Monday, January 20, 2020

Of Armies and Hordes (15mm fantasy)

I got the urge to get a 15mm fantasy game on the table over Christmas. I set things up and played it out in January using the Of Armies and Hordes rules. These rules have a very interesting area movement mechanic that I like, but the rules just don't beat out my Field of Battle mash up.

The Hobbits, Gnomes, and Fauns took on Orcs, Goblins, and Hobgoblins.

The evil forces surged ahead but the Fauns got to the ruins in the nick of time. The Hobbit cavalry won the day with one unit of militia ram riders destroying three enemy units.

Next up on the inaugural game with the Slaughterloo fantasy Napoleonic 28mm figures.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2019 Round Up

Time for my year in review...sorry for the wall of text, this serves as my hobby diary.
I got in lots of painting over Christmas to start things off right in 2020...52 figures (Werewolves and Centaurs)...that all need to be based until I get credit!

My plans are to keep rolling with the Slaughterloo figures...Hares, then Otters, Halflings and Trolls. 

First and last pictures of 2019...Sci-fi skirmish game, and the 2nd batch of Slaughterloo figures awaiting basing.

J: 60
F: 52
M: 52
A: 54
M: 42 
J: 42
J: 6
A: 36
S: 36
O: 70
N: 0 (painted, but did not base until Dec)
D: 137
Total: 587

2019: 587
2018: 650
2017: 753
2016: 712
2015: 431 
2014: 1708
2013: 1990
2012: 1119
2011: 1013
2010: 1389
2009: 441

14, 7 of them at Historicon.

$3319...need to cut that way back :)

Plans for 2020
1- Focus on Slaughterloo: target is at least 600 figures
2- Start Albedo once the range is more filled out...will take about 4 months to paint the figures
3- Attend Historicon
4- Keep spending to <$1800 total... I can do it!
5- 15mm fantasy if I get into a slump

Review of Plans for 2019
1- Complete all on hand AVBCW figures by end of June: Success
2- Game more than 10 games: Success
3- Attend Historicon: Success
4- Keep spending under $1000 (plus Historicon): Failed!!!!!
5- Consider the next major task from the list below:
- Phase II of 6mm SciFi
- Phase II of Wooden Warriors---switched to the plastic figures---Partial
- Phase II of Zombies
- Phase II of AVBCW---Complete, no major additions needed
- Return to 15mm Fantasy
- Start Slaughterloo-----Started

Project Update
A Very British Civil War: No planned additions.
---Last Painted: Jul, 2019
---Last Gamed: Dec, 2018

Slaughterloo: In progress
---Last Painted: Dec, 2019
---Last Gamed: Not yet

Zombies: Phase I complete.
---Last Painted: Jul, 2018
---Last Gamed: Oct, 2018 

Wooden Warriors: I don't plan to continue this project
---Last Painted: Jun, 2018
---Last Gamed: Jun, 2018

28mm Fantasy: Phase I complete. Plenty of plastic kits on hand.
---Last Painted: Oct, 2019
---Last Gamed: Oct, 2019

Albedo Anthropomorphics: Not Started
---Last Painted: 
---Last Gamed:

6mm Sci-fi: Phase I complete.
---Last Painted: May, 2018
---Last Gamed: Apr, 2018

Fantasy 15mm: Large number of figures on hand to be painted.
---Last Painted: Jul, 2019
---Last Gamed: Jul, 2019

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

World War Two 15mm: No planned additions.
---Last Painted: Jan, 2013
---Last Gamed: Jul, 2014

Sci-fi 15mm:  No planned additions.
---Last Painted: Jun, 2013
---Last Gamed: Jan, 2019

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

Splintered Lands Animals: 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 will continue to add a unit every now and then.
---Last Painted: Dec, 2018
---Last Gamed: Dec, 2011

15mm Pirates: No planned additions.
---Last Painted: May, 2016
---Last Gamed: Not yet

Long Term Plans at the Ten Year Mark---now year #11
1) Finish the AVBCW project in 2019---DONE
2) Fill in the final parts of the 6mm sci-fi project
3) Decide if I want to add any wooden warriors and zombies---CHANGE OF PLANS
4) Continue the 15mm fantasy project...tons of lead on hand. This is my open ended opus project
5) Start the Slaughterloo project with the massive amount of Alternative Armies figures I bought this year on a very expensive whim.---IN PROGRESS
6) Game more
7) Attend more conventions...this will be a major goal once I retire.
8) Keep spending in check---NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
9) Don't start any new projects---FAILED 
10) Add to the terrain collection---IN PROGRESS

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

December 2019

Christmas is in the rear view mirror. Two nice new books and a full set of GW contrast paints arrived from Santa.

