Monday, 8 April 2019

Ambush!

It is December 1942. The German army is making preparations for operation Winter Storm with the goal of liberating the encircled 6th Army near Stalingrad. This is a series of scenarios published by TooFatLardies.

The first scenario is an ambush by a platoon of Partisans attacking a German train. This train contains troops for the upcoming operation. I have been buying train cars and tracks over the past year as I see them become available second hand. I had the hardest time getting an engine. Model train engines are expensive because they contain the motor. Finding one that looked right for the period was proving a challenge. I finally bought a child version that looked great and was cheap. Game on!

Overview of the table


The Partisan plan was to occupy the woods and try to catch the Germans in the open as they try to deploy from the exposed train.

The German plan was to try to attack one flank in strength and gain the cover of the woods.

The train and barricade


The Partisans started by deploying a section on either side of the train. The Germans deployed the HMG but this was quickly shot up and routed. They then sent two sections to try and take out the partisans on the left. This went poorly as the Partisans deployed their third section with SMGs in close range of the Germans. They routed a German section and battered a second with the help of the Partisan senior leader.
Partisans punish the Germans attacking from the train



The German cut their losses and withdrew until more reinforcements could clear the partisans.

This game went very quickly. The Partisans had a triple turn to fire on the exposed Germans as they attacked from the train.

The next scenario will feature the train as well but I will need to construct a station house...

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Make Sail

I have spent my third weekend on my galleon project and am ready to call it complete. There is always more to do but I have to quell my obsessiveness and christen it complete. This was a fun project that used many of the skills I have been developing as a terrain builder over the past couple of years.

The painting process was pretty simple. Brown Modpodge as a base coat for strength. Medium brown basecoat, light brown highlight and an inkwash for the deck surface.




I was going to leave the shipped without rigging. I built it to use in my D&D game and rigging would interfere with game play. In the end I went for it and am pretty happy with the result. I am telling myself if I built anymore ships, they would take half as long and look twice as good because I learned so much going through the build process.


 
 
 
 
This gentleman's blog helped me rig my 1/1200 74 gunner back in the day. I used this model to help with the mast design and also the rigging.
 
1/1200 Micronaut model
 
 
I took calipers to the 1/1200 model to get the ratio of the masts and yardarms relative to the hull. The masts are 1/2 inch dowelling and the yardarms are 1/4" dowelling. The fighting tops are Styrofoam with nails and string making up the rail. The ship rails are nails topped with balsa strips. I used finishing nails stuck into the Styrofoam to attach the rigging to. I decorated the masts with bands of electrical tape. I harden the string used for railing by soaking it in pva/water. I did this to a bunch of string which I planned to cut into strips to glue to the ratlines as crosshatching but ended up skipping that step.
 
Last step before rigging


 




 
 
The sails were made from paper towel soaked in pva glue/ water solution. I went for furled sails cuz it was easier. If I was going to do full sails, I would have made form out of Styrofoam and draped the wet paper towel over it to dry and harden in the appropriate shape. Maybe for my next ship.....
 
 

 



Monday, 4 March 2019

Boudica's Revolt

I had the pleasure of putting on an Epic Command and Colors game this Saturday. One of the players wanted to use his Early Imperial Romans so I found a scenario for them. The Battle of Watling Street saw the end of Boudica's revolt in Roman occupied Briton in 60 AD. The two sides faced off across the fordable River Anker. We had 6 players, 3 per side with each player commanding a section of the battlefield. I ran the Celtic center and that is the angle of most of my pictures.

The Romans sent their cavalry across the river on the flanks. They enjoyed initial success and took out 5 units for none lost. The Britons quickly reorganized and repulsed the attack and then counterattacked across the river at the flanks, with some success on the right flank. The Romans decided to risk the river crossing before their flanks crumbled. They got a bloody nose trying to cross but eventually drove the Celts back resulting in a 12-10 Roman victory.

It was a pleasant afternoon of gaming in which I met some new players and reminisced with some old friends. Hope to do it again soon.

The scenario map from commandandcolors.net



 Deployment - Rome on the left

Britons stare at the Romans across the river

Roman cavalry attack across the River Anker

Gary's Legions


Thursday, 28 February 2019

The Good Ship Gilgamesh

Ahoy mateys! I have had a desire to build a ship for my 28mm fantasy gaming for a couple of years now. I was off work with an injury and got inspired to take action. 

