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Lunar War playtest

Bruce was keen to playtest his Lunar Wars game using the sweet "new" Airfix models he bought. We played on a printed hex grid he made. We started with two quick goes at a single scenario that allowed us to compare Artifact and Marine 2002 (the two rules sets he had). We settle on Artifact as the turn sequence forced us to make more interesting and stark choices.The 1/72-scale figures Bruce got are a hoot to play with. Lots of character and evoking a real 1980s Cold War gone hot in space feel.He supplemented the plastics with some GZG landers (15mm, maybe?) to give some air capability. Having settled on Artifact, we then played the main scenario which was an attack on a small scientific moon outpost but two lander-borne military teams.This was the approach. Very simple air rules that mimicked near zero-G movement. I moved in from two angles while Bruce quickly deployed his scientists in a defensive posture.I deployed one one force from the lander behind a ridge while moving closer with the other. This was

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Last of the Ghostbusters

So I finished off the Ghostbuster box painting this week.This batching included the four ghostbusters plus the bad guy (Vee-Ger or Gozer? I can't recall). So-so figures for the ghostbusters. A bit cartoonish and with limited raised detail.They fit in okay with 28 and 25mm figures. The Ecto-1 is was under-scale (like 1/64 figures with a 1/87 car).But the Ecto-1 fits in nicely with the other HO-scale vehicles I have so that is just fine.Need to think through a Hallowe'en-themed game to use these with. I have some odds and ends on the painting table with a bunch of zombies ready to start for Zombtober.

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The Battle of Pork Rind

I ran a game of Rebels and Patriots at the club: The Battle of Pork Rind. This is a War of 1812 scenario based around the Yanks capturing a British supply base. The base is mid-table and there are four loot token for the Americans to win. The British are outgunned but set up well and can bring on some reinforcements.Andy (right above) declared for King while Bruce and Scott played for Congress. The Americans came on the board quickly and pushed the British pickets back.Andy had amazing activation rolls and was able to bring on his reinforcements early. This include the Indian Allies I had painted up earlier in the day (still a bit wet on the bases!). These I pointed out as aggressive so they melee on 4+ (I mention this because it becomes important).The American advance was steady from Bruce's side of the board while Scott struggled with his activation rolls. I can't tell you how happy I am to have finally gotten the British camp onto the table. I painted it 7 (?) years ago!Bruce eventually worked his cavalry

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20mm Indian Allies

With a game of Rebels and Patriots looming at the club, I found myself short of troops and bereft of Indian Allies for my 1812 British. Irregular Miniatures made a fast shipment after I could not lay my hands on any decent 1/72 plastics (Italeri's great set is out of production apparently).Fortunately, these fellows are a quick paint. A few layers, a dip and some sealer and we were done.I've no idea what is going on with the eye on the guy on the left below. I would guess a bubble in the sealer? He looks a little Marty Feldman. No one noticed on the table, though.These Irregular 20mm figures fit in pretty well with the 1/72 plastics I have. And they did yeoman work in the game I hosted last Tuesday.Up next: The Battle of Pork Rind

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Rebels and Patriots: Baby Duck Ridge

Bruce popped around last week to try out Rebels and Patriots (part of the Lions Rampant series from Osprey). I pulled out my newly rebased War of 1812 troops and pointed out an encounter battle.The armies were pretty similar except the Brits had light infantry and cannon while the Yanks had some light cavalry. My Indian Allies are still en route so we didn't have any on the table. Note in the picture below that Bruce is working his cavalry around to the right.I rushed out to try and gain some early victory points by being the only side with units within 3" of Baby Duck Ridge (specifically the tiny wagon in top of the centre hill hex). Bruce took the time to develop a proper attack.My plan was to sweep the hill with my cannon which worked, to a degree. The rules differ from other Lions Rampant offerings by allowing you to troll for each of your units. I wonder if the game would be more interesting if initiative passed back and forth with each activation failure?We had some early melees and managed to work out

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Ireland and Gaming

So the family took holiday to Ireland. We didn't see much gaming related (although I did stop in a few game shops in Cork including on really cool, old model shop), but there were some things that touched on gaming.For example, I was surprised to find Guinness Hitler during a tour of the brewery in Dublin (seems off brand, somehow).There was also this cool mural in Dundalk.We took a tour of the town of Carlingford. The ruins of King John's castle were close for renovation.The town had lots of other medieval buildings though, including this merchant's manor house.On the west and south coasts, we saw a few castles, including (below) Blarney castle.I managed to get out to the club despite my rather messed up clock this week. Terry hosted me in game of Imperial Settlers.Chen and Brandon played some Kings of War. Chen brought out his dwarf war dogs, which were very nice models.Terry slaughtered me at Imperial Settlers (total rout).And I left before the KoW game really got going.I spent yesterday finishing up some

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1812 rebasing

No gaming for me this week but I did manage to finish a tonne of rebasing. These are older 1/72-scale War of 1812 guys guy I had on multi-figure bases.I wanted to move them to individual bases so I could play some new Osprey rules that are out for North America. First up at 80 or so US foot soldiers.I have a bunch of mounted left to do. I also have some cannons that are half done (ran out of washers!).I also rebased a bunch of militia. These are a grab-bag of mostly older figures, including a bunch of Airfix confederates. These seem have taken more damage to their paint jobs over time.There are several units of this guy (doing the "juke box hero" pose).There are some of there figures mixed in. I think these guys with the top has were from a US-Mexico War set (Alamo?).Then there are some Italeri, including this guy from an AWI set. He's wisely hiding behind a fur tree.I pulled the British and Canadian troops off the shelf to start debasing them in anticipation of a run to the washer store this week.

