There are also some KV-1's to build.
There are also some KV-1's to build.
First up are 6 minefield hexes - the mines are visible if you look hard and that's the point - players should stumble upon them rather than see them
Nothing to fancy here - justs a standard rubble hex with about 10-15 "mines" attached
I am supposed to receive an order from Battlefront today which has a lot of early war Soviet tanks and AC's so expect to see a lot of Russian armor over the next few weeks.
With this submission, my total points for the Challenge stands at 1,233 out of a total target of 2,500. I'm feeling pretty good about my "productivity" but the points accumulation pace may slow as the next few projects are related to Hex terrain and that requires a lot of steps so progress will slow. Still I'm feeling pretty confident I'll beat my target.
This year's challenge is off to a blazing start and I really do recommend you go over and check it out. Most of the painters participating this year have skills way beyond mine and the quality and breadth of their submissions is most impressive.
Lastly, as announced on our You-Tube channel, the club is kicking off a ancients campaign based on the Pyrrhic campaigns of 280 to 275BC. The Romans "senate" will choose which players from the club oppose Pyrrhus and his allies. Who is the senate - the patrons of the channel so it should be fun to see what roles we all get to play in the campaign. You might even get to see my Republican Roman army on the table top. Who is playing Pyrrhus and his allies - that's a secret, for now.
All of the figures of from Plastic Soldier Company
I've also been working on the CAD design for some new Central Stalingrad historical buildings so there should be some interesting progress over the next few weeks. At least that's the plan!
Painting Challenge is complete - a 6 6mm Parthian army in 6mm. The figures are from Baccus (of course) and where a lot of fun to paint up. Looking forward to getting these chaps on the table top when the lock downs begin to ease.
As with the earlier Republican Roman force these are all based for the Age of Caesar rule et and use 40mm square basing.
These figures are part of the Baccus miniatures Hail Caesar Army Pack plus one pack of 36 armored camel cataphracts. The Baccus army packs come with a nice discount and do give you a very broad set of troop options. As with my Republican Romans these are based to be used for the Age of Hannibal ruleset but the basing is flexible enough to use with just about any ancients rules set.
I'm still fiddling with the color scheme for the base scenery - I want a more arid look than the standard "European Field" I used on the Romans.
I am looking forward to getting these guys on the table soon as cavalry heavy armies are a lot of fun to play in just about all ancients rule sets. My track record as a commander of horse armies is actually pretty poor but I always have fun zooming around the tabletop. Plus who doesn't dream of commanding a charge of cataphracts mounted on armored camels?
Once these gentlemen are finished, I think it's time to return to my Stalingrad project, roughly 40% of the table is done and using my AMAZING math skills, I am able to calculate that implies there is 60% remaining to be done. I'm hoping be able to put this game on at Historicon this year. I know it's a pretty iffy proposition on the chances of Historicon being held but let's think positively. Perhaps a more precise way to set the deadline is the earlier of Historicon'21 or the next HMGS convention.
Challenge XI consisted of a 6mm scale Republican Roman army along with some support troops from Spain and Italy. The figures are all from the Baccus 6mm line and were a joy to paint.
These chaps netted me 610 points and consist of 150 mounted figures and 920 infantry of various types. The troops are based on 40mm square bases which is the standard used for "Age of Hannibal" at the club. These rules were written by a club member and are a very nice fast play set of rules that allow player to recreate entire battles and finish them in an evening. They're a lot of fun and I enjoy playing them a lot.
The Baccus army deals are a great way to get started as they are offered at a nice discount so if you're just starting out give them a look.
Assume I don't break anything this army pack should yield the following:
18 bases of mounted Archers, with 4 figures per base
4 Bases of javelin armed light cavalry with 4 figures per base
12 bases of cataphracts with 6 figures per base
6 bases of camel cataphracts with 6 figures per base
4 bases of spearmen with 24 figs per base
6 bases of foot arches with 16 figures per base
2 bases of skirmishers with 8 figures per base
9 Generals 2, 2 figure bases and 5, 1 figure bases
All of the bases are 40mm squares which have just been purchased from the good folks at Litko. I ordered them on Monday and got them in two days. Really top notch service.
I really like fielding cavalry heavy armies for ancients games and am looking forward to trying these guys out on the table. My first few outings will likely result in complete disaster as cavalry armies tend to be finicky forces to field but they are always fun. I doubt all 6 of the Camel units will ever get used at the same time but their just too fun not to paint up.
When the Baccus cart opens up, I'll likely pick up another pack of Spearmen (for another 4 bases) and maybe another pack of horse archers.
Now for some research on how to paint Parthians.....
At my house, this will be the first Christmas we will not have our son in the house with us Christmas morning - an inevitable outcome but one that will take some getting used to. On the positive side we will get him and his girlfriend for a socially distant Christmas dinner and is suspect Mary Beth will be pulling out all the stops to impress his young lady. Impress or Intimidate - I never under this higher level female communication stuff. It's probably best if I don't trouble my pointy little head about such matters.
We'll be trying to create some new traditions this year and will likely be having a large Christmas dinner with the extended family over Zoom. It will be a shambles but a shambles that I will really enjoy.