Work is incredibly busy at the moment and what with the public examinations about to get into full swing there is little sign of this drain on my hobby time abating anytime soon. Fortunately I have a series of posts prepared and, taking a leaf out of Simon's 'Fantorical' blog, I have decided to cobble them together into a loosely themed month of ‘Bushido’ goodness. So to get things underway a brief introduction and some terrain pieces.
In a bid to offer a little more variety to our afterschool activates schedule, I decided to put on a Table Top Gaming Club at school.* This has proved a great escape for me and an opportunity to get a little midweek gaming in. Now it would be fair to say that this has not been the most popular of clubs, but my little band of enthusiasts initially started out playing some of the Kickstarters that I had backed including ‘Rum n Bones’ and ‘Space Cadets’. This was all well and good, but when one of the chaps said that he had been playing ‘GCT Studios Bushido’ it seemed only right to encourage him to introduce it to the group.
The mere mention of the word war, let alone wargame seemed problematic, but we managed to side step that one!
Initially we just played on one of the tables having used masking tape to define the edges of the board, but I desperately wanted to enhance the experience for them and set about gathering together a few bits and pieces that could be used. I knew I had my board that could be made serviceable with a couple of running repairs and I already had some bamboo groves that I had made to represent the Burmese jungle with the addition of the Silver Birch trees that I had put together things were starting to take shape.
Further inspection of the bits box unearthed a Buddha aquarium ornament that didn’t even need painting and a couple of ‘Ainsty Castings’ Foo Dogs that for the life of me I couldn’t remember why I had initially bought! To these I added a couple of ‘Sarissa Precision’ MDF kits in the form of a bridge and Torri gate. By the time that they had all been assembled and painted the board was really starting to look the part, but what I wanted now was my own band of miniatures!