Thursday, 27 April 2017

Caught with my hand in the Rule Book(s): Osprey Wargaming titles

It is an easy online thing to 'accidentally' do .. that is, without overtly noticing it yourself (blame the subconscious or was it the Freudian "Id"), ahem until the "Wife" stops you at the door and points out that "another package" has arrived! (Caught with the hand in the "cookie jar").I blame it on the click-ability 'ease' of Amazon "Osprey" book shopping, see all the pictures below, I seem to have picked up er, eight somehow.

"The defence case M'lord":

While I am in the process of building up to an Impetus sized army ("long time process of 'figure loving' for me") I have will be using the following rules with warbands of circa 12 .. 40 figures aside in skirmish mode (see below):
  • Lion Rampant
  • The Pikeman's Lament

Science Fiction (flying a space ship) and Ultra Modern Special Ops, with even less figures (aka working with squads) ranging from the Sci-Fi medley of various GW "things" with miscellaneous robot types from other sources, to Black Ops (Modern, post 1945 to 2045) being aimed at reusing the more human looking Sci-Fi or modern 20mm plastics [though there could be the excuse to purchase some (as in mere handful) ultra modern in 28mm] (see below):
  • Rogue Stars
  • Black Ops

"Old balls" catch all at the end, Roman Fantasy (something else to do with that Early Imperial 28mm plastic Warlord Games and some existing D&D Fantasy monster figure types) and a Samurai Rule Set because I know I will not be able to resist the lasted Warlord Games "Test of Honour" game but may want to "go my own way" (see below):
  • Broken Legions
  • Ronin


Nearing the end. At least the naval section is in the "active" category. For my 1/1200 Navwar triremes and 1/1200 Navwar Napoleonic "Ships of the Line" I have started evaluating these along with other commercial rule sets (see below):
  • Poseidon's Warriors
  • Fighting Sail

Summary: In general, shopping with Amazon gets each of the above for under a tenner. They are more of the introductory level of rules (good for stuff not in my usual period: WWII), a standard slightly beyond the "local club house rules" [better play tested] but below the £25+ level of "in depth" full production "niche period" extravaganza of charts and tables.

I expect to play and tinker with all the above. In fact I have really collected them to be able to "jump start" into periods I have (or almost have) figures for but lack real "deep" background knowledge. I will try and avoid the "buy them all" (though others are interesting) syndrome, but in the end if they get 'one game on the table' with a friend they have served their wargaming purpose! Not yet into Steam Punk ;)

Monday, 24 April 2017

Holiday Reading: "Something for weekend sir?" - A 1943 "What If" Scenario ...

Picked up from"The Works" clearance house, partly (OK mostly) from the interesting cover, though I had to come back to it several times before I eventually thought ("What the heck for £5.99") it could be a good light holiday read that could end up as a good or unusual "What-If" Chain Of Command game (see below):


The premise being there is circumstantial evidence to suggest that the Germans mounted a successful seaborne Commando raid against a radar installation on the Isle of Wight in 1943. It has had a hard time with the Amazon reviews, light on detail but asks an important question "Why didn't the Germans run Commando raids against the UK mainland?" The what-if is there. Anyway I enjoyed the read as it gave me interesting ideas for small skirmish scenarios.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Dogger Bank Information - WWI Naval "YouTube" Lecture: courtesy of Simulating War forum

Gawd bless those little Internet elves they keep finding gems like this and then posting them to forums like Simulating War:
Thanks must go to Mircea Pauca who pointed this one out:
The slides used to support that lecture:
Have only had a "peak" but like what I saw (the whole lecture is a just over an hour)
Enjoy 
:)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

New Wargaming Book: Zones of Control (MIT Press)

Quite simply a feast (or rather a gourmet buffet) that I am currently tucking into (see below, 59 mini articles from the Wargaming Great and the Wargaming Good):


Amazon UK: Zones of Control

As recommended by the alumni of Connections UK 2016, got mine for under £30 and it was worth it as there is ;literally something for everyone.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Canopy Capers (Airfix Fw190 WIP)

Calm, calm, calm. I approach the Fw190 canopy with trepidation .. I cannot use conventional glue as that would end up in one unholy mess resulting in painting over the canopy, hence I use ClearFix. A slow sticking fragile glue that does not smear canopies. Actually the Fw190 has a large part of the rear canopy to paint over (see below, aka the black part):


Now I had bit of a struggle to get the canopy on. The 'blooming canopy' part was being pushed off by a chunky piece of rear cock-pit detail. Hence I had to shave this back until the full canopy fit nicely over it, luckily the "shaved part" was totally hidden by the painted part of the canopy. A bit like the front cockpit detail (chair/instruments and control stick) fantastic detail that ends up hidden in 90% of the possible configurations - closed cock-pit with pilot at helm (see below):


The black primer over the canopy trimmings was then covered by the dark grey paint (see below):


The glue and paint in these kits goes a long, long way. In addition to this kit I have put together some eighty odd Saxon and Norman 25/28mm plastic figures.

:)

Decals beckon next!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Test of Honour: 28mm Samurai Skirmish Games - "The One That Got Away"

I was too slow to grab this on first release, but managed to "see" somebody else's "OPEN BOX" and was very, very impressed. I have to add that I am not a Samurai buff myself but nevertheless could feel myself tingle at the quality of teh game (see below):


Hope to be able to pick up a version on second printing! The figures looked stunning (though apparently fiddly).

It has all the hallmarks of a "one box" game and extensions only if you want to!

Friday, 14 April 2017

The "Butcher Bird" ... Continued (Airfix: Fw190-A8) WIP

The basic paint scheme is added (see below):


The underside is "lined" via covering recesses with "Vallejo Black Wash" (see below):


The upper works are treated accordingly and then touched up with e original paint (see below):


Likewise the underside is touched up in its basic paint scheme (see below):


Coming along nicely!