Friday, October 7, 2022
Third Quarter 2022 Update: How's the Plan (what plan?) going?
Rare photo of the Colonel on the Frontier.
Note: 3rd Quarter updates in Bold.
Well we had some unexpected setbacks - some happy and some sad. If you remember the 1st Quarter was almost a complete bust but I gained some momentum in the 2nd Quarter.
So what happened in the 3rd Quarter? How did it go?
1. Well I had the disease that rhymes with dancer. After the surgeon removed a big chunk out of my left leg, I did have fun coming up with a reason for the missing flesh and cool scare: I got it fighting space ninjas. That's my story and I'm sticking with it. (BTW I am dancer free.)
2. Three funerals and a wedding that involved some long range traveling. I know it sounds like a movie title but time does pass on and I'm grateful that those who died are in the arms of Christ.
Here is the plan I developed for 2021:
But first - I forgot that Blood & Steel from Firelock Games was scheduled to be published.
My contribution looks more impressive than it actually was!
1. Continue to make my hobby self-sustaining as much as possible with eBay sales, commissions and the blog. By the way, if you are interested in having figures painted, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Scottish Units for the English Civil War. Nothing like already having unpainted figures to encourage you to save money - especially when you really want to paint them! My goal is to:
a. Paint one to two Regiments of Foot. The actual number of regiments will depend on some conversions I need to due for musketeers as I have plenty of pike.
b. Two units of Horse/Mounted Dragoons. No dismounted dragoons yet!
c. One big honking cannon - pretty sure it's a Saker from Warlord Games but I'm too lazy to go up to the War Room and look right now.
The Scots will be painted later in the year (I hope! I really hope! Well maybe not)
Where is my cavalry?
This one is iffy. Now I don't want to talk politics because this is a fun blog on Toy Soldies, but I wrote down my predictions in December about fuel prices, etc.; and not we do have high inflation and a recession in The United States. Time will tell whether the Russians will get their reinforcements. Plus I have been putting more effort, and some changes, into the Army of the Raj and Afghan tribal infantry.
"Where are my fellow Sowars?"
4. The British Indian Army.
a. One unit of Sikh Cavalry (The 3rd Bombay Light Cavalry). Complete!
The 3rd Bombay Light Cavalry mounted with the alternative basing method for The Men Who Would be Kings.
b. One unit of Bengal Lancers. Complete!
c. One unit of Gurkhas. (Ministry of Finance) Not yet purchased and will probably be delayed due to the current economic situation.
d. A British Political Officer in Native Dress. How can you have the Great Game without a Political Officer? I'm planning on using a figure from the Perry Miniatures Hard Plastic Afghan Tribesman box. Done!
Not only did I do a Political Officer in Native Dress, but I did the fictional character Mahbub Ali "The Red Beard" from the classic novel Kim, by Rudyard Kipling.
Colonel Sir Robert Warburton, KCIE, CSI
Mahbub Ali, "The Red Beard"
In addition I did two more characters in the 3rd Quarter from the novel Kim:
e. Remember that deal from eBay in 2nd Quarter? The Guides Infantry and the 20th (Punjab) Regiment have joined the British Indian Army:
Two units of 16 figures each of Perry Miniatures hard plastic Tribal Infantry
b. Anything else will depend on tribute . . . err . . . subsidies from the British Raj or Imperial Russia.
Making progress on my tribesman . . . but there is a change of plans. After doing more research I'm going to do three units of 12 "shooters" and 2 units of 16 figures for the more melee focused troops. The first 16 figure unit is done, one of the units of "shooters" and 1/2 of a unit of shooters. I also coverted a Brigade Games figure that I had for one of the numerous Mad Mullahs and did a Victorian Sci-Fi Pashtun leader using some additional bits. In addition I purchased one more box of Tribal Infantry. I also added the Afghan BFG!
The Mad Mullah: Sartor Faqir!
First six figures of the second Irregular Infantry.
6. French and Indian War. Did someone mention I'm a Daniel Mersey fan. Continuing on with the French and Indian War using Rebels and Patriots. (Paid Link)
a. Finish one more unit of Native Skirmishers. Complete!
One unit of French Regulars. I'm estimating there will not be enough time.
One unit of British Regulars or Colonial Regulars/Militia. As above.
7. Elite Heavy Elf Infantry for Dragon Rampant: This is a carryover from last year and won't take too long to finish these old GW Warhammer Elf Infantry. Complete!
I rebased Conan.
a. Update my Adventuring Company's to the 2nd Edition. In Progress! Slowly but surely.
The fools THINK they won. BWAH HAH HAH!!!
c. Do some odds and ends that will be needed for the campaign; you know - unexpected surprises! And here they are:
a. Paint the roof of the mill and some other parts! I spent some time in New England visiting Honorable Son #1 (The Librarian) and his Beautiful Bride (The Doctor) plus Honorable Son #3 (The Engineer) and his Beautiful Bride (The Social Warrior) and was able to take a look at some real mills in the area. And some other areas of interest - but that is for another post.
I finished painting the mill but need to take some pictures!
b. Put together an MDF Tavern that was given to me by Honorable Son #2 (The Captain) and his Beautiful Bride (The Lawyer). Looking forward to putting this together and using it on the tabletop. I still need to put it together.
c. Scratch build a frontier fort. It's coming.
a. English Civil War.
b. The Anglo-Russian War and the NW Frontier.
c. The French and Indian War.
d. The IHMN2 campaign (need to come up with a name of impending doom for the world).
11. Secret projects.
a. Getting back to my gaming roots. This will be the subject of a future post whether it is financed or not. (Ministry of Finance) Done! Back to mass battle Napoleonic's with WoFun Miniatures.
Converted Dutch Infantry into Frankfurt Infantry.
b. A board game/miniature project.
I'm estimating there will not be enough time ! I actually started this. Honorable Son #4 has the new version of Ogre and I'm painting miniatures for the game:
Ground Effect Vehicle (GEV): A fast lightly armored hovercraft.
New Project: Operation Heinlein! In anticipation of the release of Xenos Rampant, I'm test painting and thinking of what forces I want to build.
Hard plastic Space Marines (copyright Games Workshop requiring a Blood Oath and eternal loyalty to the Emperor) from Games Workshop (copyright Games Workshop requiring a Blood Oath and eternal loyalty to the Emperor) painted with Contrast Paints (copyright Games Workshop requiring a Blood Oath and eternal loyalty to the Emperor) with silly names so you can't remember what color to use which is why I keep a journal.
Hard plastic Rebel Soldiers from Star Wars Legion by Fantasy Flight Games. I really like this figure range.
Three months to go!
Labels: British Colonial Forces, Colonial Gaming, Dragon Rampant, Games Workshop, Har, Northwest Frontier, Perry Miniatures, Rebels and Patriots, Star Wars: Legion, The Men Who Would be Kings, Xeno Rampant
I'm a retired Colonel of Infantry (Regulars by God!) and Military Historian who likes to play with toy soldiers. I've been married to the love of my life since 1986, I have 5 honorable sons (my geeks in training), 3 daughters-in-law, 2 dogs, and a gazillion miniatures. Hobbies include . . . wait for it . . . Toy Soldiers, Reading, Wargaming, Reading about Toy Soldiers, History, Reading about Wargaming, Gardening, Reading about History and Reading.