Monday, January 14, 2019

A Welcome Return

The Colonel has returned ot his model building ways, at long last.

This fellow's models are simply mind boggling. And after a 3 1/2 year hiatus, he's back at it again!

Just a sample of what he's up to now, in order to get you hungry for more...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2018 in the Rear Mirror

   So, it's early days in 2019. I suppose that means it's time to take a brief look back at last year's gaming activities. It's also time to start considering the viability of this blog. I mean, really, does anyone blog anymore? Certainly not like the heady days of the early 2010s. I know I don't post nearly as often as I once did. It's not even that I am not doing things game related, because I am. But most of my social media/internet outlet is Twitter now. I'm going to have to have a serious think about the future of this blog.

   I did quite well on the Pledge in 2018, I think. I painted more minis than I received, and that's a good thing! But for next year, I think I am going to modify how I track things again. Basically, I'm adding a category of Artillery between Vehicles and Miniatures. I might add a Cavalry row as well. I don't plan on doing much if any, because - and you already know this if you've been following me for a bit - I hate painting horses. But I have always been torn between calling a cannon a vehicle or a miniature. They're neither fish, nor fowl, nor good red meat, as the saying goes. So we will see how it goes.

   I was silent on the painting front in December. Never picked up a brush. Which I hate but there it is.

   I did get to play a few games in the month though, and that's good. Finished off the last few nights playing Ticket to Ride Europe and Machi Koro with the family while we were away on a short trip to New Orleans. Yep, that's our party animal nightlife lifestyle.

   I will say that I played a nice variety of games this year as well. Several first time experiences, a variety of boardgames, roleplaying games, and miniature wargames. All in all, I am pretty happy with that.

   I didn't receive many minis for Christmas this year (okay, I got a few!) but I did get some terrain, rulebooks, etc. for both minis games and RPGs. Overall happy with it.

   I guess that's the theme for 2018: from a gaming standpoint, overall, I am happy with it.

   I'm hoping to release a few products on DriveThruRPG this year. I haven't really talked about it much but I started a game company early in 2018. With one thing and another, we've been severely delayed in actually producing anything. I'm hoping to rectify that in the next month or two.

   I suppose that's about all for now. I hope you all had a good year last year and I really hope that your 2019 is even better, no matter what point you're starting from.


Monday, December 17, 2018

Plans for 2019

   As we near the end of another year, I think it's a good idea for me to look forward to the year to come. I am hoping that with a plan I will perhaps stay more focused and therefore be more successful in finishing some projects so that I can play the games!

   First is to finish off a project that I thought I already had done. That's the 15mm Spanish Civil War force that I built for Spain in Flames. I am doing the Nationalist Carlists, the requetes. What do I need to do to finish this up? Not too much, really.

  • Paint the Fiat Chirri biplane.
  • Paint about three platoon command bases for the machineguns, mortars, and AT guns
  • Consider a small armoured contingent, of perhaps three to five PzKW Is.
  • Get a few Mediterranean terrain pieces. Battlefront's Italian houses will work fine.

   The second project to work on is Frostgrave. I bought a couple of wizards in November of 2017. I just bought a box of the plastic soldiers.

  • Paint the wizards and apprentices. (4)
  • Assemble and paint the soldiers.(20)
  • Obtain and paint objective/treasure markers.
  • Obtain terrain. I have a little bit, but more is needed. This is probably the hardest task for this project, though I already have a battlemat from Cigar Box Battle Mats.

   The third new project is a SAGA 2 Viking force. I am going to just do 4 points this year.

  • Obtain and paint minis - about 25 
  • Obtain terrain. I'm thinking a few 4-Ground Viking buildings will fit the bill well.

   Next, I want to finish off my Soviet Team Yankee forces. It's pretty much all vehicles.

  • Finish 4x BDRMs
  • Finish BMP-1 OP
  • 10x BMP-2s
  • 3x DANA SP Guns
  • 3x Carnation or Acacias
  • 2x Shilka AAA
  • 4x SA-13 Gophers

   Then there are the few odds and ends for my Flames of War DAK and 8th Army...

  • 4x Light AA half tracks
  • 4x BOFORs 40mm
  • Some sort of extra tanks for the Brits. Crusaders, maybe.

   Finally, I want to get my VBCW forces into a game!

  • Terrain. Primary need for this to happen.

   Well, that's all. I think that's a pretty ambitious list for me, actually. I'm hoping to do the terrain as table ready as I can get it.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Ion Age War Mecha "Arcus" Magog

   Okay, I am on the cusp of ordering one of these. I just love the rocket pods. From the Ion Age line, and you can find them here. They've a good sale with it right now as well, if you hurry before 27 November, I think.

Monday, November 12, 2018

A Note on the OGRE vehicles

   Really quick - an old friend of mine, Tim Harrison '94, asked me about how I did the numbers.

   I cheated.

  6mm (1:285 if you prefer) Micro Armour decals. These are German turret numbers. I also use 1:300 scale aircraft decals for some national markers, like the Combine Canadian GEV company or the Paneuropean Swedish Armour company I have painted.

   Speaking of the Canadians, I finally have their Light GEV elements on the paint table. I think I am going to do them as a single larger squadron of six, maybe. I have seven right now. I might paint the last one up as a scout/observer for the 301st Armour (that's the black with yellow group).