Monday, May 29, 2017

May 2017

Good painting progress this month. I have broken the back on the imagi-nation cavalry figures, with just 6 units to go. I am on track to finish them before Historicon in July.



With that finish line in sight, I have to decide what comes next. I was thinking about four of my projects:
1- Finish final 14 units for Katzenstein
2- Start Zombies
3- Continue 15mm Fantasy
4- Start 6mm sci-fi

I have decided to finish the Katzenstein units. I started ordering the 14 units worth of figures today with the goal of completing them by end of the year. This will allow me to start a new campaign in 2018.

I may work on some of the Zombie figues as the mood strikes as well, at least enough to get some test games in. I am deciding upon a rule set with Pulp Alley, Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes, and Savage Worlds under consideration.

PAINTING
7 x 8 figure cavalry units: 112 points

GAMES
1 fantasy game

BUDGET
$324 for the month. I registered for Historicon and bought figures for the KoK. I also bought the Advanced SoBH rules and more Pulp Alley Cards.
$1028 year to date...so much for my budget! I will have to really watch my spending for the rest of the year and keep my Historicon purchases to a minimum.
$1000 for the year in my budget, plus Historicon.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

That was close

Finished up a fantasy 15mm battle using my home grown Commands and Colors variant. Need to make some more rules tweaks and add in the magic section. The Elves faced off against the Undead, pulling out a narrow victory on the last few cards of turn 6. The Elven Grove Guard and Unicorn Riding Maidens saved the day by taking back the Portal Orb from the Vampire Thralls.

A look from the Undead right flank.

A small brigade of Skeletons destroyed the Wood Elves on the flank.

Elven Guard make for the sacred portal.

A solid defensive position in the center,

Zombies trudging forward.

The action is hot across the whole field.

Poor Wood Elves getting slaughtered.

Elven Elk cavalry had a hard day too.

Back and forth on this flank with both forces not contributing to the main event,

Zombies have been attritted.

Skeleton Cavalry performed well.

First wave beaten back but with heavy losses.

Unicorn Riders do their thing.

Holding in the center, but the Undead keep coming.

With the Wood Elves destroyed, the Skeletons begin to march to the center.

Unicorn Riders destroyed the Ghosts.

Zombies just won't die!

Both sides trade blows.

Thralls capture the portal!

But are thrown back by the missile fire from the Unicorn Riders and a spirited charge from the Grove Guard.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 2017

No too much to report this month. Painting was slow but I did finish 4 cavalry units and start 2 more before going away for work. I will need to pick up the pace a little the next two months to meet my July goal of finishing all 17 units.

A lucky turn of events (hitting the right numbers on the roulette wheel) turned into me blowing my budget plans. I bought a bunch of the Panzer Korps scenario books at a discount and then two lots of 15mm fantasy figures I saw for sale on TMP. Good prices all around, but that puts my budget plans in disarray.

PAINTING
4 x 8 figure 15mm cavalry units: 64 points
(will base them up and take a picture when I finish the next set of units)

GAMING
Zero...I even took down the unplayed zombie game I had set up. I think I will set up another fantasy game when I get home.

BUDGET
$593! for the month.
$704 for the year to date. I will need lots of discipline to keep under my $1000 budget for the year (minus Historicon).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 2017

An early post to close the month since I will be traveling this weeks. Took a few days off at the beginning of the month from painting after the hard push in January and February, Picked things up over the last fortnight to finish the horses for the 17 Katzenstein project enemy cavalry units. I will start the riders in April with a goal of being done before Historicon in July.

The stables are full.

Last month I splurges using some of the money I got from selling unused figures and rules. I bought the zombie apocalypse survivor below, designed at www.heroforge.com
Neat software service that lets you design 28mm figures and have them 3D printed (I think they sub contract to Shapeways). Expensive, but a great item for a special occasion or character figure. 



PAINTING
0 points...I will get credit for the horses when the units are complete.

GAMES
0 again...still have a test game of Pulp Alley Zed on the table.

BUDGET
$128 for the month on my re-subscription to Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy, and a batch of fantasy 15mm figures i could not resist for the price. I was doing so well trimming my lead stash.
Net: $111 for the year! Budget is <$1000 plus Historicon. I am in good shape so far.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 2017

Still on track for my plans for the year.


