Saturday, April 19, 2008

Dumb Things Games Workshop Does Part 1

Update: It looks like these are still available in bulk from the GW on-line store - . Seems like a lot of trouble for something I used to be able to get at any game store.

Today I have a small complaint. It really is a trivial thing but taken with the history of how GW manages their business it becomes really frustrating. GW no longer sells their plastic bases in packages of the same size base. It use to be (last year) that you could buy a package of 24 20mm x 20mm bases for about $6. This was a useful thing because I have recently started to base my non-GW figures on GW bases. They are cheap and available and are of a consitant size. They really are the industry standard.

Now they sell bases in an assortment pack that contains several sizes. This might be fine for the GW gamer, I don't really know, but for me it is useless. Add to that the $8 price of this assortment GW has lost several sales from me.

It looks like GaleForce 9 will be getting my money.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Black Powder

Warlord games has an interesting article about their first set of rules call Black Powder.

This sounds really interesting to me. The description of the game play does not sound like anything I have ever played. This one will probably be on my wish list.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

114th Pennsylvania Volunteers

Here is the first part of what will be a huge American Civil War project. Here we have my version of the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry or Collis' Zouaves. Here is a link to a nice unit history if you would like to know more about the real unit - I chose this unit becaus they are in my Osprey book ;-) and I also liked the look of the uniform.

First up is Colonel Charles Collis, founder of the 114th. I realy have no idea what Collis looks like and I am not sure what his uniform would have looked like. I painted this figure after looking over some re-enactor sites. There are a few liberties taken but I think he looks good and plausable.

Next is the color guard. I still need to add the regimental flag. Thanks to for the nice ACW flags.

This is a nice picture looking down the line. I have currently based these for some playtesting of a friend's ACW game. I will also use these guys to test some the various Warhammer varients out there. I will probably end up basing these guys on 40mm x 40mm bases for Johnny Reb III.

Here is the entire regiment so far. I have 21 figures painted. These are all Foundry and are very nice figures. I will be adding 20 more figures to this unit but the extras will all be Sash and Saber. I just cannot afford to buy any more Foundry!
This ACW project has the potential to get out of hand. I have had a collection of about 160 28mm figures for several years. I was originally planning on doing Johnny Reb III in 28mm but I just never got around to it. With some of the rules that are currently in development I might be getting into the period in a big way. In fact, I just bought nearly 300 Sash and Saber when they were having their 50% off sale. Add to that the recent release of the new Perry brother's plastic 28mm ACW I am in real trouble!