Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Better Late than Never

The first post of the New Year, which is a bit later than I had hoped, but that's life for you.

I have managed to get in two games so far this year; both of which I even managed to win! Not sure how I did that. The first game was a WWII bash on the Eastern front. Me, the plucky Russians versus Adrian and the dastardly Germans. It was one of those games that could have gone either way but for the fact I think Adrian was caught between two stalls and couldn't decide where to commit his troops. Plus some very unlucky rally rolls.
German armour hanging back and
indulging in some long range shooting
but taking casualties

a flukey  shot at long range
Two T70s taking some for the team.
Not a shot fired between the two of them.

Russian Infantry advance, taking the central farm, with the help of a KV1 which was hit repeatedly but everything bounced. It eventually knocked out the offending marder. At that point the German dice gods departed. With a string of unsuccessful rallies and out of ammo rolls the game was up.

The turning point in the game.
The second game was Pulp Alley at Adrian's in his loft. I was the baddie and Adrian was the goody, playing the doctor and his minions. I thought I had lost but, at the end of the game, when we totalled up things, it turned out I had won. I have no idea how that happened but good fun was had. Unfortunately, I forgot to take any photographs. Bugger!

On the painting and making fronts I have completed a church which is vaguely Russian looking, and some very nice Rubicon kits; an early Panther and an early Tiger. They go together very nicely. Also two resin vehicles from Die Waffenkammer, which are very nice if you don't mind waiting absolutely months and months for. Canadian post is supposed to be even worse than ours.
A 4Ground church. Have been looking for a roundish bauble to go on top to make it more Russian. No luck so far. It will do for the time being.

everybody loves a tiger
Rubicon early Panther. It's already broken down once.

A lynx; very cute.

A 234/1 armoured car. Nice!

Here's to the next time. Hope the dice gods are with you. Cheers.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Just made it! The last post of the year.

Wishing everybody a Happy New Year and I hope you all had a good  Christmas.

Since my last post there has been no gaming. This might have something to do with all of the above (ie Christmas) what with the usual shopping, preparing, entertaining and being entertained, drinking and eating a little too much. That and having to work right up to the last minute!

This year, gaming wise, has been a bit on off. Discovered Lion Rampant/Dragon Rampant, which is great fun, and has got me back into fantasy gaming after a very long hiatus. Consequently, have been putting together a small but ever-growing goblin army and have been tinkering with my own World War II rules and getting a few games in.

Pak 38 from AGN 

A nice marder II from Blitzkrieg Miniatures with Perry Crew

Some Warlord Games Panzer Mark III
Nice kits - go together very well.

Stowage from various sources which you can never have too much of!

Some minor modifications to the kit;
had to cut the gun barrel back - a tad too long -
and modified the side skirts.
Convention-wise, the only games show I went to this year was Selwig. Will definitely be getting more in next year. One hopes, for next year, to be getting slightly more gaming in and am looking forward to another variant of Lion Rampant - The Pikemans Lament - which I have pre-ordered and hopefully will be falling on my doormat early in the New Year.

Basing is three to one as used by "Dalauppror"
His blog is very good.
In the absence of much gaming this last month, I have managed to get a bit of painting done - some German WWII and basing up some more goblins.

My plans for 2017 are, hopefully, to get a small pile of MDF buildings put together, finish off several boxes of partially painted WWII vehicles and get started on figures for Pikemans Lament. Plus, I seem to have acquired a small pile of Greek/Trojan figures from Foundary since I am thinking about gaming in Bronze Age Greece, a period that has always interested me. Homaric tales of daring do.

Just looking for a suitable set of rules to kick it all off.

Once again, I wish you all a Happy New Year and thanks for putting up with my intermittent ramblings. I will try to do better next year.