Friday, June 24, 2016

Memoir 44: Escobar

We had seven guys at the club on Tuesday, including newcomer John. Kevin and I played a game of Memoir 44, which allowed me to get my new German tanks plus a bunch of figures I got from Tim in Saskatoon on the board.

This was a German counter attack in the days following D-Day against a combined British airborne and tank group. A tough attack for the Germans, especially given the number of JABOs they faced!

Kevin fought valiantly but had a bad time with the dice. A very close game. A refight going the other way saw the Germans win in a last minute bit of lucky dice

Dave brought out a 6mm game of team Yankee. It looked bleak for the forces of capitalism as I was leaving.

Up next: I've got some more 1/72-scale models on the way. And a bunch of character figures for Dragon Rampant just arrived and will be primed this weekend. I am hopeful to bring a game out to the club in early July.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Some WW2 tanks

I finished up some 1/72-scale German tanks this weekend, just in time to run a game at the club tomorrow! I don't usually cut things that close and I'm happy to have these done.

These are kits I got about a year ago from Tim in Saskatoon. The Panther is a 1/76-scale Hasegawa kit. Lovely to build. The treads were slightly fiddly to mate and I ended up stapling them. Good thing is came with skirts! I added a little battle damage.

Tim also had two Panzer 3s from Revell. Love the hard plastic Revell treads! Nice enough kits even though the skirts (especially on the turrets) required some extra effort. I'm not crazy about the camo schemes. Oh well--done is done.

Up next: A game of Memoir and then a Russian SPG and a US half track. After that, who knows?

Friday, June 17, 2016

A few 15mm monsters

I've spent much of this week building some plastic kits (finally done and primed) so painting was minimal. I did knock off two monsters I found in one of my Battlelore boxes.

The guys above is a hill giant that I decided to make an ice giant with some blue paint. He's big! There was also a spider. I spent a lot of time on him but the end result was meh. Weird.

Up next: Next Tuesday is club night and I will likely bring a game of Memoir out. I have four 1/72-scale tanks primed so I will also being painting on them this weekend.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Last of the dwarves

A few days of rainy weather gave me enough time to finish off the last of the Battlelore dwarves that have been patiently waiting on a painting tray for months.

These are big dwarves for 15mm figures (probably close to 25mm dwarves). Above we have some skirmishers with swords and bucklers.

There were two different sculpts of the dwarves carrying either claymores or bastard swords (one left handed and one right handed. I'm not sure what they are supposed to represent (in terms of the difference). Again, south paws predominate.

The dwarves also came (every helpfully) with siege engines (or field artillery) and a crew. The ballistas will likely find themselves serving all sides.

There were also some axe men and a bunch of crossbow men.

Finally, there were four bear riders that I got in one of the expansions. I'd guess that the sculptor was different for this expansion. The figure is also much smaller than the rest of the dwarves and generally isn't that inspiring. But nice to have a cavalry option.

Up next: I have a 1/76-scale US half-track built and being painted. I also found two 15mm monsters (a giant and a spider) from Battlelore that I'm painting. Looking at what I have, I would think that I will be shifting back towards some WW2 modelling this summer. I've also been re-reading Dragon Rampant and may give that a go with Jess shortly.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Battlelore standards

Jess and I spared over a game of Epic Battlelore last night as I finally finished up most of the major.

Jessica handily beat me (I could not roll worth a damn) but it was nice to play and see my boys out on the table. I think I used the first Epic scenario but took the fantasy element out and stripped off the magic to make the rules simpler (mostly for me--I was tired!).

I've spent a fair bit of time this past week grinding out the banner. The trick here was that they were already stickered so I spent a lot of time painting around the edges. Leaving them as plain grey plastic wasn't really an option as I found I had a hard time telling the green and blue apart. I think the result is pretty good.

Up next: I have about 50 more dwarves to finish. I'm doing them in a giant lot production style. I am also hoping to get these figures out again shortly for a game of Dragon Rampant.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Last of the goblins

I finished off the goblins from the various Battlelore expansions I have. These included a bunch of hyena-riders (I think--or maybe dogs?).

There were six models which makes them about the perfect size for a mounted unit in Dragon Rampant.

There were also a bunch of regular goblins with scimitars and shields.

And four more of the larger goblins with halberds.

Up next: I am slowly making progress on the dwarves. There are maybe three of four lots of them to finish off.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Club Night May 3

We had eight guys out last night at the club and two games ran. Terry hosted a game of tomb robbing (The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus). A fun game with a fair bit of randomness.

As the ceiling starts to the guys who ran deepest into the tomb (where the best treasure is) get nervous.

There was quite  rush at the end and a few near misses. No idea who won--maybe Andy or Terry?

Dave and Elliot played a game of X-wing.

We then had a second go at tomb-raiding. The drama this time was around Andy. he was the last man in the tomb as the escape route got narrower and narrower. But he held his nerve and grabbed treasure after treasure to barely escape. Not sure who won.

Up next: Mayday is Saturday and I also have a bunch of painted goblins that I need to show off. Alas, the summer weather is hard to ignore.