Category Archives: Wargaming

Combat Patrol 1939 in York, PA


The Little Wars TV people asked me to come to their clubhouse and run a Combat Patrol™: WWII game for them.  Greg and I drove up there yesterday after work to set up and run a 1939 Polish scenario that I have run in conventions previously.

The scenario involved a German attack toward a Polish armored train that was sitting astride their route of advance.  The turret on the train was out of ammunition, but there was a Bofors gun on top that the Poles used effectively throughout the game.

The Germans had two 38(t) tanks, a Pz. I, three halftracks, a full platoon of infantry, and a command car.  The Poles had a platoon of infantry, the Bofors on the train, two Wz-34 armored cars, three tankettes (one with a 20mm cannon).  The Bofors had a limited field of fire down the center of the table, but fortunately for the Poles, the Germans pretty much pushed up the center of the table.

Despite losing a halftrack early, the Germans advanced steadily across the table, but mostly where they weighted their attack on their right.  The Poles began to lose a lot of infantry across the table  They had occupied the building in the center of the table, and for a while, that was the Germans’ only target.  While the Germans only had a little more infantry than the Poles, the Germans made good use of the machine-guns on the halftracks.

While the Poles had lost much of their infantry and the Bofors, they had lost no vehicles.  The armored cars and the machinegun-armed tankettes were advancing on the Polish left, threatening to overwhelm the Germans on that flank.  The tankette with the 20mm cannon was causing the remaining German halftrack (with half a squad of infantry) to seek cover.

At this point, we called the game a Polish victory.  It appeared that all the members of the club really enjoyed the rules and the game, which was gratifying.

The Little Wars TV club is a great bunch of guys.  Greg and I had a very good time with them.  They also have a great facility for gaming.

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Work Continues on Hoth Boards


A doctored view of some figures set in the hangar entrance for the Hoth extravaganza.

I have continued to develop the terrain boards for our Combat Patrol battle of Hoth extravaganza for Historicon 2019.  This is a work in progress, because the rocks at the entrance of the hangar / cave still need to be painted.

A long shot of the battle boards. You can see the inside of the hangar through the opening.

The table will consist of 30 textured terrain boards that are two feet square.  Three of those boards represent the interior of the hangar (the gray you see in these photos).  The other 27 are winter.  On top of these boards we will place hills, rocks, and other scatter terrain.  You can see the black and gray rocks in some of these shots.  The rocks around the hangar entrance will look the same.

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The Reaper Bones 4 Kickstarter is Here!

Chris Palmer

  Well, I’m happy to announce that this past week my box from the Reaper Bones 4 Kickstarter arrived; 22.7 pounds of plastic goodness!  I’ve spent the last few days going through it all.

Official box inspectors check out the shipment to make sure it is satisfactory! 😀

In the end, this is what I had ordered:

1) Core Set
2) Dreadmere Expansion Set
3) Darkreach Expansion Set
4) Lost Valley Expansion Set
5) Fan Favorites Expansion Set
6) Dragon Turtle Add-On
7) Tree of Despair Add-On
8) Frost Giant Raiders Add-On
9) Mossbeard Add-On
10) Stygian Barge Add-On
11) Skeletal DragonAdd-On
12) Trolls Add-On
13) Extra Snakemen
14) Extra Ape Attack
15) Extra Ghost Pirates   

Upon opening. What magic awaits?!

   This Kickstarter ended up being produced in a a mix of regular Bones (which is now tinted grey-ish) and Reaper’s new Bones Black material (which is a slightly darker grey).    These are the Bones Black sets and add-ons:

Chronoscope Expansion
Lost Valley Expansion
Dreadmere Expansion
Darkreach Expansion
Fan Favorites Expansion

Living Statues Amazons
Living Statues Spartans
Tree of Despair
Baba Yaga’s Hut
Lord of the Jungle
King Cobra
Frost Giant Raiders

All the packages spread out.

    Below is a sampling of a random mix of figures.

Frost Giant Raiders

Dragon Turtle.  It’s huge!
Mossbeard.  Another huge model.
From the Lost Valley Expansion; the Tribal Hut and Warchief Mumlak.  The Hut I thought was smaller than expected, while the Warchief is about 50% taller than expected.  

