Sunday, May 6, 2012

glacial gaming...

Not much gaming going on in my life. I've started rebasing some Wargames Factory Ceasarian Romans, bought some Numidian cavalry to augment them and some plastic Celtic cavalry to add to their opponents. To be honest, though, my inspiration has been seeping away.

I was tickled, however, when I found a toy cannon in a local antique shop. I'm guessing it's from the 1970s--maybe a gift shop item from Colonial Williamsburg or Jamestown or something along those lines. I think it will work well with my English Civil War 54mm figures. It's cast in some nondescript, copper-color metal and has black plastic wheels an inch and a quarter in diameter. The trail is split and functions for elevating the aim. The gun is missing the elevation pin but that's an easy fix. Interestingly, it is spring loaded. Pull back on the plastic loop at the breech end and 'let 'er rip!' The spring's not powerful enough to knock down figures, though, so I won't be doing any ECW Little Wars. Still, it's a nice little addition.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

my familia gladitoria...

Some projects never end. I have a collection of 25mm gladiators which are pretty much finished. But for some reason when I started gaming with 54mm figures I really wanted some big-fig gladiators. Of course, that was years ago.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Splendid Little Warriors...

One thing about having your toys packed away... you catch up on stuff. I did a little bit of verbal tweaking and formatting for my simple Spanish American War rules "Splendid Little Warriors." My goal for these rules was for a simple, fast play game appropriate for a fairly large number of players. They worked well for my 54mm las Guasimas Lite game.

You can download the rules here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oceanus Strategoi updated...

Well, I've moved and all my gaming stuff sits in storage. Nigh well inaccessible for now. But that's given me some time to get back to thinking about rules and rules writing. I recently saw my old ancient naval rules mentioned on The Miniatures Page and, upon seeing if they were still on my old site, I realized that I'd never finished uploading them! Since the old HTML format really wasn't all that user friendly I reformatted them as a *.PDF, made some clarifications, and included the ship charts, player aid sheet and a couple of other helpful tools.

This is probably one of the first sets of rules I wrote. The mechanics are pretty conventional but I think they hold up well.

You can download them from here.