Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Impetus here my favourite Ancients/Medieval rule set will soon be released in Digital format by Wargames Vault for those looking for a more inexpensive way to try or own the rules. The rule set will be the original version so you will need to get any errata from the Impetus web site which is of course free.
I expect the period supplements will follow at some point, but in the time being there are lists included in the book to get you started. Impetus without doubt looks better then game out there with it's approach to diorama type basing which also has the added benefit of making transportation and casualty removal much easier. The game rewards good strategic play, but with a healthy dose of chance where the game can change around which keeps players on their toes and involved. Basically, if you play good your likely to win, but it's far from guaranteed. It also has a nice new forum to visit here and where your questions are pretty quickly answered often by the author himself and a blog here.
Some samples from my El Cid army based for Impetus that I did awhile back:
So, if you were ever curious about Impetus now is the time to check it out!
On to other issues.....I'm not an especially prolific poster but even for me lately things have been pretty slow around here for the past couple months with the heat and just a general lethargy that has set in. I'm having problems focusing on any one thing and just keep starting and stopping which in effect has left me with quite a few half painted units sitting on my desk.
One issue I'm having is scale for Ancient/Medieval periods. Ancient/Medieval gaming really benefits from having multiple armies to game to keep things interesting so this poses problems. I just can't decide if I should focus on 15/18mm or 28mm. 15/18mm is far more practical in terms storage, gaming space and quicker to finish armies making variety much more possible, but I really prefer the look of 28mm armies and games plus it's frankly more fun to paint and easier to do as my eyes get older, but of course it takes a lot longer to finish armies reducing variety and needs more storage. It's been such a conundrum for me that I really have not done nearly as much as I would have liked by now as I'm always in a state of procrastination on it!
Fortunately, I don't have this issue with horse and musket armies (which are also nice in small scales btw,) but I have solidly decided on my preferred larger 28mm awhile back ( AWI/ACW/SYW )as variety is not quite as important and fighting the same opposition does not get boring due to the historical line up. I find with these periods once you have the core forces to have a game it's only a matter of adding units at your leisure to make bigger games which is just fine with 28mm.
Skirmish goes without saying in that 28mm is ideal scale for whatever period and is pretty self explanatory so doesn't present any issues with me.
Currently working on ACW, AWI, LR, Ayyubbids, SCW etc....................... oh well the life of a gamer I suppose....
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I've been in the process of re-basing and touching up my large Viking collection for use in Impetus and SAGA. I've been a long time Viking player and so was delighted when SAGA hit the scene. The Vikings were my primary army for WAB and are without question the most played army I've ever owned for ancients/mediaevals. I've always liked their beards and axes aspect and their ferocious aggression in using them. Heck, even Cornwell had to make his Saxon hero an ex- Viking!:-) Oh btw, if you ever wanted to know where Axebreaker came from look at the Viking in the front holding a broken two handed axe in front of him. I imagined him hitting so hard he broke axes hence the nick name "Axebreaker" and he was the general of my Viking army.
My Viking collection is all based on single square 20mm bases which is ideal for WAB, but not good for me in regards to SAGA or Impetus the rules I now currently play. Of course I could use them on the square bases for SAGA, but I simply do not like square bases for skirmish gaming as it just looks clumsy. So, I've decided to put them on round 25mm bases for SAGA and use warbases multi- slot bases for Impetus.
There were also some other issues as I wanted to lighten up the bases, add tufts, flowers and rocks etc. I also needed to touch up the figures here and there by re-applying some highlights and repainting a few things to suit my current tastes. Also, I used to have metal shield rims that I no longer like and re-painted them with leather rims which was more common and looks better I think. I also added some pigments to the shields and bottom of the cloaks. The figures themselves are Wargames Foundry and still after all these years rank IMHO as the best Vikings out there with the exception of Bill from Musketeer whose Jomsvikings are brillent. The flag in this case is hand painted by myself as I wanted a huge raven banner with just a single raven on it as nothing quite says Vikings as a good old raven banner. Plenty more re-worked Vikings will be coming along so please stay tuned if you like them.
I hope blogger fixes the reader problem soon!
Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company-Wargames Foundry
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Hello it seems the very fine gentlemen in the form of Mark from http://over-open-sights.blogspot.de/(Superb painting!), Burkhard from http://dhcwargamesblog.wordpress.com/ (Excellent content reports) and Neil http://scottyswargaming.blogspot.de/ (nice 17/18th material) have very kindly awarded me the Liebster award. Normally this is supposed to go to those with less then 200 followers which would normally disqualify me, but I'm happy about the oversight as it's always nice to get a nod, but more importantly it gives me a chance to point out some blogs that should get some attention that haven't been getting enough in my humble opinion. Forgive me if I'll skip the questionnaire found on other blogs except to say I do like Stars Wars over Star Trek as Jedi's are just to cool!!:-) I'll be using Michaels http://28mmvictorianwarfare.blogspot.de/ version of the Liebster award
1. Copy and paste the Award on your blog, remembering to link back to the blogger who has given it to you.
2. Pass on the Award to your top 5 blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their posts to notify them that they have won the Award and listing them on your own blog.
3. Sit back and bask in the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing you have made someone's day!
4. There is, of course, no obligation to pass this onto anyone else, but it´s nice if you take the time to do so.
Bear in mind I'm trying to mention ones that I think have not been mentioned yet and are very worthy of a visit. If I missed you remember your on my blog roll so I like what you do!
So here they are:
http://moitereisbuntewelt.blogspot.de/ (Excellent painting all around)
http://conflictofinterests.blogspot.de/ (Great Dark Age material)
http://dreispitz.blogspot.de/(Very nice SYW)
http://antre-de-jehan.blogspot.de/ (Superb SCW & Italian Wars)
Monday, May 26, 2014
Well finally got started on a long planned project with Nick http://moitereisbuntewelt.blogspot.de/ in the form of Western Late Romans primarily for Impetus, but also to be used for Dux Bellorum. We both are doing Late Romans and Germanic tribes together and plan on Romans vs Germanics and/or civil wars.
The Late Roman army I'm creating for this project is a mobile Roman field army(Comitatenses). I see them as very well equipped and supplied so my army will present itself somewhat uniformly in that each unit will have matching shields and colour bands and all units will have a cream tunic. However, they won't be perfectly equipped as that wasn't seen to often in this period so trousers colours and helmet shapes will have variety. I'll be building my heavy infantry units in sets of four consisting of 2 spear bases and 2 attached supporting archer units.
I want to try and finish this army in a reasonable time so I opted for AP with highlights and some lovely LBM transfers and dusted up the shields a bit with some MIG pigments. The figures are from Wargames Foundry and paint up nice and easy which is a bonus. They are of course on Impetus bases which I happen to really like btw! There are quite a few pics on this posts as I squeezed two posts into one but I wanted to show the units in their "blocks" so thanks for hanging in there.
In addition to more Romans I have some ACW on my desk as that's another project I'm doing with other group members of which two have blogs so stop by and check them out please with Sasha at http://saschas-wargaming-notes.blogspot.de/ and Mike at http://dreispitz.blogspot.de/.
Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Wargames Foundry
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
I haven't posted anything in a few weeks, but I have been busy painting and have accumulated a backlog of units to post which I'll be catching up on. These here are 15mm FOW and consist of M8 Greyhounds and some Jeep's that constitute my recon elements for my American Tank Company.
I painted them up in a grimy, dirty and slightly damaged look to show them in full campaign mode which is how I prefer my vehicles to look. Painting Americans is pretty relaxing and fun compared to Germans which are demanding to do.
I have a friend who is pretty crazy about FOW while my feelings are it's a fun game as long as you don't try and view it as a simulation game and instead just view it as a game with a WWII background.
Painting 15mm isn't my favourite scale as I vastly prefer 28mm and even more so as my eyes get older, but it does have it's advantages like quicker to do and easier portability plus occupying less space. So, I'll continue to have 15mm projects mixed in with my 28mm ones.
Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Battlefront FOW
Friday, May 2, 2014
It's a bit hard to have an army without some proper leaders so I dug into my lead pile and painted up some Perry AWI British Officers to lead the king's forces. The poses of the figures are very nice and give a real feel to the period. The gentlemen with the sword raised will act as the army general until I have some time to paint up a proper high command and the others will be brigade commanders. I painted them in the traditional British uniform of red, blue and white. A note on the red in that I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. I do like it.... but then again I'm rarely if ever completely satisfied with any reds I do as it's either too dark or too light or too pinkish or too much orange or something frigg'in too much of. I'll try a different tone with something else and see which one I prefer more and change this if I have too.
I now happily have enough figures to play small games with and even have more plans for AWI soon. but I'm going to take a small break from it and paint some other things I've been meaning to do, so until then keep your brushes going.
Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Perry miniatures