The Stygian Barge Add-On is a monster of a model!   I look forward to working on this though I think I’m going to try and de-necro it to make it look more like just an old barge.
The Herbalist from the Dreadmere Expansion.  Bones have come a long way since the first Kickstarter, and the Bones Black material is amazing. Look a the detail; she has eyelids and brows!  (Plus two adorable wee hedgehogs assisting her…)

Amazing detail on the Dark Elf Queen from the Darkreach Expansion.  

Perhaps my favorite figure; the Pack Turtle from Dreadmere.

A comparison shot of the materials.  The First figure is Original Bones, the second is New Bones from Bones 4, and the third is Bones Black from Bones 4.

As I offered before, if there is any particular model you would like to see, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to get it added it to this entry.

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War Pugs!: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

     Well, my Bones 4 Kickstarter order was shipped this past week, but it isn’t supposed to arrive until tomorrow; so in the meantime I painted the 3 War Pugs that originally came with the Bones 3 Dwarf King’s Companions Optional Add-on Set.  I picked this trio up in an exchange.
    I prepped the figures in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying.   I then glued them to 7/8" black-primed fender washers with Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I then glued the figures to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue each.

     I began by painting two of the pugs with Americana “Bleached Sand”, and the third with Ceramcoat “Black”.  When dry, I gave the two light colored pugs a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the light colored pugs with the “Bleached Sand”, and then added highlights with Ceramcoat “White” mixed with a little of the “Bleached Sand”.    I painted the third pug Ceramcoat “Black”.

     Next, I did a light drybrush on their lower backs of the lighter colored two with a mix of Americana “Cinnamon”, and Americana “Asphaltum."   I then painted their muzzles, ears, and eye sockets a mix of the "Black” and “Asphaltum”.

     I then painted the inside of the open mouth with a mix of Americana “Shading Flesh” and Crafter’s Acrylic “Tutti Frutti”.  While it dried, I painted the eyes and noses “Black”.    I then gave the open a mouth a wash with some of the “Agrax Earthshade”.  While the wash dried, I added “White” highlight dots to the eyes, and Americana “Neutral Grey” highlights to the noses and around the mouths.  After that, I highlighted the tongue with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cherry Blossom Pink”. 
     It was now time to turn my attention to the black pug.  I drybrushed him with a little Americana “Zinc” and then added more specific highlights with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”.
      Lastly, I painted the figures bases with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.

     I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them all with Testor’s Dullcote".

     I’m really happy with how these little fellas turned out.  Now I need to find an excuse to get them on the table.  🙂

   So tomorrow I hope to be swimming in Bones 4 goodness!  I will try to get some unboxing photos up on the blog either this Thursday, or next Monday, time permitting.    Let me know if there’s anything particular you would like pictures of; and if I ordered it, I will try to grab some shots.

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Completed my modular caverns


Little by little I’ve been working on my Sally 4th Terra Former modular terrain.  I have been working on making caverns that I could use in pulp games, science fiction games, and others.

All 15 Terra Former tiles.

In the next few shots, you will see closeups of the tiles with some 28mm figures for scale.

The evil scientist’s lair!

Space kangaroos versus Colonial Marines.

Giant ants versus American infantry.

Several tiles.

More tiles.

Another view of the ants versus the America infantry

One final view

The Terra Former product is really good.  The boxes went together easily.  It took a little work to make the interiors with insulation foam, cork bark, and lots of spakle.  I am happy with the final results.

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My HAVOC 2019 Recap

Mark A. Morin

Battle Group Boston’s HAVOC 2019 (or HAVOC XXXV) is in the books.  This previous weekend in Shrewsbury, MA was a Friday-Sunday gaming marathon that saw me run two games (What a Tanker” in North Africa and “Attack of the Warbots” using Combat Patrol


).  I also played in three other games: a First Boer War scenario using Combat Patrol


“Look Sarge we are Invading Russia” using Look Sarge, No Charts


and another “What a Tanker” game on Sunday.  I have not been blogging much recently as my prep for the event took a lot of time.  So, this post will share some shots of the events, with more focus on the games that either I ran as a GM or participated in as a player. 

