Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Minicon 2014

This weekend just gone was the local Minicon event. Our club had a table where we were introducing people both to our club and to Chain of Command by TooFatLardies.

Fingers crossed we might have picked up some new members and encouraged some others to try Chain of Command, alas the rest of the day was a disappointment. The show had been poorly promoted, foot fall was low and some games and traders didn't show.

Our table was next to the Ainsty stand which inevitably drew us like moths to a flame.

Well I ended up buying more than i intended;

Hell Dorado Saracens - for 7th Voyage, a little large but suburb castings
Resin Pumping Station - great for loads of sci-fi and 7TV projects
Resin lockers to populate the Infinity buildings 
TARDIS console - couldn't resist it
Crooked Dice Federeration Security troopers
Dwarf Ranger from FourA miniatures.

I am determined not to buy any hobby stuff now until March and the Abingdon show, getting loads of stuff painted in the meantime. I have been rummaging in my lead pile looking for suitable figures to use for 7th Voyage. I will post up progress soon.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

A race through France

Many, many years ago the dominant scale for WW2 was 20mm and for rules you generally had to choose from the simple, Rapid Fire, to the complex, Battleground WW2. The lack of suitable rules pushed WW2 put of our regular gaming until IABSM and Chain of Command were released by TooFatLardies.

I had sold off my early war British forces some years ago, Ade had kept his squirrelled away waiting for the time he was going to get them out and list on eBay, as we had moved on to the now much more common and affordable 15mm scale.

Discovering these figures over Xmas, he realised that he had quite a good collection, along with vehicles and support options. He thought It wouldn't hurt them to get on the table one last time so he spent a couple of days tidying up paint chips and matt varnishing them. This was also to be Jamie's first game of CoC.

The scenario rolled was 'A delaying action', we both rolled the same for morale and with Jamie choosing French, I played the Germans rolling 10 for support, the difference in support points included meant I had 10 points and the French 8.

The Germans fielded a platoon of regular infantry supported by a Stug III, a mortar battery and FOO and a Pre Game Barrage. The French choose a Panhard A/C, 25mm Anti Tank Gun and a medical orderly.

The pre game patrol phase did not go as planned, trying to flank the central farm, I had one of my marker locked and ended up being restricted to the bottom right corner. The Germans as the attacker start the game and I brought on some infantry and the FOO. The French jump off straight in to the farm.

The Germans move on through the wood, the FOO lines up a fire mission on the farm whilst another section skirt the wood to advance up th side of the hill.

The mortars come down with Germanic precision and begin to cause casualties on the French.

After taking casualties the French bring on the Panhard A/C and advance down the round. The Germans bring on a StuG and open fire with an extremely lucky hit taking out the Panhard.

The StuG then advances down the road, the French lose more men to the mortar and Have infantry move on the board from the left. The mortars move and cause more casualties.

The next turn sees the end of the turn, the mortar barrage ends. The German infantry continue advancing up the right hand side, eventually trading shots with the French in the farm.

The StuG rapidly advances, the French 25mm AT gun pops up but the shells bounce off the front armour, return fire wounds the French NCO commanding the gun. A medicLly orderly tends to the wounded leader whilst the German advances. Burning a command dice for an interrupt the French fire again only to be disappointed. The StuG advances on the Jump off point and the Germans end the game.

Now we know that only troops can take jump off points so we got this wrong, but then the Germans didn't play fair did they? Another 'Fall of France' game scheduled for next week. I may have to find some time so paint some appropriate 1940 BEF troops.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Let's get the year started.

Well I am determined to play more games and paint more miniatures this year so I need to make a start. My first game of 2014 was another Infinity game at Wyvern Wargamers last night, a two a side run through, we are still learning the rules. Our tables are certainly looking the part.

I ordered these Daleks from Black Tree Design before Xmas and they turned up last week. I thought I would give them a nice simple paint job. They are showing their age and could really do with remaking the moulds, perhaps licence issues is preventing this?

Well Daleks must have someone to shoot at, I picked these figures up from Gripping Beast, they are British Infantry from their MoFo Falklands range. I still need to buy another couple of packs to give me a Carl Gustav and an suitable officer.

At Warfare in November I picked up a pack of Kallistra's new 12mm Great War British, great little figure and I have picked up a few more packs and got painting. I'm not going to win any prizes for these, they are going to be seen at arms length so no worries. I also now have packs of both artillery and cavalry. There are intended for use with TooFatLardies Through the Mud and Blood rules.

Game number two tomorrow, a Chain of Command 1940 game, French vs Germans. Some photos later in the week.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year!

It seems all the rage in blog land to either summarise the years achievements or make plans for the year ahead. I have not kept count of my games or painting, perhaps I shall try and keep count this year.

Over the next few days I shall be finishing the MoFo British painted as UNIT and my Kallistra Great War British.

Also I had a delivery from Black Tree Design, a number of Daleks and Davros himself.

Painting Plans for 2014 include;

  • Battle of Britain 6mm Luftwaffe aircraft.
  • 15mm Fallschirmjager and US Paras for Chain of Command.
  • More 28mm French for Muskets and Tomahawks
  • 28mm French dragoons for Sharpe Practice
  • Finish my outstanding figures for my Dux Saxons.
  • Kallistra 12mm Great War British cavalry and Artillery.
  • Various factions for 7TV Action Engine games. I currently have figures for Dr Who, Blake's 7 and 3 Musketeers.
  • Empire of the Dead stuff from the Kickstarter and various MDF buildings.
  • Infinity Haqqislam and Combined army factions! more terrain and detail my existing buildings.

  • In the event I have missed something off this list I shall of course edit this post so I can pretend it never happened.

    I am endeavouring to play more games and paint more miniatures this year, my Kickstarter terrain boards are due in May and this should give me up to 6' x 4' for a medieval / steampunk / victorian urban setting and a plain 4' x 4' for Infinity.

    Wishing you all great gaming in 2014!