Thursday, 28 May 2015

Re Landscaping my Moon Boards. (1)

Firstly let me get the book keeping out of the way. I have had to change the play by blog game back to a Napoleonic naval engagement as opposed to WW1 Dog fight. The planes at 1/300th scale were just too fiddly for me. So expect an update about that soon.

OKAY now on to what I have been doing. I was impressed by the response that the UFO project elicited so impressed that I have started to adapt my moon scape boards. I had too many craters on the boards I had made about 5-6 years ago. I have already done a step by step walk through on how to make them on the blog, when I was asked to make some for Ainsty Castings

So using a trusty hammer and wood chisel (long since blunt and now really in need of sharpening!) You can see from the first 2 photos one finished board and one that I have savaged! While the third photo shows some destruction of the second board.  All in all I removed about 1/2 the craters from each board which gives some open flat(ish) areas for movement and possibly for the inclusion of a moon base. (Very long term plan do not even suggest it at this stage or someone will want to see one next week).


The removal of the craters did take a while, as they were well stuck down. But Finally I did get the two boards to the correct crater density to open area ratio. (At least in my mind). A lot of the time was me thinking "Shall I get rid of that one or that one, or maybe those two!" But I finally got there and in the photos you can see the MDF board beneath. I kept most of the bigger craters including the one 17 inches across. As it really is easier to put things in them, figures vehicles, dice etc!and it breaks up the uniformity of the boards.

Eventually I was content, and even did the happy dance. As most of us will know the joy of using a hammer! It was not all easy going several times I removed one crater and another came with it OR  I damaged a crater that was in close proximity I am sure you get the idea. But for once I did not blame my self. The wonderful thing about the moon is that I have no idea where the craters are or should be and so as long as it looks right it is right.



 Repairs were the next stage. As you can see from the photo opposite . So with a trusty roll of masking tape I patched any damaged craters. You can clearly see the system I used overlapping strips of tape to get the slopes of each crater. I know it looks rough, but trust me if done methodically and consistently the technique works. One of the reasons it works is that I do not have people continually poking it to see what it's made of, if you want to know just ask it is easier all round than prodding and poking.


The next photo shows the next step. Having mixed up some paint and white wood glue (PVA (Resin W if we are being technical)). At this stage colour was not an issue as I know it will have several more coats to get the right texture and rigidity. So yes for a very short time it was a green colour. But we are talking minutes and nor hours as before it could dry I sprinkled the areas with building sand (The cheapest I can get). I applied a thick layer to cover as much as possible and not to leave any gaps. I continued the process on any other areas that needed patching. Lots of fun and lots of mess so if you ever try this method do not do it in the house, or you will get nagged and with good reason!

Giving  about 40 minutes tor the paint and glue to dry I simply poured the sand of the board swept it up and put it back in the bucket ready for the next coating.



 The process was repeated 3 times using plenty of sand, plenty of glue and plenty of paint. In fact so much paint I have to get some more today when I am out. As you can see in the photos you do get sand everywhere and paint/glue a lot of places too, so I do all this stuff in the garage well away from anyone who might complain. I also have a tidy up afterwards as well. Thrust me it's best to do so!

After a while the boards start to take on the right texture. And by using 3-4 coats of paint/glue/sand will get tough enough to play on. No they will not stand up to being run over in a car but are totally suitable to play on.

With waiting times it will take several hours so perhaps it is best left overnight, just to make sure it is dry. Yesterday for me though was a nice hot sunny day and things were drying very quickly in fact several times the paint and glue was dry before the sand was sprinkled on! In Which case it was re applied in smaller areas and a patchwork was built up. But while it was hot and sunny I pressed on with the task.



 In a couple of areas the previous texture was lifting and was creating very small ridges. Rather than fight against it I went with it. Only about 3 mm and rather than worry about it I just applied more paint glue and sane and rejoiced in the slightly uneven texture knowing that when all was dry they would add some low level relief to the boards.

When I was OK with how it looked, I used up the last of my black and dark brown paint and sealed all the areas that had been transformed. Photo not shown. And that is where I have left it over night already to start today when I get some more paint and glue. If it has dried how I hope I will just be on the colouring up today and the boards will be finished by the new week. As is more likely they will require another coat of paint glue and sand they should be ready by the end of next week. So I will show them when I get to stat stage. There may also be some half painted photos as well just as WIP.

That's it for today. Thanks awfully for the enthusiasm of the UFO project it has pushed me onwards over the last few days. And I have now reached a stage I need to restock on modelling supplies before I start again.

