I have been really bad about this blog. So, either post or close it down!
What have I been doing lately? I decided that my Seven Years War project was just too much to take on. I sold my figures to my brother. He and a friend are having the figures painted by a Sri Lankan service. They will get done, which was not happening with me.
I bought a French naval starter box for Dystopian Wars. Several people in my group are painting these, so we should be able to start playing soon. My box did not have the masts for the larger ships, so I emailed Spartan games and they are mailing them to me.
I also am looking at 15mm AWI figures. I can paint those much more quickly than the 28mm 7YW figures, also I am not doing them for Black Powder, so I will be doing smaller units.
I downloaded a new set of science fiction rules, called Alien Wars. They are written by Howard Whitehouse, whom I met many years ago when he came to a wargames convention I was helping run. They are published by Defiance Games. They can be downloaded here. http://defiancegames.com/
I only have read them, but I like some of the concepts. One problem I have with a lot of sci fi skirmish rules is that you have to keep all figures in a squad within a certain distance of each other. In Alien Wars, you can break up your squads into fireteams. The fireteams have to stay together, but this is ad hoc. You can combine and divide fireteams as you want.
It has an effect on unit activation, and if you have a coms problem you may need to move back together to activate your units fully.
But it lets you have a sniper or heavy weapon set up, and then have the rest of the fireteam move on to a different position.
I am still not certain I understand all about the combat system, it seems at first look a little complex. Having wargamed for over 30 years, I do know that if you like a set of rules, it quickly becomes second nature to do combat. (maybe except for Empire III)
Ok, all for now. I will be trying to get stuff painted and pictures put up. Otherwise, I might have to resort to political rants or somesuch to fill this thing.