Sunday, March 26, 2023

March Madness

 To some extent, I am feeling like we are in middle of the long decline of the personal blog, but that might be just because I am having trouble getting anything posted lately …

March has actually been a good month for some gaming.  I met with my brother at Cincy Con the first weekend of the month, and had the opportunity to play in several historical miniatures games as well as a big game of Ral Partha’s Chaos Wars.

Chaos Wars on Sunday morning

Philistines against Israelites

Scrum Con in Silver Spring, Maryland, is coming up on the 8th of April.  I volunteered to run a 40mm Renaissance game with Leonardo da Vinci-style war machines, from my collection of stuff that hasn’t been on the table at a convention too recently.  However, I had been uncertain about the rules I was going to us, so I arranged to meet with my sons on the 11th for another game day.  

 Landships and Landsknechts for the first time in over 20 years
The DBA tournament continues

We continued the ongoing DBA preliminary elimination tournament with a few games, then set up the 40mm Renaissance (enhanced) using Nic Wright’s Fantastic Battles rules.  Unfortunately, despite having provisions for Renaissance troop types, and customizable war machines, as well as being designed for troops on 60mm square bases, the rules were not going to work for the convention game that I need to run.  I would like to try them again with something closer to their intended purpose before I say too much more about them.  However, vis-a-vis Scrum Con, it was back to the drawing board …

I missed a HAWKs meeting on the 3rd while I was at Cincy Con, but I made it out to the meeting on the 17th.  Duncan Adams was running one of the legendary “Space Station Accipiter” games, using the HAWKs collection of 54mm semi-flat Buck Rogers figures cast from vintage molds sold for home use in the 1930s.

That send me down a nostalgia trail, and I spent some time the next day reorganizing my Buck Rogers figures.

Possibly there will be more about that, too …

My brother and I have volunteered to run several games of Burrows and Badgers for Gen Con in August, so we decided to take a little time on the 19th to set up a remote game (using his table and figures) to remind ourselves of the rules.

Screen shot from the game in progress

Finally, I rounded out the month by meeting with Chris Palmer on the 25th for another try at the Renaissance game.  Chris had built all of the amazing war machines back in the late 1990s.  We ran at least one game at a Cold Wars using home rules, after which that project went off (for me) in a different direction.  

For this game, I decided to use the usual Rough Wooing, Ross Macfarlane’s home rules, with some war machine rules improvised from what I remembered of what we had done in 1997.  We also set it up on a full 6x10 table to see how things fit.

It worked well enough, so I just need to type up the Rough Wooing modifications into something neat enough to use with players on the 8th.

I was amazed, though, to find that Chris still had a folder of rules and handouts from 1997 through the convention game we did in 1999.  

That included a copy of the page from my notebooks of record with the basics of the rules, so I was able to pull the appropriate notebook off my shelf and see what else was occupying my mind in late 1997.

Not much painting has been getting done, but I have no complaints about the gaming this month …

Thursday, July 15, 2021

In the Glen

 Today I caught up with old friends in the Glen. To get there I passed the palace and other historical sites. I thought some of the readers of this blog might enjoy seeing the photos l took. As ever click on them to make them bigger.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The full AAR of Saxe-Bearstein v Stagonia at Kallais.

 Murdock'S MarauderS has put up a full After Action Report.


Saxe-Bearstein was in retreat.

Stagonia managed to halt the evacuation.
Could they defeat the Saxe-Bearstein army now?

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Saxe-Bearstien Marches again vs Vile Stagonia

 June 27, 2021 saw an opportunity to have the Saxe-Bearstien and Stagonian armies of Bluebear Jeff face one another again on 'the field of Mars'.

mid-game looking from the left rear of Saxe-Bearstein's lines

The video picks up during deployment of the troops.


The full game is in the one video. 

Codsticker has a summary:  CLICK

Murdock has an overview:  CLICK

Friday, June 11, 2021

Joining Emperor vs Elector Blog

To whom would one make an application to join the Emperor vs Elector blog?  There is a new imagi-nation gamer who just posted on The Miniatures Page.  If the moderator of this blog could make a post on that TMP thread, I'm sure not only Johann Margrave von Gluhwein but others might like to know.


Jim (Col Campbell)

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Passing of Richard Ansell

I just saw the announcement on The  Miniatures Page that sculptor and wargamer Richard Ansell passed on Feb 11 due to a heart attack.  You can read more about the sad event on the Two Fat Lardies blog .

Many of us have figures sculpted by Richard and his passing will leave a huge hole in the miniature gaming world.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Command Zone VIRTUAL online live

A weekend of tabletop escape.

COMMAND ZONE VIRTUAL 17-18-19 April 2020

Online LIVE games that you may join in or just watch on:

Starting on 17 April: Victory Without Quarter: Alpian Wars, 7 pm Pacific Time (same as LA, USA)
  - another of the many meeting engagements between Alpia and Stagonia

Continuing on 18 April: Ripple Field, English Civil War, 11 am start, with a potential to run the game twice with different players (depending on time and performance)

Ending on 19 April: Napoleonic battle, SHAKO II rules set: 11 am start with a gentle paced battle between Austro-Russians and Italian-French forces.

If you are keen to join in, as an active player, contact Murdock via blogger mail and get the connection code.  Otherwise feel free to drop by on

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas from the Duke of Tradgardland

Father Christmas has enlisted some help in delivering the presents this year in the Duchy. I do hope these fellows can be relied upon..
Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine. Remembering Blue  Bear Jeff without whom the hobby would be so much less for so many of us.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Great Blue Bear now on his way to the summerlands.

Emperor vs Elector readers, one of the originators of this group blog, Jeff aka Blue Bear of Saxe-Bearstein has passed away.

Jeff had been in hospital since July and moved to Hospice care in late September.

October 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm Pacific time, Jeff started on his journey to the summerlands.

a pictorial memorial for Jeff
On October 13, 2016 there was a celebration of life for Jeff and we all recounted many tales from the past 20 years.

Saxe-Bearstein shall be going silent as was Jeff's desire.  There is no reason to stop posting here and continuing a game-filled conversation.

Regiment Bauer Bar

Regiment Bauer Bar ,in Tradgardland  service, on parade in the forests of the Duchy of Tradgardland.
Rest in Peace Jeff and thanks for everything.

Friday, August 5, 2016

London war room North West Pacific tribesmen figures?

Does anyone know if the range of tribesmen and Russian fur traders are still available?

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Building scale ships

Some hopefully refreshing pictures of my first ever serious painted sailships:

If curious to see some pictures else, please click on the caption above.