I went to the local big bookstore a couple of months ago .While there I picked up a few magazines, including a wargaming magazine. When I went to check out, the clerk behind the counter started talking to me about wargaming, as he was into wargaming. I was in a rush that day, so after a few minutes talking, I excused myself ( I am seeing why I'm a solo war gamer!). While talking, he mentioned the Meeples and Miniatures podcast, by Neil Shuck. As a big part of my job requires me to drive around, I have been listening to the podcast. I find it more enjoyable than the true crime pods I had been listening to. While listening to this podcast, he also mentioned another podcast he produced "View from the Veranda" where he and Henry Hyde, of "Battlegames" fame, discuss wargames. I have been listening to this series this week.
As I spend most of my day in a van, I usually eat my lunch in the van. Now, my cellphone provider has given me a "Christmas gift" of unlimited data for the month of December. I have been taking full advantage of it. While on break or eating lunch, I have been watching lots of videos. Among them are "Callan: Act of Kindness" and the wargaming classic "Battleground" series. I also started watching Youtube videos of people playing different wargames. Last week I came across several of gamers playing Memoir '44 as solo games. After watching a few videos, I realized that the Richard Borg line of games were the answer to my problem of limited gaming time. As I already have Memoir '44, Battlelore, and Battle Cry, it seemed that I should start putting these games to good use. The last few days I got two games in; and it has me inspired to continue to get more gaming in. With the Memoir'44 game, I used my Peter Laing WW2 figures instead of the plastic figures that came with the game. Unfortunately, I just had enough for the first scenario; I'm not sure if I will be able to use them with all my games. However, it might also have me using my Airfix and Matchbox figures in these games.
I recently came across a "headless horseman" toy soldier, which seems the ideal size for my 40mm project. I have ordered new rubber for making a mold. This mold will be a three part mold, and as I still haven't mastered two part molds, I am hesitant about starting this mold. However, I really want to try to get this figure cast, and when I have a little more time, will try to start the mold.
Finally, I bought a "Practical Wargamer" magazine that I didn't have, and bought two lots of 1st generation Minifigs Napoleonics. Also, on one of the "View from the Veranda" podcast, both Neil & Henry couldn't give enough praise to Richard Borgs' Command & Colors; Ancients. As mentioned earlier, I already have three Command & Colors games, so I found a copy of C&C;A on Ebay and bought it. after buying it, I got an email from the seller in which she thinks she might have mixed up my package and might have sent me the wrong game. Hopefully she didn't!
|Memoir '44 wargame with Peter Laing miniatures. Pegasus Bridge scenario.|
|The Germans guarding Pegasus Bridge.|
|The British use the "Behind Enemy Lines" card. The paras push the Germans off the Orne Bridge...|
|....and capture the bridge, for the first victory point!|
|The British assault on Pegasus Bridge bogs down. The Germans brought up two units that fired across the river, pinning the paras down.|
|To win the game, the first side that won 4 victory points wins the game. The British had three victory points; but the Germans also had 3 victory points.|
|During the game the British got very few cards that allowed them to move units in the center; two units never even moved during the game.|
|A Battle Cry game: the First Bull Run.|
|Both sides push forward their left flanks.|
|A Union infantry unit fires from a distance on the only Confederate artillery battery, and eliminates it!|
|The Confederates launch an assault in the center.|
|The Union tries to kill General Jackson; they miss.|