23 August 2017

The Fokker Scourge 1916

My planned game this month fell through, so I joined the large multi-player Wings of Glory event that was being hosted by Trevor from the Nunawading Wargames Association. All the WWI airplanes were supplied along with the beautiful terrain that he had made.

The mission was simple:

Oberleutnant Max Immelmann
Feldflieger Abteilung 62

Your orders are to patrol above the trench lines in sector 23456e and support allied Roland aircraft of FFA 229b engaged in attacking the British ground forces. FFA 229b has been attacking without any resistance for the last four days, but it is suspected that the British will soon send scounts to stop them. Protect the aircraft of FFA 229b from British scout attacks.

Available aircraft:
x4 Fokker E.III
x2 LFG Roland C.II

We deplayed first, with the British then appering anywhere (they had dropped out of the clouds).

The game was a lot of chaos, fun and the terrain was a real pleasure to play on. The buildings were Brigade Models and the aircraft were Ares' Wings of War / Wings of Glory 1/144 scale miniatures. I wasn't able to play in the afternoon games, but definitely has me thinking I should pull this game out again.

16 July 2017

Battle of Tanga 1914 Refight

Mark put on another one of his sumptuous games, this time a WWI Ost Afrika game using Games Workshop's 'Warhammer Historical Great War' (basically Warhammer 40k without all the silly stuff).

This was the battle that more than anything was the foundation of the von Lettow-Vorbeck legend. You can read more on the battle here:

The game would see the Anglo-Indian force attempting to take the town of Tanga, while the German Schutztruppe and Askari force would do their best to defend it. The British was something of a mixed bag in terms of troop quality but had numerical advantage, along with their opposition not being quite the grizzled veterans they would later become. The game had the blinds for the Germans, with a dummy counter for each company or command unit (see the yellow counters below). There were also secret bonus points for  the British if they were able to capture the Hotel Deutscher Kaiser in the centre of town (bottom right in the photo below), while the Germans would be rewarded if they captured the supplies at the docks (top middle in the same photo).

The view from the German right flank:

Matrosen Kompagnie infantry defending the Hotel Deutscher Kaiser:

British tourists disembarking their cruise shipping, thinking that this was a package holiday in Dar es Salaam:

Leutnant zur See Hammerstein with a bottle of Hefeweißbier Dunkel getting ready for the fight:

More British rats crawling through the jungle:

The sailors (who were my wurst quality troops) charging (okay they shuffled forward, then shuffled back before shuffling forward again) ahead to meet the British threat:

My army's elite Schutztruppe showing the sailors how it's really done:

Before they were wiped away by the Bengal tigers:

The Löwe von Afrika himself, Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck, holding it all together (well it's me holding him):

The game was tense (the Germans were outnumbered 3 to 2 and my firearms were old and therefore had shorter range), with the balance shifting a few times as fortunes charged, I was able to grab victory when my Askaris held off the British assaults on my right flank:

All in all a great game, that looked good and was a huge amount of fun.

15 July 2017

Conversions - Mantic's The Walking Dead Liam, Sandra and Patrick

Here are some quick conversions of Mantic's The Walking Dead Liam, Sandra and Patrick from the base game.

Liam has a Games Workshop Warhammer 40k Kroot bag and Green Stuff strap, as I wanted him to have a weapon. Sandra has an added Warhammer 40k Cadian weapons belt (to house her knife and make her look more like a runner), and Patrick's bat has been extended with Green Stuff are it looked way too short.

09 July 2017

Conversions - Lead Legion Space Marines

The Lead Adventure Forum decided that it would be fun to create our own chapter. Further information can be found here:

I decided to join in, as the 8th edition Warhammer 40K had actually got me to pull out the unpainted 40K miniatures and maybe even paint something. Or, crazy, buy something new.

