The project has been on my to-do list for many, many months so it felt great getting it knocked out. Sunday will be spent re-organizing the war game rooms and filling up these drawers.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Thursday, November 14, 2019
There are 30 packs of minis - 15 for an Early Byzantine army and 15 for an Arab Conquest army. These will go nicely with my Early Imperial Roman and Sassanid Forces.
The figures are 15mm in scale and paint up nicely. There arrival is timed very nicely in anticipation of the upcoming analog hobbies painting challenge. Hmmm, Byzantines, Sassanids and Arabs - I wonder if a campaign is in the works?
Maybe this is why I was building extra storage.....
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
I've decided to build some more troop storage under my game table and will be using the same drawer size as the troop transport so I can switch drawers out to get ready for future convention games. I'll also be making some improvements to the base unit (security, more compartments but that's a future project).
2, 10 x 2.75 inch 1/2 inch plywood
2, 15.5 x 2.75 inch 1/2 inch plywood
1, 10 x 16.5 inch 1/4 inch plywood (bottom)
I'm using simple but joints - not the best looking but fast and strong enough.
Exterior drawer dimension remains 10 x 16.5 x 3 inches
Total assemble time - including cutting the wood, roughly 7 minutes.
but does it fit in the cabinet?
I'm planning to build another 15 drawers for a total of twenty. That should allow me to hide - oops store a lot more new miniature acquisitions.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
WOW Buildings and are for a WW2 Bailey bridge (part of WOWBuildings Market Garden set of files).
Theres a file for the platform (which prints two decks) and pontoons, which I copied in the slicing program to print 3 at a time. I didn't like the look the mix of pontoons to platforms in the second picture, so printed both files again.
A couple of coats of white gesso and then some Vallejo Russian Green and this bridge is done.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
The Union forces outnumber the confederates by close to 3:1 but the Rebs have fortified positions
I was able to get to the club a bit earlier and was also able to play a quick game of Churchill from GMT games. Its a very fun and interesting card driven game of conferences between the allies to during the course of WW2. I found it fascinating and want to play again.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Sarissa has a large selection of rolling stock and the models are very fun to put together.*. The first picture shows the assembled Pannier Engine and freight cars set. The set is a great deal and I highly recommend it. I tossed in a 28mm Perry DAK officer figure for scale.
* Usually Sarissa Precision kits are a joy to put together but one has to be in the right frame of mind - if you're in a rush, well then thing s might go awry.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
This year we had our traditional one group of trick-o-treators (the neighbors boys). It was just me this year manning the door as MB was on her way to Chicago to speak at a conference. What moron schedules a professional conference on Periodontics the day after halloween? That's just mean.
Fall has finally arrived here on the Eastern Shore, which means wonderful weather for the last few sailing days and signals the beginning of prep work for this year's version of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge - issue #10.
I've got a rather audacious idea for this years challenge that will end in either triumph or ignominy - perhaps both! What is it? Well you'll just have to wait to see.....
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Upon entering the town, it was clear there was something amiss as all the townspeople were missing. The first few turns were played with limited visibility but on turn three, as the fog cleared it was revealed that the crash site was.....
5 egg catches were hidden in the various building which acted as spawn points for swarms of the monsters.
General hilarity ensued and even some of the club grognards who despise Flames of War on principal seemed to have fun. Truces were made between the Americans and Germans and then just as quickly broken and general carnage ensued.
Oh, Ed really hates it when you blow up one of his Tiger tanks - something for all of us to remember.
- The stats I used for the Aliens worked well - they were not over-powering but still posed a challenge.
- - the Aliens stats where essentially tank like with infantry close assault. It worked surprisingly well.
- - I do need a more refined set of rules to govern alien turns - the attack the closest unit isn't the most interesting
- The table needs to be bigger for the forces used, maybe 8x6 rather than 6x4. I did want a large mix of unit types but it was just too crowded and did play to the stereotype some people have about Flames of War rules (tightly packed groups of tanks)
- I use area movement chits for the first few turns which speeded up play but needed a lot more space before it made sense
You'll see this game again at a convention as I'm working on a small selection of easily transportable games to put on.
It was fun to get the FOW minis out again and brush off good old Version 3 of the rules.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
This Boston Whaler is a bit long in the tooth as she is 13 years old but shows no sign of slowing down. I may get another 10 years out of her.
Next week my sailboat comes out of the water and I'll be seasonally land-locked until spring. Still when one door closes, another opens and that newly ajar portal is lots more time for painting miniatures. I am planning a rather daft stunt for this years Painting Challenge (which will be #10). What is it? Mum's the word for now but I'm pretty sure it will be an epic undertaking. Epic in either its stupidity or execution but epic none-the-less.
Monday, October 21, 2019
Last Saturday we ran a rather silly Star Wars game up at the club using Fantasy Flight's "Star Wars Legion" game system. I'll give you three guess which climatic scene from the original trilogy we re-enacted. If you need more than one of those guesses please turn your nerd-card in to the proper authorities.
So how does a club that focuses on historical games actually put on a Star Wars themed event. By very clever lawyering for one of the members who actually is admitted to the bar (and not the fun kind of bar).
You see, we have two factors in our favor:
1) Star Wars happened a long, long time ago
2) We are re-staging a famous battle
If that's not historical, then nothing is!
While the pricing is not cheap (I'm sure the cut our good friends at Disney take for the IP has some influence on pricing) Star Wars Legion is a really fun game and one that I enjoy playing just for the sheer silliness of it all. The mini's are also a joy to paint.
I played on the Imperial side and the game went down to the last shot - literally. The outcome? I can say that the alliance fleet was destroyed above Endor as the commando raid failed (barely). There is a plus side - no Episode one will be made!