Thursday, 12 July 2018

The Miller's Tale - Episode 2

Episode 2: In which Mike attempts to remember how this podcasting thing works!

Thursday, 1 March 2018


Due to local adverse weather the police have closed access to Newark Showground. Therefore Hammerhead has been re-scheduled for 28th April 2018. Please share.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Accountability post 29th Jan

Late finish - just got back in from club having had my Night Watch roundly trounced by Grahame's Wildings.... typical Grahame force, lots of annoying missile troops in woods :D

Today? Today I did my taxes! Go me! Also went out, test drove and placed the deposit on (so, pretty much, bought) Anne a new (to her) car (the old one's a write-off) with which she is absolutely delighted, and I did manage to sort out printing quotes for various size print runs of a certain 72 to 96 page colour paperback book that you're all interested in.

The good news? You'll be able to buy a printed copy. In colour.

Tomorrow I'm in London all day for an interview, so don't expect much.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

A reader writes...

Ok - for those of you applauding my incompetence handling a British column in Spain over the holiday break, Jeff writes that the guys had another go this weekend... (there were, it has to be said, Certain Discussions at the time about whether the British had any chance at all. Me, I blame the CO :D)
[We] got together on the 20th to have another run at the scenario in which you played during your visit to the Twin Cities.  It turned out very different this time.

Pictures are here,
Looks like fun, and another excellent demonstration of the Napoleonic Command rules. 

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Accountability update 27 Jan 2018

Apologies for missing yesterday - three different recruiters decided they wanted to talk to me about jobs. After several go-arounds explaining what my plans were, and why they want to let me telecommute, I think I have one very good lead, and certainly another that's worth following to the next step. After that? Off to play a gig, and back home at 0030 or so. This rock and roll? Definitely a young man's game: I ache today!


  • Finished the master province table barring some final details in the Irish and Scots provinces


  • Big committee meeting. Lots of action items that I'm slowly walking through.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Amiens 1918 narrow gauge layout/diorama

Couldn't resist this when I saw it, either. It's an 009 (or in wargames terms, 20mm figure scale (aka 1:76/4mm to the foot), 9mm/2'3"gauge) layout representing a WW1 trench railway in 1918, built by Calum Willcox, a.k.a. SDJR7F88 on YouTube.

The figures are from W^D Models delightfully characterful range. The Mk1 is the classic Airfix kit, while the MkIV and Whippet are Emhar kits, the 18" howitzer (front left of the layout) and tractor are Roden, and the refuelling truck is Skala. The big gun dead centre is a 9.2" howitzer, and it's an A Wilkinson 3D print. Can't find out on his series of videos what the B-type 'bus is - I'm guessing it's either W^D or the Airfix kit, (Edit: and I'm wrong, it's a Corgi from the WW1 Centernary Collection.)

Really rather fabulous, I think. Lovely attention to detail, and clearly lots of thought gone into the staging of each vignette.

Would you like to see something like this on display at a wargames show?

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Compendium update/accountability post 24th Jan

Busy day today, in between feeding tea to the builders and answering 'so, where do you want this?' questions.

The Compendium is now up to 60 pages and just shy of 20,000 words. I'm anticipating about another dozen or so pages, I think, but could be mistaken. Today's achievements:
  • Added another Rich Clarke article (player notes) to the Appendices. As a note, these aren't as easy as they might sound, as they're not just a cut and paste job: they need formatting to match the rest of the book, editing to remove references to them being a blog post or standalone article, and sometimes also removing or rewriting a chunk of the pre/postamble, and invariably re-punctuating (missing commas!) and proof-reading.
  • Added a chunk of stuff to the introduction.
  • Moved a couple of things into the Appendices where I think they sit better, including the master terrain table, which has now become the master province table and includes resources and fortification levels.
  • Started adding data to the new columns in the master province table.
  • Reformatted everything that broke as a side-effect of the above!
Major outstanding tasks left:
  • Finish the master province table
  • Two Raid scenarios to write up properly, so I can start playtesting them
  • More thinking about Battles
  • Import the useful names table from the Lard Island site
  • Finish off the Characters section
  • Finish the 'campaign flowchart' Appendix
  • Start deciding on quotes, 'fillos' and photos to fill up end-of-page spaces
and a few other odds and sods
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