Friday, 9 December 2016

French supplies inbound

   I should probably begin this post with a confession; I can completely understand why even accomplished wargames painters are happy to ship their piles of unpainted Napoleonics off to a professional to paint, they seriously sap your painting motivation. Hence, why it has been almost 6 months since my last post on it, but that has been for 2 reasons: 1, It took a while to build up the motivation to do the next block of troops. 2, By that point I had forgotten my colour recipe. . .
   Up steps the Warbasses Engineer's wagon and a Perry Miniatures figure for me to practice on. I bought the wagon and bits at Salute and had it built and sprayed within a few days, but that was as far as it got. The Perry figure was a recent purchase when I got the brain wave of how I was going to get my recipe without ruining a unit or wasting time getting it wrong. I could use it as a test miniature and make something useful out of it afterward, hopefully, helping to get a few more units across my desk in the new year?

   Comparing this model to my other units it is a pretty close, so I dutifully written my recipe down this time and am ready to get on with another unit in the new year. Oh wait, this means I need some Engineers now as well now . . .

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Zomtober 2016 - Week 6?

   At the end of this year's Zomtober festivities (?) I had a couple of half painted figures still on my desk that just hadn't quite made it to the finish line, but I was loath to put them away to do for next year*, so the only logical thing to do was to actually finish them. A month later and here we are**.

* Zombies and Survivors are
for life not just Zomtober.
** Yeah, a month - I can explain?.

   The hench guy from Heresy Miniatures sci-fi range, but if you ignore the gun style I think he works as a modern guy, while the blond figure is from Hasslefree Miniatures and takes a lot less explaining. In keeping with my theory on how a survivor gang should work I have kept automatic weapons to a minimum, with these two only having pistols and bravery to rely on.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The war on terror continues

   As my November painting has been almost non-existent (definitely nothing to write a post about) and it doesn't look like there will be anything post worthy for at least another week I thought I might dedicate a post to a couple of the cool looking games of Sangin Skirmish I have played over the last two Monday evenings.

   The first was a two-part mission for the British regulars. Seek and destroy the weapons cache and clear a path through the town for a safe withdrawal. I didn't get an overhead shot of the board but I took a few close-up photos as the game went on and I have included a few of the better ones below.

The two British fire teams advance into the town to sweep for the weapons cache aware that any building or group of civilians might be hiding a Taliban fighter.

I had spent the first few turns moving the civilians around to either look slightly suspicious or as though they were interested / scared of the British troops coming into their town depending on how I felt the people would act. The guy in the red hoodie was the only civilian that was stop checked and turned out to be a complete red herring.

The first shot of the game - my concealed sniper had lined up a perfect shot and killed his target outright.

   The game ended with two dead British troops compared to a lot of dead Taliban, but the weapon cache had not been found and the road through the town had definitely not been cleared.

   The next game carried on from the last one but we used a mission out of Dispatches 2 - Hold the Ford. The British's mission was to get their wounded, starting off the board on the town edge, to safety on the river edge of the board (the line of sandbags*), while the Taliban do everything they can to stop this from happening. To make it possible, the British get access to a few toys - the wounded are transported in the husky from the last game, which is supported by a warrior tank and the ford is being held by 2 fire teams of British Commandos.

* We couldn't find any river sections!

To stop it being a quick game the convey only gets to come on from turn 2 (in Sangin Skirmish each turn is made up of 10 phases with models activating for 4 phases per turn - determined at the start of the game) and Taliban can place a road block and a medium IED anywhere on the board*.

* The sofa represented the IED in this
game. Something the British 
player came to regret.

The Taliban machine gunner sets up in heavy cover on the Mosque and opens fire at the advancing Commandos, wounding his target and killing the man next to him.

As the warrior appears on the board the Taliban scramble for cover.

The warrior managed to get a single shot off, killing the Taliban hiding behind the well before two hidden RPG armed men came out of hiding to take it out*. New toy syndrome strikes again.

* Playing the Taliban takes
a lot of self-control!

   While the husky made it home carrying the wounded men from the last game, the cost to the British was massive. One dead Commando, one destroyed warrior tank and two men who were so wounded they won't make it home without their comrades coming back for them, while I had lost 11 Taliban. This game while technically a victory to the British was pyrrhic at best.

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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Zomtober 2016 - Week 5

Zomtober zombie count: 18

   Not a huge amount to report this week. I played a quick game of Lord of the Rings on Monday to get my mojo back into that game - more to come in the future - and did a little bit of zomtober painting just to keep up with he challenge.

    First up are 3 survivors from Hasslefree miniatures. The girl on the left was a freebie as the order took a while to turn up, the one in the middle was just a fantastic sculpt and how could I not pick up the goth on the right?

    Secondly, I have my last unpainted Nazi zombie, the officer. Again a great sculpt and really had to be done, just a pity I didn't finish him last year when I did that theme!

   Lastly we have, well I don't know what it is, but it felt really Halloween to me. It is from Black Tree Designs and was just too cheap not to add to the rest of what was a sensible order.

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Zomtober 2016 - Week 4

Zomtober zombie count: 17

   I don't really know what to call this but I suspect I have been watching too much of The Walking Dead, while building plastic Rubicon Opel Blitz's. This lorry, however, is a cheap resin Opel Blitz off ebay (it looked easier to build the cage on the back) and I bought a few more German zombies just to fill it up and complete the look.
   The guy in front is made from a Warlord German sprue with zombie extras that was built as a backup plan in case I couldn't finish this or it looked terrible, as it is, he can now just join the rest of the horde.

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Zomtober 2016 - Week 3

Zomtober zombie count: 8

    This week I dug through my lead mountain, properly this time, and resurrected a few half painted or just sprayed models from last year. So this week's contribution to the challenge is another 5 zombies and 2 survivors, plus a bit of scenery I plan to use for both zombie games and Afghanistan.

     Zombies are a mix of Wargames Factory's Zombie Vixens (I still have another sprue to go) and a Studio Miniatures zombies, all bought for Zomtober 2014 . . .

     The first of 5 planned survivors, both are from Studio Miniatures. As you will see with the next 3 as well, I am trying to put together a group who feel like they might be fairly normal people. No swat teams for me just yet.

      Lastly, a quick bit of scatter scenery I thought would work for both zombie games and games set in Afghanistan.

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Friday, 14 October 2016

You asked for a new door?

    My VBCW demolition unit are a mix of figures from Footsore Miniatures, Artizan Designs and Eureka Miniatures. This is another specialist unit are mostly armed with SMGs, from a variety of sources, but that also had a liberal sprinkling of explosives, again from a variety of sources.
   This is another unit I didn't go out looking to make, I stumbled across the core of it by accident and the rest were saved from my lead pile or bought with the initial figures in mind and I am pretty pleased with the end composition of the unit.

VBCW demolition team specialists militia

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