"I love the smell of Laser Burnt MDF in the morning, it smells of gaming". Ok that's a pretty muddled paraphrasing of Col Kilgore but it is an accurate description of the scent in the Lair as I've been assembling a lot of Sarissa Precsision 28mm rail road kits.Sarissa has a large selection of rolling stock and the models are very fun to put together.*. The first picture shows the assembled Pannier Engine and freight cars set. The set is a great deal and I highly recommend it. I tossed in a 28mm Perry DAK officer figure for scale. If there are trains, then there must be some track, so I picked up a few track packs from Sarissa also. They are very simply to put together but one tip is to paint the rails and ties BEFORE assembling the tracks.The completed train - sorry the picture is a little dark A dark grey, rust streaked engine and flat car.The rest of the rolling stock. Why am I building a 28mm railroad? Well you may see it in an upcoming LWTV episode....* Usually Sari
Labor Day was a big day of gaming at the club as I got to participate in 2 play tests. The first was an outing of Josh's newly built and simply superb Gallipoli table. It really is stunning We played the first day of the British Invasion at the tip of the Gallipoli peninsula. The figures are 6mm in scale and the game was a blast I played one of the Turkish commanders and lets just say the Brits had a very difficult day. I think the rules need to be tweaked as it was just too easy for the Turks.Oh, there may have been a beach being taken away from the Brits. Just saying.....Josh really did a stunning job on the table.There will be no pictures from the second game but the table and mini's are equally stunning. Why no pic's? - cause you just might see the game this season on LWTV and I don't want to "spill the beans"I also recorded my first two rules reviews for the channel so it was a busy day - please be kind in your complaints about my ugly visage on the You
The D-Day video from Little Wars TV is out. This was the first of the club's games I was lucky enough to get a chance to play in and it was a blast. You may see me again in a future, more nautically themed episode.As you will see, the game itself was huge and simulated the entire D-Day landing (all 5 beaches!) at the battalion level using 6mm minis from Tony's collection. I was in command of the German 84th Corps and held the center around Bayeux. We used the Rommel rules set from Sam Mustaffa. It was my first time playing Rommel and I really liked it.I've played in a lot of games, but few of this scope that are so well staged and never any that have been filmed (on purpose). During the course of the game, there are serval breaks where the players from both sides scurry off to either consult or give their impression of how the game is going. These little "pauses for reflection" were really interesting and provides a formal recording of the ebb and flow of success or f
In addition to frantic preparations for Historical, there is a large club game being held this Saturday. I'm contributing some ships to the effort and they all needed to be rebased and relabeled. The rebasing is done and the labels have been printed out and need to be attached.I also need to figure out a better transport systems as these Langtons are a little on the delicate side.I'm going to need a vacation after all this intense hobby stuff!
The Calendar gods have finally smiled upon me and my board schedule has aligned with the Salute show. That means that I'll be attending Salute this year for the first time.I'm set to fly out to London tonight for a few board meetings, all which will be a bit more stressful given all the silliness associated with the nightmare we know as "Brexit". As I've said before, I cherish our most important of allies, the UK, but would have hoped you would have chosen to give us a proper role model for political management rather than join us up on the top spot of the podium for political stupidity. Still, it's good to have some company up there.Honestly, when one decides to cross the Rubicon, one knows they're marching on Rome and one doesn't just sit down on the opposite bank debating what to do while having a picnic.Of course, I'm not just going for fun. I'll be an O-F-F-I-C-I-A-L member of the wargaming press as I'll be covering the show for LittleWarsTV. That's right I'm the Jimmy Olson