A Near Run Thing

A simple blog about my wargaming activities and thoughts.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

An apology to Irregular...

Things that I learnt today for visiting a miniatures company:
(1) Phone in advance if you are looking to pick up certain figures/rules.
(2) Check to see if they are actually open when you want to go and see them
(3) Do NOT drag your girlfriend all the way across York then promptly mug one of the employees of the company on the door step and get them to let you in and sell you models that you simply ASSUMED would be cast up and available...

Once again I am sorry....

In good news my boarishness was met with good manners and service and I was able to leave with a bag of Crimean War Russians and a bag of Frenchies with the rest of the Alma lot arriving in the post soon!

So far I have simply had a look through these figures and my favourites are definitely the civilian "spectactors" including a lady with parasol! I will probably get photos of these figures tomorrow and stick them on here for everyone to see. Both of you.

Cheers,
Rob

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Oh no! Zulus!

Well yes I watched Zulu Dawn this evening and that has me fired up for a bit of Colonial gaming...curses! Too many periods and nowhere near enough time!
Again no activity today due to work although I may finish off my last 3 French men in a while. Speaking of French:
















Do you think they look good? Any horrible mistakes I have made? Comments to the usual place please!

cheers,
Rob

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Second time around...

Well I am tempting fate as my computer has already eaten one entry but here goes...

Well today I was going to talk about Free Wargames Rules but it seems George of Wargamer on Deck has already covered it in his post so please check that out!

Well instead I will talk about The Miniatures Page, which is quite simply the kind of site the internet was built for. It allows allsorts to come together and discuss nearly every topic under the sun and what little blobs of lead they should spend their hard earned money on!

My only real "wargaming" activity of the day was picking up a copy of W.Baring Pemberton's Battles of the Crimean War for a princely sum of 99p from Amazon. This should give some background reading before my trip to Irregular Miniatures...

Finally a big thanks to my girlfriend who showed me how to make my links all groovy. See above : )

Monday, April 24, 2006

Attack of the blogs...

It is my pleasure to introduce you to three other gamers blogs starting with, and in no particular order:

http://wargamerondeckca.blogspot.com/ A fellow gamer who just happened to start his blog the same day as me!
http://chonk34.blogspot.com/ which seems to mainly concern painting Sisters of Battle for the moment!
http://pewterpixelwars.blogspot.com/ which has some lovely Tau Stealth Suits on!

Well another day at work so nothing to be done in the wargaming area, except, well, I MAY have decided what I want from Irregular Miniatures. Their Crimean War 6mm Range looks excellent and I have had my eye on them for a while...so it's not a new period...honest....

On a bright note as well I may have found an opponent for my Revolutionary French, which is excellent news all round! I can't wait to get them in the field and smash up those silly whitecoats!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Blatant Plug!

Well yes it is a blatant plug but hell it is my blog!

I am currently selling wargame books, RPGs, OOP Games Workshop books etc. on ebay. Please have a look for the username Arcangeli1983. All funds go to bills and a brigade of Frenchies!

Not much miniature activity this weekend. I took a look at the new white dwarf but nothing really stood out. Oh except the new White Council models, they are lovely!

Hopefully I can get a bit more done this week. I need to paint 3 more command figures for my French Revolutionary Army (pics soon hopefully!) and then order some guns and horses for them. The only sticky point is that I may be visiting Irregular Miniatures (www.irregularminiatures.co.uk} next saturday and must NOT start a new project....

Saturday, April 22, 2006

New School vs. Old School

It is quite obvious that there has been a recent resurge in “old school” gaming. Groups such as Old School Wargaming (http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/old_school_wargaming) and the publication of Battlegames magazine (http://www.battlegames.co.uk) are obvious examples of this trend.

Now I have tried to jump on this band wagon, purchasing Little Wars and searching charity shops for old Featherstone, Grant et al publications as well as admiring toy soldiers that I would have turned my nose up to barely two years ago! However even with this enthusiasm I just can’t seem to “crack it”. And I think I know why: Simply put, I was not there. I am 22 and so never in contact with the gaming community and obviously not born in the 60s and 70s!

Without these experiences and games of my own the appeal of these games fall a little flat. It is certainly not the visual spectacle that these games create, the front cover of Battlegames is certainly very inspiring but the games and style just fail a little to inspire. Please do not take this as an attack on “old school” gaming as it looks great fun and I certainly envy the patience and skill that seems to radiate from the community!

What I believe would most appeal would be a mix of the “old school” games and the “new school”. (By “new school” I am mostly referring to more abstract fast play games such as DBA and FOW). Simply put: games that are fast playing and maybe a little abstract but that have “big battalions” and a great visual splendour.

Game such as In The Name Of Glory seem to be the perfect fusion of this. A fast play system with lots of period flavour but uses large units of 32 figures. Indeed this is to be my next project; forces for 1805-7 using Elite miniatures (http://www.eliteminiatures.co.uk). Hopefully with this I will be able to find the fusion I want!

This may be large undertaking however…

Well thank you for listening and please feel free to rubbish my ideas or just plain contribute!

Cheers,
Rob

An introduction:

This blog is my outlet into the world of wargaming. I have very little time to paint and game at the moment but am still fascinated in the hobby, thus, this blog was created! Please feel free to comment, question, discuss to make this quite a lively area!

Cheers,
Rob