Last 15 posts from The Raft

Review: Empires in America

Posted on April 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

My last trip to the FLGS ended with an impulse purchase: I got myself a copy of Empires in America from Victory Point Games. What appealed to me was not only the theme – the French and Indian War –…

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Nobody in Mexico – A Fistful of Lead AAR

Posted on April 21st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

We’ve finally managed to unpack most of the boxes from our house move. I’ve settled into a new painting workspace and a nice one it is. It’s a semi-temporary setup: Not a permanent working station, but at least a separate…

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Project Showcase: Naval Landing Party

Posted on April 14th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Last time, I looked at the composition of the Naval Landing Party for Sharp Practice. Today, I want to show you what it looks like on my gaming table. As always, I used 15mm figures. There are some dedicated American…

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Moving House… and some ACW images

Posted on April 7th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

We are moving house.. again. However, this time it’s within the same city, so if all goes well I’ll be back at the painting and gaming table in no time. In fact, things should actually improve space-wise – there is even…

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Command & Colors: Napoleonics

Posted on March 31st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

After my very enthusiastic reaction to Command & Colors: Ancients, Virago and Sigur decided to expose me to another variant of Richard Borg’s ingenious series of games. This time, it was to be Command & Colors: Napoleonics. As another mate…

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Union Naval Landing Party for Sharp Practice

Posted on March 24th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

When the Civil War broke out, the Union navy had a mere 7.000 men and forty functioning ships. An intense recruitment program was started, often trying to lure men into service with exaggerated promises of prize money. At the end…

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Battle of Bean Ridge – Sharp Practice AAR

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

Having finished my new modular hills, I looked for an excuse to get them on the gaming table. Inspired by a napoleonic scenario I found in an old issue of Wargames Illustrated, I devised the following situation. Bean Ridge (at…

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Dungeons & Dragons

Posted on March 10th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Role-playing has now become a regular thing for us. Apart from running the occasional game for the nephew, the group that started out almost exactly a year ago still meets. However, we recently changed from Dungeonslayers to the latest edition of Dungeons…

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Command & Colors: Ancients

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

After my somewhat disparaging comments about hex wargames, Virago and Sigur decided to teach me wrong and invited me for a game of Command & Colors: Ancients. This game has been a recurring topic on the Meeples & Miniatures podcast, and…

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Over the Hills…

Posted on February 24th, 2017 under , . Posted by

As far as I know, Games Workshop (back in the day when they still used the Citadel brand) has produced three pieces of terrain that are useful even if you are not playing one of their games. There is the Gaming Mat, a large grass mat that goes for crazy prices on ebay. Going for … Continue reading Over the Hills…

Review: Zones of Control

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

Zones of Control. Perspectives on Wargaming is an ambitious 800-pages volume published last year by MIT Press. It is a collection of 60 essays by a great variety of authors which covers a lot of ground. Hobby and professional wargames, board games, military simulations, computer games and miniature games are all discussed. Articles from designers … Continue reading Review: Zones of Control

Battle for the Pig Sty – Sharp Practice AAR

Posted on February 10th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Last weekend we had another game of Sharp Practice with the Naval Landing Party. I’ve put a pdf of the Force List we used in the Resources folder – feel free to try it out, I’d appreciate any feedback! To spice things up, we also used a mechanics for secret objectives. We’ve used this system before for … Continue reading Battle for the Pig Sty – Sharp Practice AAR

On the Painting Table

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Not only am I a lazy painter, I’m also conservative and don’t normally change a technique if it works. Nonetheless, I have recently become a bit dissatisfied with my very limited set of skills. Basically, what I do is apply two layers of basecoat, paint the details, apply a wash, varnish. That’s it. This works … Continue reading On the Painting Table