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A Curious Year: A Look Back at 2020

This year Heston and Ealing Wargamers have largely been left to their own devices wargaming wise.

The Covid-19 pandemic from March onwards has seen our meetings at Northfields Community Centre cancelled, and no meaningful gaming taking place in person using real figures in a face-to-face way.

Armies on Parade IV: 6mm Napoleonic Inventory

This pandemic has been a double-edged sword when it comes to wargaming. On the one hand, I was unemployed between March and mid-August, so had loads of time for painting and new projects. On the other hand, we have been constrained at the club as to the location of games and the number of players we have been able to get round the table. Consequently, I have not put on a game since February, and my armies are languishing in their 'Really Useful Boxes'.

Armies on Parade III: Eastern Renaissance

Well, this series is getting a head of steam!

The thunder of hooves resounds as the Husaria charges home! As someone once said of the Polish winged hussars: 'We're here to kick ass and eat pierogi. And we're all out of pierogi'.

Here we have photos of my 28mm Eastern Renaissance armies, which have seen action on Fridays, and at two big games at Rob's war room (Relief of Vienna, and Battle for Zaporozhian Sich).

My Ottoman/Allied army consists of:

Janissaries - 3 units
Irregular foot - 5 units
Tartars - 3 units
Irregular horse (can also pass for Tartars) - 5 units
Dellis - 1 unit
Medium Turkish cavalry - 4 units
Armoured Spahis - 2 units
Artillery - 3 large guns + crews
+ command

This period is colourful, fun, fascinating and flexible. As indicated a few months ago, I have added more singly based characters for the skirmish/RPG version of this collection: 'Gangs of Rus'. Apart from these, I still have possibly hundreds more figures to paint (most purchased in bring and buys at Warfare shows in Reading).

Armies on Parade II: 42mm November Uprising (1830-1831)

Here are some images of the November Uprising 42mm project I've been working on since the start of 2019.

Facing what is essentially a Napoleonic Russian army in green uniforms, is the Polish army of the Uprising, largely in blue.

Now for the Russians:

A Polish banner from the Uprising: "In the name of God, for our freedom and yours!"

Armies on Parade: 1:72 American Civil War

This is the first in what may be a series of blog posts showcasing my wargames armies.

And now for the Union army

20mm plastic figures have been fun to paint, and I reckon even a very basic paint job looks good, so I may be open to doing other periods in this scale. I intend to put on a game with these armies at the club using a retro set of rules, possibly the Airfix ACW ones, once we are back to normal.

In this time of no barbers, however, I am reduced to growing period-specific facial hair.

Best wishes,

Piotr

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