Saturday, March 28, 2009

A New Concept in Wargaming - Edible Minis

My son and I did some preliminary research and here`s an executive summary of our groundbreaking idea on edibile minis gaming.

1) Buy some gummy green army men at the local store (here in Canada we found them in the candy section of a store called Bulk Barn).

2) Fight a battle using whatever rules set you like - we used our house rules, Two Minute Wargames, because we were hungry.

3) Eat the gummy army men.


1) no painting or basing required
2) easy storage (a plastic bag before, your tummy afterwards
3) green gummy army men are appropriate for most periods from 1940 on


1) Limited variety and flavours of green gummy army men available
2) Opponent is tempted to eat your troops while your not looking
3) Scale and accuracy of the minis is a bit dodgy

Enjoy this brilliant idea, thanks to my son John and I!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

From My Workbench: 28mm Confederate Infantry

I'm happy to have finally finished these chaps, from UK manufacturer Redoubt Enterprises' brilliant 28mm American Civil War range. Acually the command stand are from Wargames Foundry's now defunct ACW range - they've been painted for some years and were just waiting for troops to command.

The banner is a slightly oversized Mississippi state flag that I picked up in, well, Mississippi, actually, from an obscure line called Flags for the Lads, bought in a hobby shop in Hattiesburg, MS, during a visit to my wife's family.

One of the challenges of painting confederate troops, I find, is that they require an individual look to be authentic, especially in the later war period when regular uniforms were either worn out and replaced with civilian clothing, or distributed haphazardly. I liked the checked shirt effect I managed on this fellow:

The 21st Mississippi's Colonel, standing cooly watching his boys load and shoot while the minie balls fly around his ears. He's brave, not smart.

This gets my rebel infantry up to a respectable six regiments of four stands each - I have at least another regiment's worth close to the front of the queue (a second regiment of the Union Irish Brigade is ahead of them, however) - a lovely set of reb skirmishers from Renegade.

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