No posts last week, but two in for this week. Wife's away looking after her mum following surgery so production will be up for the next couple of weeks I hope.
Curt says he enjoys gamer bios, so here goes. It all stated in a 5000 watt radio station... (two brownie points if you get the reference). I started gaming as a teenage about 1975, with Airfix Waterloo kits badly painted in Humbrols. I paint almost exclusively historical stuff, but will play Fantasy of SciFi when someone else puts on a game. A big part of the attraction is the research aspect of the hobby - I like ferreting out info on uniforms, OOBs and tactics from bygone ages. Even if I was attracted to non-historical figures, picking up a "Codex" over history books would be a deal killer for me.
I grew up in Halifax NS and was a long time gaming partner of RossM of Battle Game of the Month who is likely known to many Challenge participants. I relocated out west to Regina about 20 years ago and for a long time was a solo gamer due to lack of opponents. Back in 2011 I followed Ross' lead and ventured into the Blogosphere with the Single Handed Admiral, a reference to the fact that I was going solo, planned to due naval gaming and that Nelson had only one hand. Blogging got me in touch with gamers around the world, and then a year later with gamers 2kms from my doorstep as Sylvain reached out via Curt's blog having noted my email address. The naval projects turned out to be a dead end and have been put on hold, but I've enjoyed working on Italian Wars and Seven Years Wars projects over the last few challenges.
Over the years it been a bumpy ride but I'm mostly in a good place now and enjoying my time at the painting table and on the Challenge. I've adopted the simple philosophy voiced below.
|Grenadiers in front of the structures from my first post.|
OK off with the blather and on with the painting. I've got 8 French Infantry from the Grenadiers de France from the SYW. Figures are 28mm Front Rank and are very nice. This is the initial set of 8 from a planned battalion of 24 so I'll natter on more about the unit on later posts.
I also have a French command stand of two figures, general and trumpeter. The general is Casting Room figure on a Front Rank horse. The rider had me perplexed as to his provenance for a while but then I worked out that I an extra dragoon officer (with no horse) in my Casting Room order. Luckily, SYW uniforms are more flexible than for later periods and panting him in a blue coat laced with gold did the trick. His trumpeter is a Front Rank figure as is his horse. I painted him as coming from one of the myriad of cavalry regiments using the King's livery,
For the tally man, these are 8 28mm figures on foot plus two cavalry nets me 60 points on the scoreboard and on the Black Powder Challenge.