Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Recent Purchases

   Since the storm I have been engaging in a great deal of retail therapy. I know it's probably not real healthy, but I've spent a fair amount of money lately on a wide variety of games and accessories. SO, just to keep it in my mind, and give you faithful few an idea of where my madness has been leading me lately...


  • Frostgrave Thaw of the Lich Lord

  • Starfinder RPG Core Rulebook

  • Bolt Action, 2nd Edition
  • Armies of Germany

  • Gothic: An Expansion for In Her Majesty's Name
  • FOW 4E: Desert Rats

And Accessories...

  • FOW 4e: Desert Rats Command Cards
  • FOW 4e: Desert Rats Tokens

  • Dystopian Wars: Cards
  • IHMN: Tokens/markers
  • Vallejo Paints and Brush On Primer

And boardgames...

  • Machi Koro: Bright Lights, Big City

  • SmashUp: Big in Japan
  • SmashUp: Monster Movie Mashup
  • SmashUp: Cease and Desist

And minis...

  • Red Vectors Martian Skiffs (x2), custom scaled to work for 15mm.
  • Trollbloods Starter Battlegroup

  • Circle Oroboros Starter Battlegroup (old)

  • Dystopian Wars FSA Valley-class Airship
  • Ogre Miniatures: Hover Trucks and Light Artillery Drones (x3 each)

  • Ogre Miniatures: Paneuro GEVs (x6)
  • WH40K: Necron Canoptic Scarab Swarm (x6 bases) for use as Automaton Insects
  • Bolt Action BEF Vickers MMG Team
  • Bolt Action Home Guard Blacker Bombard Team

  • Bolt Action BEF 3" Mortar Team

And a lot of terrain, too...

  • Battlefield in a Box: Pacific Landing Mats
  • Battlefield in a Box: Extra Large Dune
  • Battlefield in a Box: Desert Escarpments

  • Battlefield in a Box: Desert Scrub
  • Battlefield in a Box: Desert Administration Building
  • PlastCraft: Colored Desert Building Set (x2)

  • PlastCraft: Colored Desert 2-story Desert Building
  • PlastCraft: Colored Desert Dwelling
  • PlastCraft: Colored Desert Dwelling with Stairs
  • Ainsty 28mm wooden jetty
  • Four Hirst Arts molds and plaster

   Ummm... I may have a problem.

Red Vectors Martian Skiff

 Made by RedVectors in the UK, these skiffs were custom adjusted a bit to work for 15mm. I am in the process of assembling and painting the first of the pair. The price was quite reasonable, I thought, and the shipment was dashed quick.

   Not quite done. It needs a gun on that forward platform, and a crew. I suppose this calls for a visit to Scale Creep for minis...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Prep for MillenniumCon, Chapter 3: Terrain

   I have ordered and received several 28mm buildings and a bit more terrain - desert oasis, sand dune, and piers.

   These have several advantages: they are lightweight, they are easy to assemble, and they are already painted. So I just have to glue them together and toss them into the bucket. I bought a total of seven buildings to give the impression of a small riverside village.

   For the base, I am using my Cigar Box Battles desert cloth. I love these things. Again, lightweight and portable, but they drape well, and they don't pill up.

   I'm still working on the layout of the whole setup. And I hope to get a playtest or two in before the convention. Next I think I need to finalize which troops each force will be fielding. I'd like to give most of them a vehicle of some sorts, because if not, I fear the minion quadcycle will race ahead to secure the landing stage with its machinegun. I might be able to use buildings to give cover to approaching companies though.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Some Team Yankee Photos

   We've been playing a good bit of Team Yankee around the club the last few months. I enjoy it, especially when I can play the West Germans. That Leopard II tank is amazing!

   Anyway, here are a couple of shots of our last game. The toys are the property of Jim Johnson.

Volksarmee T-64s... lambs to the slaughter!

East German Motor Rifles and Hinds...

   We played two games, with the players swapping sides. Both times, the West Germans won. There is a key to killing those Leopard IIs, but we haven't come up with it yet. In another game, it seemed that the Hinds would do the trick, but the FRG had insufficient AAA. A pair of Gepards in the rear and your Leopards are much safer.