Category: Historical

New Era, Who Dis?

 Sometimes it do be like dis: Yeah, I made the mistake of re-watching Master and Commander. Naturally, that means I need to get into a new era and scale of wargaming. Happens all the time. I’m going with 1:2400 scale figures and that means tumblingDice.co.uk.  as a complete noob,...

A Song of Fords and Shallows

 Mostly eye candy today with some thoughts on “A Song of Drums and Shakos”.  It’s just a reskin of Andrea Sfiligoi’s “Song of…” series, but I’m really glad to have added it to my library.  Having the background and points lists for each army really makes it a snap...

Song of Drums and Shakos – First Runthrough

 It works! I was afraid it wouldn’t.  My experiments with Flying Lead weren’t a lot of fun.  They power of modern weapons meant that the games bogged down into two static lines blazing away at each other with little motion or forward progress. Needs more flags Fortunately, the Napoleonics...

2mm Gamers Rise Up!

Is something of a 2 mm Renaissance is in the air these days? Or maybe it’s just observer bias – that I notice more 2mm projects because I myself am working on 2mm projects. Whatever the case, if you’re interested in 2 mm projects have I got a doozy...

2×2 Napoleonics : A Bit of Eye Candy

 More black powder gaming using a neat little trick for roads and streams… Simple yarn.  It’s just the right scale for 2mm figures, and you can nudge it all about to make just the right curves.  Placed down on a fleece battlemat and it works a treat....

From Two-Deep to Three

It’s not often that I work in 2D painting, but for a special project like this… A friend asked me to find and paint him up a few Hawaiian Warriors. Always happy to share my love of the hobby – and always happy for an excuse to craft that...

Hawaiians Rise Up

Looking to give Tribal a shot, and scratch pre-contact Hawaiian warfare off the bucket list. These fellas are 15mm, and ordered from Eureka Miniatures.  They are clean sculpts, perfectly proportioned, and near as I can tell, historically accurate. The figures are looking good but I don’t have enough of...

The Very Model of A Modern Wargame General

 The modern table continues to take shape. A bit of screen, a bit of scrap wood, and a bit of sand… And you’ve got some nice tall fences. I’m not crazy about these fences.  I should have oriented the screen diagonally to make a diamond pattern, and the cloth...

John Lambshead’s One-Hour Skirmish Wargames

If these games take a full hour, it’ll be a surprise. In this slim tomb, a full and more detailed review will follow over at the Joy of Wargaming later this month, Mr. Lambshead presents a bare-bones skirmish system suitable for 12-30 miniatures.  Mr. Lambshead takes that system and...

Feelz Good Man Strikes Again

 If you’re still on the fence about it, or haven’t given it a chance, The Joy of Wargaming is going like gangbusters. But don’t take my word for it: We’re doing a long-form series detailing a logistical and strategic campaign using the book shown in the picture above.  It’s...