|Char D2 tank, unpainted so far!|
Thursday, 31 December 2020
Sunday, 6 December 2020
Just a quickie (ooh-eer missus).
I painted the other Vikings from Victrix, so here they are.
|30 Victrix Vikings|
That makes 64 including the Celtic fanatic Berserkers. Hopefully I will get a game in this week now that lockdown has finished.
I also painted some villagers and militia type figures as targets for the raids.
|24 Assorted Peasants|
I think they are a mix of Gripping Beast and Black Tree miniatures, I picked them up at some of the local shows last year, so it was nice to get some paint on them.
Next up will be either Wars of the Roses figures or some 15mm Cold War, it depends what takes my fancy tomorrow.
That's your lot for now, stay safe folks.
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
|LtoR, Bjarni, Eirik and Gylfi|
|Gauti and Ottar|
|Aun, Ingjald, Fafnir, Estrid, Jakob|
Take care of yourselves and I will see you later.
Saturday, 21 November 2020
Hello again to my reader. I hope you are well and getting more gaming in than I am.
I have cracked on with a few more figures for Mortal Gods, so here are a couple of pictures. Along with the usual historical Greeks Footsore have also added myths to the range, so I added a few mythical figures to the collection. First I did a few Athenians as additional troops to face the Spartans. Only 8 so far, although I will add some more at some point.
|Eight Athenian Hoplites|
|Jason and a trio of Argonauts|
In Greek history the cyclopes were giant man like creatures, brothers of the Titans and creators of Zeus' thunderbolt, so I wanted a more human looking figure. Luckily I found what I was looking for on Amazon and it even came pre-painted and just needed a base. Its bigger as well at 115cm tall!
|Cyclops, Minotaur, Priest and Champion|
So that's the lot for now. I do have another 30 Vikings to put together and paint but we have enough for the game now. I have some villagers ready to be painted up for it though, so they will probably get done next. Then it is back to the 15mm Cold War vehicles I have sat waiting to be painted.
Keep safe folks and I will catch you next time.
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Hello again, welcome to lockdown 2.0 and all the joy it has brought us. 😕Mortal Gods on sale, along with the Athens and Sparta supplements. Mortal Gods is a skirmish level game, if you have not checked it out then please do so as it is a fun game and plays very well. There are much more detailed reviews elsewhere so I will leave it there. The total package should have cost £120 but the offer was for the lot for £70 so I had it, plus the Persian cards for variety. The boxes came with 76 assorted Greeks in 28mm, mostly Victrix plastic figures but the supplements each came with 3 metal figures as well.
Lockdown 1.0 gave me the chance to start assembling the figures and then paint was slapped about. To get me in the zone so to speak I started with some plastic Hoplites I bought many moons ago from Immortal Miniatures, they are now available from Warlord Games. For some reason I had 8 of these in an part-painted state for several years. So here they are to start it all off.
|8 Immortal/Warlord Hoplites|
Then it was onto the Victrix and Footsore figures. I started off on some generic Hoplites. I did 15 in armour first, trying to vary their outfits as befits a citizen military force. The shields are all done with LBMS/Victrix decals as I am not painting that many individual shields. Also they look really nice.
Then I did some unarmoured Hoplites, same principle as the others just less protection. I did up a few as leader/heroic types as well. Plus I painted the Athenian character figures I had. So here are 9 unarmoured hoplites and 4 heroic individuals.
|Hoplites and Leaders|
|Peltasts, peltasts everywhere|
|The Spartans are coming!|
So there they are so far, 84 figures in total done and ready to go. I still have some more to do as Athenians (spit) but the mojo has gone for the moment. I think the lack of gaming this year has had a major effect on the productivity, it's hard to get inspired for something you can't play.
Monday, 2 November 2020
Hello again folks, it's time for another ramble from damp, windy Devon.
I was looking back through my previous posts and realised I had not shown you my latest addition to my 28mm Chain of Command forces. I previously showed the French infantry and German infantry with their relevant support, so now it is time for the British and German Pioneers. These were all done last year, but I completely forgot to mention them.
