Monday, October 23, 2017

Two games in three days

Well, Friday saw a pair Armegedon games, Greg and I tried out the Tyranid warrior on two different gangs.  First up were Greg's orks...they had several upgrades and a full crew due to some new recruits as the Yoofs had been advanced to full 'Boyz'as well as a Runtherd and grot from spending a promethium.  Sadly, three figures down and only one wound to the 'nid models,  the gang bottled (left the field) as it was only going to be worse.

Three amigos, although they are not terribly friendly.

  The Tau and I  did no better, in fact the Tau  lost both the specialists ( ion and rail rifle) over the first two turns, and the third turn saw the Tau team leader go down and another Pathfinder go out.  I voluntarily 'bottled' the squad at that point.  In both encounters, we had not gotten close enough for melee, and the 'nid leader was only armed for melee. 

We have decided, only after some serious upgrades to our squads would we try our luck against the 'nid squad.  Well, once every 15 or so years is often enough to play these critters. 

On Sunday we started the Bolt Action Sicily/Italy league.  The first (500) point game I got a chance to play Paul's Italians. I had to adjust my list, as I had not brought any anti-tank.  Silly me, I thought 500 points was too low to see a tank and an armored car.  It did  not help me, my Sherman kept rolling ones for a/t fire, allowing Paul to grab a great flank shot with his 13/40.  Worse, he hit, connected and took out my only armor.  We were playing the  "demolition" scenario from the main book, Paul ended the game 4 inches from the objective.  I conceded as I had only two castings left, the LT and a squad leader.   Great game, came down to maybe two die rolls on the last turn played. 
Here are some of Paul's Italians.

 Some of this squad got very near my supply dump.
While this squad guarded his command post.

Maybe at 750 points I can get revenge.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sorry about the comments

I like to see my comments when I visit another blog.  So here, I had the settings on open no moderating.  Some spam was posted, I deleted it but thought I should change the comments to moderated.

I promise to be as quick as possible in reviewing posts.  Thanks.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Two (posts) in a day

 A couple of quick pictures of our Armegeddon games at the Arcana Hobbies store  on Friday afternoons. 
Above, Roger's IG squad makes several shots at Greg's orks.
 In the rear, more orks and grots come forward.  (Sorry that this is a little fuzzy!)

We do manage to have fun in 60 to 90 minute games, pick up and get back home in time for dinner.

So far, my Tau squad and IG squad have made minimal progress towards the 15 canister goal.  Roger is doggedly advancing with his IG canister  by canister.  Greg's Orks are gaining a few and his Chaos Marines have made good use of canisters by hiring special operatives and replacing a couple of key casualties.  Life is hard in the underhive!

We made chili this week, That means a tank farm is in the pipeline for a terrain piece.

Some new terrain

Well, I did promise some photos, so here is some new terrain made up for any jungle setting and probably some games in the Armegeddon we will do.

 There are actually 4 pieces, roughly 6 by 5 inches long.  They fit 'blocking terrain' in Congo,  just basically small patches of rough going vegetation in most other rules (Bolt Action, IHMN, 40k )
 The rough outcroppings here are just bark chips leftover from a patio project,
 An example more amply fitting a jungle, or at least bush overgrown area.  All were mounted on eighth inch plywood.  Aquarium plants, woodland scenic flocking and ground cover. Some hot glue, some PVA and actually no colorful language in these.  I will have to make some more. 

The figures are 28mm to give an idea of the scale.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Band

Recently I have been working with several gamers to try to regularize a Friday afternoon game. So far we've hit upon using the 'Armegeddon' rules as something fast, straightforward and relatively easy to contain.

So far, Roger has a unit of IG (Astra Militarum is such a dumb name), Greg sports both Ork and Chaos contingents, and my efforts include IG, Sisters, Grey Knights and Tau.

That said, I do not think any of us had to buy, although there has been some painting here and there.

All the games have been in  under an hour to play, with some near run endings.  Greg's Orks and Chaos are slightly ahead, but I have a feeling Roger's IG will soon have a surge.  (In small part that having a copy of the rules will put Roger at less a disadvantage!)

I will be posting photos and updates on theblog  sub-page "Space Cadets." 

I will start posting at more regular intervals as my time for gaming has increased.  At least for awhile :-).

 I hope to include some Napoleonic battle scenario work, some Bolt Action WW2 reporting as well as some ideas on the 17th Century armies in action around the area.   Don't worry, there will be the odd photo here and there as well.

I did not spend all that time painting ..... and not plan on showing you mine.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Minding my own business


I was in my yard, hard at work on some new terrain pieces, when my neighbor came to visit.

He had a surprise for me. Quietly he had been writing a new book. The last ten years he has been crafting the book without any notice to most of us around. 

The story, as he explained, is set just prior and during the Second World War.  A biologist, working on genetics, is kidnapped on the way to Sweden for a conference.

 It's been published and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

You know, it is the quiet ones who surprise you.  Here is a shot of the cover, from the Amazon site.







Hmm, maybe I can get a signed copy?Product Details

Monday, January 11, 2016

First 2016 game Bolt Action.

Well,first post of the year, might as well be about something new.
The local hobby store, Silver Eagle Games, started a Bolt Action 'league' with the first game yesterday(January 10th).

 Starting off with 500 point forces for the first three games, going up in 250 point  increments  and later games at two week intervals, I should get to show off my 1939 Polish  army units as they are painted.  I think there are six, maybe seven participants.  The 'hook' for me is the period, that is the 1939 to 1940 war years.  So there is a Russian, Finn, French, German and two Polish players.

The first game was yesterday (10th). I did manage to lose my first game to my opponent Greg, whose skill level brought my force to woe with some clever massing of fire.  Naturally I neglected to bring my camera, so no pictures this time.  Too bad really as Greg's French are nicely painted and mounted.
Greg included an ATG, a 75mm field piece, three squads as well as a MMG and light mortar team.

The scenery was all provided by the store owner, Jacob, who also runs the league and fields a Polish force of his own. Three very nice tables were set, the scenario being the 'maximum attrition' jaunt from the basic rulebook.

Two weeks to the next game, by which time I may have a light mortar and second MMG teams ready to field. I did manage to paint the web gear last night on all the figures used in the last game.  Now I just need some weather above 40 degrees(F) to undercoat some newly acquired figures.

Looking forward to the next game.  Hopefully I remember the camera!  There was a nice Polish 7tpj light tank  and a BA-6 Russian armored car out there.  I guess I'll need to keep the ATR team in my line up!