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Monday, 2 July 2018

This Week's Roundup

     Mostly wips
So this last week has seen me trying (and generally failing) to finish off the last figures that I have earmarked for my "Adventures" in Jimland".
Of the figures in the photograph to the right, only the five figures in the foreground have been deemed to be as finished as they're going to be
There's nothing happened to the wagon since it was assembled, the plastic elephant has merely been based up and still requires painting
"Get back in the wagon"
The four figures on and about the wagon are almost finished.
Thought their clothing is slightly changed they're close enough to represent the figures being at on the wagon and in 'dismounted' mode too.
The woman has lost her child when getting off the wagon (careless or what?), bu has found a rifle to defend the male, who is presumably meant to be leading the oxen, horses or what ever.
I've made provision for wagons in my version of "Jimland" and have some quests planned too for their use.



Four Slaves (North  Star) and an Explorer (possibly NS too)
All in various states of completion,
My big plastic elephant at £1 is, I think, the equal of many more expensive elephants both in size and sculpt and is perfect for my purposes. As mentioned above, it's still to be painted and as yet I haven't decided whether to go for the typical "Elephants are Grey" viewpoint or the more realistic "Elephants are normally covered in dust". (The former goes along with the wargamers view that water is blue, trees have brown trunks and all rocks are grey).
The three figures, have nothing really to do with Jimland:
 Left to Right, George Orwell (from Col. Bill's); a cat lady (from Black Cat Bases) and a farmer (could see action in Jimland). The latter is a cheap knock-off of a Britain's 54mm Farmer and I haven't a clue how I got him.
Obigatory boring picture of uncut cards.
I've also been planing a solo game for some time, based on my ideas for a Pirate treasure hunt. To this end I've made up two decks of cards, the first set being the clues necessary to play a version of the game.
The second set, was created to make solo play more interesting, as without an opponent there would be little to no point playing.
They are in the form of a set of "Events" that are triggered by the players figures entering each 'square' of the treasure area.
I have four events, each of a Native encounter, traps, items, characters and animals.

Obligatory blurry picture (also boring)

As I couldn't get all the information needed for each of the event cards onto the cards themselves, and just in case anyone was interested enough to play the game, I put my ideas down on paper, rather than try to remmeber them all off the cuff.
So where various things are and their effects on the game have all be given descriptions.
The event cards 'rules' took up a side and a half of A4, but I also made a separate page of rules outlining how this particular version of my treasure hunt game will work.
I'll be giving a lot more information in a future blog as I go through the setup and the game.


Only four new hexes added to the map!
At the conclusion of last week's "Adventure in Jimland" I was reminded that I'd forgotten to include the map of Ned Burlington's first venture into the wilds, so here it is, for your delectation.
Everyone returned alive from the expedition, which is a sort of measure of success, but it's all about the cash, enabling one to have another expedition outfitted with cash in hand.
Ned's first expedition spent $290 in trade, food etc. and had $35 in hand. The expedition's 'cash-in' upon its return netted them $240  with no cash left! So overall the expedition was $85 down, but on the plus side still managed to improve a skill of two of the explorers by1, having netted more than $200, equally important!

I have Ned Burlington's second expedition into Jimland to report upon sometime in a future post, but I have my fingers crossed that I'll also be playing another Adventure with a real live opponent, though I'll just be playing as the Natives! Of course, nothing is certain, but the outlook is promising atm.

That's it then for this week, thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments and both welcomed and appreciated.

30 comments:

  1. Carts, wagons and £1 elephants as well as a Jimland Catch up. What on earth could be better, Not much I reckon! Bravo sir I shall put the idea of Jimland to the club on Sunday. And then see what they say. I will need to fight battles abstractly but that should be OK!

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    1. Thanks Clint, there's many ways to tackle a pbm(ish) game and I'm sue you'll manage. The fights in Jimland don't take that long, maybe 30minutes, so perhaps you'll get some ttakers for fights at your club.

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  2. Nice post Joe & the elephant was a great find for a quid so well done on that, you treasure hunt sound fun & I'll be interested to see it played out.

    Jimland is getting well explored as we can all see from the map but plenty more exploring to be done but maybe with wagons the brave chaps will be able to cover more ground :)

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    1. Thanks Frank, I do wish I good get another Elephant (Wilkos) and I'm on the look for another every time I go out.

      If you think of my Jimland as, maybe the size of current day Zululand, and the Map as Africa then there's still a lot of exploring to do.
      Wagons and animals are great, when they work, but taking a wagon through Jungle can't be much fun!
      In my game wagons won't be available to players save as part of a larger Quest, but Pack animals will be, as soon as I get them painted up!

