I had a lot of fun with the hobby in 2018 and this is my year end account of a lot of the things that has been and some things to come. I really hope that your 2019 will be great and I am really grateful for all of you who visit this blog on a regular or occasional basis. One of the best things, this year, is that the Little One is getting more interested and involved in the hobby – thanks Mate!
Also a big thank you to Nick Dorrell, who I did the Horka Battle with at Joy of Six in the Summer, also all the Twitter people (it is a very nice place to be, I call myself Per at Roll a One there), and all the fantastic hobby related podcasts I listen to in between the audible books whilst I try to put paint in the right places. These include, the Too Fat Lardies Oddcast, the Veteran Wargames, the Grognard’s Files, the WSS Podcast, Henry Hyde’s Battlegames (not strictly a podcast but he has done a lot of great ones this year), Wargames Recon, and Trouble at T’Mill.
I also regularly listen to the Meeples and Miniatures podcast and inspired by them the Little One and I thought we would do our own top 5 games we played this year, in no particular order.
- What a Tanker – this is so much fun and it inspired me to do a lot of Russian and Finnish tanks during the Sovietic Summer Offensive 1944. I also did a List for the Finnish Tanker (see more below). A brilliantly simple, but not simplistic game, that I really recommend anyone to try (link to the rules here).
- Bag the Hun – Provoked by some of the Twitter chums, you know who you are, but again got me a reason to explore some of the Finnish connection. The Finns basically flew the shit of the machines they had and painting those tumbling dice plane has been great fun (see more below). We only did a few games to learn the rules – we will definitely fly more next year (link to the rules here).
- Maurice – we just pulled this out for our Christmas game but ended up playing another two games in the last few days. I had forgotten how good of a game this is, it really gives a very nice feeling of the larger battle with the cards adding that narrative feel and grand excitement to the outcome of the battle. I wrote about this battle in the last blog post (see here) and a link to the rules here.
- Saga – we have had fun this year using the Second edition of the rules (see more below) and we recently got the book of battles that is a fantastic product – that could be used for other games than Saga (link to the rules here).
- Mutants and Death Ray Guns – In the quest for rule sets for my Mutant 1984 project (see more below) we have had some fun games using these rules. Perfect for smallish skirmish (link to the rules here).
Next year we are looking forward to playing all of the above, but also a few other games:
- Star Wars Legion – the Little One got a fair amount for this game over Christmas. Looking forward to see if the force is with us or not. I am not a great fan in doing 28mm painting because it takes too long and I am crap at it – so I think we have more than our hand full with this project.
- Chain of Command – I want to finish the Swedish platoon write-up and do a few Scenarios based on the 1943 Swedish invasion plan made by Adolf Schell. Part of this plan had some of the lines of advance going through Dalarna (the county where I was born) in Sweden and it would be interesting to place some of the action here. I also would like to do some scenarios based on some of the fighting in the ‘Unknown Soldier’ book/movie during the Finnish Continuation war (I made some assault boats I really would like to put in a scenario). I also need to finish the Germans for the 29th Lets Go Pint sized campaign.
Other stuff – I am excited about the Rebels and Patriot Rules, as we have enjoyed playing Pikeman’s Lament and the Rampant rules. I also think the Little One is getting ready for a few more involved rulesets, like Twilight of the Sun King and some higher level WW2 rules. In addition I will do the final battle of the Towards Moscow Trilogy, Poltava 1709, at Joy of Six, but plenty more of that next year.
Here are a summary of the projects I have been working on this year….
Kirbekan 1885 – 6mm Sudan/Egypt Colonial Project
This project was started this year to try out Peter Rileys draft “A Steady and Deliberate Fire” rules. It has been fun to paint the Baccus colonial range. I will need to get some terrain together so I can have a go with the rules next year. Here are few pictures and links to relevant blog postings below.