Take care, have fun and tune in soon for another update, or maybe something different.
Cheers from Clint

(Post Script) I have a new Avatar as the first time in my life someone guessed  who I was named after! It is no secret I was named after Clint Walker but no one has ever guessed before without being told or at least very strong clues being given!


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

UFO 7TV

I must be honest this idea only came to me at Salute this year. But now that I look back I was probably only going to end up here anyway.  Back when it first came out I was not a fan of the TV series "UFO" by Gerry Anderson much preferring other TV series like "Colditz" or even Captain Scarlet (and the Mysterons). But in the past few years it has grown on me. Without knowing it I first built a moonscape, well that is to say I knew I was building it and was enjoying it, but was never really aware why. I don't mean that in a "Close encounters of the third Kind" build a mountain, I am sure you get what I mean. I was building it as mostly I just wanted to. I even painted up a handful of astronauts but not really enough to do anything with telling myself that at the time there just was not enough astronauts figures to make the project viable as well as the fact that I could not find any suitable aliens in space suits. So the Project did not go anywhere after my initial burst. (That is just so me!)

Then a chance conversation with Tim at the wargames club where he mentioned the various "Dinky" diecast toys from the period. When I was a kid one of my best friends John had this toy. Not this actual one but this diecast model. Anyway I asked Tim what scale it was but he was unable to tell me. It was about 40 years ago so I could not remember. So I looked it up online and still could not find an answer so I looked for the cheapest I could get on eBay just to get an idea.

While I know I will never get an exact scale, looking at the seats inside the cabin I would say that it is about the right scale for a 28mm figure. From that realisation it quickly became apparent that a tabletop version of the now, "classic" UFO series was a strong possibility. I already had a moon scape (I will have to re-do some of it and remove about 1/2 the craters but still). I already have the Astronauts and the Aliens. (they were humanoid and wore space suits as well). I have a set of rules almost perfect for the series, and now I have a "Shado Mobile" diecast toy.


 So I have just about gotten everything I need. yes it will all need work to bring it to life, but I have all the basics.

Talking of the "Shado Mobile" considering the cheap eBay price, where the postage cost more than the product it is not in bad nick. Obviously it is missing tracks and also missing the rocket. But as you will never fire the rocket using the spring on the diecast model the missing rocket is the least of my worries. It will need a new coat of paint to hide all the chips and scratches but that is stock in trade for wargamers!

 A couple of the axles are also bent, but as I will mount it on a base and not "trundle" it across the floor as most kids wouldhaving bent axles and no tracks is a modelmakers bread and butter. For a start I could take the tracks from another model kit, or I could use an elastic band of the correct size and width or I could make them from plastic as they are now not going to need to move. So overall while I know I will sweat and swear at it and myself I am very happy and expect to realise this project in the next few months. Well at least the start of it.

So now back filled with vim and vigor I have a new and unlikely project to fulfil.

Thanks for tuning in, and I hope this project excites you as much as it does me.

Cheers from Clint


Sunday, 24 May 2015

Reginald Evans (28mm Zombie and survivor)

Reginald had anger management issues even before the zombie apocalypse. He hated his job as an IT teacher in a secondary school. He hated the other staff, his wife and most of all the kids. But that was OK he was hated back with equal measure. This all meant that most of the school kids learnt nothing from him. But then the zombie apocalypse came along and computers, Mr. Evans only real friends, all died.

So taking up the first implement that came to hand, Reggie, as his mother still called him, his wife just called him "the tosser", let loose his bile his anger and his frustrations Not only on the latest version of windows but every computer and zombie he could
find.

Here we see Reginald Evans and his alter ego after the zombie threat. Clearly in the out break period of the zombie apocalypse before he dresses and arms him self for survival. While a dustbin lid is not a recommended tool for urban zombie survival, if it's all you have I am sure you will be glad of it. Maybe it will double as a shield. While parrying is only semi useful in this setting anything that will keep the grasping hands away has got to be a good thing.


Both Figure and survivor are  from "East street Games" And are part of the civilians pack. Unfortunately at this time they are not sold separately so you will get all the survivors and their dead/undead counterparts all in one pack.

