Red Dawn, Zombie apocalypse, breakdown of civil order and civil war.... Yup! Kept my brain busy this weekend. And a good job too as I have a report to write and finish on Monday, that would otherwsie have distracted me all weekend.
I've maintained an interest in gaming modern battles within the continental USA ever since the release of SPI's board game Invasion America in 1976. In recent months Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, has rekindled that interest with missions based around a Neo-Soviet invasion of America. So I've been inspired to ask Tony at Card Models to make some suitable American suburban buildings for Maff and myself.
I know there's quite a bit of kit available to American HO model railroaders but it ain't cheap or easy to get hold of in the UK. And whilst there are also loads of downloadable inner city buildings on sale for Zombie and rpg gamers, we wanted something more like Elm Street (no kidding) & Main Street, Swansboro, North Carolina.
I should explain here that Maff is intending to game Red Dawn/COD MW2 "Wolverines" Neo-Sovs vs American forces, whereas I'm more into 'Posse Comitatus', the militias vs a waning government after economic and social collapse sort of thing.
Of course, the funny thing is that if you follow the Hollywood line, all you need in the way of terrain is a shack and a trailer somewhere in the Santa Clarita valley woods, as per the opening episode "Sacrifice" of Series 4 of The Unit (plus Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, NCIS et al). And there's nothing to say we won't end up there yet!
Maff will be gaming in 20mm. I have to say that I am tempted, seriously tempted, especially as I have some old but much loved Twilight 2000 era Platoon 20 Americans in Fritz helmet. However, I also have a much larger collecton in 15mm based on a Peter Pig 15mm US Marine battlegroup with Humvees and LAVs, plus a Stryker Brigade platoon manned by Rebel Minis Modern Americans. Together with spare AK47 bods and Rebel Minis modern cops, SWAT, terrorists and armed civvies it's a no brainer to stick with 15mm.
So, taking all those figures into account, this is largely in the bag. Therefore I don't see 'Posse Comitatus' based games impinging on other projects or threatening to shift my current modelling and painting focus. It's simply, creating an opportunity to make the most of what I already have.