Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happenings at the club and a few photos from WinterCon 2017 Canberra

This will be more of a photo dump as it would seem that it is to hard to use the iPad as a blog writer, at least for Blogger. Club has been up and down with mixed games some old some new being played.


Lots of TAGs in an Infinity game

40K in July

Infinity training game

WinterCon nice Boltaction army 01

WinterCon nice Boltaction army 02

WinterCon nice Boltaction army 03

WinterCon nice Boltaction army 04

WinterCon nice Boltaction army 05

40K ork army from WinterCon loved it

Details of the 40K ork army from WinterCon

Details of the 40K ork army from WinterCon

Really was clever

My Tohaa TAG for Infinity

One of our female painters Father Knight, it was very very good.

Another Training table for Infinity

Open Combat a new game for our club

More Open Combat

Fast and furious games in 40 mins or so in Open Combat

Bugbears won.

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.