28 February 2015

Thank you for the Adventures

Vale Leonard Nimoy.

You did indeed Live Long and Prosper, and took us on journeys to the stars.
You will be missed and most fondly remembered.


25 February 2015

Awesome Man Cave

This got posted on FB the other day in an RPG group but it just has to be shared more widely.
This guy is either a life long bachelor or he has a very understanding better half!

see more great photos of this setup here:

17 February 2015

Book Review: KURSK - The Vital 24 Hours

by Will Fowler

I had borrowed this from a library around a year ago, really enjoyed it and knew it had to be on my reference shelf.  Unfortunately out of print (but not for a long time), I figured I'd bide my time and find a cheap second hand copy.  I got a very good used copy this week for the princely sum of 78 cents, about the cost of a single 15mm figure from battlefront, plus $3.50 postage.  What a bargain!

Filled with great maps, pics, first hand accounts and a good operational level narrative.  Great stuff for both military history reading and generating wargaming scenarios though I would have liked some more tactical level maps for the latter purpose.  4 out of 5 stars and I'll be searching for the author's other works on Stalingrad and D-Day.


15 February 2015

Declare Sir!

...being a new blog venture by Alan (aka Dux Humunculorum) and I for our joint 6mm ECW project.   There will probably be a bit of cross posting, but we are hoping that it will be a good spot for us to collate our intermittent project activity.

Are ye for King or Parliament?   http://declaresir.blogspot.com

13 February 2015

More ECW Reading

Thanks once again to Amazon, I am now enjoying some more ECW reading.  While we have yet to determine which more modern rules we will use (Impetus, Polemos etc) these classic titles have some great content.

I must admit that as nice as it would be to have original editions, the Curry reprints of classic books are very nice, at very reasonable prices, and immediately available.

...and thanks for the tip on the Wesencraft title Millsy!

10 February 2015

Contemplating Tiny Terrain

To support our ECW project (see here), I started to cast my eye about for appropriate 6mm terrain.  I have a bunch of old SF terrain in 6mm but obviously not a lot of that will be useful (and to be honest after 20 years in boxes undergoing around a dozen house moves I have grave doubts as to its condition).  So another lovely excuse to spend Hobby money emerges!

What do I (think I) need? Enough terrain for a 4 x 4 or so table, including a river, a few roads with bridges, and a town or two.

First up, Baccus (whose lovely figures we are using) is an easy starting place with this nice village set

Here are some nifty tips for DIY stuff:

And here are some more manufacturers
6mm Terrain Manufacturers:
     Some painted up nicely here: http://walladvantage2.blogspot.com.au/search/label/6mm%20ECW
     Curt's nicely painted up granary set here;: http://analogue-hobbies.blogspot.com/2013/03/product-review-total-battle-miniatures.html
Curt's lovely granary terrain set (Total Battle Miniatures)

While its listed in their Napoleonic rage, Leven Miniatures make a nice fortified Manor House that would do nicely as a Royalist stronghold
Leven's NAP06 - Fortified Manor House from here

Leven also make these fine Tudor Style buildings - can't have an English village without a pub now can we!
GEN11 - Tudor Style Public House
HOU14 - Detached Tudor style house

Dungeon Castings make this nice "House with Tower" as an alternative Manor House (DC-D0118)

Total Battle Miniatures also do this fantastic walled town set - very pretty but not sure if I need to drop 65 pounds on it at this stage and instead need more functional terrain.  Very shiny though!  Would make a great centrepiece for a Campaign though
The unpainted pics show what you get in better detail I think:

And finally, what kind of Royalist would I be without a good keep or castle to fall back on?  But my quick look around didn't provide me with the lots of options that I expected.  I thought for sure there would be many examples of big '5 star' castles like Conwy, Raglan or Caernarfon.  What I'd really like is a nice tower like Donnington (where the battle of Newbury was fought in 1644). 
JR Miniatures' "European Siege Castle"

And finally, some inspiration for baggage/camp elements here (all made with Baccus figures):

If you other suggestions or recommendations for us I'd love to hear them!

07 February 2015

6mm ECW

One of the long term projects I have is some big battle ECW with Alan, aka Dux Homunculorum***.  Being a rebellious rapscallion he aspires to Command the New Model Army, while I am more of the Loyalist type and shall stay in His Majesty's service.  The Lad has also expressed interest in gaming this period as well, and though his loyalties are yet to emerge I suspect he will be another Roundhead cur.

Alan has done the lion's share at this point.  Actually, he has done everything including painting both armies so that we might be able to get on with it when we again live in the same hemisphere.  However, a rather large parcel is now making its way from Baccus to allow us to take the war north of Hadrian's wall.  For rules we are planning to use Baccus's ECW Polemos, or maybe the Basic Baroque (See here) as I know Alan really likes Impetvs.

Excitingly, Alan has now finished the first seven Royalist Foot units, which is very exciting news!

And here is Alan's Parliamentarian Army ready to do battle - impressive en mass!

You can see Alan's great 6mm ECW offerings, using the lovely Baccus range of figures, at his blog here: http://dux-homunculorum.blogspot.com/search/label/6mm%20English%20Civil%20War

So anyway, for those somewhat interested (but mostly as a notebook for me), here is some eye candy and inspiration for ECW in micro scale.

Inspiration from the Baccus site:

These fantastic figures are from Lee's sadly abandoned ECW project here: http://ecw6.blogspot.com.au/ and here
An impressive array
Trotters and Gallopers
Dismounted Dragoons
Commanded Muskets
Scenario Wise this series of books looks interesting - has anybody tried them?

As does this:  http://www.caliverbooks.com/Partizan%20Press/partizan_ecws.shtml

Basing tutorial: http://walladvantage2.blogspot.com.au/search/label/6mm%20painting

Interesting: http://wiki.bcw-project.org/

OK, thats probably enough rambling about 6mm ECW for now but expect more in the future!

