Heretical Gaming is my blog about my gaming life, featuring small skirmishes and big battles from many historical periods (and some in the mythic past or the far future too). The focus is on battle reports using a wide variety of rules, with the occasional rules review, book review and odd musing about the gaming and history. Most of the battles use 6mm-sized figures and vehicles, but occasionally 15mm and 28mm figures appear too.

Monday 5 July 2021

Hobby Update 05 July 2021

The update is that there is nothing that much to an update.  Most of my gaming time has been spent playing role-playing games (or in my case, MC'ing them for my children), typically the first editions of Shadowrun and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying game.  Current home circumstances mean that I am busy both full-time working and taking on most of the domestic responsibilities, which has naturally limited figure gaming and made gaming with the children (primarily RPGs and computer games) more practical; plus I can fit in a quick Playstation game at 10pm for 20 minutes in a way that I am not going to do with a figure game, however small.

I have managed to get in a few games of the old Firepower boardgame, which has been quite promising. 


 I really wanted this when it came out (on the back of a really positive review in Fire & Movement magazine, IIRC...) but never saw it to buy it.  It definitely shows its age in some ways, but the basic game has worked reasonably well.  More to follow when I make it to the advanced game...

The set-up for the basic game. with 'Green' to the left and 'Tan' to the right, in proper 'Army Men' fashion...

Counters represent individuals with their primary weapon (here are two tan soldiers, one with a pistol (PST))

This tan soldier has gone prone in the trees by the road (think maybe the roads are a bit big for the scale)

The green squad goes firm on the hill (the marker indicates posture, so 'P' for prone, 'R' for running, 'C' for crouching).  Pretty much as proposed in WRG's 'Infantry Action' rules.

Painting-wise, I have completed some of Baccus 6mm's rather nice WSS infantry figures:

I guess the purist might want to add in a second Ensign and mess about cutting up command strips and so on so each battalion has both the King's and the Regimental colour.  I could fairly easily live without it.

Another angle.  They were reasonably straightforward to paint, although I didn't find that they were that much easier to paint than Napoleonics.

Because my primary reason for getting them was to do Jacobite Wars rather than Blenheim, they have the post-Union flags.  Not that that will stop me using them for Blenheim of course; and rather closer than the Napoleonics or ECW troops I would otherwise employ!

I did enjoy painting them, so every chance of me getting a few more of these.

I have also had some 15mm Battlefront DAK Infantry on the painting tray, which are pretty much finished they just need basing.  Apart from that, I am doing a few bases of Commanded Shot for my ECW/TYW armies; some Napoleonic British Rocket Artillery; some WW2 British Paras; and a second batch of Grumbler Miniatures Napoleonics, including some more Prussian infantry and some dismounted French Dragoons.

Anyway here is a review of Power Behind the Throne for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st edition (niche) and an alternative 'Former Company Man' for Shadowrun 1st edition (even more niche!), as I have been doing some thinking about and modifications of the pre-generated archetypes for that game.

I did attend the Virtual Joy of Six yesterday.  It definitely wasn't as good as being there in person, but that said, was enjoyable and the organizers and presenters did an excellent job of overcoming some early technical problems and giving the day a bit of momentum.  The discussions were quite informative and there were a few interesting bits of news: Heroic and Ros were saying that Modern Austrians and re-sculpted WW2 Late War Germans and Early War French are all coming soon; Baccus said that Great Italian Wars and some gaps in the Crusades' ranges were on the cards when the Great Northern War re-sculpt was finished.  2d6 Wargaming had some interesting expansion plans.  Someone had some 6mm C19 French Foreign Legion planned (was it GM Boardgames?) So some good bits and pieces for the 6mm gamer.


  1. You have a lot on your plate. Your WSS project is coming along nicely. Did you participate in a game at JoS?

    1. No, since it was virtual, they didn't do any participation games this year, unfortunately. It was more discussion-seminar-panel Q&A format things. Looking forward to doing it in meatspace next year!

  2. I had Firepower when it first came out and seemed to play it a lot …. Though my memory seems to recall quite a big rulebook, not that that was a problem in those days ……. But it is now :-)

    1. I wouldn't say the advanced rulebook is 'that' thick, but it is pretty textually dense...the basic game is fairly simple though.

  3. Firepower looks interesting. I have heard of it but never looked any further. I have too many games I want to play so I will try not to remember it exists!

    I am a follower and reader of your RPG posts on your other blog so aware you are still gaming :-)

    1. Haha! I feel the same, too many great-looking games out there, too little time...

      I was actually thinking about this the other day, in the context of me being a very spoilt man-child. I could pick maybe five or six sets of rules or games out of my collection, and my childhood self would have been absolutely content with it, I think. Now that I am in a position to be more choosy, and am aware of many more options, I have become more fussy!