Posted By RJ on August 2, 2013
It has been awhile since I updated here. Despite appearances to the contrary, this actually has been a very busy year for the historical miniatures hobby for me.
Right now, my city has a total of four gaming stores. There were two new gaming stores that opened in 2012, in addition to the two long-standing comic/gaming stores that have been around for years and years. Since one of the stores was geared more towards the historical miniatures bent, I found a lot of my hobby budget going to support purchases at this store.
In addition, my brother got involved with Warhammer 40K, and this ended up bringing a whole new level of participation to the miniatures gaming hobby. He plays Eldar, and I’ve been looking at playing Tau, although I’m not inclined to purchase any of the games workshop miniatures and would instead field proxies.
Looking back at the projects that I have underway previously, some have progressed, others have not.
Flames of War and the Desert Rats project have undergone some very significant progress. The recent arrival of new Canadian vehicles as part of the Flames of War D-Day releases meant that I was able to actually finish off a unit of the South Alberta Regiment, as organized both shortly after D-Day as well as their operations in the Netherlands in 1945. I have also substantially finished off the Desert Rats project with German and British vehicles assembled, painted, and ready to go. I’m still working on infantry for both sides. I also managed to get in some games among the growing numbers of Flames of War players in the city. My win loss record wasn’t great, but I had fun.
I also received the present of an airbrush and compressor for my birthday, so I have spent a lot of time learning how to paint with the airbrush and I have finished off some of my German armor in camouflage patterns appropriate to Northwest Europe. Previously, when I want to camouflage patterns, I either had to paint them on using a dry brush method, or use blue tack to mask off the camouflage patterns for use with spray paints. I will get some photos of the camouflage patterns up on the blog as soon as possible.
The Stargate project is complete. I’ve painted up and gamed with all of the Stargate figures that I had acquired a few years back, and I’m really looking for a suitable modern rule set that will let me do not only the fast and furious action, but also the cinematic aspects of putting Stargate on the tabletop. I’ve got some ideas that I’m kicking around. Expect some after action reports in the future.
The Boxer Rebellion project is complete. I don’t plan on acquiring any more figures for the 28mm game, and I have had the chance to play a few games, but with all of the interest in Flames of War, there really hasn’t been the time to bring the Boxers out and play.
The 28 mm Pulp Adventurers project is substantially complete. With the Sudanese figures, I can set the games in Africa and with the Boxers, I can set the games in China. While I would like to add some more figures – such as interwar British and Germans, and maybe add in some other adventurers, this is something best left to the future.
The Sudan war project is on the back burner at the moment. I’m trying to find budget for Perry figures for the British, Egyptians, and Sudanese. Unfortunately, a lot of that budget went towards 15 mm World War II forces in the past year. Still, I do have a unit of British infantry painted up in Sudanese gray, as well as about 40 plastic Perry Sudanese figures, which were a lot of fun to assemble and great fun to paint. I’m looking forward to actually getting the Black Powder rulebook and deciding which forces I want to build. Expect the Sudan project to come back online within another year or two.
20 mm modern Africa has also been put on the back burner. I have an excellent collection of figures from Elheim that I can use for modern US or Canadian forces, but unfortunately, I’m not seeing a high quality set of 20 mm African militia figures as yet. Elheim certainly is releasing some, and I’m waiting for that range to expand a bit more before going any further with this project. I have looked at liberation miniatures as well, and long-time readers know that I do have liberation figures in my collection. However, it’s become a bit more difficult to obtain liberation figures lately since you can only order from the manufacturer, and he doesn’t have an online store. This makes it a bit difficult to flesh out the collection.
The Eastern Renaissance project is moving slowly. I did support the kickstarter for the By Fire and Sword historical wargame and I picked up as part of that a very attractive rulebook and a set of 15 mm winged hussars. There are also the Pike & Shotte rules from warlord games and they have also started coming out with some very nice looking 28 mm Polish winged hussars. Right now, I face a bit of a choice. Either I continue down the 15 mm route and build up an army that will work with the By Fire and Sword rules, even though I know that it would not be a game readily accepted by the local gaming community. Or, I can build up a 28 mm Army for use with the Pike & Shotte rules which are starting to get some traction in the local area.
Even though I’ve back-burnered a number of projects, there have been a couple of new projects that have risen to take their place.
With the recent kickstarter from Empress Miniatures, I have ordered some 28 mm modern US Marine Corps figures. Empress Miniatures make some stunningly attractive 28 mm figures, and I’m looking at building up a decent modern fighting force. For the 28 mm modern gamer, there are a lot of options available, including figures from Black Scorpion Miniatures, The Assault Group, and others. Empress Miniatures also picked up the Imprint Models line of 1/50 scale vehicles, so there are a lot of vehicle options as well. The 28 mm modern figures would mesh well with the Stargate project, as well as with the next project that I’m working on.
I have decided to get bitten by the Zombie craze that has been working its way through the gaming community for several years now, and I’m looking at building up a zombie force in 28 mm. I’m still kicking around ideas for rules as well as miniatures, but the zombie onslaught is something I’m looking forward to.
It Would be Nice:
Finally, we have the category that I’m going to call “it would be nice.” This is the category where I’ll let myself get into impulse buys because it’s a field I’d like to develop, but I’m not going to go into these with any intent of getting a complete project done. Right now, there are two areas.
28 mm science fiction. Mantic Games have produced some very nice looking 28 mm science fiction figures as has Defiance Miniatures with their UAMC and Panzer Grenadiers, which will flesh out some of the 28 mm science fiction forces I’ve had from Copplestone Castings for years.
15 mm science fiction. The 15 mm science fiction ranges have been undergoing tremendous expansion over the past couple of years. Makers such as rebel miniatures, CMG, Khurasan, and others have been using rapid prototyping to create some amazing looking hard science fiction vehicles. The 15 mm science fiction figures and vehicles are small enough to allow company sized actions on a 4 x 6 tabletop while still having enough detail to allow for eye-popping paint jobs. Every time I visit some of the online websites that talk about 15 mm science fiction, I get really tempted to pull up the credit card and order some stuff.
How are your projects going? Let me know in the comments below.
As for me? I need more lead.