Friday, May 19, 2017

Huzzah 2017

Ross and I are running a 40mm 16th century game this evening at Huzzah.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

More 1/72 Vikings

I'm continuing to chip away at the Hordes of the Things fantasy Viking-type army for the campaign, with 2 more war band figures finished up at lunch yesterday.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Solo Campaign, interim

Time for both reading and painting has been scarce the past two weeks, but I am still going through my reading list for the solo campaign. Today, another chapter or two in Featherstone...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Interlude: Boxes of 1/72 scale plastic, a guilty pleasure

Like many wargamers of a certain age, my first battles were fought with Airfix plastic soldiers. New sets were few and far between in the early 1970s, and I was amazed with the wealth of possibilities when I dropped back into the historical gaming world around 1986. Well, I hadn't seen anything yet...

Anyway, probably as a result of early imprinting, I've always been excited by the possibilities inherent in a new box of plastic. Even when frugality and space considerations had me tracking my lead purchases closely, I always gave a pass to plastic, a reality which continues through today. So, when I decided to work on this campaign idea, I had no need to go any farther than the basement in order to round up a heap of potential resources for the new armies.

Son Norman helpfully pointed out that he had been concerned that I was biting off more than I could chew, given that I already had about 1 1/2 of the 5 armies I had placed on the map. He's probably right, but at least any elements finished will fit directly into his larger 1/72 fantasy/Hordes of the Things campaign map, so they'll see some use, and I needed the mapping pactice anyway.

I think that I will actually make more progress if I clean things up and prime them just a couple of units at a time, rather than by the whole army. The latter strategy is what I did with the Cold Islanders (various Vikings and Saxons), and might possibly bear some of the blame for the fact that the primed strips of troops I've been painting lately have been in a box for four or five years.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

1/72 Zvezda Viking leaders

With the campaign map in hand, I was back to painting more figures. These Zvezda Viking leaders (1 each per box) will be based as a Hordes of the Things hero stand for the Cold Islanders...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

1/72 Fantasy Campaign, Part 2

This one will just be a short update...using the techniques in Jared Blando's book on fantasy maps, I have drawn up and tinted an area movement campaign map for the proposed solo campaign. I threw in zones for a Necromancer contingent, some lizard men, and the dragons, all of which I could paint, though not in army strength.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

More 1/72 scale work

I have been continuing to work on my Hordes of the Things fantasy campaign armies this week. These three Revell Anglo-Saxons (from set 02551) are almost ready to join the Cold Islander barbarian forces.

I am expecting that these figures won't be based on their final configuration until I get more of the overall class (in this case, "warbands") done. That will allow me to ensure that I don't end up at the end with a stand of 6 figures all in the same pose. I revived this army sub-project after cleaning and priming the figures four or five years ago, so I don't entirely remember what I had in mind, but it was about six stands of six figures each for the warbands, and I'm currently up to about 8 of those 36 figures.