Friday, February 5, 2016

Not a lot happening


Unfortunately I am very busy at the moment and everything has gone on the backburner. Over the last month all I have done is paint about figures and a few Mantic Elves but not a lot of progress to be honest. When I have had free time I have not had the motivation to paint or even get things out so I have read a few books and made the odd map.

 Below are the Fantasy figures I have painted. Most are made by Dark Alliance in the Ukraine (I think) who show the typical Eastern European disregard for intellectual property as a lot of the figure poses are obviously modeled on the Lord of the Rings movies. The rest are a mix of Italeri, Caesar and Strelets.

I have also been seeing how my phone camera functions and I must say it can get a pretty good close up. So close though I think the figured look shabby so I firstly
i) Need to find the right distance and
ii) Get some decent lighting as I usually take photos at around 10pm.


Caesar Wizard (aka Gandalf)

 Italeri Crusaders (Man at Arms "types"
 Strelets Romans - A local Governer and his Bodyguard.
 I also got bored and watched a games workshop youtube clip on painting spare marines, so I found an old 2001 model and gave it a try.

So as free time is at a premium now I'm trying to find something to do, or game that does not take a massive investment of painting time (aka Waterloo) and can lead to some simply but enjoyable games.

I might use the above 1/72 for some simple hack and slash games on paper, as I have some drafting pads spare that can be used to draw dungeons and such.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Epic Imperial Fist Terminators


So in an effort to kick start my SciFi forces I have been testing painting Epic figures and in rather dashing Yellow.

Golden Yellow Base, Earth wash and a few highlights with lemon yellow. Of course I can't leave it at that and need to insignia and such onto the shoulder armour.



I am quite please with how these turned out so I can now charge into the remaining stands. I plan to have two Chapters - Imperial Fist (With all the Support) and Ultra Marines for some infantry support. I have some Imperial Guard "type's" to be general Militia types and all I need now are some decent bugs.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Merry Xmas and New Years

After my trip to the uk I have not done a single war game related item until just before Christmas.

Before Christmas Andrew and Colin invited me for a SciFi game and I brushed off my dice and played some classic Human Marine types versus Spare Marines. Lots of shooting and daring operations resulted in a draw.
   



Afterwards I even tried my hand at DBA with two forces of Greeks (?) having a bash. A clash of generals saw me victorious though to be honest I had no idea what I was doing and Andrew was guiding me in every move. The only thing I bought on the day was luck.

So now I am motivated again to get some things done.

First on the Agenda is finish some more Epic Space Marines (Imperial Fist and Ultra Marines), Imperial Guard (or Human milita types) aswell as a few stands of green people with sharp sticks. I also need to try some games to start testing my Force generations.

Second item is a Kings of War   Elven Army that I have been tempted for a long time to get. I played a few games of Warhammer back in the day but then GW all seemed to turn into a pile of excrement. I have read a lot about Kings of War and would like to play 28mm fantasy.

Third Item is Napoloenics (As per usual) - The Prussians need some love !

However it is time for a clear out of things to make some space and also fund the above.

All the best for a safe and happy new years.



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Europe

A long time since posting.

Last week I returned from my trip to the USA and Europe, very tired but happy I got the chance to be over there. 3.5 weeks away and I came back 3.5 KG heavier, a typical work trip but with some added extras and it was almost all entirely free.

Edinburgh Castle
 Ensign Ewart - Services a bad pint of guiness but some good local ales plus also the pub of the Royal Scots Greys (apparently)
 The All Blacks giving the Aussies a good run for the money to become the World Champions again.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MIssion Control- Request fire mission, over..Mission Control do you read me ?.......Rodger Young !!! Do you copy ?

Also known as Big Battleship orbits planet while Starship Troopers get a pasting.

Another quick SciFi game to play test some rules. Classic Starship Troopers v Bugs and not looking that good for the bugs However a weak Mobile Infantry Force, lots of bugs and A Starship that seemed interested in other things led to a great game.

A short summary - Starship troopers landed, shot bugs and then faced a bug Tsunami.  A certain spaceship in orbit could not be reached several times for fire support and the Troopers had to fight and die the hard way. They managed to shoot their way out......just.






Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bugs, thousands of em !!!!!!!

I've always wanted to play Epic, yet for some reason I never did. Of course now its all OOP I want to get it as I love playing scifi. I most play solo on at home as I build a backstory to it all as I find straight up shooting boring.

Of course all this ends up as is my muttering to myself at the Kitchen table over some toy soldiers but its entertainment. My new role at work is really draining at the moment and I'm overworked and overloaded. So I need to get back into some regular painting\planning to clear my mind.

