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Tierdeleira, Dark Elf Cleric: Figure 201 of 266

Chris Palmer

     This past weekend I finished Tierdeleira, Dark Elf Cleric, from the Dark Elves set.  This wraps up this set for me, and it joins the list of completed sets over on the right.
      I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.  I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.

   I began by painting the figure almost entirely Black; and then when the Black was dry, I drybrushed it entirely with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then passed over it with a lighter drybrush of Folk Art Metallics “Silver Sterling”.  I then went back and repainted her face and hands with Black.

   I then painted her cape with Folk Art “True Burgundy; and her ribbon-like hangings, and the front of her shield, with Ceramcoat "Black Cherry”.  After that, I painted her hair with Folk Art Platinum Grey".

     Next, I painted her belts with Americana “Terra Cotta”, and the handle wrap on her mace and the straps on her shield with Folk Art “Dark Brown”.   Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave all her clothing, hair, belts, straps, etc. a wash with GW “Badab Black” wash using a wet brush.

     When the wash was dry,  I first painted her eyes, then I highlighted all her skin with a mix of Apple Barrel “Apple Black Green”, and Americana “Avocado”.  I then highlighted her hair with White.  Next, I highlighted her cape with Americana “Burgundy Wine”, and her ribbon-like hanging with Crafter’s Acrylic “Christmas Red”. Her straps I highlighted with the base “Dark Brown”, and her belts with the base “Terra Cotta”.  I then painted the detail on her shield with Apple Barrel “Yellow”, and added two red dots with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics “Festive Red”.  I then went back and added some spot highlights on her armor and weapon with the “Silver Sterling”.  Lastly, I painted her integral base with Ceramcoat “Walnut”.
    After the figure had overnight to dry, I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish” the following morning.  Later that morning I flocked the base, and that evening I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

   I’m really pleased with how this figure turned out.  I think I finally got the hang of highlighting the black skin.  the only thing I’m not happy with is that I wanted the two different reds, of her cape and the ribbon-like hangings, to look more different; and as you can see they’re almost indistinguishable.
   For next week, I’m going to work on painting another four of the Orcpocalypse figures.

Figure 201 of 266: Complete

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Big Combat Patrol Weekend

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This weekend I had a chance to run, watch, or participate in three very different games using Combat Patrol™: World War II.  The first was Friday night at our normal club gaming night.  Zeb Cooke ran a Winter War 1939 game using the rules as well as optional rules from the recently released Winter War supplement (see http://ift.tt/1ScfES1).  I was actually playing a Regimental Fire and Fury Napoleonic game, on the other table, but I popped over several times and also had to answer the occasional rules question.

By all accounts this was a terrific game.  The attacking Fins didn’t fare well, however, in the face of a determined Russian defense of the cabins on the table.

The second game was set in France in 1940.  I ran this game as a play test for a scenario I will be running at Cold Wars next march.  Based on a scenario from one of the Skirmish Campaigns books, this scenario involved a French counter attack against the French.  Both sides had a few tanks as well as infantry.  The French objective was to advance across the table and try to get at least two vehicles off the German table edge.

Every French tank was destroyed.  The German made good use of the terrain.  The French got off several shots, but failed to penetrate, while the Germans seemed to be able to penetrate with every shot they took.  In the end, all five French tanks had been destroyed by the end of the game, and the Germans had lost three of five.  All three French trucks were blown up, but the infantry had dismounted beforehand and were working their way through the woods.  In the end, it was determined that the French couldn’t achieve their objectives, so the game was a German victory.

The third game was Duncan’s Napoleonic game using Combat Patrol.  In this scenario, The Battle Before the Battle, the game involves French and British skirmishers fighting as a French column advances toward a British line.  You can see the formed troops represented by images glued to blocks.  Each turn, the French column advanced six inches.  At first the skirmishers engaged each other, but when the formed units got close enough together, they focused their attention on picking off officers and soldiers.  The game turned out to be a very close run affair, with the French speaking out a narrow victory in points.

The British skirmish line in front of the formed line at the start of the battle.

French skirmishers moving advancing toward the British line.

British skirmishers taking cover in the “middle ground” between the two formed units.

In this picture you can see the French column after five turns of play.

And now the French column has shaken out into line.

 

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War-Horse-Con Game Day Report

Chris Palmer   A couple times a year, our friend Sam Fuson holds a gaming day at his farm outside Gettysburg.  He invites friends and family, and always tries to get some folks new to the hobby; and a bunch of us from the HAWKs always go to host games, and just have fun playing.  This past Saturday was the latest event and a good time was had by all!
     In the morning we had two games;  a Dark Ages battle using “SAGA”, and a WWII battle using “Combat Patrol”.

An overview of the SAGA game, run by Jim McWilliams, featuring Irish and Vikings.

A look at the action during the battle

Warriors liberate a cow during the battle.

      I played in the “Combat Patrol” WWII game, which was an early war battle featuring a French counterattack against German defenders.   The French headed up the middle due to terrain constraints, and lucky German marksmanship soon left the table with burning French tanks.

An overview of the Combat Patrol game, run by Buck Surdu,  as a French player maneuvers his CharB tank down the central road.

       I was the black sheep on the German side, not being able to hit anything with my two PzII’s , and having both disabled by French medium machine guns.

A hidden German 38T reveals it’s position, firing on the approaching CharB.  The shell strikes the side of the tank, causing the crew to bail out of the tank.
   The French had the objective of exiting two vehicles off the far table edges, moving lengthwise, which  they were unable to achieve, having all their vehicles destroyed.
The 38T and the nearby 50mm AT-gun soon leave a field of smoking French tanks.

     In the afternoon, we again had two games; a French and Indian War fight using “Muskets and Tomahawks”, and a Napoleonic skirmish battle using modified “Combat Patrol”.

An overview of Don Hogge’s Muskets & Tomahawks game.

A young general moves his troops on to the table.

British troops and French allied Indians exchange musket fire.

I played in the Napoleonic battle using modified “Combat Patrol” on the French side.  The goal of the scenario was for opposing skirmish lines to maneuver to fire on the opposing side’s formed battalion behind their skirmishers. So it’s a balancing act between firing on the enemy’s skirmishers to suppress their fire, and maneuvering to get in range to be able to fire on the enemy’s battalion.

British commanders maneuver their skirmishers forward early in Duncan Adam’s Napoleonic game.

Again in this battle I had lousy luck shooting, doing very little damage to the opposing British skirmish line.  Eventually, I closed close enough to do some hits on the formed battalion behind the skirmishers, which helped our side.

Duncan moves the French battalion forward. The French battalion enters in column, whereas the British battalion starts in line.  Each formed battalion is represented by several wooden blocks covered in photos of soldiers in line. 

     My shining moment came quite by accident, when one of my squads failed morale and the result  caused it to charge into the enemy’s skirmishers across the way.  They actually got the upper hand, wounding some of the Brits, and pushing others back.  They then on a subsequent turn got the same result, and once again launched into the British skirmishers, the lines now totally intermingled.  This so disorganized the Brits across from me that they were hampered from effectively firing on the French battalion behind our own skirmishers. In the end the French won the game, doing more points of damage to the British battalion then the Brits did in return.

The scene on my end of the battle, right before my forward skirmishers launch themselves into their British counterparts.

  I luckily ended up being on the winning side in both of the battles  that I played in, though my contribution was minimal to both of the battles. It was a great day of gaming, and as always Sam was a great host; and ensured a good time was had by all.

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The French line makes its final push.

The French line makes its final push.

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The French line deploys!

The French line deploys!

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Rally round the flag(s)

Norman Dean February was not the busiest month for painting, though there was plenty going on on other fronts. (At some point February became the month when all my friends have birthdays? When did that happen?) Anyway, what time I’ve had has been spent adding some officers and flags to the armies of Occiterre and Elabrün.

The designs were something I came up with quite early on, and part of my intention then was that they’d be relatively easy to paint. Turns out freehanding a relatively even tricolor was a little more difficult than I thought, but here they are at last (in varying stages of completeness):

A little bit of a closer look at the Elabrüners:
And the same for the Occiterrans (the fleur-de-lys are gilded, but it’s a little hard to tell):
Both sides’ standard-bearers are conversions; the Waterloo 1815 Austrians have a flag with an awkward molded-on design, where as the Emhar French lack one of their own. I made my own with some paper and brass wire.
Not sure what I’ll end up working on next–some Elabrüner artillery is theoretically next in the queue, but the cannon wheels have some warping that I haven’t decided how to deal with. There’s a strong possibility I’ll procrastinate by doing something else instead…

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The French column advances

The French column advances

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British skirmishes standing firm

British skirmishes standing firm

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French skirmishes advance

French skirmishes advance

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Duncan’s “Battle before the Battle” Combat…

Duncan’s “Battle before the Battle” Combat Patrol Napoleonic game.

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