Sunday, October 18, 2015

Some more terrain work and future projects

Not much gaming for the last 30 days. But I did finish a set of hills and other high places. These are all built by my cheap design. I cut several contours of hill from cardboard, glue them together, glue brown hued craft paper on them and glue some sand or static grass on several spaces. It does not produce the best looking terrain in the world but it is cheap and can produce quite a lot.

My intention is to share this with friends who do not have terrain at home, and with the club in Istanbul, which lacks terrain for 10mm and smaller forces. I will also keep some for Greece.

My next terrain project is fortifications and trenches for 10mm games (essentially BBB). I have rifle pits but I want to represent more complex or durable positions. I have decided to use a piece f modelling equipment with which I have little experience which is craft terracota. I hope I do not bungle things up. Any advice - ideas on using it are welcome.

Beyond that my projects for the immediate future are crystallizing. First on the 24th of October me and Onur will play 2nd Pleven from BBB. This will be our first full play of a major battle from BBB (previous games were 2 scenarios of Nikopolis 1877, and an aborted due to time start of 2nd Pleven. I have also soloes Langzelda, and played Velestino with Mortens from Denmark.)

I have ordered 10mm Ottomans for 1877/1897 from Pendraken. I got them so that I can host games for people who have no armies, and so that I can do exhibition games in Greece for the Russo-Ottoman War of 1877/8 or Greek-Ottoman War of 1897. Doing the Greeks is still an issue due to the total lack of Evzone miniatures in 10mm in the market. I tried commissioning a couple in Greece but the sculptors there are more familiar with 28-15mm. If you know a good sculptor who would not be too expensive please get them in contact with me.

On to other projects. Ever since painting my 6mm Napoleonic French I have a hankering for doing a project with them. I told my friend to bring me the rest of my army from Greece and also his Prussians which I will buy off. This would give me two forces for the 1813-1814 period. I think I would like to try doing Liepzig at the Grand Tactical level. Rules-wise a conversation at The Miniatures Pages seems to lead me to think that this is only doable either using Blucher, Grand Armee, Bloody Big Battles or Divisional level Black Powder. Whatever the decisions on the specific rules I am pretty sure this can only be done at my play in a day or two requirements at the division=maneuver unit level.

I have finally decided to get serious about meeting and satisfying my hankering for 17th century warfare. I decided to focus on building one battle of the Thirty Years War. I will make both armies and build the terrain etc. Rules used will be the Captain General's "The Warre Game 1632".

I wanted to do a mid-size battle and one at 6mm figures, as this is a one shot project. However there is a dearth, a dearth I say, of scenarios for the Thirty Years War. Lots of stuff on the English Civil War, but almost nothing but some of the bigger battles for the Thirty Years War. Also the historiography of the war and our image of it is radically changing as English-speaking military historians are starting to read the works done in German, Swedish, Czech etc. This has challenged old pre-conception about how the various sides fought in the war. I thus was also looking for a set of rules that respected the new historiography. This was The Warre Game 1632.

Scenario wise after some searching on the internet that proved unsatisfying, a good chap at The Miniatures Page suggested I take a look at the Playbooks for the GMT Musket and Pike Battle Series. What a genius idea. Not only do the four -five published sets of the series cover about 15-20 battles of the TYW the playbooks with their OOBs are available for free! Even for the out of stock titles. You can get them here. I went through each one of the games set in the TYW and decided to build up the Battle of Fleurus 1622. This battle sees two of the key protestant commanders of the early TYW , the ever opportunistic Mansfeld and the fanatical Duke Christian of Brunswick, defeated by a smaller Spanish Army under Gonsalo Fernande de Cordoba. So it looks like a good quality vs. quantity battle with some interesting characters in the mix. Also the battlefield is not too complex and there is no use of entrenchments.

Beyond these i think I will not expand to any more miniature buying until I am done with these projects. The next big phase will be collecting and doing BBB Konnigratz, which is also when I will do the 1864 Danes. 

1 comment:

A J said...

Craft clay has a tendency to shrink and warp as it dries. It's good for making up the bulk of items such as embankments and hills, but usually needs a bit of filling with decorators filler/spackle.

I'm in the early stages of planning an ECW collection in 10mm. Good luck with your projects.