Of note, it was very nice to have my West Point classmate and good friend Dave Wood from the Maryland HAWKS make it up to play in my games and run two of his own.   It was also great to see attendance and gaming from the Mass Pikemen, especially Mike Morgan, Leif Magnuson, Chris Comeau, and others.

On Friday, I ran “What a Tanker – North Africa” and had a full table.  I was able to roll out my new Bonus Attack cards that I created for the convention.  They were very popular in the game and I will be expanding my use of them in the future based on the scenarios I run and the historical aspects of the specific theaters and scenarios/battles.  I will adjust their use, and how I allow tank replacements going forward.  Still, the game went very well, and I earned an award for the “Best in Time Slot”!  The Axis battled back from early losses and defeated the British 104-58.

04062019 HAVOC What a Tanker North Africa Photo
My game announcement poster
Bonus Attack Cards
My “Bonus Attack” cards for the game.  They worked well, especially the Combat Engineers.
I mapped out the game board in my cellar beforehand.  I got a new 8′ x 4′ badlands/desert mat that worked very well for the scenario from Frontline Gaming.
Buildings with roads
Detail of the town I put in the middle of the battlefield
1 WaT starts
Friday night’s full crowd at What a Tanker – North Africa using 15mm tanks.
2 M11 39 burns after airstrike
The first use of one of my Bonus Attack cards – in this case an airstrike card on a hapless M11/39.
3 Panzer III rams A13
What a Tanker  – or in this case “What a Rammer” as a Panzer IIIE runs into an A13.  The Panzer IIIE got the worst of it from the Brit, but the A13 was subsequently knocked out by an Italian M13/40.
4 players
The game had a lot of action, but in the end the Axis prevailed.
5 Award
I was happy to earn this award, but the players’ enthusiasm carried the day.

Saturday, I played in two games, and ran a third.  The first one Saturday morning was “First Battle of the First Boer War” using the Combat Patrol


 rules system as modified for this era.  It was a fun game, with the Boers holding off the British as they attempted to seize a wagon.  In the end, the Boers prevailed.

1 Dave Wood first Boer War
Dave Wood briefs the players on the Boer War scenario.
2 Brits attack First Boer War
Boers are outnumbered, but hold the wall – each glass bead represents a morale check.  They held for a long time.

There were many other games – over 56 I believe, and I did not get a chance to take a picture of all of them, but here are some shots below.

A beautiful American Civil War board.
4 Palestine
Palestine in WWI.  Definitely a game I would have loved to try.
5 Wings of Glory
Wings of Glory.
6 Bolt Action
Bolt Action.
7 Trilaterum
A new sci-fi game, Trilaterum, had some beautiful scenery.
8 Test of Honour with OGRE in background
Test of Honor – and note a 1970’s classic return in the back – OGRE – a near future tank game.  I played that game with cardboard chits in the early 1980’s.

The next game went up in operational level and down in miniature scale.  Dave Wood ran “Look Sarge, We are invading Russia”, using the Look Sarge No Charts set of rules and 6 mm microarmor.  The Germans held off the Russian counterattack, and won the game.  Both of Dave’s games were very well-received.

9 Dave Wood's Look Sarge we are invading Russia
The Germans move down the road.

Skipping to Sunday, Leif Magnuson ran a nice What a Tanker game using 28mm tanks in an Eastern Front battle.  It was a lot of fun, and the Soviets eked out a win.  Leif also won an award for “Best in Time Slot” – well-deserved.  This meant that our club (The Mass Pikemen) won two awards – and both were “What a Tanker” games!

10 28mm WaT

“Ivan is a Tanker” run by Leif Magnuson.

Flashing back to Saturday night – I ran an updated “Attack of the Warbots” game.  The game was a success, as the players had a great time.

