Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March 2020

Disappointing month in the hobby...work, Corona, family, and general malaise all ate into my motivation. Determined to get back at things tomorrow.

0 ---- did a little work on the next batch of Slaughterloo figures

0 --- may set something up on the table this week.

$180 ---- storage boxes (needed deeper bins for the Slaugherloo figures), and Rommel rules
$2690, year to date.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

February 2020

Nice painting and gaming progress this month even if a slow down from my frantic last few months.

Started two more batches of Slaughterloo figures...starting with the cavalry this time since painting the mounts always seems to be a frustration to me. The contrast paints made them a breeze...very nice on fur.

I broke down and ordered the rest of the Slaughterloo figures I planned to get eventually since they have a (very reasonable) price increase coming...this destroyed my budget plans for the year.

18 x foot 28 mm figures: 18 points
27 x mounted 28mm figures: 54 points
TOTAL: 72 points

1 x game of FoB with the Slaughterloo figures

$ 2,200 ouch!!! on Slaughterloo figures...this is at least two years of painting.
$ 2,510 year to date
Hope the wife does not read this.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Slaughterloo- my first battle with painted figures using Field of Battle 2ED

With the end of the Mordredian Wars in Uropa, the interest in far off colonies, long ignored during the height of the wars,  resumed. All nations of Uropa had found small colonies on the distant island of Viva. These backwater colonies have gained a strong sense of independence over the years. Not wanting to return to autocratic imperial rule, the colonies have begun to consider uniting as an independent republic. Some favor a strong union (under their own dominance of course), while others favor a looser association. These Unionist and Associates parties fall generally along racial lines, but there are frequent alliances, betrayals, and mere whims of fancy that make for messy politics, strange bedfellows, and frequent battles

The Unionist Toads have taken matters into their own hands by seizing the important bridge over the River Zevon at Tibbsia. The Burrovian Associates have gathered a force of Wolfen and mercenary Centaurs to throw the toads back into their swamps.

Burrovian host approaches in the background to attack the Todoroni riverside camp.

The Toads are deployed in two lines.

The first shots of the war...Todoroni Light Infantry come out better than the Werewolves.

Burrovians advance across the whole front, with the cavalry rashly rushing forward to loot the camp.

Toad Grenadiers and Militia form up just in time to route the Burrovian Hussars and Cuirassiers. 

Todoroni first line starts to fall back.

Cavalry can't break through.

Toad Line Infantry hold off two enemy regiments despite their heavy casualties. 

Hussars vs Lancers...Toads win!

The Todoroni Guard fill in the defense line...a very strong position except for the open left flank.

Toad first line has almost completed the fighting withdrawal.

Centaurs are sent routing. 

Toad artillery get ready to fire.

Finally some Burrovian success...Werewolves route the opposing Light Infantry. 

The second phase of the battle begins. 

Canister fire routs the Werewolves.

Little Wolves supported by artillery defeat the Toad Hussars...opening the flank.

Solid line of defenders...who can break it?

Burrovian Grenadiers storm forward.

Little Wolves approach the open flank.

Pushed back, but not defeated.

Todoroni Guard wheel out from the line and unleash a volley...but fail to defeat the Burrovians!

Burrovian Grenadiers hold...and prepare to hop forward again.

Hare light infantry fire into the flank of the Toad Grenadiers...routing them!

Burrovian artillery fire into the Toad Line Infantry that were unexpectedly exposed by the rout of their Grenadiers.

But the stoic toads reform and move to protect the exposed flank while Alpini Toads close the hole in the center.

Burrovians overrun the battery.

Toad Line Infantry (the heroes of the battle) hold the flank. 

Burrovian forces slam into the Toads all across the line.

The Todoroni General orders an organized retreat back across the river.

A close run thing....it looked like the Todoroni would hold especially after defeating the Burrovian cavalry and the 2 of the 3 regiments in the first line successfully withdrawing to serve as reinforcements. It was only the rash pivot and fire move by the Toad Guard that cost them the battle [rolled a 1 on a D12+3 attack]. They paid for it by being routed from flanking fire, dropping below 0 Morale Points.

This was one of my best solo games in 10 years. Field of Battle always delivers...looking forward to 3rd Edition. The Slaugherloo figures from Alternative Armies are full of character and help tell the story. The Todoroni Line Infantry regiment gets special mention for holding off 4 units. The Burrovian Grenadiers lived up to their reputation by puncturing the Toad line. The Burrovian Hussars are being sent on extensive maneuvers to get retrained.

Having reestablished the border along the river, both forces regroup and call for reinforcements. The Burrovians have Trolka allies coming from the mountains, while Hobbits and Ottermen from the South are moving to support the Todoroni.

Friday, January 31, 2020

January 2020

A very productive month...continuing on with all the figures I painted in December. I have now based everything and have the first game on the table using Field of Battle 2ed. Looking forward to the 3ed coming out soon.

I worked at least 15 minutes (usually much more) for 28 of 31 days in the month.

I bought some figures (and cannon) to fill out the next two batches I will paint...Trolls and Ottermen. Also stocked up on primer and bases.

Werewolves and Centaurs


1st battle all set up!

182 points of Slaughterloo figures!!!!!!
---I started these in December and just finished painting and basing a large batch.

1 game x Of Armies and Hordes- 15mm fantasy

$310 on Slaughterloo figures,  paint, and bases ---- much more than expected but I am now stocked for months.
$310 year to date

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 table...my 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.