Friday, November 14, 2014

Pro or Con has a date

  Pro or Con is slated for 15NOV14 mark you calendars! These are always fun events, so plan to attend!

 I will be running the Great War Flames of War project that I have been working on. Having tested it a few times it plays very fast so I may be running it repeatedly through the day.

Hope to see you all there.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Flames of War, The Great War at Michigan Toy Soldier

    I have a firm date for the Flames of War First World War demo game at Michigan Toy Soldier 1NOV14. I will be demo-gaming with the 20mm terrain and minis featured in the posts  below. The games will start around noon and will run to about 4pm. This version plays pretty fast so we will probably run more than one game during that time slot. Drop by and join in!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Agincourt in 15mm using Field of Glory

So we played the game, and well you will see the results. The rules played smoothly enough and game very satisfactory results. KLA had printed very large copies of the playing aid sheet (you can see them in the background of some of the pictures) , this was most helpful to my aging eyes.

Warning this is a very picture-heavy post!

the French right advances

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Oh, She is a dirty tramp!

So I took the advice that I got from reader feedback and gave the 28mm Tramp Steamer a heavy weathering job. This took longer than the build and initial paint job!
Check the pictures below, sorry but The Captain refused to be seen on such a filthy vessel, saying he would rather swim with the sharks!

I still have some details to add; lifeboats, bollards, anchors ventilators etc

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Served this coming Saturday, Agincourt 15mm

KLA has gotten FoG in his head and has volunteered to run a game. We will be staging Agincourt in 15mm using the Field of Glory rules to see if we like the results. The test game last weekend hammered out a lot of rules interpretations so this game should go fairly smoothly.

It looks cool on the table too.

the armies arrayed against each other, just out of longbow range

Friday, October 10, 2014

Painted Tramp in 28mm

So I finally got some free time and put some details together and slapped a coat of paint on the Tramp Steamer, I still have a ways to go but now it at least looks like a ship (but too darned clean).

she looks better with some color

Monday, October 6, 2014

This time it was on purpose; 28mm tramp freighter

     I posted about my 15mm tramp freighter a while back and received some very kind input. Some folks asked if I would go over how I built it. Well, I had no need of another 15mm tramp freighter but I did have use for one in 28mm. The techniques work for both scales so please bear with me. My techniques are very imprecise, few measurements and a lot of eyeballing it so you won't find exact templates or such. I started with one of my stock blue insulation foam hull blanks that I cut a long time ago, it wasn't very well done and had been sliced in half for a different project that stalled. This is what I started with;

the beginning;
 a hull, some card-stock and my bags of "odd shapes"

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Old Sarge is invaded by Romans

Check out Old Sarge's Wargames Blog he is building Warlord Romans and (as usual with his stuff) they are turning out beautiful. Check out the rest of his work, he has very wide range of interests.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Great War Tanks in 1/72 - 20mm

     I built these to go with the trench sections that I posted earlier, I realize that most of the fighting that the tanks did was after the breakthrough and they really don't need the trenches, but I figure; "What the heck, I have the tanks, the troops and the trenches".  I got the models from Michigan Toy Soldier and the are made by Airfix and Emhar. We will start with the venerable Airfix MK I.

        Originally there was only the MK I  Male; this was the only Great War tank in 1/72-1/76 scale for several decades. A few years ago Airfix added an extra sprue to the kit so that you can build the all-machine gun Female version as well. Easy to build and reasonably priced this kit's biggest flaw is that it is a model of the earliest version of the British rhomboid tanks, which went out of service fairly early on. That being said it is nicely detailed and looks great when finished.

I built two in German markings, figuring that there were more captured  in the middle part of the war and thus were likely to appear in the German inventory (and it wasn't like the Krauts could order the latest model from England....they had to make do)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I think I need one of these .............

Proxxon wire cutter, looks cool, and much sturdier than the crap that I have picked up at hobby stores!

Think of the possibilities... BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

A visit with Kaiser Willie's Boys

     OK, so I promised a bit about the tank models. Too bad, I got hooked on painting the minis and pushed on and painted the German forces for the game. This was not as much fun as the Scots were, there were a lot more of them and some of the minis were, to put it politely, pretty crappy.

     I used models from HaT, Emhar, Tumbling Dice and Caesar. The quality ranged from frightful (Emhar)to very nice (Caesar). For detailed reviews take a look at Plastic Soldier Review for a better look at what is available in 20mm Great War Minis (plus a look at what the minis look like still on the sprue).

       So, with no urther ado we will me the Kaiser's soldiers!

the Hunnic Horde still on the painting tray

Monday, September 8, 2014

Great War Brits (well, more properly Scots)

With the release of the Great War rules from Flames of War I have finally gotten off my duff and decided to finish my WW 1 terrain and figures. I am building this in 20mm as I started long ago and 20mm had the largest selection and best prices. The figures are from Hat and Michigan Toy Soldier with some support troops from other sets.

   Two days of serious painting has  provided the British contingent, four platoons of Scots with snipers, a HMG battery and a mortar platoon in support. I am working my way through the tanks right now and will post a kit review and finished photos soon.

   Meanwhile enjoy my bonny Scots!