Viewer's Choice Celebration MiniCampaign

It has now been over 20 years since I launched "With MacDuff On the Web" and nearly 10 years since I launched my 2 blogs: Gathering of Hosts and Battle game of the Month.

To celebrate the years and the friends and the million hits I've decided to run a 3 game mini-campaign in late October. By popular vot e it will be set in the mid 18th Century.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Coming Soon-ish

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.


  1. That's what I need ! - a plan !! , Tony

    1. One needs a plan really in order to deviate from it.

  2. From the length of the paragraph I take it option 5. AWI is favourite?

    1. Not really, just on my mind because I've been pondering what to run at Huzzah next year and its one of the most ready, most popular and most appropriate part of my collection at the moment. Otherwise I did it in 1/72 because a friend was, then gave them away, did it in 54mm for a convention then sold it then started again as a group project. Almost sold it last year for lack of games but its too useful and almost the only part of my collections at the moment that can be used plausibly for games set in my local area.

  3. I too need a plan but probably won't do one...

  4. AWI in 40mm and with MacDuff!!!: This is really a great news for me! (in fact they are two great news!).