Sunday, March 13, 2011

Getting started

My wife pointed out to me that if I was going to paint figures, I would need a space to do so.  She helped me clear out a corner of the basement, and we set up a table with my lighted magnifier.  Zori organized my stuff for me, because she is really good at that.

I have some 28mm Front Rank 7YW figures I have been working on.  I am still looking for the rules I will use.  I also have some 15mm orcs I bought for Song of Blades and Glory.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

15mm Fantasy got here

I had ordered some 15mm orcs and humans to try Song of Blades and Heroes.  They got here today.  I have been cleaning up some orcs (nasty business, that) and got them washed and on bases.  I will probably wait to take pictures till they are at least primed.  Its supposed to warm up tomorrow afternoon, so I will probably do it then.

I am planning on trying using units instead of individual figures with 15mm.  My plan is to use the rules pretty much as written, except allow a facing change for one action.  Also, there will be rules for flank and rear attacks.  My idea is that you won't be able to call a flank/rear attack unless the center of your unit starts behind the front of the enemy unit.  (you can't use extra actions to manuever into a flank) and that flank/rear attacks make the flanked unit take a -1 in combat.

I am not sure how I am going to handle leaders, heroes, etc. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

History and Future

I started wargaming when my father made the mistake of buying my brother and I a wargame about the American Civil War.  We were hooked.  I was about 15, my brother about 10.  The next game we got was Blitzkrieg.  I played mostly boardgames till 1977, when I was introduced to WRG Ancients miniatures gaming. 

My first unit of 15mm figures was Greek light infantry.  They were the old Minifig strips of figures.  I painted them, badly, with Humbrol paints. 

I was in the Air Force, and was assigned to Lakenheath, England in 1988.  There I started painting 25mm ancients, again Greeks.  When I went back the US in 1980, I started gaming many periods, principally Naval and Napoleonics.

In 2001 I moved to Kansas City.  It took 36 large plastic bins to hold all the wargaming stuff.  I had overloaded.  About 4 years ago I sold everything and stopped gaming.  It had just gotten to be too much.  Now I am started gaming again, but on a  much more limited basis.

I have a few projects I am planning on.  Short term, I am going to make a small force (less than 10 figures) for Song of Blades and Heroes.  Its a nice little skirmish game my gaming group plays.  I have a long term goal of doing 28mm Seven Years War, using the Charge! rules.

I have ordered figures, painted a few 7YW, and read rules.  The group, Basement Generals, is a great bunch of guys who are easy to game with.

When my Song of Blades and Heroes figures come in I will post some pictures.