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

Rikusentai


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).

Monday, December 2, 2013

Evacuate? In Our Moment of Triumph?!

Since FlamesCon in October, Patrick and I have been trying to get a game in and every week, one or both of us have been too busy to scrape out a few hours and get the thing done,...until this weekend!

We decided to test out Patrick's Snapshot list that he has been working on, SS-Kampfgurppe Spindler. For my part, the upcoming release of Desperate Measures had me excited to play a Hero Motostrelkovy Batalon. The points were set at 1575 and neither of us knew what the other was taking.

Friday, November 22, 2013

SS-Jäger Platoon

Well, I finished my SS-Jäger platoon for my Panzer Brigade 150. It was a bit of a journey, and I took some shortcuts. The first being that I used the Volksgrenadier figures for this platoon, rather than the normal SS ones. I did this to both cut down on SS camo I'd have to paint, but also make them distinct from other SS troops I plan to do in the future.

As Jagers, they are rated Rifle/MG teams, but I've used a lot of assault rifles, Panzerfausts, and others in order to make them work for a variety of forces, chiefly SS-KG Peiper.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Udarny vs. Puscasi AAR

Andrew and I got in a game last weekend, which I was really looking forward to. I've not had the chance to play many games with my brother since he has arrived, but we managed to squeeze one in.

Andrew really wanted to play his beloved Romanians, so with his army state-side I loaned mine to him. It didn't have nearly enough infantry Andrew is accustomed to playing, but he managed to make it work.

I wanted to try out the revised Udarny Strelkovy from Red Bear. I got a few playtest games in earlier, but this was strictly for fun so it was far more enjoyable!

We rolled up Counterattack as our mission. My Udarny have Always Attack other infantry companies, so I was the attacker.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kampfgruppen X, Y, and Z

With FlamesCon 2013 now behind me, its time to focus on a fun project to see out the year. I've been debating what I want to do, ignoring all of the voices in my head telling me that I should get on with my painting queue.

I've recently been interested in working on a Panzerkompanie from the upcoming Desperate Measures book, but I'll be waiting on a few new releases to get all of the elements together. So while the factory in KL is busily working away, I've decided to look into an old favorite: Panzerbrigade 150.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

FlamesCon Achievement, Unlocked!

Most of these figures will pull extra duty as Fuciliers.
I've got a real quick update today. In the last week I managed to finish what I needed for my FlamesCon Axis ringer list: my Fusilierkompanie.

The list:

Fusilierkompanie
Rated Confident Veteran
HQ (+PzKn x2 +Panzerschreck): 80 pts
Fusilier Platoon (1x PzKn SMG + 6x MG teams) - 185 points
Fusilier Platoon (1x PzKn SMG + 6x MG teams) - 185 points
Fusilier Mortar Platoon (4x 81mm mortars) - 125 points
Fusilier Regt Anti-tank Platoon (3x PaK40) - 155 points
Fusilier Scout Platoon (5x recce Rifle teams) - 115 points
Fusilier Infantry Gun Platoon (2x 15cm sIG33) - 145 points
352. Tank-hunter Platoon (4x Marder IIIM) - 255 points
352. Tank-hunter Platoon (4x Marder IIIM) - 255 points

Friday, October 11, 2013

This Doesn't 'Swo-bode' Well!

So, Patrick and I got in a practice game for FlamesCon. Our 1500-point late war lists were put to the test in a game of Free-for-All.

Patrick has been building his Swoboda list since the playtest days of Bridge By Bridge, so he was very keen to get it some table time, especially before FlamesCon!

For my part I've got a couple of Ringer armies that I need to test, and I've got a silly idea to run a nearly full Sherman company. I cheated a bit by adding a Cav patrol, but I needed it!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Updates!

Wow, it's been way to long since my last post! Sorry about that! The usual excuses are in order: life, the universe, and everything getting ahead of the line for my attention.

