Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Lost One ... Back to 199

Ooops there goes one!


"Lies, damn lies and statistics!"
Better get back to the real business of posting and having fun then!

;)

Monday, 26 June 2017

Wargaming Horder Confession: Philosophy 101.. Found this VLOG interesting


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bejo37a1k0k

What, that man, who me?
Hmm, the wife did find out that those boxes in teh loft were not in fact Xmas decorations!

Also of interest (when to stop [painting a model]):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGNJyFdGUqI

Also, also of interest "The Price of Perfection":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yve7bislU0

Thank you "Tabletop Minions"

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Bob's Book: Portable Wargame

A nice little read, Mr Bob Cordery's "The Portable Wargame" and I am glad I've bought it. Why? Two reasons:

  • It goes to the heart of the matter of KIS KIT "Keep It Simple but Keep It True". A bit like Formal Methods in Computer Science - "Less is actually a lot More" particularly when simple rules can develop into [unexpected] complex phenomenon ;)
  • For a small investment in material new periods can be investigated (I never thought I would consider "Colonial" but here's me thinking 15mm or 6mm Zulu War! Not since DBA have I seen such a good ROI (Return On Investment) with figures and the potential to play numerous games with minimal effort.

That T-34 immediately begs a few WWII wargames to my mind, not too dissimilar to Phil Sabin's games (FireMove comes to mind) from his Simulating War (see below):  


Watch this space for an After Action Report in the near future hopefully!

As a footnote, this little book was a lifesaver on a very long, work-related, train journey from hell. Thankfully this little book was slipped into my laptop bag inconspicuously and helped pass teh time and entertained my through a solo lunch in the hotel ;)

PS I see Bob has another volume out exctending his rules system, heading back into the Ancients period!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Oooh .. Spanish American Naval War 1898 .. "Shiny thing"

On my internet travels I discovered this little shiny gem:

Part 1 (Models): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI565sn0OaY
Part 2 (Painting): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J19rw1sOCg
Part 3 (History Lesson): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFjoeBPQSI8&t=111s
Part 4 (Wargame Rules): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uwJ2P2c-zc
Part 5 (Wargame I): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQoEDyj-a0E
Part 6 (Wargame II): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpY0ZHR1Zgk
Part 7 (Wargame III): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGE7fwnDk-A

I must confess I have not watched them all, but rather skipped through.
A brilliant project that I sense I seem fated to follow at some point!
Plenty of other things to paint first!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Fletcher Pratt Wargame Video Links to YouTube

Fascinating series of YouTube videos on the subject of the "history of" The Flestcher Pratt wargame:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K_TMVO3OIM
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkZJsz259t4
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SOBV7BtiPg
Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOLU57A0zYU
Part 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsDN0Rjirh4

CoW Convoy Battle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8IsQTm6vh4

Thanks to the good elves of The History of Wargame Project, the Conference of Wargamers (CoW) and the Wargames Development Group.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

My expanding Wargaming Library ... Fletcher Pratt Naval Rules

Courtesy of the History of Wargaming Project ran by the indomitable John Curry, but just as importantly coming highly recommended by both "Tim" and "Bob", I have (finally) purchased the infamous Fletcher Pratt Naval Wargame Rules of WWI and WWII (see below):


Purchase number two was the prerequisite "golf tees" to be used inverted as "splash markers" in teh game (see below):


The shape of things to come "a straddle" (see below):


Time to depart to the loft to dig out the 1:200 Airfix "Sink the Bismarck" and Revell "Battleship series" waterline models!