Thursday, 26 January 2017

Pikemen at the ready!

Today sees the launch of the long awaited ‘Pikeman’s Lament’ a set of Pike and Shot wargaming rules by Daniel Mersey and Michael Leck covering the 17th Century that allows you to recreate skirmishes and raids from conflicts such as the Thirty Years' War, the English Civil War and the Great Northern War.  I understand that the core mechanics of the rules will be familiar to those who have enjoyed Daniel’s ‘Lion Rampant’ ruleset, but with enough tweaks and new ideas to set it apart as a stand along game.
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In the winter months of 2015, I received an email from Michael asking if I might consider taking some photographs of my English Civil War miniatures, in particular the Clubmen that I had painted for my ‘Witchfinder General’ project.  Although not able to make any promises, Michael hoped that they might be considered to be included in the new book.  Well this was wildly exciting and I certainly didn’t need to be asked twice.  I had been given some direction from Michael and set about creating a series of little vignettes that I thought might be what they were after.  A short email exchange later and my contribution was complete and it was just a case of waiting to see if any would make the final edit. 

Imagine how thrilled I was when I received a courtesy copy of the ‘Pikeman’s Lament’ last week with one of my photographs in it!  It was such a treat to be invited to contribute and to see my work alongside the likes of Michael and Alan Perry has given me a great hobby boost.  As for the rules themselves?  Well there will be much more knowledgeable chaps ready to give a full and frank review, but I will say that as with all ‘Osprey Publishing’ titles, there is a quality to the project and I am very much looking forward to giving the a good read in due course. 

I do hope the venture proves a great success for both Daniel and Michael and have been fascinated by the series of posts Michael has been running on his ‘Dalauppror’ blog demonstrating the make up of units and other considerations ahead of the title’s publication today.   As a last indulgence I have taken this opportunity to publish here some of the photographs that didn’t make the book, but were nonetheless great fun to set up and take. 

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  1. Well done Michael! You definitely deserve that!

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    1. Thank you Michael, it was lovely to be asked.

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  2. Fame at last. Beware is it intoxicating, the wealth, the girls, the fast cars and the ready supply of cocaine. You must be strong.
    It is about time though

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    1. Now whilst all that sounds terribly exciting, when would I have any time to paint my toy soldiers? :)

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  3. Well deserved I would say. Congrats

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  4. Thanks Micharl for your contribution, i really wanted to have the close up of your clubmen in the book, but was unfortunate cut in the osprey layoutphase.

    I hope you Will enjoy the rules and i looking forward to an AAR with the clubmen involved in the action :)

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael, it was lovely to play the smallest part in what I hope will be a wonderful success for you all.

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  5. Fame and recognition! Nice pics of some lovely figures :)

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    1. I shall try not to let it go to my head!

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  6. Well done that man. Those clubmen are lovely.

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  7. Congratulations! Those pictures look amazing!

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  8. Congratulations Michael, you and your splendid work deserve the recognition!! :D Thanks for sharing yet another set of splendid photos! Cheers!

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    1. That is incredibly kind of you. It was great fun and lovely to have been asked.

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  9. Fame at last! Well done ol' boy!

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    1. Well I'm not sure about that, but thank you.

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  10. Always nice to see deserved recognition - congratulations Michael.

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  11. Excellent recognition Michael..

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    1. I was really thrilled Fran, lovely of Michael to ask me to contribute.

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  13. Nice one Michael, well deserved too

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  14. Nice one, Michael! Those figures look the bees knees.

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  15. well done! congratulations, you deserve it!

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  16. Splendid stuff Michael, will you be doing a signing whilst attending the Blogger's Meet at Salute ;-)

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    1. Now stop it, you'll make me blush, but for you Simon - of course! :D

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  17. Congarats mate! Well done, but it is only fair someone has asked you for pictures of your figures: they are among the top of the line!

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    1. You are incredibly kind Sander, what a lovely thing to say.

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  18. Congrat's Michael, you can now say Your Published! whenever someone wants to lament your hobbies! Let the book tour begin!

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    1. Thank you Terry and what a great idea, now if only I can persuade Mrs. Awdry to see things the same way.

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  19. Well done! Wonderful pics of some wonderful figs!

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  20. Well deserved those pictures are beautiful.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you Roger, it certainly didn't take much persuading to get me to take my toys out and set them up for some photographs.

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  21. Fantastic and well-deserved, Michael! I got my copy of the rules yesterday, and your figures and photographs sit really well in the book. Great work, Sir!

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    1. Thank you kind Sir, it was a great thrill when my edition arrived and I could see the picture in print. Delighted for Michael and Daniel too.

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  22. Well done your picture stood out for me when I went through the rules last night, thanks for posting the other ones they look equally splendid!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you so much Iain, that's incredibly kind of you. Iain, I found your blog, but I wondered if you are posting somewhere else?

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  23. Sweet. A well earned feather in your cap, sir.

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  24. Congratulations!!!

    It was only a matter of time really that your stuff would end up published.

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  25. Congratulations Michael, these figures and pictures are amazing, details are outstanding...

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  26. What awesome news! It is wonderful to take part in something thats get published and to see something you helped create whilst reading it.

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  27. This must be by far one of the highest awards when it comes to our hobby. Congratulations Michael but I am not surprised that they wanted to take photographs of your outstanding figures. Well done!

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  28. Congratulations - a stunning collection of figures, & really nice photos.

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  29. Outstanding, Michael! Congratulations!

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  30. Congrats Michael! Well deserved. It's always gratifying to see one's own work in print.

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  31. Brilliant, and I`m sure well deserved.

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