Monday, May 7, 2012

Overcoming The Burn-out

Two companies of the 60th Rifles defend themselves, somewhere in Spain. Elite Miniatures figures and Herb Gundt built terrain.

I see that it has been awhile since I have posted anything on my blog. I am fairly certain that it is due to post convention depression or burn out. I had been painting AWI Fife & Drum figures almost non-stop since last June (YIKES, almost a full year ago!) in preparation for running an American Revolution game at the Seven Years War Association Convention in March recent. Add to that all of the hustle and bustle of getting my wares ready to sell at the convention, organizing a wargame, and hauling all of the terrain etc., you can begin to see that I have had a lot on my plate.

I feel like I might have finally turned the corner on wargame burnout. I've been working on a couple of squadron of Vistula Lancers for our Napoleonic game this coming weekend (May 12, 2012) and just finished them at midnight Sunday. Spent another hour cutting out lance pennons and gluing them onto the lance poles. The unit is starting to look good, but I still need to terrain their bases to get them ready for their first battle this weekend. I really needed to paint something different for a change of pace. It pains me to say that I was getting tired of painting tricorns, waistcoats and breeches, but that is indeed the case.

And to think, all of this effort and I have to face them on the table top. I'm playing on the British side.

It actually promises to be a rather interesting game. The scenario will divide the action into a morning scouting session followed by the main battle in the afternoon. For the morning scenario, we will game at a 1 to 1 ratio, meaning each figure represents one actual soldier. It will feature largely light cavalry for both sides and the objective will be to find the opponent's army and to secure a favorable position for the rest of your army for the afternoon game.

Bill P. and I will be commanding two of the British brigades for our inaugural BAR Napoleon campaign in Spain. We will be keeping track of casualties, heros and what not as the battalions of infantry and squadrons of cavalry progress through the campaign. So it will not behoove any of the players to "fight to the last man" as such tactics will surely wreck your regiment and send you home to Old Blighty or to a resting place beneath the Spanish sod. The record keeping will be the same system that Bill uses for his Major General Pettygree Colonial campaigns.

I am really looking forward to our campaign in Spain. I have no idea where it will take me and my 87th Regiment of Foot, but it should be quite an adventure.


  1. I'm looking forward to pics of both the lancers and the game.

  2. Me too, Fritz, can't wait to see the lancers! Those 60th rifles look great as well!

  3. Vive l'Empereur! Skewer les Rostbifs!

    I completely understand about painting burnout. My Sassanian project hit the same snag - I just wasn't as into it, and so every setback made things worse!

    My advice is to keep painting other stuff for different projects; something you want to paint, not that you have to paint.

    Also, pictures of the Lancers!

  4. Painting should never be about "I have to" but "I really want to...." The fact is that when a hobby becomes a business it loses a lot of the sense of fun that it once had. I know...been here, done that.
    I am looking forward to seeing the finished lancers and, of course, the battle. BTW, do you make provision for your scouts actually leaving the tabletop with the information they've secured?

  5. Great format for setting up the 'main action' I have often thought that such skirmish actions need to be gamed out to permit the players to 'learn more' about the opponent and thus have a better plan for the main battle.

    You must share your AAR of this stage of the game (planning and the effect of the intel gained via the skirmish action).

  6. CelticCurmudgeon: yes, the scouts must make it back to their own table edge with the information about what they have seen. Otherwise, no report, no idea of what lies on the otherside of the hill. :)

  7. The scouting procedure is:

    Information discovered whether something or nothing will be written down on a piece of paper, placed in an envelope and given to the troopers who did the observing. These troopers need to get back to their HQ where the envelope will be opened. At the end of the recon game, we can redeploy our Brit. forces based on what we learned for the next and much bigger game; the grand finalé.


  8. Oh this sounds like a very cool system - please do keep us posted on the action as well as more pics of your spanish town and church - interesting courtyard and the campaign system sounds excellent and an exciting idea!
    Cheers VFW