So after I helped play Test 15mm.co.uk's rules Patrol Angis I've been playing with some new rules developed by a friend.

My initial game is Marines v Bugs - You can get much purer than that I guess !

I land my Space Wolves on the planet "ChipsenPies" to clear some bugs. I take several marine Squads, support weapons, artillery and some Assault Marines.


 My marines advance and hump it towards the high ground.

 While the bugs burst out of every nook and cranny.
 1st Company of Grey Wolves take the high ground and see the horizon is a sea of bugs. A quick radio check to the operator sees the Whirlwind support artillery blasting the masses from long distance.
 But on they come. The Marines brace themselves for the impact and soon are fighting at close quarters.
 However superior firepower and protections (Big guns and Big Armour) save the day and the bugs are stomped underfoot.
 Even their queen breaks out of her nest to show her displeasure but it is no use. Assault Marines surround here while Land Raiders suppress her.

Jolly good fun ! In a few days time it will be the real deal - Starship troopers. Not that Hollywood crap (Vietnam in space) but proper Starship troopers.

Guard Carnage


Today saw my 15mm French take the field in 2 games which ( for me at least) were very enjoyable.

Alas after talking about how great my phone is for taking photos I then proceeded to take an absolute lot of shockers - out of focus, shaky and generally poor.  I'm very annoyed as today was an excellent day to play Napoleonic's.  So apologies as the pictures are very very poor but I need to post them !

 My plan was simple - Don't stop and attack with cold steel - No musketry just cold steel at a brisk pace moving as fast as possible. While the infantry advanced the ample French cavalry would sweep the flank.  What occurred next I will talk about for a long time !

On the left flank two brigades of cavalry advance with Horse Artillery support.


The Veteran Infantry surge past the village of Oblaix with the Guard Chasseurs and Horse Grenadiers in support. My mission was to hold the village - The Guard does not "hold"  !!!
The Horse Artillery deploy and empty some saddles of the British horse opposite, meanwhile the infantry surge across the small stream eager for action.
 
 Insert crap photo here ! To the left of these images are 2 Heavy British Brigades of Dragoons. I send in several light cavalry regiments to disrupt their line and make small successes here and there.
A breakthough ! My Dragoons lose a melee but the British Cavalry pursue only be to launched upon by Veteran Cuirrassiers. The British are routed leaving some tasty looking gaps and unprotected artillery.
 Sensing glory the Guard Cavalry trot out to the flank. French Cavalry superiority starts to impose itself - The French cavalry overrun several batteries and the British forces are soon in peril. Meanwhile in the center French columns sweep all before them.
Not pictured.  In an epic charge the Guard Cavalry ride over everyone in their path. Guns, Dragoons, Light Dragoons. In 2 combats rolls all dice were magical 6's destroying British units before them. As a French Hussar unit routed the Horse Grenadiers then rolled 2 x 6's for Morale to see if that effected them. On they surged!

With all the British Artillery and Cavalry destroyed and the French forces charging literately everywhere Ross conceded defeat. Not a single musket was fired on the French side but the French swept all before them at such a pace the game only lasted 2.5 hours when they usually go for about 7.

So after lunch we start another one. Geoff commands the French right while I take the  Guard Cavalry on another Glory hunt. The British storm up the left flank and Geoff prepares a hasty defense - Immediately I sense an opportunity and a plan is hatched - The British advance has no flank protection so we plan to pressure the flank as they are overextended. The French forces march forward with Drums beating and bugles blaring.

 The Guard sense glory awaits them..........will "lightening strike twice" ?
 The British left surges onwards while the raw Wurtenburgers get ready for a tough time.

Geoffs Veteran Cavalry see off the British Heavy cav and the line holds yet the British advance continues. Yet as they advance the serried ranks of French infantry move on their flank.

 On the left flank British squares form and cannon site themselves to reap carnage on any french that advance on the road between the woods. (Crap photo again)

What madmen would ride into such a killing field......who would do such a thing ?

The finest horsemen in Europe answer the call.

Sensing a decisive action the Guard Cavalry storm the gap. Taking grapeshot they overrun the guns and smash into the British Cavalry behind.

 Four sixes in 4 dice routs the British Cavalry and the Guard Chasseurs ride them down.
 The Horse Grenadiers destroy the rest of the British cavalry and surge into the British rear.
 The French infantry close their trap on the British left wing. Advancing into their flank while  Geoff's brave Germans repulse the redcoats with ease.

The Guard have punched through the British center and Cavalry reserves pour behind them. French infantry advance towards the remaining British as the falter and retreat. I left at this point while Geoff finished the last load of firing.

The Emperor expects nothing short of a famous victory!.