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Turkish forces push south into Egypt ... a HotT game report

This was a Big Battle HotT game that Andy and I played a few weeks ago. (The pressures of work etc have meant that the photos have sat here for a little while.) The game featured Andy's Semi historical Egyptians vs my VSF Turks.Set up, Egyptians on the left, Turks on the rightEgyptian blade, with flyers tucked up behindChariot general, and behemoth (da cat!!)Turkish airboatTurkish behemothSo Andy and I both made perhaps the worst choice possible.. we both chose a Hero General, and what's more, this was our CnC. They went head to head in turn 2, and on the simple roll of a die, I won/Andy lost. His entire centre disintegrated. We'd both made a bad choice.. the fate of the game hung therefore on a single die roll -- winner takes all.Andy'Andy's centre has all but disappeared, and his reserve is rushing lover to fill the gapOn the Turkish right, Turkish riders circle around in an attempt to get in behind the EgyptiansTurkish blade battering away at what was left of the Egyptian centreThe Egyptian right is having

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WWW1 arillery stand

After a flurry of painting activity (you can always tell when it's a term break), in 15mm (French Ordonnance for DBA) and 6mm (1940 French for Spearhead), I was about to get stuck into the remaining 6mm FPW army (which have sat unpainted for perhaps a decade.However I managed to tweak muscles in my lower back while in the garden this morning and, feeling pretty annoyed, I wanted something different to do. Even sitting at the painting table for more than 10 minutes at a time resulted in some discomfort, so it needed to be a project that could be done in small easy chunks. Aha, I had a spare Airfix RHA 18pdr, and some British Colonial artillery crew (Ha0, so put these together to create an artillery stand for the 20mm Weird World War 1 artillery.The artillery stand. I chose a slightly unorthodox uniform for the crew.. a mix of Colonial British and WW2 with a blue tunic and khaki trousers, and helmetThe old and the new.. the two artillery stands for the army..The army is progressing towards a "Big Battle" config

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A Submission of One Reader's Army in 20mm!

US Forces in Polandby Jorge Del RioAn article for 500 Miles to the German BorderThis article is solely an overview of the Forces that our group has met or will meet in their attempt to leave Poland.The troops are mostly members of the NATO Allies that were fighting in the area in June of 2000. The primary members are small groups of troops from the 4-12 Cavalry, which was 5th IDs Divisional Cavalry Squadron, the 1-11th Infantry and 3-11th Infantry. The 5th ID was destroyed recently near Kalisz, however multiple small groups of troopers are scattered everywhere. Several groups ended up south of Kalisz in hiding where the Command Group encounters the commander of the local Polish Home Army.The Command GroupThe Command Group is what I call the primary group of explorers; they are not exempt from getting killed especially if they suck at rolling their dice. Most of us have several player characters in the game at the same time.The Battalion Commander Major Jeremy Rivers is the former Squadron Operation Offic

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There was this little toy truck..

Well, yup, a little toy truck that I was sure had a use.,.. and I was right. Initially it was going to be a 'knight' for the  HotT Weird World War 1 army, but it was a little large for the base, so ... another behemoth it is. That seems to fit with the 'narrative' I have in my mind .. an army of large lumbering inventions ... behemoths, if I ever I saw them. The basic toy needed those add-ons that would make it the WWW1 beast, so there was a lot of digging into the spares box, as you do.Here is the end result.

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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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