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Commandos Strike at Dawn

Buck

This Saturday, Greg and I ran our commando raid game with Combat Patrol™.  From the play test a couple of weeks ago we added a few more commandos, but the commandos actually did worse!

Commandos sneaking through he woods.

The commandos started well, keeping to the woods to avoid being spotted.  But then things went badly, and the commandos made some bad calls.

The fighting begins.

The commandos entered a patch of woods from two directions.  They activated first, and discovered a german team in the woods, but the Germans hadn’t spotted them yet.  Because of the alert level, the Germans weren’t able to move.  Instead of moving to avoid contact, the Commandos charged into them.  This was their first big mistake.  The German player “rolled” exceedingly well in hand to hand combat, making noise, killing a commando, and raising the alert level even farther.

The fighting grows.

This is when the commandos made their second mistake that sealed their fate.  Instead of holding this German team with one group of commandos and continuing to the objective with the other three, they pushed everyone into a general engagement.  This raised the alert level farther, releasing German reinforcements, and bogged the commandos down far from their objective for several turns.  Though the commandos got the upper hand eventually, by they time they cleared the woods (which was not a part of their objective), the German reinforcements had arrived, and other units were released to move to the sound of the guns.

A Pz 38(t) advances.

The Germans had pretty well cut off commando access to the chateau with the general they were trying to kill.  The Pz 38(t) arrived and gunned down the only two commandos who got near the chateau (despite the coax jamming).  At this point, the commando players failed their player morale, and we called the game a German victory.

Despite the lopsided outcome, the players had a good time, I think.  It was a nice group of players who were there to have a good time, so it was a fun game.

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Friday Feudal Fracas

Buck

The War of the Roses game begins.

Friday night at our club meeting, Chris ran a game using Feudal Patrol.  Feudal Patrol is the under-development version of Combat Patrol™ that is more for mediaeval games (or games in which there is more melee than shooting).  This is still very much under development, but it is at a stage where it is playable.

The table layout early in the game.

The game involved a baggage train that was desired by both sides.  Seeing armies approaching, the civilian drovers bugged out, leaving the wagons and supplies for either side to loot.

One side nears the baggage train.

I have play test card decks that are in their fourth revision.  I think they are getting pretty stable.  One thing I am thinking about changing as a result of the game on Friday is armor.  Right now, if the hit location icon is red, the target’s shield doesn’t count.  If the hit location is yellow, it does count if that area is covered by the shield.  I was thinking about making two or three of the icons black.  In this case it would be that lucky hit that cancels out all armor.

Lord Hawke’s Banner.

We had some questions about how cavalry works.  I think we just need to re-read the original rules on cavalry and the modified rules in the Napoleonic supplement.  As much as possible, I’d like to keep the cavalry rules in Feudal Patrol the same as the Napoleonic supplement for Combat Patrol to avoid confusion.

A wide shot of advancing Lancastrians.

In general, I think people were pleased with the rules.

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Savage Worlds Flash Gordon Kickstarter

Buck

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for Flash Gordon.  I love the old serials (three of them), the old comics, and I can even tolerate that campy 1970s movie.  So, when the Savage Worlds Flash Gordon Kickstarter occurred, I jumped on the bandwagon to get the figures.   I have just about every other manufacturer’s Flash Gordon figures, but you can never had too many Flash Gordon figures — at least that’s what I tell my wife.

Since I have been home this week (first of several), I have been getting some painting done in the evenings.  Last night I finished the Flash Gordon figures from the Kickstarter.

Princess Aura and Ming the Merciless.

I painted these figures in comic book colors.  The figures have nice animation and styling that is consistent with the Alex Raymond drawings.

Three of Ming’s soldiers.

The space ship in the background was made from a Denny’s happy meal sip cup.

Dale Arden, Flash Gordon, and Dr. Zarkov.

All of the figures were fun and easy to paint.

Prince Thun of the Lion Men, Prince Barin of Arboria, and Prince Voltan of the Hawkmen.

