Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Operation Winter Storm

I purchased a few of TooFatLardies Chain of Command campaign packs including and older one called Winter Storm. This pack contains 22 scenarios set in a series  of fights based on Germany's efforts to break though to relieve the 6th Army trapped near Stalingrad in December 1942. Chain of Command is a platoon based game so the scenarios are snapshots of bigger actions. The first two scenarios are focused on the assigned German troops travelling to Russia by train. They are opposed by Soviet partisans. This gave me the excuse to expand my collection to include Partisans and trains.

When I visited Victoria this summer, I went to my former favorite hobby shop and purchased a variety of second hand train cars. The missing piece was a locomotive as these included engines and were expensive. I found one locomotive that was just a shell but it was too modern looking for my purposes. I googled trains for this period and will have to build my own locomotive. I will spray bomb the remaining cars black as this seems to have the color of choice at the time. The cars are ho scale which is 1/87. This is a little big for my 15mm figures and terrain which are 1/100 but close enough for me. I had some tracks at home but was not sure what scale they were. It turns out they are 1/160 or n gauge which was too small but the train did sit on the track precariously. It would cost about $40 to upgrade which I am not sure I will do for one or two scenarios. I might make my own...
New train and terrain - needs a station house...

It has been a long time of hobbying between this latest batch of posts and I have to remember to make not of new additions to my collection. Also featured in the photo are newly minted 15mm Russian village buildings. These were purchased at Huzzah from a company called Things From the Basement. They have removable roofs and I added some teddy bear fur thatching to some of the roofs to add variety. The roads are also new. They were done in a similar style to my cobble roads but are 2.5 inches wide as opposed to 4 to accommodate 15mm scale.
Partisan section

I also purchased a company of partisans from my local game store produced by Battlefront for the Flames of War game. These are nice figures and did not require a lot of prep before painting. One pack gave me all I needed for fielding a platoon and supporting elements. For the scenarios. I can borrow from my large pile of Soviets if I need anything unique.
MMG support

I also upgraded my German platoons. My original Chain of Command Germans were cobbled together from leftover figures from producing a Flames of War army. FoW has moved on to a new edition and I have not moved with it, as it would require a significant outlay of cash to upgrade on new rules, cards etc. I also like Chain of Command better as a game so, I went to work pulling figs from my FoW army and rebasing them to Chain of Command.
3 sections form the platoon

I had fun painting the Partisans in non uniform uniforms. The blue I used was a little too bright. I was trying to get a denim look but failed. None the less, they are complete and ready to go. I just need the engine and track and I am ready to play. Despite it being Russia in December, it is southern Russia so the snow is only patchy. I bought some white felt and cut out snow patches to add to me battle field.
AT rifles

Stay tuned for the scenario write ups...

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Gaugamela 331 BC

I have decided to build armies for the battle of Gaugamela using Command and Colors Ancients. The scenario was copped from the free website which contains all the rules and scenarios for the game as well as many fan made scenarios. 
This scenario is "epic" which means double sized and multiplayer as opposed to the usual one on one games. I am getting ready for Huzzah in May and plan to make use of the lovely painted Persians and Greeks acquired from Ross as well as my Macedonians.

I spent a week or so rebasing the Persians and they are complete except for 4 light bow infantry. These are the only figures I will have to paint up. There will be a little scale mismatch as some of the figures are 28mm and some are 25mm.

I ran a test game today with my son, Eric. I was the Persians and got beaten handily but after falling behind early, I was able to battle back to prevent a rout.

Rebased Persians - the Camels are my favorite

Persians on the left - Macedon on the right
 Persian left
 Pike blocks 
 Persian centre

Friday, 4 January 2019

writers block

I have once again allowed the blog to lapse. It is a new year and I will take the opportunity to invest new energy into this worthwhile project.

I have not been writing but I have been very busy with the hobby, gaming, painting, shopping and building terrain. This week we played a six man game of Command and Colors Ancients using the Epic rules. The Scenario was Ilipa in which Scipio's Republican Romans took on Hasdrubal's Carthaginians in Spain 206 BC.

I was able to show off my newly minted, purpose built game mat. 9x26 four inch hexes painted onto a heavy canvas drop sheet. I was inspired by the material and painting Ross McFarlane of https://gameofmonth.blogspot.com/ for his European gaming mat. I wanted one for the ancient world and one that shared the look of the C&C game board and this is what I came up with.

