Thursday, April 17, 2014

Well, I got Bolt Action

...not to mention a couple of other things.

A few weeks ago I had some friends over to play Settler of Catan, and they brought with them the "Cities and Knights" expansion which I felt added so much gameplay to Catan that I went out and bought it for myself.  There's $45 of my monthly game money right there.

Then, while at the FLGS on International Board Game Day (or whatever it was) I spotted in the discount bin a defective starter box set of Bolt Action.  It had the rulebook, the order dice, 20 Germans infantrymen, and some terrain.  It was missing the 20 American infantrymen the box usually held, but rather than try to return it to the distributor the store had just knocked down the price to $60, which was less than what you'd pay for the rulebook and dice alone.  So I blew through $105 in a month, and pretty much wiped out the budget through the end of April.

The last time I was at Bill's house, a guy there named Robert (no relation) said he liked gaming any historical period up to World War II.  This keeps Bolt Action off the table, but between his comments and me facing the prospect of painting up twenty Nazis really got me thinking about where my own comfort level was in terms of wargaming and real war.  I had two grandfathers in WWII, one of whom had an admittedly easy time of it flying transport planes around the Middle East, but the other was at Normandy and suffered a head wound that left him paralyzed on the right side of his body the rest of his life.  I enjoy getting enthusiastic about my wargaming and hoping I'll win (or at least make a good show of it), but it takes a bit of emotional detachment to root for Nazi Germany.  It's probably one of the reasons why I like gaming periods like the Seven Years War or ahistorical "imaginations."  There's no strong moral compass at work in those situations, or at least enough time past to not be so personally affected.  I bought Bolt Action because I had heard lots of good things about it, and it was a steal at the price offered, but I'm already wondering if it would ever see the light of day, or if I might "re-skin" the rules for something different.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

ACW Flocked

Small update, no pun intended. I flocked my ACW Confederates so they dont look so poor next to Bill's. With the local supplier no longer carrying the IMEX figures, I stocked up on what they had on clearance.  That should keep me in cheap plastic minis for a while. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

ACW Battle pics

As I mentioned last post, I had a chance to get over to Bill's and play two games using our 1:72 ACW figures.  We've been using cheap IMEX figures we got from Hobby Lobby (with a coupon, making the miniatures less expensive than the bases.  The first battle we played using Hearts of Tin, the second using some homegrown rules a fellow gamer named Robert developed.  The second game was a little rough because we were all pretty unfamiliar, but it was still good.  I'll do a write-up of my thoughts about Hearts of Tin later, but for now here are the pics from the game.  Don't forget to click on the pic for a close-up!

For an army that cost less than ten dollars, I think it looks pretty good.  Bill had flocked his bases and I hadn't, so I need to "keep up with the Joneses" on this one.  We both have plenty of more plastic figures for this range, so we can continue to add to the armies for an eventual larger battle.

I forgot to mention: my Sons of the South won the first battle by a hair, but was trounced in the latter one.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Nick Stone, Reaper Bone

It's been a long while since I painted something, and with a friend of mine about to start a sci-fi RPG campaign, I thought I would at least paint something for that campaign.  So I dug deep into my box of Reaper Bones and came up with this guy.  He's got a quick paint job, but I think he looks good.

Tomorrow my ACW Rebels will get to go up against Bill's Union troops.  I'll make sure to post some pics!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Winter Ruin

It is only four degrees outside and snowing again so it is a good day to be pulling out some unfinished projects and getting them done.

This ruin started out as a much more ambitious project but I ran out of steam. I re-tooled it into a much more simple ruin but I think it is pretty effective. I've written before about how wargaming terrain can be too overdone, but that's not the case here. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Viking Berzerkers

Viking berzerkers by Gripping Beast.  The photo shows the wolf pelts as being blue, which really isn't the case despite my tweaking the color on the photo.  In any case, I thought I'd do up some real berzerkers for my SAGA warband, and get back into painting miniatures again.  These took a while, but I got them done.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Quick, prime everything!

It's been freezing for weeks here, including a good bit of snow in the process.  That means that I was unable to do any priming in my garage because of the cold and damp.  I haven't been painting a lot, but I don't have anything primed right now, so I was hung up.  That is, until today..

Sixty degrees Fahrenheit today, so I'm doing at least some priming.  What's more, it is supposed to be even warmer tomorrow, so I'm quickly basing miniatures right now because unfortunately the warmth is not going to last.

So what am I working on right now?  I primed up four Viking berzerkers by Gripping Beast for my Viking SAGA warband.  I had some plastic guys I had mocked up for that, but these feature the stereotypical wolf pets.  My bases from Litko also finally showed up, so I'm fast at work attaching ACW rebels that have been painted for months to them in anticipation of eventually using them against Bill from Wargaming from an Armchair.  Here's a pic of what I have so far.

In addition, I happened to be in a store that sells particularly unusual children's toys and saw they had the artillery packs for the same cheap plastic ACW figures as above, so I snagged those ($10 for multiple Rebel and Union cannons, as well as horses and odd figures).  This continues to be the army which is cheaper than the bases they rest on.

Anyways, I'll keep you posted as I make progress on this.


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