Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Painting time...barristers and AK47??

Hi Chaps,

its been a busy week or two visiting my barrister and medical experts so my painting time is well down though I have completed a British company (Hat 1/72) and I am pleased enough with them. Next up I have the Hat Jaegers to paint and the artillery...interesting times to say the least!


The link above will explain where my time is going-its pretty boring and depressing so I would'nt bother with it unless you are particularily interested in that sort of thing.

I was chatting to a fellow wargamer in Preston (The Metropolis) and we were discussing which scale and ruleset suits modern warfare best. I went for Chris Peers "At close Quarters" in 20mm my chum opted for 6 or 15mm and was open to try any ruleset. One thing we both agreed on (we have around 40 years military service between us) was that randomness must be a factor in any game...does that mean Peter Pigs AK47 ruleset is the most accurate?

Oh well, I will post some pics next time...I would like to discover what rulesets and scales you chaps use ...links to pics would be great! Thanks


  1. Must admit I'm torn between 15 and 20mm myself...

    Best wishes in the meantime,



  2. A friend Jonesy and I have dabbled with Force on Force (as discussed on my blog) After giving it one final try with Other-Other Chris this weekend, he says he's giving up on it. Although it seems to hit all the right simulation-y notes, it's just so badly written, full of outright contradictions, vaguely defined terms and counter-intuitive processes. And that's despite being a very glossy, hardback book under the Osprey imprint (my copy might be going up on eBay soon)

    For small-scale skirmish games, I'm a big fan of the Two Hour Wargames series of rules, starting with Chain Reaction. It's great for solo gaming, and generally feels "realistic" on a gut level. From personal experience, if someone comes into a game and applies real-life tactics and principles, those tactics seem to work. But it works best on an individual figure basis - not sure how well it would handle more than a couple of squads.

    The best scale for modern gaming is something I've been mulling over extensively. 20mm (or 1/72) gives you a really cheap start with plastic figures. But then strangely once you bring ultra-modern vehicles into the equation, the price of 1/72 plastic kits seems to outstrip the price of 15mm white metal. I can get a 15mm T-72 for about seven quid, but a 20mm plastic kit is likely to be around the £10-12 range
    20mm also gives you all that model railway scenery and accessories to play with. Hot Wheels/Matchbox die cast toy cars on the whole work better with 20mm than 15mm, though I know a lot of folks who do use them with 15s.

  3. Hi Doc,

    your comments on Force on Force are useful and I will read more on your blog, certainly I will stay my hand on buying a copy. As for 20mm you are correct to point out that as soon as one starts uying vehicles the cost rises steeper than oneb would think.
    15mm would be a strong contender if I/we ever get around to gaming this...our games tend to be more like puzzles to be solved rather than competitive games so this may alter our approach to rulesets.

  4. I'm on the 20mm craze at the moment with WW2 but the eyes are suffering.