Cold Wars ’17: Friday Photos

Chris Palmer    This past weekend was the Cold Wars gaming convention at the Lancaster Host in Lancaster, PA.  I arrived Friday midday with the plan of running two Frostgrave games, one Friday night, and the other Saturday morning. Unfortunately, I was hit with a really bad stomach bug Friday night, so had to cancel my Saturday morning game, and having nothing else on my schedule, I decided to head home to recover.  My apologies to anyone who was signed-up for the cancelled game.
   My photos therefore are only from Friday.

My Friday Night Frostgrave Game


Duncan Adams’ “The Church at St. Boes; February 1814” Game

Greg Priebe’s “Combat Patrol: The Clone Wars” Game

David Schlegel’s “Hanov; 1943” Double Blind WWII Game

Zeb Cook’s “Raid on Korad: A Battle on Barsoom” Game

Geoff Graff’s  "Talk Like a Pirate Day at Schlegel’s Ferry" Game

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Combat Patrol(TM): World War II in the Bocage

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SdKfz 222s advance across fields to stop the American advance

I ran two Bocage games at Cold Wars using Combat Patrol™: World War II.  Both games went well.  In fact three of the American players form the first time I ran the game came back to play Germans in the second game.

Americans take cover behind the farmhouse

The Americans didn’t know what kinds of anti-tank weapons the Germans possessed, so they were very cautious. After an unsuccessful Panzerschreck shot, the Americans became even more cautions, seeking cover behind this farmhouse. A couple of turns later, the Sherman advanced up the road and was destroyed by a Panzerfaust from behind a hedge.

The Sherman disabled the SdKfz222. Then the Stuart advanced to push the disabled German vehicle out of the way and try to outflank the Germans.

The Sherman was disabled by a Panzerfaust shot. The Americans then changed their plan, moving the Stuart toward the road intersection while the halftrack attempted to push the SdKfz 222 out of the way.

US infantry advances on line.

The second time I ran the game, the American advance was more orderly.  The American infantry advanced on line with support from the Stuart and their halftracks.  The Stuart took a Panzerschrek shot that disabled its tracks, so it spent the rest of the game as a pillbox.

Americans advance through another open field on their right flank. These troops ran into a hidden German squad in the hedgerow to their front and were forced to drop back into their own hedge and engage in a protracted firefight.

Both games went very well, and all the players seemed to have a really good time.  They also quickly grasped the rules and were quickly self-sufficient.

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Dave Wood’s Combat Patrol(TM) Games of Boer War

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Dave is writing a supplement to Combat Patrol™: World War II to adapt the rules to the Boer War and the Zulu War.  At Cold Wars he ran a Boer War ambush scenario using the to-be-released supplement.

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Schlegel’s Ferry at Cold Wars

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The HAWKs, mostly Kurt and Eric, ran a series of games on Schlegel’s Ferry.  The initial concept for Schlegel’s Ferry was to run a game on the same ground in various historical periods, and update the map for each battle.  Initially we ran early Indian vs. arquebus-armed settlers, French and Indian Wars, American Revolution, War of 1812, and American Civil War.

The last couple of years, Eric has run a series of games with a holiday theme, from St. Valentine’s Day to Christmas.  Using Blood and Swash, these games are always a crowd pleaser.

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Don Hogge Wins and Award

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The HMGS Legion of Honor presented Don Hogge with an award for his excellent Congo game at Cold Wars.  The game looked terrific, and the players had a great time.

Three HAWKs won awards at Cold Wars: Don (for his Congo game), Greg (for his This is Not a Test post-apocalyptic game), and Eric Schlegel (for one of his Schlegel’s Ferry holiday games).

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Winter War 1939 Double Blind with Combat Patrol(TM)

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A Finnish AT gun brews up a Russian T-26B.

Zeb Cook and I ran a Winter War 1939 with Combat Patrol™: World War II and Zeb’s Winter War supplement.  The Russian objective was to advance up the road, capture some supplies, and hold open the road for later extraction.

The Russians were forced to advance across open ground.  Initially they only suspected the locations of the Finns, but they soon were taking withering fire.  The Russians received some very bad morale results.  While they inflicted some damage on the Finns, a combination of Finn good shooting and Russian poor shooting mad the game a one-sided affair.

Russians take cover in the river bank, but they were caught in a crossfire and decimated.

Despite the one-sided outcome, I think the players still had a good time.

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Geoff Graff’s Lego Pirate Game

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Geoff Graff once again ran his Lego pirate game for kids at Cold Wars 2017.  As usual, the kids had a terrific time!

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Crates & Barrels: Bones II Pieces

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     This past week I painted the crates and barrels from the Bones II Dungeon Decor set to use in the Frostgrave Loot Cart scenario we will be doing this weekend.
        I prepped the crates and barrels in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving them a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying them.    I then glued the crates to a white-primed 1"x.5" steel base, and the large barrel to a ¾" fender washer, and the small crate to a 5/8" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the steel base and washers to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.

