Friday 30 September 2022
Wednesday 28 September 2022
The Space Gamer:
Tuesday 27 September 2022
I found this You Tube talk very interesting, it was from the academic and former British Army officer Professor Jim Storr about the current state of (British) land command (see below, in part a review of issues in his current book, "Something Rotten" - link to You Tube):
Monday 26 September 2022
It is a classic info book. A good guide to get the basics into perspective and introduce themes to a general audience rather than an in depth or comprehensive historical reference or treatise, but I would say it also goes slightly beyond that and hits the wargamers "sweet spot" and gets them salivating. In the words of an old football coach, "Nobody ever gets cut for spending time practising the basics" and this my friend is a good grounding text to return to so you know you "have it right" (see below, nicely illustrated, some 48 pages and a lovely thing to dip into):
Saturday 24 September 2022
WW2 American Infantry Experience in European Theatre of Operations (ETO) - Audible Book: Closing With The Enemy
Particularly as it gives great reference to US learning experience and their adaptation in confronting challenges - on the fly changes and inventing doctrine that worked (like pulling a M12 155mm SP howitzer into a street fight to emphasise a point to some defending Germans and positioning artillery perpendicular [aka already flanking the position to be attacked] to teh axis of attack on a village, so that there is no longer a problem of short rounds [blue-on-blue] and the attacking infantry can "pounce" on still stunned defenders).
Friday 23 September 2022
My colour palette (see below, Army Painter Grey Spray Primer plus the paints shown - Citadel Base Corax White (which I think is a lovely grey), Citadel Contrast Skeletal Horde, Vallejo Game Bonewhite and Vallejo Game Dead White):
Corax White (see below, looking white, but a grey white to my eyes, perhaps it is the primer coming through - but as a base paint it is rally rich in pigment):
Skeletal Horde with the Bonewhite highlight (see below, I must confess to using it more as an all over wash than a selective paint so perhaps I am missing a trick here, still I like the end result):
Dead White ultra-highlight (see below, trying "not to do too much" with a dab, giving a fine-lining highlight effect - which I find the hardest part, just to put enough on and no more):
Thank is the bulk of the figure done, just a bit of work to do on the weapons and shields. The aim is to produce a suitably rusty grimy effect .. watch this space ;)
Thursday 22 September 2022
Thanks to John Curry from the History of Wargaming Project, Peter Perla himself in the Lost Battles groups.io, Rex Brynan and SDM in Paxsims for bringing this to my attention.
When three respected sources of information point something out independently, best listen - or even better read it!
Sunday 18 September 2022
After finishing listening to Mahan's "Influence of Sea Power on History" (although I have to say, it was a much longer than expected slog), I was delighted to uncover an aspect of naval history I was completely ignorant of, namely the illustrious career of the French Admiral Suffren, who was the bane of the Royal Navy on the India station in the late eighteenth century. I have to confess to my relative ignorance of the of both the "Age of Sail" and this great French admiral (other than a class of French WWI vintage armoured cruisers being named after ), things I am trying to address (see below, the Wikipedia link is a very useful starting point):
There is also a wonderfully titled tomb (Satan's admiral) on Admiral Suffren's career, but it is somewhat outside of my price range and budget (see below, I ask you is there nothing [in theory] you cannot buy on Amazon?):
From my internet poking I see there are plenty of other wargame bloggers have tread the Suffren path before:
There are even board games to play:
Interesting "Age of Sail" web-site:
More doubtless to follow ;)
Saturday 17 September 2022
I do like them as they have a feel of the old Tolkien wood carvings about them, the cruel look and vicious posturing! I may have to go and get the Saga Age of Magic expansion ..
Friday 16 September 2022
This one again came from Second Chance Games (www.secondchancegames.com) and I thank them for their services to wargaming .. although this was a slightly heavier hit on the wallet being a bookcase game. I am looking forward to it, particularly as it promises to "play quick". Note: there is a two player variant but it is being sold on the solitaire slant!
