Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Scale Differences: Time Cast vs GHQ, Part 1

There's a definite scale difference between two 6mm (micro armor 1/285th or 1/300) manufacturers: Time Cast and GHQ. I prefer Time Cast because of it's truer scale proportions comparable to real buildings. GHQ makes great micro armor scale vehicles but tend to compress the scale when doing buildings IMHO.

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L-R: Lvov Town Houses and Orthodox Church by Timecast,
Country Manor and Town Homes by GHQ

In the foreground are GHQ infantry mounted on pennies

L-R: Orthodox Church by Timecast, Country Manor and Town Homes by GHQ.
Notice how the GHQ Town Homes are severely out of scale and proportion

Numerous Timecast Euro farm houses

Numerous Timecast Eastern Front hovels and cottages


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Another Era Deviation: Skirmishing Black Powder

Back to some more wacky gaming, just to shake things up a bit. If truth be told, I'm just A.D.D. and easily distracted. 

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If dogs can be Saints then Dug from the movie UP
would be my patron saint of A.D.D. personalities (read: gamer)

So we decided to try skirmishing different eras with the toys we already have. 

First up: Black Powder era match-ups. After a recent Saga battle (3 way battle between Normans, Vikings and Steppe Tribes - which I'll be featuring in another post) we decided to use the terrain already set up. Willy brought out his Heroscape pre-painted minis: American colonials vs British Red Coats. I'm happy to report that the Patriots were able to successfully outflank the Red Coats and take them down like the invading dogs that they were!

A British patrol gets sniped on by some Colonials

Then some modern skirmishing amongst some recently acquired, excellent crates and barrels from War Torn Worlds (they come prepainted so what's not to like?).

Pitting my modern Soviet Paras (right) versus my Al Qaeda Fedayeen (left)

RPD and RPG gunners supporting the para with an AK47 AKM variant
taking cover among some ultra modern sci-fi crates

My Fedayeen around wooden crates and chests

Saturday, October 18, 2014

WIP: Soviet and German Armored Cars, Part 4: BA-6 and BA-64 Soviets DONE

Back to my current favorite flavor of the month: WW2 skirmishing with Bolt Action. That means completing my Soviet Armored Cars for recon operations.

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BA-6 with two MMGs (coaxial and hull mounted)
and a 45mm ATG on a T-26 turret.

BA-6 with infantry support (L-R): BTD, West Wind

BA-64, an armored Soviet Jeep armed with a DT MG on a turret.

Coming up: German Armored Cars

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Slight Deviation: X-Wing

A few weeks ago I had the guys over and rather than do our typical WW2 skirmishing in the Eastern Front we decided to do some X-Wing. We had three playing so we selected a scenario involving mercs and rebels. Great opportunity for me to try out my fish eye lens.

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From Willy's collection: The Rebels: A-Wing and E-Wing

B-Wing (flown as a Merc ship)

Boba Fett's Slave 1 (definitely Mercs)

Slave 1 navigating through an asteroid field to get at some rebel targets:
Z-95 Headhunter escorting an HWK-290

B-Wing going against the A-Wing and E-Wing

Slave 1 getting the jump on the HWK-290 and E-Wing

Successful evasion by the E-Wing and A-Wing

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Little Katy aka KATYUSHA Part 1

Continuing my love affair with Soviet WW2 materiel, I'm finally getting around to completing (rather, starting) a piece of ordinance that's cost effective (read cheap) but devastating on the field thus giving the Soviets more bang for their ruble.

Tovarish Katyusha
Any chance I get to have a pretty girl populating my blog I will take.

One of my favorites, the BM-21 multiple rocket launcher affectionately known by its crews as Katyusha (little Katy) was quite the effective rocket artillery piece for the Soviets. The Germans being on the receiving end of such demoralizing and devastating saturation bombardments dubbed it Stalin's Organ (Stalinorgel in German). Obviously not a term of endearment.

For the Soviet's, it fulfilled their criteria of cheap to build and devastatingly shocking weapons platform. What's not to like?

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Katyusha Multiple Rocket Launcher

What's in the box? Lots of bits but alas, no instructions...

Trial and error sub-assembly and yes that is a bent rocket rail

Half way done

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WIP: Soviet and German Armored Cars, Part 3

Annnd the arms race continues with armored cars for infantry support and recon for my upcoming Bolt Action games. They are progressing swimmingly, I might add.

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L-R: SdKfz 231 8-rad, SdKfz 222

L-R: SdKfz 222SdKfz 231 8-rad

SdKfz 231 8-rad

L-R: BA-64, BA-6

L-R: BA-6, BA64


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