Wow! It has been 4 months since I last post anything here. Amazing. I have been very active in the hobby but I have just not been producing much content. I have built lots of models lately but I have not finished many projects.This time we have a British M3 Grant Squadron, or company as I call it, comprised of the HQ and three troops, or platoons. These are 15mm plastic models from Battlefront Miniature for Flames of War. This was part of an impulse purchase back in October and I was inspired to get them assembled and painted. They have already seen action in three battles but, sadly, have not yet been victorious.
It was quite packed out at Reject HQ over the weekend. Seven of us got together for an epic Napoleonic bash, including long lost Reject Dave. Who vanished in a puff of smoke some 2 years ago, but has now returned for a game and hopefully he'll return again for another game but next time it'll be shorter than 2 years time!!!We picked sides out of the hat I picked the Poles along with Surj and our CnC Smiffy!The Swedes CnC was Lee, along with Richard and Dave.Lee's report can be found here!OOBCnC - Prince Poniatowski (Smiffy)Polish Division (Ray) in the centre)1st Brigade - 1st, 2nd, 8th, 14th Line2nd Brigade - 1st and 2nd 4th Line, 1st & 2nd Combined Vistula Legion3rd Brigade - 1st Chasseurs a Cheval, 2nd Lancers4th Brigade - 14th CuirassiersFrench Division (Smiffy) on the right)5th Brigade - 1st & 2nd 11th Legere, 1st & 2nd 2nd Line6th Brigade - 1st & 2nd 4th Line, 1st & 2nd 18th Line7th Brigade - 22nd Dragoons, 25th Dragoons8th Brigade - 10th Chasseurs a ChevalGerman/Italian Division (Sur
At the Bovington Tank Museum you can get close up and personal with the first tanks that were built and used in combat, such as the Mark IV Tank. First World War tanks, namely the British Mark IV, started the practice of carrying fascines on the roof, to be deployed to fill trenches that would otherwise be an obstacle to the tank. The Mark IV was a British tank of the First World War. Introduced in 1917, it benefited from significant developments of the Mark I tank (the intervening designs being small batches used for training). The main improvements were in armour, the re-siting of the fuel tank and ease of transport. A total of 1,220 Mk IV were built: 420 “Males”, 595 “Females” and 205 Tank Tenders (unarmed vehicles used to carry supplies), which made it the most numerous British tank of the war. The “Male” tanks were armed with three machine guns and two 6-pdrs. Whilst the “Female” tanks had Five .303 Lewis machine guns. The Mark IV was first used in mid 191
Reject HQ had a visit on Sunday from one of our lost sheep, Dave, who moved away a couple of years ago (maybe we should have taken the hint?!?). We had six players around the table for this game, more than we have had in quite a long time. Postie put on a large Napoleonic game and had a lot of figures down on the table for this battle so we were set for what would prove to be an epic struggle. The SetupThis is a fictional encounter set just before the Battle of Leipzig, so Postie drew up our orders of battle form the units that would have been in this area at this time period. The armies facing each other were ostensibly Swedes versus Poles, but in reality, these are international armies with troops from half a dozen nations represented on the table. As usual, Postie set up the deployment but there was enough room for some finesse in the movement of our armies before we met in melee. We pulled sides from a hat as normal and for my sins, I found myself commander of the Swedes. Order of BattleRat
A long-postponed project has been painting the 35 figures that came with the board game Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. I think Jessica got this as a Christmas present in 2017. I planned to roll this out as a Halloween post, but things intervened... .The figures are a mix of 15mm and 32mm figures. The cultists and shoggoth figures are smaller and really function as counters or currency to track the game's progress towards defeating the players.The cultists were pretty simple figures. After some debate about painting belts, trim, and faces, I decided mono-colour was better. I was just about to pick up a linen colour and then switched to red to avoid having to explain they weren't clansmen at the beginning of every game.The shoggoth were harder. I looked at a bunch of different efforts on boardgamegeek and eventually decided to go with my first take: slimy green with lost of eyes.The counters scale well with each other but are notable smaller than the player-character figures.Left to right below we have doctor, occ
The following is a guide to the way I painted my 3D printed signs for my 15mm Cyberpunk Sprawl games.The signs are available here:https://www.drivethrurpg.com/m/product/290980And I have had them affordable printed in clear resin through a vendor using Treatstock.Materials you will need:Fine metal fileLiquitext White Acrylic inkAny color ink you want your sign to beWhite Acrylic paintA thin fine brush for outliningA thick brush for washes The first step is to clean your sign using a small flat file and then wash clean with water.Next go to your white ink and mix about a 50:50 amount with clean water in a palette Liberally cover both sides of the sign, one side at a time, allowing each side to dry completely before doing the other side.Next pink an ink to use for the sign’s major color. Here I have chosen scarlet.Again mix about 50:50 ink with clean water and liberally apply to each side, allowing each side to dry before doing the other side.Final step, with a fine brush, outline all the edges of the
........and some ladders!The gravestones are leftovers and MDF from Blotz, these are used to signify a unit in distress marker for the rules, rather than a paper/plastic marker I decided on these little bits and don't they look well battered!The ladders were HO scale and plastic, mainly designed for siege type shenanigans........15mm figures for a little scale shot!
