Daily Archives: July 11, 2016

Another Fun War-Horse-Con Game Day

Chris Palmer   This past Saturday a group of the HAWKs and I went up to Sam Fuson’s War-Horse farm in PA for another fun day of games and good food. A couple times a year, Sam and his wife Kathy invite a bunch of their friends over and the HAWks come up to put on several games as well as play, and these events have come to be known as War-Horse-Cons.
     Since Sam and Kathy were expecting a larger than usual crowd, I volunteered to be the on-call GM, and brought along my Frostgrave stuff to set up and run if there should be an overflow from the two regularly scheduled games.  Luckily I did, as I got to host a family that had come along with their husband/dad who was interested in playing in Ed Duffy’s Modern era game.  I think they had very little, if any, experience with miniatures gaming; but they jumped right in and had a great time with the Frostgrave rules.  While the three teenagers did great, I felt sorry for the Mom, who could not roll any high numbers to save herself!  There are bunch of us in the HAWKs who could relate to her predicament! 🙂

     They all had fun, and got into the spirit of the game; and I had a great time running it.  Who knows, we may have some new converts to the hobby!

While I was running my game, Eric Schlegel was running his Napoleonic “Battle of Battin”, Russians vs Turks game, using modified Regimental Fire & Fury rules.

  And in the other half of the basement, Ed Duffy was running his Modern game using home-brewed rules.

   After a great fired chicken lunch, we reconvened for the afternoon games.  Some folks left, so I wasn’t needed to run my game.  This allowed me to jump into Buck Surdu’s fun Pacific Theater WWII game using his new Combat Patrol rules.

   I ended up commanding two bazooka teams and an army platoon leader.  We were tasked with blowing up a Japanese radio tower on an unnamed island somewhere in the Pacific.  Unfortunately, I had no luck whatsoever, and soon both my bazooka teams were out of action, having barely even scratched the paint on the one Japanese tank guarding the base.  However, it looked like our side was doing really well until in rapid succession the tank got a direct hit on one of our squads, followed by a pair of mortar rounds hitting another squad who had just broke cover and entered the compound.  With our forces badly mauled, and the bazookas out of action, we decided to call it a day.

     While we were battling in the Pacific, Duncan Adams was running his WWI game in the other side of the basement, using modified Look, Sarge. No Charts rules.  This was an early war scenario with both the French and Germans stumbling into each other’s advances.

   All-in-all it was a great day of gaming with a great group of people.   I look forward to the next time we can get together and do it again!

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Hajad, Pirate: Figure 229 of 266

Chris Palmer

  This weekend I finished up the Hajad, Pirate, figure from the Pirates set.
  I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then I gave it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsed and dried it.  Next, I 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 his skin with Americana “Shading Flesh”.  When that was dry, I gave it a thinned coat of Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”.  Next, I painted his wrist cuffs, and his sword hilt with Accent “Golden Harvest”,  and then did his vest with Apple Barrel “Apple Maple Sugar”.

I then painted his pants with Americana “Dove Grey”, and then did his  sash with “Wedgewood Blue”.  Next, I painted the treasure chest with Folk Art “Dark Brown”. I painted his belt and the grip on the dagger with Black, then painted his sword blade, dagger, belt buckle, and the fittings on the chest with Americana “Zinc”.

Next, I painted thick stripes on his pants with Crafter’s Acrylic “Navy Blue”,  and then did thinner stripes down the middle of the “Navy Blue” ones using Apple Barrel “Yellow”. I then painted his sword blade, dagger, belt  buckle and treasure chest fittings with Folk Art Metallics “Gun Metal”.  After everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with GW “Badab BLack” wash using a wet brush.

When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes.  I then highlighted his pants with White, and his sash with Crafter’s Acrylic “Tropical Blue”.  I highlighted his vest with Americana “Buttermilk”. I then painted his sword hilt, and writ cuffs with Ceramcoat Bronze, and then did highlights with Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.  I highlighted his sword and dagger blades as well as the belt buckle and treasure chest fittings with Folk Art Metallic “Silver Sterling”.   Lastly, I painted the entire  base with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.
      After the figure had overnight to dry, I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.   The next morning I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

    I’m happy with how he turned out.  I could have spent more time with evening up his pants stripes, but since he is just for gaming purposes, I think they will do well enough.

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