After a couple of false starts, I'm determined to make this work. "Don't let TQ die" said a friend a few weeks ago; and as he was someone whose wargaming, and historical (and indeed more general) judgment I greatly value, I took notice. Also, I realised that switching off from the online hobby for a good while wasn't something that I'd enjoyed. It's an odd feeling to describe; I simultaneously felt that I had nothing of value to blog about, yet also knew that blogging about what I'd done would produce a useful sense of achievement. So I did nothing, and my overall sense of stasis led me to disengage from a lot of wargaming "social media" as well, unfortunately.
Anyway, I've not stopped painting and what I've done over the past couple of years falls into these categories:
- Warhammer 40K;
- Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago;
- Pirates (overlapping a bit with F:GA).
I haven't really posted about any of that. What I'm now painting, and what I'll concentrate on for the immediate future are:
- Napoleon's Campaign in Egypt;
- War of the Triple Alliance/Paraguayan War;
- First Carlist War;
- American Civil War.
Those are all Perry Miniatures ranges, other than the ACW, which is a mix of Perry and Dixon - my grand plan is 1861 (First Bull Run) in Perry and 1862 (Jackson's Valley campaign) in Dixon. We'll see how that goes. What I really want to do is get all the above periods into a shape where I can put on a game, even if only a small one. The First Carlist War is well on the way - I just need to paint a lot more Carlists. I started on the Paraguayan War almost seven years ago
and was thrilled when the Perry range came out at the beginning of the year. I now have 4 completed Paraguayan units and 1.5 Brazilian ones; I'm going to make sure I build up both sides together. I posted a flurry of ACW back in 2016 (here
); I have a growing number of Confederate units but no Feds as yet. I also never really posted about the Napoleon in Egypt figures that I was painting when my neglect of TQ began a couple of years ago, but I really enjoyed painting the figures and I like the setting. That seems a good place to start. AWI? Well yes, I'll paint some more of that from time to time.
I'll blog about the sci-fi and fantasy stuff from time to time, not least because, even with Lockdown, I find that I just don't have the time to paint as quickly as I used to. Also, I'm quite pleased with how some of those figures came out. Monty loves playing with his 40K Necrons; Hugo's a bit over his Space Marines, now that the Warhammer club at school has been stopped due to Covid-19; their father had a blast painting up an Imperial Guard force...
I have a fair bit of historical stuff going through the basing process, so there won't be a rush of posts; but this time they really are coming. In the meantime, here's a bit of Frostgrave: