|Six guns a side with 6 more in the box and a number of crew painted or unpainted waiting for me to decide that I have room for more.|
Spring has arrived in Nova Scotia, earlier than many years but no earlier than expected, just warmer and drier. On Sunday I spent most of my intended game time outside raking and burning (and thinking). I am slowly making progress on reducing and consolidating to fit into my physical and mental space. As usual more doing and less day dreaming would help clear things away of course.
I am still stuck with one thorny problem that appears beyond my ability to resolve without a violation of my plan one way or the other. The goal has long been to avoid essential (vs technical) duplication as much as possible while not getting rid of things I want to keep and not trying to force myself to play games and paint figures that I don't want to. To this end, I have been trying to find another use for my mid 19thC 40mm toy soldiers or else a different way to use the 1/72nd ACW troops since both collections are organized at the same level for the same era of weapons and tactics.
Technically I could argue that its not duplication since the 40's have been painted for a fictional rather than historical setting and the 1/72nd armies can field more figures on the same size table but for all practical purposes either collection could be used to fight any given scenario if uniform details are ignored and so do form an essential duplication. My attempts to avoid this over the last 5 years have included trying to bump one or the other up to army level games or down to near skirmish levels, trying to force the 40's to go backwards or forwards in time to smoothbore rifle or breechloader tactics or to at least have one be a portable cardtable game and the other a full table game. None of these worked for me so I am at the point of acceptance.
One set of rules for rifled musket era warfare with traditional OS battalion/regiment sized units, 2 scales, 2 different campaign settings; one historical, one fictional. I'm also going to drop the idea of doing the War of 1812 a 3rd time and will just roll the Shako types in as 1850's troops in the old uniforms. One set of fictional 19th C 40mm troops, and one of historical 1/72nd figures for the era, one set of rules, much simpler. So be it.
|A shot of a few of the metal figures that were mixed in with the Airfix ones in the donation.|
Now to figure out when to squeeze in a game so I can see if the new batteries are up to snuff.