Sunday, December 6, 2009

Firsst FOW Game

I finally got a chance to try FOW. I had a Soviet Tank company painted since 2008 and never a chance to give it a spin. Today I got to do so at the Dragon's Table in Champaing-Urbana, an awesome store where I play most of my games.

My opponent was using a US Armored Company I think. The game was mostly exploratory to learn the rules. I a) mis-deployed b) used really atrociously my meager infantry and c) underestimated how much Centralised Control punishes the Soviet player. So I lost (nothing new here, move along).

The rules though seemed pretty good, and streamlined. It was nice to see all those painted minaiture tanks blow each other up! Artillery and infantry are musts. If you have all tank you won't lose, but you won't win either. I have a bunch of soviet mortars on the painting shelf for more then a year and a half . Time to pay them, and time to get some more infantry, and another SU 152.

Here are some pics from the game
A panoramic view of the battlefield, a crossroads dominated by a ruined village.
Soviet Armored Transporter Platoon

US Fire teams

Soviet T-34/42US Shermans/75mm
More Amis
The US had supernatural help

Soviet Tank Company at the start of the battleThe comapnies edge closer to each other

Murderous US fireEnd of the battle. Only the tanks around the ruined town were left to the Soviets. The Assult Guns did a good job on my side, while the SHermans proved superior to the T 34s/42, AND equal to the T 34s/85.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Baccus Napoleonics

I hate painting horses. In any scale. This is a realization I came too while trudging away with the mass of cavalry that came in the Baccus Polemos Napoleonic Box. I am ok with easy to paint cataphract calvary, but I hate painting horse flesh. Still the sight of those massed 6mm foramtions is awesome.

Here are pictures of the French clavary 4 bases of Draggons , 2 bases of Hussars. They represent actual units but right know I do not remember which.

And now their staunch opponents 6 bases of Prussian Infantry
I decided to base half of them in lines, and the other half in attach columns.

Massed Prussian Infantry preparing to receive Massed French CalvaryMy current project, from now to December 16th is to finish painting half the Prussian horse. that is 4 bases of Dragoons and 2 of Uhlans. Here are some pics in progress of the Uhlans

Four Impetus! III

Here are pics from the progress of the four Impetus project. Remember that the 10mm Swiss Army is done.

1) Seleucids (3 out of 9 units done)

I have a feeling that any Impetus army relying on Hellenistic Light Infantry and Skirmishers will be a quick paint in 6mm :)

2)Late Republican Romans (1 out of 8 units done)

3) Vikings (1 out of 8 units done)I also bought the last part of the Viking force. This was the Strelets Viking box with 48 pictures. Thus 1 Zvezda Vikings and 1 Strelets Viking box are more then enough to build a Basic Impetus Army. The total cost of the army is now 34$ making it the second cheapest army after the 10mm Pendraken Swiss (that cost 15$ but were bought at a sale. Normally they would cost 35$).

Thanksgiving Update

Hello all

I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving. This is an update about any painting or gaming I have done since the last blog update. I am instituting a new policy on updates in order to make them easier for readers. Essentially every update will be made up of main post containing any information, and links to axillary updates on specific topics in the main update. This is an attempt to help people interested on specific stuff to go to them.

First off on the Impetus front I haven't really done a lot of work for reasons to be explained immediately after. I painted two more units for the Seleucid Army, a Phalanx and Cretan Archers, and flocked the painted units for the Viking and Cesarean Army. As you know I finished the 10mm Swiss Confederate Army some time ago (see here

You can see pictures and get more info here

The second part of this post is the why I have gone off the Impetus project. I have thrown myself into paining at least half the Prussian and French Napoleonic 6mm Baccus armies. The French is mine, while the Prussian is a gift. I am glad to say that progress has been satisfactory. Previously I had finished the whole of the French infantry. I now have finished half the cavalry with 4 Dragoon basses and 2 Hussar bases. I also finished 6 Prussian Infantry bases and I am currently working on 4 Draggon bases and two Uhlan bases. This endevour has taught me a basic truth. I do not like to paint horses. This will have an impact on my army painting and army shopping in the future. You can find pictures of the Napoleonics stuff here

Additionally, I got a chance to paly some Battle Fleet Gothic after a long while. This is really a great, fast and fun game wholly unfairly treated by GW. I wil post pictures of my small fleets on a future date.

Fianlly I finished reading J.E. Lendon's "Soldiers and Ghotst". It was a great, fast and easy read with some provocative and interesting arguments. The writer is primarily interested on how the culutral baggage of ancient Greece (in the form of the Illiad and the competitive ethos) and ancient Rome (in the form of the contest between virtus and disciplina) conditioned military innovation. A good read well worth the time you put in it. You can get it here

I hope you all have a good December.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Four Impetus! II

Haha! Finished the Swiss Confederates in 10mm Pendraken miniatures.

My estimate was that the army took around 12 hours divided into roughly 3 hour shifts for 4 days to get finished. That is a good time commitment I think for anybody with a busy schedule.
Painting was fairly straightforward. The Pendraken miniatures took the paint well. This army is a present for a friend.

The whole army

With a 1/72 element for comparison of size

Swiss Pikemen


Lorrainer Men at Arms

Crossbowmen in Skirmishing order

I am going to take a break from Impetus to paint some more Baccus Napoleonics. After that my target is to finish the Viking 1/72 force.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Four Impetus!

My new huge project for this year is the building of four Basic Impetus Armies. One army for every scale but 15mm (that is a future project). The target is to see which scales are the cheapest and which are the fastest to paint. The reason is that I want to put that info in my translation of Basic Impetus into Greek.

The following armies are going to be made, with the cost up to now:

1) Marian Roman (Brutus and Cassius at Phillipi) 25mm. 4 Legion elements using Wargames Factory (25/28mm) miniatures -> 13$ (bought on sale), Expected full cost around 60-80$

2) Swiss Confederate in the service of the Duke of Lorraine 10mm using Pendraken miniatures . The whole army has been bought for 15$ (bought on sale)

3) Vikings using Zvezda and Strelets 1/72 miniatures . The Zvezda miniatures have been bought for 14$. Expected full cost 30$.

4) Later Seleucids (Antiochus III) using the excellent Baccus 6mm miniatures . The army has been fully bought for 60$

So the price range for a Basic Imaptus army can rnge from 15$ to 60$ top. 11/72 and 10mm are probably the cheapest scales.

I have also began the painting process.

Here are the results for the first elemetns. I tried to paint to a level that is not the ultra detailed I use for single 25/28mm, but still rich enough to make beutifull armies.

1) Marian Roman Legion

Time to paint (excluding putting together) = 6 hours in two day 3 hour shifts

2) Swiss Confederate Pike unit

Time: 2-3 hours in one day

3) Viking Command Unit

Time: 4 hours in two day 2 hour shifts

4) Seleucid Argyraspids

Time: One three hours shift.

All in all the most fun to paint were the 6mm and 1/72. I expect the Swiss (which are a present) to be finished first.