Thursday, April 29, 2021

Peleset Oxcarts #2

Here's another Peleset Oxcart.

Figures by Newline designs once again. 

Very bice detail on the crew sculpts.

An Ox of a different color!

More of a good and/or warrior transport platform, I think, but still so eveocative!

Three of these heavy (and expensive) contraptions should be plenty. They may just wind up as fortified Camps (which seems to be how they are treated in To the Strongest!)

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society - Next Gen Gaming

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

Next Gen Gaming

Building the next generation of gamers, one dice roll at a time.

    Since I first had the pleasure of meeting Jared Fishman at Historicon 2012 in Fredericksburg, VA, I have been impressed by his passion for both our hobby, and for his chosen profession of teaching. Jared manages to combine both in a way that is inspiring and involving for his students. I have run or assisted with a number of games for the games club at Jared's school over the past 5 years, most of which have been chronicled on the pages of this blog. 

Battle of Austerlitz 1805, played by members of Jared's game club, December, 2016

From the bio accompanying his presentation on Gaming in the Classroom at Historicon 2019:

Jared Fishman has been a history teacher for over 13 years, most of it at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. He was the recipient of both The Mary Lambos Award in teaching and the Davidson Family History Chair. A lifelong member of HMGS (Historical Miniature Gaming Society), Jared has helped to integrate gaming culture into the Hackley community, running numerous game clubs for both MS and US students and founding the NYSGA organization in 2016 (New York Student Gamer’s Association). Most recently, Jared helped pen an article for Wargames Illustrated, and continues to explore new possibilities for the expansion of NYSGA into more schools, and ran a NYSAIS conference in 2017 (New York State Association of Independent Schools) entitled, “Roleplaying, Games, and Simulations in the Classroom”

The huge Bordino game Jared ran at his school in 2016. 

    Now Jared is one of the founding members of HMGS Next Gen Gaming. Their mission, taken from their new website:

    HMGS Next Gen, Inc., was founded in August of 2020 as an extension of the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society. Our goal is to seed and fund the growth of game clubs in the United States and around the globe. By facilitating game design thinking along with game based professional development, HMGS Next Gen will grow the hobby and the critical thinking that it fosters.

    Currently, HMGS Next Gen is working with public and private universities, secondary schools, along with libraries and corporate organizations. We are composed of facilitators who have seen, first hand, the value of games as a learning tool. Games provide participants with an opportunity to explore diversity, teamwork and camaraderie. This is done through analytical thinking, leadership and stress management. The key developmental points carry over to real life skills that are used on a daily basis. To that end, HMGS Next Gen will provide game based services to support the development of our ever burgeoning client base. These services include both supplies and grant funding for new and growing game clubs. Supplies can include items such as paints, miniatures, rules, board games, roleplaying guides, and other components as needed. Monetary grants can also be provided for a club upon receipt of a simple grant application.
    Another game based service and aspect of the HMGS Next Gen mission is the facilitation of “game days” for all levels of clubs. Given that not every environment has a seasoned or professional gamer, we would provide the service by partnering with experienced facilitators. This allows us to access already prepared facilitators who have the supplies and means necessary to run a fantastic and worthwhile event. HMGS Next Gen has run games on topics such as the Roman Empire, the American Revolution, and World War Two, and has the ability to expand this offering to almost every point in history.
    When looking at corporate organizations, HMGS Next Gen can also provide professional workshops and training sessions on topics ranging from diversity training to decisive decision making, depending on the needs of the client. Using games as a teaching tool gives all participants an opportunity to connect, work together, seek advice, and grow.
    Finally, HMGS Next Gen plans to hold a yearly conference designed to bring together clients, professional speakers, educators, game designers, and others for the express purpose of gaming and game theory exercises to explore their benefits in the classroom and boardroom.

Jared and I have discussed his plans for this new enterprise several times over the past year or so, and literally as I was composing this post, I see that they have run their first event, a fictional 1812 Napoleonic Zoom game involving 3 players on each side from the respective game clubs of Yale and Georgetown Universities. Jared and two of his students acted as GM's in New York, where the figures and miniature battlefields were located. Bloody Big Battles Rules by Chris Pringle, with some modifications for the Napoleonic era, were used. What's more, the author himself zoomed in as well to explain the design philosophy of the rules! 

    HMGS Next Gen will be having its own "Club Room" at "Historicon" this November.  I plan on running a number of my games there, which always welcome middle school and above aged youths.  Given what I've been painting the past year, one of them seems likely to be the Battle of Kadesh (Qadesh), said to be the oldest battle for which we have a detailed description (even if that is colored by the propaganda of Ramses II). 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Peleset Chariots #2


A second pair of Peleset Chariots trundles forward!

