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Hey y’all, what’s up? I am the great Cthulhu, star of the upcoming wargame “Flintlocks against the Gods or, if you prefer, Godawful monsters vs. yokels in matching coats”

The game is still out in the future a little bit, but there will be great pics and astonishing details as the story unfolds.

Photo and paint: Kenny Nines

 

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There are lots of wargames, and more coming out every day as players construct rules systems that suit their tastes for scale, realism and game mechanics.

For most of us, the miniatures wargaming hobby is an evolution of the immortal classic “Green Army Men in the Sandbox”. The tactics and strategy become more sophisticated (sometimes) and etiquette and protocol become stringent. For instance, fielding a unit (let alone an army) of unpainted miniatures is a sign that a player has no class.

The English Civil War cavalry in the image above are 28mm, or 1:56 scale and, as you can see, are beautifully painted. There are other miniature scales, from 1:9, which is kind of big to actually play with, unless the battle scenario is something like a bar fight, all the way down to 1:6000, which works well for large scale WWII sea battles. I like 28mm, as the miniatures are large enough to show good detail, but small enough to work with the games I like to play on my table which is 5’X7’4″ when fully extended.

Photo: Kenny Nines  Paint and table: This English guy at Historicon 2017

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Here’s a dirty continental soldier from the American Revolution in 28mm.

Paint and photo: Kenny Nines

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This is my table, all closed up and only moderately cluttered. The large black thing hanging over the edge is my friend Archie. The things  you see underneath are supplies for creating the scene for the battle. A lot of players still like to do this the old way, making buildings and terrain features by hand but, as the hobby has grown and new technologies have developed, it has become pretty easy for any player to set up a really nice table.

Photo: Kenny Nines  Archie: Buncombe County Humane Society

Here’s a really nice table:

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This is an American Civil War scenario which takes place in or near Gettysburg, PA, but isn’t exactly the battle of Gettysburg, just a little piece. It played out over two evenings, about six hours, and was very exciting. The attacking Confederates advanced bravely into heavy Union fire and the Union was no match for their cold steel. The tide was turned, however, when Union reinforcements arrived early on the Confederate left with overwhelming force. Once this happened, though the Rebels were fighting hard on the right, it was just a matter of time, so the battle was decided by both sides to have ended with a union victory.

Photos: Kenny Nines, Paint and table: Mark Cramer

This post is really nothing more than a microscopic scratch in the surface of this great hobby. There are Dwarves, aircraft carriers, Neanderthals, starships, pretty much any instance where people have a difference of opinion can be made into a wargame. What can I say? It keeps me off the streets.

In the interest of equal exposure, as well as for the benefit of Nick, here’s Milton.

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Let’s try this again…

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Here’s some bee balm

 

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and a walnut tree.

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Gotta have some kitties

 

Let’s see if this shows up