Saturday, December 26, 2015

Hai on More Conversions! Part 1

Here's the latest project on my table. Conversion of the board game Samurai Battles to another miniatures game using Hexon and 6mm Baccus Samurai figures.

The game comes with these beautiful 1/72nd scale plastics from Zvezda. 

However, I didn't like the aesthetic look. To me it does not capture the epic scale that I've seen in those Kurosawa films (Ran, Kagemusha, etc.) and gives me the impression of a small unit / skirmish game feel. Hence my conversion. 

Ran: Ashigaru Arquebusiers deploying

The following pix are progress shots of this current project. As you can see below the 6mm scale gives a better visual for some truly epic battles. Incidentally, our group has been doing the same for most of the Command and Colors family of games (e.g. Memoir 44, Battle Cry, Command and Colors Ancients and Napoleonics). And we've been having great success in the look and feel complemented by the great playability of this system.

From L-R, Black Army, Red Army
Finally completed opposing armies fully represented on my
table top using my Hexon terrain. I have enough here to play all
the scenarios from the base game to the latest expansion.

I've decided to take a count of all the units in the scenarios and represented them as single stands. All combat units except the Peasant Infantry (found in the expansion) are 4 stands strong. Meaning they take 4 hits to kill. That's represented by four figures per stand in the original game. I chose to use single 2"x3" metal stands from Games Accessories... 4 banners each...

Finally my order came in from Baccus and first order of business was
sort them into their unit types. It was a daunting task that completely
overwhelmed me. I knew I had to be systematic in this approach. 

Notice that some of the minis are black primered. In my earlier attempt, I primered a few bags and realized that it was better for me to restart the process and get them all sorted in their respective units first then I can paint them piecemeal.

Here are 3 AY (Ashigaru Yari = Non Samurai Spearmen) 
Medium Infantry units for the Red Army

Same units from another angle. Notice that each unit has four
sashimonos (flag banners) to represent their hit points 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Scav Alert! Part 4: Decoration Sites

Continuing my series of re-purposing found objects from the different craft worlds online and in brick and mortar sites I found these great pre-painted metal gate and fence on a popular seasonal decoration on line store: Department 56 Village Replacements

Here's a tip: their store is not that organized and have lots of variety. If you do find something that you like, better to pull the trigger then and there since you might not find it the next time. 

My Black Scorpion Pirates fit nicely

The stone wall with some snow was another
item that I found at the same site

Observation tower courtesy of a flea market find at Historicon

Mix and match: the dark brown crates are pre-painted
models from Pegasus Hobbies

Wood pier on the left was also another item in their catalog.
Good luck finding it, though. Last I check, it wasn't available.

Friday, December 18, 2015

New Scav Alert! Part 3: rafting Store Floral Dept. Finds

It's that time of year again where I discover some great finds from my local, neighborhood dollar store.

If you're in the continental U.S. there should
be one of these babies in your neighborhood

Just a serendipitous find. As usual, I kept my eye peeled for any potential item that can be used for all my gaming needs. Case in point, I looked at these plain, unobtrusive objects with a miniaturist's eye and always imagined how they can be utilized as part of a scene on my gaming table. 

I saw these seemingly innocent items at the crafting,
floral aisle and I immediately thought of moss covered
boulders perfect for any period / fantasy skirmishing 

A bit of an imagination goes a long way for creating
our gaming scenes and I'm always on the lookout
for 'eye candy' opportunities. 

28mm metal Viking figures are from my Gripping Beast
collection with rune stones from Fenris Games and the odd
bits of trees I've collected through the years 

One on one

Incidentally, those pines trees were an earlier purchase from same Dollar Tree and was featured in an earlier post: New Scav Alert! Part 1

Sunday, November 22, 2015

New and Old Toys, Part 2

Using some of Star Wars Miniatures in a clear plastic container full of bath salts inspired me for this shot.  

Meanwhile, at the frozen planet Hoth...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New and Old Toys, Part 1

Most of us have lots of toys that don't get any use for whatever the reason. In this case, my Al Qaeda and Soviet Paras in 28mm supplemented by a recent purchase from Millineumcon 2014 of some kit bashed technicals that are (alas) a different scale: 20mm.

Front Left to Right: Al Qaeda Fedayeen, Soviet Paras
Rear Left: Kit bashed Technicals

Rear Right: Starship Troopers (just in case you were wondering)

At this past Historicon, I wanted to remedy the neglect of some of my toys by being on the lookout for prepainted terrain. Eureka! (not the company but the exclamation) Miniature Building Authority (MBA) did not disappoint. Also there were plenty of homemade terrain by enterprising gamers being sold at the flea market. Here's some of my new acquisitions.

Front Center: Homemade rubble and metal junk pile
Rear L-R: Prepainted block buildings and shanties from MBA 

Front Center: Pre-painted block buildings and shanties
from MBA w/pre-painted oil drums from Pegasus Hobbies

Rear L-R: AT-43 prepainted shipping containers
plus 4 un-painted shipping containers also from MBA

Concrete barricades from AT-43 work well with
my Technicals albeit in a different scale

Freshly spray can painted MBA shipping containers that needs some weathering

Friday, August 7, 2015

Historicon 2015, AT LAST!!

Boy, oh boy, after 25+ years I finally got to go to Historicon! 

Without further ado, on with the eye candy...

Cool Naval Game

1:144 scale planes

Modern Warfare skirmishing in 28mm
Buildings supplied by Miniature Building Authority 

Scratch-built medieval castle in 15mm

Scratch-built ancient hill fort in 15mm

Ginourmous castle in 28mm supplied by Miniature Building Authority

GHQ demo table featuring modern warfare in the Mid East
with all their associated toys in 6mm

"We are the Borg. You will be assimilated.
It is futile to resist. We are the Borg." 

Dropzone Commander in 10mm

Godzilla makes a cameo apprearance

More lovely bits from Dropzone Commander

Napoleonics in 6mm

WW2 in 28mm

"Blackhawk down!" Beautiful 2 ft square table for use
with 28mm US Troops vs Somalis using Skirmish Sangin rules.

One of the wackiest games I've participated in this con: Gnome Wars!
Here's the Sikhs with their Colonial Officer.

The Gnomosapiens and their pet dynos.

Jack o'lanterns

"Gingy, are you there?"

Looking for them Lucky Charms!
Cavalry support on Irish Setters

Zombie Gnomes with Skeleton troops
Roman Age skeleton troops
Air Support

German Gnomes

Russian Gnomes

Pirate Gnomes raid

Redcoat Gnomes supported by Zombies

Miniature Building Authority's product and demo table

The obligatory but still eye-catching Warhammer tournaments 

Period literature of Regency England featuring an amalgamation of
Pride and Prejudice, Sharpe's Rifles and Master and Commander
meets Zombies in 28mm

The Pegasus bridge in 60mm (note the bananas on the left)


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