Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Aspects of the Hobby

A few weeks ago (months almost!) I was wrapping up my rebased units in home move preparation. Of course having them all out and the fleece battlefield to hand I couldn't resist to get a few snaps of the African and Italian heavy infantry. I'm eagar to get more gaming done so I'll really have to get cracking with the rebase when I get settled in the new place, fingers crossed that will be soon! With a dedicated area that I potentially can leave slightly messier I can do a mass rebase of the Roman legions.

The move or lack thereof has drained me quite a bit and hobby mojo has been very low. I had been working on a homemade Lost Battles "board game" set. I'll eventually post them up and did a refight of Zama with the hastily and crudely assembled pieces again there is a write up to come eventually although it may be brief as the game notes are to the point and my memory is terrible.

Recently my mojo was returning slightly, I was missing painting. I grabbed the last thing that was started and did some work on them. We were on holiday the other week and came across a art supply shop that's usually closed when I've been that way and grabbed a few Citadel Contrasts to try (another post to work on). So have been enjoying a few nights painting but its back to reality the stress of moving has taken over again and might have to start the packing again.

Another bit of hobby activity lately has taken the form of writing down some Ancient wargames rules I think this could be the closest I've gotten to finishing one, not that the bar was high in the first place. However as I was watching wargaming videos, reading various rules and general research came across a few bits on Strength and Honour a ruleset under development by Mark Backhouse. Strength and Honour seems to already have a Facebook group and what I've gleamed (not sure if I am 100 so far from that and this Youtube video is; very grand scale, one base looks to be a full legion, grid based, variable turn length and seems to have 6-12 units per side. Clearly it's visually suited to very small scales 2mm being used by the author! So far I'm very intrigued and will keep an eye on the development of it, although I wouldn't be getting 2mm troops, although it would lose the Kubrick's Spartacus visual appeal by using larger scales, it should still work as a set of rules I'd imagine. 


  1. A home-made Lost Battle board game? I am interested in seeing that. I have the original but have been reluctant to punch it. I know, I know. Also looking forward to seeing what you come up with with respect to Ancients' rules.

    1. I'll post up a report at somepoint soon and the files I made, they are already on the Lost Battles Io group.

      My rules as far cherry picked ideas from sets I like :-D but I'm determined to get a working set written.

  2. Great to hear that you go the mojo back and did some painting. They look fabulous.
    As you know (I think) I have some 2 mm figs and think they are great (no ancients at present, but you never know). They are actually really great fun to paint and lend themselves to applications for really big representations (either in scale, numbers, or both). Definitely and addition to larger scale figures for me though.
    Regards, James

  3. Yes I'm eager to get cracking just as the house move is gearing up! I love the mass effect of tiny troops I have some 6mm but I havent had much practice with painting smaller scales.