Isotype – AVBCW 4th November

From OMD’s latest epic CD, The Punishment of Luxury.

Are blogs and other digital publications replacing our tactile communications ?

Well all well and good that Clive and Roo have been busy organising the next AVBCW Big Game and they’ve confirmed the 4th November is the day.

So haul ass, and get here to Hereford.

And you’ll get to see us all for real.

Log defences

I’m sure there is a proper name, but here are some log barriers that act as barriers. I had one set painted up years ago, and bought some only for them to be lost…

I’d undercoated them and then packed them away in a box of stuff I’ve now sold.

They’re by Ainsty.

Simple, log barricades kept in places by staves at either end. I’ve added flock on the outer side.


These should be good for AVBCW, BoB, and WHFB games as well as my long planned AWI project.

In a wild moment of madness I painted the staves on this set a different colour.

The usual paint mix is:
– Foundry Bay Brown (Shade)
– Foundry Granite
– GW Agrax Earthshade wash
– Foundry Boneyard (shade), for the logs’ split ends and staves

The alternate set had the staves painted in Granite (light).

Wild I know.

Some more figures have been found in advanced states of painting…

AVBCW TNG – Autumn 2017 BIG GAME

Well it came to pass that JP & I passed on the baton to The Next Generation, and they produced a game in Spring days after I’d moved house and damaged my leg so I didn’t attend, but now they’re back for another stab at it.

If anyone is in the Hereford/Worcs/Glocs/Salop area (or even further afield) then they’re lining up a game in late October November.

get in contact with them.

Their blog is here.

Or drop me a line by posting here and I’ll make sure you’re in contact with them and can take part in an excellent day’s gaming over large tables with suitable inanities, tongue in cheek humour and some serious wargaming.

New AVBCW from Footsore, shout out

I don’t normally say “this is wot I got today”, but on this occasion I’ll make an exception.

Footsore miniatures (ex Musketeer) have released some new AVBCW figures, and knowing that I REALLY SHOULDN’T BUY THEM, I went and bought them.

Nice crisp castings of the Bank Manager, the City Workers and the Gardeners.

the bankers are armed with rifles, whilst the gardeners are armed variously with a puff gun for killing insects, a machete, a basket and a rifle.

Best thing was though in the package was…

An MDF laser cut book mark (?) and sticker for free.

So prompt service, good castings, more more more !

More Scatter Scenery including scarey crows

As those following JP & I’s efforts at our Hereford games, you’ll know that the local tradition (well Bromyard at least) is for Scarecrow celebrations, and it is well knwon for people to steer well clear of scarecrows on the table of our games lest the Twiggy Mommet protesters turn up.

Unp until now I’ve left it to JP, but when I saw these items from Ristuls Market I decided to get them. They arrived quite quickly in good packing, and with only minor flash easily cleaned off.

Being thin and light resin items, I found some metal washers, and greenstuffed them on, to ensure they were not top heavy.

Painted up, they’re about 40mm high (foundry Swashbuckler for comparison), `and look the biz. So no escaping scarecrows in AVBCW, or any other appropriate game. đŸ˜‰

Now I’d bought another piece of scenery at the same time as the well I’ve previously painted up, so I dug that out, and had some cunni8ng thoughts on a mini campaign for Frostgrave/Mordheim. I’d already undercoated it and part base coated it, so managed to crack that our in the last threee days.

A throne fit for a Liche …

I didn’t want to go for black, as it would be too obviously, and when JP popped round, he agreed a nice dark red leather effect would be good and help the item stand out on the table.

If anyone knows the manufacturer of this throne, please let me know.

And the final grave, obviously a useful marker for potential grave goods.

Intercatwebnet links for the AVBCW game.

As we all know, cats rule the Intercatwebnet.

BlackJack dabbing the screen saver.

It kept him occupied for several minutes. I had to make a peace offering to the Cats, following the invasion of the house by strangers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus my absence as official door keeper for the majority of Saturday.

Here are some of the other gents’ interpretations of events of the 9th:

I’ll update as more blogs get updated.

AVBCW Big Game 2016 04 09 The Hunt for Col Mustard’s Memoirs (4)

Overconfidence on my table got the better of both Rob and I.

Rob pushed his barge downstream under the ridge (which is higher up for dramatic purposes as all agreed), whilst my unit whicvh nhad jumped the hedge opportunistically manned the bridge to shoot at the open top tug boat crew – which prompltly also went to the other side of the bridge leaving my unit to get machine gunned to death. Rob commented it was an uncharacteristic imuplsive move by me. Hey ho.

Meanwhile the BUF barge disgorged its unit of troops.

Leading to Rob announcing, as a bunch of scouse socialists, they’d try and board and nick the BUF barge…only for Richard’s BUF mortar to score a direct hit, and sink the “Jenny Marx” barge ! Half the two units of socialists on board drowned, and the survivors were then machine gunned by the BUF as they tried to struggle ashore.

This has made for very interesting negotiations between the BUF and Socialist factions in the post game phase.


The Anglicans stopped the breakthrough by Royalists. Rita’s forces held the hill, mark and Mort held the centre and farm buildings.

Yes, LOVE will conquer all according to one of the Bishop of Ludlow’s followers (it’s a cake decoration). the Shropshire Swain, is trying to woo Miss Nemone Mortimer-Wagstaff. A lady of aristocratic origin whose family controls a swathe of the north of Herefordshire.

Overall, two Anglican victories and a narrow boat victory on my table – the BUF should have pushed forward but got distracted with fighting the Socialist barges. All good fun, but not achieving the scenario objective.

To follow, some links to other gentleman’s blog postings.