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Progress on the Stormtroopers

I don't seem to have done much other than painting white today. My love of Star Wars as a child was legendary this process is testing that love at the moment. There has been a little bit of progress since then and I guess I could now paint the base rims, do  a bit of touching up and a few more details and I could call them done. A bit more work would get them above tabletop standard. I am probably going to move on to something else tomorrow but I will probably come back to these at the end of the week.If I get what I have on the bench done (including what I am starting tomorrow) that will be fifty five figures completed in two weeks. This would be almost a record if not an actual personal best. By my reckoning I am now doing better than my minimum expectation for the year although I am still a little way off what I have aspired to.  Another couple of weeks of this rate of production would see me caught up. The other stuff I have to do is a little less inspiring or a lot more intensive which will mak

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Modernish Barricades

The post apocalypse is never far from my mind, at least in a gaming sense. Despite Bethesda recently ruining my gaming experience, I do not feel that the world is about to end. I think my interest goes back to reading The Postman by David Brin after reading a review in White Dwarf of all places. A quick reading and rereading of Day of the Triffids and I am kind of a fan of the genre. Zombies and nuclear war seem to be my preferred way to end the world. The Walking Dead and Fallout out gave been my most recent influences in tabletop gaming but I have a lot of love for ideas from the old RPG Aftermath and almost anything done George Romero and a number of other books and computer games.Finding players has been hard in the past so I haven't pushed it. In there here and now things are not so bad on that score.  So I am looking at this as a possibility again so I figured it might be time to do something about it. I don't have many figures left to paint and those that I do have I can't find. What I can find is

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WarCon Ghent 2019

Past saturday, WarCon Ghent took place and me and Nemesis jumped in the car to make a visit to the wargame show, our first roadtrip of this year.Held in the village of Merelbeke, the size and the venue are those of the fun kind, not to immense (like, our Crisis show for example) giving you a good chance for a chat and a look at games.There was a dozen traders present (where we found some good deals, see below) and about two dozen demonstration and participation games.  Entry was a modest 7 euros, and as you can see in the video of my loot below, I also bought two of the Gamer's Guild dice to "support the cause".To give an example of the chatting, I was only 15 minutes there when I was talking to someone I never seen before about 6mm and 40k gaming, and how I am blessed with a GF with an intrest in the hobby.The bring and buy had some fun things, while not to large, like this 16+ hentai cardgame...But let`s have a look at the games then...Adeptus Titanicus, a game that intrests both me and Nemesis, was on

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Alternative Initiative Cards and Dirty Tricks for Mad Maximilian 1934

A sample of some of the dirty trick cards. This is an idea I had for moving games a little quicker in Max 34. I’m running a big game at Scrum Con and might have to have the traditional “fast car goes first” initiative take a bad seat to a more traditional method I’ve used for many skirmish games– it derives from the Sword and the Flame. The idea is to give everyone a number, put the numbered cards in a deck by themselves, and the dirty tricks in another deck. Every turn place one dirty trick in the action deck and shuffle them all together. The person whose number is called AFTER the dirty trick is pulled can utilize it for either themselves or for a target player. Details are on the card. Download HERE.

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Countdown to ScrumCON 2019

Our little jury rigged community effort convention is a mere short two weeks away (less, even). Video courtesy of Ellen Levy. Advertisements __ATA.cmd.push(function() { __ATA.initSlot('atatags-26942-5c5c6bd3af6a0', { collapseEmpty: 'before', sectionId: '26942', width: 300, height: 250 }); }); __ATA.cmd.push(function() { __ATA.initSlot('atatags-114160-5c5c6bd3af6a3', { collapseEmpty: 'before', sectionId: '114160', width: 300, height: 250 }); });

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Junkwaffel: Southern Cross sold out, but…

JUNKWAFFEL: THE SOUTHERN CROSS! at ScrumCon 2019 I’m pleased as punch to announce my ScrumCon 2019 Mad Maximilian 1934 game, JUNKWAFFEL: The Southern Cross is sold out. Ten players will be a challenge, but it won’t be impossible. If you are an attendee and want to play, get on the wait list. I have lots of cars, we’ll work something out. Source: Junkwaffel: Southern Cross

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Stormtroopers

Last year I spent some time playing in a Star Wars RPG last year and I was surprised to say that I really enjoyed it. For some reason I felt the urge to paint some suitable figures. This led to a lot of internet searches which is pretty much how I waste all my time.To save you going through what I found out I shall summarize. We were playing with the old Wizards Of The Coast figures which don't really interest me. They are pre-painted and a to be honest they are not the best models ever made. Most are a bit scrawny and they don't really fit in with the sizing of other figures. The Imperial Assault figures are very nice but they are not the cheapest and don't have a lot of poses. The detailing is great and they are 28mm which means that they fit in with a lot of other ranges. On the downside the range isn't great either. I have about thirty of the old metal Stormtrooper figures from West End Games. These are lovely figures and if I recall there were about ten sets of them. Nice as the range was it wasn't that

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Starting the Cruel Seas project

