Daily Archives: January 24, 2015

Some Light Painting this Saturday

Buck

Steve Jackson giant ants attack

Steve Jackson giant ants attack

As I have been recovering from knee surgery, I haven’t been too productive in terms of hobby painting.  As I began to feel better I found a small box of unpainted figures I had forgotten about — a mishmash of things that went into a box during our last move.  In addition, I prepped and painted six giant ants from a short-lived line of figures from Steve Jackson Games that Don Hogge found while cleaning out his basement.

First batch of Old Glory robots

First batch of Old Glory robots

One of the items I found was a bag of Old Glory figures from my last subscription to the Old Glory Army.  These were “make your own robots.”  They came with ten torsos and lots of legs and heads.

Second batch of Old Glory robots

Second batch of Old Glory robots

I had a rough night last night trying to sleep.  After a few Aleve, I was finally able to get some sleep.  When I woke this morning, I wasn’t in the mood for any detail painting, so I just dry brushed the ants.  I also mostly dry brushed the robots and then painted in a few details here and there.

Third batch of Old Glory robots

Third batch of Old Glory robots

The robots from Old Glory are pretty nice figures, but my camera pictures don’t really do them justice.

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More SAGA Prep for Cold Wars

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Continuing to finish up the figures required to help Jim run his SAGA game at Cold Wars.

This time its a unit of Saxon spearmen from Gripping Beast’s “Dark Age Warriors” plastic box set.  The figures glued together easily and were great to paint.

A unit of Dark Age Warriors

Although I intend to use them as Saxons, I think they could be used to represent any type of Dark Age levy.

Back to the paint table…still a few more figures to go.

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First Play Test of the Pterodactyl Game

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The "bomber" in its starting position

The “bomber” in its starting position

Last night would have been a Traveller night for those in the HAWKs participating in Eric’s campaign, but not enough players could make it, so Eric suggested that I host a game at my house.  I recently had knee surgery and am still not too mobile.  We pulled together a couple of folks at the last minute, and I hosted the game.

The German side setup

The German side setup

The objective of the game was for the pterodactyl “bomber” to get across the table.  It had limited mobility and had to weave back and forth across the table to avoid stressing the pilot.

A group of Brits on Griffons in their starting positions

A group of Brits on Griffons in their starting positions

I used a very slightly modified version of X-Wing for this game.  I found a site that let be build tailored order dials and another to build the pilot / ship cards.

The fur ball begins

The fur ball begins

I placed a few mountains on the table to add a little interest to the table and a few obstacles around which to fly.  It turned out that the “bomber” got too close to one of the mountains while trying to avoid the onrushing griffons and eagles and took some damage.

The beginning of the game

The beginning of the game

The action builds

The action builds

While the “bomber” could sustain twelve hits, that wasn’t enough.  An American with a Garand did the last point of damage, and the pterodactyl fell screeching between two mountains.

The griffons swoop toward the giant pterodactyl

The griffons swoop toward the giant pterodactyl

I think the sides were pretty evenly matched.  The Germans had slightly better pilots and several auto cannons that were big killers.  The Allies had numbers on their side, and even the Brits with their bolt-action rifles were able to get in a hit or two.  Very little tinkering is necessary to be able to run this game at Cold Wars 2015.  I made some mistakes on the German pilot / ship cards that I will correct.

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