Mahdist War, Battle of Kirbekan 1885 – making a start
Mahdist War, Battle of Kirbekan 1885 – a little more effort (Part 2)
Kirbekan 1885 – (Mostly) Some Mahdists
Kirbekan 1885 – End of the Beginning (Part 4)
Bison Riders – 6mm Armies of Dragon Pass Project (or something similar)
Rapier Miniatures are doing some fantastic Glorantha stuff in 6mm and 28mm, I could not resist to get a few of their Bison riders. They painted up really well. Here are few pictures and a link to the relevant blog posting below.
Riders on the Storm Bull
WW2 Platoons, 15mm for Chain of Command (or any other platoon based game)
I painted a fair few Platoons with supports this year, including a Swedish what-if platoon (with some initial notes on the composition to do a list for Chain of Command). Here are few pictures and links to relevant blog postings below.
Swedish Rifle Platoon in WW2 for Chain of Command – the bare bones
Swedish Rifle Platoon in WW2 for Chain of Command – Part 2 fleshing it out
29 Let’s Go Pint Sized Campaign for CoC – the American Platoon
29 Let’s Go Pint Sized Campaign for CoC – Houses and Battlefield Clutter in 15mm
More Platoons (Soviet and Italian) for Chain of Command and Lights
Russian Scout Platoon for CoC, Painting Rig and Strelkovy
Greek WW2 Infantry Platoon for Chain of Command
Finnish Continuation War – Infantry Platoon for Chain of Command
Finnish Assault Boats for Chain of Command
Winter War Terrain, 15mm Chain of Command
I also did a full set of markers etc, to use for winter war gaming of Chain of Command. I especially enjoyed doing the patrol markers and the tall pine trees. Here are few pictures and links to relevant blog postings below.
Markers for Winter War Chain of Command, Marching Colours and Henry Hyde
The Winter War effort continues – Making tall pine trees
More Markers for Chain of Command and Command & Colors Romans
Vulgar Display of Power – Just a little bit of progress on the Winter War Stuff
Boxing up the Winter War for a while
What a Finnish Tanker – Mikä tankkeri!, 15mm
Here are few pictures and links to relevant blog postings below. We have played a lot of games with these rules and made a list for the Finnish Tanker so we could play Continuation War scenarios. Here are few pictures and links to relevant blog postings below.
Who needs a Tiger when you have Sisu? – Finnish Late Continuation War Career Ladder for What a Tanker
More options for the Finnish Tanker
Finnish Aircraft – Bag the Hun, 1/600 Tumbling Dice Airplanes
Excellent fun painting these, putting decals on and exploring this ruleset. Here are few pictures and links to relevant blog postings below.
Finnish Aircraft and a Swedish Army
The Russian Army at Horka and some more 1/600 aircraft
Got myself a Hex Mat
Horka 1708, 6mm Great Northern War, Twilight of the Sun King
This was this years grand project, the biggest one we have done to date. Here are few pictures and links to relevant blog postings below.
The What-if Battle Horka 1708 at Joy of Six 2018
(TMT) Horka 1708 – Making the Battle Mat – Part 1
(TMT) Horka 1708 – Making the Mat – Part 2 and ready and steady for Joy of Six 2018
Mutant 1984, 28mm Post-apocalyptic madness
This is my old 1980s RPG nostalgia project. I let you read up on it, I even built a 28mm log cabin. Here are few pictures and links to relevant blog postings below.
Older blokes in robes! work in progress and the Grognard Files
Limited progress, but bear with me!
Pushing forward towards Moscow and Nekropolis
More Mutant 1984, other RPGs and all is the Dice’s Fault
Painted Cabin and Snowmobiles – Mutant 1984
Järnringen / The Iron Ring (Mutant 1984) – Part 1 Opening Scence
Järnringen / The Iron Ring (Mutant 1984) – Part 2 – The Attack of the Robots
Saga in 6mm
Have a look at this massive blog post.
GNW Horka 1708 update, Tiny Tin Troops, 2nd Edition Saga and Helion Books
/ I hope that was of some interest, I will be back next year at some point.