Well, 2014 is pretty much in the rearview mirror and 2015 looms ahead. All in all,2014 has been a good year for gaming for me. Here are some of the highlights along with some plans for 2015.
SAGA marches on! I ran my first SAGA Tournament in September at HMGS-South’s Hurricon convention.
It was a great weekend. I was pleasantly surprised at all the interest that was shown in the game.
There will be two tournaments held this coming April at HMGS-South’s Recon convention. I also got Crescent and Cross which is the next rules book in the SAGA line. It covers the Crusades. I’m slowly building up a warband of Knight’s Templars. Fireforge makes some terrific plastic figures.
BRINK of BATTLE:
Haven’t really done much with BoB of late. Since my SAGA figures are single mounted, I will stat them up for BoB and have a good old fashioned game of “Pillage the Village”. I still have the stats for my German-American War: 1904 scenario.
Well, it has indeed been a while about 4 months or so. I’ve been spending a lot of time on YouTube posting videos about RPG’s. So now I’m back here and will talking about wargames. SAGA is a lot of fun and I’ve now got an Anglo-Saxon Warband. I’ll post more tomorrow.
These are photos of the final battlefield and of the miniature soldiers which fought on it. I love the spectacle of Miniature Wargaming. The visuals are what really makes it the whole experience so much fun.
So ends the Battle of the White Church. Most of the figures were painted by Reinforcements by Post Painting Service.
Coming next…the Skirmish at Cockroach Creek!
Can the Florida National Guard hold back the Kaisers marauding hordes!!!
Last time I revisited some of the setups that I really liked. Now, we’re going to take a look at how I set one up. I’m going to begin with the ground cover. In this case it’s a 5′ x 4′ terrain from The Terrain Guy (www.terrainguy.com). It was originally 8′ x 5′ but I decided to cut it in half to make it easier to store and tote around.
Next, we’ll add the buildings. I picked the church because it looked nice. It also provides a very clear cut objective.
I also added some grainfields at the corners of the battle field. I cut up an artificial grass doormat to use.
Here are a few more views of the basic layout. I am going for the “Little Country Church” look.
With the exception of the Parsonage, all of the other buildings are from Miniature Building Authority. The little family plot is from Architects of War while the Parsonage is from the Perry Brothers line.
The next part will probably be a little difficult to see. I added a couple of small hills, one on each end of the battlefield. The problem is that the hills match the terrain mat so well that it is difficult to see them in the picture.
Next up, I added some trees. These are resin cast trees from MBA. I prefer them to model railroad type of trees because they are more durable. The thing to remember is that model railroad trees are designed for static displays. They generally don’t hold up well to the rigors of wargaming at least that’s been my experience.
The final step is to add some fencing. Most of the wooden fencing “back in the day” tended to be what was called serpentine. It was a rail fence that was cheap to make and took advantage of local materials.
And there you have it. This set up can be used for several different time period from the American Revolution, the American Civil War or perhaps even the German Invasion of 1905. The next post will feature a battle.
Until then…Play Games and Have Fun!
No sooner did I get my table set up then my wife asked me if she could borrow for a day to do a work related project on. Of course I let her after all she is the World’s Greatest Wife and a gamer to boot. So, in the meantime I would like to show some of the miniature battlefields that I’ve laid out on the table while it was set up in the living room of my condo in Clearwater.
The first one is set up to simulate a crossroads during winter. One of my favorite gaming periods is WWII. I especially like NW Europe 1944-45. I’ve used this set up for games set during the Battle of the Bulge.
This first view is a look at the cluster of buildings. I tried to emulate the layouts that I saw in the photographs of the actual campaign.
This is a closer view of the ruined village. You can see some of the vehicles from my US collection.
This is the view from the other end of the table. The Germans or whoever would have a long way to go. The beauty of this set up is that it can be used for a variety of battles from the Napoleonic Period all the way up to WWII.
This next one is a walled estate. It took me close to a year to get all of the terrain pieces but in the end I think it was worth it. All of the buildings and accessories are from the Miniature Building Authority.
It can be used for multiple periods as well. Well, that’s it for now. Next time, I’ll be using the table to show how I set up a Civil War battlefield.
Until then…Play Games and Have Fun!