Budget Wargaming

This hobby can be very expensive to say the least. Especially if you play GW Games. How can we keep costs down for both table top miniatures Games and board wargames?


Self made model of Mount Fuji, total cost: $3.00

A good friend pointed out that by buying figures at eBay or other auctions, the figs are only cheap if they ship from your country.

The gentleman at the Budgethammer Blog recommended a search like this for GW figures in order to get the best deals:

warhammer -bowl -rings -white -epic

He says:

“Firstly, it cancels out a number of words that tend to clog up Warhammer searches that I’m not personally interested in. “-bowl” gets rid of any Blood Bowl minis (I love Blood Bowl, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t like the old GW models and there’s a surprising amount of it on eBay), without hiding any Blood Angels stuff. “-rings” hide Lord of the Rings stuff, again of which there is a lot of. “-white” hides the Warhammer magazine, White Dwarf, and “-epic” hides all the Epic 40,000 stuff.
The search is set to ignore all Auctions and only display Buy It Now options. It hides all Business accounts/shops, only displaying Private sellers. Lastly, it orders it by Most Recently Listed.”


Ian Dickie in his book, “Wargaming on a Budget,” discusses things like:

“He offers sound practical advice on buying and building your armies (should you opt for metal, plastic, or even card, and in which scale?), gaming tables, terrain, buildings and even storage solutions. As well as purely financial constraints, Iain Dickie also recognizes the fact that available space is another major restriction for many gamers and tackles this issue too. Now you’ve got no excuse not to get wargaming!”

Indeed choosing plastic over metal, or a smaller scale such as 2mm over 28mm, both of these will save you money.


Irregular Miniatures is one of the cheapest if not the cheapest producer of metal miniatures. GW is perhaps the most expensive. Going for 20 mm soft plastic miniatures makes our hobby very cheap indeed.

The Wargamer online magazine has more ideas on keeping wargame costs down.

Rules:

There`s a plethora of free rules available for miniatures play from all periods.  Just do a web search for “free wargame rules,”  or “free table top miniatures rules,” something like that.  Many rule sets have been a labour of love by their author, and have been play tested over many years with friends and relatives.  Some of the free rules are actually better than the rules which are rushed out to make publishing deadlines by the major companies.  And frankly, the rules are what make or break the game.

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AI for Solo War games

AI for Solo War games

I have often espoused the opinion to much scoffing, that all table top war-games be they with figures or board war games, should include a solitaire system with good AI.   Most in the industry or simply people like me who love to play games usually disagreed.

Thankfully, these days, there are game designers, who share my feeling – Dan Versen and others feel the same way and back that up by including solo rules and challenging solo opponents.

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I have often thought: Would it be possible to make a solo AI for board war gamers, that was not only generic enough that it could be used with most games, but would be challenging too.

Do any of you know of such a system?

I would love to hear from you in the comments section  below.  Is there some kind of computer software that we could use?

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Years and years ago, I used to convert many of my board war games to the computer using the scenario editor of various computer war games I had.  Tanks was one of them,and Empire Deluxe was another.  The AI of the latter was not very good, so unless you played the vastly weaker side, it made for a boring game.

I would love to hear your comments below!

Visiting Japan? Check out the guests houses that are loaded with games!

Those Canadians, eh

> > A Canadian Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals
from the Canadian, US, English, Australian and French Navies.
At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of
officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone
was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French
Admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages,
North Americans generally learn only English. He then asked, ‘Why is it
that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
speaking French?’
Without hesitating, the Canadian Admiral replied ‘Maybe it’s because the
Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have
to speak German.’
You could have heard a pin drop.

> > When Robert Whiting, an elderly Canadian gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris
by plane he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on at
French Customs.
‘You have been to France before, monsieur?’ the customs officer asked sarcastically..
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
The official replied, ‘Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.’
The Canadian said, ‘The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.’
‘Impossible, Monseur. Canadians always have to show passports on arrival
in France !’
The Canadian senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly
explained, ‘Well, when I came ashore on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate
this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.’
You could have heard a pin drop.

> > Canadians are Cool.

–Sent via Tom Anderson

Samurai History

The Yahoo Group Samurai history, examines Japanese
history of the Samurai. I will let them tell you more:

This group, is for the examination of Japanese history, focusing on the Samurai history of Japan prior to 1886. Questions, statements, and discussions about Japanese Samurai history are all welcome. Please be sure to check the archives when you join, as any questions you may have might have already been discussed in depth. Also, please check the ‘Top Misconceptions of the Samurai’ for information on misunderstood points of the Samurai class of Japan before posting, and also realize that this is a history list.

And don’t forget to join the Samurai Archives Citadel – the online community for Japanese history and culture, with forums covering topics such as history, culture, entertainment, Japanese martial arts, anime, and current events.

The Management of the list reserves the right to delete any posts without warning or explanation.

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Go to the Group at Yahoo Groups

J-Tank Magazine

J-Tank is the Japanese tank study group in which I participate. It
publishes the magazine “J-Tank” on Japanese tanks and armored vehicles
twice a year. The text of the magazine is in Japanese, but it has many
interesting photos which cannot be seen elsewhere. For more details, see
the following page.

Read J-Tank Now

Taki

Senshagun

The morning light shines on a village in Europe just before the offensive is to begin.

The Japanese Tank Discussion Group

Unlike the publications available to the legions of enthusiasts interested in the Wunderwaffe of the German war effort, there is no central forum available to those of us who are interested in the armored forces of Imperial Japan…until now.

Through the services of Yahoo!Groups, I have decided to modernize my newsletter on the topic and invite others to contribute to Senshagun, the only publication dedicated to the study of this somewhat obscure topic.

The parameters are simple. Senshagun is interested in postings on the following topics:

1) Japanese armored vehicles and related vehicles from the so-called “Imperial” period, running from circa 1917 (the approximate acquisition date of the first Japanese tank) through 1945 (the end of the Japanese empire)

b) Information on Japanese armored units, either in the terms of order of battle and TO&E, or pertaining to their employment during the wars fought by Japan within the period.

c) Information on Japanese military personnel involved in armored operations or vehicle design and manufacturing during the period

d) Information on the location and condition of any relics (museum vehicles, privately held vehicles, range targets, or whatever) pertaining to the topic.

This is not a modeling group per se, although much of what might be discussed would be of use to those interested in the modeling of military miniatures. Similarly, there may be some spill-over into the world of wargaming (aka “conflict simulations”, both paper- and computer-based).

This group is moderated, and any postings not conforming to the above criteria will be removed. Each criterion stands on its own, but I will make exceptions for postings that may cut across more than one.

Terry Stibal
sensha@earthlink.net
Moderator, Senshagun