For 2015, my gaming will involve both old favorites - Napoleonics, Seven Years War imagi-nations, Very British Civil War, and American War of Independence - as well as a couple of new game systems - Pulp Alley and Lion Rampant.
I'll be running a Napoleonic game at our regional gaming convention, Bayou Wars, in June. The game will be a what-if rearguard action between Marshall Grouchy's retreating wing of the Grand Armee and Generalleutnant von Thielmann's III Korps of the Prussian Army after the Battle of Wavre. I'll have a test of the scenario in May. I still have some more French infantry to paint for the test and the convention game.
Between now and then, I'll be running a SYW game pitting the forces of the Elector against those of the Emperor and King. This will be another of the semi-linked campaign between the Electorische Armee Thüringen (Germanians and Britannians) and the Reichsarmee Oberer-Sachsen (Imperialist and Gallians). I have some Gallian (French) troops to paint, specifically the Royal Ecossais Regiment. I'll also be running a Very British Civil War game in my ongoing campaigning between the Royalist/BUF forces and the Anglican/Socialist forces along the border between Essex and Suffolk, northeast of London. I think all the troops I'll need for this are already painted.
Later this month I'll introduce our group to Dave and Mila Phipps' excellent Pulp Alley rules. We'll pit a menagerie of various Leagues in a hunt for the magical Dingus. And probably in April, if not sooner, I'll introduce our group to Daniel Mersey's new Lion Rampant medieval rules. They remind me a lot of the venerable Rules by Ral which our group uses already so I'm hoping for an easy transition to these rules.
And to begin 2015, I introduce a unit of British Loyalists for our American War of Independence armies. The Royal Highland Emigrants were raised in 1775 from discharged veterans of several French and Indian War Highland regiments as well as new recruits from Highland emigrants to Canada and the American colonies. There were two battalions raised, with the second being employed primarily in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and then the southern American Colonies. The regiment was taken onto the British establishment as the 84th Foot. My battalion is the Second Battalion and consists of a mix of Dixon and Old Glory figures that I acquired via eBay. They originally were to be additional companies for my SYW imagi-nation Campbell's Highland Legion but the figures just didn't fit well with the original figures I used in the Legion. They are mounted in six 3-figure stands per our standard organization.
This battalion will get its baptism of fire when our friend Tim C journeys from North Carolina to Mississippi to run a Carnage and Glory computer-driven game on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 19. We've never used this computer based rule system but we are looking forward to seeing how it works with our style of play.