Sunday, April 13, 2014

WWPD4Vets 2014!

This past weekend was the second annual WWPD4Vets charity gaming event. It's a great time for a good cause. Organised by Dirty Jon over at, there are groups contributing to their local Veterans associations worldwide.

I can't believe its been a  year since our last WWPD4Vets event! I was a bit behind the ball last year with organizing it all for the Auckland division, but this year I was lucky to be able to team up with Dan Linder and his league of esteemed gentlemen at T.C.O.W.  (That Club Out West). We also got some terrific support from Battlefront and David Grieg over at, who runs the business' hobby division (he's got a great hobby blog found here...). Thanks to this support we were able to assemble a silent auction with the proceeds going to the RSA.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Citizen Soldiers Painting Update

It's been a while since my last post. I've been busy painting away and finding time to blog it up has been a bit difficult with everything else going on! Anyway, enough excuses. Here's what I've been up to! 

I've been trying to break the painting queue for my Citizen Soldiers resolution. I'd really like to post these games in historically chronological order, so I've got to try and get the 1st Infantry Division stuff done first. There is a lot to paint, and a good portion of it is at the start of the project for the 1ID. I'm still not ready to hit the beaches just yet, but I've got a lot of it ready in the last few weeks.
I'm really getting jazzed about this particular game. It's got all sort of interesting stuff in it, like DD tanks, amphibious assault boats, assault platoons, and NGFS. My brother Andrew is going to play the Germans and he's going to field a coulple of historically based Wiederstandneste. I'm looking forward to it!

Friday, February 28, 2014

MacLauchlanov - vs - Von Haught: An AAR

With all of the Late War excitement happening, Steve and I were feeling a bit old-school and decided to throw down an Early War game. Our theme was loosely defined as "A Barbarossa-ish tank battle" so I ran a Mittlere Panzerkompanie from Hellfire & Back (ironically running my winterized Panzers!) and Steve used a Heavy Tankovy Battalion from Rising Sun. The game was brutally fast, so I'll keep the report so as well!

Off the top of my head, Steve ran an HQ upgunned T-28, two T-28 companies (each with 4 upgunned tanks), a BT assault gun platoon with 6 tanks, and a full sapper company. His force was rated Confident Conscript. I ran two HQ Pz IVDs, a platoon of two Pz IVDs, a platoon of four Pz IIIGs, a Sd Kfz 221/222 patrol, and a 2/3 pioneer platoon. My force was rated Confident Veteran.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Beyond the Elbe (a lot) to Hungary! --- an AAR

Like Andrew, Wayne was looking to get a test game in with his BattleCry Hungarian assault gun list so we scheduled a game for mid-week after work. As I mentioned earlier, BattleCry was 1575 points, Late War. Wayne loves his Hungarians and he had a very good list. So good in fact, it made want to build it!

I grabbed my good 'ol American Shermans from Blood Guts and Glory. After playing the Panzer Brigade against Andrew, I felt I needed to get back to basics and play some US tanks. I'm partial to the Veteran ones, so I've been tinkering with lists and tactics to get these expensive Shermans to work on the battlefield.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Panzer Brigade "Finland" an AAR

Last week I got to play a game with my brother. He wanted to test out his army list for the forthcoming Flames Of War tournament at the BattleCry 2014 event. It's a 1575 Late-war event, and he is bringing his Finnish army. Unfortunately BattleCry interferes with my family schedule, so I can't attend the event this year. However, if you are in Auckland on 15/16 February, you should drop in and check it out. It's a great event with lots on for gamers young and old!

Monday, January 27, 2014

DanCon 2014

Today I attended the greatest Flames Of War event held in the Southern Hemisphere. I speak, of course, of the illustrious DanCon 2014, hosted by the standup gents of TCOW (That Club Out West). The event was a three-game tournament (1250 points) with entirely random mission selection with some general guide lines. True to form, Dan, over at KingDan's Place, and the TCOW guys delivered an excellent easy-going event.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Big Plans for 2014

This is my first post of 2014, so a very belated Happy New Year to all! This year, I’ve got a crazy resolution lined up for 2014. I only have one because it breaks down into several sub- resolutions, each with a level of complexity. ...And its massive. It is this:
“I will play at least one game with each US Infantry Division involved in the Northern France campaign, June-August 1944.”
This breaks down into the following sub-resolutions: o Paint everything needed for these games (Approx 115 models/teams total) o Post a brief history of the engagement I’ll be playing (14 histories) o Post a battlereport for each game (14 battlereports) o Don’t get distracted (yeah right) Sourced from the Citizen Soldier PDF and Overlord, that’s 14 infantry divisions, for a total of 14 games. Easy, right?

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Book of Lists (2013)

Every year I must make hundreds of lists for Flames of War. Each depends on my whims, aspirations (dreamed-up or actualized), and some I've made just for fun.

I'm old school when it comes to the physical act of list building. Being a writer by trade, I'm a pen and paper sort of guy, so all of my lists are actually put down on paper and added up without even using a calculator (though I always run them through a calculator before committing a list to a game). I find this process of writing a list down one of my favorite aspects of the wargaming hobby. It's something to do with the interaction between lists, paper, pen, and brain.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Desperate Heroes: an AAR

Well its officially Christmas break at Battlefront and that can only mean one thing: time to play some games! I headed over to Steve's place to get in a Late-war game. I've got another lined up against Andrew where we will try out his Early-war Finns against my Soviets in a classic motti ambush game (patterned on the old Roadblock mission).

Today's game ended up being a Desperate Measures match-up with Steve running a Hetzer Panzerkompanie and me running a Hero Motostrelkovy.

Steve's army was 2x Hetzer Platoons (4x tanks), a Beute Panzer platoon of 4x T-34/76, 2x Panzer II Luchs patrols (3x tanks each), and a battery of three Nebelwerfers.

I ran essentially the same list I used against Patrick a few weeks ago, but swapped the AA trucks for three BA-64s.

We rolled up No Retreat, and as I'm a Mechanised Company, I "got" to defend. As a side note, I hate defending. I'm not one to sit in my trenches and let things happen to me. I'm just not cut out to put together a solid defense line and have it hold. I much prefer to get up in there and be erosion itself, rather than be the one eroded. But, them's the breaks when you take a mechanised company: sometimes you gotta defend.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


For this article, let's have a look at Rikusentai (Special Naval Landing Force) companies and their equipment. The battalion-sized forces of the SNLF were strong in infantry and used light, portable weapons. These were largely the same as the Army's infantry, with some special naval equipment adapted for land operations.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Empire of the Sun

I'm going ahead and steaming through the fact that I've not moved an inch on my 150. Panzer Brigade project since finishing the SS-Jagers. However, I can't resist the call of a more compelling project... Recently, I've really been interested in pushing forward yet another Early War company in my painting queue: the Japanese.

Now, my first inclination was to try the tanks. I'm a sucker for the Type 89 as it looks so brilliantly awkward with its tall frame and it's door in the front. But I quickly remembered a promise I made over six years ago. Several months before I knew I was going to move to New Zealand, I promised myself that the first Japanese force I would paint is a Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF) company. Remembering that made me so intensely desire an SNLF force, that I immediately purchased a Hohei Chutai (JBX01) box, two platoons of HMGs (JP704), a pack of Nikuhaku teams (JP706), and two boxes of Light Sensha Platoons (JBX03).