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AHPC VIII Reflections – Part 2: the Pics

Posted on April 21st, 2018 under , . Posted by

I’ve been all at sea lately (quite literally) but I’ve finally gotten to photographing my AHPC VIII totality.  Like many I suspect, it seems more when under the brush than when tallied, but regardless it is a satisfying chunk of hobby happiness.

SAGA Redux

Posted on March 31st, 2018 under , . Posted by

Its been some time since I opened my Dark Ages collection but the new edition of SAGA has piqued some interest at the club. Sufficiently so for me to get out my Irish Warband and finished them off.  They hit the table at Club night last week – I w…

AHPC VIII Reflections – Part 1: Facts and Figures

Posted on March 16th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Another Painting Challenge comes to a glorious end this week.  I’ve entered my last submission so while there are a few days to run, its time for me to tally up:

AHPC VIII: Target Acheived!

Challenge target: 500
Total Points Achieved: 679 – Ta…

DAK ’88’

Posted on March 14th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

My ‘Monstrous’ themed round for AHPC 8:

For WW2 Allied tank crews in the Western Desert (and beyond) there was nothing more monstrous than a German ’88’. This famous FlaK gun with its high velocity and flat trajectory became one of the most feared ant…

AHPC8 Submissions – almost there!

Posted on February 23rd, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

My weekly submission on the heavier elements of my DAK force, and the Childhood Bonus theme round.

DAK Pz IIIs and Transports (82 points)

Building upon my Recon vehicles and light tanks of last week, this week I focused on heavier armour and tr…

Second 1941 Desert action

Posted on February 19th, 2018 under . Posted by

Yesterday saw another swirling Battlegroup Tobruk clash between John’s and my combined Axis force and Alan’s British. The Axis force included some lighter DAK elements and a column of John’s lovely Italian M13 tankettes.  We used the Flank Attack …

First Battlegroup Tobruk clash

Posted on February 17th, 2018 under . Posted by

After much anticipation (and model building), last week saw our first run out of Battlegroup Tobruk with Alan pitting his new 8th Army Armoured force against John’s Ariete Division. It was awesome to get the new toys onto the table and f…

Painting Challenge – DAK Light Forces and and Orc Drummer

Posted on February 14th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Its been a busy few weeks with work travel etc so my pace of AHPC8 submissions has slowed.  Nice to get a few in this week after a bit of a dry spell.  Here they are:

15mm DAK

Last week Alan unveiled the start of his 8th Army project f…

Battlegroup Barbarossa Campaign – Counterattack at Rozrazh

Posted on February 11th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Last week saw the first battle of what is looking like a brutal Day 3 in our BG Barbarossa campaign.  The first engagement would be a Russian counterattack on the German force at Rozrazh – this was a blocking force to protect the rear of the Germa…

Australia Day and AHPC entries

Posted on January 26th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Couple of small terrain entries this week.  For the second year in a row I have set aside the figures carefully prepped before the challenge in order to follow (willingly, it must be said) Alan into another project of opportunity 🙂 So just a few…

AHPC 8: "BFG" Bonus round – FIW 12 pounder

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

My entry for the BFG round is an emplaced Royal Artillery field piece to support my British FIW army that I painted in AHPC VII.  Now Alan’s French and Canadiens will have to contend with bombardment, ball and shot while my ranks of Redcoats advan…

AHPC 8 – Week 3 Terrain submission

Posted on January 17th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

This week I have laboured to complete the Ukrainian village of Ostrog for the Battlegroup Barbarossa Campaign that Alan and I are enjoying:  3 more small houses (1 damaged) plus a wonderful partly destroyed church.

The fruits of my labours this…

Battlegroup Barbarossa Campaign – Day 2

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under , . Posted by

To: Commander 309th Motor Rifle Division
From: Commander 381st Rifle Regiment
OSTROG SECTOR SITUATION REPORT – 28 JUNE 1941
Comrade General,
The Fascist invaders advanced strongly against Ostrog from the North throughout the day, but we are holding an…

Battlegroup Barbarossa Campaign – Day 1: Intelligence Supplement

Posted on January 11th, 2018 under , . Posted by

The following images were retrieved from an enemy Friseler Storch reconnaissance aircraft that crashed in the Ostrog Sector PM 27 June 1941. They are submitted for analysis by the Divisional Intelligence section.

BG Barbarossa Campaign – Day 1

Posted on January 11th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Over the Christmas break Alan and I have been playing “The Last Line” campaign from the Battlegroup Barbarossa book. The campaign centres around the June 1941 Russian defence of the township of Ostrog and the critical river crossing sites in its vicini…

First AHPC 8 Submissions

Posted on January 9th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Delighted to report that the lack of recent blogging indicates a wonderfully full start to the year – a visit to Melbourne to visit family and friends, attending the 5th Test of the Ashes Series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (for non Commonwealth types …

2017 Reflections

Posted on December 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

Time for another reflective post on my hobby year – seems this is the 8th time I have self indulged in this manner.  In terms of playing I would put this year right up there for consistency of playing and number of games played.  In terms of …

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 23rd, 2017 under Posted by

May Santa bring you cool hobby stuff in your stocking, 

and wishing you and yours a happy and safe Christmas.

Edward the festive Emu 

Review: The Men Who Would Be Kings

Posted on December 17th, 2017 under , . Posted by

To play with my recently unearthed Anglo Zulu War armies we picked up Osprey’s The Men Who Would Be Kings, by Dan Mersey – the same author as our much played Lion and Dragon Rampant.

While the rules are definitely in the same family tree, they…

Boardgames Day

Posted on December 16th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Dave of our Odin’s Night Games club had the team around to his awesome gaming shed for a play date the past weekend – and a great day it was.

We started off playing an old favourite Memoir 44, in the multi-player Overlord configuration which …

Boardgames Day

Posted on December 16th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Dave of our Odin’s Night Games club had the team around to his awesome gaming shed for a play date the past weekend – and a great day it was.

We started off playing an old favourite Memoir 44, in the multi-player Overlord configuration which …

Fighting Sail action ahoy!

Posted on December 11th, 2017 under . Posted by

A squadron of Royal Navy 6th Rates

A fun night last week playing Fighting Sail with Comrade James, Colonel Bish and the Canberra boys.

Admiral Comrade James in action!

I enjoyed the rules, which are quite abstracted when compared to most oth…

Fighting Sail action ahoy!

Posted on December 11th, 2017 under . Posted by

A squadron of Royal Navy 6th Rates

A fun night last week playing Fighting Sail with Comrade James, Colonel Bish and the Canberra boys.

Admiral Comrade James in action!

I enjoyed the rules, which are quite abstracted when compared to most oth…

The Fighting Retreat to Dusters’ Drift

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under , . Posted by

Being a video battle report from our Colonial game this week – LOTs of fun!

The Fighting Retreat to Dusters’ Drift

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Our Colonial game this week was a LOT of fun!  It saw a British Column, led by the 3rd Foot & Mouth Regiment (Major Backsight commanding) conducting a fighting retreat to the small logistics base at Dusters’ Drift. Opposing them were the Impis…