Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April 2018

Finally finished painting the 6mm sci fi figures and buildings. Now I just have to finish the bases. Played a game using Panzer Korps with minimal modifications. Lots of fun and an interesting rule system for large scale operations.

Target is to finish the basing in May.

6 x 6mm sci fi bases: 6 points
88 x 6mm buildings: 44 points
TOTAL: 50 points

1 game of Panzer Korps with 6mm sci fi

$125 for the month on Project X
$525 year to date

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Border Clash

First outing for my 6mm sci fi figures. I am finishing the buildings this eek and then I will finish the bases on all the figures. Played the game using the Panzer Korps WWII rules with minimal modifications. Each unit is a battalion of generally 3 bases. I kept the scenario simple and the number of units low for both sides.

Peoples Liberation Front forces massed in the autonomous zone between the Peoples Democratic Republic of Eden (PDRE) and the Federal Republic of Zaara (FRZ). One PLF battalion seized the border crossing in a nighttime attack, while the second battalion entered the eastern end of the small border town of Garfeld, but could not make headway against a Zaaran Federal Police battalion in western part of the town. Thinking that the PLF forces would attempt to capture the Luther Corp. scientific research station to the north, Zaaran authorities dispatched all available forces to stabalize the situation. Detecting movement across the ill defined border, an armored brigade of PDRE forces moved into position.

Town in the middle, PDRE on the left, FRZ on the right.

PLF forced out of the town by the Federal Police.

Mechanized PDRE forces decide to intervene near the research station.

Zaaran Urban Reaction Forces battalions defend the research station in the foreground.

Federal Police secure the town, but are low on ammo.

FRZ National Guard mech battalion in half-tracks fall back after taking heavy casualties trying to retake the border post. The defending PLF forces included some unexpected heavy weapons.

PDRE mechanized battalion attacks the research station.

After regrouping, the National Guard battalion moves forward to attack the PLF remnants.

Urban Reaction Forces mass against the PDRE mech BN, causing heavy casualties.

PLF falls back leaving over one hundred prisoners.

PDRE mechanized and armor battalions pour fire into Garfeld, but the Federal Police hold on grimly. FRZ cavalry reinforcements join the fray.

URF BNs get the better of the exchanges near the research station.

One last attempt on the right flank, ammo starts running low and the supporting artillery battalion pulls back.

PDRE forces begin to pull back as nigh approaches.

PDRE makes no headway and decides to cover the withdrawal of the PLF forces.

PLF blows up the border post and retire in good order.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 2018

Almost done the on hand 6mm sci fi forces. Will finish up some civilians tomorrow. Next I will do the buildings and base the figures. All on track to have this done before Historicon.

The wooden warriors and zombie projects did not get any love this month., and I am being tempted by another project...must resist.

75 x 6mm sci fi bases: 60 points
TOTAL: 75points


$50 for the month
$400 year to date

Thursday, March 1, 2018

February 2018

Spent some quality time working through the 6mm sci fi forces. They paint up quickly. I will still have to base/flock them when I make a decision on how I want to make it look.

Two month into the year. I am moving forward with 6mm sci fi in March...I have about 3 months left of painting to finish the on hand figures and buildings. I will then order the next batch.

The wooden warriors and zombies are waiting for some attention. 15mm fantasy will be the focus next near.

Primed the buildings...need a second coat

Two battalions of artillery with transports

Two battalions of jump troops

Mixed units for the wheeled cavalry brigade

three battalions of regular army troops

four battalions of mech infantry

support weapon companies

60 x 6mm sci fi bases: 60 points
TOTAL: 60 points

0...spent my time painting

$0 for the month
$350 year to date

Friday, January 26, 2018

January 2018

A nice start to the new year. Good progress on the 6mm sci fi front and some work on a few of the wooden warriors.

I will continue the 6mm sci fi in Feb, big push during a 4-day weekend mid-month. The wooden warriors are great for just short bursts of painting.

Almost ready to start the first game in the next Katzenstein campaign. Made a mapboard to track the movement of forces, and almost done with the force rosters.

Hover Bikes

Armored Combat Engineers

Mix of figures

More wooden warriors in the works

Map for the next campaign

30 x 6mm scifi bases: 30 points
Total: 30 points

0...but getting close

$350 for the month...much more than expected but I bought the next big batch of 6mm sci fi figures
$350 for the year.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Round Up and 2018 Plans

A new year rolls around, time for a recap of 2017. An up and down year but I finished strong and have some renewed energy to start 2018. Looking forward to substantial progress on my 6mm sci fi forces.

