Sunday, 6 August 2017

Man of Tin and his 192 hexes of joy

In the breaks from sitting at my computer trying to re-write my Spanish Civil War book, I have been taking the occasional peek at Man of Tin's two blogs. The first (Man of Tin blog) has had three recent blog entries that have all been very worthwhile reading. They were entitled:
The first of these has set me off on the path of making my own Heroscape 192 hex wargame board, the second has made me give thought to writing a skirmish version of my PORTABLE WARGAME rules, and the last was just great fun and showed just what a wargamer can achieve on a small playing surface if they put their mind to it.


The latter led me to his second blog, SIDETRACKED. Like a lot of wargamers of my acquaintance, Man of Tin enjoys model railways and particularly the overlap between the two hobbies. The latest entries on SIDETRACKED explain how he set up the BLOWING UP DESERT TRAINS skirmish as well as giving a detailed battle report.

I do find Man of Tin's approach to wargaming very engaging and his obvious enthusiasm is quite infectious.

Man of Tin also has a third blog entitled POUND STORE PLASTIC WARRIORS which is also well worth visiting, especially if you are one of those people – like me – who are always looking quizzically at the cheap bags of plastic toy soldiers that are on sale in the various pound shops that are such a feature of modern Britain's high streets ... and wondering whether you ought to buy some!

4 comments:

  1. Hello Bob
    Glad you've enjoyed the blog this week, many thanks for the kind words and the blog mentions. It's been a good week or so for me for gaming. Working on a new historical more unusual scenario idea this week, not altogether unconnected to railways.
    Enjoy browsing the Pound stores, always always in hope!
    Mark, Man of TIN blog

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    1. MIN ManofTin (Mark),

      Credit where credit is due, old chap; I've really found your blog quite inspiring, and I have my own 192 hex board on my worktable as I write this reply.

      I am giving serious thought to painting the hexes that I will use on my board, and may even add some flock and/or static grass to some of them. I've done that in the past, and the results were more than passable,

      Keep up the excellent work ... and I am looking forward to reading more about your new scenario.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Between you and the M of T, I am sorely tempted to look at getting hold of this Heroscape stuff. I've taken a sneak peek at their wares in their web site. What may stop me is a matter of storage space....

    Your articles on the topic make very interesting reading!

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    1. Archduke Piccolo,

      The problem I had was not storage (some large Really Useful Boxes were just right for that task) but actually getting hold of some of the hexes in the first place ... and then a few years ago - when the game was discontinued - TKMaxx (a large retail chain that specialises in selling ends of ranges etc.) had loads of boxed sets for sale. I bought as many as I could, and have 'topped up' my collection from eBay every so often.

      It is certainly a good alternative to Hexon II if you don't mind using smaller hexes, and can be used in place of the terrain boards that come with games like BATTLE CRY, MEMOIR '44, and C&C.

      All the best,

      Bob

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