed to retrieve it"

Day 3 the Mountain!

 Day 3
"As we continued SW we left the sticky heat of the jungle to climb the rather more affable slopes of a mountainous area. Unfortunately one of our Askari fell ill and died, blame lay seemingly with the brackish water found in his water bottle. Later we encountered yet more friendly Natives warning us of the water hereabouts." 

Day 4 - still in the xxxxing mountains!
Day Four
" I declared today to be a "Rest Day an didn't mention that I couldn't find a way SW  through the mountains"

Day Five theVeldt! (bit boring)


Day Five
"Leaving the mountainous region behind us we descended into a very pleasant veldt, deserted, save  for some more friendly Natives, I assured Frederick that, despite his reservations, they were not following us"

Day six  - more bloody mountains !

Day Six
 "Drums in the night spooked our Askari, one of whom fled to goodness knows where. 
I decided that because of our losses we wold curtail our original plan somewhat and turn North-west, taking us into yet another mountainous region wherein we encountered a village of ambivalent natives.


Day Seven  (and eight)
Day Seven
"After another night of drums to which seemingly now used to, , we once more descended Northeastwards from the mountains  into yet more Veldt and came across a river. I thought it Tan in colour, Frederick thinking it more brown/ I named it the  River Tan. 
 Hardly noticeable on the large expanse of the Veldt were a group of most hostile pygmies who endeavoured to spoil our day, though I had espied them earlier than they would have liked and prepared our group for action."

 {Click on the photos for a better view)
Three Pygmy spear-men to the left and four armed with blowpipes to the right

Their spears charge, whilst their short-range blowpipes close .

We shoot them down as they close, whilst our bearers flee to safety
We form a firing line, protecting the bearers caption, their spears charge
We see off the last spear man - note the blowpipes trying to close.
"After a quick firefight we saw off these diminutive fellows as once more the bolt-action rifle proved superior to pointy sticks and pea shooters - the latter losing a 'man' whilst proving themselves very poor shots "

 Day Eight  
"The veldt, the river, the descent from the mountain and the pygmy attack had obviously disorientated me and I declared another "rest day", without giving the reason why."

[to be continued]

I going to leave it there for this week, not because of any other reason than to have something to post about next week ! (Sorry). As an added excuse, I'm also sitting in a fair representation of an freezer, as we have a plumber sorting out our bathroom and a heating engineers is due tomorrow to fix that problem too. I did manage some hobby-related painting last week - my first complete Sudanese unit which should be finished in a week or so, if my fingers ever defrost !

I have been unable to access a computer for most of the last weekend and will be trying to catch up on all your blogs asap.

There wasn't much to write about with this adventure, but it was a lot of fun from my point of view, but any questions or queries about the game, the way I've written it up or anything else, as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.
(and I don't know why this last bit is blue as it doesn't look that way on the draft version)

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Warton-Cartington Expedition

The Warton-Cartington Expedition
I've had a very busy week,but not all for the right reasons. A clinic visit and a consultation with my consultant (surprisingly enough), which all cut into my hobby time.
Despite all the intrusions into my hobby-time I did manage to get my mandatory hour-a-day painting in on both my Sudanese (sword hits and second base colour) and three units of Allies have now all been, based and undercoated.
In addition I finished off three more figures I'll be using in 'Jimland'.
Three Egyptians Askari
In one of my job lot of recent buys I got three Egyptian rank and file and because they weren't carrying packs they were very quick to paint. I do intend to add four units of Egyptians (each of twenty figures)   so these were a nice practise run and will be used As Askari .
From the photograph above you can see that they've already had a run out in the Warton -Cartington expedition which I also played last week, but you'll have to wait until next week for the report. Needless to say I enjoyed it for all sorts of reasons.
The fairly boring rear view of the stand-in Askari
For getting older I received a new camera, which I'm my cameraman is still getting used to. so you have been told!
The three guys on the right are (from left to right)
An Irregular Mini figure of King Menelik II, though how I came into possession of it goodness knows!
Centre figure is, I believe a Foundry figure quite possibly the only one I possess and once more his origin is a mystery. The last figure is an Old Glory Boer, included with the job lot I've previously mentioned,
Rear view for those that want these type of photos (suspicious or what?)
None of the above three were involved in my latest adventure in Jimland. I have still been working on the rules for Jimland but was unable to put into practice any that I've finalised (though they all need play-testing). 
British unit (20 figures and odds and ends)
My Sudanese
£3.95 of white goodness.
Next week the Sudanese will be organised into their twenty-man units and have some detailing added
to them on a unit-to unit basis,
I had hoped to get them all finished by the end of February, but I'll settle with having at least one unit finished!
Quick mention for the white undercoat spray I used - bought from Wilko's - cost £3.95 -  I've manged to spray over well 400 figures not and it's still not quite empty!
It gives a really delicate coat to any figure without losing detail - well worth a try imo.
That's it then from me for this week I hope to get the write-up for the Warton -Cartington expedition into Jimland done by next week, but my week-end is booked for real-life endeavours.

So that's it then for this week I hope you found something of interest in this rather bland post and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 12 February 2018

More Terrrain boards for Jimland

    Frederick (on the summit)and Henry trampling over the new hill.
This last week has seen me being very productive (for me at least).
I've managed to complete two new terrain boards; the broken one has been successfully repaired and another one has been finished too.
The colours don't match up exactly with the two other original ones but  they're close enough for me as they're not meant for demonstration games or such like.
The process was the same as previously - gunge, dark brown base colour then two shades of green and finally a light sandy colour.
Broken board, gunged and base-coloured
New board, (the line at the bottom is the previous board)
The 'new' hill board with added green
Completed Hill board (bored yet?)
My new game
During my recent holiday I played "Descent, 2nd edition and was delighted to find that it was a huge improvement on the 1st Edition that I played with #1 son. I was so enthused by the game that  I ordered my own copy.
Whilst awaiting the arrival of my new game, I wasn't idle though, for in addition to finishing off the two terrain board, ready for my next adventure into Jumland I've also been working on my own additions to Jimland Rules.
My additions.amendments are mostly based on Chris Ferree;s excellent rules "The Black Amazons In King Solomon's Lost City Of The Diamond Mines In The Elephant's Graveyard At The Source Of The Nile" and the very old (1978!) Avalon Hill game "Source of the Nile" as well as a few (very few) ideas of my own .
So I'm  currently looking at adding Medical Supplies, ammunition and water 'loads' for the bearers to lug about. Also the additional possibility of setting up Mission Stations, Hospitals and Trading posts by Explorers.
Current painting tray (obligatory very boring photo)
I've made rules for using canoes on rivers and I'm currently revising the 'Jimland' rules for pack animals and adding waggon transport rules too.
There are a couple more explorer type I'm also thinking of adding, but getting the balance right is     
important . I'm happy with the rules I've already added for my "Trader" type explorer, but it did take time to balance the character.
Of course my  Sudanese have been
worked on too.
All their bases have had the first base coat of paint done and similarly all their shield have had their base colour done too. The cavalry have all been removed to a dark place.

So with the boards now finished I can start planning the next Adventure into Jimland with the "Warton-Cartington" expedition and by next week I should have my three latest explorers finished too. Of course the continuing saga of my Sudanese painting will have the next step done - probably sword hilts and rifle barrels.

That's it then for another week, fairly boring I know - sorry!
As always your comments are always welcomed and appreciated.