Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Project Progress

It was back at the beginning of February that I last did a project update so I thought it was high time for another one.  Progress has been a little patchy largely due to the annoying intrusion of real life with working being rather hectic which, mixed with a never ending stream of decorating, has left me with much less time for gaming.

28mm French and Indian Wars

As you may have notice from previous posts I plumped for the North Star figures to start this project off.  Having cleaned them up they're currently away for painting and so I won't see those back for a while.
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I picked up one of the 4Ground pre-finished laser cut MDF buildings at Salute and will be putting that together some time in the next few weeks - so expect a post on the results.

Other than that I'm afraid I haven't really made to much other progress on this one but I suspect that once the figures come back you'll see a resurgence of interest!

28mm Early WW2 Poland

I do have a bit of progress to report here - having pulled together a roughly platoon sized force of Warlord Games' figures (actually it's an understrength platoon as they were huge!) they're now in the process of being based.  The hold up with these has been the lack of suitable bases for some of the support weapons - something I have now sorted - and the desire to get my Montrose project actually finished!

I've still got an anti-tank gun and the TKS to assemble and paint which may take a little while but I'm hoping these will be ready to hit the table when Lenin next visits in the summer.

28mm Montrose

So after having made some notable progress with the Highlanders and Irish foot things stalled a little with this one.  I picked up a piece of historical fiction to help generate some renewed interest and, blow me down, it actually worked!

The Covenanter infantry is almost finished with only the pikes to paint and attach and then I'll be on to the horse and officers.

I am still mulling over which set of rules to use.  I'm planning to try the Canadian Wargamers Group ECW set For God, King and Country first but if these don't find favour there's always Pike and Shotte which we previously tried with my Tudor Ireland figures.

15mm Marlburian

Apart from having played another game I'm afraid there's not much to report here...

28mm Indian Mutiny
I've picked up some more metal for this project at Salute - some more Sepoys and some Gentlemen Volunteers so they've joined the painting queue just behind the Naval Brigade and the native infantry.  Whilst there's some way to go before they all hit the table it does mean that I do have all the figures I think I need for the moment.

I've managed to pick up a couple more buildings too and I plan to make some small earthworks to allow for some siege scenarios - which may well materialise before the next batch of painted figures.  Of course there's still the need to pick on some rules...

15mm WW2

Whilst the planned expansion into later WW2 hasn't actually materialised in any measurable way, I have been accumulating some terrain, mostly from 4Ground again, to enhance my early war games.

I managed to pick up a couple of new buildings at Salute - the Church and the Grand Stone Hotel - and hope to be putting those together over the bank holiday weekend.  Having also picked up some roads from eBay I have been inspired to put on a couple of games recently and I'm thinking about another scenario which should see my basing up some more figures.

28mm Dark Ages

Other than having thought about this a couple of times the rebasing and repair of my existing early and later Dark Ages figures for Dux Britanniarum and Saga respectively hasn't actually come to anything as yet.  Of course rebasing isn't my favourite activity and it will mean reorganising the storage arrangement so I suspect that hasn't helped.  So hopefully this will see some progress later in the year.

28mm Crusades

So I set up the trial game of Deus Vult but (cue long list of excuses) never actually got around to actually playing the game before I needed the games table for something else.  I suspect I need to find some inspiration to get me back into the mood for the period but as it's likely to prompt more spending (which I don't have any budget for) I suspect I'm not going to be in a mad rush!

28mm Old West

This one came a little out of the blue as it wasn't on this years plan.  But having spotted Dead Man's Hand from Great Escape Games was being released around Salute I decided to pick up a copy.  And given my fondness for 4Ground buildings, the fact that they have a range of pre-finished ones to support the game didn't help my resistance!

As you may have seen I've put the first of the buildings together and was rather happy with it so I took advantage of their recent 10% off offer and have ordered another couple.  I've also picked up a gallows from Battle Flag, which arrived today (excellent service there!) so that's in the queue for assembly.

I've sorted out the existing Brigade Games and Foundry figures I have along with my old collection of assorted Dixons ones and plan to do some rebasing as they're all on different bases.

So from a standing start this project is moving forward at quite a pace!

28mm Greek Myth

With Lenin having brought over an instalment of my Foundry and Eureka figures and also having had a game of the new 7th Voyage rules from Crooked Dice, I beginning to think this might be the impetus for this old project to get some new legs.

I am seriously thinking of getting my own copy of 7th Voyage and have rooted around in my unpainted lead mountain I've managed to find a few more figures too.

And then there's that lovely ship that Grand Manner do ...


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    1. True, so true! Of course it doesn't include stuff I'm just thinking about or have started but put on the back burner...

  2. I thought I had too many distractions on the go! Indian Mutiny might get back on the go in the winter, but I'm also frantically reading through 7ombie TV, which I picked up over Christmas!

    1. I try to concentrate on one at a time but it doesn't often work. I too have quite a few zombies (mostly Copplestone) which I used for All Things Zombie from Two Hours Wargames but haven't had them to the table for a while.

  3. That's a damn lot of projects my friend, good luck!

    1. Thanks mate, I think. Bear in mind that some of these originate from some good time ago (the Greek Myth started at least 6 years ago and the Montrose is even older!). Mind you I wasn't expecting to get into the Old West again until I spotted DMH.

  4. Seems like you're making headway. Good luck and happy gaming.

  5. Some very nice projects here!