So, as it seems to be the time of the year to do this sort of thing - here's a brief rundown on some memorable pieces of the year, with a peek into 2012.
Devil Take the Hindmost
While the prospect of doing a game I'd previously done in 10mm in a different scale seemed foolish; I really enjoyed this. The 28mm stuff really drew people in when I ran it at Gaelcon and got enough interest to make me consider publishing the rules myself. With lots of potential for action without dinosaurs for some more straight-forward pulp-era adventures
Attack State Red
Wrote a handful of scenarios based on the fantastic book following the Royal Anglians in Afghanistan for the Trinity Gamers. They all went well, and I'm on hiatus for completing the full 10 scenarios I envisaged - probably for a return event next year. Of course some great company (and booze) helped make the experience enjoyable!
Old School redux
Went on a bit of an old school jaunt during the year - playing a version of Blasthof Bridge (using C&C Napoleonics), a reimagining of Sittangbad and staging one of Battlegames' Tabletop Teasers (both using Force on Force). More along those lines for the coming I hope
Blogs of the Year
Tiny Solitary Soldiers
20mm and then some...
Cold War Hot Hot Hot
Gaming Releases of the Year
Force on Force
My review, posted here in April was my most popular entry within a week and almost has a thousand views.
Command & Colours: Napoleonics
Byzantium Models' Arabic Buildings
This year seemed to be replete with first-rate wargames, avoiding Saga, but I did pick up I Ain't Been Shot Mum 3 from TooFatLardies and Kampgruppe Normandy from Warhammer Historical too - I may not play but they do look very good.
Projects in the Pipeline
In 2012, I'm keeping my new lead purchases to a minimum - and so all three of these projects are mostly already in the house.
Heymans and Yamada Security Force
A third force for my Novaya Sakha campaign, I'll be adding to the large powersuits and drones with some light vehicles, personnel and some suits! I'm planning to have these guys in action for Leprecon at the start of March. Vehicles from a variety of sources (GZG, Old Crow and Antenociti) and infantry from GZG's 25mm Stargrunt range.
Big Game for 2012 is in August, so that's a pretty firm deadline for me. A large mechanised infantry force with supporting artillery and armour. Infantry by Liberation/RHModels and vehicles mostly by S&S at this stage.
Thunder on the Danube
Didn't I promise something for Austria 1809 last year? At least all I have to do here is just run the campaigns and the individual battles which occur. That shouldn't be too difficult, right?
The Thirty Years War (in 6mm - so says the electorate) will be strictly kept on the long finger until the end of the year.
(I'm not going even start on my discussion with the esteemable Conrad Kinch of our doing Waterloo in 2015...)
Game of Thrones
Books of the Year
Gunpowder and Galleys: Changing Technology and Mediterranean Warfare at Sea in the 16th Century
1809 Thunder on the Danube
So, there you go! Hope you have a good 2012, may your lead pile grow smaller (but not vanish altogether).