Tuesday, December 10, 2019
I finished the Reaver titan for my Legio Ignatum “Fire Wasps” maniple. I magnetized the guns in case I end up getting the additional weapon sprue. Right now I only have the volcano canon to swap out the melta weapon. The carapace was the most time consuming part of the model, but I’m quite happy with the results. Hopefully I can finish the two warhounds before the painting challenge starts in a few weeks.
Monday, December 9, 2019
Sunday, December 1, 2019
|Some serious late-war firepower for my 20mm Germans|
Pak40 Anti-Tank Gun & Crew
|Here comes Ivan...|
|Gun commander figure on a square base.|
|Extra loaders on a separate base.|
|Another view of the loaders.|
|The crew prepares to load another 75mm shell...I think I positioned the loader a little too "behind" the gun...wouldn't want to be directly behind that thing when it fired...|
|The Tiger II - model from Britannia Miniatures.|
|On close inspection you can see where the casting had some issues...on the exhaust, and the chain on the hull...not the biggest deal, but slightly annoying.|
|The sculpting of the zimmerit was well done...even showing a few spots where the zimmerit has been shot/scuffed off. Some nice character.|
There were also some casting challenges on the hull, always a risk with resin casting. A few bubbles, a few holes here and there, and the exhausts were snapped off in shipping.
But for all these challenges, there are many positive aspects to this model too. For starters, the metal accessories all fit very, very well. That doesn't always happen with these mixed media kits. And I have to hand it to the sculptors, they really nailed the zimmerit finish on the hull. I like the look of the zimmerit on the German tanks...makes them look even more ominous than they already are! Finally, I got a great deal on this tank (and two more which came in the lot), and at the end of the day every Winnipegger loves a good deal.
|That 88mm gun, with the huge muzzle brake, looks scary as heck.|
That's all for now - thanks for visiting the blog, and stay tuned for more. The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge will soon be upon us...always some fun stuff there!
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
|Some random 20mm WW2 Soviets.|
As with the random 15mm Germans I posted earlier in the month, these models were all sitting in a big pile in a box (see photo), a thing that passes for "organization" when it comes to my hobby hoard. I was probably "just about to paint" these back in 2015 or 2016 or something, but then tossed them suddenly away as my squirrel-like attention span was swept up into some other project.
|Part of my WW2 "Pile Of Shame" - a mix of 15mm and 20mm figures and vehicles. I'm trying to clear up at least SOME of this backlog!|
|A BA-64 armoured car (from SHQ) and a messenger (from PSC).|
|The Russian uniform came out a bit too dark, but I was happy with the green on the armoured car.|
I was trying to figure out the mix of colours I had previously used for the Russian khaki...this came out too dark. I think I have the right colours, but not the right mix. I'll need to keep experimenting - and write it down after I get it right!!!
|T-34/85s from PSC - prepared to crush the fascists!|
|I rough my tanks up a lot...maybe too much, but I like the battle-worn look. It seems right for the Eastern Front!|
And hey, paint them and muck'em up, and they're good to go!
As a bonus, these models come with two turrets, so you can use them for the earlier, more classic T-34/76 variant. I have not painted the 76mm turrets yet, as my interests are much more late war than mid-war for now.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
The Conscripts play WWII infantry games in several scales (28mm, 20mm, 15mm, 6mm) and using several sets of platoon to battalion or larger sized rules (Bolt Action, Chain of Command, Crossfire, Flames of War, Spearhead, Blitzkrieg Commander, plus home brew). I realized long ago that I am not going to be able to build up larger forces like several of the other fellows. The last couple of years my figure gaming has been focusing on skirmish gaming, of the science fiction variety.
Lately, I have been collecting rules sets to fight very small scale skirmish actions, from a fire team to maybe a couple of squads a side. Such rules include:
- the updated version of Donald Featherstone's classic Skirmish Wargaming; the original book had scenarios from the Dark Ages to WWII, and the new edition includes a Lord of the Rings Third Age fantasy scenario and a sci fi scenario!
- 5150 Star Marine; fast play sci fi rules, up to and including units of powered armour
- Nuts! 4th ed.; WWII man to man combat, squad level and up
- Rogue Planet; cinematic science fantasy
- Snipers! Duck, Dodge and Shoot; close up and personal, with one side a single sniper team or MG crew and the other side a single squad
- One Hour Wargames; 8 sets of very simple rules for various periods, from Ancients to WW2, with 30 scenarios
- One Hour Skirmish Wargames; diceless (uses two regular playing card 54-card decks), with historical scenarios ranging from the Napoleonic era to Cold War Afghanistan, and including Pulp Science Fiction
- Song of Blades and Heroes; fast-play, skirmish-level fantasy miniature system; it uses an action-point system that requires no book-keeping
- Song of Drums and Shakos ; using the Song of Blades and Heroes engine, fast-play, skirmish-level Napoleonics
So, I have bit the bullet and started with some WWII infantry. The header photo and the one below are a 28mm female sniper team, for a small WWII Soviet force. A squad or two of infantrymen, and maybe a MMG team. These nicely sculpted figures are from Bad Squiddo Games. They have some very nicely sculpted female figures from several historical periods. From what I have read, Soviet women served in various specialist roles (medics, snipers, tank drivers, pilots) throughout the war. I used Vallejo acrylics and GW washes for 95% of the painting, with a little bit of artists' oils for details.
