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the Rebel Alliance went to war with the Galactic Empire, the TIE/ln fighters went into action, easily outclassing the outdated fighters used by the rebels.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!)