Saturday 7 June 2014

Broadside 2014

Well it's that time of the year again. Tomorrow sees me going to Broadside. I will be putting on my "ATTACK ON AKABA" 20mm WW1 Arab revolt game. (Yes I will take pictures!)

Here are a list of the traders and clubs taking part:

T1 - Adler Miniatures
T2 - Armourfast
T3 - Brigade Models
T4 - Redoubt enterprises
T5 - David Lanchester Books
T6 - Fenris Games
T7 - Ainsty Castings
T8 - Cymbeline Games
T9 - Tablescape
T10 - Harfields Military Figures
T11 - ToleHaven
T12 - Realistic Modelling
T13 - Early War Miniatures
T14 - Shellhole Scenics
T15 - Col.
T16 - Lesley's Bits Box
T17 - WargamesNkits
T18 - 7th Heaven Games
T19 - Monarch Millitary Books
T20 - SHQ Miniatures
T21 - Polly Oliver Castings
T22 - Red Knight Wargames
T23 - Wargames Emporium
T24 - Always Darkk
T25 - Warmill
T26 - Andy's Models
T27 - Royal British Legion
T28 - Wargames Foundry
T29 - Warlord Games
T30 - WW1 display by Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne
T31 - Pilum Painting
T32 - Gladius Game Arts
T33 - Essex Miniatures
T34 - Sphere Products
T35 - Wargame Solutions
T36 - PE2 Collectables
T37 - East Street Games
T38 - Engine Shed Toys

G1 - Gravesend Wargamers Club
G2 - Maidstone Wargames Society
G3 - Posties Rejects
G4 - Whitstable Wargames Club
G5 - Deal Wargames Club
G6 - Skirmish Group
G7 - Shepway Wargames Club
G8 - The Gamers Hub
G9 - Southend Wargames Club
G10 - Hornchurch Wargames Club
G11 - Friday Night FireFight Club
G12 - Gravesend Gamers Guild
G13 - South East Essex Milliatry Society
G14 - Medway wargames Society
G15 - East Grinsted Gamers
G16 - Rainham Wargames Club Arab revolt game. (AKA MY club)
CTK (Crush The Kaiser) Wargaming will also be providing a demonstration game using their WW1 rule set.

I only have a very small shopping list. Very small indeed. The only things I will be looking for this year are for old projects that just need rounding out.
  • 20mm Vietnam figures and vehicles.
  • 6mm Cold war era. (Only M113s and Marder 1a2s and some soviet stuff as well.)
  • maybe some 28mm stuff as well either for Donnybrook or for Zombies
And that's all I am looking for. But I will have enough spare money such that if I see anything that I NEED I will be able to get it. Naturally a lot depends on what the Flea market traders may or may not have.

So if you are coming to the show feel free to stop and chat. The rules are very simple so if you want to sit in for a little while I am sure we can make room for you.

All the best and probably a show report on Monday.
All the best Take Care Clint

 Sorry I just did not get my act together. No excuses.

Thursday 5 June 2014

SCW Machine-gun Platoon.

I still have not been painting, but I have based these up.

During the Spanish Civil War a typical Order of battle would be something similar to:
  • 1 x Battalion HQ [Plana Mayor]
  • 3 – 4 x Infantry Companies
  • 0 – 1 x Machine Gun Company: 4 x Machine Gun Platoons

  • With each Machine gun platoon being between 2 and 4 machine guns plus platoon leader. needless to say local variations were more the rule due to both local conditions and local forces. So the above is only a typical battalion and may or may not be represented on the battlefield. As such this would be a typical machine gun Platoon. 4 Machine guns and a platoon commander. Needless to say that in defence this would be quite fearsome!

    As these are 10mm Pendraken figures they are quite small to paint and quite a punchy unit on the battle field.

    Thant's it for today. Hope to have more on Saturday. Thanks for popping by.
    All the best Clint.

    Tuesday 3 June 2014


    Yep I have managed to do everything I need for the Arab Revolt game for Broadside. Literally
    just finished at 7:45 am this morning.  Nope, not a beach board if that is what you are thinking. This is just a simple sheet of hardboard painted to look like sky and sand. It seems clear at shows that when people take pictures of games they usually have to crop the picture very close or allow the background of the show (yes all those handsome wargames chaps with killer physiques) clutter the back ground of the shot. I cannot clam that this is my solution after all model railway chaps have quite often put back drops in place. Also there was a guy at Salute this year, (and last) doing a Martian Game who had done something similar. So this is just my quick and simple solution to the problem this year.

    I am not claiming to be an artist, my last art lesson was while at school about 30 years back. But I hope this simple scene will help to blot out the back ground of the general look of the show clutter. And if the worse comes to the worse, I have spent very little time or money on it so not a huge loss.

    The board is 2 foot by 4 foot and other than getting it the wrong way up there really is nothing to go wrong. I went for that size for three reasons. 1) it is a commercially available size, 2) each of the boards is 2 foot square so it should be able to act as a backdrop on at least 2 boards at once. And 3) it is a size both easy to transport and hold into position.

    Only time will tell if this will work. So thanks for looking today and with luck see you in a couple of days.

    All the best Clint

    Sunday 1 June 2014

    Trees finished.

    Well as the Broadside Show is a single week away now I have been progressing my boards a little. But only a little. To that end I have based the trees up and painted the bases. A very simple process of painting the bases then sprinkling them with sand and then another coat of paint to seal then again. I placed them on my Salute yellow carrier bag while drying.

    And once dry I placed a few on the board to see if they would look right. Given that I have eight boards and 50 trees I think a ratio of 6 trees to a board will be about right. That should be enough to make it clear that there are some and yet not too cluttered to hinder movement and get in the way. As I will leave the placement of the trees to other people in the club I have no idea how sensible they will be. But scattered palm trees will work best I think.

    Later today I will need to go to B+Q and get my final piece for Broadside this year. And with luck I will get that piece finished as well. (Before the show, not all done today although I do expect to start it.)

    Sorry there is not too much on the paint table at the moment as I am considering what I will need to buy at Broadside this year. I only have a few wants, needs and desires at present so not expecting to start anything really new just before the show as I am bound to get a few things that I did not KNOW I really needed and will therefore make my life complete (until I see something else that is.) So I think it will be a lazy week on the brushes for me.

    All the Best, and take care.