Wednesday, April 23, 2014

X-wing and TC Tennis

Bruce and I played a pair of games last night. I brought out X-wing. Lord Vader immediately shot Luke down and then I had to try to even things up with my remaining  Y-wing!

In the end, it came down to effectively a draw and after several rounds, we decided to call it a game. Bruce is cagey behind the controls of a Tie fighter!

Bruce picked up a tennis game from Victory Force games on the weekend. Interesting simulation of tennis--you play cards and build towards a big volley in order to gain points to win the set. Lots of colour. Not sure I'd be keen to play this very regularly--interesting mechanics but not as fun as playing tennis.

Up next: A rainy day means more basing at lunch so back to the 18th century I go. first up some Indians and then the British. I also need to get a bunch of MayDay auction stuff organized and labelled. Bruce donated two 15mm DBA armies and a 1/72-scale Maurice army.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

End of the American AWI army rebasing project

I finished up the remainder of my rebel AWI army rebasing project last night with the cannons and crews. There are four (small) guns. The smallest ones are from an Imex kit; no idea on the larger ones.

There are also 10 crew in four poses. Again, a mixture of manufacturers, I think.

Up next: I am working on rebasing the Indians and have a game of X-wing planned tonight with Bruce.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Re-based AWI foot

Continuing with the re-basing, I moved a bunch of American foot through the process last night. There are four bases of command. I normally only do three bases but I wanted a militia command base.

There were 57 or so figures based individually, with more variety of poses among the militia than the regulars. The militia are a mix of modern figures and a bunch of old Airfix Confederates (one of those boxes with endless uses).

I see the left figure above has shed paint off his rifle (why make figures in eye-searing-red plastic?). And the fellow next to him has his right leg--it is just out of the shot due to the crazy charging pose.

The regulars are more numerous than the militia and have a couple of different colours of cuffs. The poses are just more uniform.

Up next: Some rebel cannon and maybe some Indians. Plus a game of X-wing with Bruce on Tuesday night.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Re-based AWI dragoons

I couldn't face the prime red figures I have so I decided to bite the bullet and start rebasing some of my older 1/72-scale stuff onto washers. I started with the AWI.

These six guys are American dragoons. I used a slightly bigger washer the normal to get each fellow onto a base with his horse. The horse wouldn't be brought forward into combat but, without the horse, it is hard to tell the dragoons from the rest of the militia.

Up next: I have the rest of the rebels drying: some 57 foot men, four command bases, four cannon and 8 crew. The Indians are off their old bases and onto new ones while the British look on with envy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's a Small World after all

We had a dozen guys out at the club for our last night before our MayDay convention on May 3. Michael kindly brought out Small World and taught Bruce and I how to play. Well, Bruce learned how to play--I just bumbled along, losing both games badly... . A fun game with lots of replay ability--I wonder if there is an iPad version for faculty council meetings...?

Dave brought out some Hail Caesar and Scott's team won a game. I presume Scott was not allowed to roll, touch or otherwise look at the dice.

There were also a pair of Warmachine games.

Our next club night is Tuesday, May 6th. Alas, kids' soccer prevents me from attending (unless it rains like a bastard).

Up next: I have some 1/72-scale late Roman cavalry from MiniArt underway. Not really my favourite set--the sculpting seems different from other sets. Lots of mail to paint. Meh. After that, who knows.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Some mounted barbarians

These fellows finish out a box of MiniArt 1/72-scale Germans. This is a nice mix of troops with four light horse that will fit in almost anywhere.

There are also a bunch of medium horse--chainmail tunics and whatnot.

These seem more dated but would work for late Roman or dark ages.

Finally there are some heavier guys. No idea where the fourth one is (perhaps he slide off the paint tray or got left behind on the prep shelf. He'll turn up eventually.

Up next: Some 1/72-scale late Roman heavy cavalry from Mini-Art. These are a bit out of period for me but will be hand to have.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Twilight Struggle

Bruce and I played our first game of Twilight Struggle last night. Wow. Kind of like 1960: The Making of a President on speed. So many choices. Such crappy cards to select among! This is a game that has a lot of replayability.

In the end, Bruce won decisively with the Soviets. I just couldn't keep up to him and switched strategies about half way through to my detriment. We learned a lot about the rules (played a few wrong!) and 2.5 hours just vanished. I was wondering why I was tired on the drive home!

Up next: Some more 1/72-scale Germans.