Available here  CLICK THIS LINK.  I am sure you will forgive the dodgy camera work and the very dodgy brush work. I have kept all the clothing the same colours on both models and as he is armed ONLY with a dustbin lid have taken this to be in the outbreak phase so the zombie still has a human like appearance. Yes the blood has stopped pumping but the dead figure has literaly just been turned into a zombie so the blood has not as yet pooled at it's feet around the ankles. I did find the figures fun to paint but the details on the castings were not obvious until paint was applied, which did lead to a few errors on my part and a couple of areas repainting. But overall I am happy with it.

I hope you have enjoyed what the other wargamers have done with their versions. All the best. Enjoy the Bank holiday Clint.

Friday, 22 May 2015

WW1 British Medical team

Well as mentioned 2 days ago here are the WW1 British medical team. Just 3 figures and starting from the left. A Dr, and two medics or simple stretcher bearers that's up to you to decide.

The Dr could pass as any senior officer. I say senior officer as he is opening a gold cigarette case. It always strikes me as odd just how many Dr's and Nurse's smoke in England. They of all people should know and be aware of the dangers. Still it is their life and if that's what they want who am I to complain. But I will anyway. So this figure along with the others in the medical team are unarmed and should in theory not draw any fire from either side. We all know that the reality might be different at times, but generally this was adhered to.

In the Centre is a more general medical orderly. While you may think of him as a Doctor I tend to think he is slightly more experienced than just a stretcher bearer. He carries a blanket to cover a body or corpse with should the need arise.

On the right we have the afore mentioned stretcher bearer.  As it takes two, or more people to move a loaded stretcher he will no doubt team up with the medical orderly to move a body. All three of these should make a team but I suspect the Dr would be safely away from the very front in a field hospital or aid station.

Again all three figures are for Matt and his growing WW1 collection. And I have some more German Cavalry on the paint table to come along soon. But I hope to have a break and get a figure of my own done over this Bank holiday Weekend.

Just before I sign of until Sunday I would mention there was an earthquake here last night. Not a big one and no-one got hurt as far as I am aware. But It did make the local and national news, and yes I did sleep through it!

Have fun, take care and all the best from Kent!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Paint Monkey does Waving not Drowning!

Matt gave me some British to paint. World War one British. I have asked him and he said they were a mixture of companies so I cannot tell you which figure relates to which company, so hard luck if you want to find a specific figure. He also gave me a couple painted by Ray Rousell for me to try and colour match. I have not shown those as I do not want to have a comparison made, that would be neither fair to Ray nor myself.

Firstly some signallers, 3 figures I believe each from different companies or at least different sculptors. The one in the middle is a much rougher sculpt than the other two but he's waving his flags and seems happy to be doing so. While the one on the right has his flags furled and also carries a rifle, while the others are unarmed. To me this waving flags malarkey strikes as one painting a "Shoot Me First" sign on them but I guess when the wireless is not present one has to adapt and use what is available. Still it does not strike me as the safest occupation!



I am really not sure what Matt will do with this one either but he did mention some VBCW Anglican forces. So I guess they will benefit from a Vicar. Actually without being glib I think most forces would given the lack of atheists on the battlefield. he was a terribly nice figure to paint though and I thought sunglasses might suit him better than prescription spectacles for Myopia. I think I am right in saying this may be the first ever WW1 Vicar I have painted.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for popping by. I am just finishing 3 more British WW1 figures so you may expect them in a couple more days.

All the Best and TTFN Clint

Monday, 18 May 2015

In the Bleak Mid Winter!

Two weeks ago I asked the guys at the club to do an introductory game of "Chain of Command" (By the Too Fat Lardies!) and I was delighted that this club meet yesterday they dis so. Now having played the rules I am an immediate convert to the rules! I thought they worked so very well. And here is what happened.

We used 28mm Winter War troops with the Russians attacking the Fins. All figures terrain and rules knowledge supplied by Dave who helped me with the Fins and opposed by Kev and Ian who had played before and had the Russians.

Once the forces were worked out both teams had a few extra points to spend given the scenario. The Russians bought a T26 tank and a Medium (80mm) Mortar. While we, the Fins selected a company runner (to help bring on reinforcements and issue orders, a sniper team (cheap option but quite handy so I was told), another T26 (To counter their tank threat) and a Chain of Command dice (In case they had a preliminary barrage and we wanted to end the turn quickly!) And that was all the points spent. At platoon level 1 tank a side is VERY generous as historically speaking the ratio during WW2  was 600 troops to each tank even in Battle of the Bulge and D-Day.

