14 January 2018

Cold War Commander - HQ Stands

When we played Blitzkrieg Commander back at Thanksgiving, I was happy enough with the game to spend the $10 on CWC as well. I've got a good collection of mid-80's micro armor and the system produces a nice beer-and-pretzels wargame. Of course this meant I'd have to whip up some HQ stands for my armies. This game me a great opportunity to reduce the 6mm lead pile a bit. After a bit of a dig, I came up with 5 stands for the West Germans, 5 for the Poles/Soviets, and 2 each for the USMC and Dutch. I wrapped up painting last evening and took pics this morning since mother nature is playing nice with sunlight today.

The lot of 'em. I put the colored blocks on their bases to match the color identifiers on my MSH stands.

West Germans

A couple of very sunny Humvees for the Marines


 Poles, including two representatives from the Naval Assault Regiment I recently finished.

And two more for the Warsaw Pact.

As usual, the micro armor was fun to paint and didn't last nearly long enough on the painting table! We'll give these guys a try soon enough.

09 January 2018


Without a doubt, this was the fastest I've ever churned out 28mm miniatures. After wrapping up the first eight Blood and Plunder guys earlier in the week, the other 17 from the box were quick to paint. I painted them like I'd normally have painted 15mm models, maybe a bit sloppy but "tightened up" with a good wash and drybrushing. I'm quite happy with the result, not to mention the fact that they're actually finished!

The pics ain't great - a side effect of the short winter days. Maybe I'll take them all out Saturday for a photo shoot.

06 January 2018

Happy New, Southern Style

Hi all. I hope everyone is have a good New Year thusfar. Mine has been nice - the added excitement of the Winter Storm has made it quite memorable.

Wednesday morning it started with the freezing rain and by early afternoon it was a proper snow! Now, maybe once every 4-5 years we get snow flurries in Savannah, but the last time we had snow stick  to the ground was 1989 so this is "big doin's" down here. There is still a good bit of snow in my backyard, as of Saturday morning. My kids who've never really dealt with snow have really enjoyed it.

For NYE, a couple came over and "us grownups" played board games during the evening.

Dennis brought Bob Ross - Art of Chill Game. It's rather unusual but quite good. I'd happily play it any time.

After two games of that, we played Robots 💓Ice Cream.
This game was developed by a friend of my sister. It's a cooperative game in which the players work to defeat the Space Invaders-style robotic invasion of Earth. I've played it a handful of times and it's good fun.

My brushes haven't been idle - I broke the Blood and Plunder guys back out for some more painting and actually completed eight! Typically anything larger than 20mm is a real speedbump for me, but with the weird weather and work schedule, I was able to make it happen.

Marins and Boucaniers without the flash...

And with the flash. They're still glossy - I need to run up to Michael's an pick up some Dullcote. When I was sharing pics with Mike and Dave (as we often do while we're painting) David got the bug and ordered a box of Spanish, so maybe there'll be some B&P in the near future?

I also got in a game of X-Wing with the Youngling. Poe vs. two seat fillers. A seat-filler finished off Poe when Poe lost focus. Old age and treachery wins again!

31 December 2017

Dragon Rampant AAR - Gem Hunting

Wifey and I played a game of Dragon Rampant last evening. The scenario was "The Crystal Gale" in which we both had to collect some gems/crystals that were scattered about the battlefield, in addition to killing eachother's troops. I used my recently finished Dark Elf force and my wife used a collection of mostly skeletal Undead.

The Dark Elves are one of those small, high-quality forces, compared to the more numerous but slightly less capable horde of bones.

The battlefield. Ten gems were scattered across the center, more than 12 inches from each of us.

The hordes descend upon the central crystals!

But my sorceress, Witchy-Poo blasts the ghosts with a gout of flame!

The Dark Elf Executioners taunt the ghosts into attacking instead of collecting the gem they were right next to!

Though on of the Executioners falls, a second ghost is "busted."

The chariots and skeletal warriors get it in gear and push forward!

The Reavers can't control themselves and rush the vulnerable chariots!

The chariots do a magnificent job of repulsing the attack.

But the Crossbowmen aim true and finish off one of the mighty war carts!

Again, the Reavers' sense of self-preservation is tossed aside... this time though they opt for a softer target, the skeletal wolf riders.

