Monday, March 25, 2019

I Did a Bad Thing

   I bought some Games Workshop models and rules.

   What have I done?



   But at least I haven't gone out for terrain and stuff (yet). There is a Warhammer store not too far from the house and I hope to play there with their terrain until I decide if I really like the game. At which point GW will kill it off.

   Plus, somewhere, I think I still have my old metal Orlock gangers. So that would be two gangs, right? That's a good thing. The Orlocks are even painted (well, in need of a serious modernization). So that's not awful, right?


   My God, what have I done?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

WIP: Minefields for Team Yankee

   As I really don't like the measure from the counter sort of thing that Team Yankee is using, I thought I would make some pieces that actually model the area of the minefield. It may make it easier for my opponent to avoid blundering into the field, but I think it will look nicer.

   Anyway, I started with CDs as they are pretty much exactly the right diameter (4"/10cm across).

   First step: prime them. I used a rattle can of ultra flat dark forest green I had handy. Same thing I use for my Soviet vehicle base, actually. That bit of sheen is because I didn't spray it very heavily and there's a bit of plastic showing.

   Next, I put little dots of PVA glue all over, and some of my preferred dirt, which is brown fine ballast. Each dirt mound will indicate a hastily emplaced mine. I added some bits of grass tuft (Army Painter Wilderness) and flowers (also Army Painter).

   Aaaand... that's all so far. I am leaving town for a few days this afternoon so the rest will have to wait until I return. Actually, as this posts, I am in Las Vegas, waiting for my plane to go home. But I scheduled it to post while I was away, being a clever boy that wants to entertain his friends whilst away.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Sigilists for Frostgrave

   The first Wizard / Apprentice combo I have finally gotten around to completing for Frostgrave: the sigilists. Honestly I picked them because I love the minis.

The pair. I had forgotten to draw the symbols on the scroll. D'OH!

Notice the icy patch beneath her feet.
Using Secret Weapon resin bases.

And an over the shoulder look of the Apprentice and what she's reading. Don't be fooled - I think that's just Pride and Prejudice in Draconic or something...

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Some Terrain Pieces

A Great Buddha with some trees around it.

Frostgrave Cemetery
Based on a CD, obviously.
I considered adding names and such to the tombstones but eventually chose not to do so.
These will go along with the Mausoleum and the statue.

A grating for Frostgrave. I should probably put some sort of black card or plastic beneath it to make it seem as if it goes down into the lightless depths of some Stygian underhive...

Another shot of the graves, with a better view of the statue

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

WARPAC Reinforcements Painted!

   In what may be record time for me, I completed three boxes of Soviet/Warsaw Pact reinforcements that I received over the past couple of weeks. Also, I finally finished up the basic paint on the BRDM-2 hulls. These make great, cheap recon units with the Spearhead rule which effectively expands your deployment zone in Team Yankee.

Good shot of the Gophers

I have had these for a while but never finished them. Now they are done!
As a bonus, I can put the missile turrets from the Gophers on two of them and proxy them as Gaskins. It's not an exact match, but it's good enough to get the idea across.

Air Defense Artillery
SA-13 Strela-10 "Gophers" on the left, ZSU-23-4 "Shilkas" center

All the Reinforcements together.
Acacia Heavy SP Artillery in rear.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Warsaw Pact Reinforcements Arrived

   Just in time to hit the battlefield a week or two after the end of our Firestorm Campaign... but they are here.

   I just got some air defense systems and some heavy artillery support. The ADA comes in the form of a pair of ZSU-23-4 "Shilkas" and SA-13 "Gopher" missile tracks. The Artillery is a trio (battery) of 2S3 Acacias.

SA-13 "Gopher" (NATO designation)
9K35 Strela-10 (Pact)

2S3 "Acacia"
SO-152 Akatsiya

ZSU-23-4 "Shilka"
Named for the battery of four 23mm cannon... tricksy Russians!

   Now if I can just get them painted... but I think I have come across a quick paint solution for Soviet vehicles, which, let's face it, don't have the most difficult paint scheme of solid green. I'm trying it out on some BM-21 Hail MRLS trucks and a battery of Czech DANA SP guns. Wish me luck.

Friday, March 1, 2019

It's Astonishing... many half projects I have. Or projects that are virtually finished but not quite and so have never been played and our interests have moved on since.

   I blame two things, primarily: my glacial painting pace, even assuming I am painting actively at the time, and OOOOOOOO Shiny Syndrome. OSS is a dread disease that affects so many gamers. It's a disease that I am sure will be recognized in the next revision of the mental health handbooks.