Sunday, 18 July 2010

summer All dayer!

Yesterday was the clubs summer all dayer, a battle for Perdiswell airfield. Stu put together an after action report and posted in here on the Gentlemen's Wargames Parlour. I spent much of the game trying to get across the Birmingham canal, in the end we scraped a victory.

The next all dayer will be another game set in the Anglo-Zulu wars using the Black Powder rules from Warlord Games.

Meanwhile I decided to crack the new airbrush, bought over a year ago, to put some paint down on some Raiden Miniatures 1/300th aircraft. First up it's the US Navy.

The airbrush is an Iwata Eclipse CS bought from Cammett at a modelling show last year.

I hope to get these finished over the next few days. More Photos later.

Monday, 12 July 2010

100 posts!

Well this is my 100th post, lots of stuff to share. First off is a em4 Future War sniper sculpted by Mark Copplestone for Grenadier Games. This was my entry for a recent speed paint on The Guild wargaming forum.

Next up for WW2 and VBCW are some Crusader Miniatures early war British, I was short of squad LMGs so the four Bren teams are more than enough. Lovely sculpts and nice and straightforward to paint.

Now here are some GW Bretonnians from the fifth edition boxed set. These are very historical and this unit managed to slip the net when I sold off the rest. I have tarted this unit up with a coat of Army Painter Strong Tone to improve the contrast and provide some much needed shade and definition.

This weekend was Tewkesbury Medieval Festival which I had visited in the past but decided to pay another visit as it is so close. The festival is well worth a visit and this year the great weather certainly pulled people in. There were approximately two thousand re-enactors from all over the UK, Europe and even Japan. Much of the traders are there to sell replica kit to the re-enactors but others sold a variety of wares - certainly something for everyone.

I have been reading a book on the Air War over Korea which I though might be a good topic for a game with the end of prop driven aircraft and the beginning of jet fighters dogfighting. Hopefully I should have the Wessex Games Airwar C21 ruleset arrive tomorrow and the Jet version of Check your 6! has just been released.

Continuing my interest in the Korean War, I have bought a copy of the Max Hastings book on eBay, I gave up trying to order it from the library as the local copy seems to have gone missing. I may also re-purpose some of my WW2 micro armour to make some armies for Cold War Commander.

Next time I hope to be able to show you my Aircraft Control Tower, almost finished but still camera shy for now.

Monday, 5 July 2010

I sunk your battleship

Last night Mark's WW1 naval game had it's first outing. The name of the ruleset escapes me for the moment but they were easy to understand and fast to play. Mark's collection is based on the Battle for the Falkland islands, the ships are from Skytrex's 1/3000th range, nicely based with waves and the ship's name - essential in this scale.

Tonights scenario was based on the Battle of Coronel, set late in October 1914. The German navy caught up with a British formation and severely mauled them resulting in the Royal Navies first defeat in a century.

My ships comprised SMS Scharnhost, Gneisenau, Leipzig, Nurnberg and Dresden. The Dresden was sunk losing all hands after succumbing to a fire in her engine room. The elderly British Battleship HMS Canapus fired on Gneisenau outranging it's guns, as they closed the distance, Gneisenau returned fire and a fluke shot caused the poorly stored British ammunition to explode tearing through the ship and sending her to the deep.

The British cruisers HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth faced the Germans, returning their fire but both were engaged at close range by guns and torpedoes until they too sank.

This was an excellent game and proved that you don't have to spent a fortune on large armies or fancy figures to have a good game - the blue cloth used for the sea cost more than the miniatures used. In a similiar vein I have a set of 1/285th Raiden Miniatures planes for the Battle of Midway as well as a rule set but have been put off by a lack of a hex map - I have an idea to work around that now so perhaps I will see those painted sooner rather than later.