Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New projects and Deus Vult

So I have been playing a lot of Malifaux with my friend Scott, and since he has been routinely beating me like a rented mule with my traditional Ten Thunders crew, I decided to try something else. I had already bought a bunch of other crews, but they have been sitting primed on the edge of my desk now for a while, so I picked the Tara crew, a few Croolingans and a gang of Drowned and I will see if I can make some good use of them. I might add a couple of other pieces and see how it works. So I started painting the Nothing Beast from this set and it was fun. These figures are always a lot of fun to paint. the picture is taken from close, the figure actually looks better at the table top.
So, I will continue painting and I hope to have the whole set painted by next week. I might have to play them just primed, which i s awful, but at least I can see how they work together.

Also I had my 3rd game of Deus Vult of the Year. My friend Peter and I are probably the only ones that play that rule set in the entire eastern seaboard of the United States, so, as a matter of Principle we try to play at least 3 times a year. it was fun! and due to me winning initiative in every round and to some spectacular rolling on my part, my Teutonic knights Thrashed his Crusader Knights  in what will be known as the mauling of Acre.

   So, we will try to be Bold and play a 4th game before the year finishes, or even in new year's eve. lets see if it happens, so far our score is 8 games to 6 in my favor in the 5 years (not continuos) that we have been playing.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

After a long hiatus.....

So as they saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.....after re-starting with the Hobby again, my actual workload changed, and I started to have less and less time to paint or play. Then I had to travel for work and then had family commitments to attend etc....
now it seems things are going back to a stable pace before I travel again.

In the mean time, I have still played some Malifaux and had the opportunity to play ADLG a couple of times. So I have gone back and painted some Teutonic Knights in 15mm and continued painting the Malifaux Crews that I had not finished.

Also, My local hobby shop got big into 40k (again) and to jump in the bandwagon I decided to build Orks and Talons of the emperor (Sisters of silence and custodians with some inquisition in it).

Lastly I finally dragged my rear to finally get my Franco-Prussian war project started. its a long term project that will involve the whole 1859- 1871 European wars era (Austro -Prussian war, Wars of the Italian unification, the second schleswig war etc). I am building it with pendraken 10mm miniatures and well I have ways to go but at least I started.

so that is all for now and hope to keep these posts going.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Malifaux, Pikeman's Lament and Blood and Plunder

So I continue with my slow re-dedication to the hobby. Slow in terms of progress not actual comitment. I have been playing in a Malifaux campaign for the past 6 weeks and it has been fun. I think I am ready to play in a non-league setting, and I have registered to a Malifaux enforcer brawl tournament and a regular Malraux one day tournament and I am looking forward to that.
I really jumped in with both of my feet into this whole Malifaux thing.
I bought a bunch of crews and I have been painting and getting them ready. Here are some pictures of my Arcanist (Kaeris) and Ten thunders Mai Feng Crews getting done, and my Ten thunders Tengus along side with my ever growing pile of Malifaux Boxes needing attention:

I am slowly finishing up all the Crews and extra models and although it will take me some time I am enjoying it. 

I feel that I am really "Collecting" the figures since I really like them, and so it is a huge bonus that I get to play them....luckily the game, and the people I play it with, are a lot of fun so that has been a win win for me.

Last Sunday I set up a game of Pikeman's Lament with my Friends Scott and Peter at Huzzah Hobbies in Ashburn, VA. I wanted to see how well the game played and it seem to work well, specially since we were testing them with miniatires in 15mm (the ruleswere originally intended for 28mm figures). We played Swedish against Holy Roman empire Croat's around the 30 year's war setting.
The day after I tried the rules again with Scott and they were fun, I think this rule set is a good excuse to get those By Fire and the Sword armies that we have, and put them to good use. I will post pictures as games happen.

Finally, I tried Blood and plunder, a game that is based on pirates vs Colonial powers skirmish battles in the Caribbean, and it is a lot of fun! some people where I play bought into it and so they have been trying it out. I will try it again a couple of times before I jump in, but I think I will buy and build a Spanish army. The models are great and they can be used for pretty much any game of the period, which is a huge plus since I am going to dedicate a big part of this year to finish all my medieval and pike and shot armies.