And although the blood-thirsty elves perform well against the riders, they are then beset by the skeletal warriors. Tragedy!

The skeletal archers off to the left flank finally make an appearance! They pick up two gems and start pelting my Crossbowmen with arrows! You can see that the chariots in the center had been eliminated - the Crossbowmen had finished them off!

The weakened Executioners still are a force to be reckoned with and run off the skeletal warriors.

The battle ended, both sides had recovered five gems. The Elves had lost one unit while the Undead had lost the Chariots, Ghosts and Warriors. Neither of us selected any quests, primarily because we play so infrequently we didn't any extra distractions. We both had a great time and it was a good last round of toy soldiers for 2017! 2017, you've been a rubbish year and I'm glad to see you go away.

Happy New Year's everyone! May 2018 be great for us all.

30 December 2017

Norm! Some more painting

Not much gaming going on down here lately. I've been doing a good bit of painting though, even though brush time has been sporadic.

I finished up the rest of those Normans for Dragon Rampant and am rather pleased with how they came out.

The models came out much nicer than the photos for sure! Be well everyone, I hope you had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year!

22 December 2017

Freshly Painted "Normans"

It says "Normans" on the packaging, but I've got other ideas. These are some lovely 15mm miniatures from Splintered Light who'll be the core of a "good guy" force for Dragon Rampant. I've got those nice collections of Dark Elves and Undead, but no comprehensive group of protagonists. Browsing Splintered Light's selection, I thought the Normans had that classic look for what I was after.

The first batch of 24 are these spearmen and archers.

Maybe the sun's Midwinter rays will cast some special magic on these guys. I did smart-up and paint ALL the shields at once, so those of the heavy infantry and horseman are already done and match the shields of the rest of the army. Brilliant!

20 December 2017

Star Fleet Battles AAR - Swap Meet

The Space Cadets got in a final SFB game for 2017 last Sunday at our preferred location - Pizza Hut in Brunswick, GA. Edward joined us for a second time and is now in danger of becoming an actual member of the Space Cadets.

The scenario was of my design. It starts with a Klingon and Romulan ship meeting up to transfer two items from the Klingons to the Romulans. There is also a cloaked Romulan frigate nearby. Two Federation destroyers zip in, attempting to disrupt the exchange.  We pick up the story there.

So, here's the setup. Ed and I drove the Feddies (green circle). David ran the Romulans and Mike helmed the Klingon (orange). The Romulan Snipe is cloaked using hidden deployment.

Ed and I, commanding the Fast Destroyers Silverhawk and the Usain Bolt, charge in headlong at speed 27. The initial plan was to quickly punch the freighter, then get away, recharge photons, and then zip in and hit it again. Mike's LD5 has sent a couple of drones towards us and the Snipe is decloaking.

Things really get squirreley for the Feds as the Snipe pushes two plasma-F and one plasma-G out its tubes. Rather than "manning up" and soaking 60 points of damage, I suggest to Edward that we run for a bit.

If there's anything a Fast Destroyer does well, it's run! The blasted Freight Eagle takes the cargo and begins cloaking. Not very sporting at all. Edward and I turn things into a game of "Kill the Klingon" and empty the tubes into the LD5. Mike's ship loses the #5 shield and takes a handful of internals. Meanwhile, the Klingon and Romulan ships have been pelting Ed and I with phasers and disruptors. 

The Bolt is hit with three plasma torpedoes. After 13 impulses of running, the damage isn't terrible at all though.

Time warp past through much of turn 2... After Ed and I completed our orbit of the asteroid cluster, we began pursuing the Freight Eagle. I turned to distract the Snipe and Klingon while Ed continued the chase. My ship was savaged by direct-fire weapons and my return fire was wildly poor. I set a course for home being crippled at this point. Ed did catch up with the Freight Eagle, but between the cloak and its great shields, the alpha strike that was dealt to it at the start of turn 3 was ineffective. A solid win for David and his pointy-ears and a best supporting actor for Mike and his Klingons.

The Federation Fast Destroyer is a miserable ship. It's shaped like an arrow and performs like one. It goes very fast, straight ahead and hits whatever is directly in front of it. It was quite interesting (frustrating) to drive something this one-dimensional. Little wonder that in the flavor text it says the Federation only ever built one.

It was a fun way to kill an afternoon and we all enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Thanks guys!