narrow seas

narrow seas

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Used Sci Fi APC's Are Us!

The endless marking has squished my knee mortar plans for the moment but I have been cheered up by the arrival of the second-hand Antenociti's Workshop near future APC's. These need a bit of a clean up and some minor repairs, as several of the resin wheels have been broken off, but otherwise they're really cool.

One of the remote gun mounts also had a snapped off gun barrel, so I pulled it off with some pliers and will replace it with either a hatch and figure, to make it into a command AFV, or a heavy weapons missile mount from the really useful Brigade Models accessories range.

To save on the postage, I've also ordered some of the impressive Brigade Models Power Armour figures, which I have in 6mm for Iron Cow, to use as a power armour platoon for the UNSC/L force. They look very similar in style to the GZG light infantry figures and will fit in well as a heavy support or assault unit.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Knee Mortars

The plan for this week is to assemble, undercoat and base the grenade launcher section for the Japanese platoon, consisting of three Type 98 'knee mortar' teams of three men each and an NCO. As you can see, I've finished the last of the LMG teams to complete all of the rifle sections, so I only have the grenade launcher section and a couple of command figures to round off the basic platoon.

I'm going to aim to glue together one three man team each evening, which doesn't sound like much but is all I can manage at the moment due to work. If I can base up a heavy weapons team or even a Chi Ha tank or two, that will be a added bonus. The longer term goal is to get at least some of the platoon actually painted up by the end of term in three weeks time...just don't hold your breath!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Narrow Seas [36]

I finished off the S38 class boats this afternoon and have now completed all that I need for a game, apart from torpedo markers, range rulers, starshell markers and other such things. As a result, I'm calling a temporary halt on the coastal warfare project for the moment, so that I can get on with the 28mm WW2 Japanese for Chain of Command* 

I have plenty of space in the coastal forces box for additional models and loads of boats ready for painting, so I'll be adding some R Boats, VP boats, trawlers, destroyers and escorts in 2015, once the current work related distractions are out of the way. I've really enjoyed the project thus far and I'm looking forward to a game of Coastal Patrol at the club at some point, if the usual suspects are willing to give it a go?

* the 1/2400th scale Rugen / Jasmund ships might also get squeezed in somewhere, if I have the time?

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Narrow Seas [35]

I finally found the time to finish off the early war Skytrex E- Boats this evening, with only the basing left to do to have them ready for a game. They look OK but I would have liked a little more time to add some detailing and to clean up the rather too obvious rough areas of paintwork. I'll get the bases done tomorrow, then it's back to the 28mm Japanese for Chain of Command or the 1/2400 scale Prussian ships for the Battle of Jasmund.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Ion Age Modular Resin Habitation Base

I saw this on TMP yesterday and thought it looked really cool. It's exactly the sort of thing that I'd love to have for Imperial Commander, with a very retro 1980's sci-fi look and some neat Laserburn style design features. I think the landing pad command module is definately the best bit. 

I can imagine hordes of Red Redemptionists attacking this across the desolate sand dunes, while the Black Guard put up a 'last man standing' defence. Unfortunately, it's a bit outside my budget at the moment, so I'll have to wait for Father Xmas to drop it down my chimney. There are some good deals if your wallet is deeper than mine:

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Second Hand Sci-Fi APC's

I spotted these for £20 over on Ebay and thought they'd be great as alternative APC's for the GZG NAC army. They're Antenociti Workshop resin Hunchback APC / MRAP models with Old Crow gun mounting, which if new would put me back about £7 each, so not bad for £4 each plus minimal postage. I'm just hoping that the dodgy black spray undercoat will clean up OK?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

15mm GZG Grav Tanks

How cool is that!

Work is a "%*^$ at the moment, with loads of stress and a mountains of marking to plough through. From many years of bitter experience I have a 9.00 pm cut-off point for schoolwork, after which the rest of the evening is my own, thereby preserving what's left of my fragile sanity. This is also the time when, to cheer myself up, I make those all important shopping therapy purchases. A dangerous but morale boosting pursuit, no less.

This evening, it's a couple of super cool GZG grav tanks for the UNSC/L force, which will be a high-tech, hard, sci-fi style army in whatever far flung universe that I decide to deploy them in. You can't get any more high tech than anti-grav vehicles and rail guns, which reminds me very much of trying to play Striker! when I was at school, so these floating contraptions will be perfect as armoured support for the PBI...

...why walk, when you can float in an anti-gravitational, ground effect vehicle, physical laws of the universe challenging way?

(it also reminds me that I really should do the other half of the 6mm Iron Cow project at some point)

Monday, 17 November 2014

Lion Rampant Rulebook

Having failed to locate a copy of this at Warfare this weekend, I decided to find one on Ebay, just so that I can flip through the pages without having to use the Kindle. There's something tangible about a paper copy of a ruleset that makes it an essential adjunct to a game, even though I already have a digital copy. The Kindle is great for reading in bed, on holiday or on the M'khazi, but not so good when you're playing an actual game?

I'd love to get this project off the ground next year, using my pile of 15mm Peter Pig War of the Roses figures for a couple of rival retinues, but it's a long way down the immediate list of things to do. I really like the 'flavour' of the rules, which I've read through a few times and have heard only positive comments about, so it is definately something to put on the 'small scale skirmish' list for 2015.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Best Participation Game Warfare 2014

I'm very pleased but not in the least surprised to say that the Wessex Wargamers Winchester club won the best participation game at Warfare this year. I had not very much to do with this, aside from the figures and terrain, so it's a collective Huzzah! for Colin, Gary, Ceasar and Alan, who pretty much ran the whole shebang. Well done chaps!

Warfare Swag

I set off to Warfare yesterday with a modest shopping list which included a storage box for my new AK47 army, some Peter Pig AK47 professionals for the Indonesia / Borneo and a hard copy of Lion Rampant, so that I don't have to keep flicking backwards and forwards on the Kindle. A fairly simple list of things to find, or so you would have thought?

In the end, I bought a KR multicase for my 28mm Japanese army including a neat foam tray for heavy weapons bases, the Peter Pig figures and, in a moment of 'ooh shiny' distraction, two 15mm sci-fi starter armies from GZG. I didn't see that one coming at all but it's something I've fancied doing for a long time, so there is some logic in there somewhere?

These are a UNSC/L light infantry force and a NAC infantry force, the former being for a high-tech, HALO style army, while the latter will be a relatively low-tech near future platoon. I decided to go for a Colonial Marines theme for the NAC figures, as they look similar to the Aliens film version, so also bought some APC's from Antenociti's Workshop, which was just across the aisle from GZG.

These are lovely models and consist of an assault troop and a HQ troop, each made up of variants of the basic M577 APC. The basic APC models are spot on replicas of the vehicle in Aliens, so will really look the part next to the NAC infantry, even if the figures are not identical to the USCM originals. The rules that I would be using for this aren't definite but Tomorrrow's War and FUBAR look like a good way to go.