20 July, 2018


All of a sudden, the Romanians are interested in this blog.  Looks like they are vying with Russia to be the world's greatest hackers.  This blog certainly does not cover Romania, and I would find it difficult to believe that Romanians care about German colonial gaming!

Dintr-o dată, românii sunt interesați de acest blog. Se pare că se luptă cu Rusia pentru a fi cei mai mari hackeri din lume. Acest blog cu siguranță nu acoperă România și mi-ar fi greu să cred că românii se ocupă de jocurile coloniale germane!

Die Rumänen interessieren sich plötzlich für diesen Blog. Sieht aus, als würden sie mit Russland konkurrieren, um die größten Hacker der Welt zu sein. Dieser Blog deckt sicherlich nicht Rumänien ab, und ich würde es schwer finden zu glauben, dass Rumänen sich für deutsches Kolonialspiel interessieren!

19 July, 2018

Lancashire Review - Thar Be Monsters!

"Are these 20mm?" I thought to myself when opening the bag of goodies sent from Lancashire.  Of course I have seen their figures before, but that was years ago, and even though many gamers comment on the huge size of the Lancashire miniatures on the various gaming forums, I had forgotten just how large they can be!  Measuring about 18mm from sole to eye, I would also called them hefty, or chunky, or thick, in terms of girth.  Lancashire has even gone as far as to start calling some of their ranges 18mm, which I think is a more accurate portrayal of many of their "15mm" figures.  

Taking advantage of a recent sale, I ordered some of the East Africa Germans from their World War One range, as well as a few packs of Bedouin foot, also from the World War One list.  Pricing for a foot infantryman during the sale was only .28 cents per figure, which is about as cheap a 15/18mm figure as you can find on the market today (and the normal price is .32 cents per foot figure).  Now, while Lancashire might not be the top of the line figures out there, they are serviceable and animated, and one will have a difficult time snapping a sword or bayonet!

These are some of the nicer figures I have seen from Lancashire.  As mentioned, they would rate 18H on the Barrett Scale as they are tall and hefty.

I will update this weekend with a few pictures as compared to JTFM and Thoroughbred.

30 June, 2018

Der Wind und der Löwe - Small Update

Flags - Some months ago Sgt. Guinness (what a nice chap) sent me some Italian flags, so now I have Italian, Red and Green Crescents, American, Spanish, French, and of course German flags for the Der Wind und der Löwe project.  

Figures - I still haven't ordered any Blue Moon figures.  The project interest waned as I moved a bit more into other periods.  But now Lancashire Games has released a few packs of German East African troops for the Great War, and they may be quite useful, although Lancashire has a reputation for making very large 18mm castings.  As far as styling goes, they look like some of the best work Lancashire has going.  They only have infantry, infantry command, and uhlans at the moment (and I have no need for the latter), and I have not heard of any plans to expand the range, but taking advantage of a sale of their already reasonable prices I placed a small order today (which included some of their Bedouins) to see how they compare to the JTFM figures.

22 February, 2018

Order Arrival

Some weeks ago I placed an order with JTFM for a pack each of their German and French regulars from their When the Navy Walked range.  In both cases the regulars are very suited to colonial style troops, as both packs are wearing sun helmets.  The figures are on the large side of 15mm, measuring 18mm from sole to eye.  There are two poses per pack, advancing and firing, with six of each pose per pack.  The figures are cleanly cast, and fairly proportionate.

I placed my order on January 3rd, and received them from Canada on February 20th, even though the figures were actually shipped on January 8th (delays evidently caused by Canada Post).  While the cost per pack is only $6.00 Canadian, shipping is on the high side.

My next order will be from Blue Moon and I will be able to provide comparison pictures at that time.
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