the end of 2020 fast approaching, it is somewhat customary in many quarters to
take a look back at the past year year, which is quite an
interesting undertaking I find. So without further
Within a month of 'retiring' the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic hit and we went into a national lockdown here in the UK. For my family this meant social distancing within the house for the first 6 weeks, with no physical contact allowed due to our son being on the extremely clinically vulnerable list, with me sleeping downstairs on a camp bed. Queueing outside shops became the norm in the early morning, but at least because of our son we were able to be in the fast lanes at the supermarket, which helped a lot. We also has the good fortune to be blessed with wonderful weather.
Black Powder II
Platoon Forward by Too Fat Lardies
The Portable Colonial Wargame by Bob Cordery
Never Mind The Billhooks by Andy Callan
Gettysburg by Sears
Chancellorsville by Sears
The Peninsula Campaign by Sears
La Ultima Cruzada by Bob Cordery
Osprey Salerno 1943 (Father's Day gift)
Antietam by Sears (Father's Day gift)
Operation Sealion by P Fleming
Pendraken Napoleonic Peninsula War Spanish (kickstarter type)
Pendraken WWII Belgians
10mm Pendraken 19thC ImagiNations Grand Duchy of Ruthenia
Italian WWII tanks
British WWII tanks
ACW sweet corn fields
Scratch built hills
Commission Figurines trenches
Scratch built pillboxes
BKCII - 9
Ancient & Medieval Wargaming by Neil Thomas - 4
The Portable Wargame - 1
None due to the Covid restrictions closing most of the shows this year, which won't come as a complete surprise.
The size of my Armies will by and large reduce to around 12 units per side with some additional options thrown in for good measure. As most of my games are played on a 4' x 4' table or smaller, this size works perfectly for my normal mid-week games of solo outings. I've realised that I honestly don't need bigger Armies than these and the smaller forces are easier to focus upon when trying to paint them up. For me the games have become more important than the figures, which I still do enjoy painting when the muse is upon me. Maybe this is a reaction to some 33 years in the design industry as a modelmaker, as painting the figures could seem like a busmen's holiday at times.
This year has been very much one of focussing on core rulesets that I enjoy and that give me at least a good and challenging game. This also means that I've come to 'know' the rules very well and so can focus on the game itself and what I want to do. I suppose I used to try and find the perfect ruleset and this year with the time that lockdown has given me for reflection, I've realised that this will never happen. So for me Honours of War, Black Powder II and Blitzkreig Commander II tick all the boxes and will continue to do so.