Late Feb Update…

Thought I’d take this oppertunity, won’t get it again for 4 years, to do a little update.

Been really busy with a combination of illness and uni work. I have presented my first academic paper which went really well. Accordingly I’ve not had time to do any hobby based stuff, well at least not in terms of painting. Hence very little to show off on the blog. Most of my time is spent reading or on research. I’ve about 4 reams worth of printed out journal articles to go through- I’m just thankful that I’ve got a laser printer.

The promise of a Zone Alfa game on Monday has gotten me to pick up my paintbrush again so I should have something to show soon.

I’ve been getting a few games in here and there. A few board games and the next Necromunda campaign has just started so expect some battle reports soon.

I’m really enjoying the 3D printer- have it running most days while I try and get the hang of it and the settings. It is still seeming to be something of a dark art to me… I think I need to read up more on it.

 

That is all for now.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

 

Clausewitz’s library

Being book obsessed I do like a good article on other people’s books, not what they wrote themselves necessarily but what they own(ed).

 

Therefore when I found this article I was all over it…:

 

https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2018/8/6/clausewitzs-library-strategy-politics-and-poetry

 

Interesting stuff… plenty of leads to follopw up to get into the thinking of one of the more influential thinkers in military history.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

Update : The roaring 20s. . . ?

Firstly a Happy New Year to everyone. Also I hope you all had a good xmas holiday. Mine was very relaxed down in Kent at my partner’s Mum’s… that has been my big improvement of 2019 getting a wonder new partner.

This xmas the generosity of my presents from friends and family has been very humbling and has really been heartwarming.

In terms of hobby stuff the big item was a PLA Anycube 3D printer. I’ll post pictures of it once I’ve assembled it. It is not something I want to rush. I’ve loads I’m planning to do with it – a SF corridor set first I think as my first big project maybe some other SF terrain to get me started…

 

I also got loads of 40k stuff- my Death Guard Kill Team will be raised up to full army level. Additionally I got the box set of Imperialis Aeronautica so watch out for that too.

 

The other big thing for me in 2020 is that I’ll be starting my PhD- plan ‘D’ worked out so come March I’ll be at studying under Bath Spa University looking into Asymmetric warfare simulation models and their use in military training. Yup, a PhD in wargames. I’m really looking forward to it- I’m sure it will be lots of hardwork and some difficult times too though. Again watch this space as the game side of things will be blogged here too.

 

2019 saw lots of gaming but not as much megagaming- I think I was getting a bit burnt out with it tbh- will have to see what this year brings…

 

One last thing:

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Where has all the time gone? It didn’t seem that long ago I would roleplay this every week in my early teens in the 90s….

 

The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.“- William Gibson.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 year anniversary and an Update.

My WordPress app informed me today that it is my 8th year of running this blog so I thought it would be a suitable time for an update as things have been a bit quite round here.

 

Firstly I’m in a new relationship with a wonderful lady, a gamer too. Secondly it looks like PhD plan ‘D’ is coming to fruition (I don’t want to jinx anyything yet by giving out more details), more on that later hopefully.

 

I’ve been getting a bit of gaming in that will be featured on the blog in due course. Both my GF and I have really got into GW’s Kill Team recently, my adventures in 6mm continue and I managed to play a megagame this year after missing two in a row due to illness. The Necromunda campaign is continuing but I’ve got behind on my game write ups. All a case of watch this space.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

Gaming… be careful who you tell….

 

I’ve just got back from a rather good day’s gaming in Sheffield (I’ll blog on the two games I played later on) but whilst I was there I was made aware of this video:

 

Scary stuff in a way and it is terrible that his family’s health has suffered too.

Nonetheless it gotr me thinking about how open people are about their hobby. I know that in recent years ‘geek culture’ for want on a better term has increased in prominance and exceptance but it is still not something that I readily volunteer that much… Through my misspent 20s I still gamed but I hardly told anyone; I figured that very few people I met through my DJ-ing and writing in the goth/ industrial/ experimental scene would care and anyway other things could be discussed. Now that I have stepped back from that and most of my social circle consists of gamers I am obviously far more open about it. It did get me wondering how everyone else felt about it?

I’d be interested to hear your views….

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

Update… Feb 2019

 

I thought I’d do a quick post as something of an update…. Especially as I’ve not posted in 3 weeks.

 

Long story short the black dog has been visiting… nothing I can’t deal with as I’m used to his company these days but it has knocked my productivity a bit.

 

As some of you may or may not know I’ve been trying to get my history PhD up and running, I (thought I) had funding in place (for Plan B) to start in January but due to an admin balls up it got pulled. I’ve been working on a Plan C recently and I can see a way forward now so things are looking up.

 

As such I’ve not done a ‘plans for 2019’ style post. I guess I’ll just continue on as I have been, there is no new projects I want to start and lots to do with what I have got on the go. So keep watching the space.

 

Thanks for reading so far on what is a rather self- indulgent post….

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

The Great War: The French Expansion Kickstarter has arrived.

The Great War is a game inthe Command and Colours family by Richard Borg which I got into when it was first kickstartered (is that a verb now? I kickstarter, you kickstarter, we all kickstarter?) a few years ago. The Great war as a conflict can be tricky to game, especially the Western Front in its trench warfare phase; whilst low level games of trench raiding may work gaming the actual attacks across the no man’s land can be problematical.*

Richard Borg has made a very fun game that uses managing two hands of cards to allow you to ‘enjoy’ the frustrations of the war. It is very difficult to set up a good run of things, tanks break down all the time and you never have enough artillery but when you can coordinate everything it is very satisfying. As a result when the 3rd, French, expansion (based around the battle of Verdun, was announced I backed it straight away.

I picked it up from the Post Office on Saturday and got it opened up.

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The main box with the modest extras I got, I managed to restrain myself and not go overboard with buying everything this time.

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The back of the box telling you what you get.

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The contents- lots of scenarios, a full set of figures for the French and extras for the Germans and British.

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The figures again separated by type.

One nice feature is that this exapansion adds loads of specialists to the mix (spotters, officers, extra ammo carriers, flamethrowers… that kind of thing) as well as rules to add them into the previously published scenarios. By using a list to see how many to add into each game and then cross referencing a table to see what was available in each year of the war you have, for the first time, a personal choice in the make up of your force in a scenario.

Talking of scenarios: I’ve played this game at least 20 times now and am yet to repeat a game. Now with this expansion bringing the number of different scenarios up to 62 I reckon I’ve still got about a hundred game left at least before I repeat myself (I’m counting playing the same scenario from different sides as different games).

In other news, and featured here because she sat in the box the game expansion came in, I’d like to introduce my new cat: Ticker.

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I had been with out a pet for a couple of years after my last cat Mickey (huge b&w Tom) had to be euthanised after developing tumours and was waiting until a cat needed a home came along. Ticker was the cat of a friend of a friend of my Mu7m’s who sadly passed away and she needed rehoming. She has been a little timid and standoffish but she is partly, or probably mostly, siamese and I’ve heard they can be like that and take a long time to bond so I’m giving her plenty of space and affections while she settles in.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

*Though not impossible see Martin Rapier’s work here: http://tgamesweplay.blogspot.com/2018/08/amiens-1918-2.html