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Just a few cool games....

For the second week in a row I have been able to enjoy some 'gaming. Last week it was some DBA 3.0 with Keith. This week some HotT with Andy.  These are all interesting games that seem to suit the currently busy life style. Short games with enough depth to challenge to the degree that you fell suited, without requiring the investment of 3-4 hours for a single outcome.We managed four games in two hours (along with beer, coffee, sausage rolls, and plenty of good conversation). The first saw my 25mm French napoleonics fighting Andy's 28mm VSF army.Game 1French columns (behemoths), Cuirassier (knights), Old Guard (blade) and recruits (horde) with a hero general Germans.. a behemoth general no less!!!Shooters ..The raw recruits ..The French strongholdQuick game, Prussian hero general destroyed, and more points than I'd lost..Game 2 ...The result a reversal from the first game...  the evening was developing well, with honours evenly shared Game 3... weird world war 1 Germans vs BritishThe newest

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As yet 'unblooded' on the table top

I've been ill in bed for a week (first sick days off work in 25 years!!) so there's been no painting output, and obviously no games. I felt the need to post something, so.. these T70s, and a Cossack Tchanka, from the 20mm collection. These were all modelled by good friend Gerard, and gifted several years ago. I am sad to say they have yet to see action on the tabletop.

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Diecast Car Conversion for 20mm or 1/72 Scale Wargaming

Welcome gentle reader to another post from "It's 500 Miles to the German border". I started modifying die-cast and cheap dollar store plastic toys as stand ins for my own Twilight: 2000 campaign. We use 1/72 (20mm) models, terrain and figures sometimes to resolve combats in the rpg as a sort of rpg/table top hybrid.Some 1/72 is either difficult to get or next to impossible or if available cost prohibitive. Die-cast is very cheap. I found out about a game called "Gaslands" that uses die-cast cars modified to look post Apocalypse in a sort of death race game versus other vehicles. I won't get into that game in this article but I do recommend that readers look into it to see if it offers anything that might be of use to your own campaigns or war-games.I learned from a local hobby shop in discussion about using diecast is that they call it "box scale" in comparison to other model scales. Meaning being that it is whatever fits into the box. Most peg die-cast (hotwheels, maisto, etc) as being 1/64 ish scale. S

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Had a productive weekend!

I've been painting this mess of Soviet vehicles for a long, long time. And well, I finally finished them. Lord knows, it took a while. I used a method I found on the old Guild website, that I've slightly modified, but it works well, and gives the vehicles a nice "worn" look.As soon as I find a copy of the method, I will post it here, but I wanted to show off the vehicles in their glory. Lemme know what you think gang!Overall, am I as good a modeler as some of what I've seen on the net, nope. But am I happy? Yep.3 Butler Printer Models T-64s. they're fairly rough on the detail and l/76th as opposed to 1/72. But I do look them for what they are, decent looking Russian tanks. 2 S-Model BMD-2. I liked the ease of construction. Didn't like the fragility of some of the parts, such as the treads, and the brass parts seemed a bit unnecessary. The Trumpeter T-55 to me is a great kit. It was a bit unexpected to screw together the halves of the hull, but I liked the kit overall, assembled it in an afternoon!&n

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Saxony 1945. Saksonia 1945.

Hi! I'm back with game reports. However, before I tell you  about our game, I have to announce something. The Late Medieval Polish army list for To the Strongest! You can download for free from Simon's shop at this link:Cześć! Wracam z raportami z gier. Jednakże, zanim opowiem Wam o naszej grze, mam coś do ogłoszenia. Lista na późne średniowiecze dla Polski dla zasad To the Strongest! jest w końcu gotowa. Możecie sobie ją ściągnąć za darmo ze sklepu Simona pod tym linkiem:https://bigredbatshop.co.uk/collections/all/products/medieval-listsOk, let back to our games. The work with the army list took all my free time and had no time for blogging. Now I am going to fix it. First  the game we had two weeks ago. It was Rapid Fire! game with Polish together with Soviets against Germans.Ok, wracamy do naszych gier. Praca nad listą armijną zajęła mi prawie cały mój wolny czas i nie miałem czasu na blogging. Teraz zamierzam to naprawić. Pierwsza gra, którą mieliśmy dwa tygodnie temu. Była to gra z zasadami Rap

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Creative use of junk... isn't that just the ticket for HotT?

