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Neo-Sovs and Zombies WIP

I have been dying to start this new project for a while now and the near wrap up (2 months away) of my FIW extravaganza is around the corner.  These are my first test models for a “The Dead of Winter”.

Some Copplestone Neo-Sovs that will serve as the troops of The People’s Free City of Burlinton.

And some Zombies to oppose them.  Well the beginning of the zombies to oppose them anyway.  I’m quite happy with the way they turned out for test models.

I’ll have a lot more to tell about them once they are based up and ready to go.

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Random Musings

This is a list of things I’ve had swimming around in my mind that I can’t tell to anyone else buy you as they wouldn’t understand it.

Historical vs. Points Based

I listen to a lot of podcasts, mostly divided between Web Design and gaming. Sometimes I choose a podcast because I find the host(s) interesting rather than a deep interest in the subject. So, some of the podcasts are deeply entrenched in the “big boys” of wargaming, ie GW, PP, or FOW and the like. I’ve listened to some of them for around two years, that’s more than enough time for EACH of those systems to release a new version. I find that amusing in and of itself.

I can’t imagine letting a company decide everything for me. Now, I started out with these types of games and there was a time when I spent hours building lists and pointing everything out for that perfect list. Now, that just seems…silly. Almost…ludicrous to me.

I’m much more interested in reading a book on a period and letting that drive my modeling and gaming. I don’t really care if I win or loose really, though I will make every effort to due the best with the situation that I’m in.

There is a fairly large number of folks that will look at these statements and say, “That’s crazy, I don’t want to be a historian and read first hand accounts with funky spelling. I just want to play a game with evenly matched sides and see who wins.” But those folks are very unlikely to read my blog.

Army vs. Skirmish

I have switched focus (around November) from trying to paint masses of troops to recreate massive battles to painting individuals for skirmish games. Now, without knocking what I’ve been doing for the past five years, I have really enjoyed the change. I think the main thing that has changed is the mindset that I have when I set down to paint.

With painting large bases of 6mm troops I have focused on output, very much goal oriented. I have a list of units that I need for a battle, I knock them down one by one.

I now pick a few models to paint and spend time working with them. Each one has unique features that need special attention and different colors so they don’t all look the same. There are many more choices involved, which I am enjoying. It seems weird to say that it’s daunting at first, but it was.

I have definitely gone from enjoying the results to enjoying both the results and the process. I will definitely continue to paint units for the three periods that I have started in 6mm, but I no longer have plans to add more small scale periods.

Someone should make Flames of War figures

I don’t have anything to do with GW games or products if I can help it, but I am addicted to podcasts. With the ride to work and listening during painting time, sometimes I need more to listen to. That’s where Podhammer comes in. If you can get past the racist undertones that pop up once in a while, these guys remind me of my friends in college. We’re all grown up now, but that’s besides the point.

Like many people entrenched in GW or FOW, these guys are fairly ignorant of the entire historical side of the hobby with it’s manufactures and varying rule sets. They are getting our of Warhammer (unfortunate name for the podcast, much like the name of my site) and experimenting with FOW. That’s Flames of War for those of you hiding under a rock in Grognardia. They were talking about painting FOW figures at one point. The host goes on to say “Someone else should make Flames of War figures.” Then they continue to discuss how easy it would be for another manufacturer to produce WW2 figures that could be used with FOW. I chuckle about that every now and again when I think of it.

Life on the Frontier

This has been a new one for me. It really started when I started reading War on the Run: The epic story of Robert Rogers and the conquest of America’s frontier, by John F Ross. It describes in quite some detail the conditions that those folks who lived on the (then) frontier in New Hampshire and present day Vermont had to deal with. It also describes the winter weather conditions that they dealt with.

I suppose a great many places were frontiers at one time or another, heck, northern England was a frontier for the Romans once, the list is endless. I think about it constantly now, perhaps it will end when I’m done with the book (but I’m a slow reader). I burn wood as my main heat for my home. For those unused to it, it entails cutting the trees down on a friends land, delimbing them, bucking up the wood into small 18 inch segments, then splitting it, then loading the wagon, transferring the wood to my trailer. Once I get it home I unload it, stack it in the woods at the edge of my lawn, and wait two years. When it’s time to burn it I have to load it onto a sled, and then drag it into the house to go in the stove. This is a seriously labor intensive process, and I have used a tractor to move the trees, a truck to transport, a chainsaw for cutting, and a hydrolic wood splitter for the splitting. I can’t imagine the process without mechanization. If you ever wonder why war stopped during the winter or what troops did on winter garrison, I imagine this took a LOT of their time. Every family on the frontier would have to do this in addition to the regular things that needed to be done.