Well, I'm back for some semi-regular content! First order of business is a general update. I've been doing little painting and gaming in the past few weeks, so my list of things I've completed is pretty short.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Steam-driven Saga


This past weekend I got to finally catch up on some gaming. I've been quite busy with life, the universe, and everything, it was great to have a moment to play a few games.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

FLAMES KHAN!!!!

It's that time of year again: FLAMESCON!

FlamesCon is Battlefront's annual wargaming convention and this year it'll be bigger than before. We've got five tournaments lined up for 26/27 October. There is a Late War, Mid War, and Early War tournament, as well as a special Open Fire tournament for new players to try out the game and the tournament scene. Also, Phil will be running a Vietnam event to round off the wargaming tournaments. There is also going to be a Spartacus tournament based on the popular boardgame of the same name. All in all, it's gonna be huge.

Find out more about FlamesCon here...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rockets, Mortars, and Submachine-guns!

A couple of weeks ago I posted an article about the Desk of Mystery. This documented all of my current projects at the time that were sitting on my painting table. Since then, I've completed a couple of them and I've finally got around to getting pictures taken and ready for the blog.

First up are the Static Rocket Launchers. I had 6 of these essentially painted up and awaiting basing for my Warsaw Uprising German army. However, with the WWPD D-Day campaign looming (at the time of that last article), I decided to retask them as fortifications for a Festungskompanie in Atlantik Wall. You can field them in 2-4 launchers, so I'll have two batteries somehow totaling six all together (3+3 or 4+2).

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Whitewash!


Its cold outside! Here on the bottom of the world, in late July, its actually winter, believe it or not. I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around it, even if I have totally acclimatized and now feel "cold" at 55 degrees fahrenheit.

Well, this cold snap has inspired me to think WINTER for Flames of War, and as I was trawling through my boxes for a pre-assembled project to work on, I stumbled upon five T-34/85s. Years ago I painted one in whitewash, which was my second attempt at such a scheme.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Desk of Mystery

This is my painting table at the moment. It is in chaos! Obviously I've got several projects on the go. Lets see how many!


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Battlereport: The Battle for Cabourg

Patrick and I were finally able to play our game between his SS-Panzergrenadiers and my Grenadier Guards Armoured Squadron for WWPD's Normandy campaign.

We chose to fight at Cabourg, owing to the lumpy terrain on our table. We cited the dips and gullies as Difficult Going, reflecting the flooded areas.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Start Yer Motors!

After some time away, I've finally got some time together to write up a little article about Motor companies. This came up as a topic because I just finished my M5 half-tracks for my Grenadier Guards motor platoon.

I'm keen to expand this into a full motor company. You know that British force everyone says is horrible? Well, from this player's perspective, its not. And here's why: FIREPOWER.

Let's talk a little Flames of Theory.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Super-heavy Rockets

This week I cranked out some 30cm Nebelwerfers. You may recall that I did six Nebelwerfer bases and magnetized the 15cm and 21cm launchers. I've now added the 30s to this scheme as well. I know the rockets the crew are loading are not the right ones, but these days I care less about that and more about having miniatures in my condensed collection I must keep due to lack of storage space.

So, I got a pair of blisters of 30cm NW42 Rocket Launcher (GE595) and painted up all six weapons. I added the crew to my bits box for a future project, except I kept the six guys holding 30cm rockets aside. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Nest-Pit-Things

I've got another simple update this week. I've been pretty busy around the house and at work, with little time to paint, so this is all I've got to show for this week.

I had a huge debate about these gun pits in terms of how to base them. My Germans are based differently from my Americans, which are again different than anything else that might make use of nests. In the end I settled on a generic green scheme.

I'm also going to do up some loose guns and crew as well. The pictured PaK40 and FlaK38 guns were from my War of Flames arcade game Sean and I ran at FlamesCon last year.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Grab Bag Painting Week

Not a lot to say about the last week. I decided to clear all of the old projects that have been sitting my desk for quite some time. It was getting cluttered and my 14-month old is just starting to be able to reach everything on my desk. So, time to clear everything and get it back down to one project at a time!

