Listening to the latest episode of a favorite podcast (one of my top five, of course: Wargaming Recon ), I was impressed with Henry talking about his new wargaming book, and I realized I had never ordered my own copy! Since my purchase, I’ve enjoyed both paging through and looking at pictures and also starting from the first chapter and reading the text. The tone is the familiar and friendly voice of Henry, as heard on a variety of podcasts, and the editing is clear (haven’t spotted any faulty grammar, and not even a typo yet–a rare thing in many wargaming books). And the illustrations throughout are a visual treat.
From the first chapters, I’m learning a good deal about the history of wargaming and (finally) understanding how scales work in historical wargames. And I’ve skipped ahead to check out the chapter on painting, particularly impressed with the brief but information section about painting horses for cavalry. For the first time I understand so much more about horses–at least as far as painting realistic horses and especially markings.
The book also provides a great introduction to understanding the different military units from the Napoleonic era–something else which has mystified me because I never wanted to delve into serious research involving lots of books–here it’s all covered in a few dozen pages.
I reserved a hotel room for Friday night and spent a good deal of time the first weekend of February at the Williamsburg Muster gaming convention. This was my second gaming convention; I had a great time at my first ever experience at Historicon 2012, and although this wasn’t so big, I enjoyed playing some new (to me) games, meeting some gamers, and taking lots of pictures of some great tabletops.
I have a new set of historical wargaming rules, enthusiasm for the period–paints and brushes stand at the ready on my desk. Now I need some figures! My local games store carries a variety of board games and miniatures for roleplaying, fantasy and science-fiction games. The closest figure I could find to 18th century French & Indian War is a Reaper miniature in fringed leather jacket and coonskin cap with a long rifle cradled in his elbow.
I remembered seeing some plastic figure packs at a local hobby store, and I went to buy several packs of Indians and Revolutionary War figures in plastic 1/72 scale produced by IMEX (and I bought several packs of wire pine trees on severe discount from the previous Christmas season). The plastic figures are single pieces, easy to paint, and mounted on pennies (thanks to the federal government for subsidizing my hobby–there is no way I could purchase metal bases at a single cent per base, not even with cheap metal washers); they look good and stand ready to serve on the tabletop, and I’ve played several games with them already.