Saturday, 15 February 2020

Sunday Workbench

I've been a bit all over the place with working on stuff this week so I've not managed to finish a thing but have managed a few random bits and bobs along the road. So here we go!

I built this army as part of a Morganfest competition (where the tables, armies and scenarios are fixed, the players move) where Tank and I built Aussies and Japanese for a game drawn from the battles around Gona, Buna and Sanananda in the middle years of World War 2.

I definitely took some liberties (like using the cut down 25pdrs, which are far more appropriate for Kokoda than later) but they were too cool not to do.

Most of the army got a tidy up and repaint a few years back when Tank and I took a doubles army of Marines and Australians to Panzerschreck but I never got around to finishing the job. So I've gone through and tidied up the third infantry platoon, the 25pdrs and a pair of Vickers HMGs. I've got another pair of Vickers on the painting table alongside a sniper (I know, but I had a spare...)

I've also ordered a pair of Sentinels to go with the one I already have as part of proxying these as MW Australians and some PIATs (all from Eureka in Australia) to make them LW compatible. I am having ideas of making up some Matilda II Frogs and treating those as Churchill Crocs for a LW army.

This is one of those games I've wanted to play for ages and somehow, it didn't take much to get some nerds on board. I found some sweet French cars in a model store in Australia and decided they'd be the basis for my first set of Gaslands cars.

They come from a set of desert rally vehicles so I think I'll stick to that sort of a theme and am going to paint them up as a kind of desert pirate crew - some random desert camouflage and some sort of emblem for the crew which I haven't worked out yet. I've got a spare roof box for the car on the right too which I'm quite keen to fill up with a different weapon load out. I'm definitely going to do some more and go for a more post-apocalyptic vibe the second time around.

I blame blogger Scotty for this. He got some of the AT Knights and I decided I wanted some too. I'm almost certainly never going to buy a Cerastus Knight from Forgeworld so I got the AT versions instead!

These two Lancers will go on table as Super Heavy hunters or escorts for Angry Ron when I get him out. They are super detailed and surprisingly posable for the scale. I am looking forward to painting them.

Next Time
We're playing some more TY on 8x6 tables in a week's time so I'll report on how my Marines get on for those games. I'm ditching the air support altogether for these games. We'll see how that goes.

Saturday, 8 February 2020

In which your author paints MASSTER and more white....

...and regrets some of his palette choices. Again. 

Things what I have painted

First off, here's Month 2 of the Stupid:

The first chunk of my World Eaters - two Predators, a Landraider, three Helbrutes and a Lord on a Juggernaut. I hate myself for picking ANOTHER white army. You'd think I'd either know better by now or that I'd be good at it. Clearly, neither of those things is true. However, they are a nice counterpoint to the horde of red that is the daemons.

I also *finally* finished my 15mm Team Yankee army as I played a game with clubmate Russell (more on that later) and decided that it was about time I painted the last 5 M60s. So here is the 2iC and the third platoon of 4 M60A1s. So with that finished, I think that this army is pretty much done. I'm umming and ahhing about getting two more Sergeant Yorks for the army and I'm working up a plan for some chopper transport for my Marine platoon but otherwise, I think I'm done with Marines.

The question now is "should I do a WarPac army?" I'm tempted by a second TY army as I have enjoyed painting the modern kit. My first instinct was ANZACs but we are suffering locally from a dearth of WarPac armies so that's led me down two other routes. I'm tempted by Afghansty, especially with Battlefront indicating that a HiP kit is due later this year or potentially by Iranians, who will be painted as Jordanians until such time as a Jordanian list becomes available. The slightly vexing thing there is the kit mix for the Jordanians falls somewhere between the Iraqi and Iranian lists from Oil War. We'll see.

Games what I have played

Clubmate Russell is running a 100 point on 6x8 tables event later this year and we decided to play a test game. Here are the two photos I remembered to take before we'd even started. At the top, my right flank and it's spearhead:

And then Russell's right flank and it's spearhead. This is why 8x6 tables folks!

