Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The War Game Companion

Published by Ken Trotman Publishing 2008

Pages 86

I have finished reading Charles S Grant’s book, “The War Gaming Companion” and I must say what a great read it was. The book is a sequel to “The War game” which was first published in 1971 and although it is a reprint of this book, there has been some new additions to this book.

This time round the book has unpublished articles, letters and campaign accounts plus a quick gaming set of rules.

I must admit that I thought, like many of the other well known war gamers in this world that Charles would stick to historical battles. But no, Charles first started off with his dad in the American Civil War and then moved off to mid-eighteenth Century where they made fictitious countries, armies and campaigns. The book gives you reports about the counties and some of their battles. Most of the pictures are in black and white but there is a section where we do have some colour plates.

In other sections of the book we have how to make cheap simple terrain for the table and how to start a war game campaign. There are also some Table top teasers for you to try out and how to write your own table top teasers. This is a book that you should not be without.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Progress on Horse Grenadiers

Well I have at last taken up painting again after what seems a very long break.
I am not pleased with myself on the progress on these as they should have been finished ages ago, but I have been going bits and pieces over the last couple of months.

Back in February I started to paint this regiment which I was hoping to finish by Easter. Well by the end of March I had completed the first two batches of horses (16) but I was in a bit of a ponder about the troopers uniform. After quite some time I had made up my mind on how I was going to paint these fine cavalry regiment.

To date I have finished all of the 24 horses and near the end to the first batch of troopers while the second batch is now up and running. I hope now to get these done by Christmas or sooner.