PAINTING
16 x 15mm mounted leaders: 30 points
30 x 28mm Pulp Figures: 30 points
TOTAL: 60

I have also prepared 17 x 8 figure cavalry units to work on over the next few months. I will start with all the horses, and then work through the riders. This will bring the Katzenstein project OPFOR to completion.






GAMES
1 game of Skirmish Action at Maplewood Hobbies
1 fantasy game with a Commands and Colors mash up


BUDGET
Net: -$17 for the year;
I sold $200 worth of unused figures and rule books. I used these funds to get some supplies (primer) and a start on the Zombie project. In the end, I am at -$17 for the year!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekend gaming

I played in an enjoyable 28MM WW2 game at Maplewood Hobbies. The rules were Skirmish Action, a new set by Lee Sowers and Dennis Stackhouse.

The scenario called for a mixed US and British force with loads of armor to cross the river in the face of stiff resistance to link up with the airborne forces off table.

Only one pic from the game:

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Projects and lead mountain

I have been following a few threads on TMP and listening to some comments on the Meeples and Miniatures podcast about folks building up huge loads of unpainted figures. I decided to take stock of my projects and I think I am doing pretty well.

PROJECTS WITH UNPAINTED FIGURES

PULP: 30 figures in progress. Nothing else unpainted.

6mm SCI-FI: End of year or next year's project. One batch of figures and terrain. I plan to paint all these so nothing extra. This will be a growing project next few years.

KATZENSTEIN (imagi-nation): 25 x 8 figure cavalry units I will start next month. I will make one last large purchase of about 150 figures for this project at the end of the year and paint them all in 2018.

15mm FANTASY: Very large batch of Demonworld figures that I got for a steal on hand...will return to these in due time. These should be my only "lingering" unpainted figures. Never-ending project...so many 15mm fantasy figures to add to my already very large collection (171 four-base units).

Zombies: I bought about 100 zombies (and 1 survivor) with the money I raised selling unused lead and rules.


Not bad compared to the posts I see online of 1000s of figures! Other than the Demonworld figures that I know will be taken in small bites over time, I think I will have the rest of the figures all done in 18 months.

I have a few bits and bobs of left over figures from my mature projects. Nothing I plan to paint and probably down to 100 or so mixed figures since I sold the big bags of left over Napoleonics this week.





Thursday, February 9, 2017

Items for sale


I am selling a few items, post in the comments or on my TMP marketplace adds if interested:

1- 22lbs of Napoleonic figures :see notes at the end

2- Rule Books
- Force on force with scenario books (Iraq, Afgh, Vietnam, Bush Wars)
- Black Powder
- Hail Caesar
- 3Ed Flames of War with the Us and German Normandy books
- Field of Glory
-Clash of Empires

3-PC Computer Wargames (Matrix/Slitherine)
- Field of Glory w/ Storm of Arrows, Rise of Roam and Immortal Fire
-John Tiller Campaign Series
-Napoleon in Italy
-Panzer Command: Kharkov
-Empires in Arms
-Close Combat Cross of Iron
-Fly boys
- Alexander the Great (Tin Soldiers)
-Julius Caesar (Tin Soldiers

I will also trade for 28mm zombies/survivors or 6mm sci fi figures.











ORIGINAL LIST OF MINIATURES: I bought this huge batch and used some figures. There are well over 1000 figures, 20+ guns with. 

Museum Miniatures  
-Brits..   
rifles-16..
light inf _50...
artillery20 guns  100 crew  limbers with riders 10..

battle honors 
-brits  48 with command...

MM French  officers in overcoats 40  
center company advancing  200...
mixed poses 24   
center co firing  90    
elite co marching 50  
firing 50
mted Napoleon 6  
mounted officers 20 
grenadier sappers  12  
French horse art howitzer1 crew 4  

next is old glory and battle honors stuff  
OG Austrians in helmets 80  
in shakos 138  
landwher 75  

Dragoons with horses 72  (all yhe cav have horse)  

 French line assorted poses  100  
elites 100  
center co adv  224   

bicorne firing 24 
bicores standing 312  
bearskin grenadiers 72 
bicorne command 36   
 ass line 44
comand assorted 75 
mounted 12  

lancers in shakos 7  
BH French 418,,
Russians  Cossacks with bows 11 don Cossacks 77 ural Cossacks 16   
6 double trailed guns  

Russian mounted generals 20  
grenadiers 138  
Russian line 44  
command37  
militia 27   

Russian guns 5 16 crew  
Prussian Jagers  100  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Artillery and Leaders

Finished the artillery and leaders for my Kingdom of Katzenstein imagi-nation OPFOR..."The Imperium".

