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I’ve been thinking of future projects lately, which makes perfect sense since the projects I’m currently working on have been put aside lately due to real life time constraints. These are things I’d like to revisit next year if possible, though obviously all of them at once would be impossible.

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Some Zouaves for my 10mm ACW Union project

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Time for a yearly round up, I think. I’m splitting this into Painting, Games Played, Future Projects and Misc.

Painting

At the start of the year I painted up my 15mm Rangers for Musket and Tomahawks, and made a start on my Iroquois, but have yet to complete them. I managed to paint up a load of 10mm ACW Union for Longstreet, mostly cavalry (including dismounted cavalry) and artillery, and started in on organising the infantry (Zouaves were already done), which still leaves me with a huge amount of painting to do, but I’ve put a solid dent in them.

I managed to finish off another couple of bases of my 15mm Hundred Years War English too, enough to split them in two and field them as surrogate French and English. These were originally done for Impetus, but since Sword and Spear uses the same basing, they’re getting most of their play in that game instead. It’s nice to have two opposing forces that are historical enemies (well, sort of) so that I can put on demo games for people. Most of the figures I painted up this year were to convert my army to a Free Companies list, with Italian mercenary crossbowmen and the like, which I can proxy as French. I still have quite a few more figures to paint up too, including more longbowmen and heavy infantry (for the English side of things), and some Breton cavalry and peasant mobs (which I can proxy for the ‘French’ too). I should make up another camp sometime too.

I started work on my 6mm Napoleonic French, originally for the club Waterloo project, but which will now be loaned to whoever runs that at their convention and then used for Bluecher, which I’m really looking forward to. So far I have 4 bases of infantry done, another 4 just about done, and the next 4 undercoated and ready for painting. I’ll be working more on these in the next few months to get them ready for use, as they’re my priority project.

Games Played 

I had a few different games this year, at the beginning playing a couple of games of Maurice. It’s still one of my favourite games, but I didn’t play much after the premature end of our campaign. I’d like to get in some more games next year though. Likewise, at the start of the year I played a few games of Bolt Action, which I still enjoy, and which I still need to finish my vehicles for. At some point in the future I’d like to add an allied force too (possibly Polish paras) so I can have a matching enemy.

Muskets and Tomahawks saw some love around mid year after I got my rangers painted up too. I really like this game, though I need to sit down and read through the rules properly again – the last couple of games I was really rusty and had to keep checking the rules to see how to proceed, though part of that was having only really skimmed the river rules, then playing against Dan’s lovely canoe-paddling Indians. Another game I’d like to play more in 2015.

The latter half of the year was almost all given over to a new game though, Sword and Spear. As well as playing half a dozen games myself, I umpired / demoed the game to others, mostly using my Hundred Years War English army split into two and one half being proxied as the French, but with an occasional ahistorical game (such as the one against Dan’s Mongol Horde). I’ll be playing this a lot more in the coming year too, as it’s rekindled my love of ancients gaming and because I have a whole heap of figures heading my way soon.

Future Projects

As I mentioned above, my current default project is to get my 6mm Napoleonic French painted up in time for my old club’s con this year. That’s definitely my priority, though I’ll probably do some other painting once in a while too when I get chance. As luck would have it, it’s also going to provide me with just about everything I need for a Bluecher force – a new game that I’m really looking forward to, not least because it’s another Sam Mustafa game, whose games so far (Grand Armee, Might and Reason, Lasalle, Maurice and Longstreet) have all been real winners. I generally enjoy larger strategic battles to skirmish games, so Bluecher should be right up my alley, and from what I’ve seen of the game so far, it’s going to be a corker.

After I get those painted up, I want to plod on with my Union army for Longstreet and get some games of that under my belt too. I can probably get a starter army painted up pretty quickly, and then work on reinforcing it as I go rather than do all the rest of the figures at once.

Sometime in the next couple of months I should be receiving my War and Empire figures too from their kickstarter. I didn’t bother buying the rules for that game (the playtest versions didn’t do it for me), so I’ll be using Impetus / Sword and Spear basing and probably mostly be using the latter rules. I have three armies coming, Graeco-Bactrian, Mid Republican Roman, and Later Carthaginian, so again I’ll have a historically opposing match-up there to cover the Punic Wars. I think my favourite there will be the Graeco-Bactrians though, so I’ll probably end up painting those first.

