30 January 2019

Not What You Would Expect

But there hasn't been too much going on the table top wargaming front lately, as our attention has been diverted else where. But if you take the time to have a look at the following two images you'll see the results of our efforts.

A 'small project' to put some tiles on the wall behind our new stove in our kitchen morphed into a 2.61 x 3.66 m mosaic inspired by both Greek and Roman mosaics. Originally I thought we used somewhere in the region of 10 000 plus tiles, but it turns out we put more than 13 000 tiles up on the wall. All hand cut.

Aside from the annual hay cut that took up most of our Christmas break.

09 August 2018

Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright

Beth and I are off to Devonport on the north coast of Tasmania tomorrow, I going to participate in Operation Südlicht 2018 which explains the WW2 US Army 57mm anti-tank gun slipping into the painting queue.

On the way home we also hoping to stop by Tasmania Zoo in Launceston and check out the two Sumatran tigers which are recent arrivals to the zoo. A weekend of tigers, and wargaming ......

22 July 2018

But It Was My Mess.

Our oldest has moved back home as the cost of renting up in and around Hobart can only be described as 'ridiculous'. Beth, during the process of trying to fit Lachlan and his belongings back into our home decided to ruthlessly reorganise and tidy the house. She brought new bookcases, a sideboard and cleared a place in the study for my swords, but this also meant that the gaming room was fair game as well. It had become a bit of a mess but, I knew where most things were and now .... looking for something will be like going on a quest. Who knows what I'll encounter on the journey? But at least it will be treasure.

The unit of French infantry is progressing nicely and they're all nice and warm in their great coats, which is appropriate because it's the middle of winter here and cold. I'm making sure that I spend at least half an hour on them each day on them. Once the corp and divisional generals which are on their way in the post arrive I'll have all the miniatures on hand I need to complete French force for SCENARIO TWO: "The Austrians At Bay" - 1809 from Napoleons' Battle (1st Edition).


01 July 2018

There's Always One.

Previously I mentioned that I had until now resisted getting into Infinity, but there's always that one miniature you get regardless. About seven years ago I picked up a Infinity miniature from the local game store simply because I liked the look of it, it has a passing resemblance to a ESWAT member wearing 'orc' armour from the manga 'Appleseed'. Of course I put it somewhere safe and the other day I 're-discovered' it while I sorting through my as yet unassembled 28mm scale napoleonic miniatures.

The first Battalion of French line infantry is underway and since it's the middle of winter this unit and the next are wearing their great coats. But not these guy's shown in the image below, they aren't. So they will probably feeling a little blue with cold, which is apt as they are going to a light unit.

06 June 2018

Not A Diversion. But Perhaps, A Detour?

I'm currently playing the Battle of Salamanca scenario from Napoleon's Battles with Carl. It's all Carl's effort, we're using his collection of 15mm miniatures, the terrain Carl made the for the game and of course the rules are Napoleon's Battles (1st edition, we both like that one) and since it's been so long since either of us have really played with these rules, we're only using the basic rules (no advanced or optional).

The game is set up in Carl's gaming room and so far we managed two Saturday afternoon sessions and played seven of the twelve turns that make up the scenairo. We will finish up once Carl returns from his holidays and I'll make a more complete post about the game then.

But during the first session we were chatting and not surprisingly, since we were playing a napoleonic wargame but the topic of my Plan N came up and Carl mentioned that he had a box of unassembled 28mm napoleonic era Austrians.

I suggested that he put them together as a start to assembling the Austrian forces for SCENARIO TWO: "The Austrians At Bay" - 1809 from Napoleons' Battles scenario book, a small fictional encounter between the Austrians and French in 1809 with a view to playing the scenario. He agreed and of course that means that I in turn will put together the French force, which is made up of:

Army Commander: 1 x General.
1st Division: 1 x General, 24 x Light Infantry, 16 x Line Infantry.
2nd Division: 1 x General, 40 x Line Infantry.
3rd Division: 1 x General, 36 x Line Infantry.
Cavalry Division: 1 x General, 28 x Light Cavalry.
Reserve Artillery: 1 x 12 pounder cannon, 1 x 6 pounder cannon.

So ignoring the generals and cannon, I need:

24 x Light, or 'Legere' infantry miniatures.
92 x Line infantry miniatures.
28 x Light Cavalry Miniatures.

So have I departed from my intended painting queue once more? Well yes, and no. There is a battalion of French line infantry, 32 miniatures strong coming up in the queue and if at that point I include the four further infantry battalions I currently need for Plan N I will easily cover the amount of miniatures required for the three infantry divisions in the force listed above. Of course I will include the cavalry, generals and artillery in this push as well, but this detour goes a long way to helping me with my goal of building a 28mm scale Napoleonic French Collection.

05 June 2018

It's Big And It's Orange.

My Yu Jing Guijia TAG is finished sans the base. I haven't decided how to do the bases for these miniatures yet but quite a few of the third party partners of Corvus Belli make some nice bases too, so for now I'm going to leave them black and perhaps later get some nice bases.

31 May 2018

Release The Hound

Lachlan has had a bit of luck recently, he came into a old Armorcast Warhound Titan. He's cleaned it up and undercoated it black and now it's stomping around my Infinity terrain waiting for the rest of the paint.