Nothing gets the hobby juices going like a good convention outing. I had a look at the summary of my plans and collections of figures from April of last year and decided that it was close enough to be updated and used as the basis of an ongoing summary page so that is now available to the right or here: Roll Call
So much for the long term. What's up for the next few months? In no particular order.
1. Gathering of Hosts Blog: Having settled on organization and basing and with rules well in hand I want to get 3 armies refurbished and ready to rumble, bases and all including some more new figures.
2. Atlantica/WW1 I took a game that was working for me and by changing the look somehow also seem to have harmed the substance. I need to figure this out, (blog posts and test games) then choose which way to go for each of the late 19thC, WW1 & Colonial stuff. In the meantime I intend to keep painting figures.
3. Sculpting and casting. I NEED to get back on that horse, get some better putty and make some masters and some molds. A 19th C Faraway (Canadian style) infantry figure is 1st priority.
4. ACW. I need a decision on grid/no grid and regiment size then I want to fix up some command stands, fix the artillery a bit, mend some fences and build more, then, by July, play another game.
5. AWI. I want to bring these back to Huzzah next year so I have to decide what I am doing. I am tempted to reprise in 40mm my 2001 game based on Montgomery's assault on Quebec but I need to consider if the game will be interesting enough for the work put in and Quebec is long behind me. A Trois Rivieres "what if it hadn't gone so wrong" scenario has potential as I already have many of the troops I would need but again it is Quebec. The idea of setting a game in Nova Scotia or Maine attracts me. One option would be to take the example of the rebel siege of Fort Cumberland and expand it to do the siege and reiief of the fictional Fort MacDuff. Nova Scotia rebels, Acadians, Malaseet and New Englanders vs Loyalists and British and maybe some Brunswickers as long as we're tweaking history. Needs thought then action in terms of scenario, making terrain and making figures. I've already starting enhancing MacDuff. Adding more chrome where it helps, removing the stuff that slows without adding. Getting out has been good for me and for MacDuff.
6. Rough Wooing. I have a handful of 16thC figures I want to paint, maybe for a game in the fall or just to get them off the lead and plastic mountain.
That should keep me busy for a few months especially when the unplanned is added.
EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)
"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."
-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013
Friday, May 22, 2015
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.