For the past several years, the HAWKs have been putting together painted armies, running games for kids at Historicon, and giving the painted armies away to the kids (ten and under). The first year we gave away AWI armies. In other years we’ve given away Seven Years War, Napoleonic, and Civil War armies. This year we will actually run two games and give away two sets of armies. The first is 40mm ACW, and we are getting a lot of help on that project from generous volunteers. The second is 20mm WWII (US vs. Germans). In November the HAWKs are going to have their first painting day, so in preparation, I glued the US forces to popsicle sticks and sprayed them khaki. The picture above shows most, but not all, of the US figures.
Usually a year or two ahead of rule development I start painting figures and building terrain so that when we start to work on the rules, we have something with which to play test.
The vehicle in the foreground is a 10mm science fiction vehicle for scale. I recycled some packing material. One held a replacement GFE outlet, and the other held a bottle of some sort of goopy stuff I got from my wife. After painting them, I made some of the windows and doors in PowerPoint and printed them on label paper to stick on the buildings.
Rob Dean has been running Not Quite Seven Years War games in 54mm with home-cast figures for years. A little over a year ago, Chris Palmer got the idea of doing it in 10mm with some variant of the Look, Sarge, No Charts rules. As I had the day off today, I finished several units.
In a previous post I described how the country of Bergdorfreuthenheim has 21 infantry regiments and that the facing colors rotate in a seven-color sequence. I completed 8 regiments of line infantry (for a goal of 9, since I had completed one some months ago). I also complete a grenadier regiment.
Before I paint any more infantry, I think I’ll paint a few regiments of light cavalry. I’ll add that to my purchase list for Fall In next month.
I have often said that much of the Warhammer 40K stuff looks more Victorian Science Fiction than “hard core” science fiction. I have a few Warhammer vehicles that I have added some smokestacks and other bits to make into vehicles for GASLIGHT. I have a hard time investing $50 for a single, unpainted model, but I found this one at the flea marker during our recent gaming day (Barrage).
I enjoyed putting together the kit and sprayed it black in its major assemblies. I painted it separately and then assembled it. I think it turned out nicely. I’m not sure when it will make it on the table, but I’m anxious to see how it fares in its first combat.