2017 Painting 
J: 120
F: 60
M: 0
A: 64
M: 112
J: 96
J: 168
A: 0
S: 0
O: 0
N: 0
D: 133
Total: 753...I am on the uptick!

2017: 753
2016: 712
2015: 431 
2014: 1708
2013: 1990
2012: 1119
2011: 1013
2010: 1389
2009: 441

Games in 2017: 

11, I would like to get in 1 game a month in 2018.

Budget in 2017:
$1818 for the year. $818 over budget 
(plus $1000 total expenses at Historicon with the hotel, gas/tolls, and food.
Budget: <$1000 plus Historicon expenses....not a good year :(

Plans for 2018:
1- 6mm Sci Fi

2- Wooden Warriors

3- Zombies

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.

5- Gaming plans
- 6mm Sci fi
- Wooden Warriors
- 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

7- Local Gaming: get in at least 2 games with the local crew

8- Attend Historicon and check out NJCon

Review of the Plans for 2017:
1- Katzenstein OPFOR expansion: figures on hand, in progress      
a. Finish infantry by end of January     
b. Leaders in Feb     
c. Artillery in March     
d. Cavalry by end of July (Historicon)
---COMPLETE: I finished the Katzenstein project. I will add as the mood strikes, but it is now time to get them back on the table.

2- Pulp: two batches of about 30 figures each (one from Christmas, one batch to be bought at Historicon)
---COMPLETE: Finished the Christmas batch and one other small batch. No plans to add in 2018, but things can change.

3- 6mm Sci Fi: this will be the big new project for the year ---the focus for after finishing the KoK expansion
---STARTED: Finished the first batch and I have figures on hand to continue. This will be a big push in 2018.

4- 28mm Zombies: if I need a change up and find some of the plastic kits cheap
---STARTED: Painted one survivor and prepared some zeds. Will knock some of these out in 2018.

5- Attend some conventions:  NJCon, Historicon...maybe even splurge for Cold Wars or Fall In
---ATTENDED: Only attended Historicon. 

6- Spending: <$1000 for the year plus Historicon; I have been saving my change for a few years and plan to cash in for convention spending

7- Gaming: Keep up on my solo pulp and fantasy gaming, expand my opportunities with gamers in NJ.

8- Fantasy Rules: next version with updated stats, magic, and custom card deck
---PROGRESS: Bought my cards and updated the latest version; need to work on the army lists, characters section, and magic.

Project Round Up:
-Katzenstein (imagi-nation): A mature project. 
-Zaquetta (fantasy): A fully playable project with loads of Demonworld and Battle Valor figures still on hand to paint. 
-Pulp: My current go to game. Pulp Alley is a fantastic system.
-WW2: A mature project. No planned additions.
-Krasnovia (modern skirmish) and Ziva (sci-fi skirmish): A mature project. No planned additions.
-Splintered Lands:  A mature project. Will add any new figures they produce.
-Air Combat: A mature project. No planned additions.
-Starmada: A mature project. No planned additions. 
-Zombies: Just started.
-6mm Sci-fi: Just started. 
-Wooden Warriors:Just started.

Future Projects: Not that I need any more projects, but these are some ideas I have for the future. (in general order of current interest) All the projects below are just some flights of fancy. I don't think I will ever do them.
A Very British Civil War: Love the though of developing my own forces and the alternate history. 
Wild West: Could be done with Pulp Alley.
Civil War: Considering 6mm.
Napoleonics: Considering 6mm.
Gladiators: would go 28mm with a custom built arena if I take the plunge. 
Slaughterloo/Flintloque: love the figures
Spencer Smith Imagi-nation: I still think about starting another imagi-nation (larger scale).
Model Casting: Considering trying out my hand with casting my own figures from molds. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

December 2017

A good painting month since I took loads of time off from work. Pulp, Wooden Warriors, 6mm Sci-Fi, Zombie Survivor...a mix of items.

Christmas Loot, books and basing pumice

Wooden warriors: An Ogre and a spearman

6mm sci fi in the works

122 x 6mm sci fi bases: 123 points
8 x pulp figures: 8 points

2 x wooden warriors: 2 points
1 x Zombie Survivor: 1 point
TOTAL: 133 points


SPENDING$50 on Litko bases$1818 for the year. $818 over budget :(plus $1000 total expenses at Historicon with the hotel, gas/tolls, and food.Budget: <$1000 plus Historicon expenses.