Thursday, November 26, 2015

Games this Saturday 28NOV15

R.U.P. has offered to run a couple of games this weekend, at 1530 hrs he will be running a Israeli vs Egyptian jet battle over the Suez Canal, then at 1900hrs he will be using the Rock the Casbah rules to run a ground scenario from the unpleasantness in Lebanon. So if you fancy some malarkey in the Middle East drop by my place on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Saturday's Game

I was thinking that I would like to play Axis and Allies WW1 this Saturday. I can have the game set up and ready to roll to save a lot of front-end time. If I can get three (at least) others who wish to join me I would like to give this game a try.

Anyone wanting to claim a country reply in comments, I'm claiming Russia.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

J&R Quick Notes and Queries

Hey all, just putting out some some notes on what's going on, as well as a few questions to put to the group.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Not So Cold War

A few weeks ago Tom from Texas hosted a Cold War game at his houise using a portion of his his newly-acquired 1/87th scale collection of Cold War minis. The scenario posited that an assault by the Soviet bloc had been turned back and the NATO forces were on the counter-attack. The scenario was set at night and consisted of a Soviet recon unit covering a likely crossing point on a German river. The NATO forces had armored infantry supported by armor and motorized bridging units.

the field of battle, first the Russian side of the river

and the NATO side,
the unfortunate habit of rivers running through low ground meant that the NATO forces could hide behind some convenient hills during their approach

Monday, October 5, 2015

More VSF silliness

Not exactly VSF, more like "futurism" of the past. The Washington Post has some interesting illustrations like the one below at this link. Jinkies, I love airships!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

28mm Ironclads at Last

So, after literally years of building these silly things I have managed to get in a game. It is based on our old mythical VSF campaign of Daftrica. The German colony Deutsches Ost Daftrikan Organization (a.k.a. D.O.D.O. for short) was based at the original colony of Kaiserinport. This issued into a large bay grandly titled Der Kaiserin Zee. Below you see a map of the area.

The scenario is this; the Prussian Crown Prince is touring the colonies when a war breaks out in Europe. The news of this is passed along the telegraph line to the colony but there is one glitch; the cable is routed through a French colony on its way to Kaiserinport. The French had word of the impending conflict and have interrupted the cable service, leaving the Germans without a clue. The French have used the time to assemble what they consider to be a preponderance of naval force to interdict the return of the Crown Prince to his home.

Yesterday a fast mail steamer slipped past the French blockade and the news was delivered to the Crown Prince. He has resolved to use the forces at hand to return to his homeland to join in the fight (the armies are commanded in his absence by his septuagenarian half-wit uncle) or die trying.

As the sun comes up a French picket boat is seen flying a flag of truce in the Kaiserin Zee, assuming that the French intend to surrender the Germans begin to raise steam and  investigate this development.

the French picket boat approaches

Monday, September 21, 2015

D&D Update #3: Time Changes and Other Stuff

Hey yo,

It's your friendly neighborhood Dungeon Master, giving a bit of an update on what's going on.

First, regarding the Friday and Saturday groups. I think at this point with the way things are going, I'm going to split up the Friday and Saturday groups. This is largely because the Friday group has grown out in such a way that trying to allow the groups to mix is ultimately not going to work in the long run, and is more of an active hindrance to doing larger adventures. So at this point, I'd rather call a clean cut between the two rather than tying both groups down to each other. For the most part, this is a message to the Saturday group (since you are the ones who actually follow the blog), though I'm sure you'll meet up the Friday group sometime in the future.

After their inevitable descent into super-villainy, of course.

Secondly, I've had a few people come to me with scheduling problems for this upcoming week, so I'm going to tentatively move it back to Friday, October 2nd, 2015. I find this to be an added bonus, since I recently got a rather decent-sized order of new miniatures because of actions taken by the Saturday group, and this gives me a bit more time to finish painting them up. With an extra week, we might well have a game that has only painted minis!

Mmm... Painted Minis...
Thirdly, something that I've been working on but haven't fully gotten around to completing is a "Skills Guide" that gives everyone some ideas as to what you can do, rather than me just telling you. The guide isn't meant to be completely comprehensive, so if something isn't necessarily on there, it doesn't mean you can't do it. I'll try to send that out by Wednesday (I'm doing some editing, but it's close to finished) by email, so you guys can give me some feedback as to anything you'd want to include on there.
This could be you!
If you have any comments, questions, or criticisms, please leave them in the comments below!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Another interesting resource

Scientific American has compiled their Great War articles into an anthology. A good many of the articles are available on line here.  This article particularly caught my eye. They provide an interestingly contemporary view of the conflict. A good way to waste some time!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Better than Google earth?

Take a look at this site, it is released spy satellite photos of historic places in the middle east, TONS of detail when you zoom in, great for setting up realistic terrain for games!
 CORONA Atlas of the Middle East

Yeah, I lost some time on this.........

Monday, August 31, 2015

Upcoming Events at my Friendly Local Hobby Shop (Michigan Toy Soldier)

I am a firm believer in supporting the brick-and-mortar side of our hobby, not that I don't use the internet to communicate and make purchases mind you. I just think that if I can get an item from my local hobby store I should do so, I will even order it and wait the few extra days more than Amazon or isn't as if I don't have thirty years worth of back-logged minis to paint, so a day or so wait will go unnoticed.

Michigan Toy Soldier has embraced wargamers and goes to some considerable lengths to try to provide for our hobby so I do try to return the favor.

They are currently hosting open gaming on Saturdays and Thursdays, they have a nice area for gaming and have some terrain to hand.

For more details call them at 248-586-1022 or go to their website;

Just a heads up as to upcoming events at the store;

Friday, August 21, 2015

Not an Excuse, but an Apology

I haven't been keeping up my posting schedule of late as this summer has proven to be quite busy. Of late I decided to build four new bookcases and to rearrange my library. This has proven to be a significant undertaking and has absorbed an inordinate amount of my time. Fear not! Both the Frontier Fort and Pirate Sloop build projects will continue as my schedule will become a more regular thing soon.

As proof of my labors I provide the attached photos of my New And Improved  library

 the southeast corner,
 history begins in the upper left corner and moves around the chronologically, 
ancients and middle ages on the left, Age of Reason and Napoleonic Era in the middle, US War of 1812 and Civil War on the right with some of the lower shelves given over to board games

Friday, August 7, 2015

Grandfather of Steampunk, Albert Robida

First, I must apologize for the lack of postings of late. I have been busy caring for two of my granddaughters and this has brought most work to a halt, what  little time I have had free was devoted to building four additional bookshelves for my endlessly expanding collection. BUT, while trolling aimlessly on the internet I found this fellow, Albert Robida, a Frenchman of rare artistry and talent. A contemporary of Jules Verne and H.G.Wells he possessed not only an imagination for seeing into the future but the artistic talent to give rise to stunning images such as you see below. Take a few minutes and do a Google Images search on his name, oceans of inspiration is to be had!