Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I'm Back!

Well it's been a few months since I posted here. I wish I could report on all sorts of juicy gaming activity, but that's just not the case.

I've accomplished very little gaming or painting during the past year, but this year I hope to change that.

My semi-local wargames club has gotten me interested in Napoleonics. They have been playing Lasalle in bothe 15mm and 28mm so I now have the possibility of regular opponents and the motivation to actually paint stuff that comes with that.

I have been given to know that Austrians and Prussians are the most under represented in teh club. So I will be doing Autrians. 15mm is my scale of choice between the two in play. (I would actually prefer 6mm, but takes what I can gets.)

When the promised Victrix plastic Austrians are released I will do a small 28mm force of those, before then it will be 15s.

Yes, I know, neither Austria nor Prussia has much of an interest in Oobleckistan. So I will also be doing forces for the Russo-Turkish war of the period. A perfect match for our long suffering Oblask, and the Russians can certainly be used for more mainstream Napoleonic games.

The way I figure it, if I relocate the 19th Century version of Oobleckistan from the shores of teh Caspian sea to the shores of the Black Sea, near Moldavia, thus putting it at the confluence of three empires, Austria-Hungary, Russia, and the Ottoman Turks, I should be able to do semi-plausable "what if?" games involving all three powers. Thus enabling me to play Napoleonics, avoid the ubiquitous French, collect my main interest the Russians and secondarilly the Ottomans, while still having reason to field my Austrians for more than just club games.

And with the fairly static appearance of Ottoman troops (at least as far as my local opponents know)I can field them for both 18th and 19th century games.

At last a wargames project to really sink my teeth into....


  1. My own Imagi-Nation shifted location from Saxony to Bohemia . . . so there is no reason that you can't do the same, sir.

    -- Jeff

  2. I have 15mm 1809 Austrians, I like them as they can fight Russians and French historically.

    They are also easy to paint to "start playing" grade with white spraypaint, flesh and basic colours - you can fill in details later :-)

    Come and join us Imagi-nations down in the Balkans, I situated New Byzantium there for exactly the above reasons you cite, plus the chance at combining Western and Eastern troops in my Imagi-Army :-)

  3. Promising, but too bad for us 18th C. and tricornes aficionados...

    Best Wishes,

  4. I don't think the 18th century has lost them - a lot of Russian, Balkan and Turkish stuff works from 1750 to 1850 quite easily.

    And helmeted Austrians (viable through 1812) are very believable as earlier "Imagi-Nation" troops

  5. Oh. don't worry. I am not lost to the 18th Century. Still in the painting queue are the marvelous Eureaka string quartet etc. What other period offers such culture in miniature?

    As for the geography, it is an Imagi-Nation after all, so it sort of floats about the Balkans and the Caucasus at will. "Some where on the coast of the Black Sea or the Caspian Sea perhaps."


  6. Are you the b*stards sending bandits over our Northeastern borders :-D