Friday, 13 February 2015

'The Great War' crowdfunder; Peter Jackson's 54mm Perry WW1 project

I was very pleasantly surprised earlier this week to hear of The Great War crowdfunder, which has already reached its funding goal. This is a joint effort between Richard Borg (Commands and Colors series designer) and Will Townshend (Plastic Soldier Company). This is, in essence, a WW1 C&C game with plastic 15mm miniatures. That alone was good enough to get me on board.

(Prototype only- board will be laminated and not have a white border.)
Here's some of what I have gleaned about official plans and the future for the game:
  • Double sided laminated board, with grass on one side and mud/ shellscape on the other.
  • Future expansions to include sandy board for Palestine/ Gallipoli
  • Future 'factions': US, Turks, ANZAC, French, Russian, Italian, Austro-Hungarian
  • Early War at some point
  • Airplanes
  • Artillery
  • AFV expansions featuring tanks and armoured cars
  • 'Epic' double-board games

I'm behind this game. I'm a fan of the C&C games (see here for proof) and I have a few PSC products which have been great. 15mm is my favourite scale. The Kickstarter closes 09 Mar 2015- click here to have a look!

Whilst I'm doing a post about other people's stuff and WW1, I must mention 'Mustering the Troops'. Here's the breakdown:
  • 4000 54mm NZ and Turkish troops in an epic WW1 diorama
  • Supported by Peter Jackson
  • Sculpted by the Perry twins
  • All figures painted by Kiwi gamers
  • To be released on an unsuspecting public for Anzac Day, the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings 25 April 2015
Painted by David Houston of Canterbury, NZ

I am completely on the wrong side of the ditch here, and wish my Kiwi colleagues the best of luck with their choice project, bro!


  1. There are lots of us around the country painting Turks and Kiwis this weekend!

    1. I think it's a great project, I'd love to be part of something similar.

  2. WW1 is such a depressing* theme, but for some reason I keep coming back to it, at least when it comes to wargames: Paths of Glory, as an example. So many hours "wasted" on that game (a p500 game if I remember correctly - from the somewhat infamous GMT-games). Anyways, this seems really interesting!

    *) Mainly because it is a bit too easy as a salary-man as myself to relate to the poor cannon-fodder...

    1. Replying to myself, no editing available: "Wargames" - I meant boardgames...

    2. I know what you mean; there's this tragedy and loss of innocence that, whilst not new to conflicts, is somewhat sharper and keener inWW1.