Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Please Sir Can I Have Some More....

Some more civilians for the rebels and the redcoats to fight over...

And some more Swiss...

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Chicken Feed

Some civilians for the Indians and the Rebel Militia to murder....

A recent episode of Noobhammer had rather interesting discussion about price, Mantic, Kickstarter and the way in which these three interconnect.

Anyone who has ever sold figures on ebay will know that a decent paint job is valued in the historical market and worthless if it is applied to a Games Workshop figure. There are perhaps reasons for this - notably the age group of GW players, and the way in which this may reflect the paint job - but the Noobhammer discussion did highlight the basic cynicism that lies at the heart of large sections of the wargaming 'community'.

Yet, it is curious - and this is something highlighted on Noobhammer - that when Mantic offer poor quality figures and badly edited rules sets, this attitude is reversed.

I have no idea what the resale value of painted Mantic figures is. And, perhaps it is a mute point, as I suspect the pile it high sell it cheap approach of the company just feeds the vast piles of unpainted figures that lurk the homes of all wargamers. Not that it matters to Mantic as they have got the money - and for some reason that I cannot fathom are the blue eyed boys of the wargaming media.

And, in my opinion Kiskstarter is pretty much the same.

It is increasingly difficult to find a podcast, or a blog, these days that isn't prattling on about which Kickstarter they are backing. Now leave aside the fact that the companies they are backing are simply using them to fund bubbles of growth of doubtful sustainability. What amuses me is the basic illogicality of the process, and the way in which it reflects the good old days back in the 1980's, when I was just starting out in 'the hobby'.

In those days there was no internet, and so one had to peruse the wargame magazines and read the runes in the adverts to try and get a grasp of what exactly it was you would be getting for your money. There were pictures - sometimes - but lets face it a picture is can only tell you so much and every order was a leap of faith. I recall the shock of receiving parcels of badly moulded figures, that bore only a passing resemblance to what it was I imaged I was getting. Not that it stopped me telling all and sundry about the wonderful models I had just received and how they were the est thing since Minifigs. Very few, if any of these figures ever saw a paint brush, let alone a coat of Humbrol enamel paint.

Of course I could have just gone into practically any toy shop and bought a box of Arfix soldiers.

But that wouldn't have been proper wargaming.


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Shopping Lists Without Cash

While sorting out my AWI stuff, I took the opportunity to take a picture of all the stuff I have already painted...

Another 10 Germans have rolled off the production line.... ignore the frosting (I intend to)....

My terrain project has been delayed due to the expense of replacing a dead computer, which is a shame as I have been having lucid daydreams of what I want to do. Though on the positive side it gives me chance to not rush in and create practical nightmares... plus it gives me a chance to do that most unwargamingly thing - to paint the stuff I have already bought.

Not that it stops me lingering in front of the wargaming section in Boyes and furtively fingering a box of PSC MkVI's, or casually checking out the Perry Renaissance cavalry. Not to mention mt nightly visits to Peter Pig to check out 88mm flak guns and pirates....

And while discussing needless consumption I have been hanging around builders merchants and hardware shops more in the past week than I ever thought possible. And worse have found myself being very interesting in gromits and widgets and two by four. One of the more crazy ideas I have had is to build myself hot wire cutter, in order that I can cut sheets of 8 by 4 foam board into 2 by 2 sections.

Oh and I need 200 magnets - so if you hear over the next few months about cars being sucked from the room and sticking to a house, it will probably have something to do with me.


Monday, 1 July 2013

Insert Quote form Mark Twain

I thought it was about time I did an update...

I've been working on a few projects.

The first is some Swiss...

They are Perry plastic mercenaries. I choose them to be from Lucerne as it had the easiest flag.

I've painted some more Americans for the Musket and Tomahawk project...

For some reason I photographed the unit I have already posted....

And lastly I have been working on some 15mm WWII Germans...

I'm not sure whether I am going to use the Germans for the Eastern Front - focusing on Kursk - or Normandy.

I have also had a couple of trial games of Musket's and Tomahawks with my oldest lad (who has the uncanny knack of rolling sixes).

Other than that I am in the process of assembling the materials for a terrain project for Musket's and Tomahawks. And then depending on how that goes, I'll make the decision on whether to go Eastern Front or Normandy for the WWII project - though this will also depend on the release schedule of what PSC, and how it coincides with my painting progress.