Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The non-event of 2017

   I decided to post something just so you wouldn't think I'm dead or something. As you know, today was the day of the solar eclipse in the United States. For us here in Georgia it turned out to be the non-event of 2017. The overcast sky hide the sun and it didn't even get that dark. Apparently 3% of the sun is enough to light the world.
   Anyway, on to gaming news. I'm just about finished my naval warfare rules, and will have to start play-testing them. As far as painting is going, I've recently finished one Megablitz unit and hope to have pictures of it on-line soon. I've just got another modern unit together and will start painting it soon. There are also some more terrain projects I want to do. My biggest problem however is my lack of gaming time. My new schedule has me off on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. I might try to get something together of con season.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Digging in

A little project I did today. I realized I needed some entrenchment markers for some future micro armor games. I usually use fortifications from C&C fortifications but I barely have enough for a battalion, and buying more could get expensive. I also had to replicate the extensive trench works around SWAPO base camps. I thought of getting the trench system made by Timecast, but I'm cheap so I decided to make my own.

A little sloppy with the glue. 

I made these with sand colored craft foam glued onto brown drawing paper. I made about four feet of trenches, including communication trenches and some with larger dugouts.

The long sections are 1"x 3". The small ones 1"x 2". 

While I was at I made enough individual markers for two full western infantry battalions or a Warsaw Pact motor rifle regiment.

Each are 1"x 1". The round ones can be  mortar pits.
I need to brake out my SLR, as the camera on my phone isn't cutting it anymore. I still have plenty of foam and brown paper left, so I plan to make some anti-tank ditches next. Maybe some larger vehicle emplacements too. I might also make some minefield markers. I've also started on another Megablitz unit, so I should have a post on that soon.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New SAM battalion

 Last month I went to Rapier in Jacksonville. I really wish they hadn't moved it to February. It put all the gaming cons in my area too close together. Because of this I could only go to one and had to miss out on Gnomecon this year. Anyway, I did get to have a nice game of Starfleet battles.

Too learn more visit Ski's blog, listed on the right.
 While I was there, I also brought a good amount of micro-armor which I've just started painting. First up is a Soviet/Warsaw Pact SA-6 battalion. The micro-armor I brought was second hand so it already came assembled and painted. While the launchers where in nice action poses, the paint job left a lot to be desired. The person who had them before just spray painted them green and call it a day. I decided to touch them up giving the missiles some details, adding some camouflage to the vehicles, and some light weathering. I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures.

The camouflage is based of a Czech SA-6. While most of the Soviet vehicles were plain green during the cold war, the original plan was to quickly paint them camouflage during war time.

I'll probably use the Straight Flush radar as a sort of command stand. 
 My battalion has a radar and 3 batteries. Most Warsaw Pact division had a SAM regiment with 5 batteries, enough to give one to each of the division's regiment. However, I seriously doubt I'll be putting a full division on the table anytime soon so I'm happy with just 3 batteries for now.

The SAM battalion all together. Just waiting for some capitalist aircraft to show up.
I hope to do some more painting and gaming in this year than I did in the last. Hopefully I'll have a new post out soon.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Chance buy

The other day I was at Best Buy looking to see what they had in anime. While going through the store I came upon these.


I've seen these sets before for $12 a pack. Best Buy was selling them for $5.99, so I decided to buy a couple. These poseable figures are a little larger than 28mm in size and have lots of accessories. Even the weapons can be customized.



I'm not sure how I'll use them yet, but I'm sure I can think of something. If anything I can use them in black ops. As for other gaming news, my busy work schedule is keeping away from the work bench. All I've managed to do is computer works. The naval rules I'm working on are about a third of the way done. I still need to get rid of this damn tree, but thankfully my insurance came through and they are willing to cover it. Hopefully I'll have more game stuff to show next post.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

I lucked out!

  As you probably know, hurricane Mathew hit the Southeast last weekend. I went to Springfield with my dad and sister. A family friend has a place up there where we stayed during the storm. We were still pretty close but came through, although my sister lost two cats. They took off when we arrived at Springfield and their status is unknown. Oh well, she had five too many anyway.
   I came back home Sunday to find this...


   Fortunately no damage was done. This is the second time a large tree has fallen next to my house and missed. Now I just need to figure out how to get rid of it. I got my power back Monday and luckily the movie I brought advance tickets for was still playing. So I still got to see Shin Godzilla. A great movie, you should see it.

   I know its been a long time since I've updated. My new work schedule makes it hard for me to get any gaming done. I have been working on some new terrain pieces. These are taking a lot more time than I thought they would but they should be worth it when I'm done. I've also started working on a set of modern naval rules. I like both Harpoon and Shipwreck, but they get bogged down if you have a lot of units on the table. I working on a set of rules that will allow me to fight very large battles with multiple ships, planes, and subs. Hopefully I'll have a workable game within a few months.
    Meanwhile, I hope to go to a few conventions next year. Gnome Con of course and maybe either Siege of Augusta or Rapier. I'll have to see how much money I can get together.

Monday, April 25, 2016

New Megablitz Unit

I finally managed to finish painting the new unit I was working on. Unfortunately I've seem to have lost my glue brush, and have yet to flock the bases. I'll need to get a new brush from the grocery store or the Dollar Tree. Otherwise the 34th Infantry division is pretty much done.

 The division has a few new units that make different from my other German infantry division the 169th. The first being this bicycle mounted fusiliers battalion. Also the staff is mounted in a car.

The bicycle stands are by H and R.
 For the Artillery regiment, I decided to give them a 150mm IG instead of the 105mm howitzer. The recon battalion also has a cavalry company and a bicycle company.


Finally the whole unit together.


That's the new unit, I think I'll work on some new terrain next. Either that or some more ships, I haven't painted those in a while. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

"New" Books!

I know I said I'd have the new unit painted, but I got wrapped up in a combination of distraction and procrastination. The new unit is just about done (all I have to do is paint on the unit crest and flock the bases), in the mean time let's look at one of those distractions. A couple of months ago I spent the last of my Amazon gift cards I got for Christmas. I brought a new set of rules and a lot of cold war goodness.


First up we have World War 3 edited by Shelford Bidwell. This book was printed in 1978, so it should be an interesting read. The book is broken into two parts. The first part that I'm on now is a analytical look at the history, politics, and forces involved up to the printing date. The second part is a hypothetical scenario set in the near future of 1981.


The next book is a real gem, First Clash by Kenneth Macksey. I used to have this book in paperback back in the eighties and I can kick myself for letting it get tore up. This book was written as a training manual for the Canadian army and is a very detailed account of the Canadian's 4th Mechanized brigades defense against a soviet tank division in WWIII. I would suggest it to anyone interested in cold war military operations.


Speaking of military operations, the last book is Soviet Air Land Battle Tactics by William Baxter. This book is actually about Soviet army doctrine. I had seen this on Amazon several times at a very low price, but always decided not to buy it. However after hearing good things about it from Cold War Gamer, I decided to give it a try.


Finally I got a new set of Game Rules, Dragon Rampant by Daniel Mersey. I brought this as an alternative to HOTT. Like HOTT, Dragon Rampant is a fantasy version of a previous historical rules set, called Lion Rampant. While in someways more detail than HOTT, some of its rules are also simpler. Like HOTT the unit's are pretty generic. However, the option of additional add-ons allow for units that have more character than HOTT units, such as mounted shooters. The magic system is way more detailed with actual spells and some units able to have partial magical ability. Anyway I look forward to trying these rules out on the table.

Well those are the "new" books, I've also been thinking of doing some more naval warfare soon.

James