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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Sunday Update (About Bleedin' Time)

Yes, yes, I know - it's over a week since I last posted. I've just been really tired every night this week.

So, what have I been up to over the last couple of weeks?

FoG:AM Practice Game for Usk

The themes for Usk have been announced and the FoG:AM theme is the Hellenistic Mediterranean, so we can expect lots of Successors and Republican Romans. Simon F and I have decided to go with an early Seleucid army. Richard agreed to give us a practice game on the 7th. It was a close-run thing and highlighted a few issues with our list which we have since amended. In the tournament I'll be handling the cavalry and some support troops with Simon commanding the phalanx and its supports.

I've also ordered some figures to make up a couple of units that we are missing (as well as some more Swiss halberdiers and a few C17th pikemen as standard bearers for my Buccaneers).

Feeling Ill and Drained

I woke up on the 8th with a very rough throat, headache, extreme lethargy and legs feeling like lead-filled jelly. That continued into the Wednesday, but I started to pick up in the evening and afternoon. Since then I've been feeling rather tired in the evenings, so haven't managed to do a great deal when I've got home from work.

A Game of Ludus Gladiatorius

Several months ago I won this game in a prize draw on someone's blog (sorry - I've completely forgotten whose). Simon and I didn't fancy a heavy gaming session on the 14th, so I suggested we give it a try and he insanely agreed.

We did make a couple of mistakes in the first turn but were very quickly getting it right. It's certainly a fun game to play, with plenty of tactical choices to make.

The version I won was an early one where the standard, boost and "mighty effort" dice are all white, which made it confusing at times to select the correct ones. EM4 Miniatures have since released sets where the dice are colour-coded.

I'm strongly considering doing a few things to make game-play more easy in future - getting some of the colour-coded dice, replacing the the small cardboard tokens with slightly larger plastic tiddly winks and sticking the arena map onto card.

Some Painting

I decided to start Donogh's figures from scratch again. This time I've gone with black primer. I'd managed to finish the first five by the 9th and was greatly relieved when Donogh said he liked the pics I'd sent him. I just need to give them a coat of Klear and then spray them with matt varnish. I'm going to try to crack on with the other five this week.

I've also redone the base-colour of Simon's Spetsnaz. Once Donogh's figures are all finished I'll be working on these.

A Little Bit of Figure Prep

As I haven't felt like painting this past week I decided to do some grunt work and prep a load of figures. During the week I prepped the final (yeah, right - final my a**e!) bits for my 30 YW army - casualty figures for cohesion markers, 10 battalion guns and 6 artillery limbers. I've also prepped some more Koreans - 18 crossbowmen and 80 arquebusiers.

Yesterday saw me with a lot of free time for doing some prep and thinking I didn't have anything to prep. Then I remembered my Baccus 6mm ACW armies. Fortunately these require very little prep as the castings are so clean - all I needed to do was a tiny bit of snipping and to file down the bases a bit to ensure that they were level (and not quite so thick). I managed to get all the prep for the Union forces done (20 x 6-strip infantry regiments, 30 strips of infantry skirmishers, 2 x 6-strip Zouave regiments, 4 strips of Zouave skirmishers, 7 x 3-strip mounted cavalry, 2 x 5-strip dismounted cavalry, 19 guns and crews, 6 command strips). This afternoon I've stuck the infantry regiments and skirmishers onto painting sticks.

Over the next few days I'll be doing the prep on the Rebs.

I'm going to need to think about how I will base these - 60x60 or 60x30 (30x30 for command and artillery), or do something else (20x20?) so that I can use them for other systems.

On The Workbench

Well, after that bunch of verbiage you deserve some pics!

All together

Stuff that's painted, WIP or primed. Top to Bottom: French-Indian War coureurs by AW Minautures for Bloggers for Charity; Gripping Beast's "Erik Skalagrimsson"; Conquest's Norman Dux; 2 wolves from ERM; Simon's Spetsnaz; Donogh's Hasslefree figures

Teaser pic of the first 5 of Donogh's figures - I'll be doing a separate post this week with close ups.

