Assorted games from recent weeks.

As much as I’ve been busy beavering away in the shed making kits and painting I have been getting quite a few games in too. I’ve not done a battle report in a while for the simple reason that trying to take photos at meaningful points in the game comes third to a) playing the game and b) having a laugh with my mates, the latter is the best reason for gaming imo.

Nonetheless I have taken some ‘happy snaps’ as it were of a few recents evening’s gaming so thought I’d put them up here:

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First up we have the old Milton Bradley game Battlemasters from 1992. Done in conjunction with Games Workshop as an entry level game it comes with a rather nice printed plastic mat.

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Paul had found a cheap copy in a charity shop so he took it up to the games club and gave it a run through that evening. It plays quick so we managed to get two full games in. The above photo gives you some idea of how the random card cannon mechanisms works.

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The second scenario saw the ‘evil/ chaos’ army attempting to force a river crossing to take out a fortified tower. It seemed to be a quite a tall order for them to do that given that the ‘Empire’ army was at full strength.

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I ran a nice little 6mm 5core: Brigade Commander game for Evan and Bill that saw Bill’s 1980s British defend a section of the German countryside from Evan attacking Soviets. You can’t beat a bit of 1980s Cold War what if? gaming to stir nostalgic memories of the 1980s. I really should get a CD of 80s music to go with these games.

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The twist in the scenario was that the Soviets faced a large flanking counter attack that they weren’t ecpecting. Here Evan tries to reposition his troops in the face of approaching British armour.

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Here a MIG 23 from the VVS tries to halt the encroaching Chieftans threatening to overrun the Soviet HQ. The game ended in a bloody draw.

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I have managed to get a couple of games of the French expansion of The Great War board game. The op[ening games are based around the battles for Verdun. The first game seemed a tough ask for the defending French. I played the game twice in an evening with Paul swopping side: on both occasions the French were decisively beaten.

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I played the second of the new scenarios with Evan. Again we played it twice, again the French were beaten both times. Evan played as the Germans the first time. Veteran gamer that he is he quickly indentified the the weakpoint in my defences and went for it winning comfortably. After we swopped sides I looked at the board and couldn’t come up with a better plan so copied his shamelessly for much the same result.

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I dug out my modest fleets of Russo- Japanese War ships for a naval battle with Paul. We could have probably done with a bigger table as this turned out to be the naval equivalent of a knife fight in a telephone box.

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Here Paul’s Russian battleship is trying to ram my battleship squadron, having crossed his ‘T’ I gave him little option. Fortunately he bounced off my side armour and a lucky critical hit roll sunk him. A fun game, I need to add to my collection though before I can play the war as a campaign as I intend to do at some point.

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Finally with have the recent Too Fat Lardies’ tank skirmish ruleset What a Tanker. Evan ran the game for Bill and I, I had three BT7s and a T28 facing off against a STUGIII, Pz38t and a PzII. After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing around the table Bill whittled me down for the win. I’ve mixed views on the game (I think the games set in the early war don’t work, for boring mathematical reason, due to the game design) but that aside it was one of the most enjoyable evening gaming I had had in a long time.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

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Twilight 2000/ Post Apocalypse Soldiers.

Growing up, as I did, at the tail end of the Cold War one of RPGs that really drew me in was Twilight 2000; a game that I’m sure most of you are familiar with too. I never played many games of it: the combination of modern weaponary and 19th century medical care meant that and wounded characters didn’t last that long… I keep thinking of returning to it but as a battling warlord skirmish campaign type thing rather than a straight RPG. Nonetheless in the meantime I keep collecting bits for it as and when, in fact my earliest modern figures started of being collected for Twilight 2000.

 

Elhiem Figures have released a very nice set of mounted (ex)soldiers suitable for the game. Even better, due to the modular design of the figures you can have the same figure mounted and dismounted.

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To give them a ragtag look I mixed in bits on non- camouflaged clothing. They have a nice mix of weaponary too. I think it would be worth making them up as a special group of NPCs for the player characters to encounter if you were running a campaign.

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First up with have a guy in a black T-shirt carrying a shotgun.

