Friday, October 14, 2016


Last weekend it was Shedfest 2016 in Livingston.  We moved from our usual Shedfest venue in Dave Paterson’s shed to Rob Pooley’s new shed which can accommodate a 12ft by 6ft table.  Dave did all the arranging as usual providing breakfast, lunch and pizza for dinner.  He also provided all the 15mm troops for our early period Sudan wargame and the scenario.  I think he was still basing the figures up to the previous evening. 

There were 8 players with Dave acting as the umpire.  I played the commander of one of the British infantry brigades.  We played the game twice with the British gaining a marginal then a more decisive victory.  We used Black Powder rules at 66% scale.  It gave a good, enjoyable and simply understood game.  Here are some photos - a few problems with the low October sun here.

View down the table - in distance besieged Atbara, in centre the vital British objective the sweet water well

British right wing facing the massed hordes of Madhist cavalry - look to your right men!

Dave the exhausted organiser taking some much needed liquid refreshment.

Dervish hordes threatening to flank the Highlanders

Highland brigade facing the Dervish Ferocious Charge.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


In the past 3 months I have added more troops to my Napoleonic collection.  I have added another 2 brigades each of 4 battalions of Russian infantry plus some Spanish/Portuguese staff officers and a Prussian fusilier command.

The Russian figures are the ready painted ones from South Africa and I added some more shading and rebased them.  The Russian flags come from the excellent Napoleon rules Russian flag download.  The Spanish staff and Prussians were painted for me by Kevin Bowman of the Falkirk and District club.

Russian Line infantry - the Galitz or Estonia Regiments

Spanish or Portuguese staff

Prussian fusilier command - Frontrank figures