Saturday, February 24, 2018

Up for sale - new items

Hi all,
Here are a couple of new sets of figures.
First are some ancient Greeks:
Here are the first six.

 Here are the next eight.

Total of 14 figures as pictured. I believe these are Wargames Foundry figures. Spears are home made from brass wire. All but one shield patterns are hand painted.
Would  like to get $45.00 for the set plus postage - $7.00 - total $52.00. Paypal only.

Here is the next batch.

24 Conquistador figures. 23 are Ral Partha and 1 is Wargames Foundry. Average paint job. Hand made spears from brass wire. How about $30.00 postage paid in the Continental U.S. Paypal only.

Well thanks for looking. Please email any interest  to

Take care,

Crusader's camp completed

Hi all,
I have completed the Crusader's camp for our 'To The Strongest' games. I am planning to build 4 more camps in the future. Two for the Crusaders and 2 for the Moslim armies but these will be smaller than my first two constructions.
Without further ado - here are the pictures.

As always you can cklick on the pictures to enlarge them.
Take care and good gaming!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Wow it has been way too long since my last post. I thought I would have more time to post since I retired but between catching up on tasks around the house and assisting my brother through an illness there has been little progress with my blog. On the brighter side I have managed to paint a fair number of figures since retiring. Below are pictures of my Muslim camp for 'To the Strongest'. Besides this I managed to paint the following figures:
36 figures for AWI - 28mm
10 vehicles for FOW - 15mm
25 Wild West figures - 28mm
2 wagons - 28mm
10 mounted crusader knights - 28mm
45 pilgrims for the crusades - 28mm
6 pirates - 28mm
plus a couple of odds and ends laying around for years unattended.

So on with the show. These are Perry Brothers figures from their Crusades Muslims pack #MA18.
I made the tent from paper towels soaked in a mixture of white glue and water. About a 50/50 mixture. This is based on a piece of plastic cut to fit the squares of my game mat for 'To the Strongest'. The posts holding up the tent are wood dowels glued into holes I drilled into the base. The texture for the camp base is made from sand, white glue, water and craft pain in a color called bleached sand. The various containers about the camp are more finds from the craft store. Miniature wood bowls filled with seeds, beads filled with colored plaster and some tiny baskets filled with odds and ends scrounged from artificial plants.

Thanks for stopping by.
Good gaming,

Friday, September 29, 2017

Greg's Market

Hi all,
Putting some classic (read as old) figures up for sale.
$4.00 each pack or best offer. Springals are $1.50 each. Will ship multiple packs together and postage to be at the lowest cost and paid by the buyer.

Thanks - trying to clear out some acquired figures I will not be using.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Another Crusade game - To The Strongest

Well, it has been a while since my last game and post but both should be more frequent in the future as I have RETIRED! Cheers, shouting and general celebration!

So I gathered some of our regulars and we played another game using To The Strongest (God I like these rules). In the first week of retirement I made some game markers and chits to make it even easier for new players to get into the game.
I made these for each unit in the game. We placed these directly behind the respective unit or on their base. As you can see all the information needed except what you need to hit is on the chit. We found these to help a great deal.
I also made markers to indicate the command that each unit belongs to. These are color coded for rapid identification during the game.

I converted some colorful wooden sticks acquired at Michael's into lance markers for the knights in our games. These items were found to be very helpful for all the players. 

Now on to the troops involved in the fight.
Crusaders had the following units.
Command #1
Attached  General Mounted Heroic 6 points
Detached General Foot 5 points
2 units of Knights 11 points each
3 units of Spearmen 7 points each
2 units of Light Bowmen 4 points each
Total points 62

Command #2
Attached  General Mounted 5 points
Detached General Foot Heroic 5 points
2 units of Knights 11 points each
3 units of Spearmen 7 points each
1 unit of Light Bowmen 4 points 
Total points 57

Command #3
 Attached  General Mounted Heroic Senior 7 points
 Detached General Foot 5 points
1 unit of Knights 11 points
2 units of Spearmen 7 points each
1 Mob 7 points
1 unit of Crossbowmen 7 points
1 unit of Light Bowmen 4 points
Total points 55 

Muslims had the following units.
Command #1
General Mounted Attached 5 points
General Detached Foot 5 points
2 units of Knights 11 points each units Light Bowmen
1 unit of Spearmen 7 points
1 unit of Light Cavalry Bow 5 points
1 unit of Light Cavalry Javelin 5 points
2 units of Light Bowmen 4 points each
Total points 56

Command #2
General Detached 5 points
General Mounted Attached 5 points
2 units of Knights 11 points each
4 unis of Spearmen 7 points each
Total Points 60

Command #3
General Attached Heroic Mounted 6 points
General Detached 5 points
1 unit of Knights 11 points each
2 units of Light cavalry Bow 5 points each
1 unit of Light Cavalry Javelin 5 points
2 units ofSpearmen 7 points each
2 units of Light Bowmen 4 points each

Here is a picture of the Crusaders set up. Crusaders had to set up first because the Muslims  out scouted the Crusaders.
 Above is Command #1 as deployed.

 Above is Command #2 as deployed.

Above is Command #3 as deployed.
They are set up from left, center and right.
Below are pictures of the game after the Muslims set up.

 Above you can see Bill (right) face off across from his son Jake.

The players were - Muslim - Wendell, Bill and Jamie - Crusaders - Jake and myself.
Jake is Bill's son and this was his first full game with us. I must say that his grasp of the rules was rapid and concise. He played a great game and as the Crusader's leader we played to a draw as both sides had lost the same number of Victory points at the time we had to stop.

Below are more pictures of the game in no particular order because sadly I became engrossed  in the game and the chance of actually being on the winning side to fulfill my responsibility reporting this game. I will get better.

I hope that this has provided a little bit of insight on how we are approaching To The Strongest. Many more reports to follow and a campaign if possable.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Crusade battle - To the Strongest

Hi all - it has been a while since my last post. Our little group has been trying to run a variety of games to replace the summer battles Mike presented. It is still a challenge getting over his passing. But having said that we are pressing on and still enjoy our colorful hobby but miss Mikes quit wit and sharp humor.
So on to the game. I believe that in a previous post I had mentioned that for many years I had wished to run games based on the Crusades. Having grown up with watching TV of the 50's and 60's with replays of movies from the 40's and 50's my imagination runs wild thinking about games that remind me of these fantastic shows. I could not decide on a set of rules until Simon Millers' 'To the Strongest' came out. They are perfect for my needs. The perfect amount of detail and quick play with innovative game play. Now I just had to get the rest of our group to be willing to play  them.
This game introduced a couple more members of our group their first play and a couple of us another play at them. We have the typical opponents - Crusaders and Muslims.
The rules have you play on a grid laid out on the playing area. For our games I am using a large piece of tie died fleece material obtained at Jo Anne's Fabrics - total cost of $16.00 on sale. I marked off the grid using a brown Sharpie pen by placing a dot where the four corners meet. Unless you are aware of them they are very unobtrusive.
I added some scrub and hills and away we went.
Here are a series of pictures of the game. For this event the narrative is not so important as it was intended as a learning experience (My side lost - again). For the record though the players were Bill and Wendell vs. Jamie and myself.

 If you look closely you can see the dots marking the corners of the grid.

And here are some close ups of the figures. Flags are off the computer. Figures are old, new, plastic and metal.

 Thanks for stopping by and as always all comments are welcome.
Good gaming,