So, without further ado, here are the British. A full platoon with enough figures to make either the earlier 8 man squads or the later 10 man squads. These are a mix of old Blitzkrieg Miniatures and Crusader Miniatures British Infantry.
|Vickers MG, 2" Mortar, 37mm Death Ray Gun|
|A pair of Panzer 38t's|
|StuG III and Panzer I|
Thursday, 16 July 2020
|Initial troops appear|
After a few volleys of sling stones though, the Roman attitude changed. Two legionaries lay dead and Centurion Curious Odus was not happy about it. He ordered Felonius, leader of the auxiliary infantry, to push ahead a clear the slingers from the far side of the river. Whilst one group was well up for this moving ahead and getting into javelin range, the other group decided to stay far back and see how things went. So, only 8 javelins were loosed needing 5 or 6 to hit. Two or three would be an average result.
|So the dice gods hate you do they Pingu?|
|50% hits on average, Pingu gets 85%|
The leader of these Slingers, known far and wide as Nigel, picked up his 12 dice. Luckily they were in cover, so only 6's would kill while 3 to 5 would cause shock.
|Oh dear, that's a lot of dead Britons|
|Nobody likes to be taken from the rear by a horse!|
I couldn't bring myself to take any more pictures (alright, I forgot to), but unsurprisingly all the archers died. The struggle went from bad to worse for the Romans from there, with the Legion then being ambushed by the remaining 4 groups of warriors. But not until the support rank had been detached under Optio Superflous to face off the noble warriors. It went badly for the Romans, very badly and the majority of the Legion died.
- Romans need to scout the ambush points if they can, buy Exploratores and cavalry!
- Romans need to close up ranks as they get close to unscouted ambush points
- Big mobs of Barbarian warriors are very nasty in the first round or two of combat
- Gondorian archers have no place in a Romans vs Britons game
Who knows there may be another write up soon. Maybe. I will leave you with this picture, a purple bearded Pingu!
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Thursday, 4 June 2020
Nathan just about managed to put together enough figures to play the game........just kidding, he's got so many Napoleonic figures he can probably redo Waterloo on his own. I had the Allied force while he took his French out. I won't go into any detail as part 1 is on his blog and part 2 will be up soon, hopefully. It was very enjoyable, even if it did break Nathan with all his running about moving everything for both sides. It took 3 sessions to finish as the poor old fella was having to do everything except roll my dice for me. The scenario is interesting, with the Allies attacking a nearly equal sized force but having better, potentially, command.
My force was 11 regiments strong, including 4 veterans and only 1 reservists, with 1 battery and 14 bases of skirmishers. Of these 1 brigade of 3 regiments was in reserve until turn 5.. The French also had 11 regiments, only 1 veteran and 4 reservists. They also had 1 battery and 12 skirmishers, but the 4 reservists were all in reserve until Nathan had an adverse result on a Brigade morale roll. The game is also limited to 10 turns, so the Allies have to press on and get in there quickly. So please pop over to Nathans blog and have a look, it was a good battle and it might make him hurry up and post the final part of the battle. A final big shout out to the 8th Cacadores, they gave his French one hell of a beating!
In other news I have put some paint on some lead. It was a struggle, painting them in 10 minute slots every couple of hours to try and prevent the headaches, but they are done. Huge they are, massive even! Yes, I painted up some of my long unpainted 6mm Cold War vehicles for future games of Battlegroup Northag or the Cold War variant of IABSM. Over 100 vehicles, a mix of British, American and French, plus some generic infantry.
|Bradleys, some Infantry and mixed British vehicles|
|Warriors and Fv432s|
|AMX-30, AMX-10P, AMX-13 and Shanines|
Saturday, 23 May 2020
So, where does my force stand in terms of the points needed. I'll start with the Russians, as I need very little for them. As it is I have over 900 points worth, so don't honestly need anything, but there are a few things I want to get at some point, some BTRs (cheaper infantry option), some BRDM3 tank killers and maybe some 2S1 SPGs for direct support.
The list I have made up so far is
Tank Recce Patrol (2xT64A)
Armoured Car Patrol (2xBRDM2)
Air Defence Battery (1xZSU-23-4 and 1xSA-9)
2 Armoured Recce Patrol (Fire team and AT team in BMP-1)
Tank Company (10xT-64A)
Rifle Platoon (3 Fire teams, 3 AT teams, 1 SA-7, 1 AGS-17 in 4 BMP-1)
Rifle Platoon (3 Fire teams, 3 AT teams, 1 SA-7, 1 PK MG in 4 BMP-1)
Forward Observation Officer (1 FOO team in BTR)
MP Team (1 Command team in UAZ)
Tactical Command Centre (1 Command Team in ACRV2/BTR)
Supply Truck (1 truck)
82mm mortars in support
Deployed Smoke Screen
2 Timed 122mm Barrages
Breakthrough Special Tactics
That comes in at 750 points with a break point of 63, 4 officers and 4 scouts. Thirteen T-64s should give a decent level of firepower, although the force is a bit lacking in infantry with only 2 full platoons. The plan is to advance, attack and pin the enemy with the T-64s and then use the Rifle platoons to capture any objectives or get off table using the Breakthrough tactic. The reinforcement rolls would hopefully be used for another tank company of T-62s(stood in for by my T-55s) and another Rifle Platoon.
