Thursday, 12 April 2018

The long-awaited Blood Red Skies arrives...

Blood Red Skies arrived yesterday at Snapcase Hall. My lovely wife had pre-ordered it for me as a birthday present last year. This is the Battle of Britain bundle, so I now have 13 Spitfires, 13 Me 109s and a Boulton Paul Defiant.

Herewith the unboxing, game to follow ASAP.










Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Sir Francis Snapcase

A statue to be erected in Much-Piddling village square. The village's greatest hero, the Elizabethan swash-buckler and explorer (some would say pirate but b'damned to them), Sir Francis Snapcase. Born in Much-Piddling in 1540, 'tis rumoured he died in El Dorado in 1599.


The inscription reads: Sir Francis Snapcase, 1540 - 1599, "Singed the Queen of Spain's Bush"

Monday, 9 April 2018

What a Tanker!

I've pre-ordered the new rule set by TooFatLardies, What a Tanker! available here:

https://toofatlardies.co.uk/product/what-a-tanker-rules/


Being something of a lazy twat, I decided to order some 1/72 diecast tanks so that I could play a game as soon as the rules arrived. I found a great deal on eBay, 3 Tigers for £10.00 so I had to buy them. Then I bought 5 Shermans. The PDF of the rules arrived today and checking the rules I found that by serendipity I had managed to purchase two equal forces using the points system in the rules. 64 points cost to the Allies, 63 points for the Axis.


Three Tigers from 'GroƟdeutschland' Panzer-Grenadier-Division




Three M4 Shermans with 75mm gun


One M4 Sherman with 76mm gun and a Sherman Firefly



Thursday, 5 April 2018

Beware, sheep on the road!

It looks like a flock of sheep are blocking the road by the cricket club. Jonesy can't get through with his sausage for Mrs. Kenwood-Chef, the retired Colonel's wife!

First Rule of 'Countdown'...

Snapcase Hall


As Jesse says, I have been working on Snapcase Hall. It's not much to see but I had to do the first test piece to make sure I liked the way it looked. I think I'm happy with this, so on with the rest now.


The left wall is internal, the right side with the window will be external.


Both these walls are internal, different rooms when built.


Sunday, 1 April 2018

New Buildings in Much-Piddling

Chulmleigh, the Snapcase family bulldog gets his kennel at the gates to Snapcase Hall.


A new house in the village, this is pencilled in as the home of Edith Pilchard, spinster of the parish.


Edith is of course, a keen gardener.


A strange blue box has appeared next to the pub, obviously waiting for someone to paint a sign on it so that we know what it is!


.............and with great excitement, the construction of Snapcase Hall begins.



Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Much-Piddling Motor Services

The Much-Piddling garage is now open for business


as is the village bandstand


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Much-Piddling at War!

This is a trial set-up for a game to be played later this year. This will be my big game for DevLAM '18. The trial is to allow me to judge how many buildings I need and where they are going. So, you will notice plenty of unpainted scenery, much work to be done yet. However, I'm putting the pictures up because I'm quite pleased with the overall layout.

The vague scenario for this game is detailed in my January 2018 post entitled 'Much-Piddling Home Guard'.

Here is a highly-detailed and neatly drawn scale plan of the layout!

An aerial view of the whole table


The old water mill


The road bridge across the canal


A working narrow boat passing alongside the site of Snapcase Hall (under construction)


Much-Piddling from the canal


Pub wall


Much-Piddling village square


The car park at Snapcase Hall


Jack Jones delivering some lovely sausages to Mrs. Kenwood-Chef
(that van's been there a long time, ooohh errr, missus!)


A view of the farm on the Snapcase estate


The pig pen at the farm


Doug's favourite corner, the Much-Piddling Cricket Club


A view from Much-Piddling


Beer delivery at the pub


The village pub


The Much-Piddling Home Guard Mobile Pasty Unit (MPU)
(a Mad Lord invention for keeping the troops fed in times of invasion)


A steam roller on it's way to carry out road repairs on the Market Snodsbury road


The daily pie delivery at Snapcase Hall




Update


Wigmore Hall – A Triumphant Debut

There has been a Press Release from Sir Albert Brock KCB regarding the recent successes of the Wiltshire Police Flying Column. For the full story, follow this link:

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Last Valley

Received my order of trees and hedgerows from Andy of The Last Valley. Absolutely delighted with them. This will make a vast improvement to my set-ups for games.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/thelastvalley/page1


Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Snow Stopped Play!

Unfortunately the planned game of Pulp Alley did not take place due to severe weather conditions last week. I had made a rather poor movie of the set-up which I will post here and a couple of photos of the Snapcase League of Eccentric Gentlemen.

Tragedy at Tenochtitlan


L. to R.: Athelstan Snapcase (Younger brother and black sheep of the Snapcases), Brigadier (retd.) Jethro Q. Walrustitty, Chulmleigh (faithful bulldog), Lord Snapcase, Old Scrotum (the wrinkled family retainer), Captain (retd.) Kevin Darling and Bertie Wells.