Monday, January 27, 2014

...found my dwarves some big friends...

Work's been keeping me busy...but I am a little excited because I believe I have found my "Northern/Mountain" Ogre allies for my Dwarves!  I have been researching various Ogres from around the net and for a time I thought I had found them with the Privateer Press Hordes' "Trollbloods"...but they just seemed a tad-bit large...and then I found the PP miniature line had smaller cousins to the big ones...and presto the "Trollkin Fennblades" arrived in my mail.  I think they will do nicely for my project!

The Trollkin Fennblades on the ends compared to a Mantic Ogre in the middle...size almost even..

...alongside my dwarves...I like the bulk and size of the Trollkin...

I will paint one this week and see if it will hopefully end my search for the perfect Ogre for the stumpies!  Been thinking what to do with my Mantic Ogres and I think I am going to look at using them alongside my Kingdom of Men army...they have more of a human allies feel to them I think...

Till next time...may your dice roll true!
Beachbum

Thursday, January 23, 2014

...searching for big-uns....with some northern flair!...

Been busy with work, but I have been doing a little research on one of my long-term projects.  I stopped by my local game shop the other day and purchased a box of Trollbloods from Privateer Press' "Hordes" game system.  I have seen the game played a few times at the shop, but never really paid too much attention.  Heard it's a good game, but I never really felt the pull to get into it...but the minis...I believe in the last year PP switched to plastic for some of their mini line and that gave me the perfect excuse to purchase some to see what they looked like and if they would work for my year-long endeavor...

...assembled Trollblood Impaler and Axer...

I must admit I am impressed with the detail and sturdiness of the plastic miniatures.  The Trollbloods have great character and a certain northern/Scotsman flavor to them....which I believe they actually represent in the game? They got kilts sorta'!

...here they are next to an Avatars of War dwarf unit for size comparison...

In all, I think their size fits well with my Dwarves and Fireforge men-at-arms...take another day to think about it and if I still feel positive, I will have minis for my Winter Ogre Clan from the "Howling Peaks" for Kings of War!

Monday, January 20, 2014

...let's talk about ogres....


Now, one of my favorite parts of Kings of War is the ability to really use any miniature you want to represent a unit...some gamers have been really creative on assembling their armies, just Google and you can see some of the awesome conversions or proxy models being used.  Been thinking for awhile about adding some Ogre allies to my Kings of War dwarven army.  I am going with a northern snowy mountain theme for my Dwarves and would like to add some mountain Ogre flavor to them...just for fun, not thinking tourney or killer stats or anything.  The new Mantic Ogres are out and I was sent one with my initial kickstarter backing, and after having put it together....I am not sure it fits with what I am looking for...seems to be smaller than I would think a Mountain Ogre would be....or maybe it's me. It's a good mini and I most likely would use the line for another style army...  So, I am now thinking of another miniature line I might substitute my Winter Ogres with...will post pictures of my thoughts when I do more research...

In the meantime, here are some pics to show the Mantic Ogre in comparison..just FYI.

...GW Ogre (paymaster?)...Mantic Ogre...Mantic Troll...

...Mantic Troll...Avatars of War Dwarves...Mantic Ogre...

Mantic Ogre...Fireforge Men-at-Arms...(which I am using for my Kingdom of Men army)

Welcome your thoughts on the minis or other miniature lines that might work...

Cheers
Beachbum

Saturday, January 18, 2014

...first game of '14...or let the really big KoW game begin...

Got my first game of '14 in last night at our local hobby shop's monthly "Friday Night Game Night".  Brian and I decided to run a Mantic: Kings of War game, seeing as he missed out on my demo at the end of December.  So, having figured I had already run "one" demo game...I was ready to take it to the next level and use ALL my painted minis!!!!  And add MAGIC items...and spells!!!  In all, lots of minis and lots of action!  Seems I have a good number of EVIL armies opposed to good...or even neutral, so we kinda went against the standard fantasy grain and had ORCS and DWARVES ally (WHAT!!) against a purely evil-meanie force of Undead and Warriors of Apocalypse.  (I am sure Tolkien is spinning, but a gamer has to make do...)

Anyways, not sure on points...somewhere close to 2K each...maybe...again, not really worried about it, just wanted to throw down minis and toss dice.  Scenario was important tho....so I spent hours devising a detailed scenario that would take all the players wits and cunning..."kill the other army".

We proceeded to set-up....Orcs and Dwarves on one side...Undead and Warriors of Apoc on the other...roll dice...and ding ding!.