And for some reason when I pulled these figures out of the to-be-painted box, I also pulled this Superman figure.  I don’t know where it came from or who was the manufacturer, but I painted it up anyway.  I don’t even play superhero games; although, To Be Continued… by GASLIGHT has rules for Pulp-era superheroes.  Does anyone know who made this figure?

Grenadier Superman figure.

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Swiss Pikemen Unit Joins War of the Roses Project.

Chris Palmer      This past week I completed a 10 man unit of Swiss Pikemen for my growing War of the Roses Project.  These are plastic multi-part figures that I assembled and painted from the Perry “Mercenaries, European Infantry 1450-1500” boxed set.

  As I mentioned before, I am going to be running a 6 player game using the Feudal Patrol rules at Cold Wars in Lancaster PA this March; so I am frantically trying to get all he figures I need assembled and painted.   More pressingly though, this coming Friday I am going to be running a first playtest at our club meeting, so I’m trying to get as much finished as I can.

   I am currently working on a unit of French Crossbowmen from the same boxed set to also join the ranks of my armies.  I hope to have them done in time for my game on Friday!

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Italian Armor for North Africa

Mark A. Morin

I have been really enjoying building armored forces for the tabletop war game What a Tanker©.  This, my latest group, rounds out my Panzer Army Africa forces with Royal Italian Army armor from 1940-1943.  This post will show these tanks and tank destroyers, as well as a German Panzer IVD that was left off from my last group that I previously detailed here.  These are all 15mm (1:100) tanks, which are very small (1-3″). 

My ultimate goal is to have an excellent game that I can run at conventions or club meetings.  I now have that, but will probably add some Marder III’s, M3 Grants/Lees, and M4 Shermans to be complete.  

I will share here both the Italian vehicles and the Panzer IVD – and some of their in progress photos.  Then, you will get a chance to view some eye candy shots!  Because I have been very busy seeking new employment (and it looks good on that front!), I was able to finish the tanks and run a couple of play tests before I could finish this post.  So there will be a few shots of the play tests I have been running with these tanks.  I also share the materials and research used at the end for those interested.  

Royal Italian Army Armor

The vehicles I assembled for the Italians make up about 2/3 of the list of the models in the What a Tanker© rule book.  I already had 5 Italian tanks from Wargame Models in Ohio that are very affordable (but not as nice as those from Battlefront Miniatures).  My current Italian Army consists of 12 vehicles:

  • 2 Fiat M13/40 tanks (both Wargame Models in Ohio)
  • 2 Fiat L6/40 tanks (both Wargame Models in Ohio)
  • 2 Fiat M14/41 tanks (one from Wargame Models in Ohio, one from Battlefront)
  • 4 Semovente 47/32 tank destroyers (both from Battlefront)
  • 1 Semovente Carro Comando M41 75/18 tank destroyer (from Battlefront)
  • 1 Semovente 75/18 tank destroyer (from Battlefront)

M14/41 Tank

This tank is basically the M13/40 with a better engine and slightly better armor.

I used a painting scheme that attempted to match the one example in the Bovington museum.

7 M14-41 after decalAfter applying decal and varnish, but before adding weathering powders.8 M14-41 with photo of actual tankThe completed M14/41 tank model next to one in the book.

Semovente 47/32

In the WaT rules, this vehicle is interesting.  It is small (tougher to hit), low profile (tougher to acquire), fast (can move every turn), and a tank destroyer (can aim easier).  It also is, like the Panzerjager I, open-topped, so never buttoned (and more vulnerable).  Each blister had two vehicles, and I bought two at the 50% off sale!

3 Semovente 47-32 primed and base coatedThe tiny tank destroyers primed and base coated.

Semovente 75-18

I had two of these, with one being a command model (carro comando), that had a range finder (called a goniometer).  I used a slightly different camouflage scheme with these and love the triangle vehicle marking decals that these got.  

