Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Malifaux with the lads

We had a Saturday to ourselves and decided that the afternoon would be better spent playing a game we all wanted to have a go at. It is nice being taught a game by your own sons and luckily they are good teachers. A nice three way (Malifaux seems better as a two way game not with three)  A Marcus Crew, me, a Hoffman crew (no. two son) and a Ramos crew (no. one son who taught us both). 4 hours later, I lost no surprise there and no. two son won well done on his 2nd game. So onto the images.
the minis in the centre are markers
My Marcus Crew, purchased 2nd hand and prepainted at a decent standard and a great price. Not often the lead pile grows and gets to feel fake grass under their bases so early in their life.

Ramos' nasty walker thing against Hoffman and minion. Hoffman 1 Ramos 0.
My Rattlespike thing against two gunslingers with 2 nurses and an infinity mini as poison markers. snake won!
Fantastic painting by No. 2 son on his Hoffman and minion.

Watcher and Gunslinger by No. 2 son again.
I forgot to get No. 1 sons minis photographed so that must happen next game.
Well my thoughts. I really liked the game but feel that like all games it is who you play with that makes it all the better. I would like to give the a run in a 1 on 1 game.
Coming up will be our big Night day game session so 40K and Fantasy on a larger scale. No not 54mm but apocalypse styled games.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

PSC Halftracks Work In Progress

Just a quick post to show the 5 M5 halftracks in the undercoat stage. Note two are M5A1s these are command vehicles so I can tell on the games table. They don't seem to be any different in most rule sets. Also if you wander around enough on the net you will find images of both the bumper styled front end and a large winch version. Seems the winch version happens later in the war rather than Normandy period, but then this is still probably my ignorance rather than fact. This will allow me do use them as Normandy and Operation Garden halftracks.

What I really like is the mass of baggage on the sprue. The halftracks should look rather good with the baggage. I look forward to the Cromwell tanks due soon.

Why not to build kits at 3.00am

A night not sleeping, the smell of Revel Cement beckons. I had 5 M5 Halftracks from The Plastic Soldier Company (PSC) to build. PSC helped to produce Battlegroup Overlord, my new obsession, which along with the nifty little Battlegroup Rulebook would rekindle my desire to game WWII. I had placed an preorder for the Rules and Army book along with the halftracks but unfortunately the halftracks were lost in transit. PSC very kindly sent another box as a replacement. Very Very nice people that run this company. Please support them. So how did I go with the build. Check for your self with the image below.

Now for those of you not familiar with the halftrack (including me), the track has the larger drive wheel at the front just behind the door. Not as I have it in this image. Also the front bumper/winch apparatus points down. Thus I label myself dopyijut. All this only occurred to me when I put the other four up against it and guess what most had one or the other of the above issues!!!!! Clever. So the moral of the story is do not build halftracks at 3.00am not matter how much that glue calls to you.

After reviewing both the M3 and M5 halftracks online and doing a double take I carefully ripped off the offending bits and glued them back on.

Soon you will see the work in progress shots.