Saturday, June 1, 2019

May 2019

Painting continues last group of AVBCW figures on the table to finish in June.

I went off the rails again and purchases a large batch of figures for my next project...28mm Fantasy with a focus on small skirmish and medium sized warband games. I am going to kitbash from all sorts of plastic sets.

Signed up for Historicon...looking forward to lots of gaming and minimizing purchases.

Mixed bag of AVBCW figures

42 x 28mm figures: 42 points
TOTAL: 42 points

1 x 15mm fantasy game in progres

$971 in figures, $75 for Historicon!  10 times what I had spent this year.
$ 1140 to date, blew my budget this month.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

April 2019

The end is in sight for the VBCW figures. Two more batches to go...and I think I will get 2 armored cars at Historicon.

No gaming...still have one set on the table. Have to get off the computer and get it played.

I have been thinking abut what comes after I finish the VBCW figures...and a new project is creeping into my head. 28mm Fantasy exploration game...played as a mix of individual skirmish battles, and larger warband sized games. I would use the Frostgrave plastic figures as the base, with conversions from other plastic sets. The Rangers of Shadow Deep solo/co-op game (based on Frostgrave) is very intriguing since I play mostly solo.

54 x AVBCW figures: 54 points
TOTAL: 54 points

0 --- 15mm fantasy game still on the table

$84, I backed the Pulp Alley 2ED kickstarter
Total: $94, doing great

Sunday, March 31, 2019

March 2019 and Of Armies and Hordes test game

Three months into the year and my progress on the Very British Civil War figures has been going well. I have also been getting in one game a month. I purchased and played "Of Armies and Hordes" with my 15mm fantasy figures. The game is based on the mechanics from Song of Blades and Heroes, but it is a mass battle agme. It was a very fast game, each combat resulted in heavy casualties to both sides. The game uses an interesting area movement mechanic that could be very interesting in a larger scale WW2/modern/future game with battalion sized units. Overall, I liked the game, but not sure it would replace my Hostile Realms/Pique mash-up. I have re-set the table to play the same basic scenario with my rules to get a better idea.

Despite my attempts to focus on only the VBCW project and to not get into anything new...I have been looking at plastic 28mm fantasy/historical figure (such as the Frostgrave figures) sets that I could use with the animal head conversion kits from Sally4th. This project would revolve around forces fighting over and exploring a lost continent...essentially replacing my Wooden Warriors project (and keeping me from jumping into Lego mini gaming). For now I will just do some figure research and make try to resist any purchases until all the VBCW figures are complete (by Historicon in July).

You can just make out the area movement zones broken up with foliage

Ghosts defeat the elk riders

Zombies vs Dwarven Pike

Undead right flank is destroyed

Skeleton Knights flank the Elf Rangers

Second wave of Dwarves attack the hill


Skeletons burn the village and retreat to Un-live another day

52 x 28mm AVBCW figures: 52 points
Next batch complete

Socialist ranks grow

Bavarian mercenaries

1 x game Of Armies and Hordes

$84 on the Pulp Alley 2 Kickstarter
$94 total to date

Friday, March 1, 2019

February 2019

Continuing on with the Very British Civil War figures and games. I have 4 batches of figures left (189 total) to get done before Historicon. The pull of my 15mm fantasy figures has been strong...must stay the course on painting.

I am going to set up a 15mm fantasy game using the new "Of Armies and Hordes" rules. Interesting area movement system.

52 x 28mm VBCW figures: 62
TOTAL: 52 points

1 x VBCW game with Combat Patrol

$10 on pdf "Of Armies and Hordes"
$10 total, year to date
---need to buy some paints/supplies

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Skirmish in Prior's Park Woods

After several skirmishes in the area, both sides settled down to a series of patrols, checkpoints, and training exercises. The BUF Legion organized a small force of territorial army troops to train some new BUF recruits.

Lady Otterford has taken a major role in recruiting new troops to the ROV LDB. While her sympathies are leaning strongly to the Albertine cause, she has gathered a mix of new recruits into an ad hoc platoon.

One stormy night, both forces got lost in the Prior Park Woods...the thick terrain, storm, and heavy fog caused mayhem in both forces. As dawn started to break, the woods were still thick with fog and the leaders found their forces scattered all over. Only the soft blinking light on a radio tower gave any hint of the troops' locations.

BUF from the north, ROV from the south.

Heavy fog blankets the area.

First contact, a TA team stumbles upon some Albertines.

Some BUF troops reach the tower, stalked by Lady Otterford's hand picked gals.

First casualties in the confusing fight.

BUF at the tower go down in a hail of fire from both sides.

BUF militia and some local defense volunteers mix it up in hand to hand combat in the woods. 

TA troops lead away some prisoners. 

The fight in the woods continues...finally only two are left...and both are wounded.

Socialist troops finish off a BUF team, but suffer in the process.

Lady Otterford forms a solid position on the tower hill to hold off the enemy.

What fate waits these captuerd Albertines?

Heavy TA fires route some of Lady Otterford's newest gals.

Victoria wins the day! Awards and promotions are in her future. 

With their flanks secured, Lady Otterford orders the platoon to fall back rather than face the better trained TA troops. 


KIA- 3
WIA- 11
POW- 2
Deserted- 1
T: 17

KIA- 5
WIA- 8
POW- 1
Deserted- 1
T: 15

Saturday, February 9, 2019

January 2019

A late posting...I had some frosting on the figures from my matte varnish. This is the first time this happened with the brush on varnish. I fixed it by rubbing with olive oil (read it on one of the forums) worked, but it took some effort to get the oil residue off.

60 x 28mm AVBC: 60 points
Total: 60 points
YTD: 60

1 x 15mm sci-fi skirmish

$0   !!!!!
YTD: $0

Squads of Albertines, Socialists, Women's Self-Defense Force, Women's Home Guard, and some militiamen.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Tales of the free-trader "Wolverine"-2

The crew of the "Wolverine" continue to look for work in Tibb's Hollow on Viva. Miroslav again won big at the card table while Adolf guarded the ship. Bronson relaxed, Tarik gathered supplies, Eli found a book on sword play that he gave to Leo, while the kid linked up with some local rebels.

The rebels want the crew to attack a cult of religious zealots that are near some ancient alien ruins. This is the same cult from Leo's past.

Overconfident, the crew advanced rapidly through the broken ground expecting to catch the cultist unaware...they were wrong. The crew was quickly met by a fusillade of heavy fire.

Bronson goes down taking his LMG out of the fight.

Eli sends a blast of liquid plasma that forces two of the enemy to take cover by the ancient alien artifact.

Return fire takes Eli and Tarik out of the fight while Leo hits the dirt.

The captain and Adolf go down as Leo tries to carry Tarik to safety. 

Living to fight another day.

With his old mentor in hot pursuit.
That did not go as planned. The crew was shot to pieces from the start. We will see who crawled to safety and rallied at the ship.