Posts From November, 2018

Lone Warrior 

Posted by Barry Miltenburg 28 November 2018 03:25:00

For reasons that should be obvious, I have just become a fully paid up member of the Solo Wargamers Association.  The delays in me doing so are not so obvious - I really don’t have any!!

This has got me thinking about my gaming.  Unlike a lot of players, I restrict myself to one historic period and do not have armies of ancients, Romans, Naps and Sci-fi.  My interests in wargaming stem from my interests in history and these have always been focussed on WW2 hence my position.

Is that a good thing?  Everybody else subscribes to a magazine or various blog sites and gets something out of the contents - a bit of Naps, a scenario for a Roman game, something for their ACW armies to do etc.  Me, I often look through the wargame mags in the newsagents and then don’t buy them because I am not prepared to pay £4 for what is one article on some aspect of a WW2 game.

On the otherhand, without spending most of the household treasury, I have acquired a decent sized army for British, German, American and Italien forces that include infantry, paratroops, specialist units, CSW’s, lighter armour, artillery, aircraft, boats etc.  I also have a great deal of scenery meaning that I can have a stab at virtually any scenario I come across without having to go out and spend more cash or start making modifications to the ORBATS or table details.

There are arguments for and against.  At present however, I am happy to stay where I am, notwithstanding a growing interest in the Spanish Civil War.  I guess some flexibility is not going to be a bad thing...

The right way to move forward 

Posted by Barry Miltenburg 27 November 2018 04:18:00

Hello from South Island NZ.  The country and the folk here remain stunning!!

I have been grafting for the last couple of days on both Heroes All and the FYOW re-vamp.  I’ve got the basics and just need to get them back onto the wargames table and test the pants off them.  Out of this I will get all the little tweaks and changes that create a proper set of rules.  I am sure that other writers don’t do it this way but it works for me.  When I used to write presentation material I used this method - get the basics down and then present it to myself over and over until I hammered out the finished article.  Its a well worn road for me.

One decision I have made, and its a big one, is that Heroes All and FYOW will probably be made available free of charge.  Yes - that’s free of charge.  FYOB will still be sold and may one day be revised into a freebie but not yet.  

The fact that HA and FYOW may be free does not make any difference as far as quality is concerned.  I am not going to bash something together and just stick it on the site with the idea that its a free download so any old crappy system will do.  No sir - it will be as godd as I can get it, just free.

Why?  I have just finished reading Tony Bath’s book on the Society of Ancients and Slingshot and his Hyboria campaign.  All that stuff was made available free of charge for the benefit of the wargaming community at large - and that community have lapped it up.  Now I am not in any way suggesting that my humble offerings are in the same league as Tony Baths.  I am feeling though that if his efforts were free, my stuff does not deserve to attract a charge.  After all, I do not need to be paid for it, I am just making a few $ on the side for my efforts.

It will be a couple of weeks before I am back and get full access to the website shop but stay tuned.

Stunning NZ 

Posted by Barry Miltenburg 23 November 2018 20:09:00

Crikey!  I have been here over 3 weeks and have been enjoying it so much that I am very light on completed work.  I have been wrestling with maps for FYOW and have been rather side-tracked with various design types.  Having had something of an epipheny recently, I am at last moving forward but regret that I have not done the pdf about changes FYOB old vs new.  The next 10 days are packed with itinery so I think it will have to wait until the flight back to the UK.

In the meantime, I have found the most wondeful model shop in Hamilton NZ - its not the sort of town thats on the tourist trail but if you are over here, do get into the heart of the city and find it - Games Centre I think it was called - well worth a visit for no other reason that one of the owners is a young lady with a passion for wargaming/sci-fi fantasy who really knows her stuff!!

Prices out here are really high - in Christchurch today where a model shop selling wargame and railway bits is charging about 1.5x the UK rates.  I guess everyone here shops online but the wifi is pretty dismal and slow so the shops should really be pushing hard.

Stay tuned

Kia Ora from New Zealand 

Posted by Barry Miltenburg 10 November 2018 18:57:00

New Zealand made a huge contribution to the Allied victories in both WW1 and WW2 and I am privileged to be able to be touring around the country for several weeks taking in their breathtaking scenery and wonderful hospitality.

It also means sitting on some very long flights to get here (via Hong Kong where the British were defeated in 1942) but at least this has given me the opportunity to spend some time working on the revised version of FYOW and the finer points of Heroes All.

I will share the fruits of my labours when I get back and hopefully post a few pictures of interesting things along the way.


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