Friday, July 30, 2010

Wings of War.. a new obsession.

So.. Dan came over a few weeks ago and gave me a run down on a game he'd bought: Wings of War. The way he explained the game to me it sounded like the kind of thing I'd enjoy, although aviation gaming was not something I'd really though about before. Of course he had bought the WWI version of the game, but I prefer, as far as air warfare goes, WWII. So... I went and bought the game as well as 4 of the minis. 2 Spitfire IIs and 2 Messerschmitt Bf 109s.

Had a game, loved it.

However, I found playing on a table top or a plain green mat boring, so after some inspiration via a couple of Wings of War sites, I made my own mat/board to play on. There is a wings of war mat you can buy, but it's expensive and very 2 dimensional.

This cost me all up about $25 and took maybe 5 hours to paint etc...

I think it's ok.. sure beats playing on a plain old table top hey!

In future installments of the blog.. I've bought an entire Corvus Belli 15mm Late Republican Roman FOG army so when that arrives I'll start painting..

Thanks for looking.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

It's alive...

Yes the blog is still alive. I've just been a little lazy lately and quite frankly work's been full on so motivation levels have been rather low.

But... I have, as you'll see in the pics below, made more progress on both the Tau and my 6mm Naps..

I picked up a bunch of second hand Tau a while back so still have to paint:

1 x Broadside
10 x Fire Warriors
6 x Path Finders

My cousin Dan also managed to pic me up about 8 or so cheap Crisis Suits which he'll be bringing over to me in July when he visits (don't forget!!!). All up looking good and I even got a few minor games in the last few weeks. very cool.

My 6mm Naps as far as I am concerned are all good. I did buy a few extras so I could make another 4-5 Dragoon bases, 4 -5 Cossack bases, and another 5-6 Arty bases.. lastly about 10 more Inf bases.. but once that's done that's as far as I'll take it and will move onto my Romans.

Thanks for looking..

Friday, April 2, 2010

So.. where to from here?

So.. although I still have a few bases of my 6mm 1812 Russian army to paint, for the most part this is a completed army ready for gaming. I’m sure I’ll add to it from time to time, and no doubt I will get myself a second army (1806 Prussians are tempting), but for now at least it’s time to move my main focus onto another project. Still, I’ve wanted a significant sized Russian Napoleonic army since I first became interested in wargaming, and now I finally have one! Go me!

I’m still very keen on my Tau army for 40k, however it’s hard to justify the funding with the prices that GW charge. Having said that I’ll keep chipping away at them and keep an eye out for any second hand deals worth throwing money at.

One of my other great loves in wargaming is Ancients. There are many armies of this period that appeal to me, however none more so than the army of Gaius Marius through to Julius Caesar. Oh how very ‘cookie cutter’ in terms of ancient wargaming I hear you say. But really nothing, in my mind, can beat the disciplined ranks of reasonably similarly uniformed Roman (and by that I mean Italian for Marians) driving off waves of barbarians. So… to do this recently I had been thinking of again attacking the period in 6mm using the Basic Impetus rules. However, last night I dug out an old pack of Corvus Belli Romans and painted a base of them for FOG (which is by far the most popular ancients gaming system in Canberra from what I’ve seen). I was really happy with the way they came out with minimum effort, and so have decided to keep going and build a Marian FOG army. This will be my main effort for the rest of the year.

Once I get a few more bases painted up I will post some pics here.

That’s all for now.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

6mm Napoleonics - change for the better

Well after much discussion, thought, and coffee drinking (some would have preferred wine however I'll not name names as wives may be looking over shoulders as this is read), we decided to ditch the idea of playing Shako/Lasalle with our 6mm figs and use them for much grander games using (at this stage) Polemos.

Every Inf base is a Regt. There are 36 Battalions of Inf here as well as 8 Regts of Cav. I've just finished painting the Lithuanian Uhlans, however the basing wasn't finished so they'll get some pics next time I post!

I have chosen to reasonably accurately base my force (at least in terms of Inf Divisions) on those present at Borodino. Pictured are 2 Inf Divisions and a Grenadier Division.

So without further ramblings here are my re-based figures based for Polemos Marechal de l'Empire.

So there you have it. I intend on having most of the Russians at Borodino represented by the end of the year but for now hopefully this will at least get us all gaming!


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Some 28mm SYW Prussians

I don't have a whole lot to put up on the blog at the moment, however I thought I'd take a couple of pics of a Prussian SYW Battalion I painted about a year ago. They are all Front Rank figures and I think they're pretty good and value for money. Sadly I found I didn't have the time to paint in this scale hence I went to 6mm, however "oneday" I will return and finish a Division.

Also I thought I would include a shot of a 28mm battalion next to a 6mm Russian battalion for anyone that comes across this blog and has wondered exactly how small 6mm is..

Also, I managed to get a game in of Black Powder using Mulburian era units during a recent trip to NZ. My friend Nathan and I caught up and had a quick game.. I managed to scrounge a win with some French forces (although I think Nathan was going easy on me!).

I liked the rules and will probably use them for some ACW gaming in 15mm in the future, as I think a more simplistic rule-set would be better for that period.