6 Semovente 75-18 rear view after camo and decalsHey, matching licence plates!7 Semovente 75-18 with imageI used this color scheme, and went with the decals anyways.

Panzer IVD

My previous Panzer IVD did not make the last project group as it came with two left tracks.  Battlefront sent me a replacement, and I plan to use the defective one soon as a wreck project.

Italian Repainting

For my Wargame Model in Ohio tanks, I decided to give them a makeover with paint and decals so that they were less different than the newer Italian vehicles.  They are still not perfect, but I decided to stick with what I have done with them now.

2 Wargames Models of Ohio repaintedMy repaint of the other Italians

I hope you liked the in progress stuff above – and now…it’s Eye Candy time!

Eye Candy

1 M14-41 front shotFront view of M14/41.2 M14-41 rear shotLeft rear view of M14/413 M14-41 side shotRight side view of M14/41 on the road4 Semovente 47-32 convoyLittle Semovente 47/32’s in a convoy5 Semovente 47-32 front shotFront left view of Semovente 47/326 Semovente 47-32 rear shotRear right view of Semovente 47/327 Semovente 75-18 side shotSemovente 75/18 right side view.8 Semovente 75-18 right side shotLeft front view of Semovente 75/859 Semovente 75-18 rear shotRear view of the Semovente 75/18 tank destroyer10 Semovente 75-18 Carro commando rear shotIn comparison, here is the Semovente 75/18 Carro Comando version from the back11 Semovente 75-18 Carro commando right side shotSemovente 75/18 right side12 Semovente 75-18 Carro commando left side shotSemovente Carro Comando  75/18 right side.  Note the goniometer on the top in front of the crewman.14 Semovente 75-18sThe two versions of the Semovente 75/18’s together15 Pz IVD right sidePanzer IVD left side16 Pz IVD left sidePanzer IVD left side17 Pz IVD rear sideRear view of the Panzer IVD19 All Italian AFV'sItalian Group shot!

Lastly, I am thankful to Chris Rett, Ryan MacRae, Frank Ramsay, and Mike Morgan for helping me to start to play test the scenario and rules tweaks that I will use to make this work at HAVOC in April for up to 10-12 players.  Here’s a few shots!

1 Great StoriesAt Great Stories in Uxbridge, MA – Chris, Ryan, and Frank have fun.  The Brits made a comeback and won here under Chris’ command.3 Mike MorganMike Morgan maneuvers his Brits to a narrow victory at my house.3 Kill RingsOne of my innovations – Kill Ring Cards!

Thanks for looking – and I hope that you found this post interesting and fun.  As I add more tanks/tank destroyers, I will share them.  I also hope to add better pics from future games.

Please let me know your thoughts and feedback – as always – in the comments section!

PAINTS, INKS, GLAZES, SHADES, WASHES, PIGMENTS AND FLOCKING USED ON THIS TANK GROUP:

  1. Vallejo “Flow Improver”
  2. Vallejo “Airbrush Thinner”
  3. Vallejo “Surface Primer – Black”
  4. Citadel “Imperium Primer”
  5. Battlefront “German Camo Orange Ochre”
  6. Testors “Universal Acrylic Thinner”
  7. Vallejo Model Air “Base Grey”
  8. Army Painter Quickshade “Mid Brown” (wash)
  9. Battlefront “Dry Dust”
  10. Vallejo Model Air “German Green Brown”
  11. Battlefront “Monty Shade” (shade)
  12. Army Painter Quickshade “Strong Tone” (wash)
  13. Battlefront “Army Green”
  14. Battlefront “Dark Gunmetal”
  15. Battlefront “Panzer Gray”
  16. Vallejo “Neutral Grey”
  17. Vallejo Model Air “Green Brown”
  18. Vallejo Model Air “Light”
  19. Vallejo Model Air “Cam. Grey Green”
  20. Battlefront “Black”
  21. Battlefront “Battledress Brown”
  22. Vallejo Mecha Color “Light Rust Wash” (wash)
  23. DecoArt “White Pearl”
  24. Army Painter Quickshade “Light Tone” (wash)
  25. Battlefront “European Skin”
  26. Battlefront “Skin Shade” (shade)
  27. Vallejo “Dark Flesh”
  28. Vallejo “Dark Prussian Blue”
  29. Vallejo “Dark Yellow Ochre” (pigment)
  30. Vallejo “Light Slate Grey” (pigment)
  31. Vallejo “Light Sienna” (pigment)
  32. Vallejo “Desert Dust” (pigment)
  33. Citadel “Nuln Oil” (wash)
  34. Gorilla Glue
  35. Vallejo Mecha Varnish “Gloss Varnish”
  36. Microscale Micro-Set
  37. Microscale Micro-Sol
  38. Microscale Liquid Decal Film
  39. 1/8″ rare earth neodymium magnets
  40. Appropriate decals from Battlefront
  41. Vallejo Mecha Varnish “Matt Varnish”
  42. Aleene’s poster tack
  43. Sponges

