Friday, July 14, 2017

Test run using an IPad

A couple of shots from last Tuesday nights games. It was a quiet night even though it was school holidays. But Infinity came out again and one of us put together an Open Combat war band.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Painting as therapy, tanks, rpg characters and reaper bones.

Lately work has been rather busy and all consuming. Probably just me but that is how it seems to occur at times. So when I feel a little out of sorts I pull out the brush look to my incomplete projects and glue and paint until the jaded eyes brighten.

I went to a model expo a few weeks back and bought a couple of boxes of 1/72 tanks from The Plastic Soldier Company and Armourfast. I really like PSC tanks as they go together fast have buckets of detail and paint up nicely. 15mm is the usual size but with old time inspiration gripping me due to the expo the 1/72 stuff has given me a new impetus. Armourfast was a new player for me. Again nice quick builds with enough detail, not as much as the PSC tanks but enough. I think I would like to try a few more, possibly their Achilles tank destroyer.

So a look at the latest off the production line.
PSC M5 Stuarts in British service for Battlegroup Overlord

Armourfast M10 tank destroyers again I hope to use them in games of Battlegroup, or even Chain of Command.

Panzer IIIgs from PSC, these were free when you preordered one of the Battlegroup books from the Plastic Soldier Company. Yep 2 books 2 models. Nice I hope to pick up some T26 Russian tanks for a little bit of Barbarossa madness. Hence the dusty tracks and road wheels.

My family has played a number of RPGs for a while now and I have a collection of minis that date back 35 years most of these are much more recent but still fun to paint. I hope for a game this Sunday with the family.

Reaper bones bugbears, what great minis. These will make a nice force for Open Combat skirmish rules.

Reaper Bones Gnolls.

Hobbit leader by?????Maybe grenadier?

Love the horse/pony

Mantic Dwarves, as you build them they sort of don't have the character you see in other ranges but when the acrylic flows over them they really come  to life. Actually really like them now.

This is from a new range of pre undercoated miniatures for the pathfinder rpg. They come in a pack of two for a mere $7.00 Australian. Considering that I can get historical ranges in metal for $2-$3 each they are rather good value as many fantasy miniatures are a lot more expensive.

Female short warrior maybe RalPartha, a GW Hobbit and a Reaper metal Cult Leader, soon to be my main nemesis in the upcoming RPG.

Some villagers, mainly Reaper Bones but also a rather lovely fryer from Eureka Miniatures. He will make a Fryer Tuck for a bunch of Robin hood types I have also picked up of late.

Rather pleased with the output but want to spend more time licking brushes rather than reading other blogs but there is so much inspiration online.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

All quiet on the martian front and all the usual down at the club

Well we got to try out All Quiet on the Martian Front, for a second time. I like the system very much, elegant in its simplicity but all too easy to forget rules again. No fault of the rules, just fading brains filled with too many other sets. But more details to follow.
Well we messed up the rules, humans in cover get a few advantages, in our game the black dust launcher caused a lot of damage as they got, you guessed it no advantage.

Each game I have played saw the Aliens lose a tripod nice and early and this sends a chill down your......spineless cephalo thorax????
Gotta love the tanks, steam powered WWI or earlier prototypes.

The Aliens win. Not much left of the human force from 1800 points. But I think we are missing something with the humans it seemed to easy in both games to win as the Aliens. Must read the rules a little better me thinks.

Baz's Kill the Strachen 1 London 1 and Germany 0

Kill the Strachen game 2 London 2 Germany 0 sounds like a football match.

Usual X-wing and seemed a good close game. My Empire ships got blown from the sky yet again even though I was not in command.
This last item is a little highlight from my time at Cancon Earlier this year. I had the chance to play in the Infinity tournament and had a ball needless to say. All my opponents were great and most had brilliantly painted miniatures. I did not get to play against Greg Milsop the owner of the above minis alas. But I want you to look carefully at the minis to the left and right of the big TAG in the middle. Yep they are clear......he molds and then casts them in clear resin to act as his units that are in TO camo. TO camo is basically invisible.......who would have guessed. I hope Corvus Belli the manufacturers of Infinity do something similar. I'd buy them.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bloody April 1917

It was a quiet turn out for the club the other night but on ANZAC day we had the chance to play a game of Wings of Glory. This time Barry wanted to simulate the battle over the trenches in April of 1917. From memory this was the month of greatest loss for British and Allied flyers in WWI in a single month. Barry said it was partly to do with superior German aircraft coming on line and he wanted to see if the games rules could show something similar. So two dodgy Brit recce planes had to fly behind the enemy trenches to see the build up of the German troops, photograph them and fly back. They were protected by two fighters as well. The Germans had 3 new Albatross and all we had to do was stop the recce doing its job. Could we do it?

