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Hm, the link to Falcon Figures doesn’t seem to work on my computer… I’ll check again later, maybe the site is down at the moment.
Hehe, always to pleasure to induce someone to buy figures… Xyston are lovely, and I’ve also been eyeing their ships.
EDIT: Seems to be a browser problem, works fine with Firefox. Thanks for the link!
Thanks! As far as I know, Falcon Miniatures are OOP – I’ve come across them now several times, what a pity. I wish someone would do decent female Scythian horse archers, there is lot of archaeological evidence on how they looked now.
Oh, and Rob, where did you get the female Scythian horse archers? Do you use the Xyston ones or have you found others? And what do you use for the Celtic warriors?
Rod, this sounds fantastic, I’d love to see some pictures! I’ll cover Celtic women and Scythians some time in the future… there have been very interesting archaeological finds of scythian warrior women.
Thanks for the kind comments, I’m glad you like the series!
P.S.: And thanks Mike for fixing the link!
Thanks Rhoderic! I don’t know why I always mess the links up
About naval skirmishes: Well, some (older) ancient naval rules can be quite detailed, so I wouldn’t want to play them with too many ships… And an action like Artemisia’s escape could easily be played with half a dozen ships per side (and even three players, which would be great fun).
Nice! Ships and 6mm stuff, I like that. Consider yourself followed
First, thanks for the great feedback, it’s really great to hear that people read the series!
The latest installment of the series is now online. It presents Artemisia, queen of Halicarnassus, who commanded a squadron of galleys in the battle of Salamis. Who says women can’t be included in naval games?
For more information, visit HERE
Now, should I go for large galleys and skirmish-sized games or small galleys and fleet battles?
I’ve been using adblock for a while now, because as Rhoderic says some sites are unreadable now with the aggressive ads. I do however disable domains I want to support like this one.
Very nice! And I especially like that they are 15mm
We’ve now played a second game, this time the objective was to secure a plantation. It was one of the most exciting games we’ve played for a long time, and for a change command & control worked like a treat!
(The building to the right caught fire for reasons unknown, but no one cared ).
For more images and an AAR, visit https://wargamingraft.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/take-the-plantation/
To me, worlds come alive when stories unfold in them. The point of the gaming aspect (aside from the socialising, obviously) is making those stories happen.
I like this, I want it printed on a mug!
Seriously, I think this is what ties it all together for me: The crafting, the gaming, but also the research – my wargaming research is very different from other research I do because it is firmly focused on creating a story in the long run – so I might read a book about caribbean architecture and the social background of the conflict and whatever is useful to make the world come alive.
Alan, that sounds interesting, do you remember which rules you used? I kept to the early phase because Sharp Practice works well if British are involved… and I somehow found it more colorful, there are more factions involved and the situation is more fluid.
I’ve heard that Wargames Illustrated will do a Haitian Revolution game at Salute this year, a pity I won’t see it.
Thanks! Yes, I’ve been busy painting… but also, we use rather small groups for our SP games, so it wasn’t that many figures. And the figures we used in the game are all I’ve painted so far, there are still more to be done.
Btw, I’ve really come to like the Minifgs, they paint up very nice and look great.
SAGA. I like the idea and the clever rules mechanics and my girlfriend really loves them… however, they never clicked with me, somehow they felt too ‘gamey’ for me – and I’m firmly in the ‘wargaming should be fun’ camp, so it’s not about them not being realistic or historical accurate. I also prefer fast-play rules. So everything says I should love them, but somehow I don’t. Still play now and then, though.
Oh my that brings back memories! I had the same army… space wolves space marines. However, mine weren’t painted as nice…I must have been about 15 at the time and very lazy 🙂
Nice work on yours!
Great idea, I might steal it! I especially like the towers with the wind blades.
I’ve been busy making jungle terrain bases for the Haitian Revolution.
Have a look at https://wargamingraft.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/its-a-jungle-sometimes/ for more information.
Thanks, the Peter Pig furniture looks nice! The H0 furniture on the other hand is a bit too modern for my taste… looks like Ikea stuff 🙂
I’ll see if I can find some more.
Intererstingly, I just read a piece by Richard Clarke somewhere (WS&S?) where he said that if there is one thing wargamers don’t like, it’s to wait. This was in reference to criticism against his card driven mechanics, were people complained that there was too much luck and too little room for tactical decisions involved. Well, sometimes you just have to wait with a unit until the other ones can be activated and brought into position before you attack.
In my experience with skirmish games like Sharp Practice, waiting is pretty central and achieving coordination between different units is the key to winning. But I admit to often being impulsive and moving in just for the fun of it. Also, because of the limited gaming time issue Steve mentioned, our games are scenario-driven and most of the time have a turn limit, so hanging around with your units too much is not a good idea.
The latest installment of the series covers Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, a Welsh noblewoman who led her men in a guerrilla campaign against the Normans in the early 12th century. Wouldn’t she make a splendid Warlord (or should I say Warlady?) for a Welsh warband for SAGA?
Visit https://wargamingraft.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/a-welsh-warrior-woman/ for more details!
