Monday, June 27, 2011

Napoleonic Skirmishing

A couple of months ago we had a game day dedicated to Napoleonic skirmishing using Willy's home brew rules. The following photos were taken by Mike. We all met at Willy's shop (our semi-official club house) and skirmished with his just completed Red Coats from Alban that was featured in his post:
A peaceful hamlet in an unnamed valley.

Terrain was a combination of Willy's mat from the Terrain Guy along with the road by an unknown manufacturer and selected pieces from my collection. Recognize the huts? Those were the medieval/dark age huts I scratch built for our future Viking campaign from an earlier post: Carpet tiles were used for the plowed fields along with my scratch built haystacks. The wooden kegs were acquired from the wood working section of my local craft store (i.e. Michael's, Hobby Lobby). 

They have smaller scale barrels that are perfect for 28mm
and very cost effective and easy to paint.
We're talking $4 for a package of 9 wooden barrels.
Wooden fence sections come prepainted from Pegasus Hobbies.
Opposing forces: a squad each of British and French (An officer, an NCO, 8 grunts)
Objective: Loot the Village!
Red Coat opening shot of the day.
"That should keep those Frogs' heads down. Come on in Frenchy!"

Keeping the Frogs at bay.

Fire fight from Red Coat perspective: Frogs taking cover by the ale barrels.
"Hold your fire, Perkins! If you put a hole in 'em barrels, it'll be your hide!!"

And across the field, the fire fight from the Frog perspective.

Impetuous bayonet charge by my Red Coat is successful.

The Red Coats won that day but barely. The bad news: 70% casualties. The good news: survivors don't need to share the ale!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Motor Torpedo Boats

Fast surface action with Motor Torpedo Boats!
A couple of months ago, my buddy Mike picked up some British and German MTBs from the UK. No rules set has been selected so far for our gaming group. The criteria for us being: beer n pretzely, easy and playable to get the flavor of fast, surface combat without any hassle of charts and complexity. Bleh... >:p
Something similar to the mechanics of a 'War At Sea' without the cards. Eventually, we'll find something and by then we'll have some boats to play with!   

At any rate, the sculpts were cool enough that I offered to paint them since I've never painted 1:600 scale torpedo boats before. These muthas are heavy, solid and nicely detailed.  
Right outta the bag.
There was minimal flash on a couple of boats but overall they're clean and ready to go! 
The following photos are courtesy of Mike since I did a quick turnaround and didn't have time to photo them in my studio. I must say that it didn't take me long to complete them plus they were so fun to paint. As I always say, some minis are sculpted so nicely that they actually paint themselves. 
The Brits: a Fairmile D flanked by two Vospers.
Foreground: Fairmile D; background: Vosper 
Fairmile D
Kriegsmarine Schnellbootes aka 'S' Boats aka
'E' Boats to the Allies (the 'E' denoting 'enemy').
Forground: Early War; background: Late War
Late War S Boats
The whole lot.

Now we need some Merchant Marine tramp steamers for targets. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Comicpalooza 2011

As previously mentioned, I attended and ran a couple of games of Incursion at Comicpalooza last Saturday. The Incursion games were uneventful in that I mostly taught a set of young newbies the mechanics of the game. The fun part was walking around during my break and taking in the sights.

Princess Leia
VSF Re-enactors
Clone Trooper and Imperial Officer

Han Solo and his babe.

Zombie Coeds
Zombie Coeds attacking a Jedi.

In person this Anime character was quite impressive and stood 8+ feet tall with eyes that were lit up.
Master Sargent from HALO
Silk Spectre

Zombie School Girls
(I heard some geeky hight school boys calling them ZILFs!)


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