En Garde!</a> was approaching!) I mostly ordered them fort the OTHER figures in the pack – which I painted shortly after their arrival. These are copies of figures I already owned and had painted… so… there was less motivation to get them done… (until now!!).
For now… I need to do something else. I’ve been working on some English Civil War figures to try and finish up a couple of companies for Pikeman’s Lament (and/or En Garde and/or Flashing Steel). I’ve also been eyeing up my fantasy and medieval stuff and planning units for Lion Rampant/Dragon Rampant and Song of Blades and Heroes. Yesterday another package arrived from Magister Militum with some more Lead Adventure Post Apocalyptic figures (for some more Mutants and Death Ray Guns action!). And I guess since I won’t be so insanely busy building terrain, we should get back to some BOARDGAMES! So, I’ll be keeping myself busy.
It’s also getting warm again this week (-1°C forecast for today and daytime highs above freezing for teh next week!) and i want to get out RIDING!
A bit late (again) but I was just finishing some stuff up…
Maybe we’ll just play a few more boardgames…
(from left to right): Scarab Miniatures, one of my own, Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design, 1st Corps, Renegade Miniatures, Great War Miniature, Brigade Games, Old Glory, Irregular Miniatures, and Wargames Foundry.
I don’t actually have any UNITS of Great War British (or Canadians) by Scarab Miniatures, but I do have the one pack of officers, so I thought I’d include him in the line-up.
(from left to right): Renegade Miniatures, one of my own, Great War Miniatures, 1st Corps, Brigade Games, Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design, Old Glory, Wargames Foundry, and Irregular Miniatures.
Most manufacturers also make a No.2 or Loader for the Lewis Gun. From left to right-ish we have Great War Miniatures, 1st Corps (slightly behind), Brigade Games (in the middle up front), Renegade Miniatures (in the middle at the back), Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design, and Wargames Foundry.
Old Glory doesn’t make a loader, but they do make their lewis gunners in standing and prone firing positions. The standing one is meant for using in a trench – with a bipod out front to prop up on the parapet – where the prone one is meant for use on the advance out in no-man’s-land. I’m not a HUGE fan of prone firing light machine-guns – or light machine-gun TEAMS – largely because they take up more space than they really need to on the tabletop. They are useless in trenches and buildings – or at least they look SILLY in trenches and buildings. They also don’t fit into my uniform storage system very well. At least Old Glory makes some kneeling figures so there is at least some gradation within the unit, which is more than I can say for some other manufacturers…
Like, say, Brigade Games… Their packs include one team advancing and one that is prone and firing. I could be a little more forgiving if their other packs included figures that are kneeling… but then don’t. They don’t even include any other figures that are FIRING!? It’s prone firing machine-guns and everyone else is just advancing, like they’re on a stroll through the park… and they ain’t cheap. At least with Old Glory, they’re (relatively) inexpensive and you get a pack of TEN Lewis Gunners – five prone and firing, five that are standing and firing – enough to have one of each available for each unit, depending on whether they are defending or attacking!?
What’s even worse is that even though they make highlanders – they don’t make highlanders with Lewis Guns (or at least didn’t at the time, I haven’t bothered to go back and check) so I had to convert one out of one of the prone teams!?
(from left to right): one of my own, Renegade Miniatures, Great War Miniatures, Brigade Games, 1st Corps, Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design, Irregular Miniatures, Old Glory, and two from Wargames Foundry.
(from left to right): one of my own, Renegade Miniatures, Great War Miniatures, 1st Corps, Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design, Old Glory, Irregular Miniatures, and Wargames Foundry.
(from left to right): one of my own, Renegade Miniatures, Great War Miniatures, 1st Corps, Brigade Games, Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design, Old Glory, Irregular Miniatures, and Wargames Foundry.
(from left to right): Renegade Miniatures, two from Old Glory, Wargames Foundry, Irregular Miniatures, fur from Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design
First row, prone, left to right: Old Glory, Gripping Beast/WoodbineDesigns, Great War Miniatures
Second row, standing, from left to right: Wargames Foundry, Great War Miniatures
I did take a separate picture of the different highlanders I have from some of the manufacturers, but then realized I didn’t have examples of all the ones I own – Brigade Games was missing – and I don’t even have highlanders from some of the manufacturers that produce them, so I decided to not include it at this time.
Finally the last brigade of miniatures for the Vimy project are rolling off the line! This isn’t the last of the Canadian Corps. I still have the 10th Brigade to paint, but as they took no part in the attack on the 9 April 1917, I’m not going to bother with them for now… I also have a lot of artillery pieces to paint up at some point. Not sure when they’d ever be used. I picked them up thinking if I had time, they’d have been fun to paint up and sit on a nearby table to show SOME element of the guns involved.
All ot the figures used for the 6th Brigade are from Irregular Miniatures.
This game is funner with five players – and everyone is having to guess who is on which side – and you know that at least ONE other person is on your side!
(there may have been a few f-bombs dropped during the game…)
I’ve been trying to cut back on the game-buying and maybe even try to pare down the collection a bit, but I might consider getting this game at some point. It is officially one the boardgame wish list.
Friday was another D&D night for me and Amanda.
This year with all the Vimystuff going on, I didn’t think I really had time to plan and host any sort of bigger event so I invited people to come over and play one of the Pax games by Phil Eklund in the afternoon and some old school Illuminatiin the evening (which I probably haven’t played in 15 years!).
