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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 and haven't looked back since. I must admit that I seem to be more of a painter/collector than a gamer, but do hope to correct that at some point in the near future. My gaming interests span the ages, from the "Biblical" era all the way through to the far future. I enjoy games of all sizes, from a handful of figures up to major battles (see my megalomaniacally sized Choson Korean and Russian Sever Years War armies).

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Paint Table Saturday 06 March & Podcast #69

 


You may recall that last Sunday I wrote that I should have the Confederate cavalry fully painted by this weekend provided there were no major distractions. I'm pretty sure that you (quite correctly) guessed that there would be distractions.

On Monday I received the download link for the PDF of "O Group", the new battalion level WW2 rules by David CR Brown (available from the Too Fat Lardies - I'd suggest waiting a week or two as they don't currently have stock of the MDF tokens). So, I had a good skim through the rules on Monday, before recording the latest episode of the Madaxeman Lockdown Podcast (see below). On Wednesday my physical copy arrived (minus the tokens as they'd run out - I understand the extra stock has been received and should be posted shortly):


Yes, I have been quite absorbed reading the rules and considering what scale to go for. There is a mad bit of me (just the one? Ed.) thinking of going 2mm as it matches the ground scale. The more sensible (these things are relative) is thinking 6mm or 10/12mm would be a better idea.

But that's enough of a diversion to discuss my distraction; back to the 6mm Confederate cavalry.


I have managed to get a reasonable amount done today and they are now at a point where I should be able to get the painting finished on Monday. All that's left to do is the wood, flesh, hair, black leather, metals and the guidons.


Lockdown Podcast



Sunday, 28 February 2021

Paint Table Sunday 28 February plus Lockdown Podcast #whatever

 


As you can see, I have started work on the Confederate cavalry. There is just a little bit more to do on the horses before I start on the riders. Assuming I don't suffer any more major distractions*, I should be able to finish painting this lot by next weekend.


* almost all of those distractions have been self-created


I thought I'd get the link for the latest Madaxeman Lockdown Podcast posted before we record the next one:


In this episode, amongst the usual witterings, we have Dave subjecting himself to "I'm Sorry, I Think You're An Arse". To date there have been no complaints about this segment from our listener**, so we will probably be continuing with the series for a while.


** before anybody writes in, yes, I know there are at least three people who follow my blog that listen to the podcasts. 



Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Wednesday Workbench 24 February

 Blimey! It seems like a positive age since I did a "Wednesday Workbench" post (quick check - it was late last October, if you ignore non-~Wednesday workbench posts).

I've finally finished painting the 6mm Union cavalry:



Next up - 6mm Confederate cavalry:

I'll be starting work on these tomorrow - hopefully I'll get these finished somewhat quicker than their Union counterparts!

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Podcast #67

 Another week, another podcast. As nobody has complained (so far) this weeks episode features the second edition of "I'm sorry, but I think you're an arse" along with the usual ramblings. Also featured are a couple of book recommendations from me, myself and I.







Monday, 15 February 2021

Workbench and Shinies 15 February; plus Podcasts

 Eeeeeks! I haven't posted here for a couple of weeks. I guess I should give a quick update on things.

My house purchase (and move out of London) isn't going ahead - a second viewing before exchange of contracts (and payment of the deposit) revealed that the works I had thought could be done after I moved in would need to be done beforehand. With all the furniture out and the central heating turned down it was also clear that the issues were more extensive then originally indicated by the survey and my first viewing. There was no way that I could realistically arrange and oversee the works from London, so I withdrew my offer. 

That means two things:

1. I'm back to square one on the hunt for a house out of London. I'll probably leave it a couple of months before looking again.

2. I can resume painting figures and terrain! And I have made a start!



Yes, I have (finally) returned to my 6mm ACW project. Well, they were primed just over four years ago and a simple enough project to take on. The only trouble is I keep getting distracted, so they are taking longer to paint than they should. I've started with the Union cavalry and generals; I have the same quantity of Confederate cavalry and generals, plus some artillery, limbers and dismounted cavalry to do when these are finished. I'll be doing all the basing in one go.

As it will be a good few months before I move home, it also means that I can order figures and stuff without worrying that delays could see packages being delivered to the wrong address. I placed an order about two weeks ago and the figures arrived today:


In case you can't see in the photo what they are, 16 of the packs are US Airborne and one is the British Airborne senior officers pack. Why Us Airborne? Well, these will be for my New Guinea project to represent the 503rd PIR who first saw action in the Lae campaign.


Podcasts

The distractions which have interfered with my painting also distracted me from posting the podcast link last week, so you are actually getting the links for two in this post. 



In case you are wondering why they are episodes 63 and 65, it's because Tim inserted an aDLG list-building discussion as episode 64 in between.


Monday, 1 February 2021

Lockdown Podcast #who knows

Another fun-packed* 105 minutes or so of the Madaxeman Lockdown Podcast is available for your listening delight*.

In this episode we come up with two potential titles for Osprey; discuss the correct order to use MicroSet and MicroSol; find out the answers to last week's quiz and get set some more.






* "fun" and "delight" not guaranteed. Terms and Conditions apply. And termites apply conditioner. Enjoyment may go down as well as up.

Saturday, 23 January 2021

The Podcast Strikes Back

 A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

OK, in London and Poole and now...

The less-than-magnificent seven have re-convened for another series of the Madaxeman Lockdown Podcasts, and the first one is available to download/listen to now. Have we got any better? I'll leave that for you to judge.

If you really, really want to listen to a long digression away from figure buying, figure painting and wargaming to discuss the benefits of Yorkshires*, then here is the link to the latest episode of chaos:



* Yorkshire puddings to the less enlightened.