Many times I have to get more wood late at night, so I’m by the wood piles around 10:30, about 30 yards away from the house with my little head lamp. What if there were no houses for miles and you wondered about Indian raids. Crazy stuff.

I walk after school for cardio exercise. The other day it was particularly cold, not unusually cold though, I went out, put on my hat and tried to bring up an audio book on my iPod. By the time I had done that, maybe 1 minute, I couldn’t feel my fingers they were so cold. I had modern clothes on in good repair. I couldn’t imagine the types of maneuvers that Rogers and the Rangers would be doing in the weather that we have in the clothing available at the time. These men must have been tough as freakin’ nails to just survive the times, much less travel the distances they did and accomplish the tasks they needed to.

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To Hill or Not to Hill

I want to say that of course I know it’s a matter of choice, but I’d like to know what people are thinking.

I’m finally getting my table ready to game on after 5 years of painting in various periods. I’ve always wanted to build terrain and things, but never seemed like it was time well spent when I could be painting. Well, I’ve enough painted now that I can spend some time on scenery and not feel like I’m missing something.

I’ve been creating the scenery for Kolin and Lobositz, which is pretty easy. I started to look at Hochkirch and the terrain necessary. Now I’m a little confused by what others are doing. The terrain seems to really help define this battle. I have found two sites with beautiful battle reports

They both have two small hills, and that’s it. Seems like the games are good ones though.

The scenario I am going to use has a map like this

and has maps like these.

There is definitely room for some more hills in these battles, or are they not necessary?.

I’m wondering if most gamers go this minimalist route or do most gamers favor lots of hills? I suppose it’s only necessary to have hills on the table if they were significant in the battle.

What are your thoughts? Where do you stand?

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Sharp Practice 6mm Test Models

I am currently nearing a finish on a three year old Kolin project and am starting to itch for new horizons.  I have wanted to get into Napoleonics but was intimidated by the uniforms for years.  Then I overcame that and couldn’t find the models that I liked.  My favorite manufacturer isn’t coming out with an acceptable French range for an number of years, and only has Peninsular forces available for the allies.  I’m a really big fan of the continental battles and Countries though.

Enter Sharp Practice.  I downloaded these rules on a whim and thought I could give them a read.  They seem fast and fun, which is what I’m looking for, but can they be done in my preferred scale of 6mm?  Well, I’m going to find out.  I’m going to try and put 4 x 6mm models on a base so my units will be 40-50 men as opposed to 10-12.  Everything should fall into place after that.  The Sharpe novels have given me inspiration and made me much more interested in the Peninsular war than I ever was before.  I previously had absolutely no interest in any thing British Napoleonic, but things change I guess.

Anyway, here is my first test with some leftover colonial brits I had lying around and a shot of them with some finished SYW bases.

I’m just trying to see what the figures will look like.  Do I need a smaller base?  Do they look ridiculous?  Do they need to be finished to tell?

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A Change of Focus

I have decided to expand this blog and in doing so, have made a few technical changes.  It was originally intended to be a Seven Years War blog, hence the part of the URL.  But, my focus changed between buying the domain and starting the blog.  Well, I’ve gotten back into SYW and added VSF to the mix and I’d like to incorporate them into the blog as well.

I’ll start by recycling, I mean reintroducing, my original blog here so everything is in one place.

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Game Size

Megagame – A term used by H.G. Wells upon the invention of recreational wargaming, as documented by his chums. It usually means a larger than usual game that contains many participants. Usually a game that requires many participants to collections to pull off.

There, now it’s official.

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Long Time – No post

I haven’t been posting for a while due to a few different things.

  1. lack of reader interest (not you though, cause you’re reading this)
  2. Crazy pace of real life at the moment
  3. Revived interest in my first 6mm passion, the Seven Years War

I have been painting up troops for Might and Reason like it’s going out of style.  I have found that I enjoy cavalry for a change.  All of the things I didn’t like about them before, seem to entertain me now.  The endless outlining of horse furniture and the many angles of approach for your brush.  Who knew?

Anyway, I’ve been geeing it laldy with the SYW painting.

Take it easy.

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Litko Frustration

I am looking for a new base provider.  I placed an order with Litko Aerosystems, Inc. on the 9th of April.  It is now the 28th and after an email to customer service (which was very polite and informative on their part) I find out that it may take four weeks to ship, then there’s the shipping time to consider.  Now, I’m not an instant gratification type of guy (then I’d play video games rather than paint, right?) but this seems a little long to me, perhaps on the border of unreasonable.  Especially as I’m paying $6.20 for shipping, which seems on the high side.

If anyone knows of a place to get 3mm ply-wood bases in 30mm x 60mm or round, please let me know.  I’m a bit of a stickler for consistency, so I may be stuck.