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Sunday, 7 October 2018

I just blinked and there they were................

                   The ships and the islands for the Zondersee were now a routine part of my efforts. I have more than enough to play and can work on them when I feel like it rather than having to do it NOW.  The "·Rommel" project was complete although some game specific scenery would be added in time.  All in all I had survived the fluttering wings and stayed with my gaming objectives of one project at a time, just enough to play and don't move on till the project is basically complete.  So what next.

                  Of late I have actually being playing against regular opponents more than in previous years, probably as a result of My hyperactive friend of many years returning regularly from China. We had played a few games of "Saga" which I admit I enjoyed very much and there was a momentary temptation to purchase and paint but there were too many oh no's for me to do it. It had been MANY years since I last painted any 20-28mm figures and my skill set in that area were very much in the Humbrol and block painting era. I knew little of nothing about inks and shading and dry brushing I knew about but hadn't really practiced. The final touch was it would take me a lifetime to paint that many 28mm figures and that before I could play a game. Not the way I wanted to go.
               During a game with another friend who is also a very good painter he tried to convince me to get a force together but I resisted.  Out of interest I asked him about painting a force of late Romans and what price he would charge. Buying an army would be a first for me. He was a bit uncomfortable about asking for a reasonable payment but I insisted it had to be fair. The price he asked was good and it turned out that what he was offering me was his own Late Roman force. I agreed immediately. Still feeling a bit uncomfortable he asked if maybe I had some figures he might want to offset the cost.


           I brought out of storage the 15mm ancient lead piles. (yes I have several piles) It was a lot of figures with probably several armies possible. They were also carefully collected Donnington, Frei Korps and Irregular figures with a range of variants not often seen here in Spain. He was gobsmacked and asked how much of it he could take in exchange for the army. Now I should explain that to me they were absolutely worthless. I would never paint them , couldn't be arsed to sell them anywhere and would still be in the same box in the garage when I died. I gave him the lot.. It felt really good because I know how good they would look when he finished them..

                   So that's the story. I now own a very pretty late Roman saga force of some 50 figures including cataphracts and I am highly delighted and on top of that there is this beautiful empty hole where a part of the lead pile had been. really was a weight off my mind.  To finish off I thought I would share them with you. Oh there is just one other thing. I found an old salute figure of "Hereward the wake" and wondered vaguely if I still had the skills. So a little customisation and "Hereward" became a heroic figure of the Romano British period and you know what? I really enjoyed it.  Watch this space....  Armies I can't paint but a few figures here and there is great fun..


  1. A good swap, sometimes the mind just begs to be relieved of stuff that is a storage hog. Also, nice to get a ready painted force.

  2. Well those figures look great and you are obviously happy with your 'trade' as it were. I've considered SAGA but will stick with Lion Rampant for the moment, as I get side tracked way too easily. Also it's one less set of rules to learn!

  3. Your new force looks great, and it seems this was the best possible type of transaction; a true "win- win" arrangement!