Happy New Year everyone, I hope like myself you have had an enjoyable break.
As usual, I'll probably a most pious New Year's celebration and once more will probably be unable to remember most of the modest celebrations with family and friends.
2019 saw my hobby-related activities very limited to less than a handful of games and a mere seventy to eighty figures seeing paint sploshed over them, a half a dozen buildings scratch-built and a few 'clay' pots made. I'll be reflecting on what I'll be attempting during 2020 over the next week or so too.
It's been well over a week since I did anything hobby-related (other than posting last week's blog and finding a purpose in continuing anything for this hobby is becoming more difficult as time passes.
On a lighter note, I'll be going on a week-long break soon with the promise of a lot of board-gaming and February 2020 will see me entering my 9th year in blogging, an experience I've mostly enjoyed, even given the amount of time I spend on it!
Once more Happy New Year everyone!
Monday 23 December 2019
Whatever your beliefs, enjoy the holiday season doing whatever it is you do to celebrate or relax relax etc.
So from me, to all the visitors to my blog, whether you're a regular, occasional or new:
Io Saturnalia ! Dress up, drink to excess and exchange gifts as the Romans did.
or Celebrate Mithras , slaughter a Bull and drinks its blood
Just do whatever you do !
(or just have a Merry Xmas as I intend to do !)
Monday 16 December 2019
The rules come in hard-back a little over 100 full colour glossy pages and include four double-sided separate sheets of scenarios, giving 8 scenarios. Additionally there is a sheet of die-cut counters and playing aids, plus a pack of cards that make up four separate decks.
|One of the many beautiful double page spreads
This bounty of coloured photographs is a two edged sword imo with more than a dozen two-page spreads and probably as many full single pages of photographs, it doesn't half bulk-out the page count.
Even within the rules themselves there are additional photographs alongside those that illustrate the rules in question.
|Single page photographs throughout ! (no boat rules that I could find!)
The rules themselves are well laid out in a way that I could easily relate to - Intro showing turn order, the use of the many decks and counters etc (all to be explained in detail later) ; Movement; shooting; melee; morale (though it's called stress/ terror etc.) and various sections explaining the effects of a whole gamut of other things such as terrain, animals, buildings and so on.
The rules are simple enough and they use D8s and D10s alongside the mode familiar D6s, which imo is a good thing !
|Clearly laid out examples, plus bonus superfluous photo
I don't know whether I like the 'humour' in the rules or not (they're harmless enough), but do, at times, seem to treat the reader as a small child (but maybe that's just me being old and grumpy)
|One of the smaller of four decks of cards
The game itself is a skirmish game, on a small playing area with two dozen figures or so on each side, limited turns and a lot of cardboard (be it counters or cards). This is a format that has become very familiar over the last few years - not one I'm particularly fond of, but I can see the attraction of the cross-over between miniature games and boardgames as being a successful format.
|Part of one of the Army lists
The forces are called, (appropriate solely for the white men's expedition) "Columns" rather than "Leagues, Gangs, Casts, Posses or whatever but why they never seem to be in columns in indeed a mystery!
Thematically, these rules imo aren't strong, as the forces involves could just as easily be Indians versus settlers in Canada, replacing the Jungle with Forest, Savannah with grassland, gorillas with Bears and Lions with Cougars and there are probably many other examples too. I was disappointed (just a bit) that I could only spot three possible examples of animal encounters, Gorillas, Lions and Crocodiles ! What about Hippos, Rhinos, Elephants, Wild Boars and all the other rather dangerous beasts ?
As for the rules themselves, there are many 'interesting' mechanics - movement uses 4" sticks, measuring from the front of a figure to the back of a figure! It also seems that one cannot move less than four this four inch move, which I reckon could leads to some peculiar situations ("Damn, I cant reach that blocking terrain - it's too close". Overall though I can see no problems with playing against an opponent without argument or a different interpretation of the rules.
I was disappointed in just a few areas, other than the lack of varied fauna mentioned above. firstly there being no "campaign" element though this may well be rectified with the additional campaign book “MUNGO MAH LOBEH” using the experiences of Mary Kingsley's adventures in Africa (I'd accept one going spare, but will probably have to wait for my birthday money to buy one !)
Overall there is a lot going for this book, with many good features I haven't mentioned and little to really complain about (save for the price), the rules are simple but do have an element of skill with your card use alongside the usual placement of forces etc.
From my viewpoint, it certainly is a game that I'd love to play even without it's lack of a strong thematic element it can still be played in true Victorian Adventurer fashion by Gentlemen (and the fairer sex) against the Noble Savage (ahem).
As I've been collecting a lot of suitable figures for "Jimland", I do have enough figures to field a "Column" or two but I now have the excuse to buy some Zanzibaris, Askaris, Ruga Ruga, Bakuchis, Ngonis etc. etc.
In other News I've been sploshing paint on my Egyptians and British, bound for the Sudan, as much as time light and real-life has allowed. My hospital visit resulted in another course of tablets (take one a day for the next six months when we'll see you again) and another day's paining lost! It also seemed that time must be put aside to stock up on three weeks' of food for the upcoming holiday when shops will be shut for a whole day ! Plus, it seems I am obliged to buy presents, which means yet another day lost to shopping !
