Daily Archives: December 20, 2014

Hide the picnic lunch. The ants are coming!

Buck

The giant red army ant battlegroup

The giant red army ant battlegroup

I recently ordered some 10mm giant ants from Magister Militium for my fantasy armies.  I went back and forth on whether to make them black ants or red ants.  I decided on red.

The giant red army ants with spears

The giant red army ants with spears

I like the looks of these figures.  The giant ants are in sort of a centaur pose.

The giant red army ants with swords

The giant red army ants with swords

Giant red army ants with crossbows

Giant red army ants with crossbows

Giant red army ants alongside their praying mantis allies

Giant red army ants alongside their praying mantis allies

I thought the praying mantises looked too crowded with all six on a base and too open with just three, so I placed a couple of additional ants on the base as sort of a combined arms team.

Giant red army ants riding on giant beetles

Giant red army ants riding on giant beetles

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The Merchant’s Shop

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I finally got around to finishing the Merchant’s Shop building by 4Ground that I bought from Age of Glory.  As usual, I failed to take any photos during assembly.  So, you’ll just have to enjoy these instead.

The building went together quickly and easily.  This is the 5th 4Ground building I have assembled, haven’t had any problems with them so far.  This building came with a table and six benches.

I hope to get it into a game of SAGA sometime soon.

The finished shop with table and benches

An interior view

An interior view with a Viking “shopper” and some scenery bits

An exterior view with Viking patrons

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HAWKs Night

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Dave sporting his fashion accessories during Chris Fischer's stomp robot play test

Dave sporting his fashion accessories during Chris Fischer’s stomp robot play test

Last night was HAWKs night.  There were two simultaneous games.  The first was Kurt Schlegel’s 1973 Arab-Israeli War game based on the battle of Quatre Bras.  Since many of the HAWKs supported the 114th Signal Battalion’s SLPD (see http://ift.tt/1xEo3of) the various game masters have taken turns running their version of the scenario at club nights.  This week was Kurt’s turn.

The second game was a play test of Kevin Fischer’s game based on a Japanese anime series.  It involved large stompy robots (actually these are more like battle mechs that have human (or human-like operators) battling each other.  We also had tanks and infantry running around.

Kurt Schlegel's 1973 Arab Israeli War game based on Quatre Bras

Kurt Schlegel’s 1973 Arab Israeli War game based on Quatre Bras

Apparently the Egyptians had a slight advantage over the Israelis when the game ended.

Another view of the Arab Israeli War game

Another view of the Arab Israeli War game

The robot game went pretty well for a first play test.  I don’t know the genre, so I don’t know if the game reflects the cartoon well.  It had a few rough edges and can use a little streamlining, but it was fun.

I hit Mike Fischer's stompy robot in the cockpit in mid leap, and it crashed.

I hit Mike Fischer’s stompy robot in the cockpit in mid leap, and it crashed.

The game only took a couple of hours, so we had a little time for a game of Red Dragon Inn.

A quick game of Red Dragon Inn

A quick game of Red Dragon Inn

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