I've long wanted to do the Crimean War as a wargame project but being restricted to a 6ft x 4ft table and not wanting to stray from 28mm miniatures I thought things might get a bit cramped so I've never gone ahead with it.
Last Year I sorted out some army lists for Wargaming Nineteenth Century Europe by Neil Thomas but even with the limited units allowed the miniature count was high, higher than I wanted to invest the time and money in anyhow.
None the less I kept by lists and planned to use Britannia Miniatures for my armies if it ever happened.
After my visit to the Little Wars Revisited day last week I had the cunning idea of combining the Portable Wargame set up with the Neil Thomas army lists to combine both sets of rules into one glorious project.
The Portable Wargame gives me a reason to have small units which I can then use to play Wargaiming Nineteenth Century if i want a more 'traditional' game. I won't get the spectacle of huge units of massed troops but I wan't going to get that anyway. I'm hoping the flavour of the period will still come through.
The final change to my plan was to not use Britannia miniatures.
I went to put my (rather large) order together on the Britannia site but realised that I didn't like the Russians they did. The Crimea range is an old Britannia range and the miniatures are very 'characterful' in the Britannia style. Many don't like Dave's sculpting style or the overall 'old school' (read: bad) look of the figures but I do and I like painting them.
Not the Russians however, they weren't my cup of tea at all.
After a quick Google I settled on the Great War Miniatures Crimea range sold by Northstar.
My initial purchase will be British and Russian armies with the plan to add some French later.
On Saturday 10th of March 2018 I attended the Little Wars Revisited get together organised by Mike Lewis of Black Hat Miniatures. This was an event for 54mm gaming, much of it in a 'toy soldier' style.
The first game I played was Mike's 54mm version of Bob Cordery's Portable Wargame which is designed to be played on a grid.
It was great fun and got me thinking about what sort of armies I could put together to create my own (in 28mm of course).
It will be no surprise given the title above that I chose the Crimean War.