That's it then for yet another week I hope that there was something of interest in my ramblings about Congo and I'll try to answer any questions or queries of my views on these rules, so as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.
Monday 9 December 2019
Though it may look like quite a lot, there is only a smattering of figures - a mere 19 !
|Congo rules its (now almost obligatory) cards and cardboard
|They do look good imho
|More figures bound for the Sudan !
|...and more market accessories
|...and a couple of market stalls too !
|Not on the list - first impulse buy of the day...
|...though it was touch and go whether it was on the list !
|Even more market stuff... (can you guess where it's all bound for ?)
|Pulp Figures that I will no doubt find use for in the Sudan
|Explorer on the left was not on the list !
|One of the two deck h=guns and crew (on the list !)
Can;t remember where I bought this can of spray matt varnish from, but as it was a couple of quid cheaper than I'd seen previously it went in the bag under the label of impulse buy, along with yet another pot of white (the search for a decent white continues apace)
|White paint (who'd have thought ?
That concludes the loot count from an excellent (and expensive) day out Battleground. The relative small number of figures bought does mean that they may even get painted, though the cavalry will not be at the top of the queue!
In other News, I've managed to get in about 15 hours of painting my Egyptians and British foot, bound for the Sudan, but they still have a long way to go. I did lose a day of painting due to Xmas shopping (keeping Swmbo sweet) and this week will see yet another day lost to yet another Hospital visit ! This was an unexpected appointment and hopefully they will find nothing wrong this time - fingers crossed !
That's it then for this week, I wish I'd had something more interesting to post about, but as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated !
Monday 2 December 2019
The show itself was of the same high standard as last year
s one but I felt it was slightly busier, longer.
Apologies in advance for this photo-heavy post even though managed to cut it down to less than half the amount I took!
There was the usual gamut of games, in many eras and scales - though I can;t recall anything that I would consider "pure fantasy".
|Anglo Sikh Wars, with the Brits attacking a dug-in enemy !
(I'll be showing the loot next week!)
On to the photos:
|Some of the attackers, attacking
|The townsfolk going about their business
|That's a fair-few cavalry!
|Brompton Bankers put on this good-looking WW2 game
|Refugees fleeing the Germans and no doubt hampering the US forces.
|Borodino (!) by Yorkshire Coast Gamers - DBNI rules, hence the scale.
|Beautifully pained 15mms
|A "Little Big Horn" scenario of Reno's escape in 28mm
|Reno's command. Game put on by Westerhope Gamers in 28mm...
|...with an impressive collection of literature and other items.
|Nate Zettle's "Blood and Plunder" game - lot of cardboard.
|The "Old Guard Wargames Club" western desert game 1942...
|... with the Afrika Corps and Italians attacking the 8th Army
|Generals and Kings' Kursk Scenario - hence all the tanks
|All done in 20mm and looked to be very bloody!
|Overall view of "The First Charge at Hill 252,2"l
|Tyneside Wargames Club's "Barbarossa" - kind of a boardgame-wargame cross
|Andrew Wiley's, small but perfectly formed, "Tomb of Blood"
|Redcar Ironsides' huge game "Leros- Operation Taifun"
|Well done rugged terrain, and 10mm (?) land forces and "Cruel Seas" ships (I think)
|The cliffs, do look formidable...
|Close-up of the 88 sitting on top of the hill above
|Border Reivers' fictional ACW "Battle of Plum Creek"
|"British Dragoons (?) in this British Intervention scenario
|General view of the engagement.
|Firelock Games' "Blood and Valor (sic)" - some sort of colonial fiasco?
|Vince Usher's "Carnivale" - good looking buildings, but I haven't a clue about the game
|The now regular "Cake Wars" game for which I didn't see any takers all day...
|Iacta Alea Est's "Battle of Leipzig", it was very bright and hurt my eyes !
|The Independent Wargames Group's English Civil War game
|Beautiful figures and terrain
|Prince Bishop's Wargames Club's "El Cid;s raiding party"
|Great looking terrain and figures even the grey walls had a little colour !
|Durham Wargames Group's "Conquest of Mexico"
|Lots going on in this game.
|The Battlefield Trust's "Battle of Guisborough 1643" in 6mm
|Stafford and Diatrict's French.Viet Minh's Vietnam game...
|..."Operation Camargue". Great terrain and figures, models etc in 10mm (?)
|French advancing through paddy fields
If there are any games I missed, I apologise, but I think I got all of them and whilst I don't normally take photographs of the traders, here are two of the Traders that I bought from, both of whom I hadn't encountered before, but were on my list !
|IronClad's large, well detailed range of "Steampunk" (?)...
|...and historical. I was just impressed by their display.
|Not a game, but "Irongate's" way of displaying their excellent wares
|Another view of "Irongate's" display (I spent more than I'd anticipated here)
|Parting shot, still lots going on
In other News:
I managed to get three hobby sessions in this week and managed to get 150 of my Sudan figures ready to splash paint on !
Next week I'll post about all the loot I brought back from "Battleground" as that will give me added time to finish some figures off - especially as I have no hospital visits this week !
Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope that there was something of interest here and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.