Sunday, August 26, 2018

The bigger they are...

After the shocking defeat on the beach at the first landing site, Sir Miroslav has been more careful. Taking the ship up stream a mile reveals another potential landing site near a cave with some invitingly shimmering stones nearby.

Debarking with several followers, some of the damn green devils soon appear. Sir Miroslav takes the lead and quickly engages the goblins.

The intrepid band sets forth on solid ground once again.

The goblin tribe moves to intercept.

Miroslav and Norriss charge into battle.

Combat breaks out all over. 

Aurey falls...will things go sideways once again?

The battle rages back and forth.

Duelley goes down, traded for a fallen greenskin.

Franc and two more goblins fall to even the odds.

Miroslav moves over to the other flank to gather the troops to explore the cave after clearing the remaining goblins from the field.

A huge brute appears...an Ogre will certainly be a tough match.

The beast charges, but Miroslav blocks the savage blow as his allies surround the hulking monster.

Distracted by a series of blows, the Ogre falls with Miroslav's pick embedded in its skull.

After dispatching the Ogre, the crew search the surrounding cave and pluck some of the shimmering gems to take back to the ship for study (20 gp value, 25 total for the band). The shimmering stones appear to be Charmstones. (1 charmstone).

Duelley and Franc are shaken, but quickly patched back up. They will need some rest to recover. Poor Norriss is not so lucky. His lifeless body is brought back to the ship and he is committed to the deep after a brief ceremony.



Saturday, July 28, 2018

July 2018

Great hobby month. Historicon was a blast...lots of fun games. I had many days off from work this month and I took advantage to get the Zombie project done...opening the way for a new project from my "I am interested, but will probably never get around to doing" list. A Very British Civil War comes to New Jersey. Bought all the miniatures...now to start painting.

Zombies chasing the survivors

VBCW figures ready to go

Sir Miroslav leads his band to explore the cave


PAINTING
102 x 28mm Zombies and Survivors: 102 points
TOTAL: 102 points

--- I also glued all the AVBCW figures to cardboard...and started the first batch.


GAMES
6 games at Historicon

---Wooden Warriors game on the table...and I want to get a zombie game going in August.


BUDGET
Out the window. The huge purchases of AVBCW and Slaughterloo figures took me off the rails. At least I have figures to paint for the next few years!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Project Update

Time to take a look at the status of all the hobby projects I have worked on over the ten years since I have been painting. Time flies...I can't believe how long it has been since I finished some projects or brought the figures out for a game.

Just when I thought I was done starting new things, this year I did the Wooden Warriors, bought a load of figures for Slaughterloo, and then went on a AVBCW craze at Historicon.

The biggest whole in my collections is now 28mm terrain.

A Very British Civil War: My latest project.
---Last Painted: Not started
---Last Gamed: Not started

Slaughterloo: Next up after AVBCW.
---Last Painted: Not started
---Last Gamed: Not started

Zombies: Phase I complete.
---Last Painted: Jul, 2018
---Last Gamed: Not started

Wooden Warriors: Phase I complete.
---Last Painted: Jun, 2018
---Last Gamed: Jun, 2018

6mm Sci-fi: Company bases and battalion units for large scale games with modified Panzer Korps. Phase I complete.
---Last Painted: May, 2018
---Last Gamed: Apr, 2018

Fantasy 15mm: Now my biggest collection. Large number of figures on hand to be painted.
---Last Painted: Jul, 2016
---Last Gamed: May, 2017

Pulp Alley: Will have some bleed over with the AVBCW figures. No major additions needed. I will contnue to collect all of the Pulp Alley cards and scenarios.
---Last Painted: Dec, 2017
---Last Gamed: Dec, 2016

World War Two 15mm: Started as Flames of War but switched to IABSM and individual bases. No planned additions.
---Last Painted: Jan, 2013
---Last Gamed: Jul, 2014

Sci-fi 15mm: A mix of sci-fi and modern figures. No planned additions.
---Last Painted: Jun, 2013
---Last Gamed: Oct, 2013

WW2 Air Combat: No planned additions.
---Last Painted: Apr, 2013
---Last Gamed: Apr, 2013

Splintered Lands Animals: My favorite figures. No planned additions.
---Last Painted: Dec, 2011
---Last Gamed: Feb, 2013

Starmada Space Ships: No planned additions.
---Last Painted: Jun, 2011
---Last Gamed: Feb, 2013

Kingdom of Katzenstein: My 15mm "Napoleonic" imagi-nation. This is the project that got me started in November 2008. I can't believe it has been over 6 years since I played a game with them! I have at least been painting for the collection. I will continue to add a unit every now and then.
---Last Painted: Jul, 2017
---Last Gamed: Dec, 2011

15mm Pirates: No planned additions.
---Last Painted: May, 2016
---Last Gamed: None yet



Plasticville Buildings

A short post to log my plasticville buildings so I can reference them if I run into any more at a flea market.










Sunday, July 15, 2018

Historicon 2018

Just back from Historicon at the Host in Lancaster PA. The facility is under renovation...construction all around. My room was just fine, facilities in general will need lots more work. Food options very poor...but there are plenty of places close by. Looking forward to seeing the event in a new location next year.

