Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Narrow Seas [31]

I'm sinking in a **** load of work at the moment, so wargaming has been a very low priority over the last week or so, with little sign of an end to the crap that anyone in secondary education has to deal with on a day to day never ending basis. I have, however, assembled and primed a Skytrex M35 class minesweeper and have another ready to go in the box, but that's about it for the week thus far. If only I could have a free afternoon or two to get on with some painting?  :O(

Monday, 20 October 2014

Forgotten Sacrifice

I'm reading this now and it's pretty good so far, with a concise narrative yet plenty of factual detail to back it up. I'm not sure how you'd cover the Arctic convoys as a low level tactical game but it would be very effective on a grand tactical or even strategic level. I took a part in a couple of late war convoy multiplayer game at the club a few years ago but they were very challenging for the U Boats to say the least!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Coastal Patrol Cheatsheet

I've decided to go for Coastal Patrol as the initial rules of choice for my Narrow Seas project, so have been thumbing through the rules to work out what I need in terms of blinds, markers, torpedo counters and so on. I realised that there were no ship stats or a cheatsheet included in the original article, so located the relevant files in the Too Fat Lardies yahoo group.

You can save and print this!
These are both in EXCEL format, so I duly printed them out, finding that the QRS was split over two pages rather the one. To fix this I printed out, then cut and pasted the different sections together, adding the rules logo to the sheet for a bit of impact. This was then scanned in and converted to a JPEG image, which I've posted here to save you the bother.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Narrow Seas [30]

Another pre-occupied day spent painting the local scout hut but it's all in a good cause, so I don't mind. Here's the result of today's limited time on the coastal forces project, in the shape of two de-militarised F-Lighters from the ex-Skytrex now Heroics and Ros range, all tastefully undercoated in the dodgy primer from Poundland.

They're actually MAL's which were mainly used in the Baltic and Black Sea, so pretty useless in their intended role as far as I'm concerned. As a result, I've turned them into generic coastal lighters or barges, which can happily chug around the Channel Islands delivering ersatz wurst to the local garrisons, with the addition of some 15mm stowage loaded onto the decks.

I've also saved all the gun mountings for use on a couple of PT Dockyard AFP - C Flaklighters that I have in the box, so it's a winner all round as far as kitting out the opposition is concerned. I'm sure the purists will be up in arms but I've made good use of some spare models that would otherwise be gathering dust.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Narrow Seas [29]

After all that AK47 nonsense, it's back to the far more sensible coastal forces project, with a couple of PT Dockyard MFP - C 'Flak Lighters'.These are resin kits and require quite a bit of care and attention to detail, so I screwed them up as you might expect. 

The resin gun mountings were unbelievably fiddly and ended up on the other side of the garage in a fit of despond, so they were substituted for a combination of Tumbling Dice AA guns, together with some spare Skytrex 88mm's and Oerlikens from the bits box. 

The hulls also needed a bit of filling, where the air bubbles have eaten the details but, other than that, I think they look pretty cool. I've run out of Humbrol Sea Grey spray so had to fall back on some dodgy Poundland grey primer but it seems to have worked OK too, much to my surprise.

I'm hoping to start painting them up this weekend...

NEWSFLASH - Banga Boum denounces DuDu (Reuters)

From our diplomatic correspondent in Mpongoville

In a shock announcement today, following inter-governmental emergency talks in the Mbote capital, the President of Mbote, Colonel Banga Boum, denounced the government of Zubuto and accused President Elect DuDu of serious 'strategic miscalculations and military incompetence'. 

The thrust of President Banga Boum's address was a withering condemnation of the Zubuto Army of the People (ZAP), which he claimed was both unprofessional and cowardly in its recent cross border military operations with the Mbote Defence Force (MDF). Whilst praising the 'exemplary performance' of MDF troops, Banga Boum placed blame for the failure of the operation on the ZAP.

