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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…