The Russians went first and rolled the command dice. The result was that they could bring on the mortar the T26 and a squad and get the next go straight away. In the second phase they moved the squad up and brought another squad onto the board as well as advancing the tank. We, Dave and me, had nothing on the board to stop them.
 And that is where the action starts and the Finns get a phase. And we get a good dice roll and can bring on the T26 (at the table edge) the sniper and a squad. Shown in the picture above. I got luck and the sniper fired straight away and managed to wound a Russian NCO. (I needed to roll 1 or less on d6 and rolled a 1).A pair of phases were played and the sniper managed to wound a second Russian NCO (Again needing a 1 on d6 to do so and getting it!) Mean while the Russians had brought on a 2nd and 3rd squad onto the board and we had managed to bring on 2 more squads an a platoon command as well.
 The two tanks started to fire at each other but with only minimal effect. they both suffered some suppression hits so were a little groggy an if either had mad a good (not even very good) dice roll it would have tipped the balance.
 The centre squad was taking a beating and the right flank almost open and flapping in the cold bitter wind. All the Russians had to do to win was exit one unit (Squad tank or Mortar) off the Finnish table edge and they would win. Dave and me had to stop them! The Russians stop firing at our tank and decide to machinegun my centre squad. Which exhausted and now down to just 2 men (My LMG team as it happens) are forced to withdraw leaving the centre wide open!

Meanwhile on the right Ian pushes his squad forward and tries to take the village hall.  Dave uses our command dice and I get a free opportunity shot at them in the open. This does enough and they don't make it into the village hall but are left in the open outside.
 Dave then shakes off enough of the suppression to move and fire our T26 and out of 5 dice rolls a single 4 with the rest as 5s or 6s. The Russian tank explodes. But I still have nothing in the centre and the right wing under attack. So Kev moves up in the centre, and Ian tries to push forward on the right but the dice are not good and he cannot move the squad outside the village hall as there NCO is wounded (sniper previously) and just cant get them to enter the building so a fire fight ensues with them in the open and my squad in the woods.
 As it in now "Squeaky bum time" I have to bring on my last reserves into the centre wooded area. So Kev being a good Russian commander charges and shows them some cold steal. Luckily this squad gets some opportunity fire just before contact and they break and run back to their own woods.
 Leaving half a suppressed squad of Finns looking bemused and confused and feeling very relieved. On the right with a wounded NCO the Russians were never going to win the fire fight standing in the open and trying to shoot my squad in the trees. So they also broke and fled back to the starting trees. As they poured through another Russian Squad it was also affected by their morale and became supressed.
 So the Attack on the right wing was stalled and the Centre was pushed back. But the left still had 2 Russian squads in it. But we Had a tank! (Ok and a sniper and a squad there as well. ) But the machineguns on the Tank did the business and they declaimed it a Finnish Victory. As they could not move across the open with a tank parked nearby and neither of those two Russian squads had any antitank capability!
 
Ok it is nice to get a win I can admit that. And this is the scale of WW2 games* that I like. It is small enough to seem personal and yet large enough that one lucky shot will not win the game. (Despite what I have said about or tank!) The rules worked very well and I WANT to play them again. Using dice to activate certain things means that you cannot activate everything in one go which means you have to prioritise what you want to do. The result is that in the game the Russian mortar only fired once and with no effect and I suspect in retrospect they would have chosen a different asset, but we are all learning and it did give them some indirect fire to which we could not answer.
 
Overall I did like the rules and I will be using them for a couple of projects. As well as WW2 I will want to use these rules for some "Back of Beyond" wargames shenanigans as at this stage I cannot find an acceptable Back of Beyond set of rules. So adapting these makes perfect sense to me.
 
Thanks For looking today I should (I hope) have something painted by Wednesday so hopefully some more news then. So until then, take care have fun and paint a figure or two if you can.
Cheers Clint
 
* The Winter war was just before WW2 but is close enough to count in my mind!

Friday, 15 May 2015

15mm Cavalry.

Well not all that exciting. One of my mates at the wargames club (Peter) has gotten me to paint some 15mm British colonial period Cavalry for his Zulu War collection. And as they were finished today I thought I could share them with you. Clearly they are unbased but Peter wants to base them himself so I am happy to let him. The riders come separate from the horses as do the lances and they were all ready assembled before coming into my hands. I usually like things separate for painting as I tend to find that easier as it gives you more ways to approach the figure with a paint brush!

There are also 8 foot figures for gun crews. I have no idea what make they are but all the figures are quite nice and if I was doing this period in this scale I would happily get some more. But as my colonial figures are all 10mm it's a little too late to start again .

