On the run up to the Christmas break we indulged ourselves in our biggest 10mm Franco Prussian game featuring the 1st, 5th & 7th Corps of the Army Of Alsace and the Prussian Third Army featuring the V, VI & XI Prussian Corps and the I & II Bavarian Corps. It was enjoyable but hard work and over the Christmas break I got to thinking why hard work?
Wanted to use that phrase for ages! However this has nothing to do with either Julius Caesar or Romans in general its actually a reflection on our first attempts at the Rubicon WWII 1/56 plastic kits and a comparison to their most obvious competitor Warlord.
Anyone reading our recent tweets will have noticed a bit of a Franco Prussian skirmish theme recently.
Why? You might ask when we’ve got a more than adequate 10mm corps collection that doesn’t get much of an outing.
This week we received the official Derby summary from the organisers (thanks Josh) and an interesting read it was too.
No not the horse racing but our experience at the new venue for Derby Worlds this past weekend and what better way to get back into doing the blog after a prolonged absence – too busy, too tired. too everything.
Now we are well aware from the gossip on the day and tweets since then that the traders were not happy but this is written from the perspective of a gaming club who put on a demonstration game and briefly got to wander around the show as a break from pushing figures around.
Before we got to the show we have to say that the level of organisation was impressive; multiple e mails with maps, times, bring & buy sheets, do’s and don’ts, etc; all very professional so high hopes.
A taste of potential problems was when we came to set up on the Friday night; the table area allotted was wrong and the other games did look a bit close. But table size sorted after a little bit of tension and the closeness of the other games was perhaps just a reaction to the abundance of space at Donnington?
For years (many, many years!) our Dark Age skirmishing has been done using an old 1980’s set from our Scimitar Wargames Group days ‘Oshere’s Helm’ and completely adequate they have been given that we would only skirmish every now and then. These days we skirmish more and more (probably reflecting our advancing years!) and as we’ve collected not only more figures but also more ‘stuff’ the thought of writing a new set has become a reality and so I thought it might be nice to share the initial process. Why? Well, probably the delusion that someone thinking about giving rule writing a go might get a bit of inspiration and also anyone reading might think about chipping in an idea or two. Who knows!
Usually when we kick off a new period to play, the scale is the least of our problems, we’re 28mm gamers so we choose from the 28mm ranges available, and so it was with our proposed move into the Mexican Revolution. Or so we thought! Continue reading “Hey Gringo! What scale the revolution, por favor?”
Back in December we were idly musing after one of our eastern renaissance games (Swedes v Russians) and came to the conclusion we needed more (better?) Russians. How unusual, wargamers needing more figures!
Despite our advancing years we’ve decided to embrace more of the technological world – Twitter was a big enough leap for us but we think we’ve got a handle on that now!
We hope to use this just to randomly comment on ideas for gaming, maybe share our latest direction on what to game next and share rule writing tips (from Ian) and painting tips (from Dave).
The main point is to get a bit of community chat going, a bit like when some of you are kind enough to rock up to our games at shows and chat about wargaming stuff – we kind of miss this.
Anyway here we go!