Thursday 23 May 2024

Air War Angola Reading

This is the latest addition to my reading list for the Air War Angola project, adding to the other books in the Helion Publishing Africa at War series. I'm going to dig into these over the half term holidays which should give me some ideas for a potential Wings Above Angola set of rules. 

NEWSFLASH - Mpongo announces snap election (MBC)

From our political correspondent in Mpongoville 

In a surprise announcement today, President for Life of the Peoples Democratic Republic of Mbote, Colonel Papi Mpongo, declared a general election will be held to form a new government, ending a long period of military rule in the country. 

His popularity boosted by a recent economic upturn, due to a bumper crop of mangos, the prime export commodity underpinning the Mbote economy, President Mpongo declared the time was right to return the nation to democratic rule by an elected government. 

President Mpongo's decision to call for elections will have raised concerns of a potential backlash by the Mbote Defence Force high command, which has dominated internal affairs and enforced control of the nation through martial law for many years.

Wednesday 22 May 2024

It's that time again...

It's International AK47 Wargaming Day this Saturday, with lots of games organised including a fantastic day of games organised by Dex McHenry up in sunny Sheffield. I wish I could be there but I'll be having a solo bash down here in the soggy South. Have a great day!

All Plain Sailing

A bit of an uphill slog but the sails have now all been painted in Vallejo Pale Sand, so I can now move on to the stern galleries, with a spot of highlighting and glazing. This is a bit fiddly but less arduous than the sails, so I'm hoping to bang on through it a bit faster. After that I'll almost be ready to do some final touching up and washing before painting the bases.

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Wings Above Angola

Now that Corsairs and Cavaliers is off to the printers and if (big if!) it turns out to be well received by the players, I'm considering an adaptation of Flames Above the Falklands for the Border War. This is very sketchy at the moment but I have some initial ideas, which can be worked up into something once I've done some research, as I'm not exactly clued up on the Angolan conflict. I set out some thoughts this time last year for this but, as usual, haven't done anything since:

Monday 20 May 2024

Spares and Repairs

After a sort out I have three of the Tumbling Dice ASN7 50 gun ships of the line that are surplus to requirements, having been bundled in with a couple of discount packs. Looking at the options, these could be used as obsolete Portland class warships, one of which I have already included in my current fleet line up, or as troopships for convoy duty. A third option would be to use them as floating batteries with top masts removed and anchor chains added, as deployed in various historical actions including the Battle of Copenhagen, for example?

Sunday 19 May 2024

Spanish Napoleonic Fleet

I spent a very enjoyable half an hour this afternoon sorting out the models to be painted for a Spanish Napoleonic fleet as part of the ongoing naval project. These are the next thing to do, having decided to leave the American squadron to one side for the moment, as you can't really do an Age of Sail project without the Spanish turning up at some point. I can add more to this as required for specific scenarios but this is a good start for the Spanish c1800, with quite a few of the usual suspects included in the mix.

Sails Ahoy!

Some fair progress today with the remaining 2nd, 3rd and 4th rate ships of the line having their sails painted in Vallejo Pale Sand, with a couple of unrated ships tagging along for good measure. I now only have the frigates and a sloop to do before I can start on the stern gallery windows. It's getting there slowly but surely!

Saturday 18 May 2024

Corsairs and Cavaliers Print Run

Paul and the ever patient Glenys of Tumbling Dice are in the process of getting the Wings at War booklets printed, including the finalised version of Corsairs and Cavaliers. It's been a while since I started working on the rules adaptation and development but it's now off to the printers and should be available soon from the Tumbling Dice webshop thingy. I just hope it plays well, gives an enjoyable game and the that I don't get any of those 'rules lawyer' type niggles to sort out!

Friday 17 May 2024

Friday Far Eastern Excuursion

I have had a very long week at work but the good news is I've been re-employed for next term and I'm going back to part time as well, not to mention being allowed to finish a week early in July, so all good stuff!I  have celebrated by splashing out on the new CoC supplement for the Far East, which seems to have been very well received by the CoC community. 

I have to admit to never having played a game, despite my long winded efforts to get a platoon or two organised, so this is a bit of a stab in the dark. I've got a Japanese platoon assembled, based and part painted in 28mm, but that project ran out of oomph a few years ago. I may revive it or perhaps flog it on eBay while the Far East feeding frenzy is in full swing, switching instead to 15mm, for which I have a box full of Peter Pig and QRF models. 

I've been enjoying Alex and Dex's game reports over on the Storm of Steel Facebook page, which feature lots of 15mm figures, vehicles and terrain, so it might be an alternative to 28mm which takes me ages to paint. I'd can also use my Hexon terrain bits for 15mm games, so another bonus. Anyway, this will have to be a project for next year, when I'm hoping to have more time and energy for wargaming.


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