A new year, and the hobby front has gone very quiet this month for a variety of reasons, including poor health and other distractions such as searching for work. Bar the dotting the ‘i’s and crossing the ‘t’s I’ve now finished my current job so I’m on to looking for something new and exciting which challenges me – on all fronts it cannot fail to be an improvement on the one I’m finishing at the heritage centre.
Another reason why I’ve not been into the hobby as much has been a diffusion of interests. No one period/scale/project has stood out as something I want too do. I’ve played some Flames of War, but not been grabbed enough to pick up a brush. I’d like to start on some World War One French with an eye towards a possible 1914 game at Gauntlet, but I lack the finance to buy any, and the same goes towards the English Civil War which I’m still keen on adding to my collection, but I’ve painted every model!
Fortunately I do have some painting to talk about, because as one of my Thursday night games in October I finally managed to stick my 6mm American Civil War Yankees on the battlefield. They were not numerous enough to make a complete side, but the addition of many of Andy’s zouvres made for an even two games, of which I lost both but enjoyed heartily. This was finally enough to motivate me to do something modelling related.
My troops were lacking skirmishers, dismounted cavalry, command bases and cannon, so all were cut, stuck to lolly pop sticks and sprayed a lovely colour of black. Then over a week later I added some blue to some of the infantry, command and artillery. They are a work in progress, and once I’ve done the initial batch I’ll move onto the dismounted cavalry. There is also a regiment of zouvres, complete with skirmishers, to do which will provide a break in the blue proceedings; I’ll have to look up their colour scheme. Once the lot are finished I’ll base them en-masse and do an ACW post and maybe play another game. After that I am pretty much out of Union troops, and I’ll have to make another purchase to carry on trying to keep up with Andy’s massed confederate regiments which significantly outnumber me!
Other things hanging around the edge of the painting table
A couple of 4 figure bases of Wars of the Roses archers in 28mm scale; the perrys miniatures which I keep almost having the enthusiasm to paint but not quite.
Some basic, quite simple, books on the first world war to get a feel for the period and the events of 1914-15 before I plunge in and buy some French. I’ve also read Antony Beevor’s ‘Berlin’ book again, super stuff, I really enjoy his detailed narrative style which flows beautifully and makes a book that deals with such a complex subject simply flow. I’ve his Stalingrad book waiting to be read again as well.
A few games this month, mostly of Flames of War as I lost to James in the Race For The Rhine campaign (which I’m running) thanks to my impatience, then returned the favour by running him over with my rarely used Panthers in a big 3,000pt game. I also managed to fit in the aforementioned ACW game, a big Market Garden battle on a Saturday, and finally suffered a very conclusive defeat in my quarter final Bloodbowl game to Paddy.
Purchased Vs Painted
This may be a good year for this ratio, mostly because I don’t expect to be able to buy many models! And it’s a good start.
Purchased – 0
Painted - 0