Tuesday, 21 February 2012
The Professor sent his Daughter Victoria, with the Law in tow to confront the O'Learys, identify the buyer and retrieve the rest of the artefacts for the British Museum. Patrolling goons with wolfhounds stand in the way of the gang leaders, hiding in the back if their Talbot van.
The buyer remains a mystery, with only a handful of artefacts recovered and the O'Learys mostly having made an escape, our taskmaster Mr Chuffington is less than satisfied.
Next Adventure: India! (not for a few months, I've painting to do first)
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Setup: the Red gems denote six markers that Mr Byrne must collect to make his getaway. The Prof and crew need to pursue, spot and disable him ask in order to ask probing questions about the missing artefacts.
After a few turns: Mr Byrne disappears out of sight and leaving two trails to pursue. The Prof tries an alternate route to head him off while Mr Singh stays hot on his heels. The scenario required the heroes to collect the two trails of numbered markers in order or risk their quarry's escape!
Saturday, 18 February 2012
1930's London and Mr Chuffington, Director of Antiquities asked his old friend Professor Hemmingway to investigate the disappearance of artefacts en route to the British Museum. The Prof's investigations led to a warehouse in London's Docklands, guarded by particularly suspicious Irish goons...
The Prof, with the stalwart Mr Singh and dependable butler Hawkins enter from the main warehouse entrance, while two of London's curiousest (and finest) Plod enter from a side door. The blue numbered markers (from Litko) represent encounters around the warehouse - people, events or perhaps the missing artefacts.
After a fistfight developed into a firefight, one copper falls, while the remaining one whittles down the Paddies with his revolver. Meanwhile, the Professor and Hawkins rummage through crates as Mr Singh clubs down the goon on the lower level.
The Professor and crew investigate the upper level, while tommy gun-wielding o'Rourke, our 'head goon', dives (or slips) towards cover from the Professor's shooting. This being after o'Rourke emptied his gun, impressively missing everything in a Stormtrooper-esque manner.
Rules were .45 Adventure V2. Miniatures painted by me and my brother. All terrain built by my brother - a scratch-built and fantastically modular set, built to fit 3cm x 3cm x 3cm dimensions. You can see more halfway down here. With the right 'set-dressing', these pieces can make any adventures spring to life.
Thursday, 16 February 2012
I accept many of the articles may not be written by native English speakers (it seems to be a Netherlands-published mag) but typos did rile me as almost all could be eliminated by a good proof-read. There was even a comment in one article about not being able to get away with typos, the irony!
So, probably not worth a subscription: I've yet to find a Wargames mag I want to buy every month.
EDIT: For clarity, I did enjoy much of the issue and would definitely consider buying WS&S again, especially if the theme appealed to eras I'm interested in gaming.
Sunday, 12 February 2012
Thursday, 9 February 2012
A personal friend of mine has recently started a new blog, pitched as a weekly British version of satirical newspaper 'The Onion'. I think it is really amusing, but he is keen on getting more readers!
So this is a shameless plug and do comment here or on his blog.
Check it out here:
Monday, 6 February 2012
Most of the works were from between 1100-1500 and were real treasures. There were even a book of psalms from the Anglo-Saxon period, and the burned remnants of one work dating from around the year 500. I wonder if these artists realised their work would survive a thousand years later? Not bad for some cured hide, pigment and gold leaf.
Another fine example of just how much history the UK has to offer. Darn, I sound like a tourist-board advert. Highly recommended but I stress I have no affiliation with the BL!
I'd best bring this back to wargaming - the exhibition almost tempted me to grab some miniatures for Wars of the Roses/Medieval skirmish. Perry miniatures just happen to do a couple of boxes at a very reasonable price... Whilst I'd have fun painting them, I would never get a game with them, so I'll leave it as a project I could do as a diorama one day.
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Looking at my diary, I've got another hectic week this week, then just the weekend before flying off for a short break in Morocco, then a dash up to visit my brother and newborn niece. So I probably won't have much more finished before the end of February.
I did manage to snatch a couple of hours to paint today, finishing off a batch of Redcoats that have cluttered my hobby area since the summer. They won't score for the Challenge but it is nice to finally get them done.
On a more positive note, my last round of eBay auctions raised nearly £50, close to the as new value, so I've a good excuse for some hobby purchases again. And I've more earmarked to sell when I get chance to list them.
Anyway, in the meantime here is the last entry to the Challenge, which feels like it was an age ago. Baboons and a French Mademoiselle, this was a curious combination!