Category: Historical

More Black Powder Eye Candy

Essex Miniatures on the runway today, modelling the finest turn of the century garb.  The 19th Century, that is. We start with the French revolutionary Army in full getup.  My black powder wargaming includes the counter-revolution as well as Napoleonic, so I mix and m atch these guys with...

Some Napoleonic Bigger Battles

More eye candy today, but from a historical perspective. These are from a mix of manufacturers. They are also from a variety of games.  All of these were played using Wiley Games’ Fistful of Lead: Bigger Battles.  Although it uses a lot more figures, something about it makes it...

I’ll Do It Myself Again, the Pirate Version

Osprey Publishing has a terrible track record when it comes to game support, and an even worse one when it comes to quick reference sheets.  This is doubly so with On the Seven Seas, a little pirate set of wargame rules that includes very few tables, even within the text!...

Skool Rools: Understanding Modern Life

Remember in school when stupid teachers decided a quiet kid throwing down was ALWAYS the aggressor? Remember how they ignored the long periods of antagonism he endured before that punch? Man, that was crazy! As a friend on social media pointed out, that’s right now for setting my remembered...

Absolute Emperor: Sacile (1809)

To Napoleon’s surprise, the Austrians decided in early 1809 that Italy belonged to them.  In April of that year Archduke John launched an attack against the northern reaches of Italy, hoping to catch the French forces flat-footed.  He succeeded, but his counterpart, Napoleon’s adopted step-son Eugene opted to give...

Absolute Emperor: Mincio River Scenario (1814)

My efforts to branch out from skirmish wargaming into larger scale battles has borne some pretty tasty fruit.  Osprey’s “Absolute Emperor” has proven to be as easy to play as it is easy to handle.  Large divisions sweep across the field, unwieldy but powerful, and with a minimum of...

Yo Ho Ho

These pirate figures are available from rebelminis.com. they are a joy to paint, full of character, great scopes, who could ask for more? Instead of going with the normal trend of making figures Brown and dirty flat colorless, I went with more of a 1930s Hollywood feel. This look...

So Much For That Idea

Having shuttered War In A Box to streamline my blogging, my very next project is to… Start a new blog. At least this one is something of a one-off.  I’ve always loved the idea of map based wargame campaigns.  There’s something much deeper and richer in the experience.  Instead...

GADD About Miniature Wargames

Hi, everyone.  My name is Jon, and I suffer from Gamer ADD. Well, not so much ‘suffer from’, as ‘revel in’. How can you not, when we have the pleasure of being born in the right time and at the right place to enjoy this late-stage golden-age of the...

A Pirate Looks at Wasted Years

On its surface, Osprey’s “Fighting Sail” is a simple bucket-o-dice pool game, with a breezy little wind-gauge mechanic.  I’m finding that the simplifications necessary to allow for fleet actions turn the chore of managing the wind into a real pleasure.  This game plays so fast and easy that I...