Thursday, 27 February 2014

Khaki: Didja know?

Another short post. I'm not sure about you, but I didn't know how khaki became the accepted uniform color of the British army. Turns out it had to do with rubbing dirt in white uniforms. Clever! I'm sure Mart is going to chide me for what is common knowledge. Blah blah, old man!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Hnefatafl: Didja know?

A quick post for Monday. I don't know if you've heard/read about this 1,600 year old Viking wargame. It's kinda like chess, but the number of units on each side is skewed, every piece moves like a rook/castle, and it's Vikings! Pretty slick.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

AAR: 1650 SS Hitler Youth vs 29th Infantry Division

I figured I'd take Confident Trained again to see if I could make it work. I did wind up losing a bunch of stands, which I'll get into, so the list is still pretty fragile. I'd really like to play against an opponent that isn't Veteran. This isn't going to be a very detailed AAR, mostly because it's tedious and I don't like reading in depth battle reports. Just show my some pictures of painted miniatures!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Paint progress

We're back! It's odd how little I was able to get done in general while sick. I kinda looked forward to being confined to the domicile so I could get stuff worked on. Ha!

At any rate, I've slapped some paint on the Finnish Mortar platoon and the light anti-aircraft platoon. I'm going to give the 29th Infantry Division another go this Thursday, but I'm not looking forward to being Trained. Can't win 'em all...
I'm still not sold on the plaster as pure driven snow. We'll see how it looks after some snow flock is applied and a little light grey wash is applied.

T-t-that's all, folks! For now.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Warhammer Historicals: Waterloo

When I started considering getting into Napoleonics thanks to Mart, he recommended that I try to get a copy of the Napoleonic rules that Games Workshop's Historicals division did. That turned out to be a pretty difficult task despite the book being released in 2011 and Warhammer Historicals getting the plug pulled in 2012. The only copy I could find was on eBay, still in the plastic wrap, for $200. No thank you! So for a while, I would occasionally browse the internet trying to find another copy. Difficult.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Battlefield Detectives

A short post today, folks.

If you want to burn some time, here's a Youtube playlist of Battlefield Detectives. I rather like documentaries, so I find them an enjoyable watch even if the pacing is a bit suspect, being for TV and all.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Sprue Cutter's Union #27: Photo Finish

I don't have a fancy photo area or process. The thing I wind up telling people most often about their miniature pictures is to change the settings on their camera! Here's the "materials" breakdown on my simple setup:
Where the "magic" happens!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Victrix British Line Company: Initial Impressions

My first Napoleonics conversion. N'aw.

I have mixed feelings about this box set. You get 52 figures for ~$35 depending where you buy. The models for cost is a bonus for me, and should be for anyone who isn't filthy stinking rich. Gotta be economical with your hobby (sometimes). WH's Waterloo book recommends two ranks of three for Line Infantry per company (stand), so this'll get you about 8 stands of Line Infantry going with that ruleset. It's noteworthy that you can do two ranks of two in Waterloo, what matters is 1. the frontage of the base and 2. your personal preference for how dense you want your units.

This is great! But let's break down the poses a little, because there's some extra that... I guess it's nice to have extra?

Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Sunday Reader: Issue 4

Chugging along here in the garage. I survived the great Snowpocalypse! Hup hup hup to it.
Google does autoenhance features. Kinda fun!