The Clubs usual flying crew
Yep first shot I take, explosion......hmmm

Too close to shoot but no crash
this has got to hurt
What is going on Recce planes don't shoot down our flyers!

 It was not looking good for the Germans at this stage but I was to return to the countryside  shortly hereafter.

Looking messy with lots of Brits still in the air but soon the tables will turn

Back in the game and my first recce victim falls from the sky

Number 2 is a goner and all we had to do was mop up.

A hugely fun game with great friends what is not to like about that. Thanks to Barry and his mats, planes, counters and general good nature.

I shall leave you with my fellow German pilot that may have just pipped Barry on the number of 0s pulled from the deck.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 2017 club nights for the last couple of months

One of the club guys kindly pointed out that I had failed to update this blog for a little while and thus it is about time to do so. Well we still continue, and new games and old have been played. X-Wing and 40K have been in evidence along with Wings of Glory and Magic the Gathering, these of course are the older games that we play. But Armada has taken it toll and we have given this a go too. So Picture show is needed to keep the audience of 2 happy.
2 games of 40k with the guys on the right of the image both winning I believe.

How to teach x-wing to all and sundry, if you note the odd micro machines import it is because when you get 12 plus players wanting to learn and your own collection is somewhat smaller than this then you have to improvise.

More X-Wing and I am bewildered by the green planet near the asteroid.

More guys playing and teaching
Aleph model by Brendan our resident painter, I must get a second job and pay this man to be my slave to paint

More Aleph on the way, again by Brendan.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The year is well on its way and games are being played at the club

This has been the early February efforts of club members so I will just let the images tell the story mainly.
Infinity with my daughter and one of the other club girls

I could not get the bikes to work

40K, our general on the left secured his first victory against the dreaded orks

X-wing, so many games so little time

Cheating here, as this was an earlier game with my son showing off his lovely Space Wolves.

They won again but it was much closer this time

Oh no new toys. Will we fall prey of Armarda?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Getting people into Infinity, and other games + we have a comic store in town!

I have been very remiss in getting activity about the club posted so rather than waffle on I will let the heading an pictures do the talking. Games from January at both the clubs usual venue and a ripper new comic shop in town known as Kapow Collectibles. I wish the owners great success and see that they now run board games on a Wednesday night and MTG (Magic.....) on Friday nights. I was also really pleased that they gave us, as a club, a bit of a run using the premises to host a mini introduction to Infinity. Most of the players ended up being club regulars but two new people turned up just for the day. Was a lot of fun.
Brendan's board is getting better all the time.

My Iguana protecting the Chimera and Pupniks, that I am still not sure how to use.

X-Wing, gotta play this more .....

40K yep up and running again

My Spectre is about to see a hot flash of flame that will snuff him out.

End of January I was able to introduce two players to Infinity, they loved it and we had time for two games, one game each for a win.

Imperial Guard

Tau and Space marines boo hiss

Wings of Glory made a usual appearance.

A Seraph heading towards table top standard  I am looking forward to seeing our club member finish this but  I am sure I will be on the receiving end of it.

Introducing Infinity At Kapow Collectibles.

10 people all up and a couple of Magic the Gathering players mooching in the corner. We could not convince them to turn to the dark side and play with toy soldiers.

Lad on the left had heard of 40K but did not really play much.

On a small table we only played at 150-165 points enough for 2-3 games in an afternoon.

You really have to get down low to see if you can see the enemy in this game.

Most of the terrain was from the cardboard sets that are purposed built for infinity. The addition of one or two other bits and bobs fleshed the tables out.

Infinity is great for stretching the imagination

I actually got to play this one.

Brendan's big board as a display piece that was finally used in the last game of the day.

Note the Kapow Logo.....clever chap is out Brendan

One of my favourite minis in the game, the one in the center is a hard core human sized android smack out of movies like I Robot, in the game it is armed to the teeth has good armour and the equivalent of two wounds. What is not to like.

I hope to see more of Infinity at the Club but I sill miss playing WWII. We just don't have the interest. I think I need to sort out some solo rules or at least a system to use the rules I have in a solo capacity. So much money spent on WWII toys and they gather dust.