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Total Battle Miniatures: 15mm Village Bases

 The last items I need to put on the Historical game this July just arrived from Total Battle Miniatures.  They Mae some really nice resin building and basing plots that will make very nice centerpieces on the table.A simple farmA small village anda larger version.I'm really pleased with the casting quality and look forward to painting these up over the next few weeks.The rules I'll be using (General D'Armee) use area terrain for urban terrain so the base will be uses for that.  The buildings can be lifted off to get them out of the way. The large church comes with two options for the top of its' tower - one western and one eastern.  I plan on attaching them with magnets to give a bit more flexibility.Really excited about getting these painted up and ready for the table.Highly recommend Total Battle Miniatures

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15mm Battle Valor Medieval or Fantasy Civilians......

..............and some Battlestar Galactica Starship Battles!Some 15mm civilians from Battle Valor, nice sculpts, perfect for fantasy and many other periods I believe.......Attempted some size comparison shots, Khurasan, Battle Valor, CP Models, Battle Valor and Croms Anvil......Met up with Daniel this week and while he was in Dublin with his girlfriend attending a concert he dropped in to Forbidden Planet and picked up Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles starter box plus two extras fighters.Slightly similar to X-Wing but more emphasis on movement, speed, kinetic energy and altitude, there is just 2D6 for shooting and damage is pulled from a stack of tokens with random damage score, another separate stack for collisions, more complicated than X-Wing, no shields, no saving throws, there are cards giving extra maneuver skills, firepower etc......Took us a little while to get set up and ready but combat is brutal, game was over in 20mins, I destroyed one of my own craft by steering in to an asteroid

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News All Around, and a Question to the Readership?

Well, there's much to discuss. First, the Battlefront Team Yankee line is just going strong as usual, and what I am seeing is interesting, namely, Oil War!Taken from Battlefront WebsiteIt's not just the book which is interesting, it's the product line. Not only do we get Israelis, Iranians, Iraqis, and a host of other stuff (US 9th Division everyone!) but we're getting M1A1's finally! So yes, 15mm players rejoice, no more scratchbuilding required.  We'll stay on this news but I have attached Episode 38 of "No Dice, No Glory" for further details on this release. Thanks to contributor and reader Jorge Del Rio for this big heads up!Now, let's discuss the big news for the Twilight: 2000 fans in the room. Marc Miller has told us that a V4 is being worked on by Modiphus Entertainment and a formal announcement will be made in the fall. I am cautiously optimistic regarding a V4. But considering what happened with Twilight: 2013, that caution is akin to Charlie Brown seeing Lucy with that damn football

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Another Test Game of General D'Armee

 I've set up the same forces used Monday night at the club for another test game.  I am really enjoying learning these rules and the deeper I go, the more I like them. With the exception of the roads all of the terrain was made by yours truly.  The roads are rubber and were purchased from Battlefield Terrain Concepts.  I highly recommend them.The buildings and walls were all 3D prints and really painted up very well.I've got some more skirmisher stands being made up so hopefully can add them to the game in a few days.

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15mm Stone Trolls and how they got their name.....

......from CP Models, maybe for some Dragon Rampant shenanigans?Stone Trolls because of their notorious artillery that hurls large stones at friend or foe, picked up a really cheap copy of Dragon Rampant and it seems to be a quick and easy set of rules!The leader displays his brown dominant colour to show he's Boss/War Leader and a smack in the chops to anybody who thinks otherwise........The massed artillery of the Troll Federation........Some size comparison shots........

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Finished 15mm Forrests

 OK, we're up to the final two stages of this miniature forestry adventure - making the tree canopies and scenicing the bases.  A word of warning - both these processes are extremely messy and YOU WILL burn yourself on the glue gun.  Sometimes sacrifices must be made the the Miniature Wargaming gods. The first step is to cut out the underbase for the tree canopies.  I like to use black foam core as its cheap, durable and the black hides any gaps from the attached foam material.  Just trace the shape of each tree base onto the foam core and the cut it out with a new facto knife blade.  For some added elevation I attached another layer of foam core.  In actual practice this didn't really do anything so I would skip that step.With the canopy bases cut out the next step is the attache the foam.  I strongly serge you get a cheap cake pan as pictured for any flocking exercises.  The pan really controls the mess and helps me reused the flock that shakes off.  I ended

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Back to the Brushes 223

The notion that a clean desk means a productive worker is an artifact of the mid-20th century. ... Mark Twain, for example, chose to leave his desk cluttered whenever he was photographed: Albert Einstein famously pointed out that "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"Eeny, meeny, miny, moe? Which way I willI go?Perhaps only the fates will know?Or is all of this just for show?Drawn in too many directions on the painting table; time for a more focussed approach.Cheers for now.

