Monday, 30 June 2014

Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars X-wing Miniatures game Whats in the box

For Fathers day which was recent here in the UK I received a nice selection of Star Wars based goodies from my dearly beloved family. Including the obligatory socks (though Star Wars ones so that's ok) Star Wars Pyjamas, Star Wars Slippers and then this........

I was most pleased!! I had to look over and unwrap all the other goodies first which was hard as all I wanted to do was rip the shrink wrap off, and run off playing toy space ships all day long! I waited though, then when all was quiet had a good rummage inside, spent some time punching out the tokens which was nice and simple then studying the rule book, and of course playing with the ships and making suitable noises!
Lets look at the ships first you get an Xwing and 2 Tie fighters. they come in this plastic tray that comes out of the box and keeps them all nice and tidy.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Brothers in Arms Hells Highway video game

I Love WW2 history, you may have noticed.  All parts, models, books, films, even games yes non tabletop games!

So for something different today its a brief look at one of my favourites.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Mart's Bolt Action Germans

A brief look at the current state of my German army for Bolt Action.  There are more things on the painting tray but this is where it stands currently with the forces

Monday, 23 June 2014

Marts Bolt Action Americans

Here is just a brief look at the current state of my US forces for Bolt Action

 4 large squads and 1 smaller one

Sniper Teams
 The "Old Man"
 There is a Mortar team to come. But here is where the force stands at the moment. Looks good all together.
Each of my squads has a BAR and an SMG for maximum firepower.




Saturday, 21 June 2014

Skin tones

Hey ya'll. Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I didn't anticipate my schedule being so unfriendly to hobby time! Luckily I've sorted out the extra stuff, so my evenings should include a modicum of progress. For a few minutes today I finished up the skin on one of my Bolt Action BAR-toting Americans in my usual way that I've been using for the Warhammers.

And... I don't like it in this context. It seems... off, somehow. Too rudy? Anyway, here are the steps I took:

  1. Base with Tallarn Flesh, a GW Foundation paint. I don't think I'll ever stop using the Foundations because of how opaque they are. 
  2. Add Dwarf Flesh.
  3. Wash with Ogryn Flesh
  4. Highlight back up with Dwarf Flesh.
  5. Mix in some Elf Flesh.
  6. Mix in more Elf Flesh for a final highlight. 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

1940's Radio

Pretty much what it says on the tin. I found via Reddit a website that streams music and programs either from Britain in the 1940's or in that style.

Here is the LINK. It does autoplay when the page loads, just be aware. The player is in the upper-right corner at the top of the page. I'm enjoying it a lot, quite a bit actually. It's almost as good as the B-17 cockpit sound website.

As for why we dropped the ball on Friday's post and Saturday's cartoon is I got a part-time gig at the FLGS on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. I did pick up some new brushes, so painting will be less of a struggle (hopefully!) for the next coupla mounths.

Happy gaming! May whatever doesn't make you rage quit only make you a better hobbyist!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Bolt Action WIP

Howdy ya'll,

The D-Day events revitalized my painting motivation. Right up until my brush stops cooperating for the day. But still! I'm making good progress. I can get good work done while waiting in War Thunder's Realistic Battles queue.

Monday, 9 June 2014

D-Day Events

Some pictures from the D-Day events run at the FLGS, Parker Banner Kent and Wayne. There was a Bolt Action bocage breakout, Flames of War beach landing, and a Bolt Action beach landing. It was hard going, with some serious losses for the Americans.

Bunkers increasing difficulty to hit by 4 meant I couldn't touch anything inside unless I had an army of snipers (Waaah, waaaaaaah. Snipers, Air Strikes, and howitzers/medium-heavy mortars would have helped). I did manage to take out a few guys, but the Germans had plenty of officers to unpin. A lack of Air Support was murderous, and the fact that it took 4 turns of full movement to get to the base of the embankments, then another full turn of movement to get into the trenches, and then another turn to shoot/assault. It was... frustrating. Very frustrating. At the very least the eight (!) hour game increased my understanding of the rules. I am quite burnt out, however.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Victrix vs Warlord British Line Infantry: The Uh-Oh'ing

I might have a slight issue. It turns out that Warlord's sprue sale, while lovely, has resulted in my now commanding of 40 British Line Infantry. Fine. Great. 28mm heroic British Line Infantry. Guess what scale Victrix does their sculpting in?
Regular 28mm. 

Now, the differences are apparent up close, but hopefully at the tabletop level it won't be an issue. Otherwise they'll have to be separate regiments. I'm slightly disappointed that the shakos of the Warlord minis do not have the feather the Victrix (and other images of the British Waterloo uniform) has. Any direction or advice on mixing miniatures into units or stands would be highly appreciated.

After the jump are some pictures related to Bolt Action from tonight at the shop, Parker Banner Kent and Wayne in Cornelius, NC. Two guys were playing Squad Command or something, with just the loveliest board.  

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

War Thunder

Hey ya'll,

Mart and I have been playing the hell out of some War Thunder lately via Steam. If you'd like to add either or both of us to get some coordinated flying in, do so! It's one of those games that's a lot better played with someone else.

Briefly, War Thunder is a World War II combat flight sim with varying degrees of battle realism and flight control. Recently released were tanks for the Germans and Russians which participate in battles with players in planes. It's pretty slick!

Hope you're doing alright. Lots of good stuff showing up in my G+ feed. We'll have a proper hobby article up on Friday. This whole moving thing (for real!) has been draining. I'm just now getting the first toy soldiers out of their boxes!

Monday, 2 June 2014

What's on Mart's Painting Tray

Yes I use a tray.  My Dear Wife is none too happy if I leave "Toys" out in various states, so I keep all the things I am working on in a single place so I can get it out then put it back out of sight when I am finished.
 Various Germans for my Bolt Action forces in varying states of finish.