Thursday, May 2, 2019

More Terrain Progress and an Update -

Past couple weeks have been busy with various things, mostly yard/garden work and continuing on with preparation for the TooFatLardies games day at Recruits Gaming Convention. Nothing finished for that as of this writing but I have finished some other stuff detailed below - 

First up is a copse of young trees.  One thing of note with trees is that pretty much any size tree will work for 15/20mm but not every size tree will work for 28mm +.  


Next we have a couple generic shell craters and a emplacement.  These are OLD vacu-formed plastic from "probably" the late '70s early 80's.  I added bases, basing paste to add texture and then painted and flocked them.  They'll work for any period to be honest. Scale wise I think they'll do for 15mm and 20mm.


Next is an old Micro Machine prepainted German Fokker from WW1.  It scales "ok" for 6mm so I based it up to add to my 6mm WW1 collection.



Here we see four HO scale telegraph poles that will serve for 15mm and 20mm gaming. I have more, but these are the only ones done.


Then we have what I assume is an old HO scale horse barn/stable. No idea where it came from as it was in a grab box of old model railroad stuff I saw at a garage sale for like $0.10 apiece.  Based and Painted it, added a WW2 German Poster and bobs your uncle. 



Next up is a 15mm European pig sty.  This is part of the "Russian Village" set from I believe Blotz or Minibits.  Went together super easy and painted up well. Yes the joint points on the roof annoy me but I couldn't be bothered to do something about them. May go back and fix it some day.  The pig is from an unknown manufacturer.


So that's all the painting/modeling done in the last couple weeks.  I received my latest TooFatLardies order of Dice and Blitzkrieg 1940 for Chain of Command. Richard kindly threw in a TFL bottle opener which I must admit has already seen action and may I say, won.



Also had a rummage through my Dads "To Get Rid of Pile" and added a nice selection of books to my collection.  Tons of inspirational history here -




Sadly, I did not get any pictures of the game of Chain of Command played a couple nights ago, but suffice it to say, my Soviets got their asses whipped.

2019 Finished Figures - 72
2019 Finished Terrain - 16
2019 Games Played - 2

Saturday, April 13, 2019

ANZAC's in Vietnam (3)

Four years and two days ago, I posted the 2nd post about ANZAC's in Vietnam in which I had finished a Company Command base and Medic and stated, "My goal is to get the rest of the platoon painted by the end of April." https://historyspiderweb.blogspot.com/2015/04/anzac-in-vietnam-2.html FOUR years ago. HA. Well, I've finished the 1st Platoon finally -







I'm pretty focused on this project now, because in September I will be running a "Charlie Don't Surf" game at the Recruits Gaming Convention in Lee Summit, Missouri. It will be my submission for our "Lard Summit" a collection of gamers running and introducing people to TooFatLardies rules and #spreadthelard spearheaded by Jay Arnold of the Veteran Wargamer Podcast.

Another positive to having this focus is that it means that HOPEFULLY, by September, I will have the components I need finally done and dusted for the beginning of my Tour of Duty campaign I want to do. Basically, following the men of a Company of Australian troops through their tour in Vietnam.  Believe me, there will be many more updates as I work on this project, and they damn well won't be four years from now.


Another item finished for this (and other) project(s) is this M.A.S.H tent.


Note - while the tent cannot be removed from the base, I am that sad bunny that painted the wounded inside.


It started life I believe as a Hospital Tent in a 1970's Airfix 1/72 kit.  I got it from my Dad who bought it in the '70s, and I've had it for almost 20 years languishing in the lead and plastic pile. Well, it scale wise works for 15mm up to 20mm so I painted it up. Personally, I love it.

Stand by for further!

2019 Finished Figures - 71
2019 Finished Terrain - 6
2019 Games Played - 1 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

There be Monsters -

Back end of last year, I messaged Rosa from Crazy Cat Studios to see about commissioning her to paint up three rather intimidatingly beyond my comfort level minis from Zombicide:Black Plague.  The pricing was very fair, shipping to Norway wasn't too bad at all and so, I mailed them off.  I'll be honest, I (as a slow painter) did not expect them back very soon.  They were back in LESS THAN A MONTH!!! And as you'll see, she did a FANTASTIC job.  In fact, I don't think my basing did them justice so may have to go back and add more. You can find her on Twitter https://twitter.com/rosadogg or on Instagram CrazyCatStudio. If you need some figures painted, I highly suggest contacting her!

Zombie Mountain Troll.  Rosa suggested the paint scheme of a Scandinavian mountain troll, and I love it. 


Zombie Minotaur - So useful in so many game systems. 


Zombie Giant Rat - Imagine running into this big bastard in a tunnel.



Friday, March 1, 2019

Terrain Progress

Quick update as I'm knee deep in work and trying to get stuff painted!

I've been focusing on terrain the last week, and while I have only finished two pieces; I've made a ton of progress with assembly, planning, painting etc. 

First up we have a lovely resin 15mm Russian Workshop from Novus Design Studio Novus Design Studio. Didn't need any cleanup other than a quick wash to get the release agent off. Painted up very well and QUICK. 
15mm Russian Workshop Front

Rear

Interior 

Next up, a quickly assembled campsite.  I plan on using these in my SAGA/Dux Brit games.  28mm Renedra Tents on a MDF base that I cut down in the workshop.


That's all I've got for right now. Stay tuned for some interesting/exciting news coming soon!

2019 Finished Figures - 37
2019 Finished Terrain - 5
2019 Games Played - 1

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!