Friday, 29 May 2020

A Little Further...

Minor Progress.

Forgot to say: the other week I was playing around with the map terrain types and the "personality" of the various Peoples of The River..

Certain tribes will be woodland/cultivar peoples. These will be the main Player tribes.

The swamps will be the home of renegades and exiles.

The deepest forests will be the home of the Ama-Pygmy.

To the North is the land of the Great King and his feared "regiments". According to the books he can field 40,000 warriors....

The fierce, slave-raiding Islamised Bomongo in the North East are famous for their cavalry and swordsmen (non-canon, but what the hey...).




Interfering French to the North West. Nosey Germans to the South East and South West.

Still lots to on the Project but I got the Hausa Police painted up a couple of weeks back too (forgot to post?) so apart from any Bomongo cavalry, more pygmies, some more "personality" and distinctive tribal folk am pretty much nearly there for basic bods fighting bods.



Once I get the Play Table free of half-painted "ruins" I'll produce a demonstration game. Or maybe use the ruins in the game?  Who knows...

Back to work Sunday.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

And so it goes.....

Some progress


Plodding along. Paid work has been utterly crazy and weather hot, plus She Who Must Be Obeyed has set up her Zoom Station in my "Play Room", so not as much progress has been made as might have been wished - and what there has been has been disjointed and a tad erratic.......

A little rough and random "building" (can one "build" ruins) for the (somewhat eclectic ?) "Lost 
City" - something too easy to drift into but which is strangely therapeutic..


Also above; a few "20mm" Irregular Miniatures Patham/Sikh bods completed, which painted up nicely, a semi-completed Ju-Ju tree, a "stony base" which will serve both as a "Mysterious Pool" and as a base for the Ju-Ju tree when it's in a village.

I also dug out my veteran old "Ould Regiment" (painted up in the 80s ?) for a Spring clean and check..





I had thought about giving them a dark wash, as they are bit "Toy Soldier" bright, but the Jury's opinion on FB was leave them as they are, and really I agree, so I'll content myself with adding some sand to their bases... I gave them a couple of extra non-coms/officers (below - as if there weren't already too many chiefs) from HaT, even if these do look a little delicate next to the Esci and RSM chaps, plus painted one of the mounted officers in a Patrol Jacket.

It did strike me that the HaT figures, with their rather tall helmets, if given trousers rather than gaiters, might paint up as Victorian policemen*... Hmm.....

(Though, seriously Denyer.. Why..??**)

 



(** Then I suddenly remembered an article from a 1970-80s Military Modelling or a wargames magazine with a "Chasing armed anarchists" linear scenario based on a real incident in London.. I have "civilians" in the form of Boers waiting to be painted.... And will still have the magazine squirrelled away.... Oh dear.... With such thoughts are new projects born....)

The rough and ready semi naked chap at the side is for a planned "Naked Prey" scenario (not seen the movie for decades but watched it online the other week). 




Meanwhile:

Dug out my old copy of Callwell and from this have sketched out some adaptions to TMWWBK's "Mr. Babbage" rules, with tweaks specifically for "Hill Tribes" and "Bush Warfare". Need to play-test these, then I'll "publish". 





The Project....

Some progress on the "Not Sanders of the River" project: card values for the Player and Non-Player Tribal Chiefs to "play" against each other (right click; "open link in new tab" to see them better).



The cards will provide "imponderables" for the campaign element, affect players' Influence" (good) and their levels on the "Infringement Track" (bad - the higher the level, the greater the risk of the British deciding to step in) and, in many circumstances, act as a "scenario generator" for my on-table games.



I'm toying with using two decks, a blue backed and a red backed one, to provide more options, since the ideas keep coming... I need to set-to and draw out the "final" map..... Part of me wants to do it by hand, but I have been looking at some of the mapping software out there... Hmm....... 

Meanwhile, in less "creative" (aka lazy) moments, as the man said "When all other trusts fail, turn to Flashman" - even if it has made me feel guilty about my stalled "Russians In Central Asia" project...

Onwards - and with occasional sideways detours - upwards...



Thursday, 7 May 2020

Lockdown Post..

Quick Update.

Am still working (emergency service) so not a huge personal change the last few weeks, but there has been little Project progress none the less.... Some map-making and plotting on the "Sanders of the River" project (redrawing the map - still in draft stage - working out and experimenting with campaign rules etc. - see pics) some painting and prop building and refurbishment (river craft, Ju-Ju hut etc.)...





Also some unconnected painting..

1) 15mm (actually nearer 18mm, but what the hey) Blue Moon to add to my Musketeer RPG forces; some Royal Sentries ("Guards! Guards!")




Some mounted Cardinal's Guard and some civilians.




Had to have a skirmish or two.. Not my usual scale, but the Blue Moon figures are full of character, and paint up a treat... Couldn't be bothered to set out a table, so used some RPG tiles and my House Rules. Great fun....








As usual, wonder if I can "multi-purpose" any.... Hobbit ladies for 1/72 anyone..? Hmm... Not sure...





2) Discovered, while trawling, Elheim 20mm bods a few weeks back. Bought an explorer type bod (in the background below) for the "Sanders" project... Somehow ended painting some cheap plastic dinosaurs ("Lost World" connection..?)... 




Then (worse) was tempted into getting and painting-up something off-topic altogether....




"Betty's Seven" anyone...?




Plus messing about making "alien trees"... Oh dear...




What with all of the above, some writing, painting up some different "native tribes" for the Sanders game (post to follow), planning a Russian 19thC Central Asian project and some board gaming (plus house repairs) it has been a busy month...

All reenactment has been cancelled, so I should get time to work on The Project over the next few weeks.

I will also fight and publish a "Demo game" - to save me having to repeat myself on various fora as to my methods/madness.....

Hope everyone is getting through the current madness as well as can be expected.

Watch this space...








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