Thursday, 2 July 2015

Jungle Palm Trees

The plastic palm trees that I ordered via Ebay a couple of weeks ago arrived today from China. As you can see they come in mixed packs of 14 trees with two of each size, scaling out from 28mm down to 6mm or so in wargaming terms. I have half a dozen bags of trees, so have plenty to put together as jungle or plantation terrain for the 28mm Malaya project and for other things like AK47 or Indochina as well.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Kamikaze Hunters and Nightfighter Killers

I had to pop into town this afternoon so stopped off at the Oxfam charity book shop, which I hadn't been to for a couple of weeks. I found two WW2 Pacific air war related books, the first of which I neatly bought at its full price in Waterstones at half term but decided it was too pricey. They look really interesting and might open up a whole new theatre for Bag the Hun, if I'm not careful and fail to keep my self restraint!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

AK47 Golf War

The Zubuto Army of the People (ZAP) suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Mbote Defence Force (MDF) and Peoples Volunteer Army (PVA) militias this evening, with a definative victory going to the forces of dictatorship and pro-am golfing. It was a bit of a thrashing but I'm sure Colonel Banga Boum will be issuing some suitably revisionist propanganda soon.

Monday, 29 June 2015

AK47 Extra Bits [3]

I finished the bases on the last of the units that I need for the AK47 game tomorrow this evening, although my plans to complete the objective markers fell through due to a lack of time. This means that my Superpower Backed army is now up and running, which is a bit of a result as I started it over two years ago! I'd really like to do a third army or even a fourth AK47 army but two will do for the moment, as they will allow me to run some games for the kids at home as well as at the club.

Bolt Action Yanks [36]

One small thing I did get done last night was to dig out my Bolt Action late war US stuff and sort out the bases, which I'd been meaning to do for ages. These were originally decorated with some dried herbs as leaf litter but I was never really happy with the end result. So, with the aid of some GW Flesh Wash ink, I've stained them a dark autumnal brown and I think they now look much better. I was tempted to add some snow but I think that would be a bit too much?

I've also finally worked out what I need to expand the force to a full platoon plus support for Chain of Command. I have an unfortunate habit of picking armies that have very large section sizes, so I need another half a dozen new riflemen figures and an equal number of crew to fill out the numbers to a full three squads of twelve GI's. I'll order these from Artizan and get them painted up in the summer holidays, as a simple little painting project that I only need a set number of paints to complete.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

TFL Summer Special 2015

I've been out all day at an U9's cricket tournament at the Ageas Bowl so have missed yet another weekend of wargaming related fun. It was a good tournament and my sons team came fourth out of the thirty odd teams that took part, only losing by eleven runs in the semi-finals against the eventual winners, so well worth the nine hours of a Sunday that I spent supporting them.

Anyway, the latest Summer Special from the Toofatlardies is out today, so I'm going to spend a bit of quiet time this evening having a good flick through, if that's possible on a tablet? I'm looking forward to this as, although I haven't got anything published in it this time round due to not getting my act together, it does feature three articles for Bag the Hun and what looks like some good 1940 stuff for Chain of Command.

The Too Fat Lardy Specials are always worth the asking price and are full of great material for a range of TFL rules, so I highly recommend grabbing a copy for your summer holiday reading. I'm definately going to get some things in the Xmas edition this year to make up for having nothing sorted this time round. I have some Bag the Hun articles and scenarios up my sleeve that will be just the job!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

NEWSFLASH - Mbote claims Zubuto golf course violates sacred tribal land (Reuters)

From our correspondent in Mpongoville

In a heated broadcast on MBC radio the President of Mbote, Colonel Banga Boum, has condemned a new golf course and leisure complex on the shores of Lake Bagombo recently opened by Dr Dudu, President for Life of Zubuto. In a withering address to the people of Mbote, Colonel Banga Boum accused the Zubuto government of violating the sacred lands of the semi-nomadic Wapongo tribe. According to Wapongo religious tradition, the shores of Lake Bagombo must not be disturbed, as they are the spirritual hunting grounds of the tribal ancestors.

President Banga Boum pledged full military backing to the tribal elders of the Wapongo, who have 'spontaneously petitioned' the Mbote government for support in their on-going territorial dispute with Zubuto. Meanwhile, a full mobilisation of the MDF regular forces and PVA militias has been ordered. A senior contact in the MDF high command has indicated that this mobilisation is in readiness for an imminent cross border incursion into Zubuto territory. As yet there has been no response from the Zubuto government as President Dudu is playing a round of golf.

Time for a...

I'm having a massive clear out of stuff before the summer holidays as I have far, far too many things that I'm never going to get around to starting, let alone completing. This includes all of my 28mm big armies in the lead / plastic pile, a whole load of 28mm odds and ends and a variety of other things in smaller scales. One of the reasons I rarely get anything done at the moment, aside from work and life pressures, is the back log of projects that are weighing down the loft. I really need to cut this lot in half to focus my attention on a smaller range of projects in a manageble format, so the big stuff has to go. I've contacted a guy who buys up surplus wargaming collections, so will be sorting out the leadpile into what I will keep and what I ditch over the next week or so. I'll also donate some stuff to the club and to the local charity shop...all very liberating!

Charles Whiting Books

There are several titles by Charles Whiting going cheap on the Kindle at the moment and well worth downloading for reading on the beach over the summer holidays. I've read many of them before but they are good, so I've filled in some gaps in the library. I'm interested in the late war campaigns in NW Europe in particular, so there's plenty here to use as reference material.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

AK47 Extra Bits [2]

I started on the third objective marker for the AK47 game and have completed the actual base, with the figures and other elements to be added later, although what they are will be revealed later. I've also done the basecoating on the small arms bases and AFV's that I need for the Superpower Backed army, ready for some drybrushing and static grass tomorrow. A rummage in the AK47 'to do' box also turned up a half painted machine gun armed technical truck, so I'll add that to the painting list over the weekend too.