Friday, 14 June 2013

Looking at new projects

The clues in the last couple of posts were meant to be for a new project that I would start after the final repaints in my Arab-Israeli collection were complete. I've written lists, done background reading and prepared a shopping list. This month was supposed to be all systems go to start it up... and then I changed my mind.
I still want to do it sometime in the near future, but for now 15mm India-Pakistan 1965 for Flames of War is on hold. There are a number of reasons for this, the first being Black Tree Design's evil sales of recent weeks. I have purchased a 28mm British army for Bolt Action and a 28mm Anglo-Danish army for SAGA from them, and I now want to paint these figures. Painting John's paras has given me the 28mm itch, and it is demanding attention.

The next project
Another factor has been ennui with painting 15mm tanks. The AIW has soaked up my attention for the last couple of months, and I still have a few things that I want to buy and paint - T-34/85s for 1967 and some more T-62s for 1973 for instance. I also need to look into artillery for both sides. As such, I prefer to concentrate on building this collection up to the point where I am satisfied with it before starting on the next Cold War era FoW game.

Followed by this one
I watched a couple of games of Bolt Action at Cancon and liked what I saw. It takes me back to when I first started playing Warhammer 40K with just 40 odd figures a side and a couple of vehicles. I liked that skirmish feel, and despite the BA rules being slightly less complex the games I saw certainly had that same sort of feeling about them. I may even look at adapting them for Star Wars - not that FUBAR are a bad set of rules, just that the fewer rules systems I have to chop and change between the better. Next to the Brits that I have from Black Tree, I also have Fallshirmjager from Warlord Games. I am of course thinking of making the Brits into Kiwis and putting together some Cassino themed terrain.

As for SAGA, I have been contemplating this for a little while now. In fact, I was going to buy the Byzantine and Anglo-Danish factions (I hate that term, and will hereby never use it again) forces, but couldn't quite fit them into the budget a couple of months back when I bought all of the Bolt Action stuff. So I have advanced the purchase of this project, although I still need the rulebook and dice. I'm still planning on getting the Byzantines later in the year, because Byzantium is cool!

So the point of this post is to try to keep myself on track. Hopefully it will work, but I have a lot of trouble with 'oooh shiny...' complex.

By the way, I want to do a post on painting up the Israeli halftracks using the vallejo green-grey/US field drab mix - something that might be helpful to other gamers rather than a self-indulgent 'xmas newsletter' that this post represents -  so hopefully that will be the next thing to appear here in the upcoming week.



  1. Ah, so many options, so little time :)

    1. I admire the way that you can just stick to the 20th Century Al. Most of my projects are in that era, but there is just so much history that I love, I can't narrow it down!

  2. Sounds like you're going to be a busy man Nate!

    1. But will I manage to get anything finished and not sell it?

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  4. I'll be interested to see how you go, I've picked up the saga and bolt action rules but haven't really managed to have a sit down with them yet. I did pick up a unit of gripping beast Anglo Danes (can't remember the name of them - the basic guys with spears) and the Anglo danish dice. If I do make a go of it I may have to look at another faction! Regarding bolt action, the Perry 8th Army and Afrika Korps may be too tempting. I wonder how the 8th Army miniatures might work with your Fallschirmjager for Crete?