*** Actually, now that I think about it, Alan has a lot to answer for in terms of my gaming expenditures overs the past few years: Battlegroup (various) and the introduction of 15mm WW2 into my Man Cave, SAGA (5 war bands and counting) and now this, but I'm sure there is more...  Thanks mate, now I have some sort of plausible deniability - at least to myself anyway (for some reason SWMBO doesn't find this rationalisation credible).

05 February 2015

Battlegroup Blitzkrieg now on Pre-Order!

News from PSC today and it looks like this edition was well worth the wait and validated the decision to delay publication late last year.  I've already signed up and am also excited that the Western Desert is next (early 2016 I understand). From the PSC website:

Battlegroup Blitzkrieg


The next supplement for the ‘Battlegroup’ World War II gaming rules covering the invasion of Poland in 1939 and France in 1940.

Designed to be played in 20mm and 15mm, this latest book contains army lists, vehicle data and special rules for the first two years of the war, including France’s command chaos, the Luftwaffe's aerial superiority and the swift German Panzermarsch!

Nine new army lists for the early war fighting. The Polish and German armies for 1939 and German Panzer and Infantry Divisions to fight French Light Mechanized Divisions, Armoured Divisions and Infantry Divisions, the British Expeditionary Force and Belgian army in 1940.

Nine historical scenarios from Poland to Belgium and France. All in a lavish 184 page, hardback book. Heavily illustrated with inspiring miniature photographs, historical photographs and artwork.

03 February 2015

CanCon 2015- Quick Report

Hello all, Comrade James here after a long absence due to moving Caves, states and jobs.....the good news is though my entire house is now a ManCave, at least for the next 12 months....more on that another time.

As long time readers will know, Paul and I try and get to Australia's premier gaming event, CanCon, every January, but being in the US has made that rather difficult for Paul this year. So I stepped up to the plate to represent the Cave's interest's...

As January was a crazy month for me I hadn't committed to a tourney other than the one day SAGA event held on the third day of CanCon. I was lucky enough however to go along on the Saturday, Day 1 of CanCon, and filled in as the 'Gumby' player for the Bolt Action tournament.
The TO gave me his Fallschirmjaeger to use, a fun list complete with a Quad 20mm AA gun and a captured Sherman tank (used as a PzIII)

I ended up playing all three games on Day 1, lost them all (well drew the last game) but had a blast, and met three excellent guys.
My highlights included managing to fire 4 Panzerfausts in one game (usually my PzFaust toting Jerries cop it before getting their round off), and seeing the 20mm 'Lawnmower' wreak havoc amongst the Russki hordes (always satisfying)

Half of one hall..Bolt Action and Bloodbowl is in the left hand corner.

The other half of the hall...one of two halls mind you...

The traders had their usual bumper stocks available to tempt roaming gamers, and CosPlayers were out in force this year. For me, it was a great chance to catchup with gaming buddies including Anfernee and Bish, and refresh acquaintances with John and Ian of War and Peace Games. 

The main trader area..click on the pic for better view

Ahh gamer stench.....actually not too bad this year....

The one day Saga tournament on Monday was my first competitive Saga tournament, having been involved in an ongoing 5 game campaign with my main Canberra gaming mates (more on that in another post) I took my Anglo Danes, which I had painted up last year. Game 1 was an Anglo-Dane civil war against a great chap I met in the Bolt Action Tourney, Tony, and his own Anglo Danes. We played a Crescent and Cross scenario, which was essentially kill the other guy. 

My Warlord getting stuck in....

We drew that one as the winner had to score a clear three more points than his opponent, and I scored 2 more than Tony....
Game 2 was a modified Crossing the Ford scenario from the Saga rulebook, whereby points were scored by whole units vice individual models, and only units of more than 3 figures counted...so no Warlord points!
This one went down the wire, and clearly I had annoyed all the local clans because my opponent, Rupert, was another Anglo-Dane player. Lovely chap, and in the end we managed to kill each other's Warlord in a Mutual Assured Destruction duel, whilst our lads failed to cross either bridge in sufficient numbers to count. Highlights were the Warlord clash, the lone Hearthguard who singlehandedly held my left hand bridge for most of the battle, and my Levy who showed what they lacked in fighting ability they made up for in spirit....
It started as a peaceful river.........

The Lone Hearthguard...gallant chap

Ready, on 3 we both swing and.....
 After two civil wars, my Danes decided to have a holiday in Northern Africa, where they were to encounter the Moors....this was my first game against a Crescent and Cross army, and it showed...not owning the book definitely had me at a disadvantage, and my Warlord showed his true colours by remaining bribed by Moors Gold almost the entire battle, effectively fatigued out right from the start.
We played the C and C scenario involving blinds moving around the table until revealed by their owner, so I tried to be tricky and split my Levy into 3 groups of 4 to confuse his perception of where my more hurty units were...sadly, that just made them easier to kill and totally ineffective in shooting, allowing my opponent complete control of the battlefield to ride in, javelin my best units, and scamper away whilst my Warlord counted his gold....other than getting to see a beautifully painted mounted army in action, it wasn't a good game for me...oh well live and learn....
After the blinds are revealed........ 

Enemy ? What enemy ? I'm sure you chaps can handle it.....
..about sums up my game.....

All in all the Saga tournament was a fascinating day and it was great to again meet new players and see some amazing armies on display. The highlight would have to be Bish winning second place with his Anglo Saxons, the same ones he beat me with in our campaign. Well done Bish!

Thats it for CanCon, hopefully both Paul, Right Stuff and myself will be able to bring you a combined report of CanCon 16 when he returns :)