First up are four Artisan cowboys. The guys at work have been playing some Legends of the Old West and I thought that it was about time these got some paint. They have been sitting on my desk long enough for the dust to settle and somewhat adhere to the primer! Anyway, a rush job to get these guys done.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Blues Brothers

I finally got my Blues finished. This was the most difficult platoon in my Vietnam force to complete, owing to the large model count (14) and the complexity of the Hueys in terms of painting and finishing.

The latter problem is my own doing, having made the decision to go the extra yard for these aircraft. But in the end, I think the models are better for it!

Thanks to Chris and Blake, I decided to add some passengers to the Hueys to give them a bit of character. I'm pleased with the results and can't wait to get them into action!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Fighting Uruk-Hai

I'm a little annoyed with myself for going down this rabbit hole. It has taken up three painting days and I've got nothing else done on the projects that I really need to get cracking on, like support platoons for my US rifles I intend to use in WWPD's Operation Overlord global campaign.

Having said that, I'm pretty jazzed about playing my Uruk-hai in a game of Saga. I've got 5 points done, and I need to work on a point of Uruk pikemen for my last one. In the end I'll have four points of Uruk fighters (Hearthguard) and two points of Uruk pikemen (Warriors). If  time and budget allow I'll add some berserkers, siege engines and Uruk sappers, and crossbowmen. For now, I'm happy with a simple mix of spears and swords.  

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Chaos on the Painting Table

Back in my LORT:CCG days, this guy was my hero.
So, I've gone a little off the rails in my painting plans. I was in the process of finishing my Hueys for my Blue Platoon for Vietnam, when suddenly the urge took hold to make an Uruk-hai warband for Saga. Yep, that's how my brain works sometimes...

Anyway, I've been bad about getting some photos together, so here is a snap of my ludicrous desktop. As you can see, I've got several completely unrelated projects on the go. I'm going to focus on the Uruk-hai in order to clear them out.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sexy Sextons (Not Really)

Sorry for the horrible title.

Anyway, finished these Sexton self-propelled guns over the past week. They've been sitting in my to-do pile for a while and I thought I'd squeeze them in while I was still interested in painting my British Guards.

I'm gonna keep it brief and I apologize for the really slapped-together photos. I'm on a creative high for some Saga stuff and needed to sweep these off my painting desk ASAP. More on the Saga stuff later, as I'm pretty damned excited about it!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Cursed Tale of a British Armoured Squadron

I'm fairly certain that my LW British tanks are cursed to never hit the battlefield. They have a long and arduous history leading up to this very day of things happening to stop them just short of actually rolling onto the table.

My Late-war British Armoured Squadron started life back in the days of Festung Europa. I decided that my Mid-war Sherman III company stood me in such good stead that I would carry on playing them in Late-war. I also wanted it to be special, so I spent a good deal of time detailing them with green-stuff stowage and such. However, my attempts at sculpting were so deplorable, that I threw them into a box in frustration and covered them up.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Soviet Anti-tank Guns

Here's a really quick update on my Soviet project. I've finished the medium-base anti-tank guns. Six bases over all and like the artillery, they are magnetised to accomodate the two different anti-tank guns available to my Soviets: the older 45mm obr 1938 and the updated 45mm obr 1942. The guns shown here are the older ones, all geared up to support my militia.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Snapshot IV Report

Alright! Well, Snapshot IV was the weekend just past. Based on the feedback left here and several analog discussions, I brought the Panzer Brigade from my earlier article (here...). It was going to be an epic struggle, fielding Germany's 'finest', but at 1850 points, you get a lot of stuff!