Baccus ACW Union infantry


Limbers, drivers, casualties, battalion guns

Horse teams


  1. Strewth thats coming back with a bang

  2. That's the way I tend to do my prepping, after which I feel suicidal!

    Serious question: do you rate the Baccus 6 mils? I've almost bitten on the hook for Franco-Prussian, but I can only see it working in 6 mil (ground scale, visuals and money!)

  3. that's one hell of a work bench load ! good to have you back.

  4. wow, that's a full work bench.

    Tamsin, i think most of us will go 1'' *1'' for our ACW bases, to make them compatible enough with Fire and Fury

    (and tomorrow is my first game of Longstreet, yay)

  5. I'm sorry to hear that you've not been feeling to goo Tamsin, but my word that is an awful lot of shiny goodness you have on your table!

  6. Hope you're feeling better soon girl, that's a daunting workbench!

  7. Firstly I am sorry to hear that you have not been feeling well and Oh my that is a heck of a lot of shinys there

  8. @ all - cheers! It's good to be back and I'm pretty much recovered now. And, yes, it is an awful lot of shiny goodness, with more to come!

    @ Gary - the Baccus figures are lovely sculpts with an amazing amount of detail and very cleanly cast. I'd recommend them.

    @ Seb - I'll probably go with 60x60 for these, and do a small 15mm force on 25x25 bases for F&F etc (oh crap, yet another project!)

  9. I am sorry you don't feel so good. My husband started with a sore throat as well, now he is full-blown sick. Hope you don't get the rest of it.

    Feel better soon.

  10. PS: I just caught your comment to all. Glad you are pretty much recovered by now.

  11. wow, that's a lot of figures!! I know others have said exactly the same, but, it really is a lot!!

  12. Great updates post Tamsin and hope your feeling better. Ludus Gladiatorius is a cracking game. I managed to get a load of series 2 rules/updates and expansions and have been typing up a pdf version combinging everything. Would you like a copy?

  13. Great to see you back and posting. Had a sucky week myself and can sympathise!

  14. 80 arquebusiers???... Too many for my taste...I' ll paint my 200 28mm Imperial Romans... :-p


  15. As always an impressive stack of lea and achievements despite any illness! Hope you feel better soon.

    Ludus Gladiatorius sounds good - I've been after something fast and fun I can play with my son - others I have seen are a bit much for a quick 30min hack and slash. My stack of Gladiators are just begging for some attention! I'll be interested in your thoughts on rules modifications.

  16. Hope you're back to 100% ASAP Tamsin. Clearly something must be improving if you can face a line up like that!

  17. 6mm ACW - no we're talking!

    I'd base them 3x6 cm and no smaller, otherwise the mass-effect would get lost.
    Really looking forward to seeing more of them little guys!


  18. An impressive mountain of lead there Tamsin! Hope you are feeling better too!

  19. Thats a busy looking workload.
    Get well soon!

  20. @ Whisk - thanks! :)

    @ Abwehrschlacht - I don't think there's anything new about me having lots of figures in prep at the same time (unfortunately)

    @ Carl - yes please!!

    @ Simon - sucky weeks suck!

    @ Marzio - well, I need them to be able to use my Koreans for FoG:R as well as FoG:AM

    @ Paul - it's a fun game and you can buy it from EM4 Miniatures. I've only played one game, so I'm a long way off thinking of rules amendments/adaptations. It's a fun, quick game though.

    @ Millsy - well, you know that impossible-looking challenges are my meat and grist

    @ Thomas - I'm likely to go with the 60x60 for the ACW (30x30 for artillery and commanders). If I did go smaller bases, it would be with the intention of combining several small stands in a unit.

    @ Rodger - feeling a lot better now thanks

    @ Lee - yeah, well, busy is as busy is :)