In a broadside against the ZAP high command, Banga Boum went on to condemn the 'adventurism and recklessness' which led to a recent crushing defeat for a combined MDF and ZAP column, which had attempted to locate and return a downed short range WaPongo missile. The missile has now been seized by units of the Army of Bana Soto (ABS).

The missile itself had been test fired by ZAP forces during joint military exercises. but had suffered a serious guidance malfunction, resulting in it's crash landing in the border zone. The 'inadequacies' of the WaPongo missile, designed and manufactured by DuDu Defence Industries PLC, were also the subject of President Banga Boum's indignant delivery to the assembled press.

In his closing speech, President Banga Boum announced the immediate dissolution of the Mbote-Zabuto military alliance, which has only recently been established following prolonged inter-governmental negotiations in Bgombo. In a presidential decree, he has ordered all Zubuto diplomatic personnel including the ambassador and his consular staff, to leave the country in the next twenty four hours.

As yet, there has been no response from the government of Zubuto or President Elect DuDu, although his motorcade has now left the Presidential palace in Mpongoville and was last seen heading for the Mbote-Zubuto border on Route 2. This breakdown in relations between the two neighbouring states could have serious consequences for the stabilty of the region.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

AK47 Knocked Out Markers

After the game the other day I thought it would be a bit of a visual enhancement to have some decent KO markers for AFV's and softskins, rather than the usual pathetic puffs of cotton wool. I can't be bothered to scratchbuild these, easy though it will probably be, so did a search on Ebay and came up with these resin pre-painted ones. I may still make some of my own based on these ones, for smaller vehicles like jeeps and technicals, but I reckon these will do the job nicely for tanks, armoured cars and APC's

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

NEWSFLASH - ABS repel MDF-ZAP Incursion (BSBC)

From our Bana Soto Broadcasting Corporation correspondent in Mtumbo

In a brief but decisive action, units of the Army of Bana Soto (ABS) have repelled an invasion by a combined force of the Mbote-Zubuto alliance seeking the remains of a WaPongo short range missile fired into Bana Soto. 

A squadron of tanks from the 1st Bana Soto Armoured Division (BSAD) held the invasion force at bay until joined by other forces of the ABS. President Washington Deesee congratulated the ABS and BSAD on the defence of the country against yet another incursion by the forces of Mbote.

In a lenghty speech commending the efforts of BSAD, he said that this once again demonstrated Mbote’s total disregard for the sovereignty of  Bana Soto.

The remains of the WaPongo missile were being removed to ensure the safety of the residents of the area in which it landed and President DeeSee invited UN Combined Regional African Peacekeeping HQ to send inspectors to examine the remains.

President DeeSee re-iterated the view that the development of the short range WaPongo missile could only be for use against Bana-Soto and requested C.R.A.P. support in stopping this new arms race in the region. As yet there has been no response from the Mbote-Zubuto governments.

(many thanks to Colin, aka President DeeSee, for this entirely impartial and strictly balanced BSBC news report)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

AK47 Thrashing

The AK47 game this evening ended up in a sound thrashing for the Mbote - Zubuto military alliance at he hands of the Bana Soto colonial settlers, with the final score standing at 110 to 21 points. That's what happens when you roll out a new army, or at least some new AFV and transport units, so I'm not surprised by the dodgy result (that's my excuse anyway!)

The game was really good fun, however, with some interesting rules coming to light and some useful lessons learned. We also had some ideas about club modifications for a potential campaign, which is a definite possibilty at some point next year. I really need to finish off the rest of the Superpower Backed army for this, with most of the core units already complete apart from the bases.

Monday, 13 October 2014

AK47 Winter Wobbler [23]

I finished the basing on the AFV's and vehicles that I need for the game tomorrow, leaving the rest for later when I have the time to get them sorted. I would have liked to finish all of the vehicle and infantry bases but I just can't fit them in, so they'll have to wait for the meantime. I now need to pack this lot away but will leave them to dry out before I start boxing things up for the game.