It’s nearly three weeks since the keyhole robotic surgery to remove my cancerous prostate. I am recovering well, but still have dressings over about half of the seven wounds because they coincide with my trousers waistband and tend to iritate. I am still mildly incontinent. I need to wear pads to catch the inadvertant leakages.
On the wargaming front I am managing about 30 minutes per day on the long-running Battle of Brighton 1940 in the shed before the cold drives me back indoors. Indoors we have painters and decorators all over the house refurbishing after the July fire, and I am confined with the dog to the living room.
So I am spending my time catching up on several long-outstanding wargame campaign projects that have fallen by the wayside.
I have bought and painted five 1902 pre-dreadnoughts for my “Diplomacy Plus” campaign that is currently awaiting a Russo-Turkish naval battle off Sevastopol in September 1902. The ships are replacement game tokens for “Axis and Allies 1914”. I also drafted the battle rules, based on “Axis and Allies naval” concepts. This is the first naval engagement of the campaign.
Strange that in real life the blue on the bases is very similar to the blue of the cloth. Bases are 40mm x 60mm.
Today I have been sorting and basing some old 2mm figures for the next battle in my early 1700 campaign. France is attacking England in the Palatinate (sounds painful!). Again, draft rules are prepared and await testing in this battle. Most of the previous battles have been fought in 6mm.
Eventually I want my 2mm armies to be on a 1:1 figure:man ratio, but for the time being I am using approximately 1:3. The photo’ shows a 1:1 squadron of heavy cavalry in line, in column and in rout. All awaiting (re)painting.
The bases are 5cm wide, with the intention of using a 6cm hexagon grid for the battles. Each base has 48-50 “men”, except the routers who are 25 to a base. At the top right of the picture is a half-troop (24 men) in column of threes for road movement.
I have also been reviewing my budget for next year and will have to restrict my wargame spending. No more impulse purchases! If the monthly budget is spent I will write the purchase order and leave it in the in-tray until I have money to spare. Around 1/4 of my annual wargaming budget will be spent on attending the Donald Featherstone Anniversary battle in March.
I wish you all a very happy Christmas/secular holiday season and a successful 2018.