Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 2015

Another slow month...motivation, work, and school keep me down.

0 for the month, I did get in a few short painting sessions.
 On the table: 400 pirates/civilians, 30 fantasy Samurai, 30 pulp figures

0, planning to get a fantasy game on the table in the near future

$162 this month--- more than planned because the Wargames Illustrated subscription came due.
Total for the year: $2666
Budget: $584 under budget for the year.
Plan: I am planning to keep remaining spending to less than $100 per month to close the year...down from my original $150/month plan. New target is less than $3000 total for the year That will be a 40% reduction from 2014!

4th Quarter Plans:
1- Finish 1/4 of the Pirates in October
2- Pulp Figures in November
3- Fantasy Samurai in December

JG set up this compound...will see what comes next.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Hidalgo Fire- Pulp Alley

I played the first scenario in the Pulp Alley "perilous Island" campaign. It was a solo game against an enemy cult out for world domination.

The Pulp Alley rules are flowing with lots of action from the cards and multiple die rolls. The game allows for a great story and I think it can be used for several genres. I just bought the Pulp Leagues expansion book that contains a nice roll up of all the special abilities in one place.

My Tsarist Russian Émigré league took on the purple clad cultists of the Brotherhood of God (BOG) in Mexico. The first scenario in the campaign has the leagues searching for Lady Elaine Darrow, daughter of a missing explorer. Both leagues are large...the BOG formed by many 1st level thugs, and my own group taking advantage of the "commander" trait and the "call to arms" trait. The latter gave me three 1st level followers in the form of some of Lady Elaine's compatriots (I rolled "familiar area" on the scenario event chart so it made sense to have the reinforcements part of Lady Elaine's explorer group.). Things started slowly as each group moved into the explorers' campsite (the other scenario event prevented running and fighting for the first turn).

The game ended in a solid win for The Duke...lots of figures down and out. It was closer than the score (6-1) would indicate. Having larger leagues with many low level members made for a bloddy game.

My League---
Leader: Duke Alexander Suvorov
Sidekick: Duchess Natalia
Ally: Countess Yekaterina, Natalia's sister
Ally: Boris, The Duke's pilot (and his pet monkey Lenin)
Ally: Mikhail, The Duke's driver
Follower: Vasyli, The Duke's bodyguard
Follower: Vladamir, The Duchess' bodyguard
Follower: Ivan, The Duke's yachtsman
League Perk: Call to Arms

The explorers camp. Lady Elaine is across the bridge in the bottom left. Her Daughter is playing in the rough ground, while two boxes of supplies are in the tents. Finally, some gold artifacts are by the temple statue in the top left. (these are the 5 plot points for the scenario...adjusted from the written rules to match what I have on hand).

The Duke and his family prepare for the search.

Hooded figures up to no good.

The Duke pockets the gold to kick things off.

The Torch Bearer grabs hold of Lilly Darrow...the fiend!

Sir Elliot, Lady Elaine's cousin is a crack shot with his Webley revolver...he would claim two cultists by the end of the day.

Ivan, the Duke's personal yachtsman, takes aim from the center of the camp.

A group of cultists ransack Lady Darrow's tent...finding some journal pages in a box.

Mikhail and his monkey, Lenin, fall after an exchange of gunfire.

The Countess puts her fencing skills to good use.

The Torch Bearer tries to intercept The Duke as he prepares to cross the rickety bridge.

The melee in the camp gets intense...The Sinister Man in the tie tries to take on several of The Duke's comrades.

After a brief exchange of pleasantries, Lady Elaine agrees to come with The Duke.

Suddenly, explosions rock the camp. The local warlord's troops have started dropping mortar bombs on the camp.

Vladamir takes a round meant for The Duke.

Carnage! The Sinister Man, The Countess, Boris, and several cultists are all down. Luckily, Chip Henderson, the American explorer is on hand to secure the box of papers for The Duke.

Lady Elaine explains the mysterious disappearance of her father.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

August 2015

A month of zeroes...0 painted figures, 0 games, and 0 $ spent. I did get in two painting sessions on the pirates, and Junior General had a series of Normandy games with a friend.

I have been getting renewed interest in the fantasy project.

On the table: 400 pirates/civilians, 30 fantasy Samurai, 30 pulp figures

0 for me, 1 for the JG

$0--- that's a good thing! Have a few small purchases planned for September.

Total for the year: $2504, $596 under original budget. I am planning to keep remaining spending to less than $100 per month to close the year...down from my original $150/month plan. New target is less than $3000 total for the year, that will be a 40% reduction from 2014!

A few pictures from JG's beach landing.

Friday, July 31, 2015

July 2015

July is in the books. My son and I enjoyed the trip to Historicon and played in some great games. Not too much on the painting front once again, but I did knock out a few small items.

PAINTING5x 15mm figures: 5 points
Tents and pillars: 5 points
TOTAL: 10 points

7 games (6 at H'con and 1 at home)
plus 2 more games for JG at H'con

$0 in the regular budget for the month, $1900 at Historicon ($100 under budget, significant portion of this is hotel, travel, and food), sold $400 worth of figures.

Total for the year: $2504, $446 under original budget. I am planning to keep remaining spending to less than $100 per month to close the year...down from my original $150/month plan. Target is <$3000 total for the year, that will be a 40% reduction from 2014!

A few items for Pulp...I added the crystal ball and statue...I think they look great,

Tents...will be used in the first scenario of Perilous Island.

5 figures! Blue Moon 3 Musketeers range, but can be used for fantasy or pirates projects.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Historicon 2015

Junior General and I made the trip to Historicon in Fredericksberg. Good time once again. Thanks to all the game masters especially Peter Anderson and David Wood. I played in some Field of Battle/Pulse of Battle and Look Sarge, No Charts two favorite sets of rules for convention games. I always enjoy seeing the "Piquet Crew" and the HAWKS club members.

Trip down went smoothly with some traffic on the last 30 miles on I-95. Stayed in the Hilton Garden Inn again this year, just a short walk to the convention center. Food on site was passable...luckily there are plenty of places to eat close by and Wegmans has a great food bar/sandwich shop. Convention center meets the needs...restrooms still need a better upkeep plan during the day. Noise level is noticeable but I think this is at every convention. Vendor count seemed down to me...missing a few of my favorites such as On Military Matters, Splintered light Miniatures, and Rebel Minis. Flea market was great finds for me. I stayed within my budget this year. Trip home went even more smoothly since we left early Sunday morning.

I did notice a large increase in the number of kids at the convention, a great sign in my opinion.

We will not be able to attend next year due to a military commitment...looking forward to 2017.

-Gnome Wars
-Operation Cobra
-Zombies (JG)
-Hunger Games (JG)
-Fantasy Battle
-Tomb Raid

Loot from the trip...lots of items to clutter the Pulp Alley table
A mix of pictures from our games:

Gnome Wars

Gnome Wars

Gnome Wars

Gnome Wars, my Evil Cultists at the fountain

Operation Cobra with LSNC

The high water mark...almost broke the line

Ligny with Field of Battle Rules, hosted by Peter Anderson


Pulp tomb raiding

Junior General in Hunger Games

Zama with Pulse of Battle rules, I faced off against Junior General

Last game of the convention hosted by David Wood with LSNC-Fantasy version

Junior General took the set of photos below:

Gnome Wars

He played in this Mein Zombie Game

Pennsylvania Pete in action