Friday, 29 May 2009

Freebie plastics Roundup

Wargames Illustrated, has for the last three months had cover mounted giveaways, all new plastic miniatures. Here are those miniatures, undercoated, next to examples from other ranges for comparison.

Foundry French Resistance, Valiant US Infantry, Britannia 'not' Ross Kemp

Valiant US Infantry, Liberation US Marine, FAA German Infantry, Valiant US Infantry, SHQ German Infantry

The other plastics seem a little more mixable;

Wargames Foundry ECW, Warlord Games ECW

Wargames Foundry Rifleman, Perry Rifleman, Front Rank Officer, Wargames Foundry Officer

I think the pictures speak for themselves, out of the freebies that have come with WI, the Perry's and Warlord miniatures are compatible with their metal equivalents, whilst the Valiant stuff needs to be pretty much kept to itself.

I don't want to have too much of a downer on the valiant stuff as the product is good, the price right and the models are versatile but they are what they say on the box - 1/72nd scale which on a six foot man is 25mm.


Sunday, 24 May 2009

Fresh from Asda this afternoon

Found this Unimog in a box full of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, strictly speaking it is underscale but not bad for a £1

Figure and DSHK from Liberation Miniatures.


Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Ambush Alley Turkey Shoot AAR

After playing the first scenario in the Ambush Alley rulebook, we decided to swap sides for the next game, giving me the opportunity to play the insurgents and give me the motivation to finish the 60 or so figures I had to paint.

The first couple of shots show the game table, we had to swap a couple of the buildings over before we started to suit the requirements of the scenario.

Here's the battlewagon! Andy swapped the Amtrack for a Stryker - no difference in game terms.

The insurgents begin to assemble at the hot spots but brought a distinct lack of RPGs with them, which meant they would have difficulties effecting the Stryker.

As the US forces begin to enter the table they encounter these 2 first. They are soon removed from the table.

More insurgents cowering around a corner in response to the US entering the table.

The US take up covering positions with the squad on the building roof taking up overwatch.

Brave or foolish? These figures pop up to engage the infidels and are soon cut down.

The exposure was rubbish on this shot, so I made a moody black and white shot. Insurgents have entered the house next door to the US squad on overwatch.

US troops seize more real estate, they are unaware that the subprime market has collapsed.

Moving into the big compound, this squad takes up overwatch positions as the Stryker rumbles by with its cargo of snipers.

Insurgents in the lockup shops are more than aware that their lack of RPGs and troops generally is causing them problems. Perhaps they didn't RSVP their invites or is there a bus strike?

Ignoring local traffic bylaws the Stryker rumbles on, covered by several squads on overwatch.

As the US move more of their troops up to the compound the insurgents attempt to follow them using their local knowledge they have a short cut through an alleyway. Unfortunately they are engaged by the US, cause no casualties but take casualties themselves, fail the morale test and run home to mother - all apart from the leader who is made of sterner stuff.

The snipers arrive and disembark, the US own the table with only 1 broken and 1 disheartened leader on the table for the insurgents.

Now they take the micky just wandering around downtown and posing for tourist photos.

This leader recovers his morale and plans a glorious death. He got one!

As the US march on to their victory conditions, the insurgents finally, and too late, begin to arrive on the table. Still no RPGs, still can't stop the Stryker!

The Stryker with the snipers now embarkeds starts off on the return journey. Country and Western music blasting out the speakers.

Now a fleet of buses seemed to turn up at once bringing a horde.

They seize this house as the US forces flee rather than face overwhelming numbers, who then take a single casualty, fail the morale and run away.

More insurgents appear at the mosque in an attempt to fire their single RPG at the stryker before it leaves the table. They don't, they die, horribly.

A good yet frustrating game. The insurgents playing with untrained troops are completely outclassed by the US veterans who win every firefight. I caused no casualties and gained no victory points. Andy was like the grim reaper.

Oh well there is always next time.

New look Wargames Illustrated

Well I finally have the first issue of the revamped Wargames Illustrated in my hand, the last issue was the first under the new regime, and was a strong issue so I have high hopes for this one.

WI has suffered over the last few years as it more and more reflected the niche interests of its then editor and his friends, I believe that it will have lost many readers over that period. Now the magazine has been bought by Battlefront every one is expecting it to be dominated by Flames of War, so many are watching.

The free cover mounted plastics have been a good idea and will have piqued the interest of many of gamer, the ECW musketeer lies buried on my painting table but will see paint eventually, the Valiant WW2 perhaps not so. I really wanted to like them and on one level I do as I love the idea of being able to customise and add variety but I can not reconcile their size with my existing collection, I will pass them on.

So on to new issue, first off the Perry's Riflemen. They are of a slighter build than my Front Rank figures but when painted up I think they will match up reasonably well. A skim through the issue reveals a good selection of scales represented 10mm, 15mm and 28mm with Ancients, Medieval, ECW, Late 17th Century, Napoleonics, WW1 and WW2 all being covered.

There was also show coverage from this years Salute and from Cold Wars in the US, a nice touch in the Salute article was naming those responsible for the demo games - a nice bit of deserved fame for those involved.

As promised content from Osprey was present which makes for a nice professional looking magazine, Battlefront's experience publishing FoW does show as the production quality is superb, particularly with the Bagration article.

The Flames of War coverage was 8 pages from 116 isn't too bad, as well as a modelling article, there was also a 4 page advertorial from Gale Force 9 also owned by Battlefront.

Verdict: Excellent and more please.