I have started using the contrast paints...look very nice on cloth and fur. Have to watch the edges to avoid bleed over.
Holiday loot

Figures prepared for 2020

The Toadaroni Slaughterloo army

137 points of Slaughterloo figures (I finished basing all I have painted since end of October)

0...1 on the table

$50 on basing supplies/paint
$3319 for the year. Well over budget.

Monday, December 9, 2019

November 2019

Late post this month due to travel and work. Although I can't take any points for the month, I did paint over 100 figures...that need to be based as a batch in December.

0 points

0 games

$429 for bases, paint, and the artillery figures I forgot to order last year.
$3269 year to date.

Friday, November 1, 2019

October 2019

A nice month for the hobby....good painting production, played a game, and did not spend a cent!

Now for the next project.

Plastic Orcs

Plastic Snakemen

I am missing a picture of the plastic Gnolls.

70 x 28mm fantasy figures: 70 points
Total: 70 points

1 x ASOBH fantasy game

$0 !!!!
$ 2840 year to date
--- I will need to buy bases for the next project.

Friday, October 25, 2019

The bigger they are...

The second game in my 28mm fantasy exploration project.

1st mate, the Hare Phoo readies her band. 

Sailing up the river that leads to the camp, the explorers see shimmering crystals near a large cave.

Hostile natives emerge to attack as soon as the explorers make landfall.

Two groups emerge from either flank. 

But they are no match for the intrepid band.

The more heavily armored warriors take down the natives.

But they are not unscathed as one of their number falls.

Hmmmm, are these giant gem stones? What's that in the cave?

His greed costs him his life.

The ogre charges into the fray.

Phoo falls! and the band retreats. 

Can she be saved?

A see-saw battle ensues as the survivors attempt to carry the wounded to safety.

A win for the nasty ogre.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

New Project: Slaughterloo

I am starting a new project! I bought a HUGE number of Slaughterloo (28mm fantasy Napoleonics) last year at a very nice discount. I love the chunky/cartoonish sculpts, I can build the forces as imagi-nations, and I can still use Field of Battle 3 or the Carnage and Glory computer moderated rules with the figures.

I have chosen to go with 18 figure infantry units and 8 figure cavalry units. I am still working on basing sizes...but the infantry will be 3 to a base, and the cavalry 2.

The figure range from Alternative Armies is massive. There are figures to cover almost all of the nations from the Napoleonic wars. I have purchased one of every infantry and cavalry unit for all but the Ferach (French-Elves),  Britorcn (British-Orcs) and Witchlands (Russians-undead), plus all the limited edition figures I could scavenge. I did not get any artillery yet...I will source guns elsewhere and get artillery figures with my next purchase. I have about 1500 figures on hand...and that is about 70% of the eventual total. I don't intend to get the undead figures.

Since I am never satisfied just sticking with an existing setting, my Slaughterloo plans will involve a campaign on a recently colonized continent after the events of the canon setting. This way I can mix and match forces as I get them painted, and gives me a little freedom in uniform choice.

First up, I am painting the Todoroni...styled on the Kingdom of Italy and Naples. I have 6 infantry units and one of cavalry. Line-Light-Militia-Grenadier-Guard-Mountain(Light), and hippo mounted Hussars. My target is to get these done by end of the Christmas holidays.

Next may be the Rabbits of Burrovia (Dutch) and the Werewolves and Centaurs (Polish).

This month sees the end of the first part of my 28mm fantasy project. I have painted figure for large skirmish games. I have plenty of plastic kits left...I may sell most of them off. This project was kind of a whim and I am ready to move on to something else. I have the following on hand:

1) Huge batch of 15mm fantasy figures. I have enough already painted for massive games, so no pressure to get back to these yet. I am tempted every year when I tinker with my fantasy rules based on Field of Battle.

2) 28mm fantasy plastics. Will sit on the shelf until I decide to kitbash another set of 36 figures.

3) Albedo Anthramorphics. 28mm sci-fi animals...I bought the first batch of about 150 figures but they are still expanding the range and I want to paint all the figures in one type of uniform at the same time. I will push this until next year.

4) The winner...Slaughterloo 28mm fantasy Napoleonics.