After an early start, game one was Dust Up. My opponents were relative newbies (a team-up side) using Welsh Guards tanks. I was a bit apprehensive as the terrain afforded no where to hide my Panthers. So I opted to deploy back and force them to close. Hopefully I could weather a moving-ROF volley and then let loose with my AT 14 guns to clear all major threats. Turned out it worked, wiping out all tanks deployed on the table in the first round of shooting.

Friday, April 5, 2013

WWPD4Vets Event Report

Wow, what an event! We certainly had a lot of fun. I think I played four games, helped run a few new players through an X-Wing game, and generally enjoyed the lazy Sunday.

I've got a lot of interesting photos and now that I finally remembered the camera cable, I can down load them and post them up here. Thanks to everyone who came by. I learned a lot and hopefully we'll be able to make it an even better event next time around.

The first game I played was introduce Wayne to X-Wing. He bought a starter a few weeks ago, so we played straight out of the box. It was pretty fun and I hope Wayne enjoyed it!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Snapshot Armies

Well, I intended to get something up this week covering the WWPD4Vets event last weekend, but as I keep forgetting my all important camera cable at work, getting the photos home is proving to be a bit of a challenge. So I'll have to settle for a list-building article instead. I'll get the WWPD article up as soon as I can get my memory to work with me as opposed to against me.

Unfortunately, this article begins on a frustrating note: I can't get my Fusilerkompanie done for Snapshot! Dammit. So, its time to pull out the backups. General qualification comes down to stuff I've got painted.

Friday, March 29, 2013

WWPD4Vets

Just a really quick post this weekend because we have the exciting WWPD4Vets event coming up on Sunday. For more information about this global event, please check out these websites:

http://vets.wwpd.net/ - The main WWPD4Vets site. Find a local event near you or run your own. If you are unable to participate, please donate to the WWPD4Vets charities using the site above.

http://www.wwpd.net/2013/03/wwpd4vets-prep-battlefield-contest.html - More detailed information about the even can be found on the WWPD main site.

http://forum.wwpd.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6132 - Check out the WWPD forum for details on how to donate and get involved.

http://forum.wwpd.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6525 - Check out the eBay listings that are 100% donation, and more!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WWPD4VETS-FOW-Painted-Oddball-2012-Tournament-Objective-100-to-charity-/151017124647? - Finally, don't miss your chance to own a genuine Flames Of War artifact! This Oddball objective was sculpted and painted by none other than James Brown of the Battlefront Studio (not the godfather of soul, sorry!).

Anyway, I sincerely hope you get a chance to attend or host an event. In any case, please donate to the WWPD4Vet charities because they are truly important organizations to support.

Thanks for reading,
Mike

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The General's Fighter

Wave two of X-Wing has recently been released and with it came the model I have anticipated the most: the A-Wing. I reckon the reason I love this ship so much is because of its mystique in Return of the Jedi. Everyone knew what an X-Wing or a Y-Wing looked like. Even the new B-Wing had a great sequence showing its S-Foils moving into locked position.

But then there was that little one, whose only claim to the viewer's attention involved crashing into the control bridge of the Executor. From then on I've wanted to know more about the A-Wing and luckily so did others. There's actually quite a bit of 'history' associated with this little snub fighter, and I've absorbed as much as I could. Find out more about General Dodonna's A-Wing here... 

When I found out that the A-Wing was in wave two, I was pretty damn excited. I managed to score one before the first run was sold out. I wish I could have bought a few more, but finances are a bit tight and it took a bit of doing to grab this one. Still, nothing will stop my ambition of getting a whole squadron (five) of these little bastards!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Egads! Indecision!

Having completed the Soviet guns, I find myself at a terrible crossroad. I've had some outstanding items arrive in the mail all in one fell swoop only to jam my modelling compass entirely.

As you can see from the picture to the right, my creative desires are being pulled in no fewer than five tantalizing directions. And this pisses me off because I want to do them all at the exact same time!

