A few days ago I decided to play Santa and buy myself a Rolls Royce for Christmas, a Matchbox 1/43 Armoured Car to be more precise. As I searched ebay looking forlornly at the silly prices and the bright yellow desert paint job and wondering if I could get away with an out of period but pleasingly primitive looking and much cheaper Solido Renault R35 as a sort of Toy Soldier Stand In, I suddenly browsed too far. I had stumbled on the even more expensive 1/43 "toy soldier" Colonial tank of my dreams which I hadn't known existed. It is also slightly out of period like the R35 but even clunkier and less modern looking. I hesitated, I noted it, I enquired about dimensions, I went away and I pondered.
Where exactly did I want to go with this Colonial game, what is the historical/fictional background, what "look" do I want for troops and terrain and what do I have that I want to include? I also wondered why I've really made so little progress in the 15 months since I decided that I wanted to do this.
|A typical Oerberg town.|
So, I reviewed what I've done so far and decided that based on what we seen so far, Oerburg is a suitable setting for the darker drab uniforms that most of my existing figures wear. This will allow me to use existing moulds to cast and convert many of the remaining units rather than having to make multiple new masters and moulds. It also means we already know what the terrain, architecture and native enemies look like so no deserts, palmtrees, adobe villages or turbans, at least, not yet.
|A typical Kapelle native hamlet composed of small wooden cabins with sod roofs.|
There are mountains on the map though, and wide open spaces and the drab colour scheme will fit my, new to me, ...well I'll show you when it gets here.