Friday, 1 January 2021

The Plan - 2021

Welcome 2021. I wonder what you have in store for us? So here's my thoughts on DM's plan for the year. Past experience will show that only a modicum will get done and that other stuff will come in from left field, but its a start:


15mm Burma - having got the vehicles and artillery sorted out last year I will do the same with the infantry. Rules are still a problem, but I might just adapt the rules I have for 10mm Vietnam as they should work with a few tweaks.

AK47 - I will rebase the AK47 army I bought from Mike Slack many years ago. This was a pretty big haul of figures which I put on AK47 sized bases but never finished off. Some repaint and detailing also needed

10mm Vietnam - a hold over from last year, the Pendraken figures are on the bookcase shaming me every time I look at them. And its their 2nd anniversary in April.

ACW Naval 1/1200 - I have a load of riverine craft that i need to base and a couple of Union frigates to finish. I'd also like to build up my supply of riverside terrain such as buildings, wharves etc.

Sci Fi subs - tied in wit the rules below I want to expand the number of non-Stingray sci fi subs that I have on hand. I printed a few last year, just need to finish them off.

Other than that there are lots of “Odds and Sods” that I want to finish off, including making use of the the various ancient/medieval odds to make generic “rabble” bases and a Mahdi command stand for my Sudan campaign. I have a feeling  might also knock up a couple of new Full Thrust fleets in an "Expanse" style (there are a few 3D models that look OK and I have some old Halo models that also have the right look about them) - but thats definitely a side project.



Napoleonic fleet action. I've had "Far Distant Ships" finished for about a year, at last the rules themselves. They need to have "proper words" written around them. I may also look at a Crimean “bridging” set to cover the gap between these and "Broadside and Ram". Once that's dome I'll just about have a complete set from ancients to the end of WW2 (if the fleet action set works well for the late 1500s to mid 1700s - I may need to work on that as well).

Narrow Sea - I will sort out the campaign system. Again, notes and the basis system are done, what will take the effort is the theatre specific tables and maps/charts that will provide the detail.

I will try to get my campaign for the War of the Triple Alliance finished. Lots of notes done, campaign system nearly there, the (very linear, given its a riverine campaign) map is there in rough note form. When its done this will work with "Dahlgren and Columbiad" but should be OK for just about any ironclad set. 

Sci Fi Subs - with "Incredible Voyages" finished I will look to work the system back to its roots in future science fiction rather than Victorian. This will be a generic sci fi approach with background (but when its done there will, of course, be an unofficial "Stingray" variant as well).

Project X - to be honest this is done and dusted. I'm just waiting on a manufacturer to start producing the models which should have started last Summer but which was stopped in its tracks by covid. Details soon (I hope!)

Thats quite a lot I've put on my slop chit - I reckon of I get 2/3 of those done I'll be happy. Bring on 2021!!


  1. Quite a list -- do you expect anything coming on Convoy Action?

  2. Bring it on indeed! Sounds like it will be a busy year?

  3. Happy New Year. I'm looking forward to the Narrow Seas campaign, sci-fi subs, and Napoleonic fleet action (I'm hoping this will also have options for smaller ships and frigate actions). I'm always curious about your Project X comments.

  4. What ever happened to your Airwar 1940 rules?

    1. They were finished many, many years ago. I waiting for Wessex Games to publish them.

    2. Do you David own the IP of the Airwar, or is Airwar required to be published through Wessex Games?

      I've contacted Wessex Games in two ways to ask about both the unpublished Airwar's, and the possibility to just at least have them published as PDF's at Wargames vault, since you say they are finished. But no answers although marked as read by WG. There's also a lot of other peoples posts they don't seem to respond to.

      So it sadly seems that either you publish them (here's to hoping, and hoping some more!), or I guess we will never see the light of them :(

      Either way, thank you for Airwar C21!