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Tanker’s Tuesday: Tank Posters

Posted on April 26th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Tank Posters The tank encyclopedia has an excellent range of tank posters that are worth downloading. Link   Posted by Vulture  With my thanks 

FULL THRUST BOXED GAME

Posted on April 25th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

THE FULL THRUST BOXED GAME IS AVAILABLE NOW!  The ENGLISH version of the FT game box, which we were selling at SALUTE last weekend, is now up on the store – click the link in the main menu at the left of the store homepage!At the moment we …

Modern Warfare: Soviet Speedbump – Late Cold War US Mechanised Pla…

Posted on April 25th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Modern Warfare: Soviet Speedbump – Late Cold War US Mechanised Pla…: So spent the last few days painting up some US infantry for the 1980s. The platoon is naturally under-strength, hence some of the three-ma…

jp wargaming place: Lebanon 1982 – 1/87th and 1/100th scale Israeli ar…

Posted on April 24th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

jp wargaming place: Lebanon 1982 – 1/87th and 1/100th scale Israeli ar…: This is the Israeli army I managed to put together up to now. One of the Merkava was painted just a few days ago but most of this collection…

Earthmen On Mars!

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Since my free trial of both PhotoShop and Paintshop Pro have run out, I have to take a short break from *Rough Riders On Mars!* for a bit (until I can buy one of them). So I’ll take this time to post some pictures of the Earthlings that will be used…

All Quiet On The Martian Front: Germans

Posted on April 18th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

In keeping with my “All Quiet On The Martian Front” project and stealing liberallyfrom other sources, namely the BBC ‘s “THE GREAT MARTIAN WAR” . I thoughtI’d do a German faction since I already had this monster built several years ago……)&nbsp…

Tanker’s Tuesday: Massive Prussian Landship Confirmed!

Posted on April 18th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

VSF and 15 mm Science Fiction Gaming: Massive Prussian Landship Confirmed!: The reports that the Prussians were constructing a huge heavily armed land iron clad at their workshop in Dioscuria where proven correct…      …

Small Soliders – Fight! Win!: House Kurita Battlemechs – 6th Ghost Regiment

Posted on April 18th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

 Small Soliders – Fight! Win!: House Kurita Battlemechs – 6th Ghost Regiment: Following on the heels of Genyosha here is another former creation of mine, done quite some time ago: 6th Ghost Regiment, Draconis Combine. …

Her Majesty’s Steam-Landship "Improbable"

Posted on April 17th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Peter Fitzpatrick at Shouting Into The Void
 
 
 
I have begun work on an imaginary VSF (that’s *Victorian Science Fiction*) steam-powered land-ship in 15mm scale. So far, I’ve only completed the front wheel assembly, and the front gunner’s position with its Gatling gun. I haven’t done any preparatory drawings for this thing, and I’m just making it up as I go along, which is proving to be both easier and harder than working from plans. Easier, because I don’t have to worry too much about dimensions, except to cater to 3d-printing limitations, and harder, because I have only the vaguest idea of how it will end up looking, so I have… more »

Small Soliders – Fight! Win!: House Kurita Battlemechs – Genyosha

Posted on April 16th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

 Small Soliders – Fight! Win!: House Kurita Battlemechs – Genyosha: Of all the factions in Battletech my favorite is House Kurita.  Who cannot love big stompy robots piloted by Samurai warriors?  Anyway, th…

Small Soliders – Fight! Win!: Battletech City Battlefield

Posted on April 16th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

  Small Soliders – Fight! Win!: Battletech City Battlefield: If I could play only game for the rest of my life it would be Battletech.  This game captures my imagination like no other.  The background …

Jagdpanzer in der Bundeswehr

Posted on April 13th, 2016 under Posted by

Rough Riders Battle Report!

Posted on April 12th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

   Rough Riders Battle Report

Tanker’s Tuesday : HS 30 APC

Posted on April 12th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I have a ton of the ROCO version of these (they are my standard OPFOR APC)HS 30 APC

Amphibien-Übung

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GURPS Traveller: Interstellar Wars

Posted on April 8th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Written ReviewApril 7, 2006by: Britt ReidGURPS Traveller, Interstellar wars has arrived and is mostly a good product with, unfortunately, a few interstellar sized warts marring an otherwise well written product. IW opens yet another chapter in the Trav…

Dust, Tears & Dice: Imperial Commander – Chechen style…

Posted on April 8th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Dust, Tears & Dice: Imperial Commander – Chechen style…: Another distraction. The plan was to try Force on Force for the larger Chechen encounters, but the recent nostalgic review of Laserburn Im…

