Thursday, 21 November 2013

No pictures this time

Because I keep forgetting my camera!  Some things never change.......

Its been an interesting couple of weeks since my last post.  I have been pretty rough for the majority of it, yet again missing gaming days and other planned excursions.  It's been pretty crap, but things are improving hopefully.  We have had a new boiler fitted which only caused one leak, which was good as it was least than expected.  Unfortunately it was above the living room, so we may need to redecorate sooner than planned.  We also had a leak from the bath when the new bathroom was fitted, so we now need a new ceiling in the hallway.  Hoo hum and all that.  At least we now have hot water all the time and the radiators heat up in about 5 minutes!

The one downside was the lack of heat in my work/lounge about room.  It used to have the hot water tank in the cupboard, but now its doesn't and the drop in temperature has been considerable.  The end result is that things had to be moved so the radiator wasn't blocked off, so I am now in the process (sort of) of going through all my "old" projects and things are going to be sold-on or given away.

Painting has been slow as I feel so crap.  I have finished some more zombicide figures off, but that's been about it.  Napoleonics are still ongoing, I have some more WotR figures to paint up etc.

The poll came out in favour of doing platoons for CoC in France 1940, so that is the plan.  I want to get the following platoons, each with some support options.
1 - German Infantry (40 figures) with HMG, Pak 36, 75mm IG, PzI, PzII, PzIII, Pz38t and Sd222 support.
2 - British Infantry (28 figures) with HMG, 2pdr, 25pdr, A9, A10, A13 and CS9 support.
3 - French Infantry (40 figures) with HMG, 75mm, R35, H35, S35 and Char B support
After these I will consider getting Belgians, Dutch and possibly Polish too.  So, that's the plan for my next project anyway.

Gaming wise we finished the game of Zombicide, with Zob also getting munched but Andy, Panjo and I got away ok.  Soon we will playing the next game in the book.  Last week we had a couple of games on, Colin and Zob tried out an ACW variant of CoC that Colin is tinkering with.  Looked pretty good, but playing it showed that it needed some changes.  Panjo and Nathan played a battle in out ongoing Dux campaign.  Nathan's raid on the church did not go to plan, basically because he couldn't hit anyone.  His plan looked pretty good, but fell apart on contact with the enemy.  The end result was that Panjo won by 4, gaining 2 more warriors, a priest and some loot.  Despite some niggle between the two of them, I think they had a good game.

Tomorrow myself, Tina, Michael and Gemma have tickets for the Wales vs Tonga game in Cardiff.  I am looking forward to it, but a bit worried about being sick!  Ah well, think positive, hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Right, off to go through all the crap that has come out of the boxes, drawers and cupboards and sort out stuff to get rid of.  Catch you later.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

More Zombies and other such randomness

Another week has flown by and I have done less than I should have, but more than I expected.  I painted some more Zombicide figures up, but am still struggling with the Napoleonic figures.  I don't know why I find them such a chore as I enjoy painting most of the time.  Its probably because there are so many of the little ba people.
Berserker Zombies
The zombies are from the Prison Outbreak set and have mutated into bulletproof berserkers, which can only be killed by melee weapons or a molotov!  We palyed on Monday night and were a bit worried by the berserkers.  We didn't manage to finish the scenario, but will do next week.  Lets just say that I won't be stepping through any doors first again, as they all locked me outside and buggered off to play.........  I managed to kill the big abomination with my trusty concrete saw, then legged it up a watch tower, zombies don't do ladders apparently.  This gathered all the zombies in one space as they looked at the ladder and said "Bugger" in zombie.  There were close to 30 zombies in one area,which is not good unless you have a Molotov Cocktail.  Luckily they had managed to get a molotov assembled, after abandoning me outside, and Colin went from 4 kills to 32 kills in 1 action when he threw it and had a zombie barbeque.  Unfortunately we got caught out when the zombies got some extra moves instead of spawning more zeds, sadly Nathan and Colin were munched.  Shame that.....

Rebs face off the Northern aggressors
 The only other gaming I got in was a pretty quick game of Longstreet with Gus on Sunday morning.  Its part of an ongoing campaign that he has been playing solo, but I took his Confederates for this game.  I was defending and Gus' strategy just didn't work for him.  I managed to get in some devastating volleys thanks to the "Exposed Position" card and his losses were horrendous.  He quit his attack and retreated when he got to 16 casualties on a breakpoint of 18.  The gallant defenders of Southern rahts (yes, I know its spelt wrong but I watched Gettysburg again yesterday) had lost a grand total of 2 bases.  The post battle sequence saw the Confederates lose several men to illness and disease, before they gained some replacements, some extra guns and a new unit of cavalry.  Their commander was also revealed to have been a cavalry officer before the war.

The Yanks have more men still, but less guns and less cavalry than the South.  The next battle should be interesting as the forces are more evenly matched and there are less 3 base units now.  I really do recommend this game, its probably my 2nd favourite ruleset at the moment, just behind Chain of Command, just above Dux Brittanarium. 

I was going to be stuck here with no electric while some sparks types put in some sort of "necessary" wiring for the planned new boiler, but they are now coming tomorrow instead.  So back to the brushes and its time to paint kilts..........oh the joy of it all! 

One last thing.  I am stuck between projects at the moment.  I have several things that I want to do but can't decide which I should be doing first.  So I have created a Poll at the top of the page.  Please feel free to vote.  The options are
1 - Paint some more AWI to add to the current forces I have.  I have some Highlanders and Hessians to paint up to complement the existing British line units.
2 - Get on with the forces for Longstreet.  My existing figures are painted, but I need more to finish a force and the ones I have were painted a long time ago.  The problem is going to be matching the painting as I have improved since I did them.
3 - Start some 1940 Chain of Command platoons.  I have always liked the Low Countries/France conflict in 1940 as there are no super tanks, but there are some weird and wonderful contraptions in use.  Char B2, Matilda I etc

Cheerio for now and keep rolling those dice