ACW - Quite a good month for ACW. The Kallistra dismounted Union cavalry blister pack has been primed, painted and based. As with all Kallistra ACW packs, you get 4 plastic bases, which for infantry usually means the 32 figures give you 8 figures per base. However for these troops I wanted a skirmish look and for them to look different from standard line formations, so I have used another 2 bases to give 6 bases with just 5 figures per base. This also means that the blister gives three dismounted units in total. I have also taken the second half of a blister pack of unpainted confederate infantry (16 figures) from the lead pile, enough to make a two base regiment and they got painted and based. Remaining blisters in the ACW lead pile are 1 x Confederate cavalry (16 figs), 1 x limber, 1 x Confederate artillery (4 guns) and 1 x Union artillery (4 guns).
ACW hex rules - Having completed a Beta version, I felt the result a little disjointed and not intuitive enough. Some streamlining has been done and a couple of new ideas added, in particular adding disorder and linking this to the game clock. These are fun rules rather than a simulation, but I would still like to feel they give a period feel, so I have started reading (and taking notes from) the rather wonderful 'BATTLE in the Civil War' booklet by Paddy Griffith, which gives a close look at battlefield tactics, just to make sure that my rules have not got anything obviously silly in them (see photo insert).
AWI - Blissfully sleeping
Napoleonic 1809 - Blissfully sleeping
1066 - To get this started, I cracked open a blister of Norman heavy infantry (spear) Kallistra 12mm figures. The 32 figures give 4 bases, so two units of 16 figures. Since the bulk of each figure has chainmail, they make for a relatively fast paint, except that painting small shields is not my thing and I kept having to go back into them. So a painting bonus by making a start on this side project. I have 6 other Norman Blister packs in the lead pile.
WWII - Three new 10mm Pendraken vehicle types have been added to my forces. A German Brumbar and the rather wonderful looking Hetzer, plus a couple of Soviet BA-64 armoured cars. The (free) Tigers at Minsk rules had an optional rule added last year to reflect some of the ambush characteristics of the Hetzer, just to bring a bit of flavour at the tactical level. The base on the Hetzer has been extended forward to protect that rather vulnerable fixed gun ...... as I am bound to drop it at some point! (I have put a photo up over on the Painting Table page).
Terrain - Not much on the terrain front. I now have enough Kallistra sloped hexes to give me a ridge line of either 8 or 10 hexes wide for a Hastings representation and I have ordered and received a few more resin items from Battlescale (a Russian cottage, another town house ruin and their rather nice 10mm bridge, which at a 120mm span looks be a very nice and natural fit with my 100mm / 4" Kallistra hex terrain.)