06 August 2018

Man Cave reopens!

Its been awhile but I've finally returned to home shores. Another busy few months away at sea but the Man Cave is now open once again for business.  Along the way I did have a few hobby adventures to share...

First is a birthday present to myself - a small commission to start an early Saxon Army to oppose my Romano-British. I have not engaged a painting service before but with lots of time away I decided that a little help was required to get my armies together, so I can spend my limited home time playing.  Jacksarge Painting is an Aussie and I had seen his work on FB before - it is simply a delight to behold.  This is what he sent me:
Early Saxon Warlord- Footsore Miniatures and LBM banner
Jacksarge Painting really knocked it out of the park.
Early Saxon hearthguard - Footsore Miniatures

Jacksarge Painting made the process very easy and I was fortunate to be able to slip a small number of figures into his painting cue. I am thrilled with the outcome and strongly recommend his services. You can contact him here: http://jacksarge.blogspot.com or on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/JacksargePainting/

I also did a bit of arms length gaming while deployed - first up my participating in Palladian Guard's 1904 Cherbourg Superbattle - a bit of pre dreadnought naval alternative history in which the Brits and French team up against a Russo-German alliance at sea.  As the higher Russian commander I generated the tactical objectives for the Russian fleet, commanded ably by Ed.
Read the action here: https://palladian-guard.blogspot.com/2018/08/superbattle-cherbourg-1904.html

Secondly, my daughter and I had a lot of fun running a dungeon crawl adventures using FB messenger and the rules Four Against Darkness.  These are a simple but fun set of rules, which are usually utilised for solo adventures and were perfect for our purposes.  If you are looking for a bit of old style paper and pencil action, this could be up your alley.

Our party embraced racial diversity principles and consisted of a Barbarian, Elf, Dwarf and a Hobbit.  Sancho the Hobbit proved to be the Hero and MVP of our tale, proudly staggering back to town under the weight of a freshly hewn Minotaur Head to regale the tavern ladies of his fortune and courage in adversity.

And to start off my return to gaming in the best possible way, Alan hosted a bunch of our games clubbers at his place where Dave (of the Left Handed Panzerfaust fame) ran us, including my daughter, through a 4 player intro game of Frostgrave.  Now I must admit to having actively avoided this game thus far because I knew it would totally appeal to me and I didn't need yet another project. It did of course...
Dave's awesome Frotsgrave setup
A fun game ensued in which the other 3 quickly got into action against one another, allowing me to run around and steal most of the treasures. Highlight was one of Meaghan's archers putting an arrow into the eye of Aled's Sorcerer's Apprentice in turn one and dropping him before he even moved.  A lot of fun indeed and a real treat to play on Dave's fantastic setup and with his beautiful figures - visit his blog to see them in all their glory, and some wonderful tutorials of how he built his conversions. A very talented guy. Maybe I could build just a small warband for now...

Our heroes delve deeply into the ruins...
And to make matters worse, I see this is coming out soon too.  I must have 2 full moving boxes of old Epic stuff...


  1. Good to see the Man Cave has reopened for business! Does this mean you're available for bookings? :-)

    1. Repeat and valued customers need not bother with bookings Millsy!

  2. Welcome back and a great post!

    Cheers, Ross

  3. Great to hear that you are safely back on home soil - now, decisions decisions, where to start? :)

  4. Glad to hear you're back home now. Thanks again for taking part in Cherbourg so ably and enthusiastically. That banner is stunning by the way, a real pleasure to behold!

  5. Sure, It will be just one war band. Things like that never escalate into larger hordes of miniatures - never that!

    Welcome home. While being away from family is always difficult, especially in such dire locales as Hawaii (I do hope you got hardship pay), I'm sure you can find solace in some very reasonable miniature acquisitions - for medical recovery purposes, of course.

  6. Thanks for the shout out! Looking forward to more adventures in the Frozen City!

  7. Bloody superb, love anything Arthurian - just need to convince Ed and the others that we should do some, SAGA seems ideal for it too.

    Great idea using Messenger for a dungeon crawl game too, the joys of technology.

    And many thanks for taking part in the Cherbourg game, sir.

  8. A very ncie and diversified post, enjoyed!