Friday, 19 December 2014

Cause for Celebration

Just a quick update to say Merry Christmas to all the loyal readers, visitors and followers of the blog. In particular, a big thank you to all who commented, emailed and got in touch to express thoughts and condolences following the previous blog entry. Your words are much appreciated.

On an upbeat note...
Amidst a house move, office move, and the build up to Christmas, emerging from the mist, I have a new wargames room, onto the shelves of which I have found time to place many figures that have been in boxes for a couple of years...
... ooh!
Additionally stimulated by having the opportunity to sort through many old wargames magazines, this has resulted in an upsurge in plans for 2015...

So, what's on the agenda?
1. Continue the 18th Century project, on track to have 8 battalions of infantry per side by end of 2015.
2. Revisit the Thirty Years War project, finish off some units that need flags and basing, and get it out to a show in 2015 as a display game.
3. Do some scratch-building. One can never have too many buildings.
4. Finish the 18th century rules.

I also plan to game some more, including more such as the Dottingheim game conducted earlier this year and reported in previous blog entries wherein online pals act as proxy generals and I play out the action on the tabletop. 

For now, there's a copy of Carlo Pagnano's "Gilder-inspired" Sudan rules winging it's way to me. Of course, these are merely for reading and enjoying. There are no plans to use them... none whatsoever. Definitely not buying any figures. Definitely.

Whatever your plans for 2015, whatever your plans for the festive season, have a really good one... peace on earth, and wargaming aplenty.

Warmest festive wishes!



  1. A Merry Christmas to you and yours , Tony

  2. Phil,

    A couple of years ago I was going through chemotherapy and ran a campaign between two online generals with me playing the battles solo.

    If you would like to see how I ran it, take a look at this blog which I used to keep Ross Mac and Murdock up to date and when to request new orders from them.

    If you get some ideas, that is great. Have fun!

    -- Jeff

  3. Merry Christmas Phil!

    Best Regards,


  4. "here are no plans to use them... none whatsoever. Definitely not buying any figures. Definitely"

    Now how often have I heard that?

    Have a great Christmas with lots of pressies and a successful new Year


  5. Merry Christmas to you Phil, and thanks for the high quality content you've presented us with in the past year - particularly your current 18th century project. I too am experiencing the good feeling of unpacking the little tin companions after a two year storage. Some of them were on the table for my first game in the new house last weekend and I hope to blog about it soon...but family coming for Christmas...have to be on Granddad duty.

  6. Merry Christmas Phil and good luck with all the new starts for 2015.

    Look forward to your first Sudan unit photo- shoot about this time next year:-)


  7. Merry Christmas to you Phil. My regrets for the loss of your little companion, I hope the holidays bring cheer. Good luck with your plans for 2015; I am sure that your progress will continue to inspire your Appreciative Readers.


  8. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & your loved ones, Phil.

    I look forward to seeing your new projects. You will have to be strong...Carlo's wonderful book is very seductive!!

    All the best & happy gaming, Rohan.

  9. Merry Christmas Phil.

    All the best for 2015,


  10. All of Beerstein wishes you a very Merry Christmas...Bill

  11. Thank you for all your festive good wishes gentlemen!
    As the family duties subside, and the final mince pies are polished off, I am enjoying some down time, and hope you are too.

  12. Dear Phil,
    I am so very sorry to learn about Jethro; knowing how deeply important our canine family members are for us.
    Best wishes for you in 2015.
    Bill P.