In the last days of 2008 my regular wargaming partner and I decided to stage a little campaign in 2009. Mainly it is meant to finally combine our efforts at the painting desk. Until now everyone of us worked on projects he wanted to stage on his own - some took ages to be finished, most didn't even make it to the final.
Therefore we considered what theme/period/conflict would catch our interest and make for a good combined project (i.e. one part of it wouldn't depend on the other one: like a British army of the AWI almost necessarily needs an American foe).
Eventually we agreed upon the German Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) as our leitmotif. Both sides, Protestants and Catholics, were almost interchangable concering dress and tactics (particularly in the second half of the conflict). And with the release of plastic miniatures for this period announced by Warlord Games, bigger forces will become quite affordable.
As a warm-up I dug up a few miniatures purchased a while back from The Assault Group and sat them on my painting list. Admittedly, I'm not convinced by the sculpting quality; but they are not as big as Renegade and Bicorne, and that's a plus for me. Probably I can mix them into some regiments consisting of Perry miniatures (my favorite ones so far); if not, nothing is lost.
Anyway, here's "the start" of the army of Johan t'Serclaes, Count of Tilly, general of the Catholic League - two determined looking cuirassiers:
Once more, my apologies for the quality of the photographs.
Actually I wanted to start with a nice vignette, but there are still some pieces to be done, before it can be completed. Darn... Now there are some other painted miniatures, but these two guys were simply the first to get their base finished. Furthermore, did I mention my heavy distaste for horses - at least en miniature?
As we don't play regularly - and as we have way too much other stuff that shouldn't gather dust - we go for a campaign that doesn't require us to actually meet for every turn or battle. (Thanks to Iron Mitten for inspiration!) So the campaign will get its own site/blog, where we can coordinate our actions and present our progresses. In due time I'll tell you more. ;)