Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 2012

I have focused on the 15mm sci-fi project this month and will continue to do so over the next few months. The ancients project will be on hold until I get the sci-fi project to maturity.

I will finish painting the on hand sci-fi figures in Feb, with the next round of figures about to be purchased. I see them taking me through June.

January Totals:

122 x 15mm sci-fi figures: 122 points

Good start to the year helped along by starting the first batch in the last few days of December.

I am exploring the I Ain't Been Shot Mum rules series...may replace Flames of War and maybe Force on Force/Tomorrows War. I like the idea of having a company on the table and tracking individual losses. The card driven system is also a plus...like Field of Battle.

Not sure if I will attend Cold Wars or not...I would like to get another game of Carnage and Glory .

Monday, January 30, 2012

Security Forces

More GZG figures...they are good for security forces, colonial police/militia, guards, or maybe as I painted them to be a peace keeping force.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Mercenary Garn...three big boys and three smaller scouts. Tough looking figures great for skirmish gaming.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ziva: Sci fi imagi-planet

2012 will see lots of work on my sci-fi figures. I have all the on hand figures painted or primed ready for the next three months.

Once these are done, I will get the second round of figures and work on them as I start my ancients.

I have dubbed this project..."Ziva".

Got in my first two games with the figures I have painted so far...the first was a solo game and the second on the same board with my son.

Game 1:
A squad of Ripley Corporation reaction corps troopers (Khurasan Exterminators) is headed to investigate reports of a shuttle crash near a local settlement in the green zone. The shuttle crew survived and has taken refuge in the settlement. A nearby tribe of Chewks (Khurasan Chewks) is hell bent on capturing the crew for ransom and especially getting their hands on the droid they spotted.

Things go south for the squad as they quickly suffer some losses including the squad leader. Luckily the shuttle crew holds off a Chewk charge and manages to wait out the attacks.

Shuttle crew takes cover...burning shuttle behind the hill in the back.

Rescue squad moves into position.

Long way to the objective...area looks clear.

Ambush...charge to take the hill!

Enemy mortar fire on target.

Chewk machinegun suppresses the settlement.

Casualties mount on both sides.

Can they be saved?

Man down!

More Chewks attack from the North.

But can't make much of an impact.

With their support weapon taken out,

The Chewks retreat to fight another day.

Game 2: ---battery dies on the camera for this one
My son placed a squad (Khurasan Corporate Marines) in the settlement and I used a squad (Khurasan Control Battalion) to attack him. Four of the shuttle crew from the 1st game would attack us both.

Despite some bad activation rolls (we were using Flying lead rules) I got troops in a position to overwatch the settlement and used my armed drone to intimidate the enemy.

My son called in an evac shuttle and charged out with a small team (reinforced by two allied Chewks he claimed were para-Chewked in to help) only to be met with a wall of fire. [This little incident will provide some fodder for my campaign...who is arming the Chewks and why have they become allies?]

Called it quits at this point with heavy losses.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Control Battalion

Another squad from Khurasan Miniatures. These are some of my favorites...a good mix of sci-fi and modern look. The drone is a nice touch.

Based them up to make it look like overgrown rubble.
Prime/Uniform: grey
Eyes sight: Emerald
Guns: Gunmetal grey with gunmetal blue touch
Boots/gloves: black
Armor: black grey
Facemask: white
Gear: medium grey
Drone- gunmetal blue with brass and gunmetal grey touches

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 Round Up and 2012 Plans

A great year of painting and gaming. Completed my second Imagi-Nation campaign along with some skirmish games.

I brought four projects to maturity:
Katzenstein (horse and musket imagi-nation)
Krasnovia (modern imagi-nation)
Song of the Splintered Lands (animals)
Starmada (space ships)

These join the Flames of War project as generally complete.

Focus for 2012 will be on the ancients imagi-nation and sci-fi skirmish.

Other big tasks include painting a large batch of middle east buildings and texturing the bases on my painted figures. I also want to try making some scatter terrain to liven up the table.

I plan to attend the three HMGS conventions including a four day stay at Historicon. I played my first two convention games at Fall In 2011 and had lots of fun.

I posted the following three goals for 2011 last December:
Overall Plans:
1- Attend the 3 HMGS conventions ---- ACCOMPLISHED

2- Spend less- focus on accessories vs lead and terrain --- FAILED, I did buy less figures and I have cut down my lead stock...but I spent way to much money, especially on terrain (buildings). Will work to do better this year...figure purchases will be kept under control until I finish painting the figures on hand.

3- Complete several projects before starting any new ones --- ACCOMPLISHED

2011 Painting Points
J: 72
F: 196
M: 111
A: 85
M: 89
J: 98
J: 102
A: 66
S: 0
O: 133
N: 42
D: 39
2011 Total: 1013

2010 Total: 1389
2009 Total: 441

- Decide on a rule set...the pending Pulse of Battle is in the lead
- Begin painting...one unit a month is a good target

Sci Fi
- Paint all on hand figures
- Continue to expand...will make a round of purchases when done all on hand are done
- Begin looking at vehicles

- Paint all buildings
- Put together the paper terrain I bought at Fall In 2011
- Build 12 terrain pieces (fields, rough)

---I am planning a small expansion to the Katzenstein project. I painted up 3 white coated regiments as a semi-autonomous religious state and I want to expand the force since I liked the figures, I liked the simple white paint scheme, and I can't help myself from buying more figures.
- 1 Line Regiment
- flag bearers for existing 3 regiments
- 1 Grenadier Regiment
- 1 Light Regiment
- 1 light cav (Cossack) regiment
- 1 Horse Grenadier regiment
- 1 arty battery

- Ottomans ???

- 12 misc generals/colonels

Other Projects
- No plans for the other projects except to play more games

Future Projects- don't start any new projects in 2012! For 2013...
- 6mm Napoleonics and/or Civil War
- Pirates, figures already on hand
- Wild West