At this time of year, armies go into winter quarters and plan campaigns for the year ahead. Wargaming has been a bit thin at the back end of 2019 year, due mainly to work, but also because the Monday Night Group meets on a Tuesday (why not!), which conflicts with out-of-hours meetings. They, whilst not compulsory, are the sort at which absences are noted and commented on. Stuff happens that we are expected to be up-to-date on¹. The Blog still managed to crank out 57 posts, so met my target of one a week. So thank you for my 65 *ahem* discerning followers out in Blog Land, and thank you to all the other blogs out there that keep me interested and amused enough to keep assuming that folk care what I think in turn. I’ve made more of an effort to comment and like others’ posts recently – a trend I plan to continue. Thank you also to bloggers who have listed my own blog on their sidebars – honourable mentions go to :
https://archdukepiccolo.blogspot.com/ – I’m following your African ImagiNation campaign with interest, and your ultra-simple naval rules https://archdukepiccolo.blogspot.com/2019/12/ultra-simple-naval-games.html.
https://wargamingmiscellany.blogspot.com/ Bob Cordery is famous for his maritime and colonial knowledge, and has been instrumental in inventing portable wargames and promoting ImagiNations. He has also kept WD going for years, it must be over 40 now.
https://warfareintheageofcynicsandamateurs.blogspot.com/ Curses Duc, your 1/144 scale Cold War stuff is good enough to make me want to start a new period!
https://generalwhiskers.com/ Paul has decided to gazette WW2 with daily posts. Quite mad! Your Arnhem project is exceptional, Sir!
https://gridbasedwargaming.blogspot.com/search/label/WW2%20Rules Thanks Peter. If I stray into Not Quite Rocket Science™, I shall blame you and the Wargaming Pastor for showing that Silly Spacemen can be fun. I mostly enjoy your WWII posts though.
https://pbeyecandy.wordpress.com/ Phil sets the standard locally for modelling and paintingin 15mm, and has some inspirational stuff for WWII modellers on his blog. A new post is always an event. President-for-life (Honorary) of the Society of Ancients, and heavily involved in local art, history and museum culture.
https://twtrb.blogspot.com/ I first met Ken through AK47. Some interesting stuff there. Ken is an out-and-out revolutionary in the mould of Citizen Smith and has a taste for Sci-fi as well as historical. History has largely forgotten “Dr Evil fights the Evil Alien Tripods” at Brixcon, all those years ago.
https://megablitzandmore.blogspot.com/ The home of Megablitz and more recently, Funny Little Cold Wars. Tim is a prolific wargamer and is the other brain cell behind Wargames Developments. If he invites you to a game of Megablitz, go!
*If you are reading this and your name is not honourably mentioned, please add me to your sidebar – it makes a difference to me, if no-one else².*
https://jpwargamingplace.blogspot.com Prolific well-researched early WWII through to modern modeller in 20mm. Three blogs followed, one four and one five years old. Seriously needs an update João. I live in hope 🙂
http://wargaming4grownups.blogspot.com/2019/11/invasion-of-crete-1943.html Graham doesn’t have a blog list, but mentions NQM and reports on it regularly in his blog. Graham is a prolific rule writer, and local historian along with YesThatPhil.
https://einealtekriegsspiel.blogspot.com/ This website, with its scratchbuilt models in a naive style, takes me back to my teens and Martyn Simpson, to the days before models were available and had to be made. People who drum to their own beat are true heroes to be celebrated! Needs more Russians though.
I did manage a few NQM games, particularly the Operation Herkules Crete Game. The evolved pin-and-die markers worked well, with players having no trouble understanding that one pin moved from green to amber to red before removing the base and replacing it with a permanent casualty. Blue-tacking the dice onto the stands eliminated the previous problem of losing dice, or just having them end up showing the wrong number, with nobody being able to remember which the correct one was. I’m still working to eliminate the need for dice on bases at all.
My attempts to keep my troops from scattering like marbles off into other boxes showed some success this year with colours and box numbers. They are still lagging behind the times of course, with troops alternating between three different orbats and two different theatres of war (The Eastern Front, and The Mediterranean).
This time a real year ago, VALUYKI Falls! January 1943 we were in the depths of winter. It is now the start of the summer campaigning season, with a big Soviet offensive imminent. YELETS is just the start.
2019 saw the big NQM² (NQM with squares) project. It was successful, as games with squares go, and players like the tidiness of it, but my own tastes run to scrappier untidy games. so I plan to push the campaign forward with more solo gaming, to which local players are invited. I will post dates on the Monday Night Facebook Group. Future projects include Not Quite Stalingrad. I ran it once in the late ’90s pre-blog, but everyone³ likes Stalingrad and Kursk, so I fancy doing it again. That will keep me quite busy enough for 2020. A pet project on slow burn is still the fall of Singapore. I retire in 6 years time so the pace should pick up after that.
I keep trying to like tactical games, but the Group format of us all playing one game with an umpire means that I usually end up with a simple objective of advancing into a firefight decided on a couple of die rolls, then I have to leave before the 3 hour game finishes at 11. Not the putter-on of the game’s fault, but I can’t put in a full day’s work having gone to bed at midnight or one the day before any more. Two hour games are my limit on a workday evening, which is why I am, working hard to like DBA, and why classic AK47 is so good.
I’m tempted to do some ImagiNationary wargaming somewhere in China or Africa, in an alternative world, where WWII never happened because Herr Schicklegrüber and his chums were laughed out of the ballot box. Europe fought out a proxy war in Asia and or Africa against a Soviet vs Japanese proxy conflict with Europe backing different sides at different times, and a neutral America selling to the highest bidders. It gives me an excuse to do some free-range as well as historical Far-Eastern wargaming.
Finally, I continue to work incrementally on units as the fancy takes me. Apologies if you follow by email and get a flurry of them at this time of year. I keep updating pages as I add to units or reorganise them.
- “Chris! You missed a good lecture last night on last year’s rate of major and minor lower limb amputations in the Trust, and how early vascular intervention is reducing the rate.” (A real example of one that I didn’t miss, in case any one-legged wargamers in Northamptonshire are reading this with concern).
- Likewise, if you are showing my blog and I haven’t reciprocated, humble apologies, and please let me know so that I can rectify my error.
- They might not be fans In the Night Garden.