I haven’t posted much this summer. That’s unusual because summer is when I typically get a lot of painting done, projects take shape, and I take lots of time to share. Not so much this summer. Though I have painted some, I’ve mostly really relaxed, watched a lot of Mariners baseball, played with the dogs, and now I’m back at school.
I have managed to get in some games. I played some home brew ancients games. I participated in an awesome ACW naval game using my Webb model and Sail and Steam Navies. I ran one of my Louisiana games and was offered some great feedback for a scenario I plan to run at Fix Bayonets in September. Last, I played in Damond Crump’s excellent L-Z X-Ray scenario, based on the 7th Cavalry’s Ia Drang Valley battle in November 1965. It was incredibly fun, kind of a like a gigantic problem solving event. I really enjoyed playing the NVA with Joe Waddington and Al Rivers.
I’ve also played a lot of board games. Not only that, I’ve acquired a lot of board games. Mostly the multi-player non serious games, because they are the most fun. Generally I’ve stayed away from acquiring these games because A) they’re expensive, B) you need a bunch of folks to play them and C) they take up a lot of room. Unfortunately, I’ve had a little extra money this summer so I’ve indulged my interests. I bought a new copy of an out of print game (key words meaing lock up your wallet) called The Making of the President: 1960 on the Kennedy/Nixon campaign. I’ve played it once and would have to say that along with GMT’s Twilight Struggle, using a similar card-driven system, it is my favorite game. I also picked up a used copy of GDW’s Tet Offensive from 1991, and with my birthday cash a copy of GMT’s Dominant Species on the coming of the Ice Age. Maybe I’ll include some reviews as I work through them a bit.
But I do paint as often as possible. It hasn’t been every night, but I will get back on that track as much as possible. I will feature pics from a couple of items I’m pretty happy with. The first is a pair of command figures for my Poitiers game. I know I haven’t talked much about this the last couple of years, but I will keep picking at it. they are Arnoul D’Audrehem and Jean Clermont, the Marshal of France. They each led a column of French mounted knights in the vanguard of the French army and gave the English archers fits trying to penetrate their well armored horses. Unfortunately, fits or not, Clermont was killed and Audrehem captured. The figures are from Old Glory, with heraldry matched as well as I could from online and print sources.
The second group of figures are Butler’s Rangers, provincial militia from the American Revolution. They frequently teamed with Iroquois warriors to challenge American control in the over-the-mountain regions of New York and Pennsylvania, leading to considerable bloodshed among frontier settlers. I have a mind to do some skirmishy games on the frontier there. These are Front Rank figures. I’ve had them for more than twenty years, and in fact I made one of two smallish figure orders to fill them out to their 25 man ranks. Butler’s Rangers provided their own uniforms, hence the varying shades of green, including a few with traditional red-faced uniforms instead of the more practical hunting shirts. I used four different shades of Vallejo green to give them variety. As always, Front Rank figures, with their deep creases and defined bulges, are a pleasure to paint.
I also picked up some AWI civilians and “Nervous Militia” figures from Perry Miniatures. Pics to follow.