Battleshed Diaries

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A new club blog on the block

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A quick plug for another new blog that may tickle your wargaming fancy!

I'll have to disclose a particular interest, as its a shared blog from my club, Falkirk District Wargaming Club.

The idea behind a club blog is to provide a space where our members can author an article from time to time without having to maintain a personal blog. Many of my readers will intimately understand the mania of dark arts and obsession that can lead too! So now we've a nascent club blog, where our members can showcase their projects, after action reports and miscellaneous wargamy' articles they'd like to share with the wider community. It also compliments our main web site.

It's early days yet, and it'll be interesting to see what comes up given the wide range of wargaming experience within our club. The blog also has a private forum for our members, making it easier to organise campaigns etc. rather than using the limitations of the public club Facebook group. Like the blog authoring, its restricted to members only. Call it another club benefit! I hope the blog least tweaks your curiosity about what our members get up to in Falkirk!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Cattle Raid!

It's only been a few weeks since an exorbitant ransom was grudgingly paid by the Scots to the Anglo-Danish for the release of their captured warlord, Fearghas MacCoinnich. As he rode back through his lands he could barely endure the silent censure of his impoverished levy and their gaunt families as he and his small escort of Hearthguards passed by. Later, as MacCoinnich slumped deep in his cups and brooding in his Great hall, his retainers and servants were chary in his presence, fearing MacCoinich's irascible black mood. Suddenly, the hall's doors burst open and a breathless messenger hastened in. The alarm had been raised. A large group of warriors were approaching the outlying fields!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

The Battle of Oeversee 1864

Battle of Oeversee 1864 scenario: Austrian artillery

The shiny new Tray of Doom was put through it's paces in the Battleshed recently, with a welcome return visit by club member (and chairman -  all hail, bow, doff cap etc.), David Knight and his lovely dog, Beau. And he brought along two copies of Neil Thomas' Wargaming Nineteenth Century Europe 1815-1878 and a box of 15mm miniature adversaries. And I broke this years pledge. Technically.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Giants in Miniature: Allan Quatermain

Another arrival at the Battleshed Barracks, this time 'Allan Quatermain' from Wargames Illustrated's Giants in Miniature range. A fine addition he is too! There are some really nice miniatures in this range and worth checking out if you haven't already done so. I've already got two more chaps from the range on the paint table!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

15mm Skirmish Supplies

A shout out for a new venture on the wargaming scene - 15mm Skirmish Supplies - dedicated to servicing the miniature and terrain needs for all those small skirmish warband tabletop wargamers out there.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Professor Belfry-Chuffnell and the Yates Brothers

Three upstanding gentlemen joined the Battleshed's In Her Majesty's Name barracks this week: The Brothers Yates and Professor Donald Belfry-Chuffnell.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Imperial fleet coming into range!

Star Wars: Armada X-Wing squadron engages Imperial forces

My low-ranking, Rebel Alliance X-Wing pilot alter- ego has been on a temporary secondment, where he got to hobnob with the higher echelons of Rebel Command. Swapping his battered flight suit for a hired Alliance uniform, he had an opportunity to observe how Fleet Operations distill all the machinations of strategic and tactical planning into those familiar short, curt commands he normally receives through his fighter com-link. For he was in the nerve centre of Star Wars: Armada.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

The Warehouse: conclusion

Akhenaton uses Clouds Men's Minds on Mohan Singh

Lord Curr adjusted his large calibre Holland & Holland hunting rifle and aimed again. The luminous cross hairs of the monocular targeting array focused on the foreign woman as she stood over Cartwright's drugged, motionless body. There was another loud rumble of thunder, the rain intensifying into a deluge. The image in the sighting reticule blurred from rain water smearing the lens. The Peer quickly wiped it with his thumb before refocusing on the woman. But she was gone. Cartwright's unmoving body was still lying in the wet but the woman had disappeared.

Friday, 2 June 2017

The Tray of Doom!

The Tray of Doom! has arrived! Although hopefully not when it comes to rolling dice. I’ve enough doom-laden dice, thank you very much! This dice tray comes most definitely under the ‘totally unnecessary indulgence, but you’re worth it’ label!