Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fourth of July Party

My place;

4JUL16 at 1500hrs, food at 1600hrs fireworks as soon as it gets dark.

Booze all day

be there

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Martian Invaders Detected on the Horizon!!!

The Housemartin has volunteered to run a game of All Quiet on the Martian Front this Saturday. These games are always fun and the wily Housemartin has added some new troops types and has concocted a devilishly clever scenario. Be there or miss a great game.

In other news it is confirmed that a U.S. based firm has picked up the AQotMF line and will begin manufacturing it here later this year.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Lace Wars Project Part IV; Spanish Regulars

The Spanish forces in the New World were a mixture of Regular, locally-recruited full time Colonial troops and militia. I figured that since I had painted French line troops, British regulars and a militia unit it was time to bring some Spanish Regular, or Metropolitan, troops into the list. They were more closely regulated, and more fashionable, than the colonial troops so I built figures all wearing the crisply formed tri-cornered hat that had become the latest fashion item for a well-dressed soldier of the 1690's. Their uniforms are a much brighter white (actually a lighter shade of gray). Next some Morenos, locally raised black militia troops, and then some more Birts and French with a careful eye to picking uniforms that can switch sides with a flag-swap.

these troops could easily switch to French pay with a flag-swap , I started them in true white but the look was too clean, they got repainted in very pale gray and them washed in a very thin black wash

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Rhodesian Diversions

    The bane of my wargaming existence has always been my lack of focus. I have literally dozens of projects in hand at any given time. I confess to being easily distracted and often disheartened by a long or arduous task. Just such a thing happened to my Lace Wars Project, too many button loops and turnbacks left me craving an entirely different task. I cast my eye toward the looming pile of half-completed undertakings and found just the tonic that I sought. R.U.P. had asked me to paint some Rhodesian aircraft for him a little while ago, a project that I undertook and promptly put on a back burner (too my shame). This little project popped out and rescued me from the sea of tricornered hats that I was drowning in.A few happy hours later I had finished them and was ready once again to advance toward my mountain of plastic soldiers. I think they turned out pretty well.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Lace Wars Project Part IIIa The British Are Here!!!!

I finally got the wash on th figures and touched up the bases and white. Then I added the white buttons which REALLY made a difference in the look of the minis. Next I am working on a Spanish Metropolitan Regiment and a militia  battalion of "Brown" troops; soldiers of mixed race that the caste-conscious Spanish kept segregated from the troops born in Spain.

I like the red jackets, too bad they are English troops

there has to be some troops in red from other armies, Irish or Swiss, 
I must check my references more carefully

the white buttons were tedious to paint 
but I think they really add to the look of the unit

     I am going to dig through my pile of reference books, I would like to paint a unit in green jackets and another in brown, Just to get away from the red/blue/gray-white that was so common during the period. I try to paint actual units rather than just something that appeals to me at the moment. The big plus is that in the era of 1680-1710 the uniform regulations were fairly vague which gives me a bit of latitude.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Lace Wars Project Part III The British Are Coming!!!

Perhaps the English is more accurate. Despite a horrible week at work I have gotten pretty close to completing the first batch of red-coats. They need a wash and flat coat, but otherwise they are complete. I do like the way that they are turning out, I have to flip over to warflag.com and print up some flags pretty soon to give them the real impact. Flags of this period were large and very colorful and I think that they will add a lot to the character of the units.

rather brighter than the previous two units

the officer in the middle pointing is one of my runaway posing projects,
he took longer to build than six regular figures

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Lace Wars Project Part II; Another Regiment joins the ranks

I am trying to stick with a disciplined painting schedule and have been working on this unit for a steady hour (minimum) a day. They still lack flags and groundwork but they are otherwise completed. They can be used as either Spanish or French line troops with a simple swap of flags.

As always comments, curses and jeering are welcomed....

I find it harder to paint the simple gray uniform than the blue jackets of the colonial troops

Monday, May 16, 2016

Progress on the Lace Wars project

     I decided that the only way I was going to make headway on this project was to sit down and work for a solid hour on it at least five days a week. At first it seemed a daunting task. As I got used to the routine I began to look forward to the quiet period of time painting miniatures. After a week I managed to get one battalion finished, the (almost) finished models can be seen below, they only require matte finish and flags to be complete. Just eleven more to go!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A tiny fortress

The NPS gift shop at the Castillo de San Marcos in Saint Augustine Florida had these on sale for eight bucks each. They looked perfect for Age of Sail land fortifications so I bought four. Unfortunately they don't appear on the list of items available on the park website so you will have to go there in person to get them (or offer me absurd sums of money for mine). I also saw them at the Fountain of Youth, but they don't list it on their website gift shop either. Or you can wait until next spring when I'm heading back that way and place an order with me and I will be happy to pick them up when I visit.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Upcoming RPG Stuff

Hey, y'all. Been a while, but boredom is a wonderful motivator and frankly I don't want to bother people all through email about this. Given most of us comment on the blog, I'll put this here.

"Down the highway and through the brush, to Ho Chi Minh's house we go!": A Charlie Company Battle Report

Our friend and commenter Dobbers Wargames had wanted to put on a Vietnam game for quite a while, and he chose one hell of a night to do it. Not only was Honest Dan in the house on leave from Fort Bliss, but just about everyone in the group managed to show up, and Mr. Dobbers brought his own friends along to fill out the crowd.

On one side: Dobber and his evil communist advisor the Old Sarge.

On the other: myself, Anton, Honest Dan, R.U.P., Housemartin, Crowag and a host of others trying to work within a chain of command.

Oh, this was going to go swimmingly...

Slow and Steady: A "Rock the Casbah" After-Action Report

   I'm going to finish this largely because I wonder if RUP reads the blog, and what he'll do if  I finish it. At any rate, the game was set: the Israelis were meant to clear a town that a small group of Syrians had forgotten to actually pull back from; the Israeli spearhead was to take the town while the Syrians and PLO were there to take what they could and hold until relieved... or at least that's what I think they were to do. As an Israeli, I found their actions and methods inscrutable, and thus do not deign to try and explain them.