Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Project Inventory

Now that I have finished my massive commission, I can start painting for myself again.  Like every other wargamer I know, I have a number of projects in progress.  However, I am going back to work in a week and a half, and I have two young children, so my painting time is severely limited.  It may be time to start aggressively pruning some projects.

I have a few playable 28mm armies for Warhammer Ancient Battles.

  • Alexander's Army
  • Republican Romans
  • Carthaginians
  • Gauls / Britons
  • Marian Romans
  • Imperial Romans
I have planned to add late Achaemenid Persians and classical Greeks to that list, as well as expanding my Gallic army.  All three of those are difficult to paint well, and I may start unloading some figures.

I also have two 28mm armies for Field of Glory.

  • Middle Republican Romans
  • Carthaginians
I haven't really enjoyed the Field of Glory games I have played, but I do like the basing.  I will probably add a few units to these armies while I continue looking for the perfect ancients rules set.  Commands and Colors Ancients is almost ideal, but it's hard to justify painting figures when the board games are so fun and easy.

Dark Ages
I have a couple hundred Viking and Saxon figures, but I have only painted about 20 of them.  This is an easy period to paint: prime black, drybrush silver, paint clothing in various earth tones, and pick out the flesh.  I don't have a rules set in mind, but there are enough coming out now that something is sure to be fun.  I'll read the rules, and if any of them fire me up, I'll start painting again.

English Civil War
My friend Jon has some beautiful 28mm armies and a great set of rules.  I have a couple of Scottish regiments that I can add to his forces.  At one time, I planned to field an entire Scottish army, but this is another project I will move to the back burner.

Lace Wars
I bought a bunch of Old Glory 28mm figures for Blenheim, but I have only painted one regiment.  I don't have a rules set in mind, and the period is not one of my favorites, so I will leave it alone for a while.

I also bought some Crusader SYW figures, planning to paint a French army for Koenig Krieg, but again, this is not one of my favorite periods, and I will probably let this project lapse.

American Revolution
I like the British Grenadier! rules and would love to get in more gaming with them.  My group started a project to field decent sized armies in 28mm, but our British player never finished.  Fortunately, he gave me his unpainted figures, so between those, the several hundred Old Glory and Fife and Drum figures I have bought, and the figures I have already painted, I should be able to field a British army pretty soon.  This one is my top priority.

One of our favorite rules sets is Age of Eagles, and I have the following large armies based for AoE.

  • French, 1807-12
  • Russian, 1812
  • British, 1806-12
  • Austrian 1805-12
  • Spanish, 1809
That basing also works for my favorite tactical set, General de Brigade.  I will continue to add to these armies, but I probably will not add any more.

I have a couple of large armies painted in 28mm for the 1809 war between France and Austria.  I haven't found the perfect set of rules for 28mm tactical wargaming, but I love painting 28mm Napoleonics.  I have been working on some of Eureka's French Revolutionary Wars range, planning to fight some of Suvarov's campaigns in Italy using General de Brigade as my rules.  I love the figures so much that I will also make this project a priority.

American Civil War
This is by far my favorite period.  I even taught a class on the Civil War for a few years.  My library is enormous, and Regimental Fire and Fury is my favorite set of wargaming rules.  I have large armies in 15/18mm, and I will continue to add to them.  Blue Moon's figures especially are calling to me.

I have been working for five years on 28mm armies, planning to use Guns at Gettysburg as my rules.  But Regimental Fire and Fury is so perfect as a rules set and so poorly suited to 28mm that I have not pushed through to completion.  If anyone has any suggestions for 28mm rules sets, I would love to hear them.  For now I will continue painting my 28mm figures, but they are not a top priority.

World War II
This should be one of the most popular periods among my gaming group, since we all have a major interest in the second world war.  I have pretty good sized armies in 15mm.

  • United States, NW Europe 1944-5
  • Germany, 1940-5
  • Soviet Union, 1941-3
  • Japan, 1941-5
  • Great Britain, western desert, 1940-2
  • France, 1940
I use Battlefront: WWII as my rules, but our last few games have lacked that certain something.  I have Afrika Korps, desert Italians, and USMC in my lead pile.  I will probably not tackle any of these projects anytime soon.

I would love to do some skirmish gaming in 28mm, and I have good sized (30-60 figure) armies in 28mm.

  • US Army, NW Europe 1944-5
  • US Airborne, 1942-5
  • German Wehrmacht, 1941-5
  • German SS, 1942-5
  • Soviet Union, 1941-5
The problem is that I have not found a really fun, historically accurate set of rules.  I have a few hundred unpainted figures lying around.  We have tried Nuts!, Beer and Pretzels, Look Sarge No Charts, Face of Battle, and Rate of Fire, but Nuts! was unintelligible to us, Beer and Pretzels, Look Sarge, and Face of Battle just did not seem historically grounded, and although I enjoyed Rate of Fire, the other fellows did not.  Again, I am open to suggestions.

I will be focusing on finishing enough AWI British to start playing some games, and I will try to get enough Suvarov in Italy figures painted by this time next year to play at least a small scenario.

As time allows, I will paint up some 15mm Napoleonics and ACW to add to my existing armies.  I will also add some more units to my ancients armies.

I am experiencing some time pressure, but one nice thing about that is that is forces me to focus on my main interests and strengths.  I can firmly declare that I game only a few periods: classical antiquity, American Revolution, Napoleonics, and Civil War.


  1. What a large and varied collection, Scott! If I can make a suggestion, you could use your SYW or AWI armies for Maurice. It's fun, fun fun. Good enough that I've bailed on FoG and that was mostly what I was playing.

    Grognards may not love the card driven aspect but that is what makes it so fun and unpredictable. Enjoy your fleeting weeks before school fires up again!

  2. WW2 squad level:
    Try: Awakening the Bear boardgame. Really interesting replacement for squad leader with a fun impulse system.
    I have acquired some great 20mm figures and tanks to play on my 5 inch hex table (with a few adjustments to ranges)

  3. Monty, I'll have to buy a copy. I like every set Sam has written, even if none have made it into my regular rotation.

  4. I have had my eye on it Glenn, and if you have enjoyed it, I'm sure it is good. I will see if I can't pick it up. Should I plunk down for the whole game, or will the online rules do for me?

  5. Not a cheap game. If you can get the rules AND the unit data cards, you should be able to take it for a spin.

  6. Picked it up on ebay last night for $25, Glenn.

  7. Have you tried Black Powder? I find them to be fun, but I'd be interested in your opinion as well.

    For your 28mm WW2 collection, have you tried Force on Force? It's quite interactive, and I find them to be pretty accurate without being heavy-handed.

    I've been using Crossfire with my 15mm FOW miniatures, but I'm also keen to try out Combat Action Command from On Military Matters. I'll have to get a game or two under my belt before I commit.