So, some work on the layout in the last month - and good work it was, too. But most of you don't care about that. I do!
On the French and Indian War front no real progress to report because I had extra work to do on the animals for the convention game. After delivering the animals and seeing where progress was on the figures - worrisome - I volunteered to base and texture same for all the animals as well as paint up ten more beasts, a bull, cow, and calf, four more pigs, one attack dog, a pack horse, and a little burro. In addition, I painted up some of my own figures in the large scale I'd bought for what was mooted as a club imagination game that fizzled. It was eight figures and two chickens being fed by one of those figures - all civilians. In total I painted 92 figures for the game plus I created the wee bit of sea where the sea wolves landed.
And, bye the bye, one of those longships was captured by the Saxon side (my side) and the other came very close to being set on fire. As it were, a number of Viking contingents got left behind. And my group, led by Osgard, got wiped out except for the hero himself who had a nice little mantra: "My father was a wood cutter, his father was a wood cutter, and his father before him back to the sixth generation were wood cutters. Today, I cut down Vikings." And he did, too. He managed to take out a number of Vikings and then engaged in single combat with a Viking hero and managed to 'chop him down' with not so much as a scratch on him. Of course, he hasn't any followers left - but he is now a legend in his little village, a legend that will live on through time.
I will break here to say how nice it was to see virtually every game have a sufficient number of players to be run. Most I observed looked like they were full. I know the coordinators for the event tried to balance out number of games to achieve this and it seemed to work. Though I know at least one person got turned away from a game for lack of space in the game. So, maybe one or two (or three) extra games might have been an improvement. Hard balance to get right, I guess.
Now I can get back to work on my French and Indian War collection. And the honey dew list. That is a long list!
And a minor correction, I did make a tiny bit of progress on the French and Indian War. I've acquired two bags of Woodland Scenics' deciduous trees, 3" to 5" size, to help expand my forest. I plan to use the lighter colored foam for 'light' woods and the darker colored foam for - wait for it - 'heavy' woods. And the medium colored foam foliage? Maybe 'medium' woods? However, since the medium color can seem to be lighter or darker according to which of the other two it's near, I think I will also do something a bit different in how I texture the tree bases (3 trees to a base is my plan). I'll use a lighter colored texturing under the lighter trees and darker under the darker trees but try for a distinctly noticeable 'blotch' mix under the medium colored trees to make them more readily recognizable. My goal is 36 bases of 3 trees each, 12 bases in each color scheme. That should be enough to give a good size table good coverage. Especially since I also plan to add treeless bases of brush and taller grasses and other obstructions - like rock piles. In general, I like a crowded terrain on the table for most games but it is a requirement in my mind to do a proper French and Indian War game.