Finally some new pictures. While I havn’t been posting as I needed some time to assess the amount of time I was spending taking pictures and blogging versus the feedback, I have been painting like a madman. Well, like a madman for me, I’m a very slow painter.
I finished all of the forces that will be on the table for the British side in my Freeman’s Farm scenario. This is 932 infantry, four command stands, and seven gun stands. Quite a tidy little group if I don’t say so myself.
These are not my best photos as I’m still trying to work out the best way to take effective pictures of large groups of miniatures. I have it down pat for small groups, but still a lot to learn.
Recently my painting pace has slowed, but with a great reason. I listen to The D6 Generation while I paint (I highly recommend them for some great entertainment even if you don’t play the games they talk about (which I don’t)). One of the games they talked about a lot was Carcassonne, and their wives seemed to like it. I thought I would give it a try, and I’m glad I did.
My wife is a very keen monopoly player (the game bores me to death) and we have played scrabble many times (she kills me) but not for years. We mostly spend our “quality” time when the kids are in bed watching dvd’s as we have no channel reception on the TV. I suggested we try the Carcassonne game and she VERY reluctantly said she would give it a try. Now I knew she was just humoring me and had no interest in trying a “geek game” as she loving refers to them.
Well, I kicked her butt, but she wanted to try again. In the first week we must have played seven games, all of them suggested by her. This game is a winner guys, give it a try. It’s gaming light for us, but you can get your significant other playing and it’s fun.
The game is a tile laying and puzzly type strategy game, but is great fun. We have since ordered the two player only version, Carcassonne the Castle and are busy trying to get to grips with that.
I have not been on top of my project size page as I should lately. I just updated it as I have recently passed the 2100th figure mark. It seems very rewarding to get this far. I am a completionist and would like to be able to run any scenario I would like without having to worry about if I have enough units or having to make unreasonable proxies. I don’t mind exchanging one unit of continentals for another, but would like to stick with militia representing militia and hat companies representing hat companies.
I just started my first unit of dragoons and they are going fine. I really don’t like painting horses, that’s one of the reasons that I like the AWI so much. I should have some more pics up soon.
Saratoga 1777: Turning point of a revolution by Brendan Morrissey is a book that should have had a review when I first started this blog. I think it’s just that getting the Osprey for a relevant subject just seems like a no brainer to me, it’s simply my first step in any kind of research on a military subject.
I think this book is one of the essential books for recreating this campaign. It has all of the Osprey staples that wargamers need, great OOB’s and lots of maps. It is a quick, easy read and gives you everything you know to get started. Perhaps it’s a fault of mine, but I don’t have much to say as it simply delivers everything you know and love about Osprey publishing, that I don’t have a more critical review. I thoroughly trust the author and would recommend ANY of his AWI books from Osprey.