Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 2017

Still on track for my plans for the year.


PAINTING
16 x 15mm mounted leaders: 30 points
30 x 28mm Pulp Figures: 30 points
TOTAL: 60

I have also prepared 17 x 8 figure cavalry units to work on over the next few months. I will start with all the horses, and then work through the riders. This will bring the Katzenstein project OPFOR to completion.






GAMES
1 game of Skirmish Action at Maplewood Hobbies
1 fantasy game with a Commands and Colors mash up


BUDGET
Net: -$17 for the year;
I sold $200 worth of unused figures and rule books. I used these funds to get some supplies (primer) and a start on the Zombie project. In the end, I am at -$17 for the year!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekend gaming

I played in an enjoyable 28MM WW2 game at Maplewood Hobbies. The rules were Skirmish Action, a new set by Lee Sowers and Dennis Stackhouse.

The scenario called for a mixed US and British force with loads of armor to cross the river in the face of stiff resistance to link up with the airborne forces off table.

Only one pic from the game:

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Projects and lead mountain

I have been following a few threads on TMP and listening to some comments on the Meeples and Miniatures podcast about folks building up huge loads of unpainted figures. I decided to take stock of my projects and I think I am doing pretty well.

PROJECTS WITH UNPAINTED FIGURES

PULP: 30 figures in progress. Nothing else unpainted.

6mm SCI-FI: End of year or next year's project. One batch of figures and terrain. I plan to paint all these so nothing extra. This will be a growing project next few years.

KATZENSTEIN (imagi-nation): 25 x 8 figure cavalry units I will start next month. I will make one last large purchase of about 150 figures for this project at the end of the year and paint them all in 2018.

15mm FANTASY: Very large batch of Demonworld figures that I got for a steal on hand...will return to these in due time. These should be my only "lingering" unpainted figures. Never-ending project...so many 15mm fantasy figures to add to my already very large collection (171 four-base units).

Zombies: I bought about 100 zombies (and 1 survivor) with the money I raised selling unused lead and rules.


Not bad compared to the posts I see online of 1000s of figures! Other than the Demonworld figures that I know will be taken in small bites over time, I think I will have the rest of the figures all done in 18 months.

I have a few bits and bobs of left over figures from my mature projects. Nothing I plan to paint and probably down to 100 or so mixed figures since I sold the big bags of left over Napoleonics this week.





Thursday, February 9, 2017

Items for sale


I am selling a few items, post in the comments or on my TMP marketplace adds if interested:

1- 22lbs of Napoleonic figures :see notes at the end

2- Rule Books
- Force on force with scenario books (Iraq, Afgh, Vietnam, Bush Wars)
- Black Powder
- Hail Caesar
- 3Ed Flames of War with the Us and German Normandy books
- Field of Glory
-Clash of Empires

3-PC Computer Wargames (Matrix/Slitherine)
- Field of Glory w/ Storm of Arrows, Rise of Roam and Immortal Fire
-John Tiller Campaign Series
-Napoleon in Italy
-Panzer Command: Kharkov
-Empires in Arms
-Close Combat Cross of Iron
-Fly boys
- Alexander the Great (Tin Soldiers)
-Julius Caesar (Tin Soldiers

I will also trade for 28mm zombies/survivors or 6mm sci fi figures.











ORIGINAL LIST OF MINIATURES: I bought this huge batch and used some figures. There are well over 1000 figures, 20+ guns with. 

Museum Miniatures  
-Brits..   
rifles-16..
light inf _50...
artillery20 guns  100 crew  limbers with riders 10..

battle honors 
-brits  48 with command...

MM French  officers in overcoats 40  
center company advancing  200...
mixed poses 24   
center co firing  90    
elite co marching 50  
firing 50
mted Napoleon 6  
mounted officers 20 
grenadier sappers  12  
French horse art howitzer1 crew 4  

next is old glory and battle honors stuff  
OG Austrians in helmets 80  
in shakos 138  
landwher 75  

Dragoons with horses 72  (all yhe cav have horse)  

 French line assorted poses  100  
elites 100  
center co adv  224   

bicorne firing 24 
bicores standing 312  
bearskin grenadiers 72 
bicorne command 36   
 ass line 44
comand assorted 75 
mounted 12  

lancers in shakos 7  
BH French 418,,
Russians  Cossacks with bows 11 don Cossacks 77 ural Cossacks 16   
6 double trailed guns  

Russian mounted generals 20  
grenadiers 138  
Russian line 44  
command37  
militia 27   

Russian guns 5 16 crew  
Prussian Jagers  100  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Artillery and Leaders

Finished the artillery and leaders for my Kingdom of Katzenstein imagi-nation OPFOR..."The Imperium".

I am going to work on the 30 Pulp figures before tackling the cavalry.




Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fantasy game

My last fantasy game using my rules mash up of Pique / Field of Battle / Hostile Realms played very well but I was struggling to remember the rules and look up the unit stats. I tinkered with the Commands and Colors rules variants to play a new fantasy game.

Made my own dice using the left over cubes from Look Sarge, No Charts, and repurposed some of my IABSM cards.

The game played much faster with more decisive results. I used randomly generated leader levels that turned out to favor the Dwarves immensely.

It is worth another game with a better thought out scenario, commands, and leaders. Plus magic.
My custom dice and card deck

A few rounds in...battle being joined.


Scrum in the center.

Even on the one flank.

Pike Dwarves dominate once again.

Goblins being driven into the river.

Dwarves are starting to break.

Urban combat.

Victory! River line is held. Orcs never had a chance,

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 2017

Fantastic start to the new year. I have tried to focus on getting 30-60 minutes a day dedicated to the hobby...painting, prepping figures, tinkering with rules, blogging, and of course, gaming. This has improved my motivation and output. The imagi-nation expansion is ahead of schedule.

PAINTING
48 x  15mm imagi-nation artillery figures and 12 guns: 60 points

120 x 15 mm infantry: 120 points
TOTAL: 180 points
In Progress: 16 x mounted leaders; 30 28mm Pulp figures


Next up: prep the 25 or so cavalry units


Fresh troops hit the field (except that the field seems to be covered in Orcs and Dwarves so they have to get their picture taken on the ready table.
4 field batteries, 2 howitzer batteries


GAMES
1 fantasy game


A fantasy game in progress with my Battlelore adaptation. I made my own dice using the left over wood blocks from when I made the LSNC dice. Simple pleasures.

PURCHASES and BUDGET
$0 this month: I do need some primer
Total for the year: $0

Budget: $100 under budget, Plan: <$100 per month; on target