Had an outstanding time...and I am sure we made some mess-ups here and there, but we kept tossing dice and destroying units so it all worked out!  Had a variety of units in the game, some with special abilities and magic items to mix it up and force us to figure out how to use them lol.  I am really impressed with the rules and look forward to finishing off all the unpainted fantasy minis in my pile...at present, my plan is to have a 3-table long castle-siege style game at the end of the year with close to 10,000pts.  Doable....I believe so, and really it can be cost effective if I search out cheap quality models to form the core units, with some AWESOME minis scattered here and there!  We shall see....

...set-up...Brian and Dave prepare the "sorta-good" battle line...

...Dwarves positioned on my right flank...they would be a thorn throughout the night...

...Orcs begin the advancement on my left flank...tough, but failed to kill me off...
...the mini with his hands out to each side: Mhorgoth...we'll come back to him...

...Yes!  My favorite unit, the "Zombie Endless Swarm"...they actually advanced across the table killing an Orc horde and another unit, before finally being put down by a lowly Goblin Spitter (bows) unit...LOL

...right flank quickly dissolved into flanks and counter-charges...

..and finally the remaining Warriors of Apoc unit is flanked by Dwarves on two sides...death came quick

We played well past any reasonable turn limit...preferring to see the battle out.  I had brought one "unique" Hero to game from the Undead list...Mhorgoth the Faceless!  WOW...he was a mean s.o.b.  Lots of points, but I think he killed 4-5 units himself...in fact we ended the night with Mhorgoth destroying the Dwarven King and killing a Dwarf beserker troop, before turning his faceless eyes upon the last remaining unit...from both armies LOL...the Goblin Spitters (bows)!!!  They had been sitting back in the final battles...seeing as how they had single handily taken down the zombie swarm and a skeleton regiment...Mhorgoth decided they had earned the right to run....away.  And thus ended our first game of '14.  I had a great time and look forward to more in the coming months.  Great set of rules, try them out if you are looking for something quick and easy on the brain.  

Cheers
Beachbum


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

..pictures from AIW '73/74 force on force...

Been busy with work, so no new model work...but I did find some pictures from a 15mm Arab Israeli War '73/74 game a friend and I ran in October at our local hobby shop (Bobe's Hobby House).  We decided to use Ambush Alley's "Force on Force" as our rule set, mostly to see how it handled all the armor on the table.

Brian had some Israeli armor and troops (U.S. lend-lease vehicles), so I started ordering a variety of tanks and apc's for my Arab forces.  In truth, I just purchased  armor based off of pictures found on the net from Yom Kippur that struck my fancy. My plan, and still is...is to create a scenario where Yom Kippur did not end after the initial month of fighting, but spilled over into the early part of '74.  I considered having the "what if" the U.S. joined the battle as well as the Soviets on the Arab side, thus allowing us to field additional units...and I wanted to include a larger number of Arab countries in the mix...which is why I was painting units from numerous countries....or at least that was my excuse!

Our demo/tryout scenario for the rules consisted of my multi-Arab force attacking a small ruined town defended by a Reserve unit of IDF armor and troops...the Arabs crossed an open plain to attack, thus allowing the IDF plenty of shots!  We did not have point balance, or equal army strength...it was just for fun and dice rolling!  In the end I had a great time, though I was a little confused by some Force on Force rulings...still it allowed us to have a medium-ish style armor battle which makes for lots of action.

...south end of table..IDF reseves defending ruined town...

...one platoon of IDF reserves...

...two Royal Jordanian 'Chieftains' (Peter Pig minis)...

..Egyptian T-34/85..I wanted to model one so...

...another angle (Battlefront mini)...

...Syrian T-55's (Old Glory..I think?)...

...Royal Jordanian 'Chieftain' scanning over the dune...

...another angle of Royal Jordanian 'Chieftain'...

...platoon of Syrian T-55's roll-up on dune and unleash on IDF reserve unit...

Comments welcome! Happy gaming.

Cheers
Beachbum

Sunday, January 12, 2014

...first new toys of 2014...

Quick post today.  Worked yesterday, so I am going to take my Sunday and watch some TV and chill...maybe paint a little...hmmm.

Had been taking a look at a relatively new game "Deep Wars" by Anitmatter Games and after reading some of reader Eric's batreps and mini reviews on his blog "Between the Bolter and Me" I decided to purchase a few minis and see them firsthand...must say I am impressed!  And I am really excited about taking a shot at painting them up!  I know they have around 4 or so armies, but I decided to concentrate on Fortune Hunters and thier old-style dive suits (awesome) and the Scaly Horde (sea creatures...what could be more bad-ass!).  I plan on getting them cleaned and primed today and then start painting during the week as a side project...let you know how it goes...and thanks Eric for the reviews and such, you sold me LOL.

