Monday, September 30, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
I put off painting my batallion of Highlanders as long as I was able. Tartans are a bear. My one offort at painting them (in 15mm) was a pretty miserable failure. These guys, inspired by the 92nd (Gordon) Highlanders, are a little better. They stand up to the "three feet rule," if you're myopic and a little drunk. The kilts were a learning experience, but I have a long way to go before they are in the same league as some of the showcase models I see on TMP. The socks and headbands were tedious, but I'm happy with how they came out.
Along with the KGL unit to their rear, these Highlanders mark the end of my first phase of painting my British army. All together, I have seven line units, one Highlander, two light infantry, one rifle unit, three Portuguese line, one cacadore, two units of light cavalry, and four batteries of guns. I'll try to get a group shot tomorrow.
Monday, September 23, 2013
drawn onto transparent overlays, and the referee judges when armies make contact with each other based on the combined orders, giving out information about the enemy based on scouting and intelligence reports.
Converting to Black Powder may be a trick, but since that is a choice I made outside the scope fo teh rules, it is a bed I must lie in. I was thinking of starting units with an existing bad state of morale with a hit already on them--such units are more likely to run off. I will also mark a threshold where I reduce brigade strength depending on how far their percentage of combat effectives has dropped.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
My friend and colleague Mike had parents with a similar attitude, though his father is a historical re-enactor, so it was probably less of a journey for him. But once he explained role-playing to his grandfather, his Grampa went out and and made Mike some miniatures out of a small toolbox and some roofing nails. He twisted wire around the nails to make a body, then painted them up to create player characters. They stand about the same height as 15mm figures, and they're just too cool to see! Better than some of the Grenadier figures I remember from my youth...