Anyway, this perfect storm of hobbying means that I've got plenty to keep me bust for a long time. It'll also keep me interested for a while too given the diversity of the pile!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Groovy Tunes: Vietnam

Now and again a hobby demands full immersion. Flames Of War Vietnam is one such hobby. Reading memoirs, talking to vets, studying pictures, painting miniatures, modelling the jungle and bush of Vietnam are all good ways to really get into the period, but listening to the generation's music reveals the soul of the period.

First, I apologize if you don't have Spotify as this article and its accompanying groovy tunes might not work for you. But you may be able to use your preferred social music program instead. With that said, I've pulled together several playlists that feature the top 100 songs of each major year of the Vietnam War (1965-1973). I've been using these to fill the background while painting my Air Cav force. Listening to them, I've pulled my favorites into my Vietnam mix. Given the immense diversity in the top 100 and the varied tastes of the music lovers, I thought it would be a good idea to post the playlists from these years and let you generate your own favorites. I've included my own at the end, which is constantly evolving!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Finished Finnish

Landsverk Anti II
I tried to take some photos of my completed Soviet anti-tank guns, but my camera is acting up and taking pretty crap photos. I really need to build a photographing set up and perhaps a new camera. I did get this one in 2002, so its getting up there!

Anyway, thankfully I've got some backup stuff lined up for this week's update. My workmate, Casey has been kind enough to snap a few white-table shots of some of my Finns. Towards the end of last year I punched out a pile of my half-completed platoons for my Finnish army. Its an army that I've had on the back burner for quite some time. I originally started this project in 2006 for a tournament up in Vancouver, BC. If you get a chance you should attend one of the events there. Its a fantastic city with a great community of players. I consider Finns as one of my 'main' armies, right up there with Americans and Raiders. So I was happy to revisit an old favorite.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

If You Ain't Cav...

The 'Blues' or Aerorifles
If you can't tell by my recent posts, I've fully signed up for Flames Of War: Vietnam. It took me a few tours to find my interest, but Tour Of Duty has introduced some pretty awesome forces to field, chiefly the Air Cav. This unit is a full helicopter unit with a troop each of Aeroscouts (in OH-6 Loaches), Aeroweapons (UH-1B Hogs and AH-1 Cobras), and the Aerorifles (dedicated UH-1 mounted infantry). I've spent a good deal of time reading memoirs of the pilots and troopers of the 1st Cavalry Division and its been a rewarding experience.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Red God Of War pt. II


Done! I'll tell you what, it sure feels good to finally have that company done! I should be set for a while on large gun teams, but I'd like to do another 12 at some point. These 12 are good for a GoW battery, but if I wanted to field my eight extra 122mm obr 1938 howitzers as a part of the Reserve Artillery Battalion, I'll need eight more bases. I'll also need some more in the event that I want to field the 57mm anti-tank guns in addition to the artillery, so that's another four bases. Now that I have a process combined with the fact that the guns are already painted, doing 12 more bases shouldn't be a big chore in the future. For now its time for me to sit back, relax, and enjoy the GoW Battery!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Red God Of War

This week's big project is a Soviet God of War battery. I honestly didn't think Soviets would be on my painting table this year, but I've had the desire to play Soviets. I don't know what it is specifically that puts me in a Soviet playin' mood, but I've been wanting to get some eastern front games in lately. So I had a look at my collection and I realized that I need support platoons in a bad way. My current Soviet miniatures include (excluding various tanks):
2x Strelkovy Companies (MW size)

Friday, February 15, 2013

It began in Afrika-ka-ka-kaaaaa

Woah, I nearly let a week slip by without a post! Well, I've been pretty busy with this and that, but I did manage to squeeze in a game last weekend with Patrick. Pat wanted to try out his new Kiwis and I wanted to start getting to know the DAK army before I zeroed in on my army list.