This is the one that I am really looking forward to playing with...Scaly Horde - Steel Jaw Placoderm Fish!

Cheers
Beachbum

Friday, January 10, 2014

...blowing mothballs off an old favorite...

Happy Friday night to my fellow gamers...hope you are tossing dice and enjoying moments on the tabletop with friends and mates!

I have decided to take a momentary break from my other projects and move forward on my 28mm WWII "what's under the bed" project.  I found a storage box of minis containing Germans, Americans and some British paras...I have decided to take a moment with each one and see what I can do to "clean" it up a little. The painting is not terrible....well, sorta....nothing a little Army painter wash can't tackle, I hope...but the basing..oh lord...how much I have learned in just a few years.  I take pride in basing now and feel it really can make a difference between a so-so mini and a quality job.  I may not paint above tabletop quality, but I I have learned to enhance the overall quality with good basing...and these minis are from a basing style from long ago.  (It does make me feel like I have learned something tho....so, I will take that! LOL)

Not sure what I am going to do with all the minis when I am done...maybe see if I can make some Bolt Action platoons and bring them out of retirement...or since 28mm WWII is hot at the moment, maybe they are prime for selling or trading?

For the present, I will do what I can to clean 'em up and get them ready for the tabletop!

...a mix of Axis and Allies...

...American paratroopers!...(Completely forgot I had used decals)...82nd and 101st sqds.

...British paras...with decals!...

Well, I figure these will take me most of the weekend...and then I will grab another storage box and see what's inside haha.  Sometimes it's fun to look back at older mini-game addictions...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

...a Tiger and a Panzer IV walk into a bar...

Staying on the hunt for my old  28mm WWII collection...I had a little time tonight to pull out two 1/56ish German tanks and clean them up a little.  Also found two tank commander models in my bin and painted them up quickly to give the vehicles some extra character.  Not the greatest paintjobs, but on the battlefield they will hopefully look the part.  I haven't really thought about 28mm WWII for some time, but I will admit I am a little excited about maybe jumping in on a Bolt Action game and kicking the dust off some of my minis...
...we have a Tiger (not sure model type) and  I believe  a Panzer IV Ausf. H

Need to keep looking for more vehicles to see what my little motorpool has ready for gaming!

Cheers
Beachbum

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

...old stuff new again...or "what's under the bed"

Funny how minis and wargaming come in cycles.  A game can come out and be the hit of the summer and then fade away only to be back in fashion a few years later.

Years ago, I was spending much of my mini time on 28mm WWII and running demos of "Disposable Heroes" by Iron Ivan Games  (An excellent set of WWII platoon level skirmish rules IMO).  At the time, I couldn't get many local gamers into joining me in collecting and fielding minis...sure, they would game with what I brought to play with, but nobody else really jumped into the scene.  I probably collected over 500 minis and close to a 70 vehicles during a time when it was rather DIFFICULT to find quality 28mm WWII minis...and the variety was seriously lacking LOL.

A few years pass and Warlord Games jumps into the scene first by purchasing the entire Bolt Action miniature line followed by releasing their own set of WWII rules under the same name.  Now first, I will say these new rules and their subsequent army books are presented in a beautiful format and the pics are top notch...I have heard many comparisons to GW in presentation, which is not really a bad selling point considering the quality...

So...here it is a few years later and I go to my local shop and right before my eyes are THREE game tables filled with 28mm WWII...a full-fledged Bolt Action tournament!  Wow...how things change...

And thus, I am now crawling under the bed searching for boxes of my 28mm WWII to see what I have to play with...I will be honest, it is rather a nice feeling to pull out some old minis packed away for so long...kinda like a brand new present, except they come painted and based LOL!  Now I have to go back and clean up my "old-school" paintjobs and basing...but perhaps some of these old minis have a game or two left in them after-all!  More to come...

German Fallschirmjager (Artizan?)  - worked on cleaning up the old basing and gave a quick wash...



Monday, January 6, 2014

...do a little turn on the catwalk...on the catwalk...oh, and what about Deep Wars?

Didn't work on any models or minis today...spent time reading a new set of rules I finally got around to buying..."Deep Wars" by Antimatter Games.  I have followed the development of the game off and on over the past year or so and finally decided to purchase the PDF rules to see if they spark my curiosity. (Trying to be a little more frugal this year with my miniature/gaming purchases lol.  Need to back away from the shiny object syndrom and research games a little more closely...)

As a SCUBA diver, I already have a built in love of the sea, so I have been looking at the Deep Wars game with some interest.  Will it offer me an enjoyable game to play and quality miniatures, all the while scratching that diving itch...we shall see...

