Sunday, February 17, 2019

Chain of Command - Under Strength German Infantry Platoon

It has been radio silent for a little bit, but for good reason. I've been working away at my 15mm German infantry platoon for "Chain of Command" and finally got them done!  Now, I must have miscounted when I was assembling this platoon as I'm short about 6 riflemen, but this seems rather true to form for the German army circa late 1943-45 so, I'm just going to use it as an under strength platoon until I find suitable figures to round them out.

These are all Plastic Soldier Company Late War German plastics, and while they painted up nice enough, they're a tad spindly and a pain to put together.  The Panzerschrek team is from the PSC Heavy Weapons box, and they seem "chunky'er" so I wonder if PSC is maybe adjusting they're ranges to more fit in with the likes of Battlefront?  I'm quite happy with this base platoon, and am looking forward to extending my WW2 collection further in 15mm and also in 20mm.

I've also finished these three scatter bases of mines.  They're 28mm and were super easy to paint.

Rather productive couple of weeks.  Now on to painting these -

Absolutely awesome kits from Red Vectors. Very simple and quick to put together.

Oh, and I also had a Lord of the Rings themed game of "Song of Blades and Heroes" with a wargaming newbie/friend that was a lot of fun and was very well received by said friend!


2019 Finished Figures - 37
2019 Finished Terrain - 3
2019 Games Played - 1

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Zombie Additions

In my "I'm not buying figures, trying to clean out some of my backlog" state, I pulled some of the zombies that I purchased back in 2011 when I first got back into wargaming to finally get some paint on them.  Also two from Studio Miniatures excellent range.  I give you -  

L to R: Reaper Zombie Nurse, Studio Miniatures Zombie Child and Zombie Chicken Costume Guy

L to R: Reaper Female Zombie and Reaper Zombie Stripper
These 5 make another awesome addition to my growing zombie horde.  Hoping for this year to be the year that my planned Zombie Apocalypse campaign gets off the ground.

2019 Finished Figures - 10
2019 Finished Terrain - 0
2019 Games Played - 0

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Board-Game Acquisitions

A couple weeks ago, I was going to be at a slow-ish firehouse for my 24hr shift, so I took the old solo Avalon Hill game "Queen of the Skies" about the bomber missions against mainland Europe in 1943-44.  I played through several missions and had a great time in the evening after our daily duties and training were done and between emergency calls and it reminded me how much I like some of the old board games I played with my Dad and Grandpa as a kid. 

Hopped on ebay and acquired a couple more to add to the collection.  I'll post some more pictures/game reports etc. once I actually play some games, but here's what I got - 

Kingmaker is one I've been after for awhile, but was always going for silly money on ebay, got this one complete and in very decent shape for being 45 years old!

Civil War from Avalon Hill circa 1961.  Board and Rules are in great shape, but the tokens are all replacements.

The story behind this is - I saw a conversation on twitter between Professor Tony Pollard and Henry Hyde about this "A Book of Sandhurst Wargames" by the esteemed Paddy Griffith.  The pictures Prof. Pollard posted were mainly of the maps which piqued my interest, so I jumped on ebay and amazon and picked up a complete and in damn near pristine shape copy for about $8.50 plus shipping.  Looks very interesting and the maps are AWESOME!

That's all for now, more to come soon!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Pirate Campaigns (1)

One of the projects I want to make major headway on this year is my pirates.  When I got home from my last deployment, I had ordered most of the Foundry range of pirates, stuck em all on bases and promptly packed them away in a box.  

Time to rectify that, as I have several suitable rulesets such as - "Blood & Plunder", "Flashing Blades", "Donnybrook" etc.

Those, combined with some naval rulesets for the naval side of things could make for some very interesting little campaigns, so to that end, I've made a start on painting the figures.  As per usual, I've painted 4 and gotten bored, so more will come as we go through the year.

Old Pirate and either a pirate captain OR a Royal Navy Officer

Pirates - the one on the left I went for a native skin tone kind of in tune with Mayan descendants.  Dunno if it works, but hopefully. 
Foundry figures are awesome to paint. You can really tell that their sculpters keep ease of painting in mind.  Will probably be ordering more from them at some point.

2019 Finished Figures - 5
2019 Finished Terrain - 0
2019 Games Played - 0

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Potential Projects and the 1st Finished Figure of 2019

Happy New Year folks!  First post of 2019 and only a little over a week in!

Plan for this post is to layout the myriad of potential projects I would like to work on/make progress on this year.  Also at the very bottom is my first finished figure of 2019!