First off, it was a great game. Russell is a very very good player and I always find playing him to be a real challenge because I am not. I generally find that I like to just put in a competitive showing! While in the end it was a 3-3 draw because we ran out of time, it didn't feel like there wasn't a chance for a result. Russell's dice had been appalling for most of the game and I had managed to get my Marines in place to stop him winning on his right.  I think one more turn he would have been broken as I only had to remove one BRDM and two Gaskins to get there. If I hadn't picked a dusk attack and suddenly failed to see properly at the last, it would have been easy! 

Just as importantly though, it was great playing on an 8x6. My terrain collection is very Eastern Europe farmland themed so there's not a huge amount of LOS blocking terrain. It's not super dense either but interestingly the size meant that there was a decent amount of room to move around outside the ranges of most weapons, which is a nice balance. It also made spearhead SUPER relevant because in a game with 48" of ground between deployment zones, you can spearhead very aggressively. I spearheaded first with a view to beating his Carnations with my M60s and taking their objective, missing the fact that Russell could make a 40" road move with his BRDMs and be as close to me as possible in turn 1. And then he went first. Not ideal. 

I also played my first game of Apocalypse with the 6mm stuff yesterday too with Scotty and Tank. It was more about learning the mechanics of the game (which are fascinating, different to 40K and quite a lot more brutal) and trying to see if making no changes to the stats would work in 6mm. The conclusion, at this point, is that we'll leave command and deployment in inches and move everything else to cm. That avoids turn one Bloodthirster charges which, while I doubt would be all that effective, would be unfun. In principle though, it worked really well and putting 500+ points on a 6x4 in 6mm will be AWESOME. And it'll look great. I had better get to basing up my old Titan Legions buildings. 

Next Time
Almost certainly a painting / workbench blog as I am starting to have to pick up some of the more taxing tasks on the table of doom. I'll be prepping the bases for Month 3 of the Stupid and painting some sweet sweet initiative markers that one of my Wednesday night DnD crew ran up on his 3D printer. 

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Last Chance for Last Chancers!

And with no small amount of effort, I managed to paint a thing!
Demolition Man and Grease Monkey

Animal and Brains

Ox and Heavy Bolter

Colonel Shaeffer himself

The 13th Penal Legion 'Last Chancers' 

And a goal from the list of goals! I have added something to my Imperial Guard army in January. Well done me. I think I'd love to give these guys an outing in Kill Team as well, less Rocket Girl and Ox, since Guard are not allowed heavy weapons for reasons.

I really would love to see these guys make it to actual 8th Edition as they would be hilariously fun to play. But I'll get them out at some stage for the lolz of it with the mad Catachan plan.

Next Time
I've stripped off the paint from some really nice cars that are getting made up for Gaslands so maybe those. If I can get them done, it might be time for a test game and I'd love to blog that here. I'm also working on Month 2 of the Stupid so expect that at some stage. Given that this time it's World Eaters in their Heresy livery - I only wanted one giant blob of red in my 6mm army - they're probably going to take a bit longer...

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Pooch's January 2020 update

So, one month down- how did I get on?

1. Paint a Kings of War Army- In progress

The cat is out of the bag.... or more the Squig has escaped the cage!

It is with no small amount of excitement that I say that my Kings of War army is going to be Goblins. Small, sneaky, cowardly and hilarious, and a 'proper' fantasy army. Everything I could want in a Kings of War army.

January was pretty darn productive for them too, I managed to paint up the figures for my first three regiments, a warmachine and a couple of characters. No basing yet- I'm still waiting for some materials yet before I do that. Don't worry, I promise it will be worth the wait....


Flaggit (or Goblin with Flag)

Wiz (or Goblin with magic)

Sharpsticks (or Goblins with sharpsticks...)

Doom Diver! (or catapult for launching goblins. This one is pretty self explanatory)
I'll do some better photos once I have the bases done, which I think I will try to do in February.

2. Create a table of terrain to support a game

No progress.

3. Complete the 6mm Apocalypse Challenge- In progress!

As it turns out, painting 4 6mm Leman Russ was not hard.

At all.

In fact I finished all 4 of them on the 1st of January......

4 Leman Russ. The one with the white stripe is the Tank Ace

And this is all the 6mm I have painted so far!

