Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July-August Update : Saga: Viking Warband (Gift)

I finished a mini project: A 4 point Viking warband as gift to a friend who recently became a father and does not have time to paint. These can be used as a 4 points for either Vikings or Jom-Vikings. Either as a  3 hearthguard+1 warrior build, or 2 warrior + 1 hearthguard+ named leader build. It is not the best builds or best paintjob, but eh, it will do. Figures are Gripping Beast.  I have finished my own 4 (6) point anlgo-saxon warband also, but pictures will be uploaded later the week. These are the last projects for this year, and the last projects I do in the US for the next 2-3 years (since I will be abroad). 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

May-June Update addendum: Saga and Warhammer1000

Good day to you all!

Over the last two weeks I got a chance to fight and win a Saga Battle against those pesky Irish who have crushed me so often in the past. It was of course quite satisfying. Now I was lucky with my dice, and we played the Crossing scenario, a scenario which was the closest I ever came to defeating Keith's Irish in the brown. This time my men pulled through. I ran 4 warrior bands, while he ran a unit of hearthguard, a unit of warriors and the two bodyguards (I call them Terrence Hill and Bud Spencer from the acting duo)

The initial dispositions.

First Movements!

Clash in the ford!

The phalanxes inexorably push forward!

The redoubtable Bud Spencer, holds back 6 warriors!  

But in the Saxon phalanx pushed forward!

Meanwhile in a Galaxy far away....

The Anglo-Saxons have crossed the river!

This guy survived Terrence Hill, the Irish Warlord, Slings, Warriors and kept giving me his units Saga Die,

My warlord slays the Irish one


The end of the game!

Meanwhile I also finished after two year painting the next army in my Warhammer1000 project. This is about 1000 points of Beastmen. The war-party is made up of a warlord, battle standard bearer, shaman, 20 gors, 15 bestigors, 10 un-gors, a chariot and 4 Minotaurs.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Leadhead PhD update May-June

Good day to all

It has being a long time since I updated this blog. Well I was traveling on academic job talks to the US and Turkey and took part in the graduation ceremony for my PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a tough academic job market I decided to accept a three-year assistant professorship at Ozyegin University in Turkey. As a result I will be moving from the US for an unknown amount of time.

Though I did not get a lot of time to play over the last two months, I did succeed in finishing some painting.

First off I painted a Game Workshop Warhammer Kislvite Winged Knight. I am going to use him as the general for my Warhammer Dogs of War army. 

With him are my rebased Gryphon Legion models. Initially I had bought them as Rough Riders for Imperial Guard but now they are repurposed as Kislvite Gryphon Riders. I will use them as a bodyguard for my general. I did not repaint them, but just rebased them.

On the historical front, I finished my third Napoleonic battalion, this one a French one. I thus now have a small French 1813-1814 Brigade made up of two battalions of the same French line infantry regiment (1st and 2nd battalion) and the first battalion of a Swiss French regiment. 

Enjoy your days and nights! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Swiss Napoleonic troops

Hi all, a small update of half my Swiss Napoleonic battalion. I also finished my 4 points Anglo-Saxon warband. Pictures to follow. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April-March Painting

Painting wise I finished my second battalion of Napoleonic French Infantry. So now I have a nice small force. One thing that hit me is that absent a game store, I will not have the space for a large formation. I have decided to thus paint only one more battalion for my French. I must say I fear the some of the people who chide players on the TMP for playing with small 28mm armies, must really be oblivious of the space issues. If in line my two battalions would easily take up 2/3rds of the space of my 48 by 46 tables, and I am not sure they would not be huge even for my local games stores tables. This has validated to me the decision to only do 28mm at most at the Brigade level, since that gives a good feel for me and could be played on my smaller portable tables.

A close up of a fusiler company (missing one figure)

 The battalion in company column with skirmishers deployed 

The two battalions. The 1st deployed in line with skirmishers forward, the 2nd in column of attack

A close up of the converted command stand

Vine la Emperuer! Viva la Frnace! Mort a les roch beef! 

Update for March-April:Gaming

My my that was a demanding month. I did two presentations at ISA which ate up all my time in March and April, so not a lot of game time (relative to the recent past for me)

That said I did get a chance to play some SAGA. Once more I was crushed by Keith's Irish warband, once more at the very last minute losing victory. I swear they got the luck of the Irish!

We played a raid scenario in which the Irish force needs to raid a hamlet while the defenders (my anglo-saxons played as anglo-danes here) need ot defend it, but arriving sequentially. We played of course at Galactic Comics and Games, our friendly local games store. 

The armies arrayed, the Irish in the foreground.

The forces from the other side.

Unit of warriors

My warlord and more warriors of table 

The Irish Hearthguard clashes with my warriors. 

The village levy driven back by the war-dogs, while "Bud Spencer" moves towards one of the houses.

Warriors clash with warriors at the center of the village

My warlord and his entourage arrive to flank the Irish

But the Irish dice are lucky

@%#$ lucky

A mad attempt by my warlord to kill the Irish warlord fails

And the Irish kill him. That said this was a bloodbath. Only "Bud Spencer" and "Terrence Hill" and the warlord, plus some dogs were left for the Irish, while three of my warriors also survived. End point is the Irish won....Again

I also got a chance to play some board-games

Here is Victory of the Pacific 

And here is the introductory scenario 

I also got a chance to go to Gnomecon

were they had a pretty cool Star Trek:Attack Wing game with large up models on the floor!

and lots of warmachine

I also visited Fort Jackson. Definitely worth a visit 

and recorded the cannon fire demonstration

So not that much gaming, but definitely some fun