Author: traincrashing

A Song of Ice and Fire. My Tully Cavaliers: A Fish on Horseback

Hey, it’s been awhile. But I’m back and I have another completed project to talk about today! Just over a month ago my friend Andrew from the blog Not by Strength by Guile got me into the Game of Thrones tabletop game A Song of Ice and Fire. I enjoyed watching the game of thrones show (except for the last season) but when Andrew told me about the tabletop game, I will admit I was very skeptical of getting myself knee deep in another tabletop game for a series I had not thought about in a long time. After seeing the tabletop game was based on the books and after re-watching some of the first season of GoT I really started to warm up to the idea. Then in a stroke of amazing salesman genius Andrew used my love of Ned Stark and House Stark to his advantage. After showing me the Ice and Fire starter set which has House Stark and House Lannister, Andrew offered to sell me the Stark half of the box to get me into the game. After getting my choice to play House Starks AND Andrew generously gifting me some units for my birthday I was sold. After not getting to see each other much this summer, and my birthday rapidly approaching we set the date for our wargaming weekend and our epic face off. I can honestly say Andrew has me hook, line and sinker with Ice and Fire. 

The field is set for an epic battle between House Stark and House Lannister. Photo Credit to Andrew’s Blog.

So earlier in October it was my birthday weekend. The stage was set for my visit to Andrew’s to hangout, open gifts and play games. I was very eager to get a game in, face to face after a busy August and September. I also wanted to test this new game Andrew had gotten me into after hearing so much about it. It was very weird playing a game where I didn’t have to spend hours assembling anything and playing a game that had trays. I have to say I honestly enjoyed the game and format. A song of Ice and Fire is very easy to play, the rules are clear and anyone of any skill level can pick up it and start playing very quickly.

Now if you are still with me you might be wondering why someone who supposedly loves House Stark titled this blog post My Tully Cavaliers. Well one of the most memorable moments from our first battle was the amazing performance of my Tully Cavaliers. And boy did they clean up every Lannister unit they came across.

Late in our game, pictured on the left is my heroic Tully Cavaliers helping pin down some dastardly House Lannister halberds. Photo Credit to Andrew’s Blog

My Tully Cavaliers managed to clean up the House Lannister heavy cavalry as well some of Andrews’ Lannister infantry. I was so impressed with the performance of my Tully Cavaliers that I set out to paint them first.

Tully Cavaliers in Formation ready to charge down the foe! I think they turned out really nice considering I have not painted in ages!
I washed the armor in Drakenhof Nightshade for a blued armor effect! I then washed the rest of the model in Agrax Earthshade. Honestly I think the blued armor adds a nice touch!
Never a good idea to stand in front of a changing Tully Cavalier!
Don’t look behind you!

It took longer then it should have to get them all done but I enjoyed the challenge. Was nice to paint something again! Next up on the painting table will be something from my new army! Stay Tuned!

Here’s a sneak peak!

Dothraki, on an open field Ned!

My New Wargaming Hobby Podcast – The Fighting Dice Podcast

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce a new podcast that I have created with my best friend Andrew from

Our new podcast titled The Fighting Dice Podcast will feature myself and Andrew as we discuss various topics from the world of mini wargaming.

This weeks episode features our Very British Civil War Army’s as well as a quick introduction of both of our blogs. I look forward to talking more about the Very British Civil War world and as well as our other wargaming escapades in the coming weeks!

You can find our new podcast here!

A Very British Introduction: My Foray Into the 1938 Civil War

Life always seems to find a way to get in the way of hobbying. Or admittedly I’ve been slacking the last 6 months. I could blame it on the global pandemic or the fact I went back to school while working full time but honestly it just feels like there is not enough time in a day some days. I have completed my schooling and as spring thaws the ground outside, it finally feels like I have some more time to hobby again.

My best friend and fellow blogger Andrew from (which you should check out if you have not yet) suggested that once my schedule allowed that I start my own blog to document my progress with some of my hobby projects. After humming and hawing for a while I finally have pulled the trigger and started my own blog. Since introducing me into the world of the Very British Civil War, Andrew has made magnificent progress on his minis. Our goal from the get go has been to play each other with fully painted armies as soon as the pandemic allows it in Canada. I am hoping for the next few blog posts to show my progress as I get my army into shape.

For part 1 of my series on the Very British Civil War I will begin with background on the start of the project and show where things stand!

I was introduced to the world of the Very British Civil War back in the spring of 2020. With the pandemic in full bloom, my best friend Andrew and myself were looking for something new to play. Andrew had been telling me of the Very British Civil War world of VBCW for months. I had little interest in the concept at first but I do find the interwar years fascinating. VBCW world itself is set in 1938 just before all the technology of the main war years became commonplace. These interwar years make for a very interesting period to wargame. Andrew spent many evenings sharing the details of the VBCW world and all the different factions involved. Andrew has an incredible knack for storytelling and scene setting. He backed it up with pictures and amazing armored car STL files for our 3d printers, and it was not long before I was properly interested in the setting.

A Peerless Armoured Car 3d printed with care courtesy of Andrew

As we discussed more and more of the VBCW setting we began to discuss which faction we found interesting and would like to play. After much debate I settled for the Albertine faction. I found the idea of Canadians and Britons alike going back over across the pond to fight away fascism exciting. In July of 2020 we would make our first orders for troops, beginning the slow and steady fight in breathing life into our new minis.

My VBCW collection as the end of March 2021. At that point I had 4 rifles squads primed, 2 civilian squads primed, and half of the command squad primed.

The Albertine’s have a purple flag as part of their theme so I wanted that to come across in their uniforms as well. Without further or do, I am happy to showcase the first painted squad of the Royal Canadian Volunteer regiment in service to his majesty Prince Albert Windsor.

The first completed squad! All that is left to do is a nice wash to seal everything in!

To help them stand out I have gone for purple puttees and purple cap badges. I have also added purple armbands as well for added visibility. The English uniform and purple go well together!

A closer look at Royal Canadian Volunteer uniform
The commanding officer and his flag bearer

I am very satisfied with how the first squad has turned out. I plan to add slight variations to the other squads to help them stand out in a unique way. 

Next week for my blog post I will dive into the lore of the Albertine’s and give you a preview of the history and back story I have created for the Canadian Volunteer regiment. I will also have more progress pictures as well.

Until next time!

Hello World!


My name is Tyrell but I go by the online name of Traincrashing

I started this blog to make better use of my free time, now that I have free time. What type of content will I post?

  • All things hobby and wargaming related
  • Salty references relating to wargaming

I will keep this post brief as this it is a place holder.

What games do I play? Good Question… Pretty much anything my friend can convince me to play such as…

  • Warhammer 40k
  • Bolt Action
  • A Very British Civil
  • 28mm American Civil War
  • 28mm Napoleonic’s (I play the French)
  • Flames of War
  • Team Yankee
  • Star Wars: Legion
  • Star Wars: Armada
  • Star Wars: X-Wing
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Specter
  • Infinity
  • And a few more I can think of right now.