Monday, January 9, 2012

"What Was I thinking!" and blog changes



Have you ever started to base an army and then realize after a few units you really did the wrong thing?  Well that's happened to me now with my ACW in 28mm. Let me explain.
The first historical wargame I ever played was Fire and Fury back in the very early 90's and I just loved it and therefore collected a very large 15mm Old Glory army for both the North and South and have enjoyed many games with it over the years. To this day Fire and Fury remains one of my favourite games.
Well the past year I started collecting ACW for 28mm and even though I thought the new Fire and Fury Regimental game was fantastic I figured the figure count was still too high for 28mm as I wanted 4 figures a base as it's more visually appealing and is ideal for Guns at Gettysburg and Black Powder rules.
It's after I finished a few Union regiments and started on my Confederates I realized what was I thinking!!!!  To build ACW armies that excluded my favourite rules for this period  that being Fire and Fury was a huge mistake! Simply put that won't do at all! I started to think how could I build my armies to be both practical and include all the rule sets I wanted to play?
My solution is 2 figures on a 40mm wide x 20mm deep base. This would allow me to play the large scale games of fury and fury where the stand count and flexibility needed is high and I will still be able to play Guns at Gettysburg and Black Powder by simply placing two stands together one behind the other . I do lose some of the visual appeal of course, but I feel it's worth it.
So it looks like I need to re-base my units, but luckily it's not too many.:-)   
The other subject was my blog which needed some things done. The first one was a new face lift which is obvious as I've gone with the very dark grey which I really like the contrast it gives to the pictures and the blog background itself and the second was a label restructure. My label list was getting a bit long in the tooth and crowded and so I decided to compact things into groups for easier viewing access. My only wish is that blogger would make a sub group within the labels where a viewer could go into a label and be given a list of sub groups within to access exactly want he/she wants to see. Maybe one day that will be possible and frankly I'm surprised it isn't available already.
Happy blogging and back to the painting table!

16 comments:

  1. A great new look of your blog.

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  2. Better now than later with the bases to get the right rule set.
    Layout looks good.
    I am not sure if I am doing it right but I have been unable to put labels onto my blog, which is a shame as it enhances the blog.

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  3. Love the new look Sir. As Silver Whistle says, better now than later.

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  4. No need to be hasty.. I play Regimental Fire and Fury and my guys are based 4 to a base; I just count them as two stands... the only complication is representing extended line - I place them a base width apart to represent extended line - and I just use a marker when a base has lost one "stand"....

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  5. liking the new look certainly makes the pics go pop!

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  6. Thanks Guys for the Input.

    @Steve

    Already thought of that, but really don't like gaps in my lines and odd number regiments would need additional markers. I guess I'm just too darn fiddly!

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  7. I think we've all been there at some point with basing figures or some such, at least you weren't too far down the line.

    The blog dust down certainly looks good.

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  8. A change is as good as a rest and this is a good change.

    I for one dont re-base, become Darwinian and adapt, apparently that's what plants and animals do. ;-)

    Then again I've never seen a hibiscus having a game of BP with a gibbon.

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  9. A new look for yer blog and a eureka moment with your basing.

    It all sounds cool!!!

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  10. The blog looks great Christopher. I have always been a big fan of FnF. We are now using RFnF for AWI, ACW and FPW. Great rules.

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  11. Like Hendrid has said...we have all been there. I'm sure the re-based figures will look just as good and they will be what you want.

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  12. Changes are very Good Chris. I do like the new layout.

    Cheers,

    Helen

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  13. Thank you folks I really do appreciate your support!

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  14. I sympathise with you, although as others jhave said this seems to happen to everyone at some stage. I've realised that the way I base my Carlist War figures is wrong - they are close-ordered on rather tight Napoleonic bases when in fact they should be loose-ordered on larger ones. That's simply how they fought. But I can't be bothered to rebase now!

    Best wishes

    Giles

    PS like the new look!

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