NQM Orders of Battle – Eastern Front : Soviet 3

Posted on April 7th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Soviet Cavalry Division Div HQ & Sig Sqn1 Commander (in Gaz Jeep, on foot or horse), 1 Signals Staff Car (S3)Div Tank Sqn1 Light Tk (T40) or A/C (S1-2)Cav Regt  HQ x 3RHQ:Comd, MMG,  NKVD (all stands@Strength 3),…

NQM Orders of Battle – Eastern Front : Soviet 2

Posted on April 7th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Soviet Tank Brigade Bde HQ   Commander mounted in Gaz Jeep(s3), Gaz Truck(s3), 82mm Mor(s3), SMG(s3), AntiTankRifle(s2-3) The Brigade HQ  Med Tank Bn1 Comd T34(s2), 2 T34(s2)Lt Tank Bn1 Comd T60 or T70(s2), 2 T60 or …

NQM Orders of Battle – Eastern Front : Soviet 1

Posted on April 7th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Soviet Infantry Division Div HQ   1 Commander (in Gaz Jeep, on foot or horse), 1 Signals Staff Car(@Strength 3), 1 AA stand (in truck, or towed or horse drawn)Div Recce Coy3 single fig recce stands (@Str 1), on …

Tanker’s Tuesday: Birch Gun By Shouting Into The Void

Posted on April 5th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

This is Peters’ 3d-printed 15mm Birch Gun model all painted up. It needs some crewmen added. He has some spare Peter Pig standing artillerymen, but he needs a couple of seated figures also.

Dust, Tears & Dice: Laserburn – Imperial Commander – A real blast from…

Posted on April 4th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Dust, Tears & Dice: Laserburn – Imperial Commander – A real blast from…: It must be my age. These has been a real hankering of late to go back to the early 1980’s and swap the all glossly and background…

Chris Kemp’s Not Quite Mechanised……Saving it from 404 (part 2)

Posted on April 3rd, 2016 under , . Posted by

NQM Summer Holiday Toy Soldier Campaign

Phil Steele’s and my Russians pour over the Steppes like rats. The German recce looks worried.
                                     Bombastia  VS.  Lesser Kingdom of Munch (2008)
In 2006, I ran a largely solo refight of Stalingrad on one table. It worked well, so for 2007, I may try something like this again – a battle limited to one tabletop. This is handy, as I can leave my wargames table set up. It represents the border between the Empire of Bombastia, and the Lesser Kingdom of Munch for control of Oilfields. This year the two armies have decided that the border is disputed, and worth fighting to a standstill over. 
My battles follow the spirit  of Lilliput and Brogdignab, but for a real example of a pointless war such as this, look at the Iran-Iraq war over the Shatt-Al_Arab. There might be scope for a whole fictional campaign set in the 1930s. I’m sure that the Italians and Germans would want to get involved in the area of Turkey, in support of Bombastia and that Persia and Syria would be fought over. If oil is involved, America would be in there somewhere too. 
 
Don Maddox’s splendid take on the Bombastian army, full of the latest modern armour based on scientific principles of war. Happily, Indiana Jones is nowhere to be seen! © Don Maddox (2008)
The Border Incident at Hill 1  2007
An unruly bunch of Munchkin Peasants attack the Bombastian border post at Hill 1 – allegedly. Perhaps it was due to the unremitting shelling, and loud Oompah band music that they had suffered over Spring, perhaps oil prices were low. The Empire decided that It’s dignity had been affronted, and war was declared. Imperial American Allies attacked over the border, to be met by the Tan Border Guard Regiment. The war had begun. 
What follows are a series of comments illustrating the way that the battle was fought, some variations to the rules to make a campaign in such a confined space work, and general comments as the mood dictates.
  1. After every move, I roll 1d6 to see if a new box of troops can come on, on a roll of a 6. Boxes are forced off the table when they fall below half strength, and fail a morale test.
  2. Ranges are much truncated. Infantry fire one Thumb (Tip to second joint at base of thumb [the two metacarpals], 3″ in my case). Tanks fire one Finger Span (6″). Field Artillery , two (12″), and Medium Artillery , three (18″). Heavy Artillery fire  four spans (24″).
  3. Instead of ammunition dice, if any stand rolls a 1, they are out of ammunition until resupplied. I save ammunition dice for heavy Artillery, and mark stands that are out of ammunition with an ammo marker. I still use artillery dice for Fortress guns and Heavy Tanks (yes, I do own one!)
  4. If you really want to get through a game quickly, you can play 1 pip kills a stand. Casualties mount up at three times the normal rate. Great if you have lots of toys waiting for their turn to play.
Usually this game is played solo, but if friends drop round, they are usually invited to play a turn or so, as time permits.
Have Fun!
Our pride of the Munchkin Armoured Cavalry and envy of civilised nations  is the Char 2C.
                                                                                                                                    General Christophorus Ager 1939 -Royal Armoured Cavalry Division

