Friday, 18 August 2017

CONGO PAINTING - ASKARI AND CARGO BEARERS

I have finally got some paint on some of my Congo figures.

I've decided to go a British Whiteman explorers faction with a Retired Officer in charge - imagine a fat old British gentlemanwith big moustache trying to relive his old days by taking a expedition into the Congo wilderness ..... yes that's the faction for me - reminds me of Gerneral Melchett from Blackadder goes forth,   ...  BAAH

Andy has decided to go for the Jungle tribes faction (typical)  with a large amount of small Pygmy warriors/archers lead by a Pygmy King, he also has some Cannibal warriors and a Witchdoctor preforming his rituals -  Savages the lot of them I say .. baah !!

We have played a few games now and have to say that I am really enjoying this game, there's always a laugh to be had that's for sure,  once Andy and myself get a few more figures painted up I will endeavor to do a battle report no doubt.

I must say the figures were lovely to paint, very clean and great sculpts, got them from Wargames Foundry miniatures, it was a tad hard trying to get the dark skin colour right but I think they have come out quite good so far and have enjoyed painting them.



Righty o then , on with the painting pic's
 First up are the cargo bearer troop, these are auxiliary's that can join any of my units, and by doing so the group can ignore a movement stress token, so can be quite handy at times



Next up is my Askari units, you can either take them as trained Askari or just the plain Askari bunch, the trained have better morale and are better in melee, but also are armed with rifles , while the plain Askari unit have the old Muskets .  I can run them as either but I tend to prefer Muskets as they apply stress tokens on their target when firing.




Next on the painting table is a unit of archers and some RugaRuga musketmen.  so looking forward to them, thought I would get all my African units done first and then concentrate on the few Whitemen units that I have last. The good thing about the Congo game, your force has about 25 to 35 figures which is good as you can finish a painted force quite quickly.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

KV-2 BOLT ACTION TANK & 6mm NAPOLEONICS - A NEW ADVENTURE !

A month or so ago I went to my first bolt action one day tournament -  800 points with 3 games being played over at Kapiti games club.

It was a great day using my Finnish force  My first game I was up against an Italian opponent, he had a similar list to mine where he had two elite Bersaglieri units with MMG, Mortar, 100/17 Artillery piece with M13/40 Tank and the long range Saharariana Jeep in support - great opponent in which the result was a draw.

I lost my second game to a British opponent with SAS troops and Sherman tank with Universal Carriers (I disliked facing these in FOW and I think the feelings mutual in BA games as well) the mission was to kill the Lieutenant where I was attacking but I had some awful luck with the Fubar's chart, Artillery and not getting my reserves on - and those universal carriers were hard as once I lost my tank (BA-10 Armoured Car that is) early on I had nothing to hurt them as my AT gun was always in the wrong position to shoot them, but still it was a very useful learning game.

My third and final game was against a Yank using Yankies of all things -  US Rangers to be precise - 4 lots of 5 man ranger units backed up by 2 Sherman tanks !!  yes two of them (my little T-26a spent most game hiding from these two)
The game was played with dawn assault rules in play ,  so we spent the full 4 turns in the dark,  I got impatient near end of turn 2 and rushed at a building engaging in close combat - all my men died to his one lost (now that sucked!!) but my opponent got bored of me taking up ambush positions and decided to run at me -  only to meet a similar fashion due to my superior rifles ,  when the sun finally did come up it was all on !!!  I think he lost 4 units to my 5 units so it ended up in a close draw.... but a fun game even if most of the action was in the final turn.

The results were in and my brother Andy got presented with the best painted army using his Winter Germans army and I managed to score best army award,  we both got $20 gift vouchers to be spent at Scott Bowmans Kapiti's "Hobby Center"  (disguised as a pharmacy)  so it was off to Scotts store after the comp ended and spent my monies on a new KV-1 / KV-2 box set ...  a beast of a tank at 28mm scale !

