For some time I have been a little perturbed at myself for having AWI as well as 1812 collections (we won't even go into having had AWI figures in
I had been leaning towards focussing on the War of 1812 (better battles) but while both wars saw action in my home province of Quebec, the War of 1812 largely passed Nova Scotia by. Sure there was some privateering and the largely unopposed occupation of parts of northern Maine but it wasn't like the Revolution when there was an actual rebellion here with a siege of Fort Cumberland and privateer raids on coastal towns as well as action of the seas and the more actively opposed Fort George affair in Maine not to mention that there had been some support for having Montgomery and Arnold attack Nova Scotia rather than Quebec. The fact that I have friends here with 40mm AWI and Rob has F&IW figures, some of which can work along side mine and vice versa while my 1812 figures are on their own is a key factor in my favouring the AWI again. This wouldn't mean the elimination of my 1812 collection but a return to the idea of a small 40mm 1812 "game in a box", probably portable game style, with the rest of the figures being sold or repurposed.
Another, minor, factor is that it finally gives me a use for some of the new PA molds, the Prussians can be Hessians. They aren't what everyone would consider compatible style wise but close enough for me.
|40mm Sash & Saber, Prince August and Irregular miniatures.|
The other will be a test game for the 40mm Gathering of Hosts. Its not going as smoothly as I thought. For one thing I have been reminded of the extreme size and style variation in the figures and have been trouble in my mind making everything fit together with the background. I've also rediscovered that I had more figures in waiting than I remembered and the project threatens to grow out of control without a firm hand. So a focus for 4 Kingdoms with slightly earlier troops and Elastolin/Miller/Perry/Prince August/Irregular sized figures. The Empire will keep the Meisterzinn sized, puffy Landsknecht style guys but will probable only appear rarely and in small numbers as the table will be soon be full without them! This means that if the test is successful, both the 16th Century and Prince Valiant figures and games will be moving to the Gathering of Hosts blog.