In truth, there’s been lots to distract me. I won’t list all that now, indeed it’s hardly worth the time spent to recall all that has been going on. And it’s also retrospective. I need to get back into a frame of mind that moves me forward.
So – let’s look at plans and ambitions. Not the far-fetched stuff of wants and likes.
Let’s do a quick list on what I’m dabbling with or working actively on right now:
TMWWBK/Space 1889 – I have a horde of Elves of various makes and types set to become my Martians currently cleaned up and based, and destined for undercoating with primer this week. Contingents of Canal or City-State Martians and Hill/Steppe Martians, all destined to fight with or against the Red Men from Earth. Plus there’s artillery and even aerial stuff to sort out too.
And – in the meantime, while all that work is underway, TMWWBK is also lending itself very well to more ‘Gothic‘ ideas. Remember I posted before about Graustark, Axphain and Ruritania? Expect an imminent return by first-class ticket on the Trans-Balkan Express to that same theatre of dark intrigue sometime soon.
DR – Still a strong interest in keeping up the fantasy gaming, especially after using Dragon Rampant in a ‘Lord of the Rings‘ setting back in January. What an excellent toolkit those rules are. Well done that man Mr Mersey.
28mm Condotta/Italian Wars – Well, that grew into quite a trove very fast. I acquired some painted stuff, a whole load of unpainted lead and plastic (and yet more on it’s way) along with the ever-so-tempting discount deals from certain manufacturers for even more unpainted lead. So much so that I’ve sent some out to be painted up.
Ogre – I continue to push the S&TO Countersheet to old and new fans alike. And it’s getting a good reception from all those who start using those counters in their games. The new plastic miniatures – oh dear – well, apparently there in the distro-chain somewhere in Europe. Cannot really explain it, as it’s not my error and I’ve had no hand in trying to resolve it. Despite me offering several times to assist somehow with my past expertise. Never ever had a reply back to my offers either. Maddening and saddening. So this soon gets parked up to free time for other projects if there’s going to be no reasonable delivery date in sight. And that means no articles sent in to them either, until it’s all fixed. I will just maintain the effort for my own trading purposes.
15mm Great Northern War/Marlburian – just can’t keep away from it, it keeps drawing me back in. Probably fond nostalgic reminders of my old Featherstone-like D100 rules, or the urge to link it properly to a new untried set of rules to then play on my Hexon tiles perhaps? Either way, there’s some work to be done on Eastern Europe/Russian terrain, suitable flags and banners, Cossack forces and those lovely Dixon Miniatures I have.
Age-of-Sail – I’ll admit, a generic title, as it involves the ship-models from ‘Sails of Glory’ with any useful rules that can cope with squadron and fleet actions. And while I like and enjoy SoG. they don’t work well for multiple ships per player. Sorry, I just find them too slow for what I want. So it’s either another Osprey ‘blue-book’ – ‘Fighting Sail: Fleet Actions’, or it’s the Pen & Sword Books title ‘Blood, Bilge and (Iron) Balls‘ to try out. And the interest over wooden walls and canvas and ropes has also served as a good prompter to get more Sea Mats made up too by the local printer. Here’s hoping he can deliver.
Take a note on that list above – not much boardgaming.
“Looks like wargaming’s back on the menu, boys.”