After much google image searching and mental planning, I settled on the template below..
 
From this template, I sketched out the three hull pieces on poster board, after drawing a 1" grid on it.

 
 
I cut out the pieces from 1" XPS foam insulation using my Proxxon hotwire table cutter. I beveled the edges a little to make it "shipshaped". I used a pen and xacto knife to cut in the wood grain on the decks.
 
 
I carved out the stairs and doorways
 
 
I thought about carving the sides of the ship to the right shape. This was not working well with the tools I had and because of the awkward shape of the hull. I went with plan B instead. I peeled the paper off of a sheet of 5mm foamcore. I drew in the planks with a pen and textured the foam with a wire brush. I cut this sheet into rough semblances of the sides of the ship and hot glued them in place. I used my xacto knife to fine to the fit. I also rough out a piece for the stern.
 
 
At this point I had a ship! I started to add details from my bits box. A trip to Home Depot yielded a bag of nails to use as rail posts, wood decorations for the stern castle, a bunch of doweling for masts, PVC plastic tubing to hold the masts in the hull and crack filler putty to cover up my mistakes. The Dollar store provided string for rigging, grommits for the port holes and a resin Cherub for the bow decoration.

 
I made lots of paper templates to get the stern castle pieces right. The Proxxon cutter worked the trick for shaving this sheets of foam to cut into shape. I found a picture of Sir Francis Drake's flagship, The Revenge, and modeled the stern castle of it. I was very pleased with the results but if I were to do it again, I would give the ship more upward slope towards the stern and add some height to the stern castle.
 
 
 
I was finally ready to paint after about 12 hours of work. I got out my Modpodge and added brown paint. This gave an undercoat as well as a hardness to the model. Stay tuned for the finished paint job and the addition of rigging and masts


Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Memory Lane

I was surfing the interwebs recently and was inspired to find an old Yahoo Group that was very active from my days gaming with the Nova Scotia Historical Wargamers. The site had a huge photo section where the players dumped their photos of our table top exploits. I have pulled a few out for this post and hope you enjoy. The group had some excellent photographers!

Ancients:

The group played a lot of ancients and the rules of choice were Warhammer Ancients Battle.

 This is a shot down the line of my 400 model Celtic Horde
 Gary's lovely Imperial Romans
 Gary's Assyrians fend of the Celts

 Giant Rome vs Carthage game
 Celts vs Ross' Persians
 The Flank Attack Rolls in


 Setting up

Ross's Greeks


ECW

The group embarked on a few projects where all players agreed to collect and paint figures for a period. ECW was one of the more successful projects. Unfortunately one of the main troop providers moved to Ontario causing my Royalists to sit idle for many years. They were eventually expanded and divided into two armies and based for Baroque. Rules we used included WRG ECW, Warhammer ECW, 1644 and Victory Without Quarter.


Revolutionary War and War of 1812

As a group, we collected 40mm Sash and Sabre figures for AWI. I only collected a few units as I was leary of getting into another scale. They were fun to paint and the battles were HUGE.


















Napoleonics

The group had collections in 28mm and 15mm. Rules too numerous to name including Ross' excellent homebrew rules.

Russians defending against Brits in a Black Powder scenario for Crimean War
 Put all the figures on the table game.
 Gary's amazing basement game room kept the quality of the games high
Shako Caldero Scenario 

 15mm Aspern Essling using Grande Armee



Friedland with Commit the Garde
 Waterloo with Napoleon's Battles 1400 figs in 15mm
 Raab with Shako
 Austrian Grenadiers capture Essling
Crimean War Cavalry clash 



Colonials

A few of the members had large colonial collections so it was heavily played. Here is a scenario of getting the releif column through the ambush to relieve the fort.


 Ross' pirate raiding game

Franco Prussian War

Mike was probably the most prolific painter and collector of figures in our group. Below are pics of his Franco Prussian War games in 28mm. He had excellent terrain and a lovely game room to play in. Also moved to Ontario...





World War 2

This period did not see too much action with the group but I found a few pics of my German infantry troops in 15mm as well as some Command Decision Desert War pictures