Thursday, June 19, 2008
Big-Fig Battle Day finally arrives. I must confess... I've had a decadent wargame weekend. On Saturday I participated in a Zulu vs. British game. On Sunday we play-tested Quindia Studio's 'Victory Without Quarter' ECW rules. Both days were exquistly fun. And, now that I think about it, both games were played with plastic figures. The colonials and Zulus in 20mm, the ECW in 54mm. Hmmm... perhaps I'm overcoming my long standing prejuduce against plastic wargaming. As much fun as the Zulu game was, I was really looking forward to seeing the big-figs in action. I dragged my 4x8 sectional wargaming table out of the basement and overlaid the dining room table a full two days before the game. My wife was quite indulgent with me, bless her heart. This was the first game I've hosted in over five years.
In a previous post I mentioned picking up some artillery pieces at the Columbus Toy Soldier show. Cool stuff. It was a pleasure painting them, no eyes, no belts, no draped fabric to shade. Just hardware. Wood, bronze and iron. I had previously slapped some paint on a BMC American Revolution cannon but hadn't bothered to finish it. But once I got some paint on the other three gunnes, I had to do some detailing on the little BMC.
Bravo! I've been told that Michigan Toy Soldier Company provides excellent service. My first experience with them supports that. I recently ordered some more ECW figures from them and when I received the stuff it wasn't quite what I wanted. I had mixed up a product number and they had forgotten to give me an advertised discount. I was a bit disappointed and dropped them an email suggesting that they send me the box of figures that I really wanted in lieu of the discount. All in all, given the size of the order I thought this would work out to their advantage financially, though it would be a close call once shipping was added in. But to be honest I was expecting a reply of "Nope. Sorry. Tough luck." That was on Sunday. On Tuesday I got a reply: "Sure, sorry about that." Wednesday morning I got the figures. Wednesday night I got a notification that they had been shipped. Now that's what I call customer service. During their busy Christmas season they took the time out to make my first order a good experience. Thanks, MTSC!
I do not believe my wife reads this blog. Nevertheless, I'm sure that somewhere between the basement (where I photograph my figures) and the upstairs study (where I post to the blog) I must have mentioned, in passing, once or twice, how much I despise her digital camera. And so this year for Christmas she gave me a Nikon CoolPix P5100. Within 30 minutes of unwrapping the gift I was snapping these photos of the latest figures. These are the first two pictures I took.
Fairly often when searching the web for information on the 'A Call to Arms' English Civil War figures you'll come across a statement along the lines of 'Yes, the figures are nice, but there are no cavalry available.' Not true! The company makes two sets of 17th century cavalry figures.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
The second regiment has been completed. While this is, ostensbily, a green regiment, it might be difficult to tell from their uniforms. The color that most catches the eye is the yellow of the buff coats on both the pikemen and the at-attention musketeers. This is obviously a well drilled unit... except for those musketeers on the right. Once again the physical size of the unit impresses me. And, once again, I'm concerned about the table size I'll need in order to play a game with these figures. In fact, I've found myself looking at a lot of 6mm and 10mm figures lately. Though I'll stick to 54mm for the ECW stuff, I may try War of Spanish Succession, SYW or even Napoleonics in a much, much smaller scale.