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Battle of Budweis - Moravia 1809

Over the weekend Stuart ran a Napoleonic game for the Rejects, of which Myself, Ray and Surjit were able to take part. As usual, we picked sides randomly out of a figurative hat and I was the odd one out ('odd' being the operative word). I would be playing the Austrians facing off against a combined Saxxon/Bavarian force.SetupThe game Postie set up was a meeting engagement as lead elements of both sides encounter each other between a pair of vital river crossings in Moravia. The Saxonn/Bavarian forces outnumber the Austrians but the latter army has some better quality troops and generally better cavalry (and more of it). My Austrians are arrayed along a small ridgeline, approximately diagonal across the table.  Order of BattleSaxonn /Bavarian Army - IX Corps C/O Marshal Bernadotte1st (Saxonn) Division  c/o GL von ZezSchwitz (Ray)  1st Brigade c/o Gm Von Hartitzsch    Liebgrenadier Garde (1) (Guard)    Combined Grenadiers Radeloff (1) (Elite)     Combined

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General D'Armee at the Club

Last night Tom and I ran our first game of General D'Armee at the club.  Thanks very much to Ed and Simon for being willing test subjects and for being such good sports as I constantly looked up rules.The game was a fictional meeting engagement.  pitting a British / Spanish force against the French.  The sides were even with 3 brigades of infantry (each 4 battalions) and one brigade of Calvary (3 units).  2 of each armies infantry brigades had an attached artillery battery.  The only thing lacking is that I only had enough skirmish stands completed to allow skirmishers for only 1 brigade per side.  It did show that skirmishers are really important in these rules.For simplicity sake, all units were rated "line".  I am sure that I got a lot of nuances wrong - like fighting in built up areas (BUA's).  One thing that is clear to me is that I need to make village plots that outline the shape of the BAU and govern if a unit is in or out.  Using just buildings was very co

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AHPC9 - 15mm Tents

I needed some tents for a Beneath the Lily Banners scenario I'm trying to get ready for.I picked these up on ebay for a few quid.I don't know their make? I wish I did so I could buy a few more!!I undercoated them grey, dry-brushed a lighter grey, then dry-brushed white.Simples!Each Warbases base measures 5 x 8 and to be honest there was more work on the basethan on the tents!

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ACW Camp Scenes

I’m researching and preparing yet another scenario for Sharp Practice. This one is going to be about the Union cavalry raid on Port Republic during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign in 1862. This was one of the few moments when the Union showed aggression and they almost managed to capture Stonewall Jackson himself. The Union cavalry surprised the encamped Confederates, so I need some camp scenes for the game. I procured tents from QRF/Freikorp15 and stacked muskets from Irregular Miniatures. Incidentally, Irregular Miniatures have great stuff, but some of it is well hidden – the musket stacks are in the 15mm napoleonic section. Add a couple of crates and spare figures, and I had two camps.   As the Confederates were surprised, I wanted to convey frantic activity. In this scene, a drummer is beating the long roll while soldiers hurry to get into formation: While tents look nice, I’m actually not sure the Confederates camped at Port Republic had them. Maybe they only had bedrolls an

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DAK Army "completed"

Over the past two years (and two Analogue Hobby Painting Challenges) I have been building a 15mm Afrika Korps force, principally for use with Battlegroup Tobruk and Battlegroup Torch.  Well its finally finished so I thought it was high time for some group shots of the force. Its been a fun slow grow project (though it wasn't intended to be quite so slow grow) and I particularly enjoyed finding and using all the early war vehicles and their variants which saw such great use in the desert. Recon ACs, Pz I, II, III, IV and IV Specials I'm really pleased with how the battered yet cohesive colours give this the look of a worn, veteran force. Big Guns! The only thing yet to come is a certain captured Matilda tank, which continues to elude capture (doesn't it Alan!) DAK Infantry with Truck, Hanomag and Motorcycle options What Army is complete without a storage solution? Though what army is really complete... ever!

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