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My game poster
04062016 Warbots setup pic
The game set up plan.
1 Attack begins
The tabletop is set – and the attack begins.
2 Attack on wall
The Warbots got slowed by the Aphids defense, but managed to advance a Mark 1 Sphere tank to the wall.
3 Space Roos try to spoil
On the other side of the board, Leif Magnuson’s Martians and Robot Peacekeepers press their attack against Chris Comeau’s Space Roos.
4 Space Roos try to spoil
Chris jet-packed his Space Roos into the heart of the Martian attack.  
5 SFC Mallard disables tank
The Star Ducks disabled a second Mark 1 Sphere tank with a satchel charge, immobilizing it and taking it out of the fight – a critical loss.
6 sprint to the finish
Biological forces desperately converge on the Mark 1 Sphere tank as it breaks through and approaches the captured tank and its Space Dwarf repair crew.
7 Robot Peacekeeper Banzai Charge
Meanwhile, the Robot Peacekeepers pulled a “Banzai” charge morale check and swarm the defending Space Roos on the other side of the table.

At this point in the battle, Duck Wader made a power leap with his Sith powers, and drove his light saber into the Warbot tank, resulting in its disabling just two inches from victory. 

Nearby, Roberker, a giant robot (with flame-throwing arms) was the Warbots’ last chance.  The Frinx shot Roberker a bit, and its resulting morale check caused a miracle result – apparently the robot lost face, ran away in shame, and blew himself up!

8 Suicide of Roberker
The suicide of Roberker.  I replace these “ancient” miniatures on the battlefield when they become casualties with homemade cards.
8a Suicide of Roberker
The card that did in Roberker.  Note the morale result at the bottom – I have the Warbots use the South Pacific deck from Combat Patrol deck which have different (WWII Japanese) morale results.

The death of Roberker was followed by raucous laughter from the table – even from the player who had it happen to his Roberker.

I was tired after the weekend, but it was a great time.  I want to thank all the players, as well as the GM’s, and especially Battle Group Boston for another fun convention!  


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Vulture Demon: Bones 2 Figure

Chris Palmer

     This past week I painted the Vulture Demon from the Bones 2 Lesser Demons set.  We’re doing a scenario for Ghost Archipelago this month that requires a birdman kind of creature, and this seemed to fit the bill well enough.
       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 1.5" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.

      I googled some pictures of real vultures before I bean to give myself an idea of what an actual vulture looked like.   I then began by painting the body and base with Ceramcoat “Black.  When dry, I drybrushed it with Americana "Charcoal Grey”, and then with Folk Art “Barn Wood”.  I did the Barn Wood" drybrush a little  heavier on the bottom 2/3’s of the wings to give those feathers a lighter appearance.  I then painted the head with Reaper MSP “Rosy Shadow”, and then feathery collar with Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”.

     Next, I painted the front ¾’s of the head with the “Light Antique White”, and then painted the tips of the beak and the neck crest feathers with the “Black”.  After that, I painted the inside of the mouth with Americana"Shading Flesh", and the talons and claws, as well as the skulls on the base, with Americana “Antique White”.

     After everything had a while to dry, I gave the head and feather collar; as well as the talons, claws, and skulls, a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.   When the wash was dry, I highlighted the skin with Reaper MSP “Rosy Skin”, and the inside of the mouth with Apple Barrel “Apple Flesh”.    I then drybrushed the neck crest feathers and the tips of the beak with Americana “Zinc”.  Next, I drybrushed the collar feathers and highlighted the front of the face with Americana “Snow White”, and then painted the eyes “Black” with “Snow White” dots.   I highlighted the talons, claws, and skulls with Americana ‘Bleached Sand"; and also used this color to paint the teeth.  Lastly, I painted the entire base with “Americana "Mississippi Mud”.
       I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Winsor & Newton Professional “Matt Varnish”.

     A rather simple figure, but I’m pleased with how it came out.   It looks suitably evil and should fill the roll of a birdman just fine.

     In other news, Reapers Bones 4 shipping to the US should start today (fingers crossed!).  I’m Wave 1, so hopefully will have my box shipped in the next day or two; so I should have some unboxing photos ready for next Monday!