The previous post was a colour test, and I think I'll stick to it (but first I'll test out how Vallejo Khaki and Buff look side by side). I was originally thinking of just painting this guy (apologies, black doesn't photograph well):

He was originally just left over from my Space Marine army, so I made a Space Wolves ronin-type character (as a proxy Cypher). He's been unpainted for... never 20 years 😲

Then on Friday I walked into the Melbourne store at lunch time, as I heard that Games Workshop was giving away the new Primaris Marine as samples (to see how they paint up, etc). The dude (he was pretty chill) said he'd unfortunately run out of them, but broke open a set of the Space Marines + Paint Set to give me the three Marines in them. I have been out of the game somewhere between 3rd and 4th edition, a lot has changed (I've seen the bad models over the years).

These guys were quick to put together, and I couldn't help converting them with some Chaos and Kroot bits to make them less Ultramarines and more Space Wolves/White Scars. Hopefully some paint in the next few weeks.

21 June 2017

Cars Wars First Game

So played my first Car Wars game the other night.

All I can say it was in game a few seconds of complete brutality and chaos, while real time was a few hours of fun and hilarity (one guy flipped onto his roof after ramming another player, continuing to shoot at anyone that crossed his sights).

18 June 2017

Bolt Action Sea Lion Game

Played a 1000 point game of Bolt Action at the League of Ancients today. Was a fun Sea Lion inspired game. The scenario was a basic hold the crossroads, I managed to get shot to bits as the German invader.

11 June 2017

Car Wars Conversions Painted

I've finished painting and basing the five cars that were converted earlier. Superglue was used to stick them onto a 3" x 1.5" piece of 3mm MDF followed by a PVA and sand mix for the basing material. They were then spray painted black, followed by Vallejo black acrylic and brush for any bits that were missed. They didn't get a particular special paint job, just simple highlights and some weathering to get them done (to be honest they were a lot more fun to convert).

1965 Pontiac GTO, the leader:

1963 Chevy II with a flamerthrower:

1984 Oldsmobile Hurst/Old, ram car:

Volkswagen SP2, light car to act as a sniper:

Land Rover Defender 90, support truck with turreted grenade launcher:

The flags look a little more pixilated in the photos, while from a normal distance they look fine. I'm planning a game or two of Car Wars in a week and I'll take some pictures of them in game.

Overall I'm happy with them and something I've always wanted to do - and for me to go from purchasing to a game in 4-5 weeks is pretty fast. Finally, there's room in the storage tin I found for them for one more car, so I'll probably do one last conversion at some point in the future.

21 May 2017

Car Wars Conversions 2

Following on from last weekend's quick Car Wars conversions, I finished off another three this weekend. This is all I have planned for this project.

The first one I converted was a Hot Wheels 1984 Oldsmobile Hurst/Old:

The collection of cars I'm putting together are fairly eclectic (though I'm going to paint them to be cohesive), but they'll have a mid to late 80s vibe. I was happy to get this one, as it's quintessentially a mid-eighties American car for me. It'll also add a "modern" vibe to the classic models I converted last weekend.

The Olds will be my rammer, so I added plenty of armour ready for it to cause some real damage.

The next one is a Hot Wheels Volkswagen SP2. This one was a happy discovery, being both German and Brazilian and would suit my need for a quick little blitzer:

The SP2 would be a light car to speed around the flanks and snipe from a distance.

 The final purchase I got was a Matchbox Land Rover Defender 90:

Not totally happy with this one, the scale seems a little off (though it's apparently 1/62), but I wanted something bigger than the sedans to support them. I'm hoping painting and a flag will help to blend it in (my feeling is it's too wide, but not sure exactly what's putting me off about its scale).

The bits are again mainly Games Workshop 40K weapons, along with plasticard (sheets and I-beams). I added mesh on these and the two other cars. I've also based all of them on 1.5" x 3" MDF bases as per the Axles and Alloys rules. Painting-wise I'm going to go with blacks and greys for a wolf pack theme, but the SP2 will have a white rabbit theme and the Land Rover will have a red bear one. They were more expensive, at $11 for the three, but that's only $15 for all five cars, so it's still a pretty cheap wargaming project.

Now I just need to paint them!