Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Dwarf foot

I added four units of Dwarves to the painted Battlelore armies. There were three units of swordsmen and one unit of crossbow troops.

I was particularly happy with how the shields for the swordsmen came out since they were just a smooth disc.

Up next: I have the remaining human mounted troops under way. Then back to the dwarves. Then maybe some goblins. Even with the additional figures I picked up, the end of this project is in sight!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Battlelore Foot Knights

Moving along, I finished off the foot knights from the various Battlelore set I have. I think the top two pictures are from the 100 Years War box.

The bottom two pictures are from the original 1st Edition box. I still have a few medium foot to do but most of these guys are in the can.

Up next: I missed the club this week due to a work commitment. On the work bench I have a bunch more dwarves and then a bunch more mounted human. I also picked up a couple of new boxes at Mission: some extra dwarves and goblins.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Battlelore foot and mounted

The Battlelore production line is ramping up as I am keen to finish these guys off by the end of February and run a couple of games at the club.

More medium foot. I painted four units, all with variations of yellow and green. When the medium foot all get mixed up together there will be a lot of variety.

I then cranked out four units of lancers from one of the expansions. Nice figures except for the droop lances on a few. No amount of heating and bending seemed to fix it. Oh well!

Up next: Even more Battlelore as I finish off the foot knights and then move onto some Dwarvish skirmishers.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Battlelore knights

I'm starting to make some head way on the Battlelore figures (I'm about half way through). Today I have 12 knights.

These were the heavy cavalry that came with the original base game.

The posing is a bit odd and once again, everyone is a southpaw. I'd be quite interested to know what is with all of the lefties in this game set.

The shield decals really make the figures.

Up next: Likely more Battlelore: some medium foot and then some more knights.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

End of the Longstreet Campaign

Bruce and I brought out ACW Longstreet campaign to an end on Tuesday, Bruce drew a meeting engagement and I was the defender. 

Alas, I did not listen to the set-up instructions and, once the terrain was laid, I had to march the length of my baseline to get into position while Bruce rushed to catch me out (with the help of some unexpected bad going)!

Eventually I got into position on the right side of the board and managed to more of less hold Bruce off. I was greatly added by Bruce rolling so badly that I wanted to shout "Great Scott". But that would be a mean thing to remind Scott about...

As things went poorly for Bruce on the right, I pushed forward on the left and bagged three units, which basically won the game.

Bruce then charged on the left and I managed to inflict enough damage that his troops fled the field. It was a glorious victory for the southerners, marred only by discovering that we had lost the war (arse!). Oh well, these things happen. I would certainly play this again!

Up next: More Battlelore.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mounted Dwarves

Okay, so back to Battlelore. I painted up two units of mounted Dwarves I'm not sure what they are riding (maybe cattle?) but I wanted with a sheep-like theme given the Scottish look of these dwarves.

Lovely figures. A bit big for dwarves (bigger than the humans) but lots of character.

Up next: A passal of knights.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Some tanks

As a change of pace from Battlelore, I thought I'd post some tanks. The Shermans below were struggling with a weird paint crackling effect. Terry helpfully supplied some decals that distract the eye a bit from the crackle effect.

I also picked up some tanks from Terry's crawlspace clear out. These are 1/87-scale Roco tanks (I think) with a T-28 and T-35 below.

I've had a harder time identifying these tiny light tanks. Based on the pictures I saw on line, they aren't T-70s (which was my first guess).

There was also this 1/76-scale T-34 that I think Terry did a lovely job with the paint on.

Up next: Back to Battlelore with some mounted dwarves.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lion Rampant at the Club

We had 10 guys out at the club last night, including newcomer Maury. Bruce hosted two scenarios for Lion Rampant. In the first game, Wiley and I managed to turn a great battlefield position into a bloody rout with bad dice.

Things started well. Then we ran into a bunch of knights who just crushed three units in three turns (bad morale dice). Very disappointing. I think we more or less had the field position right.

I bailed out before the second scenario ran. I did watch a few minutes of Chain of Command as the allies struggled to drive up the same road for a third time.

The German tank had just arrived when I left and was opening up on the troops hugging the hedges.

Up next: I picked up some tanks and I have also been moving a bunch of Battlelore figures through painting.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dwarf pikemen

To mix things up some, I pulled out some of the Battlelore dwarves to paint. These were from the Scottish Wars expansion, I think, and are pike men.

Nice enough sculpts, although the demands of casting a robust plastic figure seems to mean the dwarf pikes are tree trunks. The figures are huge for 15mm dwarves (being taller and beefier than the humans).

I get it is fantasy and there may have been game play implications (small dwarves would look funny on the regular sized bases and would be hard to manipulate) but the name seems to cry out for smaller figures! (no idea why blogger insists on centering this section of text).

U next: Club night on Tuesday and some more mounted human knights. Then maybe some dwarf sheep-riding cavalry.