Friday 24 March 2023

Another new game in the Shed

Morning all

The Shed is now properly up and running !! There are still some bits to do in the building but it is almost complete.

A few pictures from a recent Dark Ages game...

Titled the Harrowing of the North - three Norman Warlords enter the table to destroy the fields, crops and buildings of the rebellious Saxons. Using Hail Caesar rules with my 28mm collection great fun was had by all.

Beginning to realise that the larger table allows for a great deal more room for manuoever

The Saxons were mostly simply armed Fyrd

Trying to hold back the armoured horse

Stiff resistance was offered and a Saxon victory declared

Up next will be our refight of Salamanca - table set for action

and the troops mass

Sunday 5 March 2023

The Shed - onto the final stretch and the inaugural game

Good Morning All

the previous post can be found HERE

Apologies for the radio silence as things have been rather hectic in the last few days but I now find myself with some spare time (truth be told Mrs Shed and Shed-daughter have gone off to the Canary Islands for a week) and aside from some dog walking and bit of housework I am going to take a break. Since October when we bought the new place I have been working flat out and the batteries need a recharge.

I mentioned dog walking - well The Shed household has a new family member. Gandalf is a Labradoodle puppy of 8 months and we have owned him since he as about 8 weeks old. He's fit in very quickly and even gets on with the cats !!

Gandalf at 10 weeks - 

Gandalf at 8 months - now somewhat bigger at over 30kg

Anyway that is enough of my dog - onto news from the Shed...

The last two weeks has been spent sorting the Shed out - namely finding a home for my vast terrain and figure collection. The fact of the matter is that the new shed was not big enough to store everything and as a result quite a lot has had to be stored in one of the other outbuildings.

The shed was formerly an office and came with a large number of metal cabinets and desks. I kept back some of these from the clearance and they have now been pressed back into service. Three large floor to ceiling cabinets have now been placed along one wall and hold all my figures.

These have been framed in timber and await cupboard doors. The section to the left were two old cabinets with drawer runners installed. I cut these down to fit my Khartoum and Peninsular War terrain.

They only just fit !

The cupboard doors have now been cut and once painted the same green used for the kitchen should be hung in the next month.

Up next are a series of bookshelves built from ply reclaimed from the old shed.

I built six of these units and although they need some tidying up they are now painted and hold a large number of my gaming books - as you can see from the picture below my 'movie' posters are also starting to grace the walls.

The following set of photos are a series taking in the whole games room...with the first lay of the table across the room, This is 17ft long by 6ft deep.

Looking back up the room towards the kitchen...

This area will eventually be my painting area and work desk.

As mentioned above the table runs across the room - I can squeeze in an 18ft table lengthways as seen below - but it feels much tighter for the players to move around. I do have flexibility to re configure things.

So on Monday 7 of my gaming friends turned up to to christen the almost finished shed and fight out an epic ECW game using Pike & Shotte.

Thank you to Vince for some of these photos

Once again a big thank you to these chaps for helping out in the move and to all those who have offered moral and physical support during these works.

So the new shed is up and running !