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Model railway swap meet

I haven't had a lot of chance to game these past few weeks with competing demands and a nasty cold. Jess and I did get in a game of Memoir 44. It was an Operation Cobra scenario and she pulled out a win in a tight game.This morning was the bi-annual model railway swap meet. I picked up a few terrain items for cheap. First up was a $5 HO-scale factory. This needs a coat of spray primer and then some painting.I also got a meat shop. Nothing special about it except my Gotham lacks buildings that suggest people live there so a food shop was a good deal. Needs dusting, a wash, and some sealing. This was $5?I got a pair of HO-scale street cars. They need painting but offer an alternative to cars and buses for eco-conscious super villains. They were $5.This factory was $15. It was a bit pricy but still a deal. Needs a wash and seal. maybe some detailing on the fire escape on the back side. Irritatingly, it was not constructed square (left section needed filing that was not done).Finally, I got these bits and pieces

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Some HO-scale vehicles

I ordered some additional cars with which to clog the streets of Gotham. There were from China and at least one is 3-D printed.The most interesting aspect of these is how the lines from the 3-D printing are so much more visible in a picture than in real life.The blue beetle (bah-dum-bum) is the best example. You can only see the printing layers if you look for them. But they jump off the screen as soon as you put a camera on them. Obviously, a wash was not the correct technique!Up next: Maybe some gaming with Bruce and the end of the Imperial Assault figures. Then on to rebasing some 1812 1/72-figures.

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Jetpack troopers and a fountain

Some more Tatooine figures from Imperial Assault this. These are four jetpack troopers.Nice models. What they need are flames come out of the jet pack (rather than just nozzles).I also finished up an HO-scale fountain I bought on eBay to add a water feature to my Gotham layout.This was 3-D printed and seemed fine to me. It has a clear insert for the water that was awful so I replaced it with some white glue (to fill space) with some green washes and then a thick top coat of future floor wax (for shine and depth).Some 25mm figure for scale. I also have some printed HO-scale cars that I'm working on along side more Star Wars figures.

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Shapeshifters, Cloud City Guards and pulp vehicles

A job lot of stuff rolled off the production line this week. First up are some more Imperial Assault expansion pack figures for this commission.These four figures are shape-shifters from the Clone Wars movie. I don't really recall this film, but what I do remember (from playing Lego Wii Star Wars with the kid) is these shapeshifters have something to do with how Kenobi gets to the Boba Fett factory with the weird long-necked ladies.Beyond the skin colour (green-yellow), there is no canonical look for these figures, so I went with bright and varied clothes and on two different bases. Apparently they can shape-shift their clothes as well so who knows what they might actually wear when going out to the bar or getting groceries.I'm pretty happy with the faces (above)--this seems to match the images I could find. Then onto the Cloud City pack with some of the guards.I'm pretty happy with these guys. Simple uniform, simple bases, nicely brought out with some washes.I have more of these guys plus some ugnaughts and

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Dumpsters and a library table

I made a rare trip to a model train store before Xmas and was unable to locate any of the buildings on my to-get list (including a stone church, a city hall or court house, and a bank). I did find some HO-scale dumpsters, though!These were three for $12 and about the only accessory that didn't cause my jaw to drop ($40 for a tow truck? really?). So I bought these along with some two-part modelling putty. They painted up okay and will add some nice LOS blocks.Back in early December I also picked up another WizKids' terrain pack from Red Claw. This included a library table and four stools. The table has a tiny bit of warping (no luck using hot water to bend it flat). That said, I'm reasonably happy with the results.I'm not sure what will get painted next--I hav some 25mm Cthulhu figures I got from Chen that have been eyeing me from the painting table (and they have lots of eyes).

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Terrain and trucks

I finished off some 28mm pieces I picked up at Red Claw a few weeks ago. These add a bit of mad-scientist/evil vampire terrain to my collection. First up is a cage and torture rack plus two piles of chain. The cage come apart and you can get a figure inside it.I also picked up a mirror, some end tables, a desk and a crow on a bird stand.The detail on these is pretty amazing. The mirror even knows to not reflect the vampire!I took trip to a local flea market. I didn't see much there but I did pick up two old tractor-trailer units. These should add some additional LOS blocks to the warehouse district of Gotham. They were pretty new and shiny looking so I made them a touch grittier.They are too small for 28mm figures (more 1/87 than 1/64) but they fit in reasonably well with the HO-scale terrain I have been using.These HO-scale cars are a pretty decent match. Sorry my camera hates the colour red so much--the cab is not this eye-searing in person.Up next: Working on some 54mm cavalry still.

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Commercial block

As part of a job lot, I picked up this merchants block from Walther. It was in bad shape. It was missing both roof pieces, the short wall on the roof, and, most concerningly, an angled piece of brick on the front corner was missing. I didn't snap a picture of the building I got but I think it was supposed to look like the one above. The cupola and door were missing. To fix this, I had to remove parts of two walls to allow the front corner to mate. I also had to make roof and wall pieces.I then did not minimal painting. The result is passable. It looks way worse in this photo than in real life. I will go back and touch up the brick work on the from corner.For $2 and a bit of plastic card, I'm happy enough.Up next: Some 54mm AWI highlands that have been staring mournfully from the paint table for almost a year.

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Factory

Still more buildings this week. This is an HO-scale factory I got for $2 at the railway swap meet.This is a nice model. I spent some time dry brushing, washing and sealing. The photos don't really show the improvement this made but it is now a nice looking piece.It has lots of levels for characters to move on and fight from behind. This as a fairly easy reclamation project. I still need to print off a sign for the one on the roof.Next week I'll have a more difficult project finished.

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