Friday, August 28, 2020

The War Gaming Bucket List

 Come on, we all have one.

What war gaming period have you always looked at with half an eye and thought to yourself: one day..! 

Always the war gaming butterfly, I have several.

The American Revolution. Caveat - it must be with Stadden 30mm figures. I have always been drawn to the American Revolution because of the Stadden range. I weakened about a year back after spotting some of them here and bought all the named characters (Washinton, Howe and all the others) and some of the British Light Dragoons. I could stop there perhaps, but would keep on looking at the British Grenadiers, and if I have those then I would need some Continentals who would be gorgeous in blue and buff.

Next would have to be what I really only loosely would term "The Great War in Africa". Loosely as it covers the Lettow-Vorbeck adventure, but because there are so many lovely add-ons that you can throw in. Armed sailors in the Rufiji Delta. Germans defending Tsingtao. Australian naval types mopping up German colonial possessions in the Pacific. TE Lawrence doing his thing against the Hijaz railway. I could go on. In effect this is all late stage colonial war gaming with a touch of VSF thrown in in the shape of gunboats, armored cars and biplanes. There is a Heart of Darkness element if you consider the British Naval Expedition to the great African Lakes. All are epic stories in their ow right and together are almost too much to take in. Indeed, I am almost paralysed with indecision.

The Great War more generally. I've always been interested in the early war battle of movement - always so much more interesting than the dreary slog of most of the war. Likewise the later battles of the war when allied armor was able to be used after the last great German offensives of 1918. 

And then there is always the war in the air... Something where the players have a roster of pilots available with each his own abilities and a natty 1/72 scale aircraft. Each side gets a squadron of  fighters and some specials per mission.

Finally there is the clash of coastal forces as so ably done by Warlord with their fine "Cruel Seas" range. Splendid models, a well supported range and fun looking rules. All I have to do is commit.


Dan Foley said...

Thirty Years War would be my number one on this list. Then something from China but there are so many eras there that it's tough to narrow it down.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Now you've done it! Were time and money limitless, there are three, or maybe four areas in which I'd build armies: 1) Finally finish that corps-level 15-18mm Waterloo Campaign project begun in the winter of 1984, which finally petered out about 2003; 2) A motley imaginary 30mm collection of early to mid-19th century uniforms and headgear and organized according to Charge! using those Classic soldiers sculpted by Aly Morrison and sold by Peter Johnstone of Spencer Smith Miniatures. Regency and Albert shakos, bearskins, early (high) picklehauben, bearskins, kepis, the whole shebang; 3) Corps-level 5-6mm forces for Tanneberg 1914; 4) Enough painted 25-30mm mid-19th century forces (and the time) to fight most of Charles Grants tabletop teasers and other scenarios presented in his scenario books from the 80s and 90s. Of the four options, I might, just might opne day achieve #4. Maybe.

Best Regards,


Neil Patterson said...

Both of your featured periods are on my "to do " (or perhaps more realistically "will I ever do") list.

GW in Africa driven by Lettow von Vorbeck, German askaris and the wonderful Copplestone figures.....

American Revolution...I've always wanted to recreate the Richard Scollins illustrations of Guildford Courthouse as they appeared in Military Modelling.
Unshaven, tattered, mud-spattered specimens of soldiers....
I know later research contradicts some of it (such as the Guards), but I'd still like to recreate the look.
The Southern campaign is frankly the only bit I'm interested in, Cornwallis, Greene, Tarleton and Sumpter.
I've toyed with the idea of Perry's plastics; memories of when I was a military modeller and would drool over the work of John Sanders and later Bill Horan and Airfix multi-part figures but I'm also drawn to the 40mm Sash and Sabre...

Ross Mac said...

This why I've dabbled in so many things and 'finished' so few but the upside is that I've dabbled, painted and gamed all of the score or so on my wish list and crossed others off when too much reading on the topic spoiled my desire. What's left are the hardcore interests going back decades.

Stryker said...

It has to be the Crimean War for me but I'd want to do it in 20mm and unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) nobody makes a comprehensive range!
I do also like the idea of the early Great War, perhaps with Airfix...

Bloggerator said...

Oh Stryker, there are plenty of Strelets plastics to do the Crimean war with....


Bloggerator said...

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Archduke Piccolo said...

My 'bucket list' will probably involve finishing several campaigns (I have at least 5 I can think of, ongoing, but that have been suspended for month, if not years).

Stonewall in the Valley campaign - battle imminent;
Vales of Lyndhurst campaign (early 18th C);
Gatonegro War of Independence (early 19thC)- early actions so far;
Long Live the Revolution (mid 20th C);
Mesofluvian campaign (Late 19th C):
'The Wars of Sideon IV' (vaguely WW2 in a whole different world (Army Men project).

And several that are somewhere on the agenda but haven't really got off the ground:
'Retreat from Smolensk' Napoleonic campaign/ war;
'Benighted Aithiops' campaign (Late 19th C)
'Latin Wars' a sort of WW2 in Latin America war
'Austereia-Severeia' War (30YW);
... and a new one that has come to mind based (very loosely) on Bob Cordery's 1990s articles on his Balkan Wars matrix games.

No new projects among these: merely making use of projects ongoing.
The sticking point is to set up the games...
Archduke Piccolo.