     I began by painting one crate and one barrel with Americana “Territorial Beige”, and the second crate and barrel with  Folk Art “TeddyBear Brown”.   I then gave everything a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.

     When the wash was dry, I drybrushed all the pieces with Americana “Khaki Tan”, and then a little Americana “Bleached Sand”.   After that, I painted the bases with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.
     I let the crates and barrels dry overnight and early the next morning I gave them and their bases a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.   I let it dry all day, and late that afternoon I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

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CAV Warden Unit: CAV 1 Kickstarter

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    This week I decided for a change of pace to work on some of the CAV Bones minis I got from the first CAV Kickstarter, and complete a company of Warden vehicles.  These are being based up for the upcoming version of “Look, Sarge, No Charts: Near Future & Sci-Fi” rules we will begin working on soon.  So, my company will consist of three 2-vehicle platoon bases, and a single-vehicle HQ base.
      I prepped the vehicles in the usual way for Bones; soaking them in a bowl of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving them a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying them. I then glued the laser in place with superglue on 6 of the vehicles, and on the 7th, HQ vehicle, I scratchbuilt a simple radar/communication unit to sit on the back using a piece of mini lego and a plastic gem.

     I first sprayed the vehicles with Krylon Camouflage with Fusion, Ultra Flat “Woodland Light Green”.    When dry, I glued 6 of them onto 1.5" x 3" bases, and the HQ onto a 1.5" square base.   I then painted the big lasers on back with Crafter’s Acrylic “Tropical Blue”;  and when dry, I gave the all the vehicles a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash using a wet brush.

When the wash was dry, I painted the tires Black, and then highlighted the lasers; first with the “Tropical Blue”, and then with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cool Blue”.  Next, I painted a simple camouflage pattern on the vehicles with Americana “Khaki Tan”.  After that, I drybrushed the vehicles with Americana “Bleached Sand.  
    I let the vehicles sit overnight, and the next morning I varnished them with Americana "DuraClear Matte” varnish.  Later that day, when the varnish was dry, I applied a thin coat of white glue to the bases and dipped them in a mix of course black sand and fine brown sand.  When the glue was dry, I drybrushed the sand with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige” and then Americana “Antique White”, followed by the “Bleached Sand”.  I then added some small bits of various static grass and other flocking.

     I’m very pleased with ho these turned out, and am looking forward to the chance in the near future of finally getting some of my CAV on the table. 

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Dollar Tree Mermaid Ghost Archipelago Terrain, Part 2

Chris Palmer    After completing my mermaid tail arch from a air of mermaid dolls from the local Dollar Tree store, last month, a lot fof olks asked what I planned to do with the left over mermaid top-halves.  I considered this as something of a challenge, and so set about thinking about possible terrain projects to make from partially naked plastic doll halves.
   Inspired by the cover of the Ghost Archipelago cover, featuring a band of heroes facing off against a band of snakemen natives, I got the idea to make one of the doll halves into some sort of snake-man goddess idol.

 
     The first thing I needed to find was a suitable snakeman head, so I made another trip to the local Dollar Tree to see what I could find.  I wasn’t able to find a plastic snake I could use, but I did find a suitable plastic lizard that had just the right head and neck pose to go atop a human torso.

   With lizard in hand, I began to construct my snakeman goddess idol.  I began by cutting down an old CD, and hot-gluing a piece of pine bark mulch to it to serve as a base.  I then cut the head of the lizard, and pulled the head off the doll.  I had to cut the neck of the doll down a little to fit the lizard head, but once things looked good I glued the lizard head in place with a liberal amount of hot-glue to help fill any gaps and blend the shape to the body.    I then hot-glued the torso to the hunk of mulch and glued the arms into a satisfactory position.

     Next, I  drilled couple holes in the top jaw to insert a couple toothpick fangs, and then used some Milliput to help blend all the joints and blend the mulch to the base.  I also sculpted a little sacrifice basin at the base of the idol, and glued some small rocks on the base. 

      When all the Milliput was dry, I gave the piece a spray with Krylon Camouflage with Fusion “Flat Black” spray paint to act as a primer.  And when that was dry, I sprayed the idol with some stone textured spray paint.

     When the stone texture was dry, I painted the idol with some Folk Art “Grey Green” craft paint, and then applied some washes of Citadel “Nuln Oil”, and “Green” ink.  After that I glued some course sand to the base.  When the sand was dry, I painted that, and then drybrushed highlights on to the statue and base.  When the paint was dry, I glued some various foliage all over the base.  Then, when the weather warms up, I will give the piece a spray of Dullcote to seal it. 

    I’m really happy with how she turned out considering she was a spur of the moment make-use-of-a-leftover inspired construction. 

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