August 5, 2016
While searching for videos for an online college course in Irish History that I will teach in the fall, I took a break and looked at wargaming videos. I came across this very good one by Sgt Steiner:
He also has a blog at: http://sgtsteiner.blogspot.com/
All are worth a look!
August 4, 2014
Given the things going on at The Miniatures Page, I have decided to take my wargaming interests elsewhere. If you don’t know about the issues with the editor of The Miniatures Page check here: http://frothersunite.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=45031 (the 600+ page version) or here: http://frothersunite.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=49038 (the short version). You can read the links and make your own decisions about who is right and who is wrong. I just got tired of the hypocrisy of it all and decided to look for new places to take my wargame interests (outside of this blog). Here are a few I found:
The Wargames Website: http://www.thewargameswebsite.com/ (a good forum and new product news – I’ve actually registered for this one and posted a link to this blog there)
Lead Adventurers Form: http://www.lead-adventure.de/ (a good forum)
Tabletop Gaming New: http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/ (a good place for new product news)
So don’t look for updates to this blog on The Miniatures Page in the future. And yes Bill will probably lock my account on The Miniatures Page, but I really don’t care.
May 8, 2012
Meeples and Miniatures Blog
Given my busy work load as a professor with two teaching jobs, who is married to a professor with two teaching jobs, plus we have two children, I sometimes don’t get the time or have the energy to paint figures as much as I would like to. Instead, I am often stuck grading the endless amounts of assignments that university students produce (it’s my fault as I make all the assignments!). However, I do like to have some back ground noise (music or discussion) going on while I grade to break up the monotony of grading. A few months ago I saw a notice on The Miniatures Page for this audio and video blog called Meeples and Miniatures. So one day I went to it for some background noise while I did my professorial work. Quickly, I was devoting more of my attention to Meeples and Miniatures than my work!
This is a really great resource for wargamers. It is run by Neil Shuck, seemingly all by himself. Neil does an excellent job of explaining what new games and miniatures are like. I especially like the video blog entries as the images let you see what new figures are really like. I also enjoy that Neil is not a “fanboy”. If a product is a bit lacking he will let you know in an honest way. Having said that, my favorite part of the blog is the View from the Veranda section. In these audio entries, Neil and Henry Hyde (from Battlegames) discuss all sorts of topics in depth. These conversations tend to be about weightier issues and I’ve found them very interesting. I’ve listened to episodes 1-4 and I have enjoyed all of them. Towards the end of episode 4, Neil and Henry have a very interesting conversation about what is the point of wargaming: are they moving dioramas, just games, or something else. I have found Henry Hyde’s comments so intelligent that I hope to buy some of the back issues of Battlegames once I get some free time to read them.
For the Meeples and Miniatures blog go to: http://www.meeplesandminiatures.co.uk/ (clearly worth the look!)
July 30, 2011
Since I’ve been rebasing figures for Volley and Bayonet (American Revolution and American Civil War), I thought I should add the Volley and Bayonet Page to my links. You can find that page at http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/mcnelly/vnb.htm.
July 26, 2011
Every now and then I check in on Mark Dudley’s blogs. I became interested in his Ilkley Old School blog (http://ilkleyoldschool.blogspot.com/) as it reminded me of the games I played when I first started playing miniature wargames in the 1970s. I never saw a copy of Charge until about 1977, when I saw it at the home of an English boy with whom I played board wargames. Instead, my first “real” miniature wargame rules were How to Play War Games in Miniature by Joseph Morschauser. I got Morschauser’s book from the public library and copied the basic rules (by hand!). I played several small games with Airfix American Revolution figures (some painted, some not) before I lost the rules and I moved onto other things. I was lucky enough to find a copy of these rules for sale at a game store about a year ago. While I don’t play them, reading through them does remind me of the fun I had with them some 35 years ago.
In rereading the rules, I think they had some revolutionary concepts. The most important was the use of several figures on a base, what Morschauser called a “tray”. Each tray was its own little unit, thus allowing players to field a larger number of individual units without thousands of figures (this was the era of 30-48 figure units). Morschauser also had advanced rules, called “The Roster System” which allowed each “tray” to have more than one hit. For example, regular infantry in the horse and musket era had 4 “circles” (hits) and 1 “cross” (a non-firing hit representing the command elements). I always liked that system and I think it was one of the reasons that I liked Volley and Bayonet. Much like Morschauser’s rules, Volley and Bayonet had 1 stand = 1 unit, and each unit had multiple hits it could take before being eliminated. I think my initial attraction to Volley and Bayonet was clearly linked to my enjoyment of the Morschauser rules some 20 years earlier.
Here’s a picture of Joe Morschauser playing one of his games:
I always wondered what happened to Joe Morschauser? If anyone knows please let me know (via a comment).