In no particular order mind, 

Potential Projects -  

Guild Ball  
Sci-Fi in 15mm
Sci-Fi in 28mm
Post-Apocalypse/Zombie Apocalypse in 28mm
FIW/AWI in 28mm
Wild West in 28mm
The Indian Wars in 20mm
SAGA/Dux Brit in 28mm
Gothic Horror in 28mm
Donnybrook Jacobite Rebellion in 28mm
Frostgrave/Mordheim/Rangers of Shadow Deep in 28mm
Samurai in either 28mm or 6mm
Kings of War
Chain of Command in 15mm
Northern Crusades in 6mm
Vietnam in 15mm
2nd Afghan War in 20mm
Central American Imagi-Nations (Modern) in 15mm
Dystopian Wars
Halo Fleet Battles
Full Thrust
ACW in 6mm
ACW Naval in 1/2400
Franco-Prussian War in 2mm
Sword & Spear Ancients in 20mm
OEF/OIF in 20mm
WW1 in 6mm and 20mm
18th-19th Century Imagi-Nations in 20mm
The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings in 10mm and 28mm
Wooden Blocks for Iron Men
Boardgame Figures
Bag the Hun's a lot.  I may have a problem.  The Lead/Plastic Mountain in the closet maaaaaaay prove it...

But no matter, we're gonna make a lot of progress this year, starting with this gal - 

Jyn Odan from Imperial Assault.  I am really hoping to get all the minis painted for this game this year, I'm just soooo far behind on expansions.  The detail on Jyn was a little shallow, but I think she turned out ok.  IA figures are rather hit and miss, some are bloody fantastic, others are a bit meh. 

Jyn Odan - Smuggler

Anyways, we're off to the races.  Here's to a great year for all of you hobbyists out there!

2019 Finished Figures - 1
2019 Finished Terrain - 0
2019 Games Played - 0

Friday, December 28, 2018

Goals for 2019

My hobby goals for 2019 -

1.  Paint more figures than in 2018.  So, I have to paint more than 121 figures.

2. Play more miniatures games than in 2018.  So play more than 6 games. This will tie in with another goal further down the list.

3. Complete two opposing forces for any period/genre. 

4. Kickoff my Gothic Horror/Steampunk campaign.

5. Start a games club.  We have the interest and the name already, just got to get organized about it.

6. Concentrate on smaller scales.  I have a ton of 2mm-20mm projects and I'm going to strive to focus on them this year.

7. Complete a metric shed load of terrain.  At LEAST double 2018's 6 pieces.  So goal of 12 pieces.

8. Finish my core platoon of German infantry for Chain of Command in 15mm.

9. Support small business.  The likes of Bad Squiddo, Forged in Battle, Peter Pig, Irregular, Baccus etc.

10. Play every boardgame and miniatures ruleset in my collection.  That's going to take a lot of work, but should be a fun endeavor!

Anyways, those are the goals.  First post of 2019 will probably be my 13 pages of project plans!

Happy New Year folks!!! 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 - A Year in Review

2018 was a very good year hobby wise.  Minimal goals, nowhere near as many purchases, and A LOT of completed figures.

Below are my favorite completed figures of 2018 -

Windle and his Balls for Guildball

Cerberus for Mythic Battles: Pantheon

Ares for Mythic Battles: Pantheon

Jackstraw for Guild Ball Farmers

Warrior Wizard for Zombicide Black Plague

Coureur des Bois for French & Indian War

All told, I finished 121 figures in 2018, ranging from 20-28mm.  121 is the 2nd most figures finished in a year since I got back into wargaming 11 years ago.  I also completed 6 terrain pieces in 2018 and played 6 miniatures games.  So, a very successful year.  Lets review a couple other goals I had for 2018 and see how they went shall we?

1.  Kill Team Tau - Completed.  I had a goal to complete a Tau force for Kill Team, and I did. Oh, AND I actually played a game with them and didn't lose! Success. 

2.  Guild Ball - I did finish a playable team of Farmers.  Still have all the other teams I own to paint but I'll count this as a successful goal. Success.

3.  Boardgame Figures - I've made progress, but nowhere near completed.  Failure.

4.  Gothic Horror/Steampunk - I got a few figures done, but not enough to play a game with yet.  Failure. 

5.  2018 6MMRPC - I succeeded in not adding more than I finished from the lead/plastic mountain. Success.

6. Play More Games - In 2017 I played 3 miniatures games.  In 2018 I doubled that with playing 6.  So, Success.

Those were the goals, and I'm definitely counting it as a good hobby year!  2019 will hopefully be even better.  In my next post, I'll lay out my plans and goals for 2019.  

I sincerely hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that you all have a very Happy New Year!  See you in 2019!