Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Obligitory Salute Post

Last weekend was Salute 2013, the UK and possibly Europe's largest Wargaming show, gamers from all over the UK and a good few from further afield made their way to Excel, we got there before 8am to set up and I was able to get some sneaky shopping in before the doors open.

I was very pleased to keep to my modest shopping list, too often I end up buying things, getting carried away with 'Shinyitis', not this time.

My small haul included some more FiB US stuff for IABSM, some small scenics from Peter Pig, Silfor tufts, new magazines and some custom tokens from Warbases. I also scored some freebies, always welcome, the Salute Jason figure, two Spartan Prussians for Dystopian Legions and a light KR figure case cover.

I was determined not to be adding figures to the lead mountain so I have already undercoated, assembled the models and started the painting.

Unlike other shows, there were a good number of people still left at the very end of the show and their seemed to be a buzz all day, some fantastic games and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends. Looking forward to next year.

50 Shades of (Field) Grey

Three weeks ago when we at last revisited "I Aint Been Shot Mum", I realised that I needed to quickly put together some opposition for my US force. Having seen Garry's Plastic Soldier Germans, that very morning I bought a box of Late War Germans and another of Heavy Weapons, two days later the postman dropped them off.

I quickly stripped the figures from the sprues and assembled those which were multi part, these were then tacked on to lolly sticks and under coated. I used my airbrush to basecoat the figures with Tamiya Field Grey paint.

This then led me to the issue of the colour of Field Grey, the Tamiya pot was greener than the Vallejo which was more grey. A quick trawl through my various books showed a variety of shades, I also found this useful photo on the internet.

The two infantry boxes cost me just over £30 on eBay, to this force I added some Pak 40 anti tank guns, crews and officer type figures for 'big men' from Skytrex. Every is now painting and I am finishing off the basing this week.

I will post better shots of the Germans once they are complete.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Infinity debut

Just after the new year I had an Infinity demo and over the last few months I have been collecting some odd figures 2nd hand on eBay along with a couple of cheap rulebooks. This weekend we had a four player run through the rules at Wyvern Wargamers.

I added some appropriate Sci-Fi drop on pieces along with my adobes and some borrowed Crescent Root buildings (Thanks Stu!), we had a blast and we are sure to play this again.

Meanwhile I am busy painting up Plastic Soldier Company Germans, I hope to have them all finished and on the table before the end of the month.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Has spring sprung at last?

Recent chilly weather has been discouraging my painting of late and hence no posting lately. I have been playing games though;

We ran through 'Triumph and Tragedy' for the British Civil War, possibly a game more suited to Back of Beyond type games, we found the morale quite devastating as machine guns have an automatic effect. I think it quite likely we will go back to Mud and Blood for any future games. In the photo below a group of brave militia advance to drive out Blackshirts.

Another game of Muskets and Tomahawks saw the need for us to start playing with the hidden movement rules as the French line once again are able to blaze away, Indians loyal to the British did manage to set a cabin on fire.

Our Dux Britannium campaign saw another defeat for the Saxons, luckily time is on their side and the next game may see the tide turn and the Saxons game some extra troops.

Easter weekend saw my 15mm US force I painted last year for IABSM finally see the table.

We played through the Cherbourg scenario from the rulebook, introducing us to the use of mortars. I think we can say I learnt the value of fire and movement and the need to pin your opponent before charging their position.

I also saw the Plastic Soldier Company late war Germans for the first time in the flesh, I am happy to say that once painted, based and on the table that these are a great, economic way to build an army. A quick to ebay later and I had both boxes, some of the pieces are fiddly to assemble but once done I feel will be quick to paint. They are going all get a coat of field grey later this morning. Additional bits and pieces have been ordered from Skytrex taking advantage of a recent sale, alas they have an incredible fixed £5 postage rate, I know they want to sell the business but are they deliberately trying to dissuade people from placing orders.

GMT Games have also finally reprinted Command & Colors : Napoleonics, I now have the pleasure of sticking hundreds of stickers to wooden blocks before we can play.

This afternoon I will be playing Infinity, I have painted up some bits and pieces of drop on terrain, rather than collecting a new tables worth of buildings etc so as to reuse some of my existing collection.I have even done street planters to add some urban  colour;

Finally we saw the Empire of the Dead Kickstarter end, I now have a pile of lead coming in June, the remainder of our Raiden 1/285 aircraft for the Battle of Britain also finally arrived from the USA. Both of these projects are parked whilst I paint the 15mm Germans and more Napoleonics for Sharpe Practice. Next time will see some photos from tonight's game and my progress on the Germans.