I build a template to put the hexes on and that was the most painstaking part but well worth it. I had a test battle with e Zama scenario as seen below. I am working on refurbishing a Persian and Greek armies. These will be based to match the battle map. I am thinking this will be the game I take to Huzzah this year. Stay tuned for me or this plan.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Holland 1944

I have the pleasure of hosting a game at our local mini convention. We have settled on WWII in general and Market Garden with Bolt Action in particular. One of the players came up with the scenario idea and I put together 2 platoons at about 750 pts each. I do not own as many troops as the suggested OoB asked for but I have used what I have to get a game. The scenario has 5 objectives, one in the middle of the board at the crossroads that lead to Arnhem bridge and 2 objectives in each deployment zone. The winner will be in possession of 3 or more objectives at the end of the game.
Crossroads near Arnhem
British Paratroops and supports
German Counter attackers
Newly minted BAR USA
Para Piat and 2" mortar team

Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Road Less Travelled

I started a new terrain project on Monday. I bought some paint spill canvas 15x12, acrylic caulking and some paint. I want to paint a game mat blatantly stealing the method used by Ross at battlegameofthemonth blog. I also wanted to make some flexible roads that were bigger scale and more modern then the ones I have.

I put the caulk in a bucket and added grey craft paint and water. I smeared this in a 4x3 hunk of canvas. I let it set for about 4 hours and then rolled a textured rolling pin over the top to give it a cobblestone look. In hind sight, I should have let it set longer but it was bed time and I did not want it to set overnight I let this set for another two days. I cut them into 4"x12" strips with one 4 way stop 12"x12". I did not do any curves for simplicity and because at that scale, it is not unreasonable to have a straight stretch of road. I then painted with light grey and white highlights. A wash of black/brown was added and the edging received some flock. I gave them a seal coat of water down PVA to hold everything in place. Pictures are fuzzy but I am very happy with the results.

I may get to host a game at our local game day con in a week. Next post may include a newly minted game mat for the occasion.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Battle and Inspiration

I played a game of Bolt Action the other night with a new opponent. My local game store is hosting Historical Tuesdays Gaming night. This was my chance to meet new players and recruit the GW crowd away form the Dark Side, toward the light of historical miniature gaming. I played a local fellow who proved to be an affable and able opponent. We set up and fought the game in about three hours. I played German veterans from Stalingrad and my opponent played American veterans. Historical opponents if from different periods of the war.

Sherman tank immobilized by ATG fire
 Tank Duel
 Germans skulking in the woods

The battle seesawed back in forth with a desultory exchange of fire between Sherman and PAK 38 50mm ATG. There was a decisive moment on the German left flank where my Germans failed to pass an order test and charge an exposed unit of US Rangers. They were charged instead and wiped out. A fun game and the rules came easily and did not get in the way of the fun. I was assisted by a young fellow of about 10yrs age, who drew order dice and commanded the ATG.

Table overview
 ATG and target

I plan to make this event a regular stop and hope to meet a new batch of gamers and opponents

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

New Swag

I let go of the purse strings a little bit when I went to Huzzah. I also had a fair amount of luck at the raffle table. I bought Eric the latest D&D 5th Ed book D&d Mordenkainen's Tome Of Foes by Wizards Rpg Team

He was very happy with this and he had his nose in the book for the bulk of the rest of the weekend...

I visited the Things From The Basement stall. Georg had developed a nice set of 15mm versions of his 28mm buildings. I bought the whole set with a plan to make thatched roofs for the WWII Eastern Front games and the stock roofs for ACW and Napoleonics. An excellent addition to my Terrain pile once they are built. I bought some library shelves furniture in 28mm for my D&D game. Built and primered. I will need to make books/potions and Scrolls to stock the shelves.

 I bought some Mage Knight figures. Mostly Centaurs featured in my last post but also a cool dwarf Warrior, elven Ranger and mechanized guy to use as a golem or something.
I also bought a PIAT and knee mortar to flesh out my British Paratroopers. These are on my painting table half done, along with 4 US BAR gunners.
I bought a 28mm Pz4D that was 3D printed. I have already painted it and it is featured in my last post. Tonight is the first action in a bolt action game vs the US. I showed it to my wife. We have been talking about getting a 3D printer. She was excited by the quality of it and we are a step closer to investing in one. I also bought a die cast Sherman. It is big compared to my other 2 Shermans but for $10 painted, I am happy with it.

I bought Sam Mustafa's Rommel rules. This is a division level game system. Good reading. Not sure I will ever play it...

I tried to buy something at the bring and buy but in the end left with only 50 painted and based Saracen spearmen and archers. These were free!

Now for the raffle loot!

I bought $15 worth of raffle tickets and acquired all you see below. 2 expansions for Command and Colors Napoleonics - Spain and Austria. I have spoken to my buddy Zack who can use them in his collection.
 Osprey book and an old school modeling book
 Yorktown model 1/700
 Basic Wings of War with 4 planes

I was sad to miss the last draw as I left early enough to stay awake for the 11 hour drive home. I am looking forward to next year and will definitely GM a game.