Distractions. Next off the painting desk was a planned addition to the dozen unit Hittite army which is seeing a year-end attempt at a six-unit expansion. A chariot for the Hittite Army was that planned addition. Well, I received a recent order from Newline Designs containing more Hittites with a few Celtic chariots for the Punic Wars project. The Celtic chariots are destined, foremost, for a recreation of Telamon postponed from earlier in the year. Seeing the Celtic chariot and crew, I swapped out the Hittite chariot for the Celtic chariot and set to work.
Off the painting table today is a Newline Designs' Celtic chariot and crew in 28mm. Fine sculpting. The more I paint and field Newline Designs' figures, the more I appreciate their somewhat rounded sculpting style. Style is different from either Black Tree Designs or Crusader figures which dominates the Celtic forces in my army. Different in style, for sure, but a style very pleasing and full of character. I like them.While no gaming (F2F or solo) has occurred for several weeks, time to pull Commands & Colors Ancients off the shelf for a solo game or two. Perhaps a reset of Pharsalus in 6mm is in order? Last time Kevin and I played Pharsalus on the miniatures' gameboard, Pompey beat Caesar. In solo play will Caesar even the score? We will see. I ought to have time this weekend to give the battle a run-out on the table.
The painting desk remains full of figures and projects in work but this week saw only sporadic painting sessions. Besides the Celts and the Lally battalion, no other units mustered out from the workbench. Several units are getting close, though. Hittite bowmen will be next with two stands nearing completion.
Analysis of the data from the Great Wargaming Survey 2020 continues. In work now is an expansion of the recent Favorite Periods article. The expanded Favorite Periods analysis will include a look at cross tabulations of period with figure size, gaming style, and primary interest. Hopefully, some interesting and meaningful insights will emerge. Notice that these posts are also being published on the Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy website. Discussion on these topics have shown much more activity on the Palouse Wargaming Journal post for which I am pleased and appreciative. Thank you!