Thursday 15 September 2022
I can highly recommend this talk from Peter Pellegrino (of NWC fame) with respect to teh evolution of the US naval strategy against the IJN aka, War Plan Orange (see below, Peter never disappoints): 00:3003:2507:0412:0513:5530:3632:0834:2336:08
Especially valid in putting into the correct perspective the "Nimitz Quote" (see below, not using wargaming as the oracle's tool - but rather as a tool that could sharpen a commander's mind):
War Plan Orange (Japan):
- Phase 1: Protect Western Coast of USA!
- Phase 2: How do you get to Japan ["The Hard Bit"]?
- Phase 3: Defeat and Invasion of Japan?
Fantastic though, the NWC finally goes Rainbow (see below, why have one plan when you can have four+, one of them has got to work, right?):
But at the heart of it all was the concept and practice of adversarial "gaming" .. 318 games [scenarios] .. and by god they did it every day when they were at the NWC .. learning how to play (a month of the school year) ,, both at a tactical, operational and strategic levels (see below, including multi-aggressor [even RN "Red"], multi-discipline [Sailors, Marines and Aviators] multi-spectrum [even testing out hypothetical ships] - respect and well done, that shaped the senior officer cadre for WWII):
"And" they always finished with "The Battle of Jutland" (RN v HSF), turned on its head and into "The Battle of Sable Island" (RN v USN). Something I can perhaps aspire to use as a background campaign or scenario development for my 1/3000 Navwar fleets ;)
Wednesday 14 September 2022
Monday 12 September 2022
The world seems a complete mess just now. One place that helps me understand what is going on, particularly in Ukraine, is "The War on the Rocks" Podcast (see below, I can highly recommend any episode with Michael Kofman in it):
Saturday 10 September 2022
Putting this here so I don't mislay this link (see below, link to Brian Train's web-site, but specifically Urban Warfare game):
Something for me to look at later.
Friday 9 September 2022
Georgetown University Wargaming Society (GUWS) has a fantastic resource pool of YouTube wargaming materials .. click at your own risk .. (see below, I dare you, a wealth of treasures, beware it is a most beautiful time trap if you do click/ Spoke from one who has lost days in "Little Wars TV" - Thank you again Sebastion Bae):
And Google drive documents (see below, now that should cause some serious clicking if I know anything about wargamers):
Most dangerous in particular is (se below, naturally a link to some FREE wargaming books):
Then there is teh Wargaming Database (see below, warning pour yourself a coffee before you click, you may be there a while looking!):
Note: Hmm, you may not see or hear from me for some time if I take my own medicine by clicking on those links above ;)
Monday 5 September 2022
Another interesting presentation from KCL Wargaming Network (see link below):
Natalia Wojtowicz will showcase different methods of evaluating effectiveness of wargames, compiled from academic, industrial and governmental sector. A comparison of common and distinct factors will be analyzed to connect the effects with structure of the wargame. The question of objectivity of results will be explored based on recent experiments on adjudication. This presentation will be focused on identifying next steps in measuring and evaluating wargames.
Natalia Wojtowicz is a lecturer at the Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Safety and Security Management Programme. She teaches about wargaming, game design, and digital skills. Her research includes effectiveness of wargaming, new methods and experimental implementation. Previously she worked at the NATO Civil-Military Cooperation Center of Excellence, leading the Wargaming, Modelling and Simulation project focused on introducing civilian population into training and education. Later she designed 14 new wargames implemented across NATO. Currently she is researching adjudication in wargaming and testing an upcoming game about uprising in Belarus. You can follow her at @Wojtowicz_N
Watch Natalia Wojtowicz's presentation and the audience Q&A now at the Wargaming Network's YouTube channel, and we look forward to your participation in the upcoming 2022-2023 public lecture series.
Sunday 4 September 2022
While reading the news on the BBC web-site I came across (see below, amazingly already onto its second series):
Twenty minute sound bites!