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Killer Rabbit Figures based on Medieval Manuscript Margin Art

Chris Palmer       A friend and I split a pledge from the recent Killer Rabbits Kickstarter from Skull and Crown, which launched a range of rabbit miniatures based on the margin art of medieval manuscripts.    It arrived earlier this month, and I’ve been working on them the last two weeks to get them cleared off the painting desk before the Reaper Bones 4  Kickstarter arrives.

     Here are my results; done to a tabletop quality.  I’m really pleased with how these little guys turned out; and eventually when these guys are available on the manufacturer’s website,  I hope to flesh out a full cavalry unit of snail mounted rabbits!

     Here is an example of the original medieval artwork inspiration for snail and lion rabbits. I tried to copy the original shield design for the snail rider.

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Kobolds, Part B: Bones 3 Figures

Chris Palmer

     This past week I painted the other 3 of the six Kobolds from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion set.
      I prepped the figures 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 figures to 7/8" fender washers with Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I then glued the washers to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue each.

  I began by painting the figures entirely Ceramcoat “Black”.  When the Black was dry, I painted their skin Folk Art “Barnyard Red”.  I then painted the tunic of the first one with Accent “Golden Harvest”, and of the second one, as well as the under shirt of the third one, with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”.  Next, I painted the hood and collar of the first one, the tabard of the second one, and the tunic of the third one with Reaper MSP Bones “Cinnamon Red”.  After that, I painted any pants or leggings with Reaper MSP “Pumpkin Orange”.

      Next, I painted the wooden axe handles and spear shaft with Folk Art “Barn Wood”, their belts with Americana “Sable Brown”, and the wizards staff with Folk Art Colr Shift “Black Flash”. I then painted the wizard’s scroll pouch and the back of the spear Kobold’s shield with Americana “Light Cinnimon”, and followed u by painting their teeth, as well as the scroll, with Americana “Bleached Sand”.   After that, I painted their horns Americana “Khaki Tan”, the front of the shield with Folk Art “ DeepTomato Red”, and the stone in the wizard’s staff with Crafter’s Acrylic “Tropical Blue”.

     I painted the spearpoint and axe heads with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”; and then after the figures had a while to dry, I gave them all a complete wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.   When the wash was dry, I highlighted the figures’ skin with the base color “Barnyard Red”. I then painted black noses on the Kobolds, and Reaper MSP “Holly Berry” dots for eyes. I also added claws in with Americana “Antique White”.

     Next, I highlighted the wizard’s tunic with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”, and then highlighted the pants/leggings with Reaper MSP “Hearth Fire”.  I then highlighted the “Teddy Bear Brown” clothing with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”, and highlighted the “Cinnamon Red” clothing with Crafter’s Acrylic “Orange Spice”. The shield was highlighted with Reaper MSP HD “Rusty Red”, and then given a “Claw” design with the “Daffodil Yellow”.  I then painted the flame in the wizard’s hand with the “Tropical Blue”, and then highlighted it, as well as the stone in the staff, with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cool Blue”.  I then added a little Americana “Snow White” highlight to the flame. I then highlighted the spearpoint and axe heads with Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.  Lastly, I painted the all the bases with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.
     I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Winsor & Newton Professional “Matt Varnish”.

     I’m much happier with these guys than last weeks.  I spent a little more time with these, and I think it paid off.
It now looks like the Bones 4 Kickstarter isn’t going to start shipping in the US until April 8th.  So I still have at least another week to work on my Bones backlog.  For more info see Reaper’s News Update video:

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Looking Forward to HAVOC!

Mark A. Morin

I have been very busy – too busy to effectively write blog entries lately.  I have been working on terrain and game support for the two games I will be running at HAVOC on April 5th and 6th.  Each will support 10 players – and its my goal that all have a blast!  So, in the interim, please enjoy these two announcements – hopefully I get some other stuff painted and blog-worthy for you dear readers!  The link for the convention is here.

I am looking forward to seeing a number of friends – including my old USMA classmate (and HAWKS member) Dave Wood who is also running a couple of games – so that’s exciting too.

I’ll be running these two games!  

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I updated this game with my Space Roos and have new terrain!

04062019 HAVOC Attack of the Warbots Photo

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