Thanks for looking today. I should post next on Monday. I think we are playing "chain of  command" at the club on Sunday so with luck a report on that.

Cheers Guys.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Empress Maria Theresa

 Well something a little different, not a leather stocking in sight. Nor a gun, sword axe or other weapon of war. Back in 2013 when I entered the Analogue Painting Challenge, Kawe of Westfalia Miniatures offered each participant a limited edition figure. And here is mine painted up. I received it during the Salute show and at the time though "I have no use for this!" But then I got thinking. Yeah I know It's dangerous. Now I don't know who this figure was in real life, I am sure I could do the research but lets be blunt I am just too lazy to do so!

The figure is 25mm and not 28mm but that is not an issue because people all come in different sizes in real life and it is not uncommon to see people of 5 feet tall and those of 6 feet tall stood in close proximity. So undaunted I set about splashing some colour on her! Given that modern dying techniques were not used prior to 1846 I went for a Peach or coral pink for her gown with lighter pink for the lace and trimmings. Simply because I saw this shade of pink on "Poldark TV Series" worn by "Verity" in one episode, and if the colour was acceptable for the BBC I knew it would be OK for me as well. That may sound like a weak solution but it works for me.

So what will I use the figure for? Well I think it will go in my 3 Musketeer collection, but it could equally well go in with Settlers in the Americas used against my French Indian wars Indians. So not of the greatest use to me but another figure done and dusted, varnished and put away.

I did find here hard to paint but that is probably just my ineptitude and a better painter may have no problems at all. I found the face in particular a challenge but I think it came out OK so I am not displeased at all.

And finally my cousin has returned this week from a vacation in Australia. As such I was given a packet od Australian sweets to try. The chocolate outside was nice but I did not like the interior. I thought looking at the packet that it might be soft and chewy, but it was hard instead. And while I am delighted to have tried them I don't think I will ever again.

So that's a late post for me today as to be honest I was not expecting to finish the figure today at all. I am not sure what will be finished just yet but with luck I should have something finished in a couple more days. So until next time., take care, slap some paint on a figure or two or maybe play a game. All the Best from Kent, England>

Cheers Clint



Sunday, 10 May 2015

Yet more Woodland Indians!

Well the title gives a very good clue about these figures. Continuing with the Redoubt 28mm French Indian Wars range today another 4 Indians. I am grateful to Simon Jones for leaving a comment on my last lot of Leather stockings. I am sure he may be correct in that they were made of trade blankets by this stage, but I will continue to paint them as leather for three reasons. Firstly because the James Fennimore Cooper books are called the "Leather Stocking Tales". Secondly because most players mine included expect them to be this material in the same way that many people paint Ninja figures dressed in black where there is NO historical evidence of them wearing black. And Thirdly because I like the look and they may not actually be used as historically accurate figures.

So this time they are a musket heavy group. There were 4 muskets in a £7.50 pack but I swapped one out last time and replaced with a war club one. Surprisingly good value I think despite the fact that they are a little chunky in places. Let's put it this way I am happy to have the figures for the Price.

The third Photo shows a little clearer on the Faces. You can all thank or curse Anne for that! For War paint I have stuck to black, white and red just to keep them all looking somewhat regular in setting. I have not looked at any traditional references for the war-paint preferring to just make it up and be happy. You will see that some have it around the jaw and others on the forehead and yet others still across the full face. For Gaming purposes I am happy to mix and match like that and not do any in-depth research! yeah I am a lazy so and so! So If you want to do the research and let me know I will be happy to listen as it will save me a job!

The final picture for today has all the ones painted so far together. Only 11 but they look quite fearsome and imposing, at least to me.

While I have no Donnybrook plans for them they may or may not get used for that. In the back of my head I do have a "Fantasy" use for them (I can imagine Ray shuddering) but one should be careful about putting "Fantasy" and "Leather-stockings" in the same sentence!

Thanks for looking today, have a good weekend and get some painting done!
I have some to do as well..... more mundane than these!




Friday, 8 May 2015

More Leather stockings!

Yes a couple more figures from the redoubt French Indian Wars range. This brings it up to 8, a long way short of an army at present but destined to grow a bit more . I can say that with confidence as I have 4 more started.

