Well, I made a weird New Years Gaming Resolution, and that is to not buy a single model in 2013. So just my luck that on Dec 27, 2012, my gigantic 15mm Modern Soviets army shows up! A few guys and I decided that we should branch out into the Cold War what-ifs, and when deciding on scale, 15mm had a number of benefits, chiefly that we already had western european and desert terrain in this scale, and when I laid eyes on that pic WWPD Steve took of the NVA tanks, I was sold. I decided to run generic Soviets, which can be used as Syrians, Egyptians, basically any Communist country from late sixties to the 2000's, so long as you don't rivet count, as BTR60/70/80 its really only the turret that differs, and the T-54-T90 pretty much look similar. The actual models I got represent mid 80s Warsaw Pact stuff.
First test models, left is Red Dawn style Spetznaz, right is more generic 3 tone camo. I picked the one on the right. The spackle when wet is pink,…
Chris and I got our new starter sets out and had a couple quick games. We recorded them so we can review all the things we did wrong. I decided to post it anyways, to kick off the blog covering a new games system.
I started looking for a small scale, sci-fi skirmish game a couple weeks back. Why? I think it comes from the desire to paint something other than 15mm for a change (been working on FoW almost exclusively for over 2 years) along with a vehicle to set up casual game nights, with a game system that can be used to play out campaigns and quick scenarios in 60-90 minutes.
I know, I know, FoW affords us this luxury also with Tank/Infantry Aces. But I am planning a full Market Garden campaign to coincide with the new book releases, and I still wanted to change up my painting. Hence my search.
The first game I tried was MERCS. Diragi was kind enough to play out a couple games using the free quick start rules from their site (http://www.mercsminis.com/). While enjoyable, the "card based movement" felt restrictive to me, and the forces seemed to favor, for lack of a better term, gimmicks. The setting was great, but the models were definitely 1st generation - I wasn't overly impres…
Crazy how a different colored cloth can turn an old table setup into a winter one!! Ca$h's place
Well, they are done! With 2 days to spare, I had time to spruce up objectives and do up a plane for Matt. Even though this army faced many King Tigers at the tournament, I think it was a decent choice.. certainly thematic, though not having: Infantry, Artillery, smoke, AA or planes sure didn't help! Detail shots below
ISU-122's sitting in cover
IS-2's out in the open
T-34s ranging forward, messing with the opponent's plans
Crashed YaK-3P I had a spare British Objective after making Monty's Humber, so I repainted this one to be a YaK-3 (inline engine like the Hurricane/Typhoon, so looks similar) and I was looking up pics, turns out Free French (of the communist persuasion I am sure) pilots flew Soviet planes in the Normandie-Niemen squadron. Given I have Free French army, I kinda had to paint the wreck in this scheme!
So, this is the start of a journey. A journey to the World War 2 American experience (kind of). I am embarking on Late War Americans.
I was looking to start an Allied Late War force, and wanted to play something "different". Not nessesarily different from the whole meta of Late War, but different from anything anyone locally is playing. That meant armored cars, or recon.
So, with the new books having tons of cool toys for Americans in late war, I hitched my wagon on to the Cavalry Recon train! I plan to run more than the minimum recon requirements, and really play a fast and brittle list. I am artificially restricting myself to ONE (1) Tank Destroyer platoon, to keep the list fun for my opponents to play against (I also don't see the need for more than one to be effective - unless all you want is 2 turn Alpha Strike games).
So, here is the list I have been toying with out of Devils Charge:
As with every new book, come new ideas and experimentation when it comes to building a list, buying new models and painting an army. Clearly with all the work my Light Tank Company list is burying me in, I should have re-evaluated which direction I wanted to go when Devils Charge was released. I was excited about adding to my expanding arsenal of Australian and German forces. My last project was my PAK-40's a month ago, so I had a clean hobby area that was ready to take on a new project. I had my eye on the new Chaffee platoon, they're a light tank with a serious anti-tank punch that should bring some serious opposition to anything that can be tabled against them.
After cleaning them up, I had 15 new tanks to assemble and paint all in the few weeks before our club heads down to Petawawa for a tournament on the 25th of November. None of the chassis had any major issues and the casts seemed to be pretty good for the most part. The tracks took a little longer to prep than what I h…
Now that the IS-2's are done, time to tackle the tiny (see above) T-34s
Close-up of the IS-2 slogan-age, or is it slogan-ry?
Hey guys, with 10 days left, I have to paint 12 T-34s. So tonite I use my trusty test model method (this time using an Objective) to come up with a scheme that looks something like the following:
I've seen black and white photos, but this one is color to show what it will look like.. winter, very weathered.
Here is another color shot. Looks like the turret white was touched up, as it isn't worn at all. Note to Lothlann, I guess not ALL Soviet tankers wore blacks!
Whats the deal with the "track marks"? I have seen many pics of this camo on Winter War (Finland) T-34s..
This pic is the closest to what I am aiming for.
