18 January, 2018

Cygnar vs Cryx - The first encounter

New Year, new desire to play more games. I have been a beautiful combination of busy and lazy, leading to very little in the way of dice throwing, however, I have been actively painting over the past couple months. Here is why  - I picked up, on a whim due to the cover, the new Privateer Press Prime Issue #1 back in November.

Image result for no quarter Prime issue 1

14 January, 2018

Gaming in 2018

This is how I feel moving into 2018 as a tabletop gamer. It seems that all around, this great gaming landscape is on fire and a burning wreck. Fear not! I'm here to get you out of the mess of changes (games and life) and back onto the table where you and your gaming models belong. Let's go!

06 January, 2018

'Stolen Valour' Mid War 71pts Free-for-All Rats vs Germans

"I say, old chap, why would the Jerries make this 8-wheeled claptrap run on Benzine and not Petrol?"

In a flurry of Mid-War games over the holidays, we have another:   Free-For-All, 71 points, featuring Chris Caron's Eastern Front germans (Using Afrika Korps list for now) vs Andrew Buchan's new British force (not painted, no worries)     Here are some pictures but as usual, the Video at the end of this article does a much better job of describing the action!

Chris ran a Pzr III formation (2HQ + platoon of 3) supported by 3 x Marder's and had a small Grenadier formation supported by quad AA halftracks.    

Andrew ran a Honey Sqdn (4 HQ + 2 units of 3 Honeys) and a Motor Company w/ Carriers, Mortars, Vickers and 6lbrs supported by 17/25lbr 'Pheasant' guns plus a bunch of cards, 'Scout' 'Pip Roberts' and 'Captured Tank'

Initial lay-out is below:

22 December, 2017

Mid War 71 points Desert Rats vs German Pzr's Counterattack

Marder III with wounded on board, last survivors of their unit.
So let's dive in to Game 2, where hopefully I don't botch too many more rules!   As always, Video Battle Report at the end!  So we rolled up Counter-Attack, with me defending.  We used the same lists as Game 1,  and we both used Spearhead liberally, as this mission allows good movement.  Matt Spearheaded everything into No-Man's Land, deployment is below

20 December, 2017

Mid War 71 points Desert Rats vs Panzer IV Ko. Breakthrough

Tally Ho, Chaps!
Matt and I had another set of Mid War tester games.   This is game 1.   We played 71 points, as that is what Cdn Nationals will be Sept 2018.    Matt is waiting for Eastern Front lists, but is just using the DAK Panzer Ko. for now until that comes out.   I went with my trusty Desert Rats, we rolled Breakthrough, with me defending, as I had an Inf. Formation in my Force    As always, Video Batrep at the end.

His list:
HQ Panzer III
3 x Panzer IV 'Long'
2 x Panzer IV 'Long'   (in Flanking Reserves)
2 x 8 Rads
3 x Marders

My list:
Crusader HQ 2x CS, 2 x Crusader II
Crusader 2 x II, 1 x III (I completely forgot these were IIIs in game!)
Crusader 2 x II, 1 x III (reserves)
Grants x 3  (reserves)

Motor Co HQ
Motor Co
4x 6lbrs
3 x Bren Gun Carriers
2 Hurricanes (reserves)

Deployment, I Spearhead'ed the Carriers and deployed on both objectives

13 November, 2017

Anglo-Zulu Project: PART TWO Infantry and Mounted Officer complete

Part 2, I have 2 sticks of 4 Infantry completed, as well as Surgeon Reynolds and Colour Sgt Bourne.  Video walk-through at the end.   Enjoy
My first 4 infantry, done!

Surgeon Reynolds tending to the wounded.

Surgeon had white stripes on trousers, now fixed!

More infantry completed!

Mtd Officer trying to to get the Colours out.   Thanks to Scott for this figure.

Chaplain Smith, handing out Ammunition, with CSgt Bourne's epic mutton chops beside him

CCgt Bourne has a burgundy sash when not hoisting the Colours

Union Flag bundled up, mustn't let the heathens near it, eh?

02 November, 2017

Leopard 2A4 CAN for Team Yankee

When Team Yankee came out I wanted to do a Canadian army whether they had lists or not.  I was actually fielding Canadian troops before Team Yankee came out.  For now I'm using the West German Panzertruppen lists as they contain a lot of vehicles that were used by Canada in 1985.  Vehicles like the M113, M577, M109 and Leopard 1 could be painted in Canadian cam patterns and the German vehicles would be painted up as West German allies. In the TY time period the West Germans had Leopard 2's, but Canada didn't get that tank until about two decades later (and used Dutch ones at that). I didn't care about the time difference so I painted up my Leopard 2s as current Canadian Leopard 2A4 CANs. I also made some changes to the turrets to bring them up to date. I sanded off some of the smoke launchers and the details on the back of the turret.  I then added a top to the opening on the top of the turret rear and added the current bins on the rear corners of the turret.  I then painted them in Nato Green, added some flags and the black maple leafs on the turret sides.  The German crew figures easily matched Canadian crewmen when painted right.

Cygnar vs Cryx - The first encounter

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