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  3. You've done far better than me on the painting front this week Joe - this 'heatwave' is a bit draining (but ideal weather for a Jimland adventure!), and ANY progress is a step in the right direction :-)
    I'll check out our local Wilko's for you - it'll turn the regular shop-pain trip into a safari which will be far more exciting ;-)

    Great to see you've done some more on the Treasure Hunt game and I'm looking forward to seeing the first of the AAR's (Jim lad!) ;-)

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    1. Thanks WA, especially considering I'd reckon I'd done next to nothing! (I blame the football, the weather, old age, lackof drive and the cat down the street), but it was nice to get something done!
      The aar of the Treasure hunt may well be a blow by blow account of rule explanations, so should be fairly boring!

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  4. Always good to see what is on the paint table and all coming along nicely. I really am very impressed by the elephant and what a bargain! That would be at least £10 if cast in metal.

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    1. Thanks Michael, the elephant did feature briefly in a previous post but was needed on the subs bench today for Jimland; it may not be the best model in the world, but it is pretty much to scale and is very cheap!

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  5. Great find on the elephant, go with the dusty version - you’re always telling me off for grey rocks! (I’ll think you’ll be happy about the model I’m posting on Wednesday) 😉.

    I’d love to have a look at your treasure hunt rules mate, especially if there’s a solo version.

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    1. Thanks dGG, I do like the elephant and really want it a dusty brown too!
      I'll email a copy of the rules as they stand at the moment. They were made with solo play in mind, but you'll also need a set of normal rules for movement, sshooting etc. (THW genric set would fit in nicely)

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    2. I have ATZ which I can use then, cheers mate

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    3. No problem, emailed today.

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  6. Hi, Zab. Nice acquisitions and home-brewed rules. Can't wait for the baptism of your new game.

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    1. Thanks Jay, the basic treasure rules (a single page) will be explained in a set-up post and should be easy to follow.

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    1. Thanks you Michal, much aprreciated

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  8. Great elephant for £1! Nice to see your Jimland exploits continue

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    1. Thanks MJT, yep, the Elelhoant was an unexpected buy around Xmas time, - spotted by my Daughter!
      Jimland has been given a new lease of life, by a friend.

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  9. Nice bunch of WIPs,I like the snide farmer and the elephant is great, I'd better get to Wilkinson's!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, I love that farmer and will be commenting further about him in a later post. Good luck finding the Elehoant, as I've never managed to find a second in 6 months!

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  10. All caught up now Joe, some great Jimland AARs that I really enjoyed and that will have me trying to find the Jimland rules tomorrow!

    Thanks for all the posts - some great reading!

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    1. Hey, nice to hear from you again. Jimland is a great game and whilst I may have had my own fill of it atm, I have had a boost from another's interest.
      If you find difficulty finding all the necessary files, send me an email. (Fount in the contact me part of my blogger profile).

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    2. Thanks Joe, I believe I've got them all. IF I ever actually get around to playing a game and find I'm short any, I'll take you up on your kind offer. Thanks again!

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    3. No Colin, always willin to help.

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  11. I'm impressed with your painting turn out, lots done if not completely finished.
    The pirate adventure sounds good so I'm looking forward to that especially as you have solo rules for it.
    I did buy some pirates but they are so far down the painting queue they will probably never surface.

    The last Jimland exploration covered quite a bit of new ground, maybe they need to start cutting roads to run the waggons on, that way you can carry lots of supplies.

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    1. Thanks Vagabond,I reckon the treasure hunt rules could be apllied to any genre (more or less) as there's no reason the treaures couldn't be in a town, or elwhere. It's only a matter of adapting the clues to the situation. Eg. Ghost town for westerns, with safes and desks etc.
      Jimland doesn;t have trails, roads etc. but I've adapted it for my game so I have them.

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  12. Elephant was a bargain. They will get done when they get done. Its hard to find the motivation when the weather is as warm as it has been lately. I have done very little in the past few weeks. I have lots of plans just not the will to act on them yet! HA!

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    1. Thanks Brummie, I know the feeling about the weather, but it;s football that's been most responsible for my lacks of progress and failing enthusiasm.
      I stopped making plans ages ago, but still have them!

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  13. £1 for the nellie what a bargain. I recognise the wagon and crew from Col Bills.

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    1. Thans ray, great va;ur for money at the Colonel's

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