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!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Intro Thoughts on a Spanish-American War Project

Photo from War Times Journal website
For years, fourteen in fact, I have been the owner and moderator of The Spanish-American War Yahoo group.  And for these same fourteen years I have wanted to game both the land and naval actions of the war.  While most of the land combat is seemingly one-sided, I was going to go with a Cuzco Wells scenario in which the Spanish actually outnumbered the American and Cuban forces, running the game as a quasi-skirmish affair using Tiger Miniatures.  A lack of space kept me from moving forward with that little endeavor, so I decided to "go small" using the old Freikorps 15 range, but those figures are showing their age with a lack of multiple poses and fairly plain look.  The Fantassin figures (which became Warmodelling, then Capitan, and now apparently Stonewall), while a bit more animated and offering a wider variety of poses, lacked U.S. Marines and some other necessary items, and they are simply far too large to use in-conjunction with the Freikorps.  So, to that end I have purchased and sold off in 25mm, and purchased and sold off in 15mm, figures for gaming the land actions, a project still stagnated to this day.

From a naval aspect, again the two major actions are fairly one-sided, but I believe Manila Bay, if the Spanish have the option to use their fortress guns, could be a more balanced game.  So, I do have the fleets for Manila Bay from War Times Journal, but they sit in their bags, waiting for basing and painting.  Really no excuse for not getting this project worked on as the ships are tiny (1/3000 scale) and I have a large sea mat ready to use, and even rules selected (the simple Quickfire rules, also a WTJ product).  So, what is the hold-up?

I think part of it stems from the shiny toy syndrome, in which a grab onto another idea or project and allow other ideas to wane.  However, I am determined to change that this year, by at least getting the naval project completed in 2018.

So, stay tuned as I plow my way forward into Manila Bay!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...