Ottawa Conscript Sean traded me three squads of painted German troops for some Warmachine figs. The were long-serving toy soldiers, with some chips and dings. I fixed up the damage with the appropriate Vallejo acrylics, applied some GW washes, and re-sealed the figs with Tamiya (TS-79) semi-gloss spray. I now have a full squad of early war Germans (mostly from Foundry), a separate LMG team, and a small command element.
I have yet to paint some Artizan Designs Soviets in great coats that I have, and ordered more figs from Bad Squiddo. There's some late war Germans from Sean that also need some touching up.
I have a "battalion" of 24 painted French Napoleonic figures that I got when Pendragon Games closed down. I can base them on 25mm round bases. I recently ordered some 28mm plastic Prussian Line Infantry and some plastic French Hussars (some of whom will become Prussians with shako head swaps from the Prussian infantry box), from Perry Miniatures.
Also in the long-term queue are some Fireforge 28mm Templars I purchased awhile ago, both mounted knights and on foot, that I will convert to the Order of Santiago.
I look forward to trying out some more historical periods, in small, bite-sized chunks!
Lately I have played a lot of What a Tanker! I love its simple rules, concentrating on the confusion of fighting a tank as 3, 4 or 5 crew get in each others' way. Also, there's the low bar to entry (one tank per player).
I ran three sessions of What a Tanker! at the Game-iToba game convention (in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) back on November 9th. I brought out 1941-era tanks. Simple scenario: capture objective markers n the ground for 1 VP, and be within 6" of a fixed objective (the knocked out armoured car and command tank) for 2 VPs. I was scheduled to run two 2-hour slots, but there was interest, and the table was free, so I ran an third impromptu game! Yet again, talked myself hoarse. People seemed to have a really fun time.
Russ and Don go head to head, pitting a StuG III against a T-34 (76)
Below, Russ' StuG III moves past a disable Pz. I command tank as Don's T-34 crashes through a fence to seize an objective.
General view of the table:
Russ moves forward his second StuG; I allowed re-spawning like in a video game.
Don, having seized two objectives, moved his (Fast) T-34 toward the German command tank objective. However, by this time he was reduced to only 1 Command Die! The game ended in an exciting draw.
Andy, Cole, and a couple of other kids slug it out.
Below, Cole moves his T-34.
Below, Andy's Pz.IV E seizes an objective marker.
The kids in the fray.
Cole rams Andy's tank, destroying it!
One of the other kids moved his T-26 (1933) past his friend's knocked out Pz. 38(t).
Game Three: Four more bystanders got introduced to the game.
Below, the T-34 rides again. In the background is a well modeled Frostgrave table; the GM ran her game a couple of times while I was there.
The smoke of defeat.
World War I What a Tanker!
Last Thursday, just a few days after Remembrance Day here in Canada, the Conscripts played a WWI scenario loosely based upon the tank on tank action at Villers-Bretonneux in March 1918. Dallas hosted and I facilitated the game. The rules we used came from WillieB's gaming group on the WaT! forums: https://toofatlardies.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10318
The Mk IV’s just could not stand up to the A7V’s, with their thicker armour. My own Mk IV was reduced to one Command Die, LOL!
Below, the German players; their mission was to exit the opposite (short) table edge.
Club member Frederick painted up three of the 1/56 scale tanks just that week!
Another one of the new models.
Hugh’s A7V advanced to point blank range, just before passing Dallas’ damaged tank.
Me contemplating the futility of action with only two command dice. Little did I know.
Below, Bill’s captured Beutepanzer poured a ton of fire into my hapless Mk IV.
A7V’s can be seen exiting the table...
...as the Germans win the scenario!
For the future
I have been collecting die-cast or finished, built-up models. The beautifully painted StuG III seen above came from FloZ. The great KV-2s below came from modelers in, respectively, the US and the UK.
Thanks to Conscripts Curt and Dallas, I have unbuilt model kits for another Bandai T-34 (1941) and a Tamiya SU-122, both in 1/48 scale. There are even variants online for Arab/Israeli War and Warhammer 40K! I look forward to playing and running more of this game.