Whaaat?  Another Period?  Another Fixation??  I admit it.  Behold part of my Christmas present for 2018.  The big differences between this and other fixations I have written about on this blog are 1) I didn’t drift into this.  As soon as Warlord Games announced Cruel Seas in late Summer 2018, I made an informed decision that “Yeah, I’m going to get into that”.. and the more I learned about it, the more I wanted in.  2) I’m not replacing anything.  Mad Maximillian 1934 is moving forward, and I’m going to be running a game at ScrumCon next month.  and finally 3) This isn’t unprecedented.  I love naval games, although very rarely any set in WW2 or later.  There’s a reason for this.  We’ll get into that. Cruel Seas is set in WW2, both theaters.  It is a small, skirmish level (!) game that loosely simulates the fast, chaotic naval combat of WW2 using small coastal forces.  I knew that this focus on small force size, fast combat would make for rapid, fun inten

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Crisis 2018 : the aftermath

The first saturday of november, and that means only one thing: it`s time again for Crisis, our clubs annual wargame show.Being the largest on the european mainland, we had more then 125 traders, 60 clubs and 2000 visitors this year, thanks everyone for participating!Since yesterday, the build up had been undertaken, and then at 10 in the morning, the doors swung open for the 2019 edition.With this huge a selection of traders, that meant there was a LOT for everyone's taste and wallet (my "scores" are for a post later this week, probably on monday).So here is an oversight of the traders present, with of course the odd comment inserted here and there...But a wargame show is more then just buying, it's all about camaraderie, and of course, GAMES, so let's have a look at the games on show, in both picture and video coverage. Militia Brabantia using home made rules based on the Assassin's Creed videogame Worean brought a small scale ACW battle along Spectre A large table by Alde Garde Two

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New Vehicles for Max 34

I know, I know.. I keep saying “That’s IT! I’m done doing vehicle conversions for Mad Maximillian 1934!“, but I have to admit, it’s fun.  The latest and greatest utilize a couple of diecast 1:43 scale vehicles from a Russian toy company that produce historical models based on their own history– in the Soviet phase.  I’ll be danged if I can remember the manufacturer (I can’t read Cyrillic), but here you go: Repurposed BA-20 Armored CarThe old Soviets were crazy about having Scout armored cars in their armored ranks, and they made ton of different kinds.  One of the earliest, and ironically, with a production year of 1934, was the BA-20.  Underpowered and thinly armored, it was only produced in limited numbers.  In common with most armored cars derived from cars, the BA-20 was largely road bound. The lack of all-wheel drive, high ground pressure and low power prevented it from moving cross-country except on very firm ground. The armor was too thin to stop anyth

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New, beefy Stalinist Vehicles for Max 34

I know, I know.. I keep saying “That’s IT! I’m done doing vehicle conversions for Mad Maximillian 1934!“, but I have to admit, it’s fun, almost a hobby in itself. The latest and greatest vehicles on the table utilize a couple of diecast 1:43 scale vehicles from a Russian toy company that produces historical models based on their own history– in the Soviet phase.  I’ll be danged if I can remember the manufacturer (I can’t read Cyrillic), but here you go: Re-purposed BA-20 Armored Car The old Soviets were crazy about having Scout armored cars in their armored ranks, and they made ton of different kinds.  One of the earliest, and ironically, with a production year of 1934, was the BA-20.  Under-powered and thinly armored, it was only produced in limited numbers.  In common with most armored cars derived from cars, the BA-20 was largely road bound. The lack of all-wheel drive, high ground pressure and low power prevented it from moving cross-country except on

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Painting the Lannisters

One of the first things that I wanted to accomplish with the A Song of Ice and Fire miniature wargame was to treat the game like a historical wargame, with the books by George R.R. Martin as the reference. I didn’t want to rely on either the TV show or the game’s art for my colour schemes. This would be difficult as certain decisions of arms and armour were made for me by the game’s designers and sculptors. Still, I wanted to keep as close to the book as possible in regards to uniforms. It turns out I’d have an easier time baking Lamprey Pie; George R.R. Martin spends far more time describing food than he does describing outfits. This is fine as a writer but frustrating for someone trying to envision how the armies in his books would have dressed. The red cloaks wore mail shirts over boiled leather and steel caps with lion crests.George R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones This is pretty much the entire description of Lannister guards throughout the first book. There may be more e

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Starting the A Song of Ice and Fire Project

A year ago I backed a small Kickstarter project by CMON. It did well enough and even shipped in what I would consider to be a reasonable time, for a Kickstarter. It arrived when I was on vacation in July. Although I was excited to begin painting the miniatures I was in the middle of painting some Guildball Fishermen which I had received this past Christmas. Sticking with my goal of painting all purchased miniatures before starting more I finished the Fishermen so that August 21st was the first day I applied brush to miniature. The first three Lannister Guardsmen are Flatted. Do not ask me what made me choose the Lannisters first. I am a Stark by nature and if I were to pick an army to complete for this game it will be a Stark army. None-the-less the Lannisters were the first prepped and so I have begun. Plans for Painting I have not fully decided on the painting order for the A Song of Ice and Fire core set. I can either paint all of the Lannisters first and then the Starks, or I can alternate unit by un

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