Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Real Life

Just a quick post.  As many other bloggers, I've hit an extended period where real life gets in the way of my hobby.

It's nothing serious but so far this year it's been one small niggle after another.  They have mainly been personal but there been a few professional niggles too.  Whatever the source they have all required considerable attention and effort on my part.  I have taken steps to simplify things but I'm not seeing the full benefit just yet.

I haven't had a wargame in over a year and my painting mojo is taking a long break.  Despite this I'm quite close to finishing a few painting projects. I have even bought a new tripod for my camera so I can take better photos once they are ready.

Here's hoping for a great summer.  Onwards and upwards!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Playing Pieces

There are times when you think you are at the forefront of your hobby. There are times when you think nothing ever changes. There are also times when you think things have changed but you eventually realise they haven't. I've just had one of the latter moments.

When I returned to regular wargaming in the later 80s I quickly made the transition from DBA to DBM. I then followed the masses to DBMM and on to Field of Glory Ancients & Medieval (FOG AM). I also played DBR switching to Field of Glory Renaissance (FOG R) when FOG AM palled.

I stopped playing DBA when the twelve element format started to get repetitive. I moved on for a more complex game. I certainly got that with DBMM: perhaps too complex!

When I switched to FOG AM in 2010 I was looking for a "cleaner" set of rules with more structure and fewer conditional clauses. Until recently I thought I was playing a game far, far removed from DBA. I was wrong. Let me show you why.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Northern League - 2016 Review

Doesn’t time fly? Is it time to review the state of the Northern League, the competition scene in the North of England, once again? It appears so. This year the review is a touch late as the data's only just been released.

In 2016 the trend of steadily declining numbers continued. In last year's review I expressed the hope that the missing FOG AM players would return and the League would spring back to life. Sadly FOG AM continued its decline:

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Art De La Guerre Rulebook - An Improvement

In September last year I finally tracked down a copy of the ADLG rulebook. I even managed to get in a practice game and began looking closely at the rules.

Since then not a lot has happened. However I've just found out that there will be a ADLG competition in this year's Northern League. I don't have any details yet but there's a distinct possibility of me going to at least two of the rounds this year.