26 July 2016

The Joy of Six

Six Millimeter, that is!

Whilst journeying through Great Britain the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to attend the Joy of Six gaming show in Sheffield. It was a nice little show, with several interesting demo games, and a good set of vendors, including Baccus, Brigade, and Heroics and Ros.

The most interesting games I saw were a Star Wars game using X-Wing rules for ground combat (an assault on Hoth with truly awesome AT-ATs), and SAGA being played with bases of 6mm figures in place of the single 28mm standard. As far as I could see, there were no other rules changes, though I didn't play in it. It did make it seem more like warbands than the dozen or so figures involved in a standard game of SAGA.

I purchased some figures of Victorian interest from Baccus while there, principally a set of Imperial French for Franco-Prussian Wars. Or, as the case may have it, for my own use as a Legion Extraterrestriale, the extra-solarian forces of La Belle France. I also picked up some Mahdists for use as Martians and some more British for use as, well, British.

I will, of course, get those painted straight away... I figure you will get to see photos sometime around 2021 at the current rate of production. I really need to get some brush time in.

29 June 2016

Another Victorian Wargamer

Shed Wars: The Colonial Wars - Zulu Part 1: Having recently completed my English Civil War project and loving the image of big battles with 28mm figures I am going to kick off another ...

30 May 2016

Absent Friends

In Memoriam:

Major Nathan W. Anderson '02, USMC
Captain Ernesto M. Blanco '98, Army
Second Lieutenant Peter Burks '03, Army
Lieutenant Colonel Doctor David E. Cabrera '92, Army
Major Shawn M. Campbell '01, USMC
Captain Todd Tyler Christmas '00, Army
Lieutenant Colonel Todd Clark '94, Army
Second Lieutenant Zachary R. Cook '08, Army
First Lieutenant Timothy Cunningham '04, Army
Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Don Dickerson '92, Army
Captain Brenton Dodgen '09, Army
Specialist William Edwards '06, Army
Specialist Daniel Gomez '08, Army
Captain Lyle Gordon '97, USMC
Sergeant First Class Merideth Howard '76, Army
First Lieutenant Doyle M. Hufstedler III '01, Army
Airman First Class James Adam Lassiter '08, USAF
First Lieutenant Laterron Lee '12, USMC
Captain Dario Lorenzetti '92, Army
Captain Sean Edward Lyerly '98, Texas National Guard
Sergeant William Meeuswen '03, Army
First Lieutenant Jeremy Ray '04, Army
First Lieutenant Jonathon Rozier '01, Army
Captain Blake Russell '98, Army
Chief Warrant Officer Richard Salter '85, Army
First Lieutenant Ryan Sanders '01, Army
Captain Sean Patrick Sims '94, Army
Staff Sergeant Christopher N. Staats '01, Texas National Guard
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Stratton '91, USAF
Lieutenant Colonel Roy Lin Tisdale '92, Army
First Lieutenant Matthew R. Vandergrift '03, USMC
Staff Sergeant Jason Scott Wallace '09, USAF
Corporal Christopher West '04, Army
Sergeant Graham Woody '08, Army
Major Matthew Worrell '94, Army
Lance Corporal Luke Yepsen '08, USMC

30 April 2016

Today is Camerone Day

   Today is Camerone Day, the anniversary of the Battle of Camerone. On this day in 1863, three officers and sixty-two men of the French Foreign Legion exemplified stoic determination in the face of overwhelming odds.

   Surrounded by as many as two thousand Mexican troops, the Legionnaires under Captain Jean Danjou made a stand in an old hacienda. When called up on to surrender, Captain Danjou replied, "We have munitions. We will not surrender." In the ensuing battle, nearly all of the Legionnaires, including Captain Danjou, were killed. When the last five unwounded men ran out of ammunition, under the command of Lieutenant Maudet, they loaded their last round, fixed bayonets, and charged the enemy.

   Inevitably, they were surrounded and captured (although not without a fight). The last remaining NCO, Corporal Maine, insisted that the wounded be treated, the survivors be sent with their arms back to France, and that the body of Captain Danjou be escorted for a proper military burial. The Mexican commander, a Colonel Milan, reportedly said "Que podrĂ© negar a cierto hombres? No, estos no son hombres, son demonios." (What can I refuse to such men? No, these are not men, they are devils.)

23 April 2016

Back to the UK this summer!


My family and I will be returning to the UK again this summer. Booked airfare last night. Our itnerary is less focused than usual, as yet.

We will be in London on July 11-12. My son has a tour of a college campus (University of East London) that he is interested in attending.

We will be in Edinburgh from the 13-17 July. After that, Momma heads back to the US and the boys and I go... somewhere. Considering a day or two in Weymouth again, as it was lovely, and I'd like to see the Goddards again and stay in that lovely little hotel from last time. The owners were wonderful.

Also considering a visit to northern cities. Any suggestions?

Finally, I would love to meet any gamers in the areas in which we visit. Just give a shout!