Next up?

Mechanised infantry!
4. Run a narrative campaign for the group

Some planning, but no progress.

5. Add a new detachment to one of my 40k armies

I may have sorted this one out.....but no hints just yet.

6. Buy a starter box and paint all of it

No plans here yet- I'll wait to see if anything takes my eye!

7. Paint a Space Marine Heroes Series

No progress here

8. Update a 15mm Napoleonic army for Blackpowder

Well, I decided between French and British by selling my British.... So it'll be French, and I have made no progress.

9. Paint a stand alone force- DONE

Hey, I did a thing!

This stand alone force is a Miyazaki Crew for Gaslands. Why Gaslands? Because Hot Wheels cars with machineguns is just cool.

I went with the "Bad guy from Tron" look (which I have also been informed is also Automan?)

The whole crew

Rocket buggy!


10. Update and improve a table of terrain

A bit of progress here, but not done.

11. Play a game each month, and share a photo of it

I managed to play a few games this month- there was the Valleycon Team Yankee tournament where I ran 82nd Airborne, my first game of Necromunda and a game of Black Sails using my French fleet.

The honourable French fleet

The blockade of pesky piratical privateers

The French First Rate Ocean and a brig, increasing sails to run the blockade

The French frigate Hermione blasting through the blockade

A last ditch attempt to stop the Ocean- a boarding action which was resolutely repulsed

12. Finish what I should have finished last year

Some progress here, but not done.

And that's it!

Remember, Morty is watching.....

Saturday, 25 January 2020

So Cawdor Bomb Rats are a thing...

Tank and I played our first proper game of Necromunda yesterday in which we had an actual scenario and played the game largely as intended. Oh man was it hilarious. So without further ado....

Manufactorum Assault

A Cawdor gang, for reasons that they were not at liberty to disclose, has been paid to attack a Manufactorum currently held by the Delaque. With every man-jack of them carrying a bandolier of explosives, they are to set three bombs in the manufactorum and preferably kill or maim as many of the Delaque defenders as possible. 

10 Cawdor gangers arrived in the Manufactorum to find half a dozen Delaques waiting for them. There were at least a couple more out there someplace, but they'd turn up, no doubt. The attack began with a wild frag crossbow bolt shot off into the dark.
The first shot of the game....I missed. 
  The Delaques came from cover to counter attack the incoming Cawdor lunatics - especially the leader using his grapnel to zip rapidly across the Manufactorum.
The Delaques start their active defence

The Delaque leader surveys the battle
But the Cawdors used their superior numbers to advance rapidly on both flanks!
The Cawdor left flank advances towards it's target! 

The Cawdor right flank with Bomb Rat! 
One Cawdor ganger snuck up the middle of the board and let a rat with a frag bomb off into the Delaque ranks.

The following turn, I got my shot of the game! The Cawdor champion fired a frag crossbow bolt at the Delaque leader, knocking him off a third story tower when he plummeted to the ground and pancaked. Hard. I realised after he'd hit the ground I could have left a bomb rat nearby for him to fall on. Just in case!

A Delaque tries to teach the Cawdor to use a flame weapon. The Cawdor Leader showed him how it was actually done

I forgot to take a photo here, but the first Delaque reserve arrived. A Champion with a grav gun. Who promptly crushed the two Cawdors attacking up that flank. Actually crushed. Flat. So much for that bomb.

Spot the Bomb Rat! 
The bomb failed to detonate (!) and the Delaque ganger escaped unscathed! Mercifully, some wild shooting from a Cawdor Juve got him to hit the deck.

This is what happens when a Delaque leader uses a Flechette weapon....
A couple of turns later, the Cawdor ganger on the right flank let rip with another bomb and this time, the petrol can exploded showering the Delaque ganger in flames unpleasantness. This was the point where we realised we'd been playing Blaze incorrectly and discovered it's MUCH MUCH worse than we thought. Or better. It's better if you're the one who is making the fire. Which when you're Cawdor is almost always you. :)
About this point, the Cawdor right rear rear flank was compromised by another Delaque reserve but the Cawdor ganger responded well:
Git sum! 
However, the spindly Delaque reserve displayed some astonishing intestinal fortitude and blazed away with his twin stub guns:

With predictable responses as the Cawdor ganger ducked for cover, lost his footing and fell to the Hive floor! While all this was happening, a lucky Cawdor Juve set a bomb on a donkey well. Which promptly went off blowing that Juve to kingdom come!