I have a couple of other projects in mind too, more of a long term / slow boil thing, for which I don’t have any figures yet. For both games I’m considering cannibalising the Sword and Spear rules (mostly the core mechanics, anyway) for homebrew rules. The first, which I’ve been working on bit by bit when I get time is for the Spanish Civil War, an area that provides ample opportunity for quite a few different troop types, from Carlists, Foreign Legion, Falangist militia and Moroccan troops on the fascist side and International Brigades, Anarchist militia, Assault Guards and Regular troops on the government side, both using the wonderful tiznaos (home-made armoured trucks) and where the heaviest tank available was the mighty T-26. Figures (15mm) would be using the comprehensive range put out by Peter Pig mixed with some of the cool range brought up recently by No Pasaran, with maybe a few Minairons vehicles thrown in the mix too. I considered the Warmodelling SCW range, but at 18mm, verging on 20mm, they won’t match the others, and they don’t have as full a range as PP/NP yet.

The second project I’m still on the thinking stage of using the core S&S mechanics is Colonial, particularly the Mahdist War in Sudan in the 1880s and 1890s. There are really only two sides in this conflict (Anglo-Egyptian or Imperial, and Mahdist), but there are still a nice variety of troops available (for example, Egyptian and Sudanese battalions, Highlanders, Marines and Naval Brigades, Camel Corps and Bengal Lancers, versus Beja / Hadendowa and Ansar sword and spearmen, with Jihadiyya riflemen, Baggara cavalry and the like. I’m still wavering between which figures I’d use for this too. I’d considered 6mm (Baccus)  and 10mm  (Pendraken do some lovely figures), but I think I’d go for 15mm / 18mm, of which the best ranges are Peter Pig and Blue Moon. Sadly, the former are 15mm, the latter are 18mm, so they wouldn’t really mix. For both these games, I’d like to add a bit more spice into the mix too, something like Musket and Tomahawks’ sub plots, but whether I could just do that as scenarios (the Imperials must get a heliograph team to a certain location them defend them while they send a signal and await a reply), or use some sort of card system (similar to the event style cards of Maurice, but with fewer to choose from). Both of these still need more work before they’re ready to be playtested though, and I need to buy and paint figures before I can do that too, so they’re going to be low priority projects, and may not see the light of day at all in the coming year.

Misc

Finally, a few words on the year as a whole. It was a mixed year, the highlights being the games I played against some great friends, who I hope to continue playing against this year, as well as two new fora, one a more formal (but still entirely friendly) one shared with great friends from the world over, the other much more informal consisting of a few like-minded local friends. The Hold the Line convention was fun, not least because of the opportunity to meet a couple of people I’d only chatted to online before, and though I still have mixed feelings, the new gaming space at Meeplemart is a distinct improvement on that of Dueling Grounds, since you can have a conversation there at normal volume for one thing. They’re the main Pros for the year.

Cons are sadly plentiful though, from my good friend and constant gaming companion Markus leaving to pursue his occupational dreams, to the aforementioned premature end to our Maurice campaign, and to my decision to leave the club I’d been part of for the last 8 years or so. Differences of opinion concerning the club’s rules led to me deciding that it was no longer worth the bother, and so instead I now play with friends (most of whom are still members of the club), but I’m now free to talk about scales other than 25mm, and can spend my gaming time with people I want to spend time with, whether that’s playing wargames or boardgames. So, even though no longer being a member of that club is a con, the fact that the coming year will see me still enjoying the company of friends and gaming regularly makes up for it, and I will not miss the endless arguments that the club’s forum was descending into. I’m sure that certain sections of the club are correspondingly happy that I’m no longer there to disagree with them too, so that probably counts as a win-win. 🙂

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There have been a few surveys floating around recently (the Survey Monkey one for WSS comes to mind but there have been others too in the last couple of months) asking about figure scale preferences, which I’ve had a hard time answering. For me, it varies considerably, and depends on what I’m hoping to represent on the table.

 

I have a variety of figures from 3mm (1/600) to 25mm, though somewhere tucked away back in England I think I have some Naval stuff that’s smaller scale, but Naval is a category that I don’t play at all often (not in the last decade at least), and I see it as a fringe element compared to the rest of the wargaming that I do. Air is a little different, since we’ve played Wings of War quite a few times at the club.