If you are looking to game an urban environment or an environment that is populated with NPCs, the 3D file set I have made could help you:https://www.drivethrurpg.com/m/product/290980In this set there are some premise signs for buildings, tailored to fit the other sets in the series I sell, but there are also files to create Crowd Counters.If you do not have a 3D printer or a friend that does, I recommend using a service like Treatstock.Treatstock connects customers with a multitude of small printer services that can produce high quality prints at a very low cost.I used a Treatstock printer to make clear resin prints of the signs and the crowd counters in the pack I offer and with 10x counters and one of each sign it came out to about $10 WITH shipping.Not to mention the printer made me extra pieces. If you would like the name of a good printer to use, message me below.Here are some examples of the Crowd Counters printed with some other 15mm miniatures by Khurasan and I think Highlander.The car in the foregro
The last of the Confederate Infantry recently completed in previous 30 Days 30 Miniatures Painting Challenges.The figures are from Old Glory and this time in firing line.More from this range later in the year or early next year.Cheers for now.
Confederate infantry advancing from Old Glory. The command stand was painted earlier this year. The other five bases were painted during the first 30 days 30 Miniatures Painting Challenge or was it the second.The Old Glory figures have great character amd paint up well. There will be more of these sooner and later.Cheers for now.
Last night I ran a very serious military simulation at the club, set in Normandy during WW2. We used Flames of War (version 3!) for this truly academic exercise in WW2 military theory and practice. The scenario was a meeting engagement in the quiet little French town of Clermont. Both sides had orders to investigate a crash site in the town. The Germans thought it was a crashed allied transport plane while the Allies thought it was a crashed V2 rocket. The tranquil town of Clermont is very close to the Swiss border and both sides had an alternate victory condition to liberate as many of the 1,400 gold bars in the bank of Clermont and make a run to the Swiss border.Upon entering the town, it was clear there was something amiss as all the townspeople were missing. The first few turns were played with limited visibility but on turn three, as the fog cleared it was revealed that the crash site was.....Aliens! Yes, those "Get Away from her, you B*****!" type of Aliens and
ACW once again with Black Powder. This time we played a scenario prepared by Peter. In our game, we used the AB1 house rules for our big game, as I had some things to be tested. Wojna secesyjna ponownie z użyciem Black Powder. Tym razem rozegraliśmy scenariusz przygotowany przez Petera. W naszej grze wykorzystaliśmy zasady domowe grupy AB1 do nadchodzącej dużej gry, ponieważ musiałem jeszcze kilka rzeczy przetestować.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Peter MearnsUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bartek ŻyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWC, Peter MearnsFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Peter Mearns1. Forces. Siły.UNION/UNIA(Alisdair, Mike, Bartek)1st Infantry Brigade4 x Infantry Regiment1 x 10pdr Gun Battery2nd Infantry Brigade4 x Infantry Regiment1 x 10pdr Gun Battery3rd Infantry Brigade4 x Infantry Regiment1 x 10pdr Gun BatteryCavalry Brigade2 x Cavalry RegimentCONFEDERATES/KONFEDERACI(Michael, Peter)1st Infantry Brigade4 x Infantry Regiment1 x 10pdr Gun Battery2nd Infantry Brigade4 x Infantry Reg
As soon as we'd finished part 1 of last Sundays 7YW game the Battle of Schwedt Wood, we moved over to the main Battle of Schwedt, at the start of the game, neither of us knew how the result of the first battle would affect the second game, but we'd find out on turn 2.Lee's report can be found here.Order of BattlePrussian Army (c/o Ray) 1st Battalion - Grenadiers, 29th MB (2), 23rd MB, Medium Gun 2nd Battalion - 41st Foot (2), 10th Musketeers (2), Medium Gun 3rd Battalion - Jagers 4th Battalion - 2nd Cuirassiers, 3rd Cuirassiers 5th Battalion - 6th Dragoons, 8th DragoonsRussian Army (c/o Lee) 1st Battalion - Grenadiers (2), Apcheron, St Petersburg, Medium Gun 2nd Battalion - Neva, Novva, Pskovsk, Viatsh, Medium Gun 3rd Battalion - Pandours 4th Battalion - Feboravitch Cuirassiers, Kievski Cuirassiers 5th Battalion - Tobolski Dragoons, Arkhanguelogorodski DragoonsAs you can see from above's OOB, we both had 5 brigades, which we had to deploy on a
.....from the north and Copplestone Castings!Lots painted but blogging is becoming a little harder to achieve lately but anyway let's be getting on.......These are my generic barbarian scum forces for Dragon Rampant, either two units of six or a large unit of twelve hence the two standards.........These barbarians from the North will have infantry, bears, wolves and giants in their ranks......A tidal wave of steel and claw....... First time using a snow effect too..........
Next ACW game. I decided to use once again Bill's scenario and give it to our club members. I slightly changed the OdB of the game, like some game statistics for the troops. That was the outcome of Bill's game. To simulate a bigger table, we used Peter's 15mm collection and changed inches into centimetres. We used Black Powder.Kolejna gra amerykańskiej wojny secesyjnej. Zdecydowałem się przenieść scenariusz Billa i zaproponowałem go naszym członkom klubu. Lekko zmieniłem OdB gry, tak jak też niektóre statystyki oddziałów. To wynik gry u Billa. By zasymulować większy stół, użyliśmy kolekcji Petera w skali 15mm i zamieniliśmy cale na centymetry. System to oczywiście Black Powder.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Bill GilchristUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bartek ŻyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWC, Peter MearnsFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Peter Mearns1. Forces. Siły.UNION/UNIA(Michael)CinC - level 81st Brigade (level 8)3 x Infantry Battalion1 x 10pdr Gun battery2nd Brigade (level 8)3 x Infa