The Plan for this past week was to:
February Boardgame Roundup
A few more things over the last week. Not nearly as much as I’d hoped… but, there it is…
The division is made up of three regiments (
261st, 262nd, and 263rd) of three battalions of ten figures each, plus a command element of three figures. Ideally each regiment would have a machine-gun and mortar element attached, but I don’t have quite enough mortars at the moment (painted, that is… I may finish up one or two more, but they’re not a priority at the moment) so they are pictured here with extra Machine gun teams.
The battalions are smaller than the Canadian battalions – 10 compared to 15. This was largely a time-saving necessity, but also I figured the German battalions would have been whittled down by the “Week of Suffering” – a week-long campaign of constant harassing artillery and machine-gun barrages. The Canadian battalions, by comparison would have all be brought up to – or beyond – their established strengths with fresh drafts of reinforcements in the days before the attack (my great-uncle Bertram was one of those!), I may, ultimately, cut down the number of Canadians I end up using. With 15 figures per battalion it might get a bit crowded. Also as the Canadians have four divisions of three brigades with FOUR battalions of FIFTEEN figures each… the Canadian figures would outnumber the Germans four to one!!
I will hopefully get a few play-tests in later in March and try out different strengths for the Canadian Battalions.
The Girls’ Warband: The Blue Team
Do they look familiar? (I actually painted these and gave them to him for his birthday last year…)
Then pavel took down the mutant with a single (aimed) shot.
Genest Boy #1’s Warband
I’d LOVE to get a campaign going.
I’ve been having a very productive week with the painting of Germans so I allowed my self this little distraction…
Perhaps if I finish up one of the others, I’ll add a “mutant” to the group – it will probably be a mutant with mental mutations (i.e. telepathic powers!). Ooh, I think I know which one! Better get painting!
After a good solid evening of painting I’m feeling back in the saddle and a bit more positive about the prospects of getting all this done one time…
Just under two months to go…
The Plan for this past week was to:
I did repaint 45 collars to convert figures I’d painted for the 261st Reserve Regiment into elements of the 1st and 3rd Bavarian Reserve Regiments and painted up 9 or so others to finish off the three Bavarian regiments (only two of them are shown here). See more here: Bavarians
(By “very little” I mean “none”)
I also spent a bit of time early in the week re-basing a few old biker minis so I could try out Faustus Furius… Then played the game… then wrote a report for it… You can find said report of the ensuing shenanigans here: Faustus Furius MMLIII
I was up a bit late last night trying to finish these up – watch (well… listened to, mostly) Contagion and 12 Monkeys – how’s THAT for an evening’s double feature!? Contagion I hadn’t seen before and I thought it was pretty good. 12 Monkeys I hadn’t seen in years – probably over a decade and it was actually better than I remember it… You wont’ read me write this often, but I actually liked Bruce Willis in it. I usually find him pretty dry – but maybe that’s all just part of the tough guy part he’s always pidgeon-holled into – but I thought he was actually quite good in 12 Monkeys.
Earlier in the week I was doing some assembling and organizing and repainting collars on about 40 others to make them into Bavarians (they had a white and blue lace edging their collars… I could have left it off and no one would have known the difference… but…) – so this isn’t ALL I’ve done so far this week…
A couple months back I picked up a copy of Faustus Furius and instantly fell in love with it. It looked like a RIOT! The game is written by Nic Wright and uses some of the same mechanics as Galleys and Galleons (which uses some of the same mechanics as other Ganesha Games Song of… game systems). It looked like it would be a really fun game to do as a demonstration game at a convention – fast, fun, simple, opportunity to have cool looking toys and terrain. It seriously just about derailed the whole Vimything as I started taking stock of all the chariots I have (and I DO have quite a few chariots – a Pictish chariot, an early British one with Boudica, an Amazon chariot, at least 3 Egyptians ones… none of them assembled or painted).
Seems I’m posting these things on Mondays…
They didn’t arrive on Tuesday – some mix up with import papers, sender not assigning broker or UPS being confused about something… Held up in Winnipeg.
Back at the beginning of January when I posted my Game Plan 2017 I mentioned I had come up with a list of 50 games I wanted to make sure I was going to play SOMETIME this year. The kids have followed suit and made up lists of their own – though their lists are shorter – Finnegan had 25 on his list and, I think, The Girl has 37… which is okay, they can add to it later – or just play some of those game MULTIPLE times – I suspect it will be the latter – in fact I HOPE it is the latter! Luckily some of the games I want to play most are games that are on all three lists – which means we’ll get to play those at least 3 times this year. Amanda even said she’d pick one game a month – thought couldn’t be bothered to make a list in advance.
Again, I’d meant to post this last night , but ended up staying up way too late (watching the first three episodes of True Detective season one and painting German staff and casualties) and was too tired to post it (even though it was mostly written, I just needed to download pictures of the workbench…). I guess I’d also I’d done two other posts yesterday… so…
A few odd and sundry items getting finished up in between batches of Great War Germans…
As promised a German regiment, all painted in one week- Whew! Well.. the infantry, at least. I will have mortars and machine-guns to add at some point. I’m not sure I can keep this pace up for too much longer! Luckily I don’t have too many more weeks like this planned.
I finished a second battalion of Great War Germans the other night and while I was apinting for finish layers of base colours to dry, I knocked off these “Street Zulus”
I probably should have put a 28mm figure in there for size comparison…
I did get the three battalions I hope to paint this week based, and primed and gooped. While I was waiting for the goop to dry (or set…? Whatever…) I knocked off these thre modern operators from Spectre Miniatures…