Saturday, April 19, 2014

Paint Table Saturday #4

After stumbling on a blog that gave some ideas about painting 1/72 fast, I decided to give it a whirl - it is definitely faster than I've been doing, but at the sacrifice of my beloved black lining. I am already planning to go back and add the line after, as it won't add that much time. Unless i totally botch it!

Here are 6 Swedish infantry from Zvezda for the Great Northern War after an hour of painting - they started out as black primer.

Like I said, definitely faster than I've been doing them. Another hour and they will be done.

And here are some 1/32 Germans I am working on to complete phase 1 of my WWII collection (the flame thrower was something I found in a box of primed items, so I decided to finish him too):

I believe the flamer thrower is Matchbox, while the officer and SMG are both Airfix.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First Phase of 1/32 WWII Forces 2/3 Done!

Last night I finished up 5 figures I've been working on (1 Soviet and 4 US) to bring 2 of my 3 1/32 armies to "first phase" readiness (3 infantry units of 4 figures + NCO  + 1 CO and 1 tank).

Here is the Soviet commander surveying the troops from a distance:

And here he with his full force (Infantry is Airfix + 2 Supreme figures. Armor is CTS) . In addition to an extra figure per unit, notice the abundance of armor!

The 2 Supreme Russian figures, ATR and mortar, will be re-painted
but are useable as is, despite their ugliness.

And here is the US force - considerably less armor! They too have an ATR and mortar, but also an MMG. Just over half of the US force is W. Britain Big Red 1 figures, the rest are TSSD. The tank is CTS.

The astute among you will notice I have not yet attached the Sherman's turret MG.
I plan to wrap up the 2 German figures I need before the weekend is out and Phase 1 will be complete - allowing me to field these forces for World War Risus, or to play 1:1 section/squad or smaller games.

Phase 2 will either involve getting everyone up to 7 figure units (6 infantry + 1 NCO) or getting all forces to have similar equipment (well, no one will have as many tanks as the Russians, but the Russians need a Maxim, and some kind of transport, the US needs a transport, the Germans need a tripod mounted MG-42). 

And yes, somewhere in there, I'll get around to finishing the Soviet and German bases.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Return to Skalafell

Forever ago it seems, I ran the follow up session of Fjörgyn's adventure in Skalafell.


When we last left our heroine, she stood towering over the dead monster. 

She wasted no time exploring but instead decided to get Thora back to Skalafell - perhaps to make up for leaving the poor Grungo behind in the last underground escapade. With Zelligant's help, she carried Thora's lifeless body to the Shrine of the Forgetful Bear, where Sister Rebecca could tend to the rites of the dead. When offered healing, Fjörgyn declined and instead went off to the Queen's Cauldron for a little socializing with the locals, intent on finding another hireling.

She moved around the bar from stool to stool ("but there wasn't gum under any of them") and spread the word that she was looking for another to join her gang of merrymakers (not her words). Of course, the scent of death hung thick in the air about her, with two of the locals formerly in her employ quite dead, and so enthusiasm was not as high as it might have been. Still, the weirdest guy in the place, with his face covered mostly by a mask approached, and within a few minutes, had accepted the job.

In addition, Charlie Bucky, a halfling sized cat [a nekomata? We're just using halfling stats but she gets 2 claws and a bite per round. Giving my gf two PCs to increase her chances of survival and to reduce reliance on too many hirelings] in plate mail with sharpened steel sheaths for her claws and a short bow caught up with Fjörgyn and was more than happy to go along with whatever adventure she had planned.

Charlie Bucky
In the morning, Fjörgyn and Charlie Bucky met her staff outside the Cauldron and discussed the plan for the day - to their surprise, she announced she wanted to leave for Gorgoroth (that was way more surprising than the warrior cat creature). Fjörgyn felt quite certain that, having slain the strange beast, the missing girl would be able to escape the perils of the underground lair and return home and if not, she was probably already dead.

Fjörgyn is nothing if not a realist.

[here the session ended as I was not prepared for a hex crawl. i explained the need to equip for the travel and the dangers that might pose, so that she could make informed decisions about what to bring. Since then, after further discussions about the nature of the game, my gf has decided that she wants to explore the dungeon a little more before moving on to the next town of Hael.]

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paint Table Saturday #3

OK, I've failed miserably on taking pictures of my paint table. On the other hand, I don't paint on Saturdays usually.

On the table right now are 4 US infantry, including an NCO and 2 BAR gunners, and a Soviet commander.

My immediate goal for my 1/32 troops are 3 units of 4 infantry + 1 NCO, and a single overall commander figure, for use with my World War Risus rules. So I'll either have 1 company, composed of 3 platoons of 5 figs each + Company HQ, or 1 platoon composed of 3 sections of 5 figs each + Platoon HQ

What you see here will give me that for the US and Soviets. 

Primed, but not pictured, are a German officer and NCO to complete my Wehrmacht "Company/Platoon." After they are done, I'll move on to support weapons - the US leads the way there with MMG, Bazooka and mortar ready to go, the Germans have a panzerfaust, and the Russians have nothing painted in that respect, unless you count the factory paint job on the Supreme Russians (it's hideous), in which case they have an ATR and mortar.

Monday, April 7, 2014

World War Risus is Available

My Risus-based wargaming rules are available in a more organized form finally.

You can download the PDF and review it to your heart's content.

No exploration of including standard Risus PCs in a battle have been included, but my inclination is that this would not be difficult, at least if you don't mind a Pulp-y feel.

Here are some first thoughts on it:

  • Treat each character as a unit. 
  • They don't take morale checks.
  • They can use any cliche, appropriate or not, for initiative and combat, including using different cliches each turn. 
  • All damage is recovered when the battle ends. 
  • They attack enemy units at the lowest level possible (if you're smallest unit is the platoon, then when the PC attack's, they attack the whole platoon). So yes, Bob the Hairdresser can take out an entire platoon.
  • They can use the team-up rules from Risus.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy International Table Top Day!

My day was made around 11 AM this morning:

You can argue, correctly in my opinion, that it wasn't a game. 

There were no rules, there were no randomizers, there was no doubt as to the outcome. If anything, it was more like a proto-wargame. I like to imagine him as H.G. Wells toying about with that cannon before coming up with Little Wars.

So, yeah, my two-year old son played with "toy soldiers" for the first time. I could not have been more ecstatic!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Cleaning!!!

As the list of items I have acquired has grown, so too has the list of items that have not been touched, or will never actually be used in play or for future reference.

Rather than continue to take up valuable shelf and closet space (space I could use for more stuff!), I'm going through my books and minis and such and having a yard sale. Except a real yard sale would see about 1 visitor where I live, so to make it easier on everyone, my yard sale is virtual.

Here's the link to my yard sale: 

(not to be confused with my bucket of spiders blog)

If you see something you want, message me here or there or Google+ and we'll work it out. There is much more to come (including "old school" boxed sets, a lot more Reaper Bones minis, old Dragon magazines, rulebooks, etc.), I've only just started posting items.

If you think my price on something is too high, and you want it, please, counter offer!

The posts say "US only", and if I don't know you in some context, that's true.

But, if you follow this blog, or comment on this blog, or I follow you on G+, or  I follow your blog,  or you purchased a copy of 6 Iron Spikes & a Small Hammer #1, or I know you in some way, and you're not in the US, that restriction doesn't apply. Just know that shipping can be really pricey.