So it's like this... we'd been given a couple of packets of sachets of dog food. We don't normally feed our girls with that stuff, it's mostly water and very little nutrition. But... there were these interesting looking plastic packaging retainers in which the sachets sat. I hate consigning interesting looking stuff to the landfills, so the question was what could I make of them.I put them face to face, and trimmed the edging off the top one. This looked a little like a bunker, or a magical tunnel , or ... well who knows. I had in mind something that might work for WWW1, or VSF, either as a piece of terrain, or a stronghold, for our HotT games. I just added a table tennis ball for a dome and a dish.So, here is the finished piece, in the first photo complete with British VSF troops.And here with WWW1 units.I added some details at each end to look like lights.And played with the idea of a magical dome.. it didn't quite work, but it'll do.

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Syrian White Helmet Rescue Workers

This was my closing post for the ninth annual Painting Challenge. I wanted to return to our overarching theme of 'Fellowship' and decided to do a small vignette honouring a group of people whose selfless efforts I've admired for several years now: the Syrian White Helmets.As many of you know the White Helmets are a group of Syrian volunteers whose mandate is to provide medical assistance, urban search and rescue, civilian evacuation, and essential service delivery to areas caught within their nation's civil war. It is reported that since they were formed more than 5 years ago the White Helmets have saved over 100,000 lives, while losing over 200 of their own people in the process. In 2016 the group was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and have subsequently been awarded numerous international accolades for their humanitarian work.Sadly, in this politically charged region of the world, there is an active smear campaign levelled at the White Helmets, trying to besmirch and belittle what they have done fo

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Kit bash Airfix 1/76 RAF Recovery Set (03305): PART 1

Our kit in it's natural formWelcome gentle reader to another installment of "It's 500 Miles to the German Border". As our local Twilight:2000 campaign takes place in the US, I've been focusing my model making more to reflect that.This time around I'll be sharing my (mis)adventures in kit bashing/converting the Airfix 1/76 RAF Recovery Set (03305). This one from what I have read is a reproduction of the 1970s kit (of a WW2 subject).. Now currently, Airfix has let this kit go OOP. I was able to get it pretty cheap considering all of the goodies it came with: The kit has a few figures, as well as 2 motorcycles, 1 crane/truck and a tractor-trailer, plenty of Post-Apocalyptic conversion fodder goodness!Normally I wouldn't have bought this as its a WW2 kit. But as my son and others have pointed out that it will still run in a post-EMP world.  That's good enough for me! My apologies to the WW2 sticklers out there.The kit itself is worth the price I paid, as it was cheaper than I would have spent on a regular Tr

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1st battle of Tomaszów Lubelski, 18.09.1939. Pierwsza bitwa pod Tomaszowem Lubelskim, 18.09.1939.

Last Thursday we replayed the first battle of Tomaszów Lubelski. This battle was very interesting, because it was the largest battle of Polish Campaign with a use of tanks on both sides. For the game we used the Rapid Fire! rules.W ostatni czwartek na stół przenieśliśmy pierwszą bitwę pod Tomaszowem Lubelskim. Bitwa ta jest o tyle interesującą bitwą kampanii w Polsce, że jest ona największą w jakiej użyto czołgów po obu stronach. Do gry użyliśmy zasad Rapid Fire!SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Bartek ŻyndaUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bartek ŻyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: SESWC, Bartek ŻyndaFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Bartek Żynda1. Introduction. Wprowadzenie.Polish forces, composed of Army Lublin and Army Kraków under general Tadeusz Piskor attempted to break through the German positions around Tomaszów Lubelski towards the Romanian Bridgehead area. Both armies joined forces on September 15, in the area southwest of Frampol. Their road towards south was blocked, by two German corps - 8th Army Corps (