I had a few things I wanted to try out. The first was armored infantry, based on my recent desire to run a half-track army. I also wanted some Panzer IIIJ lates, some anti-tank guns (PaK40s), a heavy platoon, some armored cars, and some nebelwerfers. This army had no real point to it other than to experiment with is components and see how they jelled together. As I don't have any DAK painted yet, I had to use my Late-war Germans as fillers for this battle.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"We'll start the war from right here!"

This article's title is borrowed from a quote by General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr, assistant division commander of the 4th Infantry Division. He said those words on Utah Beach after becoming the highest ranking officer to land in the first assault wave of 6 June 1944.

Despite the fact that I've sworn off playing Americans after sort of OD'ing on them over the holidays, I've been batting an idea around in my head for a Late-war 1750-point US force. It just so happens Normandy has been on my mind lately (for some reason!). So I thought it would be fun to explore the US infantry/tank teams that made up the bocage-busting task forces in Normandy.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Get Off My Land: The Tragic Story Of Black Squadron

Outnumbered by rebel starfighters in the order of 4:1 at the Battle of Yavin, Black Squadron fearlessly stepped in front of the rebel assault and covered itself in tragic glory... So, who and what made up Black Squadron? Let's have a look.

The TIE/ln
The Galactic Empire covered a large amount of territory. Policing it required economic solutions. One such advancement to that end was the Sienar Systems TIE (Twin Ion Engine) fighter platform. By the time of the rebellion, the TIE had been developed into the famous TIE/ln (LN, not IN). This "line" fighter, based out of a local carrier ship, was ideally suited to operate in large numbers. Many thousands of TIE/ln starfighters were built for the Galactic Empire, and they formed the bulk of the Empire's starfighter fleet.

When the Rebel Alliance went to war with the Galactic Empire, the TIE/ln fighters went into action, easily outclassing the outdated fighters used by the rebels. However as the older Z-95 Headhunters and Y-wing assault fighters began to be supplemented by the new T-65 X-wing, the odds closed up somewhat.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Caveman vs 2013


Sean and I have dubbed 2013 the Year of the Caveman. As many of you know, Caveman vs. Mammoth has been something of a fun project over the last few years, and its really grown and evolved (no pun intended). We've got plans to turn all of our hard work into something special. So what does this mean for Caveman vs Mammoth? Well, I'll tell you!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Shifting Sands Photos!


Well, I've just got back from the USA where I got to play in the Shifting Sands 2013 Battle of the Bulge event, put on by the hardworking Arizona Desert Rats. It was a fantastic even and no doubt I'll have more to say about it in the near future.

But truth be told, I'm shattered, exhausted, and have a cold. So for now, here's some photos and my brief AAR copied from the event's thread on the BF forum. I'll have a more comprehensive report in the days coming, especially once I get back to work.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Muskets and Damn Dirty Rebs


I'm off on a weird tangent today. I've been eyeing up Muskets & Tomahawks pretty intently over the last few months, but its been really hard to peel away from my other painting commitments to actually get it together and paint some 28mm figures. Muskets & Tomahawks is a skirmish-level game based in the French & Indian War (also known as the Great War for Empire and the Seven Years War).

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Year of the Board Game

Andrew, Caroline, Amanda, and Oliver. Game-aholics.
This is a bit of an off-schedule post, but I thought I'd check in with some updates. My brother Andrew has been buying board games like a mad man, not the least reason because of Geek & Sundry show called Table Top, starring Wil Wheaton and the gang. Its a great show and it's got a lot of us into board gaming in a whole new way.

This year the family got a lot of gaming in, especially on New Years Eve/New Years, so I've lined up a few micro reviews of the games we played.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Years Resolutions

My New Year's resolution was simple: Finish painting every platoon available in every company diagram in the raiding section of Burning Empires. So how close did I get? Not very. I managed to get through about 50% of the list, but I didn't get much done in the Italian and the German section. No worries, I'll get to those this year no doubt.

So, what did I get painted this year? I put together a list.... turns out its pretty long! So, without a further ado, a year of painting in review.... (sorry for the repost photos, but there are a few new ones!)