Thursday, 28 December 2017

Warlord Games 28mm Heroes of Rorkes Drift Hollywood Versions for Anglo Zulu Wargaming

I love the film Zulu, its in my top 5 of all time films easily, and i have grown up watching it regularly and enjoying it every time.  When the time came that i wanted to dabble in the Anglo Zulu Wars in 28mm i decided to see what kind of models where out there, and i came across these beauties from Warlord Games, sculpted by empress minis.

These are the heroes of Rorke's Drift, or as Hollywood would have us believe anyway. The sullen but doughty Private Hook VC, the stoic but reluctant Lt Chard VC, the dandy English gentleman Lt Bromhead VC and the unflappable bayonet fighting Colour Sgt Bourne.

Lets pop it open and take a closer look at the models.......

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Gonville Bromhead VC, The hero of Rorke’s Drift, fact and fiction from Trent Miniatures 28mm Zulu War gaming

Time to take a look at some minis...its been a while since we did.  These are a couple of minis from Trent Miniatures, i found whilst doing some research for Zulu wars wargaming, and I decided these where a must have to make suitable leader/officer figures for my units.  They arrived in a plain little baggy, and frankly, are VERY nice....

so what are these then?? lets take a closer look and learn a bit about them.....

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Modding your Pandemic board game storage

As you may recall, im rather partial to the game Pandemic and enjoy it quite a bit.  Its a great thematic game fighting diseases and working together to save the world from outbreak levels of horridness.

When you get the game you will see all the pieces are nicely stored in their little baggies.....

Yes this is fine, and all good, but i thought about having something just a bit cooler to store them... and  a bit more in theme...... so i got these.........

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Arkham Horror Curse of the Dark Pharaoh Expansion Fantasy Flight Games

Ahh the world of Cthulhu, and its two deepest games Arkham Horror and Eldritch Horror are both excellent places to spend some time, and its time i looked at one of the expansions i picked up for Arkham Horror.

I love Egyptian history and, the world of Cthulhu, so when i saw this i knew i needed............

The Curse of the Dark Pharaoh!

It adds 166 new cards to the game. The cards are themed around an exhibition of Egyptian Antiquities that is being displayed in the museum in Arkham.

This expansion can be integrated with the basic game in one of two ways. The Visiting Exhibit play style, replaces the Arkham Encounter and Gate Encounter decks with entirely new cards from the expansion and adds new spells, mythos cards, allies and the Exhibit Items, which can be discovered only through the new encounters.

The Permanent Exhibit style, combines the games. The Arkham Encounters, Gate Encounters and Mythos cards from the two sets are all combined into, and you never quite know whether you'll be getting an original encounter or something from the expansion, which i like as it adds a bit more variety to the game, but you may prefer to have a game more themed on the expansion in which case the visiting exhibit may be the best for you.

Lets pop it open, and see what it adds.....

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Star Trek Attack Wing Somraw Raptor class builds

The Raptor class is a small scout ship, but can be useful in combat.  So what can you build with this ship?
As typical of Klingon ships it is very manoeuvrable and nimble, with its come about. It is a cheap ship, but is not that survivable with only 5 hit points, and non cloak.  You only get 3 actions on the bar, evade target lock and scan.  For captains I have taken the Somraw Commander, he allows you to throw more dice at range 3 for the cost of an auxiliary token making it a useful long range sniper ship.  Which with the ships ability of converting battle stations to evade staying at long range is good as ti gives you more evades.

for his elite talent.....

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Battlefront 7.5cm IeIG18 gun platoon for Flames of War unboxing and review

I have been looking to add a cheap platoon to my Flames of War German force for a while to expand them, and get my list right.  Looking at the optins i found this..... a cheap platoon, with some dual purpose guns.  a fairly respectable 9 anti tank, though short ranged at 16 inches, and also capable of an artillery bombardment.  A pair of guns, command team and observer can be yours for around the 65 points mark, maybe less or more depending on its and training, but I  think its a bargain for such a versatile little unit that can direct fire at tanks with good at and a firepower 3 plus, can bombard yes its only a firepower 6 up so killing will be hard, but you can pin, and of course it can fire smoke! so its incredibly useful in game.
Development of the gun began in 1927, by Rheinmetall. The crew was protected by an armoured shield. There was a mountain gun variant, the 7.5 cm le.GebIG 18. For transport, the mountain variant could be broken down into six to ten packs, the heaviest weighing 74.9 kg. The Germans would typically assign two of these to each mountain battalion.

Six 7.5 cm le.IG 18F were manufactured in 1939. These were airborne guns, capable of being broken down into four 140 kg loads. The airborne variant had smaller wheels and no shield. There was also an infantry support gun, known as the 7.5 cm Infanteriegeschütz L/13, which was designed as a replacement for the le.IG 18, this gun could be broken into four to six loads. However, though prototypes were tested, the German army felt that it did not improve on the existing design sufficiently to merit introduction and the army stayed with the earlier gun.  It served until the end of the war, and though the most potent gun, had its uses as a support weapon.

The Blister gives you enough for a pair of guns with crew, a command team, and an observer team as well, with all the relevant bases.

Lets take a look in the blister..........