Speaking of the next game I host, Kevin has a few battalions of newly painted, Saxon infantry that he wants to get into a game. With Kevin and his brother both enjoying the first Battle of Arroyo con Pollo, he requested a follow-up game of Old Trousers in which his Saxons could see action. Without my reference material, I cannot recall offhand in which Peninsular War battles the Saxons participated. If they did not, I will make some substitutions to get them into the OB. That game is scheduled for OCT 18th. Details can be found on the Scheduled Games page.
Oh, yeah, project planning. Project planning is a hazardous business since planning often leads to figure purchases. For me, this planning exercise produced no exception to the rule. Actually, the combination of project planning and being away for a week, with little to do in the evenings besides read and surf, adds even more combustible material to the smoldering desire to pick up some figures. I did show great restraint in not visiting the local miniatures shop in Kirkland, The Panzer Depot. Hooray, for me! I think I will buy some figures to celebrate such great restraint!
I have really enjoyed the recent work on 28mm Napoleonics. With games on the table and figures marching off from the painting desk, the motivation to paint more Napoleonics for the project is high. With that, a second order went in for more Front Rank figures. With the turn-around speed of Front Rank, the figures will arrive home shortly after I do.
This time the order contains a Reinforcement Set of British infantry marching in stovepipe shako. I was very pleased with the recent arrival of the French in bicorne Reinforcement Set and these British reinforcements look even better!
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Courtesy Front Rank
Although the weather has been spectacular with sun and mid-70's temperatures, planning for the short days of late fall and winter must begin. With all of the projects being in a state of readiness for a game (well, all except the newly launched SAW project), the urgency for making a focused project painting push is absent. Of course, painting will continue but expect more of an eclectic mix of periods and sizes.
For gaming, I would enjoy more Impetvs clashes with the Reconquista and Punic Wars projects. Hopefully, added into the gaming mix will be Samurai Battles and the 1859 project. As mentioned in the post on 09 OCT, I would enjoy giving Thomas' Wargaming 19th Century Europe a try. Several projects have not seen daylight on the gaming table in far too long. Those are the 30mm ECW, 15mm AWI, 15mm Napoleonics, and 10mm ACW projects. Perhaps, at least one of those neglected projects will see action on the table this winter?
While away, a package arrived from Osprey Publishing containing a review copy of the soon to be released rules, Land of the Free. My wife opened the package and I had to explain that, yes, it really was free. Too bad Land of the Free did not arrive before my trip to Seattle. I would have something else to while away my evenings.
I know very little about the rules but they may be scalable with flexible basing. If that is, indeed, true, then expect either the 25mm FIW or 15mm AWI projects to see some action in the review process. Looking forward to a relaxing evening or two reading through the rules. Maybe I can even wrangle Scott and his 28mm AWI collection to join forces with my Brits and Germans for a game?