Thanks for looking and for sharing your feedback!

ONCE MORE – ON MY RESEARCH MATERIALS

As for research materials, I used the same ones as I cited before – but for completeness here they are in case you are interested (you can find them on Amazon):

  • One by Jean Restayn:WWII Tank Encyclopaedia, 1939-45
  • One by the Smithsonian/DK: Tank: The Definitive Visual History of Armored Vehicles
  • One by Michael Green:Axis Armoured Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War (Images of War)
  • One by Robert Jackson:Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles Visual Encyclopedia

I would again easily recommend all of these books as really good resources for gamers and modelers.

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The Last of the Mantic Terrain Crate Pieces

Buck

The abandoned mine sets from Mantic terrain crates.

I have been posting pictures from time to time of the various terrain pieces that I got in the Mantic terrain crate Kickstarter.  Tonight I finished the last of the two crates and various add-ons that I purchased.

I finished two sets of the abandoned mine.  I will use these in an upcoming game I’ll be running at Cold Wars in a few weeks.

Mission complete.

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Minotaur: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

     This past week I painted the Minotaur figure from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion, as I continue to work my way through the remaining figures I haven’t painted yet from that set while waiting for the arrival of Bones 4.
         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 1.25" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.

     I decided I wanted to do something different with this Minotaur, having already painted a couple ones brown colored before (Minotaur Hero and Minotaur Barbarian); so I decided I would make this one white instead.  I also had the idea, since I was painting him white, that I would give him one blue eye just to make him look a little more interesting.
     So, I began by painting the whole body with Ceramcoat “White”.  I then painted all the armor, straps, and the weapon with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”, his hooves with Americana “Charcoal Grey”, and his main belt and the axe handle grip, with Accent “Real Umber”.

     Next, I painted his horns with Americana “Bleached Sand”.  After that, I painted the edges and decorations on all the armor, as well as the axe, with Folk Art Brushed Metal “Brushed Bronze”.    I let everything dry for a while, and then gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash.

    Then, when the wash was dry, I highlighted all his body with Americana “Snow White”.  Next, I painted his muzzle, horn-tips, tail end, eyes/sockets, and mane/hair with Ceramcoat “Black”.   When the “Black had dried, I highlighted it with some Americana "Zinc”, and then some Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”.   After that, I gave him a blue iris on his right eye with Crafter’s Acrylic “Tropical Blue”.

