Thursday, September 22, 2022

GAMING UPDATE; GAME AT MY PLACE 24SEP22 7PM

        Like the title says, game at my house, 7pm.


                                 Be there

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Return of the Space Squats, now with full photo survey of sprues!

Bastion Gaming Center has them in stock now $180US

        Games Workshop has finally brought back the dwarves for 40K. They have gained the much more dramatic title of "Leagues of Votann" (as opposed to the classic title "Squats") but they are the same short angry guys. My understanding is that their rules are so slanted that they are already being banned from competition play but my interest lies in the minis, not tournament nonsense. And some fine-looking minis they are! My only complaint is that they are probably a bit too much like tiny Space marines. The models are very well cast in the standard GW gray plastic with no flash and nearly no mold-lines. They are broken down into loads of tiny components which will ease posing and building different weapons load-outs, but may require very steady hands and might result in eye-strain looking at the tiny bits. But no more ado, lets take a close look at this boxed set.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Wargames Atlantic Goths; dressed to kill

        Well it certainly took long enough, but in my defense the weather has finally been nice in these parts and there was little motivation of spend time painting. These minis were painted in a mixture of Americana acrylics, Games Workshop contrast and shades with a touch of Vallejo here and there. I don't keep notes so I won't go into a play-by-play (and I'm sure you all have your own style and paint assortment). The figures were simple to paint, the detail is bold and crisp making them take paint well. My only quibble (and this is with almost every miniature manufacturer, either plastic or metal) shield rims should be distinct and probably overemphasized a bit. Painting circles is nigh unto impossible, painting a 1mm wide rim on a curved shield that is only 3/4" across is asking a LOT. Give us something to work with folks!

ready for the trip outside for a coat of matte finish

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.......What to present at Pro or Con on October 15th???

action from Pro or Con 2021

        I put myself through this every convention season. I usually have a dozen or so irons in the fire at any given time, is various states of incompletion. Then the cold hard truth of the calendar comes along and upsets my apple-cart of indecision. Much chin-rubbing and head-scratching ensues wherein I try to make up my mind. I cast my eye into The Vault and contemplate the tens of thousands of painted minis and models and desperately try to decide which will accompany me to the convention. 

action from Flintcon 2022

         After much consideration I have narrowed it down to two games; either a naval action using my 1/350th 1600's fleets or an air-combat using my recently completed 1930's aircraft. Both have proven popular in the past and have the added advantage of requiring very little by way of terrain 

         On the other hand I could dust off the Castillo and run another game with that......



Monday, September 5, 2022

Peering into the future....Armored Apocalypse A Bolt Action Tank War Event 12NOV22

        Bastion Gaming Center will be hosting a Bolt Action tournament on November 12th. Chicago Dice will be running the tournament  and you can find all the relevant information on their website. The action starts at 9am and will run until 6pm. This is a great chance to test your favorite platoon against other players or to just stop by and check out the action.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Data Book for the Kawasaki KI-10 "Perry" for use with Red Stars and Rising Suns

       


       Looking for all the world like a badly drawn Curtiss P-6 Hawk the Kawasaki KI-10 was a robust and agile fighter. It was chosen over monoplane aircraft because at that time the Japanese valued maneuverability over speed. Despite many modern innovations it would not have surprised an aviator from the Great War. It was used in the Second Sino-Japanese War and during the Nomonhan Incident. As the was progressed it was soon relegated to second-line duties and training.

       This data book is intended for use with my air-combat rules Red Stars and Rising Suns

Out of the blue clear sky..... MPC 1/72 Brewster Buffalo

        Having grown weary of the monochrome tones of Chinese aircraft I needed something to brighten my day. And what could be better than an aircraft from the "Yellow Wings" era of the U.S. military? I went looking and found an old MPC kit of a Brewster Buffalo, it had the right decals for the period and looked like a straightforward build so off I went. The kit was a simple build and the parts fit was exemplary, Vallejo sprays provided the silver and insignia yellow. 

       The only downside to the entire project were the horrible decals. I had high hopes going in as they weren't curled or yellowed but they were the old MPC single-sheet decals and terribly thick as well. Careful cutting and flood of MicroScale MircoSol managed to get them in a presentable condition but future models might just end up in Finnish colors (I have spare decals for Finland that are of good quality).

         It joins the P-35 in the pre-war "dogs of flight" section of my collection. I will have to work out a data book for my rules sometime soon, it's too pretty to leave as a display item.



Going Goth, building the Wargames Atlantic Gothic Foot Warriors

 

the whole gang
 
        Having a little time on my hands while waiting for decals to set I decided to try my hand at assembling some Gothic warriors. A quick bit of snipping gave me a pile of parts to try fitting together. With five basic body poses and a huge choice of arms, weapons and heads it was easy to assemble ten completely distinct figures. As I was trying out poses it was quickly apparent that most of the arms would fit most of the bodies. It was a simple task to produce active and believable poses. One feature I particularly liked was the provision of an arm holding an arrow and a bent bow in the other so that I could build a figure with a drawn bow ready to launch an arrow.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Helion REALLY wants you to read a book (or at least buy one) this Fall


        As a follow-up to the Bank Holiday sale Helion has begun an offer that takes AT LEAST 50% off a select list of titles. Helion has become a favorite publisher of mine because they cover a good many subjects that are hard to find in English and present attractive, well-researched books at reasonable prices.  Follow this link to get to the sale page; there are some stunning deals to be had! I am sorely tempted to spend a bit of cash on this offer.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Data Book for the Curtiss Goshawk F11C to go with Red Stars and Rising Suns

 

              The Curtiss Aircraft company made quite a business selling fighter aircraft to the U.S. Government and dozens of other nations. The Goshawk II  (F11C)  didn't sell well in the U.S. but was very popular with foreign countries, so much so that China established a factory and bought a license to produce them in-country. Eventually over 100 served in the Chinese Air Force. It was used by Ernst Udet to demonstrate dive-bombing techniques which eventually led to the JU-87 and Hitler's fascination with dive bombers (and insane projects like the HE-177 four-engine dive bomber).

        This data book is for use with Red Stars and Rising Suns my rules set for air combat 1935-1940.