If you're a regular here at Sound Officer's Call you've noticed a distinct DROP-OFF in activity. Instead of boring you with the nuances of my incredibly busy and hectic life as of late, please allow me to fall back, regroup, and offer a small preview of what's to come!
Currently I have a number of projects that I would consider to be "open."
WWII German DAK Infantry Battalion - I have 4 completed stands out of 12 for my DAK Infantry Battalion (or Crossfire Company, depending on how you look at it). Currently there are 4 stands that just need flocked that will bring me to 8/12. The rest of the unit is on popsicle sticks with a drop or 2 of paint on them. The sooner I get them done, the sooner I can start my 8th Army Brits. Doesn't look like there will be any North Africa battles anytime soon.
Snappy Nappies Project - I have 1 single 18-figure French Battalion painted and based on 3 stands. I would like to paint up at least 10 Battalions, an Artillery Battery, as well as a Cavalry Squadron and some command stands for a proper game of Shako or a very large Volley and Bayonet game. This project is definitely underway as I have 1 more French Battalion and a British Battalion in the works waiting for their paint.
Disposable Heroes / Modern Warfare 2 Invasion USA Project - This project just kind of stopped which is unfortunate because I've got the BTR, the Hind, and the rest of the infantry platoon basecoated. I still need to flock my current Russian squad!
Disposable Heroes Modern (SOCWAD) Iraq Project - all done! Just need to actually play some rounds to try it out. I just find that after not playing for a number of months, I tend to start forgetting rules. I'm currently re-reading the DH rule book and the SOCWAD rules to get the hang of it again.
15mm ACW Project - Still have Cutler's Brigade (with 14th Brooklynn Zuoaves) to complete. They are base-coated but are begging me for uniforms...Yikes - how the heck can I complete French Napoleonics AND ACW Zuoaves?!?!? Not going to happen this summer. More than likely but you never know.
So there you have it - my current painting projects that have fallen miserably behind with work and family commitments, not to mention a little bit of laziness in there as well.
Remember - "a crappy painted miniature NOW is better than an awesome painted miniature 10 months from now!" Thank you George Patton.
WHAT I WANT TO GAME:
15mm WWII Ostfront Campaign - so far playing my favorite MicroArmour Rules in 15mm turned out to be an overwhelming success. For some reason it fulfills that "playing with toy soldier" itch as well as the microarmour itch. Right now I'm supposed to play game #2 of my Kharkov Campaign game. This will be a massive Soviet counter-attack against teh German bridgehead from last game. Should be a nail-biter.
DH Moderns - Iraq. I have all of these nicely painted US troops and a nice collection of vehicles to boot. I am really looking forward to trying out the DH system with a true moderns game, complete with Strykers, IEDs, helos and wily insurgents.
Guns of Liberty - Seven Years War - I have a ton of SYW painted up in 6mm that I am very proud of. I recently found a Seven Years War variant for Guns of Liberty and I'm going to play it with them. Should be an exciting spectacle!!!
DH Moderns - Hue City during the Tet Offensive, ca 1968 - I have the Revell M48 tank to build - then it's off to Hue for some rumbles in the rubble!
So that's it. Besides terrain and some buildings I'd like to build (mosque, jersey barriers, trash and debris stands, IED stands, etc), I'm pretty quiet on the procurement front. There is a plan in the works to start purchasing N Scale Moderns but that's definitely on the backburner after last month's awesome vacation and our imminent house purchase coming soon to an undisclosed neighborhood in Pennsylvania. That and some other things on the way.
Here are my future plans:
Warmaster 20mm Project
Battle of Princeton AWI Project
Seven Years War 15mm Regiments
Austrian Army Nappies Project Started
Purchase "This Very Ground" and paint up some 20mm Woodland Indians to go with all of those AWI 20mm guys I painted up last summer for some awesome 18th Century North American skirmish action.