Slow but sure progress

I had hoped to have fought my planned Colonial wargame by now … but sorting out the things I want to use has taken me a bit longer than I expected.

Firstly I could not find the particular version of Joseph Morschauser’s ‘Frontier’ rules that I wanted to use. I wrote them back in 2013, and thought that they were safely saved in one of the files on my computer. What I found was the version for use with a hexed grid, but not the version for a squared grid. In the end I am having to write them afresh, based on the hex grid version.

Secondly I cannot find the fortifications that I wanted to use to represent the walls of the city that is being attacked. I have searched high and low for them in my wargames/toy room, but I just cannot find them. I have therefore decided to build some new ones from scratch, and I expect that this will take me several days.

Thirdly I cannot find the sand-coloured cloth that I intended to use to cover my tabletop. It is already marked out in a squared grid, with large dots marking the corners of the grid squares. I know that it is somewhere in my wargames/toy room because I saw it during my recent sort out … but I have obviously put it somewhere ‘safe’ and cannot remember where! (Its my age, you know!)

Once all these irritating but minor inconveniences have been overcome, I will be able to fight my wargame. It is now just a case of how long it will take to overcome them, and will I manage it before I lose my temper!


10 Comments on “Slow but sure progress”

  1. It will be worth it in the end and we look forward to see the results of your quest/endeavour…

  2. Tradgardmastare,

    I am sure that you are right. In fact I feel happier about the draft of the rules that I have now written anew than I was with what I can remember of the original version.

    I'll get there in the end, even if it does take me longer than expected.

    All the best,


  3. Dick Bryant says:

    Your experience is why I never “clean out”. I just know that I will discard something that I will absolutely need the following week!> Let my heirs sort it all out.

  4. Dick Bryant,

    If my wargames room was large enough (and I have yet to meet a wargamer who thinks that theirs is!), I would not have needed a big sort out … but it was so full that I couldn't actually do any wargaming or find anything. Now I have some room … but still cannot find anything!

    All the best,


  5. Jim Duncan says:

    That's what you get for being an 'old codger'.

    My solution is to have 5 or 6 copies of everything and leave them all over the place. That way you have a better chance of finding one of them when you need to.

    My wargames room is now large enough to do what I want to do. Unfortunately I have too much of everything that I need to do everything I want to do.

    Then again I am six months younger than you so statistically speaking I have a slightly better chance of completion than your good self all other things being equal.

  6. Jim Duncan,

    I have always thought of myself as being more of an 'old bodger' than an 'old codger'.

    If I had 5 or 6 copies of everything, I would need a wargames room that was three or four times the size of my current one … and I still wouldn't be able to find anything. It is good to read that you are happy with the size of your wargames room, even if you do have too much stuff to do what you want to do!

    As the older of the two of us, I hope you will learn from my mistakes … my many, many mistakes.

    All the best,


  7. There is nothing like organizing to make something hard to find. I remember going to great lenths to replace a document once and after thinking hard and long about the most suitable place to file it so I would be able to find it, and I was right, when opened that file, there was the original!

  8. Ross Mac,

    That is exactly the sort of thing that I do all the time.

    This afternoon I was looking for a box that contains a number of DVDs that I want to watch over the next few weeks … and found the 'missing' gridded terrain cloth that I had planned to use for my forthcoming battle in the first box I opened! (I still haven't found the missing fortifications yet, and I am now planning to make some new ones instead.)

    All the best,


  9. KEV. says:

    Be pleased to see the new (replacement) walling for your Colonial Game BOB- sometimes these glitches are put in our way so we can have a better go at re-doing things and doing an even better job of it second time around. All the Best. KEV.

  10. Kev,

    I am just about to start building some new fortifications using various bits and pieces that I have in my wargames room. Unlike the stuff I was looking for, these new fortifications are going to be designed to be modular so that I can use them to create a number of different-sized forts/castles/city walls.

    I will be writing several blog entries about the construction of these fortifications, and I hope that you enjoy reading them.

    All the best,


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