Saturday, April 7, 2018

1776 - The British Are Coming Rules Group

Just a reminder about this Yahoo group that covers The British Are Coming rules, along with their "father" set, 1776.  There are some variants (Fallen Timbers and Wabash orders of battle and unit ratings) and scenario information within the Files section of the group, along with copies of the charts to download. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Novus Design Studio - Russian Buildings

A few weeks ago I took advantage of a sale at Novus Design Studio for some resin 15mm Russian/Eastern European buildings.  Not 100% certain what I will use these structures for (see my Ambushed in the Alley blog for a couple of ideas), but I am a sucker for quality buildings, a sale, and buildings that have lift off roofs (a must for the amount of skirmish level gaming I want to do).  

The buildings are cast in high quality resin, no bubbles or incomplete casting.  They are fairly large buildings as well (the workshop for example is 4" square and 2.25" tall), which is even better for skirmish level gaming.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Back to the Perce

Not really much of an update, but after a weekend hanging out with my Chickamauga tour group last weekend, many of whom have a strong interest in the western Indian Wars, I got a bit of the bug again for the Big Hole/Nez Perce project.  One of those in attendance is involved with the Friends of Bear Paw, Big Hole, & Canyon Creek Battlefields group, and he did not hesitate to recommend Jerome Greene's Nez Perce Summer, 1877: The US Army and the Nee-Me-Poo Crisis as the current definitive work on the Nez Perce campaign.  So I have that title on order with Amazon.  

I am still considering the options for 15mm infantry.  Blue Moon have an ideal pack, but as they are 15/18mm they will tower over the Hovels Indians I have.  However, I may go with a bit thicker base for the Indians which may offset the different in height between the two companies a bit as my options for other Indian Wars U.S. infantry is fairly limited.

I've also started laying out some preliminary plans to tour some of the Nez Perce sites.  i believe that my wife would enjoy a trip to Montana and Wyoming from a scenic perspective.  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Back to the West

Picture from Hovels website
I have been getting motivated again to get my Pony Wars project rolling again.  I have some nice tepees and 15mm figures from Hovels...if you have not checked our their Pony Wars range do so.  While the figures are small 15mm, they are nicely animated and proportioned, and they are cheap (.34 cents per dismounted figure)!  Now, they will not blend with say a Blue Moon figure at all, and that is a bit of a dilemma for me as I want to buy some of the Blue Moon infantry to use for the Big Hole battle.  I cannot even get away with saying that Indians are shorter than whites when the opposite is true based on the research I have seen.  So I either need to use the dismounted cavalry figures from Hovels or go completely with Blue Moon.  Neither solution is ideal as I don't want to use cavalry figures for Big Hole when western infantry are available from Blue Moon, but I do want to use the Hovels Indians I already own.

I have been reading an account about the 11th Ohio Cavalry Regiment. They were a unit that was mostly sent out west to guard the Overland trails.  Within their ranks were galvanized Yankees, Confederates who decided to fight for the Union but in this case against Indians, not their former comrades.  The 11th Ohio was part of the 1865 Powder River Expedition and I need to do a bit of research to see if they were engaged in any skirmishes or engagements during that campaign (a first glance indicates no, but that won't stop me from coming up with something hypothetical).  Part of the 11th Ohio (newly raised companies later to be sent west of the Mississippi) defended Camp Dennison, a Civil War training camp and hospital, during John H. Morgan's Great Raid of 1863.  Camp Dennison is a twenty minute drive from my house, and while there is little to see of the Civil War era camp, it is still a cool location along the Little Miami River with a lot of history.

I have plenty of arid-type terrain in terms of rocky outcrops, etc., but would need to find some scrub bushes/trees a bit more appropriate than the numerous palm trees I have for the desert.  

As always, more on this as I move forward with this little project!
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