I am going to work on the 30 Pulp figures before tackling the cavalry.




Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fantasy game

My last fantasy game using my rules mash up of Pique / Field of Battle / Hostile Realms played very well but I was struggling to remember the rules and look up the unit stats. I tinkered with the Commands and Colors rules variants to play a new fantasy game.

Made my own dice using the left over cubes from Look Sarge, No Charts, and repurposed some of my IABSM cards.

The game played much faster with more decisive results. I used randomly generated leader levels that turned out to favor the Dwarves immensely.

It is worth another game with a better thought out scenario, commands, and leaders. Plus magic.
My custom dice and card deck

A few rounds in...battle being joined.


Scrum in the center.

Even on the one flank.

Pike Dwarves dominate once again.

Goblins being driven into the river.

Dwarves are starting to break.

Urban combat.

Victory! River line is held. Orcs never had a chance,

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 2017

Fantastic start to the new year. I have tried to focus on getting 30-60 minutes a day dedicated to the hobby...painting, prepping figures, tinkering with rules, blogging, and of course, gaming. This has improved my motivation and output. The imagi-nation expansion is ahead of schedule.

PAINTING
48 x  15mm imagi-nation artillery figures and 12 guns: 60 points

120 x 15 mm infantry: 120 points
TOTAL: 180 points
In Progress: 16 x mounted leaders; 30 28mm Pulp figures


Next up: prep the 25 or so cavalry units


Fresh troops hit the field (except that the field seems to be covered in Orcs and Dwarves so they have to get their picture taken on the ready table.
4 field batteries, 2 howitzer batteries


GAMES
1 fantasy game


A fantasy game in progress with my Battlelore adaptation. I made my own dice using the left over wood blocks from when I made the LSNC dice. Simple pleasures.

PURCHASES and BUDGET
$0 this month: I do need some primer
Total for the year: $0

Budget: $100 under budget, Plan: <$100 per month; on target

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A near run thing

With the Golden Idol's location lost to the leaders of the opposing alliances, the combatants maneuver around the countryside looking for a fight. A large band of Orcs and Goblins move to join their allies and burn a few villages in the process. The Dwarves will have none of this kind of wanton destruction and they march out to meet the greenskins.
Another battle with my Pique/Hostile Realms mash up. Next I will make my custom cards and flesh out the character/leader rules and the magic rules.

A fun game that came down to the wire. At one point, both armies were at 0 morale points and it could have gone either way. Laurels for the battle go to the Dwarven Pikemen. They swept all before them from the field.

View from the Dwarven lines; ready to keep the Orcs pinned up on the other side of the river.

Mass of Dwarven warriors and Pikemen in the center.

Orcs marching to the bridge and ford.

A few ogres are the first to fall.

The ogres and hobgoblins begin to burn the center village.

Their time would have been better spent pushing the attack in the center.

The center and Dwarven left held until close to the end...giving time for a victory on the other flank.

The Pikemen see of their first adversaries...and get ready to move right.

The Dwarven right begins in chaos...confused orders, overly aggressive berserkers, and general mayhem rule the day.

The Pikemen coming to the rescue.

The Orcs almost break out of their bridgehead.

Too late...the Pikemen hit the Orc flank.

Just as the bear Riders slam to the Orc warriors and Scorpion riders...defeating both.

Goblin wolf riders are a nuisance at best.

Things heat up in the center...the Orc allies begin to get the upper hand but can't break through.

The Pikemen steamroll the Orcs and Goblins.

While the best Orc troops reform across the river watched closely by the Bear Riders.

The Dwarven Warriors in the center and left pay a heavy price,,,the thin bearded line holds.

Trolls destroy one warband but are satisfied to just eat the dead instead of pressing the attack.

Ratmen warriors see off more Dwarves but they are seemingly endless.

The dark Dwarves are all that remain on the left.

The Dwarven guards and Pikemen have won the day!

The greenskins begin to pull back.

A near run thing in the end.