Well, I was perusing t'internet the other night, and it got me ta thinking. Thinking about Crossfire. I spent quite a bit of time on quite a bit of blogs, but mostly this one:
Steven's Balagan, http://balagan.info/crossfire
Lots of really cool stuff on Crossfire. It got me pining for the rules again. When I first became a wargamer back in 2009, I bought two sets of rules: Crossfire, and Blitzkrieg Commander. But Crossfire just didn't really seem to work out for me; I played a few games with buddies (non-wargamer types), and then my father (converted wargamer) and I played a bunch of games, but it just didn't work out. We were both way too cautious, way too afraid to go for it, too worried about losing the initiative, and so we had some extraordinarily boring games.
But reading the blogs, I started getting fired up about Crossfire again. The last year or so has seen my seven year-old son and I have played quite a few wargames, almost exclusively 5Core. I imagine he's like most kids: pretty aggressive. That aggressiveness, tempered just a bit, could be perfect for some free-wheeling games of Crossfire. And he could pull me out of my passive shell; rather than scheming to beat my old man, I shall match the boy's aggressiveness. No cares about winning, just playing for fun, throwing our troops about with reckless abandon. And learning more about strategy and tactics as he gets older and more capable.
So, now I'm wanting to play some Crossfire, but what am I going to use. I've got tons of 10mm stuff that I could use. I've got a bunch of 20mm WWII stuff that needs to be painted, could use that. Looking at Steven's Balagan blog, I really liked his 15mm setup, and for some reason, I really fell in love with the look of his Germans.
Then I figured I should stop spending so much damn money on wargaming, at least until the proverbial lead mountain has shrunk a bit. So, I actually exercised a bit of willpower and didn't buy some new toys; I looked around and found some old troops that I could re-purpose. Back in August 2013 I'd purchased some 10mm Brits and Germans from Pendraken, and based them up singly (on pennies) for Chain of Command. I moved through various rules, but played a bunch of games with these guys.
But, with a new (new again, anyway) set of rules, I embarked upon a new project. I've been wanting to do some Canadians in WWII; I'd have to fictionalize it a little bit, but follow a unit from Sicily to Italy to Normandy to The Netherlands. So I grabbed these guys:
And these guys:
And did a quick re-paint and re-base on them to turn them into: