Thursday, 7 January 2016

Plans for 2016

First may I wish all the followers and readers of this blog a belated very happy and successful new year. Although in a previous post I stated that I wasn't going to predict forthcoming projects I've changed my mind. After the long Christmas break I had plenty of time to ponder (generally in the pub) and I'm going to try and focus on the following:

English Civil War (ECW) - 'The Pikeman's Lament'
With the forthcoming 'The Pikeman's Lament' (TPL) rules from Osprey (written by Dan Mersey and Michael Leck) I have a pretty good incentive to paint some of the remaining ECW figures I still have.

In particular I have been working on a number of dragoons and a unit of clubmen. These contain a large number of modifications that I will detail in future posts. I'm pleased how most of these have turned out and I hope you will enjoy seeing them.

Medieval/Wars of the Roses - Lion Rampant Rules
As I generally play games were I provide all the figures (such is the nature of thing when you play relatively obscure periods) I'm going to keep chipping away at my WotR figures. This is a long term project which I need to spend some time on, if only if it means completing a unit of figures. This will probably be a unit of the Earl of Warwick's men: relatively local, easy to paint and quite eye-catching on the tabletop. 

Black Powder/Colonial Rules
With the release this year of 'The Men Who Would Be Kings' (TMWWBK) rules, also from Osprey and also the pen of Dan Mersey. I hope to paint up more figures for units representing forces for The War of 1812, Sikh Wars and the American War of Independence. This will be another slow burn project with figures painted as and when. 

Fantasy Skirmish - Dragon Rampant Rules
This will be more of a filler project in the sense that I'll drop onto this whenever I get historical figure fatigue. I've already bought and painted a small number of figures and pieces for this some of which from an unlikely source.

Terrain
I hope to complete more terrain pieces this year if only because it improves the look of the game. The aesthetics of a well laid out table appeals to me so I'll be trying to work on this aspect of the hobby.

This really is a memory aid which I can use later in the year to remind myself what I would be working on.
You may have noticed that all these involve playing skirmish games. Please don't expect whole new armies being presented on this blog. I aim to complete single units of either six or twelve figures as and when (although using TMWWBK this isn't the case).

Another thing I hope to achieve this year is to post a few more game reports . This will be done in a minimal way unlike other reports I tend to see on the web. This is because I don't want to give away too details of unreleased rule sets plus I have a terrible memory unless I take notes. As I'm generally too busy enjoying playing (or more accurately losing) don't expect detailed accounts of very dice roll and figure movement. The reports/batrep will probably consist of a couple of photographs and a few words to describe how I managed to lose once again.