With warmer weather coming I found myself thinking about how to get more wargaming in. SomehowI just haven't had the time to get games in. On my day off by the time I run my errants, do the required work around the house and getting the dog out, the day is done and my wife is home. Now
I always feel guilty because I don't get my dog out as much as she should. Last week as I was sitting out in the yard and Molly was enjoying the fresh air, I started thinking of playing with Airfix figures in the yard when I was a kid. With "little Wars" in mind, I was trying to figure what toy soldiers I could use. Now Airfix was fine as a kid, but even based they are still pretty tipsy. I wanted to use metal figures for their weight. While considering which scale to use, 40mm or 54mm, some SAE 30mm British Guards figures purchased several years ago caught my eye. I grabbed a few of them and brought the outside. The size of the bases seemed to work fine. But I only had 8 of the figures. I went on Ebay and found a good size lot of SAE 30mm Civil War figures at a good price. The figures has seen many campaigns and most of the rifles are broken and some will need repairs, but for what I want them for they will do.
Today was a beautiful day and Molly was itching to get out. When I got home from work the package of figures were in the mail. I grabbed a handful of the figures, some dice and made a quick measure stick. Using basic rules, as Molly laid in the sun, I started playing with the figures. While it was just to see if the figures would work, I found not only did they work, but I was having more fun than I should have for the time invested in the setup. I fought 2 skirmishes, the Union won the first; Confederates the second. I even decided to snap a couple of shots of the action.
|The Yankees manage to cut 2 Rebels off from the rest; discretion being the better part of valor, the Rebs surrender.|