The KV-2 tank is by far my favorite looking tank of WW2 with such a high silhouette and its massive 152mm howitzer !  I made the tank up the following Sunday night and I was quite impressed with the box set , as you get the KV-2 and KV-1e turrets and also 6 soviet men to go with it.  I intend to use the KV-1e for my Finnish war army and the KV-2 for maybe a Soviet army in the future .... I will have to start painting it soon  ..  I have taken some photos of it to show the size of this beast.




It was a very relaxed and fun tournament so I am looking forward to the next one to be held in late September or October this year,  hopefully its a 1000points and a 2 day tournament as that would be good.

6mm Napoleonic's gaming

My brother and myself have been interested in the Napoleonic era but as yet - have never had any rule set or figures or played a wargame for this period

But when a good mate of ours got some Baccus 6mm 1812 Napoleonic figures we were mildly interested at first. Then he explained that being at such a small scale such as 6mm you could find yourself playing a grand battle such as Borodino, Ligny, Talavera, or Waterloo for instance. So this sealed the deal as they say and Andrew and myself and another wargaming mate of ours all got some figures each.

I will be representing the French forces, my brother has opted to go the Russians, with the other two being the British and the Austrians.

Now, I have been painting in 28mm for some time now, so its going to be tough to go all the way down to painting 6mm figures ..........  now I thought 6mm was going to be a simple blob of paint for head , another for the chest and a third for the legs- voila done, but no !  with having a decent look at the models they have a extraordinary amount of detail to them,  you can even pick out the buttons on waist coats on some of the models ..... hmmm this is going to be a challenge but hey im looking forward to it at this stage - this might change after doing a brigade's worth mind you !!

We have settled on the Polemos rules for playing the game as it is specifically for 6mm scale. Its quite good, it has a random army generator where upon they opposing sides decide on the base limit for the army (basically the size being number of units) and you roll for what type and ratings for each brigade, depending on what you roll may end up with a decisive General or even a Plodding General such as Simmerson !!
 We have played a few mock games so far on the dining table with mdf bases and its quite good,  of course there is always issues with new rule sets and trying to decipher what they mean but with the help of some forums we have had overcome some of these early mistakes, and the game went smoothly on the second game.

I have some French artillery being 8pdr's and also 6pdr Horse artillery.
Plenty of horse with units of Lancers, Hussars, Cuirassiers, and Dragoons.
 A large amount of Line Foot Troops including units of Voltigeurs to give me some skirmish bases.  I might even paint up a unit in Spanish colours to represent a unit of Raw Foreign troops (you can end up with these depending on what you roll on the random army generator tables of course)

So thats the next adventure I will be tackling on the painting table , once I have finished a few more Finnish units for bolt action army that is an maybe some congo figures


Thursday, 22 June 2017

BOLT ACTION FINNS - SOME PAINTED MODELS !

There's a Bolt Action one day tournament being held at the Kapiti Wargaming Club on the start of July, its only 800 point lists which is nice as I have a lot of models to paint before then.  The umpire has said that unpainted models are ok to use but I will try and paint most of them as there's nothing worse than looking at unpainted models ....


So I have had to push aside my Saga Moor Figures for the mean time, and now been busy painting up some Finnish models. So far I have completed my Lieutenant, a handful of ski equipped men (not shown above as I have yet to place snow effect),  my Machine-gun team, Mortar Team, Anti-tank Team, and my Sniper Team on ski's

They came out very good I think, and the models were a pleasure to paint, very nice sculpts and have found myself enjoying painting once again (instead of it being treated as a chore I must do .... ) also its been a lot of fun in the base making of these models with the snow effects and tuffts etc

The man in charge -  Is it just me or has he got a big nose ! 

