Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Website Stumbles ... But back on line

Some of you may have noticed that the site has been down for a couple of days. On the 16th I lost all my email account email and couldn’t access the site. I contacted my webhost and they admitted the problem was with them.

On 17th my webhost contacted me to say all had been fixed but still, I and others couldn’t access the site.

After contacted the webhost and a lot of detective work myself I finally resolved the problem. One of the 568 files which was on the server and was only 1kb in size had been corrupted when their server crashed. This totally blocked out the whole site.

As you can imagine it was difficult finding this problem but all is safe and well again now.

Sunday, 15 July 2007

France 1940

A period that I've been meaning to do for a long time now is France 1940. My interest for this part of WW2 started many years ago when I took part in a 10mm participation game at a wargame show.

I don't want to go as big as 15mm or 20mm scale so my options are:

Not a great deal of coverage here. The Germans are well catered for, but only Char 1 and H35 available for the French, the British are worse with only the Matilda II.

Oddzial Osmy
These are a lovely range of figures and the detail for 3mm is amazing. Both the French and Germans are extremely well catered for. No British yet.

Heroic and Ros
Good coverage from this mainstay of manufacturers, I have lots of their 1944-45 figures already.

Some vehicles missing from the French (R35, H39) and the British (A10, A13 and Matilda I). The sculpts are not as nice as Heroic and Ros.

Scotia Grendel

These are very reasonably priced too again a few missing vehicles for both the French H39) and the British (A10, A13, Matilda II).

Skytrex Action 200
These figures have been around a long time and some of the moulds show it. But all the vehicles are available.

One of my favourite manufacturers for 10mm, however, they have only recently started WW2. The only French tank they do at the moment is S35 and the only British one for the period is the Matilda 2.

Pithead Miniatures
A relatively new company they have an extensive range of vehicles for this period. They are a little pricier than the other 10mm.

I'm still undecided whether to go for 3mm with 3-5 tanks on a base representing a Platoon or for 10mm. The later figures look better on the table so I'm swaying that way.....

Maybe I should look at rules first?

Conan The Barbarian

The Gutenberg Project of Australia has released all of Robert E Howards Conan books as free downloads from their site.

I’m slowly ploughing my way through them now. If you want a good e-book reader for your computer I recommend Tom’s eTextReader which makes reading these books on the PC much easier.

Friday, 13 July 2007

Wargaming Delayed

I have been very busy of late with plenty of chores at home for Mrs Freewargamesrules.

This has stopped me from updating my blog, although I have been able to keep on top of the freewargamesrules website updates.

Hopefully things will be back to normal in the next couple of days!