Saturday, May 29, 2010

A look at the British

Well today was an open house at MIGS, which despite many flyers to local schools, colleges, universities and hobby stores and a face book group was pretty much a bust.the only guy to show up came in off the street after seeing the signs out front, and could not stay.

On the plus side, I got a chance to take some pics of my French and Indian Wars British that Jonathan Holmes had set up for a Sharp practice scenario.  Somehow I've managed to totally avoid taking any pictures of this collection thus far.. In the scenario, the British must retreat to the fort at the far end of the table while the Indians attempt to stall them and the French give chase.

I also pulled out my Modern British and Iraqis for the first time in 2 years. Although most of the infantry didn't make it on the board, all my APCs for both sides did.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Introductions & a current modeling project

Good day,

Recently, Ive been reading quite a few blogs of fellow wargamers, and have decided to give it a try myself.

I normally have 2-3 wargaming projects on the go. At the moment, I am Focusing on both 28mm French and Indian war Skirmish, and 28mm Eastern Renaissance Polish Skirmish.

This week I began building an Native American palisade to protect my 3 longhouses from marauding British & Colonial raiding parties. I have never seen anything like this in a wargaming, so i thought it would be a unique addition to my FIW terrain collection. It will also be a great a centerpiece for a convention game.

Unlike European style Palisades, Native Americans build theirs in rough rings around their settlements. They didn't have gates like we are used to seeing, they instead had narrow entry ways. Native Americans also did not use walkways along the walls. instead they used platforms built on scaffolding. I've decided on the the simple layout seen here, on a 24" square piece of MDF. I have not decided where to put the scaffolding in, but that will be the last step before I sand and flock the whole base. In the dead space I will be putting in small fields as the Native Americans often had small crops of corn and other staple foods inside the walls.

Initially i was going to have to buy all the 3/16"doweling for the project from Micheal's in bags of 20 12" lengths for $3.99, but i stumbled upon nearly the same bags of Doweling at a local Dollar store for $1! Since i needed 7 bags to complete the project, this discovery drastically reduced the Final price tag. I will need to cut each 12" length in 3 equal lengths of 4" ( give or take 1/16th")

The project will take several weeks, mostly because I have to shape each 4" lengths of doweling. So far, I have 14" of wall completed, of a total outer circumference of about 75"