      Next, I highlighted all the leather armor and straps with Ceramcoat “Raw Sienna”, and his belt and axe handle with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”.   Then, I highlighted his hooves with a mix of Americana “Mississippi Mud” and the base “Charcoal Grey”.    I realized he had fingernails, so I tried painting them with Americana “Antique White” which didn’t quite look right; so I went back and gave each one a dab with a little Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash to help tone them down and define them.  I also put some of the “Agrax Earthshade” on his left shoulder pad to help tone down the highlighting I had done on the herring-bone weave pattern.    I also noticed he had nipples(!), and not really knowing what color they would be, I guessed at a pinkish grey.  So, I mixed some of the “Black” with some Americana “Shading Flesh”, and used that for the nipples, highlighting with a little Folk Art “Milkshake”.   At that point I worked on the metal, highlighting all the “Brushed Bronze” with a mix of Ceramcoat “Bronze” and Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.   I painted his nose ring, and the rings on his right horn with the “14K Gold”.
     At this time I worked on his integral base, painting it with the “Black”.   When dry, I dry brushed it with some Americana “Neutral Grey”, and some Folk Art “Platinum Grey”.   Lastly, I painted the washer portion of the base with the “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 outer rim of the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".   

     I’m really happy with how this fellow turned out.  I think the white color makes for a much more dramatic figure.

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A few 1/72 plastic NPCs

Rob Dean

Continuing with the Portable Fantasy Game, I finished off a few more figures this week. The second figure from the left is, of course, from the Airfix Robin Hood set; the remainder are all from Linear-B’s Age of Tudors box of civilians.  When you are looking around for fantasy/medieval civilians in 1/72, you have to be open to what you can find…so fashion in my fantasy world is going to be very flexible.

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The Portable Fantasy Game

Rob Dean

I have had a little time for painting this past week, and worked on some 1/72 scale plastic figures for the Portable Fantasy Game.  I decided to pull out all of the already-completed individually based figures, and do a quick visual inventory.  Here’s an overview of the 112 figures completed so far.

Individually based figures for the Portable Fantasy Game, as of 3 February 2019
For scenario planning purposes, I took closer shots of them in groups.
Non-human monsters

The monsters are a mixed bag; there are a few Reaper Bones (downscaled, as it were), a few figures from Age of Mythology sprues, and a demon from a Dante boardgame of some sort.

Mounted humans (Strelets and an Airfix Maid Marian)

There will probably be a few more mounted humans before this is “done”.

The Adventurers (Caesar Miniatures)

I noticed after I took the picture that two Caesar adventurers are hanging out with the elves today.

A merry group of men from the Airfix Robin Hood set

One of the unfinished figures is another Robin Hood fellow; I expect to have a full set of the poses (and perhaps a few duplicates) before calling this group done.  They hold up pretty well, for figures sculpted over 50 years ago.

Elves (Caesar Miniatures)

The archer lady in green near the center and the Legolas look-alike, second from the left in the front, are the wanderers from the Adventurers.  I have a standard bearer for the elves on my painting desk.

Undead (Caesar)
While I’d be happy for more skeletons, the Caesar set has only five poses, so I started with two of each.  There’s a necromancer in the set that I haven’t painted yet; I pulled one out and cleaned him up.
Fantastical men of the Western Isles (Red Box Irish)
The Red Box Wars of the Roses Irish look pretty fantastical to me, especially that gallowglass leader on the left end of the front row.
Some NPCs (Mostly Linear B Tudors)

Plastic civilians aren’t too common in 1/72, but I’ve painted a few.  Strelets has more, in their transport sets, which will be added eventually.

Some drafted historical medievals (Accurate and Strelets)

Back in the day, fantasy figures were usually supplemented by historicals…

Mystics? (and a dog)
The blue wizard is a Hat Celtic command set Druid.
Goblins and Orcs (Caesar)

More Orcs and Wargs (Dark Alliance)

I’ve got plenty of additional orcs, between the two boxes that Caesar now makes and the many that Dark Alliance has produced.

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Two Martian Tripods

Buck

In the continuing effort to reduce the unpainted lead collection, I knocked out these two tripods this weekend.  I went with battleship gray for the paint scheme thinking that they might be Earth imitations of Martian tripods (I have the ones from here to be real Martians).  They looked too clean, so I gave them a heavy brown wash.

I like the quirkiness of these. They look like water towers on legs to me.

I bought these at Barrage 2017.  I may buy a third one at Barrage 2019 if they are available.  They were pretty easy to assemble, and they painted quickly.

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