Sniper Team ... on ski's


Small AT gun team


MMG Team



Meduim Mortar Team


Mortar Spotter/observer

My Finnish list is going to based on the early 1939-40 Winter War period  ..... so lots of ski equipped men, only light AT options and machine guns ! and even the little T-26a with its twin turret MG's will be making an appearance for good measure .... as it will come in handy against any Russian army I might face. My two core Infantry platoons will be the Elite Sissi troops. These guys could ambush from anywhere being able to ski silently into position causing mayhem and striking fear into any invading Russians

800 points List - Finnish Winter War Theater 
2nd Lieutenant    with pistol    Veteran   65points

Sissi Platoon -  NCO (with SMG) and 8 men (with Rifles)     Veteran     146points
all with Tough Fighters option and equipped with Ski's

Sissi Platoon -  NCO (with SMG) and 8 men (with Rifles)     Veteran     146points
all with Tough Fighters option and equipped with Ski's

Meduim Machine-Gun    equipped with ski's       Veteran   69points

Sniper Team    equipped with ski's     Veteran     74points

Meduim Mortar Team     add Spotter Team            Veteran     75points

Light Anti-Tank Team   Veteran   60points

Tankette     T-26a tankette    Regular   70points

Armoured Car      BA-10 Armoured Car    Regular   95points

So the List has a total of Nine command Dice... unsure whether its a good or bad thing, means I get more chances of pulling my dice out of the bag I guess - so can't be too bad !


The beauty with the Sissi infantry units is that they have a unique special rule that allows them to use advance order dice but with added bonus if they didn't shoot they can then switch the dice into an ambush dice............  this combined with the Finnish army Trained Marksman rule where I get to re-roll morale and add +1 to all my Rifle shots when in ambush is very good indeed. 

Being its my first ever Bolt Action Tournament and only having played 4 or so games total, I am going into this one with no expectations what so ever, with learning a thing or two being the name of the game here.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

PAINTING MOORS AND CLUB SAGA DAY

I have been busy painting again,  with my Moor Saga army getting some much needed attention this time.

Overall force so far that is painted

I have completed the mounted Warlord and some 20 Spear armed Warriors ..... overall quite happy with how the Warlord looks and with the warriors in their earthy tones and patterned robes. The shields were all hand painted and I think look the part quite well.



The Warlord - I do wish he could have the option of being on foot ...



One unit of Warriors with the Naffatun in the rear


The second unit of Warriors



Some Levy Crossbowmen never go a miss


To finish off the army I have now only got another 20 foot warrior models to finish off and some 8 Horse mounted Hearthguard models and then Moors Saga force will be all complete - as I have already done the Naffatuns, Priest and Levy Crossbowmen middle last year  ..... so a fair bit to go but motivation is high to finish these to get another complete force done and dusted



My brother has also been painting up some Saga units for his Mutatawwi'a force (we just call them Mutts as its easier to say !! )  He has finished 16 Warrior bowmen figures and 24 Spear armed Warriors and had decided on a more dark colour palette for his force which works very well I think .
He also has models to finish being his Warlord and some mounted hearthguard figures - but his being the funky Camel option ... so much cooler than horse's in my opinion ...  the only way for my Moors to gain camels is by the way of Bedouin scouts , so I could be very tempted to field this option when he's finished painting them up ...... ah well what are brothers for if not to borrow models from !

Andy's overall Mutatawwia force that's so far been painted




Some Bowmen Warriors




His three units of Spear armed Warriors



Also, with the local Saga gaming vibe beginning to wane around these parts , I thought it would be a good idea to run a Saga gaming day at the local club.  At first I thought about 8-10 players would be interested but no - I had a great response to the call of throwing Saga dice and managed to get 16 players signed up.

We battled with 6 point saga forces over the course of 3 games in which I split the field into two teams. The first game was a Battle of the Fords, followed by a Sacred Ground mission then some of them (the fast players) got to play a Kill the Warlord mission to finish the day on.

Most of the games were very hard fought over, with the Crusaders and Pagan Rus having a great battle for top spot at the end of the day. My brothers Spaniards had some great games doing what they do best (annoying thier opponents ! with their activation reactions a plenty) ... mean while my Moors also had 2 great wins as I played a Scots player with a Warlord and a WarPriest and unfortunate for him as he got stuck with my Doubts skill every turn .... haha  perfect !   the second game was again against a Scots player but my Naffatun units were next to perfect in this game dishing out some hurt all over the battlefield.