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Next we have a guy in the earlier M1 helmet talking on the radio.

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Man waving pistol about- there is a slung rifle on his horse.

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One man carrying M16 and binoculars- probably my favourite one.

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Bareheaded with an M16.M203 combination.

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Floppy bush hat with an M249 Minimi Squad Automatic Weapon.

The horses have the legs of the riders suclpted on them- the torso fits in with a plug, a sperate set of legs are available for the dismounted figures so you can mix and match until you are happy with poses. It is nice to have this much flexibility when putting together the minis. If some more were to be released but with Soviet/ Russian weaponary I’d be very happy as they’d complement this set immensely.

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

Fast and dirty crowds.

On a whim I bought some railway modellers’ pre painted OO scale  civilians from ebay;  they were very  cheap and I’d seen someone use the O scale ones well on Lead Adventure forum. When I got them they were worse than I expected if I’m being trueful but decided to base up a few any way and see how they looked.

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Firstly I textured some ply hex bases with homemade textured paint. I glued the figures on, gave them a heavy all over wash of Army Painter, drybrushed the base and then hit them with some matt varnish.

If you look at an individual stand you can tell how awful they are.

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That said I think the mass effect works and they should be useful for some modern city based games. When the rest of the packet of a hundred are done it should make quite a crows.. The same ebay seller has civilians in arab dress so I may pick up a packet of those too.

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Cheers,

 

Pete.

Whoop, Whoop: das Geräusch der Polizei.

(With apologies to KRS-One)

Elhiem Figures has recently released two version of the (in)famous East German Trabant car: one civilian, one police. These are 3D prints and are rather nice, much better than the Shapeways ones I bought several years back.

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The pair of little Trabants.

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Believe it or not over 3 million of them were made.

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This Police one should really have lettering on it but I didn’t fancy trying out my freehand on it so left it off.

Both were painted in acyrlics before being weathered with oil paints. The blue police lights were done with Games Workshops range of gem paints; they look OK but I don’t think they were really worth the extra effort. Still given how little paint I used they should last for years.

 

They make a nice little pair and should be some nice set dressing if I ever set a Cold War game in East as opposed to West Germany.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

A little bridge.

I’ve recently bought this useful bridge from Anyscale models (they have a great range and are very reasonably priced, check them out here ) it is listed in their 28mm section but I’m planning to use it for my 20mm toys as well.

It’s not the most interesting piece of terrain but it really will be useful.

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It is a nice size to fit over my resin stream sections.

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One of the Airfix trucks from my previous post negoiates the roadway.

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One nice touch is that the kit comes with enough parts to do a ruined version… in case there is a well placed artillery/ bomb strike or someone tries to drive too heavy a tank across it.

Cheers,

 

Pete.

British vehicles: Old and New

The old and new bit referring to the age of the models not their places in history….

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First up with have the venerable Matchbox Sherman Firefly (although this is a more recent Revell reissue. The commander is from Battlefield/ Blitz and stowage from various sources.

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Next we have some recent (i.e. last decade) Airfix trucks made with modern CAD.

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I had a few technical problems painting these: the oil wash that I put over a gloss varnish to define the recessed details took and age to dry and even then remained tacky until I hit it with a matt spray. For future models I’m going to remix all my washes with higher quality turps and use a better gloos spray and hopefully that should solve the problem.

Cheers,

 

Pete.

‘Cops and Robbers’: 1920s Gangsters and Police.

I ordered the 20mm Gangsters from CP Models clicky to use ostensibly as IRA men for the Troubles in Ireland as the clothes a re from the right era and the IRA did take delivery of a few Thompson SMGs (although they were mainly used in the subsequent Irish civil war). I figured if I was buying the Gangsters it would be silly not to get a few packs of the police too; if only for a few knock about ‘pulp’ scenarios when we don’t want a ‘serious’ war game (I know their crime activities are no fun for those unfortunate ones who are caught up in them but it is at a different level to indutrialised total war).

I recently got some paint of them so here they are:

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It is slightly annoying that the camera shows up errors like mould lines you’ve neglected to clean up isn’t it…? Too late now though… I can live with it.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.