Sunday, October 31, 2010

Not so funny... a critter in the dark

After a long day parenting I took some Woodbine ANZAC Bombers & an NCO outside and primed them (more on this later). It was dark and I put them, as I always do, on a scrap piece of cardboard on a low wall on my patio. It was dark and chilly. I left the figures to dry and went inside to finish the nighty-night rituals. What I did not do, that I usually do,  was weight the cardboard with a rock.
The wind picked up and several hours later when I went out to fetch the Bombers I found that the cardboard had flipped over into a giant pile of Oak Leaves. I attempted to find the figs in the dark but then heard some scurrying across the yard. Looking up I saw an ugly villainous creature staring at me from about 6 yards away: The Opossum.
Luckily, being a southerner I knew just how to deal with him/her: I hissed. The 'Possum ran off into the dark.
Unfortunately I only found 3 of the 5 figures last night; none today thus far. It will be dark when I return home so there's no way I'll be facing off "Pogo" again.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I'm a Wargamer...

A piece from the original COH game set. How beeyootiful!
In the new expansion they have replaced the pictures of minis
with counter illustrations, but they still look really good 

Sorry that it's been so long since I posted, but it's been a busy month, and not in  a good way.

My ACW painting is proceeding well. about halfway done with my Cape Fear Cadets. Haven't actually played a minis game in almost 2 months but I have played a few solo boardgames, namely the classic Frank Chadwick game A House Divided and the much newer but unbelievably great Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear.
As long time readers will remember I bought COH:AtB in December of 2008 but until this autumn it remained (inexplicably) unplayed. Now I realize what a mistake that was!  This is the (board wargame) system of my dreams. I knew that but somehow convinced myself that it was too complex... wrong again!

I would urge you to go out... right now... and buy one of the COH games if you have any interest in WWII tactical combat. It's not my main period of interest but I have always had a soft spot for WWII tactical games since my days in the early 90s of playing Up Front, Panzer Leader and Squad Leader. This new game is much improved in my humble opinion. Played solo it is positively elegant in play,  quick and thrilling. I'm sure as a two, three or four player game it is even more so. There is a new expansion coming out called Price of Honour which is set in Poland in the 1939 Blitzkrieg. I've pre-ordered it and hope to see it near the end of next week.
More soon.