Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Plans for 2010

Hi all

I have been a bot of a slack bunny on the internet front over the festive period, but I am slowly thawing out and planning my wargaming activities for 2010. It is odd that I was getting more painting done while I was also studying but since I finished my course I seem to also have less "free" time?! I guess all that stuff about displacement activity is true. Work is often the same; the more I have piled up, the more I get done. This time last year I was getting the figures and terrin done for Wagram, keeping workplace diaries, preparaing case studies to present, writing essays, etc. Now nothing for a couple of months! Time to get back in the race methinks.

Current projects in mind/on the go are:

1. Continue with the 6mm Waterloo project, in particular the step-by-step painting of british infantry for Pete Berry at Baccus. I am about half-way through this laborious process, but ground to a halt in November.

2. A writing project (and I'd like to do some articles for the wargames press if I get the time)

3. Lots of Black Powder games, mainly AWI stuff as that is what I have figures for and it is my favourite period. I have no urges to embark on 28mm Napoleonics. This might result in a demo game at Partizan or The Other Partizan. I might even be tempted to make this a participation game, so I'd welcome comments on what others think of this and what type of game they'd like to have a go at.

4. In anticipation of BP:ECW I'd like to get some more of my small mountain of perry ECW figures painted. I currently have 2 pike and shot units done, one cannon and enough cavalry for one smallish unit. I have unpainted stuff to round out a small army (3-4 foot, 4 cavalry and 1 dragoon unit along with an extra cannon).

5. Continue with my re-working of the ancients collection for impetus, or adapted BP. The latter appeals as it deals with different unit sizes, although I think the C&C is more suited to later armies so might need a tweak (or simply use just 1-2 generals a side to represent the inferior command structures). The big impetus bases would work fine, as I'm not bothered about formations for ancient gaming - I'm happy to assume that troops form into suitable "blocks" before enagaging in combat.

That is probably enough for "big" projects in the coming months. As you can see, I have been heavily influenced by Black Powder, which seems to fit precisely what I want to get out of a game. I honestly think that this is the most significant set of rules since DBA. [other opinions are available]. This is something that takes me back, as I remember reading a review of the "new" DBA in Miniature Wargames during a lecture at university (I was multitasking, honestly). This was nearly 20 years ago, blimey!

James and I have decided against putting anything on at Salute this year. He has a new baby at home and I don't have any particular urge to lug a big game all the way to London. Hopefully this makes it more likely that we will put games on at the Partizan shows, and I hope to get to York in February. It is nice to go to a show where you are neither working or running a demo game, but simply a "punter". See for details of the York show and for the Partizan shows near Newark.

Hope everyone out there had a good Christmas and New Year and that the weather isn't proving too burdensome - keep safe!