After a bit of a break, some budget crunching, a bit of soul-searching, and an existential crisis or two, I have come to the conclusion that I could, in fact, still get it all done in time... I have three months, a fairly flexible life/schedule and a preternaturally patient and accepting wife and family. So, it could happen…
For those that just wandered in or any who haven’t been paying very close attention, I have been working on and off over the last 10 years or so on a project to sort of commemorate 100th anniversary of the Canadian Corps assault on Vimy Ridge on 9 April 1917. I have been working on a roughly scale model of the ridge that will be about 12’ long and 8’ wide at the widest end – complete with the German defensive trench network. I’ve also been collecting and painting enough miniature figures to make 48 Canadian battalions and 18 German battalions – at 15 figures/battalion. With the additional command and staff and support models (machine-guns and trench mortars) it will total well over 1000 figures. With this, on the 100th anniversary (Sunday, 9 April 2017), I am going to orchestrate a massive miniature war game of the Canadian Corps attack.
To make it happen, however, I do have a fair bit of work to complete and will probably have to spend every spare moment working on getting it done. Stay tuned for more updates!
Looking For a Few Good Men
One thing that would be very handy to know (and help with motivation!) is if anyone is actually going to show up to such an event…? Three of the four fellows that played in my Regina Trench game at ToonCon in September seemed keen enough. For this game though, I am going to need 12-16 participants to commit to showing up on the 9th of April to make it happen. Ideally I’d like 3-4 “helpers” to help me run the German and another 8-12 warm bodies to take on the role of Canadian Brigadiers – each commanding 4 battalions of Canadians (and perhaps a machine-gun company and a mortar battery…). I can probably count on a few of my regular gaming friends to show, but I will need, at the very least, a few more.
So if there’s anyone out there in the blog-o-verse that happens to be free on the afternoon (and possibly evening) of Sunday, 9 April 2017, and are willing and able to make his or her way to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and help live out my megalomaniacal epic gaming dream… please let me know! You could leave a comment below…?
Or drop me a line…? (I am loath to publish my email address online. The last time that happened I was inundated with messages offering me penises from Nigeria or novel ways to lengthen my money – or… perhaps it was the other way around…?)