I can’t tell you how many folks ask the question, “What will you do when you retire?” I feel foolish with the response, “I have no idea at all.” I feel like I should have long lists, or maybe I’m supposed to fire up my resume and think of a new career. But I dunno. I rarely lack for things to do.
One thing I will spend time is gaming projects. It’s what I am really all about, and I have a list as long as your arm. These are the goodies that will have my attention in no particular order.
The Philippine American War.
My attention to this project was diverted by the Concord game. I’m not complaining because it was a super scenario, but I do want to leap back in full time, and prepare a scenario for Enfilade. I went through my collection of toys last weekend. Here’s where I am:
Philippine Army: I have painted one unit of Spanish, four units of Philippine republican troops, with one more on the painting table and one unit of milita bolo-men. It’s a good start. I have four more units of republican troops and three more units of bolo-men to go, plus a home-made latanka cannon. The unit on the table is the last of the headache-inducing rayadillo uniforms and the rest will be a mix of white, browns, a little red and a little blue. Love these guys. I have enough for now, but there may be more in the future. I’m thinking when the whole show is done I’d like to have 16 units and three cannon.
American forces: I have a lot of American figures, not because I want to field a large American force, but because I want a variety of figures. The only figures I have currently painted are two units of volunteer infantry by Old Glory, and a unit of Philippine Constabulary by Tiger Miniatures. But I have quite a few unpainted figures including regular infantry and dismounted cavalry by 1898 Miniaturas, some sailors, marines and cavalry by Old Glory, and some guns by a variety of manufacturers. 13 units in all
The real challenge with this conflict is to produce some attractive, but practical terrain for the Philippines which varies from jungle, mountainous, village, and trenches with blockhouses. Not my long-suit, but definitely on my radar.
The Buffalo Hunt
On Sunday at Enfilade a familiar face grabbed me and asked if I had any plains Indians. Herbie Fairbanks, a longtime Tacoma gamer was excited about a mammoth-hunting game he’d seen at the convention, and was interested in taking the Tusk rules and modifying them for a buffalo hunting game. I was intrigued because I have some forty or so Conquest Comanches that would be perfect for just such a game.
I’ve downloaded the Tusk rules from Wargame Vault (a mere $3.50 for the .pdf version) and have begun converting them over from the stone age to a mixed version of 17th century Plains technology including mounted and dismounted natives. It should be fun. I’ll provide updates as they become available. I’ve also ordered almost 40 buffalo from five different manufactures, including Westwind (Old Glory,) Dixon, Acheson, Monday Knight Productions and Wargames Foundry.
I’ve begun working on the Westwind figures-because they arrived first, but I see myself supplementing my regularly scheduled painting with buffalo, and replacing some of the arms on my Comanches with traditional weapons. Looking forward to a run-through of the rules and and Enfilade game in May.
Planes and Ships
Painting planes and ships are just a part of who I am. They give me a ton of pleasure. Just grabbing some planes from my box of buckets of planes is something I just find fun. That said, I have something specific things I need to accomplish for the coming year. In May I bought Phil Bardsley’s beautiful painted B-24D’s for the Ploesti strike he did some years ago. Dave Schueler and I are committed to hosting Ploesti for our early spring event at Drumbeat. It will mean painting another six or so planes, and then we’ll be good to go. Dave and I will also be working with George Kettler to put together a Downtown/Linebacker bunch of planes for the Vietnam War. Can never paint enough planes.
I’m also planning to paint more merchant ships as well as a couple of destroyers as escorts. We’re looking at doing some linked scenarios with another gamer at Enfilade in 2020, some of which could include convoy air attacks, so we gotta get those targets done.
Rebels and Patriots
Enfilade featured our Concord game, which I honestly find one of the best group projects and games I’ve ever been involved in. Like all Daniel Mersey game systems, I find Rebels and Patriots to be fun, easy to play, and open to customize according to the scenario’s needs. I have a lot of figures for this period including the Ohio Indian Wars (remember America Rampant,) the American Revolution, American Civil War and Maxmillian in Mexico. I have lots of figures to rebase and lots to paint. I’ll focus on AWI because that’s what my friends are doing right now, but lots to keep me busy.
In any case, I will lack for nothing in the way of things to paint and do as I enter that phase of my life in which I’m searching for things to occupy my time. I have this vision of what a painting routine could look like in retirement. We’ll see how that plays out in July.