That is all for now and will post updates on these systems and pictures as games happen.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Return to the Hobby

I have been meaning to write again, but I really did not have anything interesting to share. I have not written in more than a year, although I did embark in several projects, with various degrees of success, during that time period. Then I went through a "funk" that made me stop painting or putting anything together. I got more into board games and dedicated more time to chit based games.

of these games Conflict of heroes

lock and load :

and Musket and pike took most of my time:

I have gotten back into the hobby slowly, however,  and in part that has been because I finally got back into playing Malifaux. I have build several crews and joined a campaign that has been fun!
I will take a few pictures of the crews I have finished and I will post them....

now I feel that I am ready to jump back into the thick of it and there are so many projects I want to start...but I will be more cautious this time around, will break up the projects into manageable sections so that I can finish them and not get discouraged when a project takes forever to even flesh out.

so for the moment all good things and looking forward to what's coming up!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Alhambra and The Dog Days of Summer—and the prelude to the fall

The summer days tend to be a down time for me when it comes to completing new projects. Usually I have not as much time to dedicate to the Hobby and in general when it comes to gaming, mostly I play board games with family and friends, which is also a lot of fun.
Lately we have been playing a lot of Alhambra, and its extensions, and I remembered how much I used to like this game. It is fun, fast, easy and definitely a great way to spend an evening. That led me to dig back into my board game bookcase just to check for contenders for other nights and besides the obvious Carcassone we ended up playing a game called Antwerp, which basically is a game that models shipping through the docks of Antwerp. I though the game was neat and enjoyed it, but it did not seem to excite the rest of we decided to go for a sure bet and will play the settler of catan, in the American map version, the next time we play. 

The Summer has not taken  away my mind from the projects I want to complete and so I decided to be more organized than at the beginning of the this has been a bit of a mid-year revision of the state of the hobby for me:

Force on Force:

My Friend Steve set up a WWII FoF game using Flames of War based miniatures and it was great! we had a few people playing and some just watching and we had a great time! definitely a good option to use all my Flames of War stuff!

I plan on finishing my  miniatures for the Bush Wars book scenarios, then do the Russian and Chechnya Scenarios and finally the Malaysian emergency ones that I discovered from Britannia miniatures. Eventually I would love to do some for the Cold War gone Hot book, but one thing at the time.

By Fire and The Sword:

My friend Frank is running a tournament and I am excited to participate. My Muscovite army is ready, although I think I will add another artillery piece, as it was very effective last time I played. I still need to finish the division level ranks of my Muscovites, but I think I will do it one regiment at the time. I also have a transylvanian skirmich set I might do before anything else so I can see how they play, as they look very cool.

Art de La Guerre

I really like this game, and unfortunately it has not  caught on were I normally play, so I will start going back again to the regular group that plays it so I can keep playing it as I really enjoy it. I have a Gaul/Dacian/Briton army primed ready to finish that I will work on and also have a triunvirat roman and a Spartan/Athenian/Theban army that need to be finished, so my work is cut out there! although I did finish my Catalan company and I completed enough other cavalry and infantry bases that I can probably field a good number of lists from 997 through the mid 1400's.

Drop Zone Commander:

I really like this game and I have really not given it much attention this year. My friend Scott is putting up an Escalation league in which I plan to participate. I already have a sizable UCM army (painted in red, which I call my Space Communists),   so I might start a new army, I have talked about creating a PHR army, all in black and steel and calling it my Space fascists so I can have both of my armies find planet Stalingrad...:-) so That is probably what I will do......

Muskets and Tomahawks / Land of the Free:

I want to continue expanding my Armies, in particular finish my British force and start putting together my bases to try a Land of the free test game, this actually is a pretty high priority for me because I REALLY love this period.


I love playing this game! so I plan on harassing Frank and Steve to play it more often. I have a ton of Prussians that I want to have painted, but Marc, a friend from the ADLG group will likely commision paint them for me. He does a great job and I like his style (he previously painted up my Brits). On the other hand, I will complete my Brits by painting the Dutch-Belgian contingent that I wanted to add.....

Saga, Infinity, Deus Vult, Chain of Command, Black Powder, WAB/ WC, etc:

There are individual projects that I want to work on but i will pace myself. Most of them are a labor of love so, I am taking it easy and not rushing them. I wan to keep adding to my SAGA stock to play on the Huzzah monthly tournaments and now that my Friend Peter is back, I want to play Deus Vult and WAB/WC again.........Infinity is coming out with lots of cool new things and I really used to enjoy playing that game, so I might start showing up to play at the infinity nights at Victory comics from time to time so I can get some games in.

