Heretical Gaming is my blog about my gaming life, featuring small skirmishes and big battles from many historical periods (and some in the mythic past or the far future too). The focus is on battle reports using a wide variety of rules, with the occasional rules review, book review and odd musing about the gaming and history. Most of the battles use 6mm-sized figures and vehicles, but occasionally 15mm and 28mm figures appear too.

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Hobby Update 08 Aug 21

My gaming seems to have come back to life a little recently, just from having a bit of time and space to get stuck in - which has made a nice change! So, what have I been up to in addition to the battle reports and suchlike I have posted?

I do actually have a fair number of 28mm figures, mainly Warhammer-type (if not necessarily from GW itself) but what I have lacked is much 28mm-suitable terrain, excepting some trees.  So over the last six months or so I have worked on making a few bits and pieces to widen the gaming possibilities I have with this size of figure.

As a first step, I dug out my old bible for making simple terrain, Games Workshop's How to Make Wargames Terrain.  It features a very wide variety of terrain.


Some of the SF stuff I covered in a previous update, and the stone circle featured in a recent Five Leagues... fight.  I have been working recently on some more fantasy stuff, so I did a few burial mounds:

...and a couple of ruined temples...


I quite liked how the burial mounds turned out.  The ruined temples were okay, although I have thought of some ideas for additional detailing to make them a little more visually compelling.  The book's instructions were great, really clear.

On the painting side, I now have a few Baccus 6mm Napoleonic British Congreve rockets:

A few more Grumbler Miniatures 6mm Napoleonic Prussian Fusiliers and Musketeers...

...and some bases of Baccus 6mm Thirty Years' War Commanded Shot for use in Twilight of Divine Right games

I am really hoping to get this back onto the table soon, but I am slightly fretting about the 'look'.  I am just not going to buy separately more 6mm forces to do TYW as well as WotTK, so the forces have to be used for both.  So two choices: a - I proxy, and the Swedes/French/Danes/Protestant Union will become Parliament and Bavaria/Austria/Catholics become the King's forces (with Saxony being the Covenanters?!?) or somesuch; or b - I detach the flagbearers and some of the command staff to be used as detail pieces and markers, but make the individual bases 'neutral'.  What do you think?

Anyway, a group shot to finish off with.  On the painting table now are some 6mm WW2 British paratroopers, and I am basing up some 15mm Afrika Korps infantry.  After that it is all looking fairly clear at the moment...I will be delving into the bits-and-pieces box.   Might be a good time to buy those city walls I have been talking myself into buying...


  1. Frankly in 6mm I wouldn't' sweat about the differences between the 30YW and ECW in terms of the troops, so option A gets my vote. Life is too short! Good to see that classic terrain book getting an outing too:)

    1. Quite. You are quite right about the troops, it is actually the flags that make the visual difference, I think. So it is really a question about whether to keep integral flagbearers with each unit, or to have them separate.