Infinity has been on my radar for quite a while, but I only started with it in 2017, when it suddenly experienced a surge in popularity here in Rotterdam, and I had the chance to take over the PanOceania part of Operation: Icestorm for an attractive price. I play PanOceania and might start USAriadna, Steel Phalanx, or Tunguska as second army in the future. I’ve also built a gaming table, mostly using 3D printing.
- Getting started with Infinity I: Online resources.
- Getting started with Infinity II: Picking a faction.
- Getting started with Infinity III: List building.
- Getting started with Infinity IV: Your first games.
- Infinity posts.
When X-Wing first came out, I was hesitant, mostly due to the price tag, but I’m a convert now. X-Wing is a great game, with nice miniatures, good rules, and interesting squad building possibilities. I don’t play as much as I used to, but it’s still a great game and I’m holding on to my Rebel and Empire ships.
FFG’s new Star Wars game immediately caught my attention on release – so much in fact that I started selling miniature games and 3D printing terrain commercially. I own everything currently released for Rebels and Empire and I’m working towards terrain for four tables: Mos Eisley, Scarif, Endor, and an urban setting.
I’m in the planning stage of another attempt at a Vietnam project. Once again Hué in 1968, now in 28mm scale. The miniatures available in this scale are much nicer than the 20mm offerings. Now that I own a 3D printer, and with some of the laser-cut options out there, building a Hué table has also become a lot easier.
I play Empire. Unfortunately, Armada isn’t as popular as X-Wing. It never really took off here in Rotterdam, resulting in few opponents.
My current, if somewhat dormant, historical project is the Cold War, approx. 1986, in 20mm. I do have some Americans, but the focus is on the Bundeswehr. The project is suffering from a lack of players. Most Cold War players currently focus on Team Yankee and 15mm, whereas Battlegroup NORTHAG will encourage 10mm.
- Project description.
- Cold War posts on this site.
- Conversion Revell Marder.
- Red Storm Rising, Crisis 2012.
- Conversion Airfix Bo 105.
- The battle of Burgdorf.
- My Bundeswehr army, at the end of 2016.
I’ve been playing Battletech since 1997. Through the years I’ve built a collection of almost 100 mechs which I started repainting some time ago. I prefer the 3025/3039 era. My long-term goal is to complete and paint my collection of 3025 mechs. I haven’t played it much recently and hoped that Alpha Strike would breathe new life into my interest for Battletech, which so far hasn’t happened – which means that this project is rather dormant right now.
- Battletech posts on this site.
- My mechs in generic camo, olive drab, Arkab Legion, and Hinterhalt camo colors.
I do have a number of small projects, with the investment often limited to €25 for a basic unit. These are at this moment:
- Dead Man’s Hand (or other Old West rules) in 28mm, I’ve got a US Cavalry unit.
- 15mm Sc-Fi: I have a platoon of Khurasan infantry, once destined for use with Tomorrow’s War. The initial hype died down quickly, so I’m now considering Stargrunt II as set of rules.
- Some 20mm Vietnam miniatures and vehicles.
In the future?
I’ve got enough to do, but these things seem interesting, too:
- Jagged Alliance 2 is still my favourite computer game. I’ve long planned doing this in 28mm with a suitable rule set (Osprey Black Ops, Spectre Operations, Skirmish Sanguin, or a modified version of Infinity) and started with some terrain.
- Cold War at sea in 1/3000, with Shipwreck or Missiles at Sea?
- Vietnam in 6mm scale.
- Something with airplanes? WW II or Cold War, with rules geared towards larger missions, not a dogfighting simulation.
- Other 28mm skirmish games. There’s so much nice scenery out there. I like the idea of Roman patrols fighting in Germany, for example. Mogadishu 1993 also remains an interest of mine.
In the end, I prefer focusing on a smaller number of games with nice scenery than doing a bit of everything that lies dormant in a closet most of the time.