Monday, January 6, 2020

2019 Year in Review

Please bear with me whilst I indulge myself, a little bit late maybe, in an end of year retrospective but Xmas was a busy time. So at the end of my first year blogging I thought I’d have a review of the year and a look at what I hope to achieve wargaming wise over the year to come. 

2019 achievements

  • I managed to post 25 blog entries across the year - almost 1 every two weeks. I’m very pleased that my initial enthusiasm hasn’t dimmed and that I can still find things to talk about!
  • I completed a scale model of Arnhem and it got lots of appreciation from those that have seen it including exhibiting it at a couple of shows.
  • I took my eldest son (he’s just turned 11) to Joy of Six and watched him have a most marvellous time with the games put on by Peter Riley and Dan Hodgson. Subsequently he joined me at Recon manning my participation game. I have high hopes he’ll engage more in the hobby over the next few years.
  • Helped my friends develop a set of war game rules.
  • Written and played several big piece WW2 scenarios including the Bulge and Arnhem
  • Made a lot of trees
  • Substantially completed the painting of my WW2 Russian army - just cavalry still to paint. Of course, until I need more. Obviously.
  • Painted a small force of WW2 Americans
  • Acquired a substantial amount of WW2 Germans
  • Helped my son build a scale model of an Andersen shelter for his school homework, but really as an excuse to interest him in modelling.
  • Ended the year as enthusiastic about wargaming as I was at the start. 

2020 ambitions

  • Exhibit at the Joy of Six, hopefully alongside my friend Roly and his Chateau la Londe game
  • Engage my eldest son more and teach him some basic war games.
  • Introduce my other son to wargaming and modelling.
  • Continue to produce this blog
  • Produce another model or two - I’m currently thinking about building a small board to refight the battle at Brécourt.
  • Paint up my early war German forces
  • Refight some BEF and Barbarossa games
  • See the war game rules published
  • Play a lot more games and maybe expand the periods I game in. 

Keep gaming!

Charles the Modeller


  1. Jerry Elsmore Wargames Development Display Team NorthJanuary 12, 2020 at 2:02 AM

    I take it you've submitted your application to Baccus for a slot at Joy of Six?

    Hope so as I would greatly appreciate taking on Graebner!

    1. It’ll definitely be at Joy of Six, ap-location currently in preparation! I’ll also be at Vapnartak in York on the second. Make sure you say you read the blog and I’ll find a way to fit you in!




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