This is a long running and continuing journey around a collection of ideas, projects, games, models and a variety of wargaming related themes from my own imagination and from others. As I have been described as having the attention span of a forgetful goldfish you can rest assured the resulting subject matter will be diverse and (usually) entertaining! "He lived in a frenzy of enthusiasm — but nothing
lasted for long with him".
Monday, 30 July 2018
Meandering in the right direction....
After the weekend I have had this is a most welcome restorative - and it is hugely inspirational.
For a variety of reasons this weekend has not been a great
one. True enough the weather had broken – we now have a garden water butt that
is three quarters full – and it is a little cooler but I was not able to
venture into the man cave for any painting. I was however, able to make
progress with some organisational tasks associated with my ongoing project
list. To be honest this is itself has thrown up a number of unforeseen issues
but nothing that a clear head cannot overcome.
The more I read it the more I like the cut of Sam Mustafa’s
WW2 rules: Rommel. There are some really neat ideas in these rules and I am
looking forward to using them in conjunction with my 1/600th scale
Tumbling Dice 20th century armies in due course. The great thing
with using this scale is that the armies (and by that I mean the infantry and
support weapons) can be really generic and used for a variety of periods. I
intend producing forces in three colours – grey, brown and olive. These basic
colours will suffice for both world wars and by adding the appropriate vehicles
etc specific nationalities can be modelled. As I have mentioned before this
idea is really and extension of what I did using the block armies.
The Tumbling Dice infantry is available in both close and
loose order and so for my purposes will mean the former for something late 19th
century and the latter will be used for the 20th. I have a couple of
ideas I am exploring with this lot and should anything crystallise from it I
will post the details.The Peter Pig 1/600th troop blocks will be used
for something horse and musket based – looking over the models I am now
convinced these would be ideal for use in a Napoleonic style set up – although
this would be some way down the track given the other ideas I currently have in
Mention of Peter Pig of course raises the issue of the 1/600th
ACW ship models I have currently ‘swinging around the (painting) buoy’ so to
speak. Well, one of the organisational tasks I alluded to was to work out base
sizes for the models with a view to placing an order for the same. This has now
been done – well apart from placing the order that is – and I hope to get this
under way over the next few days if I can. One piece of welcome news though
supporting this project is the recent acquisition of the book you see above. I
have barely had a chance to skim through this so far but it looks very
promising indeed, not only for the ACW but for a few other ideas I an flirting
The great thing about this book for me is the simple fact that gunboats, whilst lacking the glamour of their larger battleship and cruiser brethren, often saw more action and at a scale that is easily workable on the tabletop. My 1/600th adventures will feature gunboats where possible and that is something I am looking forward to.