I started painting these figures from Redoubt after playing "Muskets and Tomahawks." Yes I like Native American figures I can't help it. Only met one in real life as far as I am aware but they were nice enough. So no complaints there! While some of the proportions on the Redoubt figures may be ever-so slightly off As I already had them I will not complain too much. I knew when I painted the last 4 which were just for fun that I had a couple more tucked away. Well it turns out the 3 or 4 I thought I had were actually 11 or 12 so yes you can expect some more of these to get paint slapped on them before too long.

Price wise they are £7.50 for 4 (+P &P) so I expect that I will get a few more when I next go to a show with Redoubt present. Just to round the collection out, not because I actually have a use for them, although if I try hard I can probably find a use. Yes Ray I know they can be used for Donnybrook! A really enjoyable paint and great fun trying to think up different war paints for each of them.

Thanks for looking today and with luck something else in a day or two. All the best from Kent, England and I hope you had an enjoyable general election if you are in the UK. And if not better luck in 5 (or less) years time.

Cheers Clint

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Casualties. (20mm Britannia)

Well I will admit that the Bank Holiday did give me a little extra time. So here today a little earlier than expected are my latest figures.

Two castings picked up at the Salute show from Andy at Grubby Tanks. They are Britannia 20mm castings which are now supplied by GRUBBY TANKS (Link) These five figures help to round out the Vietnam conflict figures I re-painted, and re-based a couple of weeks ago. It is only in "Vietnam War" wargames rules have I ever needed to worry about casualties being taken to a safe place, be that an aid station or medivaced out to a civilized hospital. Oh and in Afghan war as well now I think on it. Oh and in zombie games, but that really is different!!

So we have a figure carrying another over his shoulder and two figures carrying another between them. Both very characterful figures and totally useable in the "FNG" rules by 2 hour Wargames. Needles to say if a casualty needs taking off table during a game the squad will lose more than just the single casualty, it will require at least 1 more to move them. So suddenly your squad is down 2 fighting troops for the time it takes to get the guy to a safe place. And maybe even then if there is no handy medic to act as a guard until help arrives. It is just another example of how warfare really is and not as we like to play it. I am equally sure in earlier centuries the same thing must have happened! It's just that only from the Vietnam conflict onwards do rules take this into account.

The final picture is just a "Proof" for the local club painting challenge that the figures were painted in this time period and not before. Yes I know that sounds kind of daft, but hey they want some evidence and not to just take each others words. So who am I to argue? It just seems a bit.... well "untrusting!" To me if we don't trust other wargamers then perhaps I or them are in the wrong hobby!

That's all for today. I hope this finds you well. All the best from rainy (today) Kent. Cheers Clint
 

Monday, 4 May 2015

Sunday is club day and now I have pulled out of the ACW Campaign, I wanted something a little lighter. It is funny I do not know any player who is happy with the campaign even Scott who has yet to loose a battle. So wanting something lighter I sat down with some guys and played a couple of board games.

The first game we played was "Roll for the Galaxy. As 2 of us had never played it before the others gave us a tutorial which was confusing as they all chipped in and tried to explain at once as opposed to one person explaining the rules and the result was 3 different voices all telling us new players at the same time slightly different things or more rather the same things in different orders! Needles to say I got muddled up and it is a good job the rules were actually fairly easy. We played the game 3 times and I came 4th out of five the first time, then last and then finally the rules twigged and in the last game I actually won. Ian said " I have never seen Clint roll as many dice and not a single 1!" The git there were no numbers on any of the dice! Yeah I was surprised as well and I don't think they were going easy on me! But for once the Dice Gods favoured me. (All praise the dice gods).

And while the three games were quite quick (about 1 hour each game) we had time left at the end for another game of something different. I did mention a couple of games that I knew I liked but  they had not brought them this time. But we quickly settled on "Camel Up". I had played it once before but had forgotten what it involved. For those of you who have not come across the game it is about betting on a camel race. Very simple, a lot of fun and just a bit of strategy and planning (but not enough to make me think too hard). I do have a slight advantage here, no I am not a camel jockey and no I could not fix any races. The advantage comes that the three other players (Dave from the earlier games had left) all try to stitch each other up. I on the other hand try to move camels. OK so the result was a very decisive win in the first game by me as I ended with 12 pound (£) tokens more than anyone else. I did not do so well in the second game and came in last as I think I was trying to join in on the sabotaging of other players. But the Third game was another win for me. And they all looked at me with deep suspicion.

So out of 6 board games played on Sunday I won 3 of them! Well that's my luck used up for another year!

Thanks for looking today I hope you had a good weekend, all the best from me.