When I was at SELWG on Sunday I got chatting to the guys from the Maidstone Wargames Society about their Operation Deadstick Game. They showed me some of the 3D buildings they had made specially for this game and of course the Bridges were made this way as well. All very impressive and the finished game looked very impressive as well as being historically accurate. But the thing that caught my attention was the fact that they were using Micro Armour (1:285 or 6mm scale) with a simplified version of the Flames of War rules.
Then later in the show, up on the 'balcony' area, I came across a huge micro armour game of the Arab Israeli war with dozens of tanks and helicopters in an epic tank clash. The seeds of an idea were beginning to be planted....
|Streatham & Tooting Wargamers - Arab Israeli War|
Perhaps ill advisedly I mentioned this to the other Rejects and after that I was doomed. It was like having three little devils sitting on my shoulder whispering "Buy, buy, buy..." into my ear. I didn't stand a chance, and in the end I did purchase a few tanks, just to give them a try out. However I should say that common sense kicked in and I managed to restrained my impulse purchase to just a small 'sample' of models. I wanted to see how they painted up, explore some rule systems online and decide on what period I wanted to play before I threw some serious money at a completely new project.
Now that I have had a couple of days to think this over I'm really getting excited by the prospect of 'branching out' into other theatres of WWII beyond my normal focus on the Normandy Campaign. In particular I have long had an interest in the conflict in the Western Desert in 1940-41 and maybe - through the relatively inexpensive models of companies like GHQ and others - I will get a chance to play this particular period after all. There are several army sets I could buy or I could build up my forces a little bit at a time. Whatever I decide it most definitely won't break the bank with an Army pack coming in less than the cost of a single platoon of tanks for Flames of War!
Rest easy folks, I'm not about to abandon 15mm wargaming, but it does increasingly look like I'll be scaling down and building some new armies for some Western Desert action in the near future.