I played in 6 games. I missed the one I was most looking forward to due to a late work call...very disappointed. My apologies to Peter.

I managed to pick up an extra game of Combat Patrol the next day to make up for it.

I met Richard Clarke of Too Fat Lardies fame...nice chatting with him during a Sharpe Practice game.

I overspent...getting into a new project will do that. Bought lots of figures for Very British Civil War...and ordered what I could not find online. I also picked up some Plasticville buildings cheap at the flea market.

Good fun all around.

Peter Anderson's Campaign in a Day using Snappy Nappy. My Spanish took a heavy pounding but I kept Ney from influencing the main battles...earning us a decisive victory.

The campaign took place over 12 tables. 

Zama using Commands and Colors...my Cathaginians repeated history with a defeat.

A F&I War game with Sharp Practice...on a very nice table. Very fun game with a great GM. The English kept the French from escaping the table...but Rodger's Rangers under-performed.

1940 BEF vs Germans using Combat Patrol...my Germans took heavy casualties and the Matildas made short work of our Pz38s. Fort got to take a picture of the next game...same table and scenario but with the French taking the German role. I played the French and lost again!

Third version of the same battle...this time with Star Wars figures. I played with the droid side and we clobbered the clones. ObiWan was heavily wounded, and then killed by a droid tank. 

Plasticville buildings...will make a good town filled with zombies.

AVBCW figures...many more on the way.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

June and mid-year review

A nice hobby month. Finished my planned painting, got in a game, and I have a full week off to get started on the next project. Looking forward to Historicon in two weeks.

Let's look at how my plans for 2018 are shaping up:

Plans for 2018:

1- 6mm Sci Fi
--- All on hand figures complete; may order all the rest to complete this project this year

2- Wooden Warriors
--- Finished the first 2 forces...enough to play games. 

3- Zombies
--- Will decide if I am going to start these next week.

4- Spending: Keep things to <$1000, plus Historicon expenses. Really need to abide by my budget this year. I know I will buy some 6mm sci-fi...but they are the only planned purchases right now.
--- Doing OK on my general budget, but I spent a huge amount on a project for 2019 :)

5- Gaming plans
- 6mm Sci fi - Check
- Wooden Warriors - Check
- Katzenstein Campaign
- Pulp Alley
- 15mm Fantasy

6- Fantasy Rules: continue to tinker and add in the magic and characters/leaders portion; use my new home card deck
--- Continued to tinker; moved everything over to google docs

7- Local Gaming: get in at least 2 games with the local crew
--- No luck

8- Attend Historicon and check out NJCon
--- All set for Historicon, but had to work during NJCON


PAINTING
21 x Wooden warriors: 21 points
TOTAL: 21 points

GAMES
1 x ASOBH

BUDGET
$18 on ASOBH supplements
$543 year to date

Friday, June 29, 2018

Green Devils

Sir Miroslav and his hearty band of brave adventurers set off months ago across the Western Sea to search for the lost continent, hidden beyond the mysterious magical mist. After months of hard sailing, massive storms, and days on the doldrums, the explorers sighted land. Carefully moving along the jagged coast, he finally ordered the ship into a small cove surrounded by a low ridge. Disembarking a small expedition on the beach, he returned to the ship to make plans with his trusted advisers.

Meanwhile, several soldiers setup a beach side camp and prepared to search inland for game and fresh water.

Suddenly, a band of green devils advanced through two draws leading down to the camp. Taking up their weapons, the soldiers prepared to defend the camp.

So began the first battle in my Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes campaign using my newly painted wooden warriors. This was a fairly simple game using just the basic figures in each warband.

The goblins advance in two groups while the sentries grab their weapons.

Franc makes first contact, thrusting his spear as the goblin wields a sword and board.

First blood! Franc strikes down the goblin champion, the best fighter in the battle.

Elated, Franc continues his thrashing of the goblins, while Vito shoots arrows to no effect.

A third victory...he is a killing machine. The battle is seemingly over.

Hidgard and two companions press the goblins hard on the other side of the camp.

Dueley drops one and another starts to flee.

Too confident, Talomir falls to a goblin ax. [He is the first figure I painted, of course he goes down easily]

Disaster, Franc falls and the soldiers panic at the reversal of fortunes.

Hidgard "goes for help"...running for the boat.

Grabbing the wounded and abandoning the camp, the soldiers retreat. 
A massive swing of fate. The goblins had better fighters but started by losing three warriors including their best fighter very quickly. The momentum swung and soldiers started dropping. Sir Miroslav will have to rethink how he explores the new lands...and the loss of precious supplies is putting the expedition in jeopardy.

Although Talomir was slain, the spearmen Franc and Dueley quickly recovered. Ragnar the javelineer would need a few days to recover from his wounds. Sir Miroslav sends two men to sneak back to the campsite at night to recover Talomir's body. They find the camp looted and burned, scavenging a few odds and ends that the goblins missed. They return to the ip to bury their friend at sea and plan for the next landing. (Post battle I rolled "corpse" on the exploration table...and then rolled a 1 on the 1d6x5 gold).