Video below to show my progress and methods.. (currently uploading)
Not quite finished, but I REALLY like it, AND it was quick enough to do 6 of these to this stage in an evening!! (note, green stippling, black wash,…
Howdy guys, since I am a sucker for punishment, instead of taking one of my LW armies to the Petawawa tournament in 2 weeks, I have decided to paint a whole new army, and film the steps taken.
I'll simply let the pics and vid do the talking:
Test hull: Inked and drybrushed
Test hull with white camo, chip stippled then inked then drybrushed with a hint of white
Close-up of the weathering effects, I am now happy with the test model..
1st platoon, 3 x ISU-122s
The white final drybrush brings out the rivets even on the green.
Repairs: This trackpiece was miscast..
..so I used a Zvezda T-34 and the Hobby Choppa to help out..
Good as new
The gap here will be filled in with dirt and mud effects.
Here is the vid:
Part 1: Getting stuff assembled, test model ideas.
Part 2: Test model Success! Fixing the IS-2 track and gunning forwards with the IS-2 platoon. 1000 pts complete (the easy, 8 model 1000pts mind you!)
Hey guys, I have some coverage of two tournaments we just had, which brings to a close some frenzied painting.. We had the OMG doubles tournament, which was LW 1000 pts each player. It was a great tourney, and I don't say that only because we won or anything! Big-Willie from Covering Fire was my teammate and we rocked King Tigers and Panthers and a ME-262. There was guys with crazy armies, like 16-gun 25lbr army, and so on.
Jeff's Aufklarung BMWs
How many 25lbers?!?!
Here is the OMG Doubles Video
This hurricane is so good at gunning Panthers...
Next up, we have our own Fall Fubar at the Barrhaven Legion (MW 1625 pts). Normally we would have had this closer to Nov 11, but it got pushed up, as the Legion understandably had Veterans Events planned out. I worked night and day on my Desert Rats Kin…
Hey guys, I got a bit of bad news. Long Story Short, my gmail acct got hacked because it was the safe email for my Blizzard acct. Turns out it was some d-bag from China (IP was from there) who was trying to gain access to anything that could make money, luckily for me, my Diablo III acct has no Real Money attached to it, I hadn't played WoW in over 2 years, etc, but I guess they tried to reset my Youtube account to monetize it or something? So he deleted all my videos. And of course, I didn't keep very many on my drive, sending most of the big raw vid files to the recyle bin. I have a FEW, which I will upload this week and renumber haha.
In a way, its almost a blessing in disguise, because it means I can 'do-over' a few things, namely my How-To vids. I had planned to post up the rest of my How-To paint a Brit army after the tournament, but now I am trying to speed …
The last practice game before the back-to-back tournament weekends. OMG LW Doubles, put on by the Ottawa Miniature Gaming group (not, omg, a tournament!) and then our very own Dice Devils Fall Fubar MW tournament at the Legion.
While I was painting a ME-262, Ca$h and Phantom played a game, and since I was painting, I didn't take any pics, but I got Vids, which as usual is below.
After this weekend, I will put up a double tournament post, as well as the final few Hobby Articles for my Brits (don;t want to unveil until Fubar is done) so we have a few articles lined up in rapid fire coming up after this dry spell.
"Loading these 'ere guns is tough work, 'ey mate?!"
Well after a long hiatus, I have an AAR for you guys that I actually played in! Phantom hosted a game at the Matt-Cave on his sweet felt desert table, and we did Brit 8th army vs Aussie Div. Cav, 1625 pts, in preparations for Fall Fubar (2 weeks away!)
Motor Company HQ
HMG platoon in trucks
6lbr Portee platoon
4 gun RHA troop
3 Kingforce Churchills
2 Kingforce Churchills
CIC, 2IC in Crusaders
4 guns RHA
Hurricane D Model
As usual a few pics, then video at the bottom, Enjoy
After my recce move, I was close to the town, and the objective in the wood at the end of the road (in the small woods)
Turn 2, you can see my carriers are just within 4 of the crashed Hurr'c, but behind the hedges enough to not be seen. This forces Phantom to pitch models forward to contest turn after tu…
So with the armor of most tanks I have been facing as of late, I decided to beef up my AT (anti-tank) abilities to enable myself to have a chance in later turns. Most of my games, my opponents have been fielding an abundance of tanks, to which I have no reply. My Marders have not been able to hit very much and the Panzer IV's are great, but once they are gone, held in reserve or find themselves in a US Tank Destroyer ambush, it's tough to recover from. PAK 40's seem to be the answer with a few modifications as far as chopping points up in my German MW Panzergren list. I had to make room for them, so out go the mortars and the PAK 38's for now and I'll likely be testing them out this Friday with the rest of their German brothers.
For prep, the usual filing and light scuffing was done in order to prep them for basing. I went ahead and kind of pre-placed my soldiers around the guns before basing them separately from the guns themselves. This step saved me some time a…