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Turtenkop's nightmare: Orks and Chaos align

It was what the civilised peoples of the west had most feared. It was the thing that made King Tutenkap's blood run cold. He had successfully forced his way past the barbarian peoples of the steppes, and the Chief Dumnoriox had fled to the remotest corners of the steppe to lick his wounds.But this was something else. This was the sort of thing that left Tutenkap sweating despite the cold winds that came off the steppe. Before him were arrayed the clamouring hordes of the first of the Ork races that he had encountered. But allied with them were elements of the forces of Chaos. These heinous beings stood in silence, awaiting the commencement of battle. Their power could be felt resonating through the ground, and an eerie howl swept cross the intervening ground, drowning out even the mad clamour of the Ork fighters.The Ork right wing with trolls and mammoths arrayed as behemothsThe centre was held by Orc chariots, lead by the Ork CnC, supported by a mad Ork aerial hero, who had attracted the support of two Chaos

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Grzmiszczosławice, 1939.

Few weeks ago, Andrew, the members of the Wargaming in Scotland group on Facebook, asked if someone would be able to show him Battlegroup rules. I answered him as the first and last Thursday we had our game. I was thinking which book to use, Kursk, Fall of the Reich or Blitzkrieg. I decided to use the last one, which would be the great possibility to use some of my new models. Therefore we had Polish campaign of 1939 and fight for fictitious village with hard to pronounce name of Grzmiszczosławice.Kilka tygodni temu, Andrew, członek facebookowej grupy Wargaming in Scotland, zapytał się czy ktoś nie pokazałby mu zasad Battlegroup. Odpowiedziałem jako pierwszy i w ten sposób w zeszły czwartek odbyła się nasza gra. Zastanawiałem się jakiej książki użyć, Kurska, Fall of the Reich czy Blitzkrieg. Zdecydowałem się na tą ostatnią, była to więc możliwość użycia kilku z moich nowych modeli. Dlatego też mieliśmy grę z okresu Kampanii w Polsce w 1939 roku i walkę o fikcyjną wioskę o bardzo trudnej do wymówienia nazwie G

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I love a challenge

Hmm, so .. Okay.. here's a wee challenge.These figures are some of the remnants of my very first ancients army, those Airfix Romans. They are pretty much painted up, have nice shields that need re-attachment, and include some Roman light cavalry that were converted from Airfix ACW cavalry, with Roman head swaps. There are even some ACW conversions that were meant to be Gothic cavalry.They need no longer do service in the historical/DBA scene, so what can I make of them in HotT?Initial thinking and discussion suggests maybe Roman gladiators/Blade, with wolf God, and circus animals as beasts .. Lions and all that.It seems such a waste to do nothing with them. Other suggestions are welcome.

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Dumnorix sallies south

Pushing past the Turkish forces had been easy. Evading rather than confronting the Turkish (and British) forces had been easier than he'd believed, and so here he was entering the land of the Egyptian, a land of great necromancers, a land purportedly raised up by mysterious visitors from the skies. Here was a chance to create legends, a chance to carve eternity into the legends of the peoples of the north.And so Dumnorix surveyed the scene as his forces arrayed against the armed might of the mystical Egyptians.Andy and I managed a Big Battle HotT army ...  it must be summer holidays.Initial deployment, Semi historical Egyptian forces  on the left face up to the intruders, the Barbarian hordes from the north.Egyptian blade backed up by their knight generalEgyptian archers, with their alien commander in mysterious flying saucer, supported by smaller flyersHuge feline behemoth supports the Egyptian bladeDumnorix' warband warriors supported by Mammoth behemoth, and riders from the eastThe stomp of giant

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