What’s The Wargames Buzz With Gary

Updated 19th June 2017

gazstabshirt CONTACT GARY ABOUT WARGAMING @ mitchellsmith@tesco.net .

Ok, so this page is open for business for legal, decent, honest, truthful, accredited articles about gaming, should anyone wish me to post them here as an outlet.

 

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THE latest ‘FIGHTING SHIPS’ discussion docuemnt / draft IS HERE:- Fighting Ships Working Draft #1.6.
 
THE ONGOING ‘TRAVEL BATTLE’ UNBOXING ARTICLE AND HOUSE RULES IS HERE:- Travel battle.

 
THE ‘STAR WARS’ FIGHTER DRAFT RULES ARE HERE:- You Can’t Come In Without A TIE – v1.2

THE revised ‘GAME OF THRONES RISK’ House Mitchell rules ARE HERE:- GOT RISK HOUSE MITCHELL AMENDMENTS.

Also for those of us in the Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding area new shop ‘Entoyment’ is double plus good with a huge range of stuff and gaming space. Good luck to them I say.

NEXT GAME: At my club ‘STaB’ see http://stabclub.wordpress.com/.

NEXT SHOW: See http://spacevixensfrommars.com/?page_id=152.

CURRENTLY READING / WATCHING / RESEARCHING: Lotsa stuff…

CURRENTLY WRITING: Material for ‘Wargames, Soldiers And Strategy’, ‘Wargames Illustrated’, other magazines and companies and stuff 4 ‘Space Vixens From Mars’ and several secret projects. Low-key at the mo due to volume of work for day-job etc…

Ok, I’ve not updated for a while (eight months) so apologies. Older stuff below. Excuse? I’ve been ‘thinning’ my armies and painting me ‘lead mountain’.

OLD STUFF (PRE-JULY 2016)

FOR STaB MEMBERS THE WOTR CAMPAIGN BLOG IS HERE:- GOWQ Blog. If you wish to add information, let me know. The campaign will restart soon – evolving rules are here:-A Game Of White Queen _STaB finalish version_.

Nap naval1The back-of-a-postcard naval rules ‘Warship’ are now published (‘SvFM’ site and Kindle). Oh – and am converting ‘Airfix’ ships to do 1/600th Napoleonic naval for ‘Fighting Sail’ rules as well. First attempt here – learned a lot about cut and fill – it’ll be a frigate (USS ‘Constitution’ or fictional HMS ‘Glenmoor’. Wreckage marker also made. Pressed on and have now finished both first ships. Also 1/6-700th ‘coastal’ WWII and all periods. Watch this coast…nap2
 
To fit in with this scale I am dabbling in 3mm landing forces and 1/600th aircraft. Forts, shore batteries, landing parties and stuff. Still working on HMS ‘Ark Royal’s’ air group, but expect convoys and U-boats… etc from both sides. Trying to avoid too many ‘big gun ships’ and only the odd cruiser but, when you can’t sleep, and there’s ‘EBay’… (see above for draft ‘Fighting Ships’ rules).
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Also, I post here rules and board for a ‘Game Of Thrones Diplomacy’ for people to try – GOT Diplomacy

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got minisHouse MitchellSPRING 2015 WORKBENCH: ‘Doing 18th century’ with ‘Perry’ plastics AWI, ‘Irregular’,‘Wargames Factory’ and ‘Front Rank’ Highlanders and stuff. Yep, a snowballing ‘fill in the gaps’ exercise that I can now restart having finished the ‘Game Of Thrones’ characters. Least, until Season Five comes out and I need to add new characters. Add to these ‘historical’ medieval armies and we’re pretty much there…

wotrbankhol‘Perry Miniatures’ plastic foot knights finished and ready to go. WOTR minis for the club campaign supplied by excellent pre-loved retailer ‘Colonel Bills’. Apparently King Richard III’s axe can fell two nephews with a single blow 🙂 Also shown a freebie sample from ‘Heroes Of The Dark Age’ who are about to launch C.19th Austrians. He’s shown here firing, and as a comparison with one of my main force of ‘Irregular’. His name is Wolfgang Strauss, and when he’s not sniping the Emperor’s enemies he likes to go waltzing with his fiancee Helga, and believes all nationalities in the Hapsburg realms should have their diversity respected, as long as they don’t try for self-determination…

So – now finished C.19th century armies – done the French, Brits, Mexicans, Bavarians and Austrians (top), and the Prussians (in box). finaustmaxfinsihedprussiansMexicans ‘Irregular’ and ‘Gringos 40s’ minis. Quite pleased with my ‘Mad Max’ conversion (at the front, with the whiskers), these guys will be and/or Republicans and Imperials.

ISD2Also – vaguely in scale ‘Star Wars’ ships game. Rather than scratchbuild X-Wings and Ties I’m using counters. Oh – and a Star Destroyer would be nice – so here’s one I scratchbuilt earlier – ISD ‘Doomslayer’ is now finished with it’s air groups’ (plus a counter for Lord Vader’s customised TIE). Cost – £0.00. Pictured here for comparison is an unpainted ‘Millenium Falcon’ model supplied by that wonderful human being that is Ray ‘Hairy Ray’ Turner. All ideas gratefully received.

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As well as my musings top gossip columnist Sheila Tacku once graciously agreed to keyboard a (highly) irregular column. the archive is here. Please note due to commitments studying Applied Literature at Salisbury University (i.e. drinking, snogging etc) Sheila’s column has been suspended for the mo. ‘Publish and be damned’, I say… Here’s an endorsement!
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SHEILA’S ARCHIVE BLOGS HERE:-
The Sheila Tacku Column #1 (Mar. 2013)
The Sheila Tacku Column #2 (Apr. 2013)
The Sheila Tacku Column #3 ”Salute’ Special (May 2013)
The Sheila Tacku Column #4 (June 2013)
The Sheila Tacku Column #5(July 2013)
The Sheila Tacku Column #6 (August 2013)
The Sheila Tacku Column #7 (September 2013)
The Sheila Tacku Column #8 (October 2013)
The Sheila Tacku Column #9 (November 2013)
The Sheila Tacku Column #10 – Festive Issue (December 2013)
The Sheila Tacku Column #11 (Jan/Feb 2014)
The Sheila Tacku Column #12 (April 2014)
The Sheila Tacku Column #13 (July 2014)
The Sheila Tacku Column #14 (Sept 2014)
 

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12 Responses to What’s The Wargames Buzz With Gary

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  3. David Knight says:

    IMHO the Miniatures from Warrior are an often over looked source of good figures, you have to have a bit of a rummage through the listings but well worth it.

    http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=237641

    Or

    http://mrwigglesworth.wordpress.com/2011/02/27/my-review-of-england-invaded-by-over-the-wire-games-part-3/

  4. David Knight says:

    MotaroKin Centaurus, Tehnolog Fantasy Battles miniatures

    http://r.ebay.com/Ss5wnP

  5. The New Ice Warriors!

  6. David Knight says:

    Dan Dare is back so does that mean 1950’s prices at the petrol pumps

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  8. David Crook says:

    Hi Gary,

    Yowsah! I am really interested in your naval. Rules that is…;-) Seriously, I have been mulling generic sets (or rather ‘Universal’ sets) of rules for some time. I have seen these for land rules but not for naval. Very intrigued and looking to see some of the ship specs you have come up with so far. One of my first thoughts though was hexes – I reckon these would work really well with hexes.

    All the best,

    DC

  9. David Knight says:

    His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik is IMHO a Gr8 idea a good change of tack as to when; where and why dragons should be used in wargames?

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