Chris Kemp’s Not Quite Mechanised……Saving it from 404 (part1)

Posted on April 3rd, 2016 under , . Posted by



NQM Summer Holiday Toy Soldier Campaign

The Author’s African Militia bravely attack an abandoned helicopter!
The Inspiration for this campaign came from two sources:
In my youth, I met Martyn Simson, (Simmo to his friends), who ran a campaign in the Summer Holidays. The idea was simple – if you bought and painted a model (it had to be painted), you could use it in your Army. Sales of  Airfix Tiger Tanks and JSIIIs soared in Scunthorpe in the 1970s!
More recently, I came across “The Army Men” homepage (see the links page). Again the idea is simple. If you own it, think up a rule and use it! There are only two armies, a green friendly one, and a tan enemy one (or blue or grey or whatever).                                                            
1. There must be some rules of course:
Each Faction owns a Country. Draw or trace a Map, or cover an existing map with sticky clear plastic. You can then draw on the map with re-usable markers. At the start of the war, each Formation must be in a home town or city. I define a formation as the number of troops, vehicles, aircraft or ships that will fit into one of my standard boxes. There is no reason for the boxes to be a standard size (or indeed to even have boxes Ben!), but you must write the name of the town on the box, and you must mark on your map where the town is. Real belligerent nations can join in as allies, but they support one of the two warring factions
2. Each country must have the following facilities in towns :
a. Oil and petrol production resources. There may be more than one location. The total number of production resources must equal the number of boxes that a country owns.
b. Repair facilities for Tracks, wheels, Aircraft, artillery and ships.
                 

Roy Harrison’s African Scenery showing an International Airport!1
c. Ports, Railway yards Hospitals and Airfields.
d. A Capital City with Radio Station, Palace, Ministry of War (or Defence!), Cultural buildings.
 
  1. If the town is captured, then anyone who cannot find a space in another friendly box is captured by the enemy. Captured vehicles may be used; captured men cannot.
  2. The battle starts using the oldest period equipment that you have (for me that is the1920’s). When that is exhausted, you may start using the next oldest equipment and so-on. This ensures a smooth transition from your oldest equipment through to your newest, and avoids you having to fight Challenger Tanks with Panzer I’s. Alternately, rate all your tanks and guns the same – not as daft as it sounds, AK47 rules do this.
  3. When troops or vehicles are destroyed, put them in the hospital or repair depot box. If there is no space, they are marked with a “dead sticker” of some sort. (I use the pages of little circular sticky dots that you can buy at stationers) At the end of every battle, half of the casualties may be recovered, half are not (you can alter these proportions to suit yourself of course).
  4. The winner is the one with the most territory at the end of the summer holidays when school starts again!
Using this system, older period troops can co-exist on quieter fronts as militia against newer troops. You suddenly find that you need troops that you previously had no use for: Engineers, Transport troops, Airfield troops, AA troops, military policemen are all examples that spring to mind. You find that you need infantry to garrison railway junctions and Headquarters. Your President or King needs a Palace Guard, and you need to build oil storage facilities, Radio stations, and much more.
For me, the attraction of these mythical campaigns is that I have an excuse to build things that every real army has, but which never seem to make it onto the wargames table. There is no reason why you should not fight whichever period you want with this method – Ancient, Medieval, ECW, Napoleonic, ACW, WWI, WWII, Modern, Sci-fi, Fantasy or whatever.
Have fun! If you do run your own campaign, you will be following an honourable tradition that includes Eric Knowles’ “Madasahatta” campaign2  and the ill-fated “Tin-Tin” campaign in the “El Mundo Mythico” world, to mention but two. Currently, the “Lesser Kingdom of Munch” is collecting all sorts of strange military oddments for it’s army in case it should ever be invaded by one of the major powers. With the rise of the Web, Googling Imagi-Nations will uncover a rich vein of imaginary countries and campaigns.
 1[© Derek Hooper (2005)]

2[© Eric Knowles (1974)]

Rebel Minis’ Famous Spring Sale

Posted on April 2nd, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Rebel Minis’ Famous Spring Sale It’s that time again for Rebel Minis’ famous Spring Sale! Everything on the site is 20% Off! That’s Right! 20% off with coupon code Spring16! The sale goes from now to April 17th! Every year packs sell out but we wi…