Anyway, these are my intentions and we will see how it goes according to the time that I have during the rest of the year,

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Muscovites, French Napoleonics, and the Battle of Fallujah.

My Friend Steve and I have been getting together fairly regularly to play Force on Force on Sundays, and this last Sunday we gave the battle of Fallujah another go. We have tried one of the Scenarios from the Fallujah book  several times, switching sides so no one gets stuck playing the irregulars all the time,  and it has been rather interesting. We are really sold on Force on Force, so we keep playing it and setting up scenarios for it, and it has been rather enjoyable. In last Sundays game, Peter and Ben Joined us, and Scott sat and watch us go at each other, and it was a challenging and interesting game. In the End Peter and I (we were playing the American Side) were lucky enough to have gotten a fog of war card in which a Delta team was introduced into the battle. This team was able to Breach and clear its objective and thanks to them we were able to win the scenario by one point, one point! the game was brutal for both sides and honestly, you don;t really know to which side  the game will tilt until the end.

The Saturday Before, I went   to Scott's place to try my newly painted Muscovites for By Fire and the Sword, of which here are some pics:
 We had a lot of fun! I discovered that the Muscovite play well in numbers, and while they are not particularly good individually, as a massed group, specially under cover, can be pretty tough to crack. The hero of the day was my light artillery. 

Last Thursday as a  group at Huzzah Hobbies we played Muskets and Tomahawks and it was a great quick game.  That game is a lot of fun and plays fast, which is a great plus for me. Can't wait until I can run a demo of land of the Free.

The previous weekend I played Blucher with Frank (you can check his battle rep on his blog), and I played with my French against his Prussians. We played 300 points and I Included Napoleon on my list and he included Blucher, because of this each we were pretty tough to crack, so we ended up having a classic long hard game that was a lot of fun and very satisfying. Definitely Blucher, for the organizational level for which is written, is a great game!

Besides this I have been mostly working on my Rhodesian force and force scenarios and I started painting a set of coureurs de Bois for Muskets and Tomahawks as well as some Gauls/Britons/Dacians for ADLG.

Lots of gaming going on and lots of Projects getting done, lets see what the summer brings.

By the way Check Scott's Blog and Frank's Blog (they are listed on my list of blogs on this page) they have reports and pictures of the games we played together.....

Monday, June 01, 2015

The Rhodesian Bush wars and The Catalan Company

I have been playing Force on Force with my friend Steve for a while now. We get together on Sundays and we go through the Scenarios of some of the  FoF books. We have been playing mostly from the Afghanistan scenario book, and mostly infantry missions, but we will start in a couple of weeks playing a scenario from the Fallujah  book which includes vehicles. We really like the system and we have been having a lot of fun, so much so that I ended up buying all the scenario books and have been going through them in detail. In particular I really like the Bush wars one, and I am putting together forces to go through the scenarios that take place in the Rhodesian bush war, the Congo Crisis and the South African Border wars. These wars are really interesting because they were really proxy wars between the Soviet Union and the USA in many ways (with Americans fighting as "freelancers" in some of them), and even if for the general public they remain somewhat obscure, they are tactically and historically very interesting and definitely fun to wargame.

I worked on some African bush terrain last week, and it is coming out nicely. I bought some aquarium plants at Michael's and some decorative dried brush

then I cut the tall grass in squares and glued them to round bases. Then I brushed some Elmer's glue to the bases and buried the base in modeling sand. After it dried, I stuffed some of the dried brush in between the blades of tall grass and added a bit more glue.

then I took the base and lightly spray painted brown on the base and on the tips of the grass to give it a dried and distressed effect. and once it dried out I cut with scissors the extra dried brush that was sticking out to make it look like it was a patch of over grown grass in the jungle.

 I need to make quite a few of these, but they do not really take much time to make and they are so much cheaper to make than trying to buying them commercially, and in all honesty, they look nicer than some of the ones that I have seen online.

Another project that I am working on is my Catalan Company for Art de la Guerre. There is a tournament coming and I want to get them ready to play. I finished some of my Aragonese cavalry  and started some Teutonic knights with metal barding for another list that I am putting together.

So, Next, I have to finish up all my Almughavars and start painting Rhodesian light infantry figures and Alouette III Helicopters.....