Game and Painting Projects for the next few months…

During lockdown I’ve had a bit of a think about what I want to work on as I’ve got loads of half- finished projects lying around. So I wrote a list…

… and found it was a bit longer than anticipated. Still it should keep me focussed and get the backlog of unpainted bits cleared quicker than I have been doing. This is what I either have on order or have in the shed in varying levels of pre paint preparation. One of my new drives is to get forces in both 6mm and 20mm so I can do a campaign where games can be run at different levels, I started doing this with printing out the two different sized watch towers. I’ll start with my Cold War forces first before moving back to Vietnam then World War Two and before.

6mm:

Helicopters and Rules: During a bout of insomnia I wrote some helicopter rules for gunships versus tanks in the cold war. I’ve a few helicopters and suitable ground targets to paint up so I can begin testing the rules.

Cold War US: Got enough to do several 5core: Brigade Commander battalions of Cold War Americans with M60 tanks and M113 APCs.

Early Cold War Brits and Soviets: As I have these in 20mm I’ve got a few useful bits spare that I can make a start with in 6mm.

African: This will be based around the later 80s battles with the SADF 61 Mechanized Battalion.

Afghanistan: So much of my Soviet stuff will cross over here that it should be fairly easy to pull some extra Taliban stuff together. Will look at basing for both 5core: Company Commander and Hind and Seek as the 6mm infantry is so cheap. Vehicles will be good for both.

Riverine stuff: Based on a magazine article I read and my interest in Colombian military history from playing Andean Abyss I’m considering getting a few bits for 1990s South American brown Water Navy games.

20mm:

Winter Brits: I’ve wanted some Brits for ages and as several of my gaming friends already have Summer infantry, I went for a platoon’s worth in the winter issue windproofs for the very end of the war. I may even do some in all white too. Some Brit vehicles in winter whitewash could look good too. I’ll also do some Bren Carriers for them as they always strike me as a quintessential British WW2 vehicle.

Winter War Finns and Soviets: I’ve had some bits of winter Finns lying about the shed for ages, but I finally ordered enough for a game and some Soviets to oppose them. There is a Skirmish Campaigns scenario book available, so I’ll concentrate on building forces to play through those games.

Crossfire/ Megablitz based WW2: Having played a bit of Crossfire at the historicals club I decided that it was time I got my own suitable based forces for the game. To keep things flexible, I’ll arrange things so that I’ll be able to use them in other games such as Megablitz. I dug out some old plastic figures and made up a Soviet and Hungarian force- they just need painting now.

Boer War: A random buy of a box of rather nice plastic figures started this project. I think I’ve got some Boers in the shed too that I can add in.

Cold War US: I’ve already got the vehicles done so I’ve got a platoon of infantry based and undercoated to go with by two scale Cold War project.

IDF vehicles: I’ve got the infantry done and I’ve found some nice 3d files so this will be a job for the printer. Be a big cost saving printing these out given the price of Israeli Army vehicles these days.

28mm:

Necromunda: Apart from the lovely new Van Saar models that have been released that I’ll be getting for my main gang I’ll just concentrate on getting the Goliath, Delaque and extras I’ve had in the shed for ages painted.

40k: Finish Death Guard Army, continue Chaos Space Marines (I have some Alpha Legion on the painting tray at the moment), Start Ad Mech force I need some opposition, right? Will start with a Kill Team sized force then expand out from there.

Cyberpunk: As a child of the later 80s/ early 90s Cyberpunk was my favourite science fiction sub- genre and now the new TTRPG is out I’ll revisit this. Also, there are some nice new skirmish games out there for table- top battles. Any scenery needed will be 3d- printed, I think.

Zone Alpha: I’ve been really quite taken with this little ruleset. It is the sort of narrative driven skirmish wargaming that I enjoy so much as well as having a great aesthetic too. I’ve got a few bits for this in both 28mm as well as lots suitable in 20mm. The Copplestone Future War partisans are next on the painting table so watch out for those soon.

My small-scale air war and naval haven’t made this list as they are all pretty much done. So really this represents less what I’ll be playing and more what I’ll be painting. Given that games are relatively few and far between painting is what I tend to do most of at the moment. As much as I’ll try to keep to this list there will doubtless be something shiny to distract me- which these days is mostly finding an interesting file to print….

Cheers,

Pete.

30 comments on “Game and Painting Projects for the next few months…

  1. Luke says:

    Sounds like you’ll be busy, good luck on it all!

  2. Quite an interesting list there, Pete! 🙂 I’ll look forward to following your progress!

  3. atomicfloozy says:

    Ooh! Great minds must think alike. I started to do that, too, but stopped when the pile got as tall as I am (and I’m kinda’ tall by little old lady standards). In fact, I added to the pile thanks to you, I just purchased the newer Necromunda Escher gang. Best of luck on finishing some of those projects!

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks – I’ve got other bits squirrelled away but I’ll put them into long term storage for the time being. I really look forward to seeing what you do with the Escher gang- they are really nice miniatures.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

  4. redcaer1690 says:

    Wow! I thought I was being niche with Bactrian Greeks! Andean river line warfare! So many great ideas!
    Best
    Mike

  5. I’m going to hire you to project manage my life 🤣 nice one mate, some great plans there, look forward to seeing them come to fruition 👍

  6. Jenn says:

    That’s a long list of ‘stuff’ you’ve got going on.
    All the best in finishing it all off.

  7. That’s a loooiong bloody list haha but an interesting one for sure. Good luck Pete. I think if I wrote a list I’d feel a bit too overwhelmed haha but it’s not a bad idea.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks. I did trim it down as there was some conscious thought about what I did want to work on. I’ve got it printed out next to me to keep me from straying too far. Time will tell if it helps productivity or I find it too restrictive. Part of the reason for putting so much on it was to give me some options.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

  8. Good to see you wont be getting bored any time soon Pete. 🙂

  9. H ah, making and working through lists is almost a game in itself I find, strangely I wrote a list out myself the other day of the stuff I want to get done next year, wasn’t as long or daunting as your though!

    I have to say I’m particularly looking forward to the Copplestone figure, I do like Marks stuff immensely.

    Cheers Roger.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      I think this list will keep me going for at least a year. As long as I don’t get side tracked and can finish things from it I’ll be happy. That and reduce some of my undercoated but no further figures too.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

  10. Wudugast says:

    That’s a hell of a list, should keep you out of trouble for a bit though! I’ve tried writing out a list of all my projects from time to time, generally makes me feel a bit overwhelmed, but it’s good for the discipline if you can keep to it.

  11. davekay says:

    That’s a big list Pete, should keep you busy for a while! I have to confess, I use a spreadsheet to track my various models and projects.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Spreadsheets … never really got to grips with them as much as I should. Is it just for complete things or wips too?

      Cheers,

      Pete.

      • davekay says:

        I keep a count of models (divided across projects and types), and then a count of what is done. So for examples I might have 40 models in a group and I have completed 24. That then all adds up to a total count so I know that I currently have 1,929 models painted out of 2,377.
        In fairness, sometimes ignorance is bliss 🙂

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        I know what you mean there sometimes.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

  12. That’s quite the list! Good luck tackling it!

  13. Love a good list as a plan is one of the best available tools for success. Plus, it’s a tool and not a straitjacket so it can be modified. Pete I like the breadth of what you’re working on and I look forward to following your progress. I do use spreadsheets when building armies as it helps me keep stuff straight as to what I have undone and what needs to be done.

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