Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Blog? What blog?

I think we have finally reached a modicum of stability in the realm of family and health issues. No boring details here, though, since this is an ImagiNation after all!

So, what has the Landgraf been up to on the gaming front? Plenty of different things with no guiding principle.

First and most enjoyable, Ray came and visited. In the weeks leading up to his visit, something got us directed at Memoir '44. This WW2 board game with miniatures is a lot of fun, but I had not played it in years and Ray not at all. Well, we took care of that!

Ray now owns everything put out for the system, and I'm not far behind. During the weekend he was here, we played at least 12 games (six scenarios, swapping sides after each game). We thoroughly enjoyed it.

M44 is one of Richard Borg's Command & Colours series. I had bought the C&C version of Battle Cry at Cold Wars 2001 after playing it under Mr. Borg's guidance all afternoon. So I pulled it out for Ray and I to try.

Somehow, eight years later, the game is still mint: figures on sprues, counters unpunched, heck even the dice stickers are still on their sheet. Ray informed me that the game is being sold on Ebay and other places for a tidy sum. So, punch out and play or save and sell?? We decided to leave it for now.

But that led to all kinds of C&C-related excursions. We went looking for Napoleonic versions, especially ones we could play using our 28mm miniatures. I almost bought myself a set of Kallistra Hexon for my birthday to make into a miniatures game. Ray and I are still discussing it.

Our interest in GW's War of the Ring faded quickly. Even though I actually sat down and painted a dozen figures or so. Really!

I have made several book and terrain purchases (the Landgraf's pontoon train arrived today from PMCGames, for example), including the reprint of the classic His Britannic Majesty's Army in Western Germany by Eighteenth Century Press. And now I'm anxiously awaiting the third and final volume of Jack Gill's history of Napoleon's 1809 campaign.

On the ImagiNation front, my preorder of Eureka Miniatures' Saxon cavalry has arrived. Beautiful figures! The Empress will no doubt be please by this accession to her strength: 8 squadrons of cavalry, two each of cuirassiers, dragoons, chevaulegers, and hussars, plus a dismounted squadron for each of the two light regiments.

I did run my Le Petit Empereur game at ChimaeraCon 2009. It looked good, but only played through once or twice. See a couple of pics here.

I am working on some plans right now for the rest of the year. My Saxon cavalry, Mittel-Nirgendwo infantry, and various Minden Miniatures are all crying out to be painted, but I am sorely tempted by my Napoleonic lead pile. Hopefully, another post will follow soon with real progress to be noted.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ed v. H-F


andygamer said...

Welcome back and take care.

Capt Bill said...

Glad to see your return!

Bluebear Jeff said...

Long time, no see . . . welcome back. I fully understand about those "health issues" since I've had several myself. It is good to hear from you again.

-- Jeff

Fitz-Badger said...

Hear! Hear! Welcome back! I missed reading about Graf Bogey and all.

Frankfurter said...

good to have you back on board!
After all, I need a good backdoor to the Hesse Seewald alliance :)
And very glad you and your buddy got to get some good game time in!

Ed Youngstrom said...

Thank you all for the support. I guess I'm just at that point in life where these kinds of things happen.

My first project is to get the Eureka Dutch finished off and paraded. The small state of Snibor-Renraw has yet to decide where its loyalties lie in the Emperor vs. Elector debate...

ColCampbell50 said...


Glad you are back.

Jim of ColCampbell's Barracks

David said...

Welcome back!

As you may have seen, I took up the baton where you laid it down and have been producing coloured templates for some time now. Thanks for helping to prod me into it! :-)

All the best,


Frankfurter said...

Don't let those horrible Cheezers in Limburg force you into some smelly deal!

Martin said...

Hi Ed,

Welcome back! I too have missed my Hesse-Fedora fix! Post early and often when you get the chance.

Ed Youngstrom said...

Again, thanks to everyone for leaving a note.

David--I think you've taken the whole template and coloured template to a level that I only hoped to reach. Congratulaions, and thanks for an absolutely wonderful resource.


David said...

Thanks, Ed. :-) Glad you like the way the blog's gone; lots more to add yet. Who would have thought that the SYW has such an endless arrray of uniforms to depict?

Looking forward to more of your postings...

All the best,