New Year, New Projects … or …?

It is now the middle of January 2018 and already over 4% of the year has passed by. Normally at the start of the year I sit down and consider wargaming projects and other items I want to get through in the coming year at the same time reflecting on the previous years efforts. So, what did I achieve in 2017. Pretty much nothing. I did read a few books,  I did clean up and prepare some figures for painting at some time in the future, I had a couple of wargames (DBA in 6mm) with a mate and I finally got off my expansive behind and went to the Makati Marauders and played some boardgames. I also added a little to the lead-pile – mostly in the area of aeronefs and 1/1200 scale coastal ships although there was one 6mm Cold War Commander army added as well. I bought a lot of rare earth magnets too.

Not very much really.

What do I have planned for tonight? Same as every night Pinky, World Domination! Oops, sorry, channeling Pinky and the Brain

Plans for 2018? Paint. Game. Read!

Painting

I have a substantial lead pile here and this includes 2017 purchases as well as stock I brought up from mum’s on my last trip back to Oz. The painting queue starts with completing the painting and basing for the 6mm CWC Danish followed by the 6mm BKCII Italians.

Next under brush is likely to be the 1/1200 scale coastal forces – British and Germans first, then the Italians.

Completing the painting of the BKCII Japanese is the last of the already prepared items to be painted in immediate painting queue.

Preparation and Painting

Now we start to get into the lead-pile in earnest. So many choices here:

  • Imperial Skies Aeronefs
  • 2mm ground forces for Aeronefs
  • 1/3000 scale warships for WW1 (Jutland)
  • 1/3000 scale warships for WW2 (Matapan, Philippine Sea, Bismark, Spanish, Dutch)
  • 1/3000 scale modern naval fleet (Russian)
  • 6mm Punic Wars DBA project
  • Spacecraft
  • 1/2400 ancient naval vessels
  • 1/2400 Napoleonic naval
  • 6mm BKCII Hungarians
  • BKCII Late War Soviets

The list goes on!

Construction

There are a number of kits at home as well – both modern tanks in 1/72 scale and 1/700 scale World War 2 battleships. I would like to get back into modelling again and refresh/rediscover my previous modelling skills.

Reading

I have a fallen behind on my reading rate lately. I want to get back to averaging a book every two weeks. Fiction for relaxation, non-fiction for learning and challenging my thinking.

Gaming

As I have been particularly inert in getting to the local gaming clubs, I need to get off my rapidly becoming more extensive bottom and get to the local club at least once every two weeks.

So, that is the plan for 2018. Somewhat less structured than previous years but a guide to the next few months never-the-less.

Watch this space for updates.

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Knuckles

When I was a kid growing up in Australia we used to play a game called “Knuckles”. It was based around the “knuckle” from a leg of lamb. We would have 5 or 6 knuckles and play the game by tossing the knuckles into the air, catch them on the back of our hand then toss them back into the air and catch as many as we could in the palm of our hand. The remaining knuckles fell to the ground and were retrieved by tossing one knuckle into the air and whilst it was still airborne, pick up 1, 2, 3 or 4 knuckles from the ground, then catching the airborne knuckle before it hit the ground.

I got to try the Mongolian equivalent of this game last night. Here the “knuckle” is referred to as the “ankle bone” of a sheep. Instead of throwing a knuckle into the air, a short length of chain is used – kind of like a bracelet. More importantly, instead of playing with 5 or 6 knuckles, we played with a couple of hundred.

The knuckles are in a pile in the centre of a group of players. The chain is tossed into the air and a group of knuckles is moved from the pile. You then have to retrieve the pile of knuckles you moved by tossing the chain into the air again, picking the group of knuckles up, then catching the chain before it hits the ground. Winner is maybe the person with the most knuckles at the end.

A variation was that we all started with a pile of 30 knuckles. These were placed into the centre (there were 4 of us playing so that was 120 knuckles in the middle). Play around until all knuckles are retrieved. Then take the person with the lowest score (usually me) and count their knuckles. If, for example, they had 21, then all players would put 21 in the centre and play around again until all were retrieved.

This continues until a player has no knuckles left (again, usually me). I guess eventually that person drops out and they keep playing in a similar way until there is only one winner.

It was enjoyable (and kind of a reversion back to my childhood) to play the game again.