Bear in mind that I have no idea if it is a good force yet as I still haven't played a game, but it seems fairly balanced for a tank heavy force. The only things I do not have are a UAZ jeep, a truck, a BTR and an ACRV2. I could also do with a different looking T-64 for my commander, just to make him stand out and look important.
For the British, I need more stuff! Lots more stuff! I can currently put together a mere 320 points, which is a bit lacking.
The list is below, with what I need to get in italics.
Dug in Forward Observation Officer (1 FOO team)
Dug in Infantry Platoon with 1 added Carl Gustav (7 fire teams and 1 AT team)
Dug in Blowpipe team (1 team)
Dug In Chieftain Tank Troop (3 Chieftain Mk9)
|Chieftains plus other bits|
Chieftain Tank Troop (3 Chieftain Mk9)
Mech Platoon (4 fire teams, 3 AT teams and 4 Fv432)
|1st Mech Platoon|
Battlegroup Commander (command team in Fv432)
Tactical Command Centre (command team in Sultan/Fv439)
Electronic Warfare Team (command team in Sultan/Fv439)
105mm Abbot battery in support
Off Table SAM Cover
2 Counter Battery Fire missions
Timed 105mm Artillery Strike
Timed Tornado Strike
Total is 749 points with a 64 break points, 3 officers and 3 scouts. It actually has more infantry platoons than the Soviet list, plus 6 Chieftains. Very little scouting as it is designed as a defensive force. I plan to get what I need for this list first, then add some more options, things like Scorpion/Scimitar light tanks, Recce infantry in Spartans etc to give me a more mobile option. Sadly the Armies Army range is no longer available, being sold to Plastic Soldier Company and then sold again to Scotia Grendel. There is no sign of them on the Scotia website and no reply to my enquiry, so it looks like I will have to go elsewhere. I wonder how Butlers Printed Models vehicles match up size wise. 😟
I will take some pictures when I get the rest ordered, painted(hopefully) and based.
Take care and stay safe.
Thursday, 21 May 2020
My wargaming has been somewhat curtailed since I last posted as I have developed cataracts and it has really screwed up my vision. I cannot see to paint anything now without wearing my contact lenses and opti-visor, which then gives me a splitting headache after about 10 minutes of squinting. So no painting. I am also struggling to read things for the same reason, unless I hold the book up to my nose. This on top of my digestive issues has really screwed my head up and I had been down in a dark place for some time. Ah well, it could be worse, there could be a worldwide pandemic and we could be in lockdown. Then I got sick with a "mild case" of the Corona Virus. If what I had was only mild I feel for those who have had it worse, I felt awful for two weeks and wish the best to anybody who has it now. Screw you Covid 19! 😷
So why am I back now you may ask. Two reasons, firstly my wife has beaten my lethargy into submission with a big stick, so I am making a concerted effort to be positive and do more. So here I am. Not able to paint, not really able to do much gaming either for some reason. Why not? Because my loving wife has rediscovered her love of jigsaws and has taken over the table with a never ending stream of the bloody things. Good job I love her. 😉
The other reason is the recent release of the Battlegroup Northag ruleset by Plastic Soldier Company. I have a lot of interest in the what-if scenario of the Cold War gone hot, primarily because I am a child of the 1960's and it was important as we were a forces family. I already have a considerable force of Soviets, British, French and Americans in 1/300 scale, Russians, British, Dutch and Germans in 15mm and Russians and British in 28mm. The rules recommend 10mm, but I am not doing a new scale as I have enough already, so it's 1/300 for bigger games and 15mm for smaller actions.
The rules themselves look very nice and I am looking forward to getting a game in at some point soon. I like the way the forces are organised, with a forward screen on the table and a vanguard force arriving to reinforce the defence/attack. Having perused the two army lists (British and Soviet) in the main rulebook, I have a couple of things I will need to tweak slightly, but nothing major. More lists will be released in a supplement at some point in the future, but for now I have been making up my own for my Dutch and German troops.
My issues with the list both concern the British infantry platoon.
Point one. The Carl Gustav 84mm . You can only have one which seems strange as the platoon had one per squad, and you can't have any if you have a dug in forward screen platoon? Confused.com! Also its AT rating drops with range, which is bizarre as it is a HEAT round which are not affected by range/velocity like AP rounds are. So, I will up the AT to 3 at all ranges and allow the platoon to replace 2 rifle teams with CG teams if they wish.
Point two. The Milan sections. The list allows you to add one milan team in a Spartan APC to the platoon, although not to the dug in platoon again. As far as I know and according to all the references I have seen, the Milan Platoon had a HQ section and two detachments of two milan teams carried in three Fv432s. So that is two milan teams in one Fv432. So that is what I will be using for my lists, obviously at an increased cost to the force.
So there you go, I am still here and still annoying everybody around me. Take care folks and stay safe in these troubling times.