Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Picture of the Day: Ian Weekley Buildings

 


I was scrolling through some old pictures that I took in 2022 when I had a large SYW setup on my game table. It featured two small villages with houses made by Ian Weekley. I commissioned these buildings with Ian back in 1986-87 years and I think that they still hold up well today compared to laser cut and resin buildings. I also think that they have a sort of ramshackle appearance that is both charming and more realistic for a small German town in the 1700s.

By the way, does anyone even have an interest in the Seven Years War era anymore? I’m not seeing it in my convention games, which were totally skunked for lack of players signing up. Figure sales for SYW figures are significantly lower, but are offset somewhat by a rise in AWI figure sales. This might be a function of people still trying to paint all of the figures that they bought during the COVID lockdowns around the world. Figure manufacturers of all stripes had a once in a lifetime bump up in sales during that period.

Finally, blog viewership is also lower. I’ve had some recent posts that failed to garner even 100 views which is shockingly off from peak viewership. ACW and 19th Century Colonials are significantly higher than SYW articles. I am a bit baffled, but I shall keep doing my own thing and sharing my activities on my blog.

 I still have a post about my recent Napoleonic game in the works and I will drop it on the blog this week (hopefully). I’m thinking that a 28mm Napoleonic Peninsula War  game might be my  convention game for the 2025 season. I can do this type of game on one table rather than the three tables that I’ve needed for my 54mm games. Hmm, 54mm Napoleonics. Now there’s an interesting idea, although I also have 54mm Hannibal lurking in the background.


 

12 comments:

  1. There is indeed something about handmade buildings that really lends itself to models of this type... all the little errors add up to a more authentic look than a "perfect" laser cut or print would have.

    As for SYW, in my mind it has always been less popular than Napoleonics and AWI, but you should have the data to say for sure!

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    1. With the 250th anniversary of the AWI starting next year I would imagine that there will be a surge in interest across all aspects of the hobby. I will probably create some discount army packs or battle packs for AWI figures.

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    2. On my goodness, I started my AWI armies with the 200th anniversary "surge" !

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  2. Gorgeous buildings. SYW will have its renaissance when Ridley Scott makes his new movie Frederick, staring Russel Crowe.

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    1. From Colin A by the way….

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    2. He will,probably have Croat paratroopers landing out of the sky to capture San Souci

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  3. I'm happy to read whatever you blog and await the Napoleonics with interest.
    I have not painted anything for the 18th century since I collected Minifigs and went back to Napoleonics due to the interests of friends. Now I paint troops pre Marlborough or post Napoleon and get my 18th century fix by seeing what others are doing.
    As for purchases I add small numbers throughout the year and try not to build a lead hill. I am trying to complete some units before a kickstarter arrives in the Autumn that will take me back to the Dark Ages.
    Stephen

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  4. Appreciate sharing your observations on figure sales. SYW never was popular. I have full Prussian and Austrian armies but rarely use them. May end up selling them...but they are pretty. I am in a gaming group with new players that play ancients and Napoleonic with the old guys, but they seem to light up to skirmish games, particularly WW2.

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    1. I believe that WW2 is far and away the most popular Wargame period. It is well supported by lots of rules (Two Fat Lardies in particular and Bolt Action) and a wide variety of figures in almost every size.

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  5. If we're talking the 2024 SYWA convention, I'd be one of the guilty parties, and I'm sorry. Got there but didn't play. (I will note that none of the games were rules I was familiar with, or said "simple rules/rules will be taught.") You probably suffer on number of hits for a blog post since Ross Mac stopped posting links. My habit was to keep him on my task bar and use his links, and I doubt I was unique. Have confidence. Things cycle around.

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    1. I get most of my traffic from the Elector Versus Emperor blog.

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