On the other hand, some readers asked if I could take some pics of my Kings of War fantasy armies I posted about earlier, so here is my attempt at some close(r) shots!  These are not all Mantic, I have over EIGHT different mini lines in my armies...I use what looks good!

Mantic - Orcs "Gore Riders"

Mantic - Orcs "Ax"

Mantic - Undead "Skeletons"

Avatars of War - Iron Shields (These are perhaps the best Dwarf minis I've seen!)

Scibor - Dwarf King (Gorgeous model...friend painted and I washed...)

Well, everyone have a great evening.  Welcome your thoughts on either Deep Wars or my slowly growing fantasy armies.  Cheers!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

...and now for some goats and bulls...

Continuing on with my Darklands miniatures, I finished assembling and basing my opposing hosts/faction...the Fomoraic (mostly large bull-men and goat-men...like GW Beastmen but on steriods).  They seem to be a very popular choice among the kickstarter crowd and the latest kickstarter has seen some wonderful additions to their kindred or races.  I had initially chosen to go with the Norse trolls alongside my Dragon host, but the Fomoraic have such great character...plus they have some big-uns on the way to include Mammoth and Sloth style men!  Oh, and the large Rhino "Sronax" are just HUGE!  

Adam asked about mold lines...I am not going to say I am that great of a modeler, in fact I probably destroy as much as I build, but compared to the numerous other companies products i have worked with over the years, these are by far the finest in regards to detail and casting in my opinion.  I truly have been impressed with the miniature line so far and look forward to receiving more in the coming months....and yes, I am pretty sure it is a type of resin, but not the "restic"? type Mantic and some others seem to have fallen upon.

Fomoraic "Tarvax" (Bull type) on ends and a "Gabrax" (Goat style) shamen in center

For a size comparison...Tarvax on left, Darklands human center, and Brythoniaid dragon warrior on right.
(All models are from Mierce Miniatures : Darklands range)

Well, back to the football game.  Any questions or comments, on Darklands or another topic, feel free to leave a comment.

Cheers
Beachbum

Friday, January 3, 2014

...let's build some dragon-men...

Decided to assemble some minis today.  I supported the first "Mierce Miniatures: Darklands" kickstarter earlier in 2013 and ended up with some superb minis for a great deal (I supported their secondary kickstarter later in the year as well).  I initially started with two of the eight or so factions/hosts:  Fomoraic and Brythoniaid.

**EDIT:  I checked the Mierce website and they now have 12 hosts/factions listed.  Some only have a model or two currently out, but this past kickstarter is starting to flush out the armies...lots to choose from!

I am blown away by the level of detail on these models and the sculpting is magnificent to say the least.  I am not sure about the skirmish rules/game they are developing to accompany their miniature line: "Darkands".  I have read through the very detailed and long-winded quickstart skirmish rules a few times, but as previously stated I AM NOT a rules junkie, in fact I often do not enjoy reading through rules as much as I do the fluff or actual gaming.  I honestly just want to play a game and the easier it is for me to throw dice and push minis around the better...but, Mierce has posted a great walkthrough video on their kickstarter page for "Darklands" and I suspect I will coerce a gaming friend to help me walk through the game mechanics.  I'll let you know how it goes in a later posting...

On to the minis.  I finished assembling most of the "Brythoniaid" minis from the first host/faction.  As mentioned...Superb!  I really hope I can do some justice painting these.
5 Brythoniaid warriors for my host

...leader dude...

(scale shot) The game is scaled in 28mm...the "little" human warrior on the right is from the Darklands game...just all the BIG races/allies are going to make it a rather LARGE SCALE skirmish game. That's the part of the game I am looking forward to!

Cheers
Beachbum

Thursday, January 2, 2014

...some Viking and Saxon skirmishers...

Finished up the final touches on bases for both my Saxon and Vikings skirmishers for Basic Impetus.  Base sizes are 120mm x 30mm...went with four minis a base, happy with the results. Maybe a demo game by March...

Saxon skirmishers armed with slings  (Gripping Beast metal)

Viking skirmishers armed with short bows (Gripping Beast metal)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

...new year...kicking off with the dark ages!

Happy New Year!  Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable celebration with friends and family.

Decided to kick off the new year finishing a few projects that have been stuck at 90% done for some time.  I have been working on two armies for Basic Impetus over the past year, but kept getting sidetracked by new minis or rules...so, first goal is to get both my Vikings and Saxons finished up and ready for a game!  Most of the painting is done, finalizing the bases and just need finish them off with some banners and flags..

Here are two bases I completed today...only need to cut out the viking banner and done!


*Vikings by Gripping Beast plastic box set


*Saxons by Gripping Beast plastic box set

Welcome comments or suggestions...and I am going to look into building a display box for pictures.  Cheers!