As is by now customary, it’s time to review my year in wargaming and the hobby in 2023, and see what I managed to achieve and which hopes were cruelly dashed. Again it turns out I had a really busy time hobbywise and got a tremendous amount of things done.
My main project for the year was the building of the Scarif board. I’m absolutely delighted with the way it has turned out. This dominated my hobby time for the first 6 months of 2023 but was ultimately very satisfying.
- I got to work with foam and foam board to create structures in ways I’ve not done before with the highlight being Scarif Tower.
- I used electrical ducting to create the series of transport lines and systems that surround the tower
- I recreated the aerial and space elements of the battle giving my board a 3rd dimension towering 6ft above the table.
- I bought in a number of different 3D prints and re-purposed some models I’ve owned for 20+ years
- A significant number of readers of this blog or of my facebook posts have said hello - thank you for reading and for introducing yourselves it means a great deal to me. I even had some players come to the show just to play my game after they’d had such a good time the previous year with Imjin.
- The board won best participation game and best small model at the Other Partizan
- It’s been to Phalanx, the Joy of Six and Fiasco and will be heading to York and Hammerhead.
- I’m now starting to look at options for the future of the board itself
Permanent Hobby Space
This year was my first with a permanent hobby space. In the early moths of the year I was able to complete outfitting the space and stocking it with supplies and materials. I used it to build my Scarif board and then begin to create scatter terrain. I was also able to host games consistently.
Using my new hobby space I was able to host a small number of Big Battle Weekends.
- The first was a huge recreation of the Battle of Prokhorovka which saw two German SS divisions crash into an entire Soviet Tank Army. We used hundreds of stands of infantry and tanks in this battle with epic quantities of aircraft and artillery. Over two days both sides fought each other to a standstill. Six friends and I had an awesome time.
- The second game was a Battle of the Bulge refight with two smaller games determining the starting conditions for the big game itself. It was another epic two day fight.
- I my third big game was on my small Arnhem board. It was the refight of the three days at the bridge and was very enjoyable for all concerned even if the scenario didn’t quite achieve what I wanted it to do.
- I also managed a few games of with David and met and gamed with a new acquaintances.
- I also host consistently 3 different D&D games, including one run be my eldest for his school friends.
- The kids still show no interest in wargaming. And whilst one has really taken to D&D and mini painting the other has given up on it. Ho hum.
- I didn’t blog as frequently as I could have done, indeed I finished my Scarif model 6 months ago and haven’t finished writing it up on here yet.
- I didn’t produce any YouTube content at all. Pretty much going to have to accept it’s not for me.
|The wonderful Henry Hyde giving me a trophy at The Other Partizan for my Scarif game.
Keep your dice rolling!
Charles the Modeller