Saturday, July 2, 2016

1814, Battle of La Rothier with Fate of Battle rules

Spent an enjoyable day gaming with a group of guys from the Maplewood Hobby Gaming Society (MapHoGS). Saw an announcement on their Yahoo forum about one of the gamers hosting a game just a few miles from my house. I have mostly gamed solo, with my son, or at conventions. This was a nice change to join some local folks (Allen, Bill, Steve, Lee, Jake, Garrett). Allen has been kind enough to offer an open invite for gaming.

Played the Battle of La Rothier in 1814 using the Fate of Battle rules, a variant of Buck Surdu's "Look Sarge, No Charges".

Great game even with the Russian-Austrian side on was on getting handed our heads.

My Cavalry finally drove off the opposing French Guard cavalry only to see Marshal Ney arrive to save that flank. Our center got devastated by the very aggressive enemy cavalry...kudo's to 12 year old Garrett for running over us like a Panzer Division in 1941.

Some pics of the game:

















Ney arrived just in time

Thursday, June 30, 2016

June 2016

Half way through the year. Things will pick up when my pace at work slows at the end of July. Sad to be missing Historicon, especially the Piquet crew with Peter's fantasic games.
I am back in the swing with some painting, but at a leasurely pace. I am continuing the fantasy project right now but the urge to work on more than one project at a time is returning.

I will varnish and base the figures below at the end of summer when I gather bigger batch.

New batch of leaders

"Wildling" Spear and Bow men


I did take a few minutes to review my plans to start the year:
Mid-year Review
1- Finish the Pirates. Seriously this time.---DONE

2- Continue to tinker on my own Fantasy Rules.---In progress, working on my Pulse of Fantasy Battle mash up.

3- Conventions: None planned this year...very sad to not be attending Historicon due to work requirements.---DONE :(

4- Budget: $1200 target for the year. Besides the usual books, magazines, and supplies, my only planned figure purchases may be the 6mm sci fi project.--- Doing Great! Well under budget. May splurge on some figures for the Katzenstein project or start 6mm Sci Fi.

5- Next major project: One of four options...A and B are in the lead.---On Target
a. Next phase of the fantasy project (start the Demonworld figures)---plenty of figures on hand.---In Progress
b. 6mm Sci-fi---Currently has my attention, but I would have to buy figures. Research in progress.
c. Add the next 12 or so units to the Kingdom of Katzenstein.
d. Opposing forces for Kingdom of Katzenstein.---Searching for discounted figures to start this up.


PAINTING
31 x 15mm fantasy figures: 31 points

TOTAL: 31 points

On the table:  more 15mm fantasy figures

GAMES
0- consistent

PURCHASES and BUDGET
$2.50 this month: TMP payment to post an ad
Total for the year: $103
Budget: $497 under budget
Plan: <$100 per month
Still need to check on my basing, paint, and brush supplies...plus some shield transfers.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 2016

Another slow month, but I have some motivation back.
Stakes and cover for some archers

Mummies with their Necromancer

Lizardmen



PAINTING32 x 15mm fantasy figures: 32 points
8 x terrain items: 4 points
TOTAL: 36 points

On the table:  more 15mm fantasy figures

GAMES
0- consistent

PURCHASES and BUDGET
$0 this month:
Total for the year: $101
Budget: $399 under budget
Plan: <$100 per month
Need to check on my basing, paint, and brush supplies...plus some shield transfers.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

April 2016

After a long slog, I am done with the Pirate Project. The combination of work, eyesight issues, and a lack of motivation in the project made this a tough one to finish.



I will now turn back to the 15mm fantasy project with all of the Demonworld figures I have on hand.

PAINTING
4 x 15mm Pirate ships: 40 points

On the table:  15mm fantasy figures

GAMES
0, at this rate it could be August before I get a game in.

PURCHASES and BUDGET
$86.05 this month: HMGS membership renewal, Wargames Soldiers and Strategy renewal, Miniature Wargames renewal
Total for the year: $101
Budget: $299 under budget
Plan: <$100 per month
Need to check on my basing, paint, and brush supplies...plus some shield transfers.

Friday, April 1, 2016

March 2016

Bunch of 0's for the month. Almost done with the Pirate ships.

I plan to prime some fantasy figures this weekend...and resist starting the 6mm sci-fi project.

PAINTING0 --- almost!

 On the table:  4 ships.

GAMES
0   :(

PURCHASES and BUDGET
$0 this month
Total for the year: $15
Budget: $285 under budget
Plan: < $100 per month

Sunday, February 28, 2016

February 2016

Ah Hoy! The pirate figures are finally done...four ships left and this project is complete. It has been a slog...work, motivation, and my eye issues are all to blame. I do have new glasses arriving next week so I hope that will help.



My plan is to finish the ships by the time I go away for training in mid-April. Then it will be on to something else...most likely a return to the 15mm fantasy figures.


PAINTING
162 x 15mm figures: 162 points

On the table:  4 ships.

GAMES
0   :(

PURCHASES and BUDGET
$15 this month--- some paint and brushes
Total for the year: $15
Budget: $185 under budget
Plan: < $100 per month

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016

A slow month with a little progress on the Pirates. I have an eye appointment this coming week...I think some new glasses are in order. I know the first seven months of this year will be a slow burn due to work commitments, so I am managing my expectations on painting and gaming.


PAINTING
 0
----Pirates are still in progress. Working on flesh today. Have been using my new head light/magnifier.

On the table: 150 pirates/civilians, and 4 ships.


GAMES
 0, work gets in the way :)

PURCHASES and BUDGET
$0 this month--- Good way to start the year.
Total for the year: $0
Budget: banking $100 for the future.
Plan: < $100 per month