Monday, March 24, 2014

Expanding the Library, not the Lead Pile - the Challenge Economics.

Curt has recently posted some interesting statistics about the economic impetus of the recently completed I've been pretty good about restraining my purchase impulse during the Challenge. The only figures I purchased were a set of Foundry Darkest Africa European Ladies Two off ebay, rebranded as Roses of the Empire - DA018:

Terrain and base purchases were a bit more extravagant. I bought 60 2mmx25mm diameter and 20 3mmx30mm diameter slotted bases from Warbases, along with a bunch of their counters to use for missile salvo markers in Silent Death and Full Thrust. I also bought one of their Long Walls from the Middle Eastern range. It's a bit thin for anything but a building wall, but it's inexpensive, ships well, fit together nicely and with a textured spray paint, wash and dry brush will look splendid.
I also purchased a 28mm domed Middle Eastern building off ebay. It's roughly three stories, with two balconies/verandahs, and the option of either a dome or a flat roof. I am setting up to do mostly skirmishish (1 snuffy figure represents roughly two real snuffies, and "heroes" are 1:1), so buildings that allow figure placement inside them are essential. 

 I also purchased two Ziterdes Desert Sanctuaries (for about half retail) off Amazon. Unfortunately, they're one piece castings, so they'll have to serve as towers and impenetrable areas. I'm thinking of making a compound with four of them, connected by some Warbases walls.
But the main expenditures have been in books (and paying off that pesky library fine, because they expect the damn things back). The following recently arrived from Amazon:
  • Beyond the Khyber Pass: The Road to British Disaster in the First Afghan War ~ John H. Waller
  • Donald Featherstone's Wargaming Campaigns ~ John Curry
  • Donald Featherstone's Solo Wargaming ~ John Curry
The following are also on order:
  • Richard Simkin's Uniforms of the British Army: The Cavalry Regiments ~ W. Y. Carman
  • The Seleucid Army: Organization and Tactics in the Great Campaigns (Cambridge Classical Studies) ~ Bezalel Bar-Kochva
Half-Price Books also made the mistake of issuing a 50% off coupon, and it was promptly pillaged. I think the building is still standing, but don't hold me to it. The haul:
  • Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire ~ Robin Waterfield
  • The Victor's Crown: A History of Ancient Sport from Homer to Byzantium ~ David Potter
  • That Sweet Enemy: The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present ~ Robert and Isabelle Tombs
  • Fusiliers: Eight Years with the Redcoats in America ~ Mark Urban
  • Napoleon's Immortals: The Imperial Guard and its Battles, 1804-1815 ~ Andrew Uffindell
  • Blue-Water Empire: The British in the Mediterranean Since 1800 ~ Robert Holland
  • The Opium Wars: The Addiction of One Empire and the Corruption of Another ~ W. Travis Hanes III and Frank Sanello
  • The Afghan Way of War: How and Why They Fight ~ Robert Johnson
  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, The West and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War ~ Stephen Platt
  • Invading Mexico: America's Continental Dream and the Mexican War, 1846-1848 ~ Joseph Wheelan
  • Hero of Beecher Island: The Life and Military Career of George A. Forsyth ~ David Dixon
  • The Wilderness Campaign ~ Gary W. Gallagher, Ed
  • Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918 ~ James Barr
  • Operation Kronstadt: The True Story of Honor, Espionage, and the Rescue of Britain's Greatest Spy, The Man with the Hundred Faces ~ Harry Ferguson
I also passed on a few books about the Victorians and Dickensian London. In retrospect, they were both possibly worthy purchases, and I may snap them up later. Generally, I prefer hardbacks to paperbacks - they last better, and travel better.

So that's my contributions to the wargaming economy during Challenge-Time. Anything picked up at the SYW convention this weekend will be counted separately.


DeanM said...

Great looking projects. I like the Foundry Victorian Huntresses. Best, Dean

Robert Herrick said...

Thanks Dean. I wish I could claim credit for the paint jobs, but they're not mine. All the completed photos (Foundry and Ziterdes) are their promotional ones to give you an idea what the figures or the buildings look like.


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