Monday, April 12, 2021
In the last few weeks I have been playing with different ideas for games. I have also spent too much time on the computer trying to get inspiration. I started thinking of why I enjoyed playing with toy soldiers as a kid. As a kid there was no tape measures, no dice and no rules. I decided to try a game where movement was between terrain, not measured moves. Using "Close Wars" terrain, the toy soldiers would advance to the next terrain feature in front of them. If it was occupied by the enemy, they would be caught in the open. There is no measuring for shooting; depending on the weapon it would be decided if the enemy was in range. When in doubt roll to decide. I still use dice to decide hits. I started a game using some Airfix Combat Infantry Group figures. It has been enjoyable game, wither I play again or not.
Thursday, March 4, 2021
These are some homecast militia for the 1880's. The body is a casting of Britain's West Point figure. The heads were Fusilers recast. The epaulets were made with green stuff. I made up the uniforms, based on two different militia units of the period. I not too happy with the paint job. I might strip it down and retry it again.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
In this post I compare Epic ACW figures to 1st and 2nd Minifigs 15mm ACW and Peter Laing figures. I decided to experiment with basing a strip of the figures. I cut the strip in half and made my own base, where only one 5 man strip was mounted. Afterwards I realized that I was making a 15mm version of Old Glory 10mm infantry strips.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Warlord Games have come up with a new American Civil War game; Epic ACW. Using Black Powder rules, they have come up with plastic 15mm models in 10 man strips. The regiments will consist of 100 regiments. The main game will come with rules, 2400 infantry, 24 cannon and 24 horsemen. All for $120 (American). When I first saw it, I was ready to order it. However, the limited space for my gaming, along with my current uncertainty of income, I decided against it. However, in the January Wargames Illustrated, the magazine gave a free frame of the figures. The frame includes 100 infantry, 1 gun and crew, and one horseman. It also comes with the bases. After much waiting, the magazine showed up in the local bookstore. I ended up buying 2 of the magazines. I'm not sure the figures will ever be used. I have different ideas for the figures. On another blog someone cut the 10 man strips in half, to make ten man bases. I have been thinking this might be the way to go, except that I would make my own bases and do 5 man bases. At least with the two frames of figures, I could make up one regiment for each side and do skirmish games.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
I haven't been able to get a project off the ground. One project was to use Britain's figures to recreate U.S. militia units of the 1800's. I ordered some spare heads to get an idea of which heads would work for this period. Today I got the idea of trying the different heads with a West Point body.
Monday, January 11, 2021
I recently won a lot of Wollner and Kober Wollner recasts of the Siege of Vienna. As I have been pressed for time recently, instead of the usual photos of the individual figures, I took pictures of a quick game where the figures were used.