I love writing scenarios, so I read about the history, browse scenario books (like the fabulous Grant volumes) etc.
I’ll sometimes paint up special units or build terrain, but normally the process is the other way round: I want to make some terrain I’ve seen or read about, and then try to think of a scenario where I can use it. E.g. I’ve just had the idea of building a Murray semaphore used by the British in the Napoleonic Wars, so I’ll think of how it could be included in a game. Or I get inspired by some old packaging material to make a sci-fi structure and then think how it could be used for a scenario.
About 2-3 times a month, sometimes once a week. Glad to have a fabulous partner who makes this possible.
Same with me – I’d put narrative games in contrast with ‘gamey’ games. Not only games that are played purely for winning, but also rules that have mechanisms like the SAGA battle boards were knowing the rules and its logics is more important than making decisions that result from the story being played out. Narrative gameplay is when I make a decision that may not be the best tactical one but that makes complete sense for Sir Winkworth, as he is a very aggressive knight etc…. but maybe that is only an excuse as my decisions are seldom tactically sound 🙂
Jim, thanks for pointing me towards the Fire As She Bears Caribbean Compendium – I just downloaded it, this is a great resource for naval scenarios (I’ve also been thinking of combining my project with some naval actions, Kiss Me Hardy being my favorite ruleset in this regard).
I’ve written some preliminary stuff about the project (which period, armies and figures) last week on my blog: https://wargamingraft.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/napoleonics-but-not-as-you-know-it/
I’ve really been captivated by the period and have already spent more money on books than on figures
Shandy, what was your obscure project? Have you given up on it?
No, I’m running full steam ahead! The project is the Haitian Revolution in 15mm… I’ve now got figures (using all kinds that look ok) and also some information on how to paint them
I’ll put something up on the blog some time soon.
A new AAR on The Raft, this time Wars of the Roses with Sharp Practice. We managed to draft in two new players and lots of fun was had by all!
See here for more details: https://wargamingraft.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/a-broken-axle-wotr-aar/
I’ve been happy with most, if not all the companies I’ve been dealing with (I honestly can’t recall one incident were I felt cheated – if mistakes have been made, they have been rectified in an instance).
However, I want to give a special shout out to Dave Ryan of Caliver Books. I’m starting a new project and ordered a number of Minifigs packs. Being a chaotic person, my research was not finished when I placed the order, so I pestered him several times with additions, changes and questions about particular figures. He was always patient and friendly and helped me find out which figures would fit my obscure demands. Great service!
So I guess what sets Minifigs apart is the communication – answering emails, showing an interest in the customers project and an understanding for special demands.
I tend to research my games, read up on the period and everything, but as soon as the stuff is on the table, I prefer light-hearted and humorous games – yes, even funny (though not vulgar) names! I’m very much in the TooFatLardies school of gaming: get the period feeling right, but don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s a game and I like to treat it that way. Which doesn’t mean it’s not exciting and dramatic.20/02/2015 at 18:36 in reply to: Off World: First playtest of upcoming sci-fi rules #18058
Ok, I’ve now made up my mind. I decided I’ll go with the Marines for the British line regiments after all. The Osprey on British Oversea troops says that there were special regulations for those troops for shorter coats, so I decided to use them – the Minifigs marines have three poses which is perfect for skirmish games. I’ll use a mix of after round hat types for the Haitians.
Thanks for the help guys! And I want to give a special shout-out to Dave Ryan of Caliver books, who was very patient with my questions about poses and constant changing of and adding to my order. Great service!
General Slade, I’ll use the Minifigs Marines for the Haitian regulars… the coats are too short, but I’ve got to use what I can get. And they are very nice indeed.
George, thanks for the link to the Freikorps figures, I didn’t know those, they look as if they might work well!
William, don’t resist, 15mm is great! 🙂
Another article is now online. This time, I cover female gladiators. As always, it includes a list of useable figures in 28mm and 15mm.
I hope you enjoy it!
And now I have to convince some mates to start that band.
Seriously, fantastic work!
Oh, I’d be interested in some medieval naval. Would the rules only cover mediterranean galley warfare or also cogs? I have a long time plan of gaming some Wars of the Roses naval actions… Warwick’s piratical shenanigans always held a certain fascination for me.
EDIT: D’oh, you said 100YW and thereby answered my question.
No warping or anything – I was surprised myself that the cloth didn’t even seem to shrink, there was no tension on the nails with which I fastened it to the surface. Meanwhile I also made some bases for woodland using the same technique, worked fine.
Who doesn’t need roads? I wanted to have new ones, so I tried the famous ‘mat technique’ (acrylic mass on textile) to make some. The results look alright I think:
For more pictures and a tutorial, visit https://wargamingraft.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/making-roads/
For a change, we played another naval game: My three French vessels took on K.’s two British. Guess who won! I didn’t help that my only ship with elite crew blew up rather early when the powder magazine caught fire…
I guess it’s the guy in the upper left corner:
The one running and waving excitedly. It’s a Peter Pig Wars of the Roses figure in 15mm. We use it as a bustling and always a bit over the top commander. I just love the pose – it certainly is the figure we have had the most fun with, stories just develop naturally…