 

Figure scale is tied up in a lot of factors. The larger the figures, the more space needed to store them, the longer they take to paint, the more expensive they are (generally, anyway – you can always find cheap figures in any scale, as well as more expensive figures in smaller scales), and the more expensive it is to buy or make scenery that fits in that figure scale, especially if you’re gaming in a variety of periods.

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Just a quick post for the first time in a few weeks. My wife had to have emergency surgery on her left eye a couple of weeks ago after her retina started to detach, and I’ve been looking after her since then. It hasn’t been a fun time chez Lemming.

This is more of a general post than anything else, my game a few weeks ago of Maurice for our campaign had to be shelved, then my opponent had to work, and next week is getting ready to go to Vegas to play some fantasy catmen game or other, so it looks like we’re going to tentatively play on the 15th May, so expect a report then.

There’s been a mini-resurgence in Impetus at the club over the last couple of weeks, mostly concentrated on the Ancients rather than Medieval period, with two strands to it – a Peloponnesian war arena and a Successor Wars arena. I’ve been considering doing an Impetus Ancients army for a while, and might do one next year after I get my Longstreet army done and hopefully complete my Muskets and Tomahawks army. I’m looking for a second major project for next year, so this might be what I go for. I’ve looked over Markus’ lists, and the Graeco-Bactrian one looks fun – lots of different elements, which I like in an army, including elephants. We’ll see, anyway.

Note that I said my second major project for next year.  I already have one major project earmarked for next year (or the second half of this year, depending on when I get my ACW Union army finished). There’s a kickstarter for By Fire and Sword which looks interesting, and which I’ve pledged into.  A few others at the club have got the bug, and plumped for various armies – Tatar, Cossacks, Muscovites, Polish-Lithuanian, and Mark already has a large collection of Ottomans, so I decided to go with a Swedish army, figuring that if we end up playing in the Thirty Years War at some point, I can use them there too.

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Tramp the Dirt Down

I’m not normally a fan of Elvis Costello, but this song he wrote about Thatcher really sums it up for me.

On quite a few fora that I frequent, especially those with a large contingent from the UK, there are quite a few non-Brits surprised at the vehemence expressed by those of us who suffered under Thatcher now that she’s dead, or those of us celebrating the fact. I think it’s one of those things where you had to be there at the time. There’s a daily mash satirical post here which is pretty much accurate. If you’re from the north of England or Scotland in particular, and especially if you lived through the 80s in the UK, you’re almost certainly one of those getting ready to either dance or piss on her grave, and for good reason.

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Had a fun evening at the club last night playing Wings of War (the original version, not the unfortunately acronymed Wings of Glory – seriously, did no-one there spot that their TLA is an offensive racist slur and consider that they ought to come up with something else?). Managed to get 4 kills before I went down in flames, as did a couple of others. It was the first time we’d played it in probably over a year, but it’s still a great game. I didn’t think much to the WW2 version, or to club fave Check Your Six!, in which games you spend far too much time manoeuvring around trying to get a shot in. Bleh. Too boring for my likes, I’m afraid, and too reminiscent of the Napoleonic Naval rules I played about 25 years ago in which we spent at least 3 hours trying to get into position before anyone managed to fire a shot. Which then missed.

 

Anyway, since this survey was been doing the rounds, I thought I’d put it up here too. It may be one of those “slow week” posts (as Markus opines), but at least it isn’t that Leibster award chain letter thing…

 

This is the extra long version, including the second set of questions and the additional questions that were posted to The Wargaming Site.

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It’s quiet…Too quiet

I haven’t been posting much here lately, so I’m going to try to change that. Originally, this blog was set up to discuss my progress with my Lasalle army, which still requires a few figures to be painted and added as the second rank on my bases for a few units. Since Maurice came along, I’ve been playing that quite a bit at the club, and we’ve even set up a campaign which has been going well too. It has its own blog, which we try to keep as ‘in-period’ as possible, and which can be found here: thmgmauricecampaign.blogspot.ca

So far, we’re into the third round of the campaign, and my army, of the tiny (but plucky) nation of Marlenedietrichstein, is doing well – currently ahead in the rankings, although the rival nations of Großebärwald and Castille la Vieja still have a game to play in this round. It’s a fun campaign, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the game still, mostly thanks to the card mechanic.

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