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I'm a bit of a born-again wargamer! I played many of the Games Workshop games when I was in my teens and early twenties, but left the hobby behind when I went to University. Over the last few years I have gradually got back into it and am literally having a ball! I'll play pretty much anything now, ranging from ancient historical to the far future! I think that I get more out of the painting side of things than actually playing, but that might just be because I get more opportunity. Hence the title...this blog is all about the colour of war!!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Reflections and some Vikings

Happy New Year! Well, the past year wasn't really a stellar one for me. Real life really threw a few curve balls my way and I am actually glad to see the back of 2011. Worst of all was the loss of my mother to cancer coupled with a few rough months at work, but through it all I found that this hobby helped keep me sane as it was a nice constant through all the turmoil. I've always found painting to be very relaxing and I can forget all the troubles for that couple of hours, so that has been a real help in 2011. That's why, over the middle of the year the blog saw posts about painting individual figures rather than units. I just didn't have the energy or focus for painting mass blocks, so I concentrated on letting my imagination a bit more free with fantasy figures.

However, the last couple of months have smoothed out considerably and I got into a bit of a Viking groove and have painted a couple of units. This year I really aim to push on and fill out the Viking army to about 1500 or 2000 points in WAB. At the club, George has a large Saxon contingent and Graham is building a Norman list, so we should be able to get them on the table soon. Also, I want to complete the 15mm Republican Roman army I began so many moons ago. I've bought a bunch more figures from Essex and Magister Militum and should have enough for a 75 point Armati army. Further to that, I have always liked the aesthetics of ancient pike armies, so I will try to expand on my Seleucid DBA army and build that up to Armati strength, too. And through it all I want to complete my Malifaux crews. The core of Perdita's Guild crew is complete, but I want to add a couple of options and I need to finish the Resurrectionists. So 2012 is going to be a year of consolidation. The only new thing I want to start is 15mm Napoleonics which I got some figures from Santa for.

Oh...and I will try to get some more board gaming in. The past week saw about four games of CC:Ancients and I'd forgotten how good that is! I have my eye on at least another one, too, so watch out for that. But for now, here's the Vikings as they stand so far:

Crusader 2-Handed Axe Hirdmen

Gripping Beast Plastic Hirdmen

Gripping Beast Bondi with bows

Gripping Beast Bondi Unit 1

Gripping Beast Bondi Unit 2


  1. Very nice Vikings you have there, and i hope 2012 is a better year for you.


  2. Lovely figures sir! .. I hope this year is better for you and for us all.. I too was glad to see 2011 disappear into history.
    All the very best to you.

  3. They look great, Ian. I hope 2012 is a better year - see you soon!


  4. Thanks folks! Fingers crossed that this year treats us all better than last, even if 2011 was a good one for you! :)

  5. Wow! those Vikings look very, very nice!!!! Just joined your blog, I'll look forward to more of the same stuff!!

  6. Thanks Ray! Glad to have you on board! Ive already got my eye on your Viking flags for the Hird.

  7. Great blog - I just discovered your blog. I was wondering if you won't mind exchanging blogs. Here is mine.

  8. With pleasure, Shawn! Your terrain is simply eye-popping! It's also something I'm really not very good at, so I will be investigating your blog with interest.


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