The bad weather continues.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Simon put on this game using his 1/300th kit to demonstrate how what was originally a boardgame, has been adapted to give a decent miniatures game. It reminded me a bit of Blitzkrieg commander. It certainly was intuitive. We got about half the scenario done which was a German attack on some British paras holding a town somewhere in Holland. I was the Germans. Simon did warn me that in previous playthroughs of this scenario the Germans had a hard time of it.
Richard and I brought (and have also both bought) this great game to a successful conclusion.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
While the name of a band (with reference to Elvis Presley having been dead or flipping burgers for ten years), which I was erroneously calling Ten Years Gone (which is a song by Led Zeppelin) who had a song I particularly like One of These Days (which I used to think was called Coming Down the Road or Red Dress), not to be confused with These Days by Joy Division or a similarly named song by Powder Finger, the title of this post is actually celebrating that I've been a blogger for ten years. A decade (now there is a great Joy Division song Decades).
My first post was a naif intro in December 2010. Serious blogging started in January 2011.
It's nice to see that my first post referenced Perth's great wargamming shop Tactics.
Most of the posts are about figures that were broken in my move to Perth.
With one exception they are all 1/72nd (or thereabouts) scale.
The only post that has a unit that is still employed is the one on IR 43 Graf Thum which was created using 15mm Essex figures and is part of my Napoleonic Austrian army that I am still actively building.
The Airfix Ancient Britons are still live I guess (recalling that I planned to use them against some 25mm figures Mark B has recently become reacquainted with). But this would be Basic Impetus not DBA.
More general observations:
I averaged one post a week until I retired when I hit an average of two posts per week.
2017 was my busiest year which I attribute to playing War Between the States (both face to face and solo on Vassal).
Most used labels are Boardgames (400), Ancients (285), WW2 (414) and Napoleonic (324).
The only other labels to break the ton are Napoleon's Battles (158) and GMT (141), not surprising given the popularity of the Boardgames and Napoleonic labels.
I have made 1439 posts.
There have been 393577 views, but I attribute them to mainly Russian bots, although Google is telling me now that the bulk of my traffic is from Sweden. Zero traffic from China.
No idea of most popular post as Google doesn't seem to provide that info any more :-(
Monday, April 26, 2021
Picked these up on Friday just ahead of the notification of a three day lock down here in Perth (I know we are having it easy compared to most places - and we want to keep it that way!). They were part of a joint order I did with Richard who had discovered this manufacturer of relatively obscure WW2 kit, printed in 3D. From the displayed photos things looked okay, but you never can be too sure...
Very happy to say these models from Battlefield3d are just magnificent, certainly exceeding expectations and proving to be very nice indeed. My first real foray into acquiring 3D printed models. I've been impressed by what people have done locally, but hadn't really found the excuse to get some of my own.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Almost a source book for the boardgame Red Star White Eagle, this book is a highly engaging, well written description of the campaign. It came to me highly recommend and it did not disappoint.
The supplied maps help to keep track of the various actions and their locations, although I think having the map for Red Star White Eagle in front of you, along with the counter mix, would be a better aid.
The multitude of armies and their generals was a bit challenging to manage, but provided I paid attention I found it generally easy to work out who was who.
This is a fascinating period of history, particularly military history, coming on the tail of the fixed position WW1 fronts (at least from the Western perspective) to what was a very fluid war in 1920 with the Soviet invasion of newly reformed Poland. The 1920 war is perhaps just as dynamic as the opening of Barbarossa some twenty years later in terms of kilometres covered.
The game has entered a new phase.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
I can now field another Islamic Expansion army with which to fight Mark B's Sassanids.