Sunday, January 5, 2020

Wargaming in 2020 - A Look Forward

With 2019 in the rear-view mirror I wanted to get down on "paper" what I plan to do in the year 2020.

First, Happy New Year to all my gaming friends across the globe!

I'm setting some lofty goals around miniatures and publications for this new year and I hope I can get most of it accomplished!

Miniatures Work

  • Publish Vauban’s Wars in the first quarter of 2020. I'm getting the last feedback from blind remote playtesters so I should have a real good idea of where I stand. I can't image this not being shipped by end of March 2020.
  • Finish building my PaperTerrain Vauban fortress in 15mm. (Need it for photos for the rules)
  • Finish painting and flocking my 15mm Potemkin Russian forces.
  • Finish painting, basing, mounting flags, etc for my SYW Russians.
  • Finish flocking\labeling my Maximilian collection (I rebased everything last year)
  • See if I can finish my Japanese for the RJW 
  • Finish painting Taiping collection, then flock them. (28mm)
  • Dare I finish my WWI trench boards? Started them 15 years ago! 
  • Finish Guns of Liberty 3rd Edition. This will be the last and final ruleset I will write for publication as it is too much work.

Miniature Gaming

  • Maximilian in Mexico
  • Seven Years War and War of the Austrian Succession
  • WW2 Pacific with Jungle Terrain
  • RJW
  • Get Ottomans on the table vs Russians and Austrians.
  • Sure would like to get my 1790s Poles and Lithuanians out of their boxes!

Board gaming:

  • Virgin Queen Saturday
  • Europe Engulfed Saturday
  • Paths of Glory Saturday
  • COIN games: Fire in the Sky and another
  • Spanish Civil War CDG that Jan picked up.
  • Empire of the Sun Sundays with EC
  • Play Jaws, Freedom (Ottoman vs Greeks), and Stronghold too.
  • Gaming with the family! 
Already got Jaws and Freedom on the table!

A shot of Freedom! Unique game system with nice decision matrix.



  1. Great looking projects and Best of luck with your publication of your rules, all the best with your 2020 goals.

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  2. Hi Eric. My name is Ethan Reiff. I go by "Mad Guru" on TMP and LAF. I am principally a Victorian Colonial and C.14th-15th Medieval wargamer, but I recently painted a Vauban fortress and matching siege-works for a friend in a foreign city. I own mid-size SYW and AWI armies, so I'm planning to play at least one siege game using the fort and siege-works before I pack it all up to send to my friend. I am part of a miniature wargaming club and the members are keen to play this C.18th siege game. The only thing missing is a good set of appropriate 18th Century tabletop siege rules. I just discovered your "Vauban's Wars" project and am very curious if there's any chance you would be interested in sending me a copy of your rules for us to try to use for this game. If not, no worries, I will completely understand, but I would be very grateful for the opportunity to read and game with them. I'lll check back here to see if you reply, but I can be reached directly at: madguru AT aol DOT COM. Thanks very much for your time and I hope to hear from you!

    Best Wishes & Good Gaming,


    PS. If you'd like to see some photos of the Vauban fortress, I invite you to visit my blog at:

  3. Hi Ethan,

    Thanks for the kind words, and I sent you an email offline. I have been following your fortress painting for a couple weeks on TMP. Very nice!


  4. Ethan's work is amazing!

    Glad to see you plan to do more painting, etc in 2020, Eric. Maybe that will cut back on your excessive gaming, LOL!

  5. Eric,

    Thanks again for your speedy reply, and I look forward to the publication of your Vauban rules!

    @Gonsalvo: Thanks very much for your kind comment!

  6. Mr Burgess,

    I have loved wargaming for a number of years. I was hoping to contact you to discuss rules for your AWI rulebook Guns of Liberty. I have created a wooden stockade fort and was hoping to pick your brain for rules regarding that, as the rule book only has rules for open-top type fortifications. My email is Thank you for your time