Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Postman rings twice and groans.

The Postman looked a little disgruntled as he handed it over.  “That’s a heavy one,” is all he said.  Yes it was, the heft of my impetuous launch into Biblical Wargaming.  Twenty packs from Wargames Foundry.  We are talking kilograms of alloy.  Post free too, a nice touch!

Unpacking the box I noted that only two packs were in blisters, the rest being in simple zip lock plastic bags.  Its probably just as well, the parcel would have been huge if more blisters had been included. I also saw that Foundry now supply separate steel spears.  Nice.  At one time you had to buy those separately.  

The figures are as seen on their website... absolutely stunning.  I did note some flash on the Egyptian Spearmen, but that will be soon dealt with.  These will be older moulds of course, but age has not withered them.  My eyesight is no longer tip top of course, but I subjected them to forensic scrutiny,  and I declare them to be most excellent figures.

One issue is that I am already in the middle of the painting plan for my Union company for Sharp Practice 2, “Parson” Floyd Farthingdale’s 11th Massachusetts. Tesify brothers!  I had to decide which of the Biblicals I would paint first.  Not an easy decision, but a break from dark blue.

I suspect that I am not alone in drawing up a painting plan.  I probably am one of the few who record it.  I have written a wargames diary for years, using A5 W H Smith black hardback notebooks, with a transferable leather cover that has seen service for the last 20 years.  (Other High Street Stationers are available, and Rymans do a book that matches)  Ideas, scenarios, historical notes, campaign ideas or mechanisms,the only thing it isn’t is an actual diary.  One of these 300 page books lasts me a year or more, and I still have one,  but I am attempting to use blogging to replace it.

A painting plan for a new army would always feature in my wargames diary.  Since I'm now blogging as TheCyprusWargamer, instead of pen and paper, I will probably do that in detail online.  Ah, the modern world…

Suffice it to say I intend to undercoat black, use acrylic paints in shades and finish with a dip.   I may not have the skills of a Kevin Dallimore, but I do have enthusiasm.  

The chariot set of Pharoah Ramesses II will not be among my first figures to paint.  Something like that will need a carefull approach, so it's my Early Libyan Command first.  The tattoos concern me of course.

What colour is an ancient penis sheath?  



  1. If it's big enough it can be any colour you damn well like!

  2. Fluorescent green then, a glow in the dark warning for the Egyptians.
    They don't like it up 'em you know. I forsee much penis sheath related humour when these boys get on table!