 I think overall the day was a resounding success,  and I will be keen on another Saga games day in the future perhaps, another positive is that I now have invitations to a few follow up games at other clubs in the area which is great stuff.... good to see that the Saga following is still strong, even if it does need a kick start every now and again.

Cheers




Wednesday, 15 March 2017

CONGO WILD ANIMALS

Well I have done some painting at last,  its only two models but its a start
I painted up some wild animals for our Congo game we recently started playing.

First up is the Gorilla ... a somewhat scary creature to disturb in the jungle





The next one is the somewhat aggressive Rhino, always getting angry when distrubed - you have to watch for this one



Also, regarding painting, since its getting darker these days with winter not that far away, I have now promised myself to put aside one night a week to painting, and to motivate myself I have moved my painting stuff to Andrews house as I always found it more productive if you paint with some company while doing it.....

until next time.,

Friday, 3 March 2017

NEW SAGA BOOK ARRIVES


The new AETIUS & ARTHUR Saga book has finally landed and I must say it looks very good indeed. Some interesting factions and battleboard skills to digest over the next couple of weeks ..... the Britons and the Goths has sparked my interest, Andrew likes the look of the Huns and the Romans.
The Saxons look to be a fun army as well, with such abilities as Jeers (shooting reaction where upon the enemy receives as many fatigue markers as half the number of casualties you received)
The Britons are all geared up towards using skills for the Warlord and any unit that is within VS of him, for instance the Dux Bellorum skill you can activate the warlord as many times as you want until he gets exhausted.... very handy in the latter stages of the game .
My first impressions of the Picts battleboard looks a tad weak to me - I just thought they would be more about a fierce hit and run tactics, but their Warlord gets to roll around in a war chariot !! after playing with that option I might change my mind, as these look very cool indeed.

The book also has 3 new missions which is great, and also has rules where you can modify certain Viking age era factions to play within this time period, for example the Irish become the Scotti faction and uses the same battleboard and has only a small amount of weapon option changes - other factions include the Welsh, Franks, Strathclyde to name a few

The new book has a new campaign rule system that sounds great, have always wanted to run a decent campaign story line for Saga, offering more than a one off battle. The campaign is played over 6 games and has one faction being the defender and the other being the attacker, you get to spend campaign points on setting up your forces as well as defenses and also buildings that will help you defend your small base (the Romans defend against the Goths in the example in the book)




Andrew and myself had a game the other night (using proxy models) with myself using the Goths and Andrew using the Romans .  The Goths are going to take some time to get use to I must admit, as they are all about keeping their fatigue levels high, as their skills get better if they are so .... something that you usually want to get rid of, so you have to have reverse mind set in playing them, no resting units involved unless they are on the verge of exhaustion, and playing abilities that make the opposition not able to exploit your fatigue markers is a must

Andrew ended up absolutely smashing me in that game, I just had some really bad dice, as nearly every time I went into combat I fluffed all my dice, or Andrew had some fantastic saves.  For instance my Hearthguard unit charged into a small 4 man warriors unit and having something like 12 attack dice against his 4, I would loose 2 models to his one.....  just plain horrible, Andrew found it very funny.  I must admit though I didn't use my skills all that well in the first half of this game, but with some practice I see the Goths being a fun army to play with.

The Romans are a hard well rounded bunch in which Andy played very well, keeping his Impetus levels high and using a combination of offensive and defensive skills (that's Romans for you I guess)   The Roman Levy Ballista was very effective at killing Goth Warriors, after 3 rounds of shooting I had to send a unit of mounted Hearthguard to finish it off as it was just too painful to ignore
Summary of Goths faction options
We will hopefully have another proxy game this weekend where I intend to use the Britons or maybe the Saxons, against Andy's Hun force - hopefully the dice gods are with me in this game.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

STAR WARS FIGURINES

Well its been a while but Andy finally got around to basing the diorama for his Storm trooper Figurine he started almost two years ago ... look here for a flashback.
He based it on Planet Endor battling those pesky little Ewoks, looks very good.

Hopefully he doesn't take another 2 years before he finishes the diorama base for Boba Fett figurine he has .....