Saturday, July 20, 2019

Ireland and Gaming

So the family took holiday to Ireland. We didn't see much gaming related (although I did stop in a few game shops in Cork including on really cool, old model shop), but there were some things that touched on gaming.

For example, I was surprised to find Guinness Hitler during a tour of the brewery in Dublin (seems off brand, somehow).

There was also this cool mural in Dundalk.

We took a tour of the town of Carlingford. The ruins of King John's castle were close for renovation.

The town had lots of other medieval buildings though, including this merchant's manor house.

On the west and south coasts, we saw a few castles, including (below) Blarney castle.

I managed to get out to the club despite my rather messed up clock this week. Terry hosted me in game of Imperial Settlers.

Chen and Brandon played some Kings of War. Chen brought out his dwarf war dogs, which were very nice models.

Terry slaughtered me at Imperial Settlers (total rout).

And I left before the KoW game really got going.

I spent yesterday finishing up some Ware of 1812 rebasing after finding a tub of static grass in a box.

These foot include some Canadian irregulars (above) and militia (below).

I also found enough for three units of British regulars. I plan to run a test game with Bruce this coming week before bringing this out of the club.

I'm present rebasing a few US cavalry and I had to order some Indian allies from Irregular as I think I sold my plastics with my AWI figures and the good Italeri set is OOP.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Few commission D&D pieces

A fellow asked me to paint four D&D miniatures for him. I managed to finish two before heading out on holidays.

First up is a human fighter with a flaming sword. Grey primer, block paint (with a bit of wet-on-wet) followed by a wash and seal.

The sword looks better in person than it does in the picture (camera struggles with red tones, it seems).

Second dude is a human fighter in fancy mail.

Same technique minus the wet-on-wet. Good details so the wash really popped it.

I also took the chance to base one of my own figures (RAFM Cthulhu) that I had painted awhile back but lost track of before completion.

The WizKids figures are really nice to work with. I have two elf warriors presently underway and I hope to finish them up in the coming week.

After than, I need to finish my 1812 rebasing (just need to get some static grass on).

Saturday, July 6, 2019

28mm library pieces

No gaming for me this week and the family is taking a short vacation. But I did manage to complete some terrain just before we left.

This is a library set from Mantic Games and contains 14 pieces. It is cast in brown plastic but I primed it white to do a wash.

This pack was pretty decent. It also more of less matches with the WizKids bookshelves that I previously purchased.

Overall, not a bad addition to my skirmish terrain.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Supply train!

Bruce had me over for some Congo Gulch this week. The scenario was a supply train had to cross the board to get to the fort (Bruce's old west fort was out on loan so we made due with a stand-in). The number of wagon in the fort (of the three that arrived on board) at the end of eight turn determined victory level.

The locals set up with two units hidden on the board (eight locations to choose from) and an additional unit (owner's choice) arrived each turn at a random board edge.

The first of the ambushers unmasked immediately atop of rocky hill to snipe from a distance. They were charged by a unit of cavalry while the wagon train lit out in the opposite direction. Unfortunately for the cavalry, fire plus the arrival of mounted locals meant they were wiped out.

The wagon train tried to skirt the table edge to avoid the obvious trap in the canyon and put some distance between the  wagons and the revealed locals. Another pair of lucky rolls saw two more mounted troops materialize right in the wagon's path.

This gave time for the rest of the locals to catch up and combine sniping and a charge in the canyon. This basically rolled up the wagoneers' flank.

The wagoneers gamely pushed on but just got overwhelmed by melee troops and could not employ their superior firepower effectively. In the end, all three wagons were captured for a convincing win for the locals. Dinner menu at Fort Donner features long pork for the foreseeable future!

Overall, this scenario offers lots of replayability and several tactical options. I deployed the locals forward to attrited the visiting team. But a different strategy would be to deploy them back and marshal reinforcements for a charge. The wagoneers might also have rushed troops forward and dismounted to create fire bases and a safer path for the wagons.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Club night and graffiti

I made it out to the club this week. Bruce hosted four guys in another Congo Gulch game. This time it was a good old election, with each player trying to get to the post office to cast ballots for their candidates.

As we had a bit of overflow, Chen and I duked it out in Imperial Settlers. Damn, was Chen a hard opponent on his first time through the game!

We ended up tied for victory points at the end it was decided based upon remaining resources! need to refresh myself on the rules over a couple of points before playing again.

In the meantime, there was a fair bit of shooting and other silliness on main street I left before this was decided. Biggest lesson seemed to be that a secret ballot made for a more interesting game.

Some decals I ordered on eBay came in this week. The old time murals and posters were pretty good.

The graffiti was printed on clear film and it really needs some white paint in behind to pop. Lesson learned!

Evens some basic signage makes a big difference on these buildings, though.

And this sign made me laugh (when I found my reading glasses!).

Up next: Maybe some scenery as well as a tiny 28mm D&D commission I took on.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

More HO-scale buildings

No gaming for me this week (school events intervened) but I did finish up some painting. I'm almost finished the fourth season of Gotham, so I'm back in a superhero frame of mind.

A few month back, I picked up a few more HO-scale railway buildings for my Gotham layout. One of the better ones was JDs Furniture. The building needed some additional painting and washing.

The most interesting part is the lovely (and brittle) fire escape down the side. I also painted a random factory of some kind.

I finally ran out of decals so I broke down and ordered some online (along with some graffiti decals). I'll have to finish this building up when they come in.

I also knocked off this oil tank, which will make a useful scenario objective and LOS block.

I've also been making progress on finishing off the British rebasing in my War of 1812 project. I hope to have these done by the end of the month--there was quick a lot of paint touch-ups to do.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Hammer of the Scots

Bruce pulled out the game Hammer of the Scots this past week. I've never played and, wow, what an amazing game!

Things started out poorly for me as I managed to lose William Wallace right out of the gate (bad strategy on my part) and Bruce then pushed north aggressively.

Once I got the hang of the game, I then started to rebuild.

As we near the end of the short Edward the 1st game, Bruce nicely timed an over-wintering and beat me silly, so I conceded with one year to go.

Overall, a super good game that I would totally play again now that I understand what is going.