Having crushed the Cawdor left, and then webbed their reinforcement out of action, he fired his Grav Gun into the centre of the board, putting the Cawdor leader and his Juve meatshield out of action. Then he disarmed the bomb. GRRR....

About here was when Tank's gang bottled out and started running leaving me with enough men and enough space to destroy a bunch of machinery in the middle of the board.

The last action shot of the game, as the last standing Cawdor ganger tried his best to gun down the last standing Delaque champion. He got a lot of hits with his autogun and no wounds. And then the Delaque ganger ran away!

Loved it. Will probably be doing stupid stuff and getting new Cawdor kit from Forge World. I can't believe that I'd even think about that but that's how much we enjoyed this! I've planned for some more games in about a month when we hopefully also will play our first game of 6mm Apocalypse!

Next Time
Techically next time will be in February, which will probably mean I will do a sneaky and paint my Month 2 6mm silliness the morning before publishing.....

No, I won't. I'll be good. I'mma finish the Last Chancers. 

Sunday, 19 January 2020

ValleyCon 2020

So a lazy blog post from me because I spent the weekend running a Team Yankee competition at our annual club event and hanging out with blogger Scotty, while he ran the 40K event. I was going to paint. That didn't happen. I did have some nice food, caught up with a bunch of people and had a ball watching the TY. So, instead, you get a bunch of photos of the armies and models to look at, none of which are mine!

Team Yankee - Army Parade

Blogger McBeth's Brits
Blogger Tank's Israelis
Blogger Scotty's West German Leopard 1s
Russian T64s
Blogger Pelarel's British
An Iraqi-American Alliance
Blogger Pooch's IPM1s 
A Franco-British Alliance
Wargamer on Tour's Czechs
East Germans and Best Army winner
US Marines - Commended Painting
Blogger Richard's Russians
Blogger Pooch's US Airborne
Berlin Brigade British

Team Yankee Army Parade Highlights

Blogger Pooch's Sheridans and M60s
Blogger McBeth's Chieftans
Blogger Tank's Pereh Missile Tanks
M60s with modelled ERA
Berlin Brigade Chieftans
The Best Army Objectives
Iraqi Hinds
Wargamer on Tour's Frogfoots...Frogfeet....planes. 

Team Yankee - Highlights

Marine Artillery
Les Mirages!! 
Wargamer on Tour's Czechs attacking! 
Blogger Richard's Hinds
Blogger Pooch's A10 Flight
Wargamer on Tour's Airwing
Chieftans hull down
The West German attack stalls
Iraqi Armour and American Recce
Gazelles and Rolands 
When Pooch's Shillelaghs don't do the business
Tank's Merkava's had this one....for a bit.

Age of Sigmar, DBMM and Warhammer 40K

Tyranid Harridan
Purple Sun of Shyish 
Cadian Leman Russ makes an impossible climb
Classic Imperial Fists
A plague horde overrunning a wrecked Devilfish
Burgundians attack the Poles
Greeks cross the river to attack the Bithynians  
Harlequins vs Adeptus Mechanicus Ironstriders
Clubmate BBs Eldar battling the T-Riptide T'au
Ogors and Skaven battling it out for soup (?)
Hero of the Warhammer World, Gotrek the Slayer, leads the Sigmarines
Swiss Pike
The Greek Shieldwall 
Mounted English Longbowmen
More Swiss Pike
A Lord of Change - and check out that base!! 
The Blue Scribes
Fish Elves on Flying Shark Lizards!
Maybe my favourite pic of the weekend. Clubmate BB deploys an actually flying Flying Wedge! 

Next Time
Tank and I are playing some games at the club next weekend I think. I'll take some photos and run up a batrep of a run in between his Delaque spies and my Cawdor lunatics.