Newline Designs figures once again.

Once again, a better fit for the crew figures than many other manufacturers!

The design of the chariots seems both simple and heavier than their Egyptian counterparts. 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

IR #26, Hohenlohe

IR #26 had a succession of Inhabers during the Napoleonic Wars.  From 1790-1800: Wilhelm, Feldzugmeister  Freiherr Schroder von Lilienhoff,  from 1800-1803: vacant, from
1803-1814:  Ludwig, Feldzugmeister Furst zu Hohenlohe-Bartenstein, and finally from 1814-1815:  Wilhelm, Prince (later King)  of Orange-Nassau!

It was recruited chiefly in Carinthia (Inner Austria), and the facing color is variably described as "Bright Green", "parrot green", Poplar Green (probably mistranslation). I went with Bright Green (Delta Ceramcoat "Jubilee Green"), as shown in Enrico Acerbi's volum eon the Austrian Army, but likely the somewhat sickly yellow-green of "Parrot Green" would be more correct.  

In 1809 it served in the VII Corps under Chasteler, fighting  at Klagenfurt and a number of other minor actions in the Tyrol. 

These are once again "old" (aside from the command figures) Old Glory figures, part of the "300 Austrians" purchased at Historicon - Valley Forge, in 2011. 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Hittite skirmishers and Leaders


A few more Hittite odds and ends...

A few skirmish Archers, looking for suntan lotion.

Newline Designs figures once again.

"These rocks sure are tough on bare feet!"

Hittite Generals...

or Heroes?

Interesting they are sculpted wielding the khopesh, a weapon we associate more with Ancient Egypt.

Purple dyes doubtless via Tyre!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Peleset Chariots #1


This is my first pair of Pelset Chariots, raised to support the invasion of Egypt and the Middle East by the Sea Peoples.

Figures by Newline Designs once again. The crew figures actually fit in the cabs fairly easily. 

The reins were made with painted dental tape once again. 

Look out, Ramses!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Peleset Ox Cart #1

The first of several Peleset (Philistine) Ox carts. 

These are by Newline Designs, about the only manufacturer who does them in 25/28 mm that I could find. 

Whether they were actually used in battle or simply as transport for goods, women, and children is uncertain. 

Still, they are so well known, unique, and cool, you gotta have a few...   right? 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

106e Ligne

The 106e Ligne had its origins in the Regiment du Cap, first raised in 1772

From 1805 - 1810, the regiment was part of the Army of Italy.

It fought at Sacile. Raab, and Wagram in 1809.

During the1812 Campaign jn in Russia, it was part of the 4th Corps, asnd saw action at Ostrowno, Borodino, and  Maloyaroslavets.

It was back to Italy during 1813 - 1814  Italy, and participated in the battles of   Castagnaro, Barghetto, and  Plaisance.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

1st Quarter 2021 Statistics

The Battle Towton, March 29, 1461 - fought with the snow (and Yorkist arrows) blowing into the faces of the advancing Lancastrians.


January 2021
Newline Designs  $333.03 (Chariot era troops, plus Indians), Old Glory 259.77 (Indians, ECW Cavalry and Guns, British infantry and Rocket battery)    Total  $592.80

February 2021
 Old Glory $168.60 (ECW Artillery crew, Lost African Tribes)  Walmart $105.76 (2 shelf units to assemble), Amazon $56.68 (books)   Total   $331.04

March 2021

1st Quarter Totals:  $923.84 


January 2021
30 Peleset refurbs (75 points), 36 Sardana refurbs (90 points), 6 Eureka Gendarmes (60 points), 36 Old Glory Austrian Line (180 points), 10 Assyrian Cavalry refurbs (50 points)
Total 455 points

February 2021
6 Eureka Gendarmes (60 points), 36 French Line (180 pts), 1 Austrian Line (90 points), Assorted Assyrians and others (70 points)   Total 400 points

March 2021
24 Newline Hittite Archers (120 pts), 24 Foundry Peleset Archers (120 points),  36 Old Glory Austrian Line (180 pts), 18 Foundry French Line (90 points)   Total 510 points

1st Quarter Totals:   1365 Points


January 2021
Eppingham, March 12, 1470, Ferrybridge, March 28, 1461 - Scenario play tests for "Test of Resolve", forthcoming (? this month) rules for The Wars of the Roses and related conflicts. 

February 2021
Blackheath 17 June 1497; Rivoli 1796 multiplayer game hostedby Jon Freitag, extending into March, as General Napoleon Bonaparte

March 2021
Towton, March 29, 1461  with ToR

1st Quarter Totals:  5 games

Crisis at Rivoli - Reuss's powerful column has burst through the Osteria Gorge - Photo by Jonathan Freitag, Palouse Wargaming Journal