09 May 2018

I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country ...

... He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.

The last three miniatures from the 'Operation: Red Veil' starter pack for Infinity are so close the being complete that I keep picking up the two TAGs (that's Tactical Armoured Gear, in 'Infinity Speak'. Or for the rest of us, mecha.) I picked up for my Yu Jing and Haqqislam forces. But last night for a change of pace I jumped in and finished off the miniature of General Patton that turned up with the Bolt Action 2nd edition rule book. So why not start the post off with a quote from the film 'Patton'.

But speaking of Bolt Action I can't help but notice that been almost two years now since I picked up Bolt Action and of course, KonFlikt'47. And once I complete the Beyond Red Veil expansion pack I'm hoping to finally return to the my painting queue and there's three 1/1000th scale cosmo navy crusiers in 'drydock' and another 'big battalion' of French napoleonic infantry for 'Plan N' in line not too far after that. Two years ago I promised myself a cake once the queue is finished and you know what? I want that cake.

30 April 2018

Lost In .....

SSSSPPPAAACCCEEE ....... Ok, I'll admit to giving the NETFLIX series 'Lost In Space' a watch, I'm old enough to have watched the original when it was broadcast on the TV, syndicated reruns and the new series is nothing like it. No quirky space alien of the week, instead the characters have to survive the alien planet and each other. It's quite good, and I'd recommend giving it a watch.

But even accounting for this one moment of weakness, my progress on my Infinity miniatures is tracking along nicely. I've divided my time between actual miniatures and assembling terrain to fight around. 

And here we see Lachlan swearing blind that he's not at all interested in playing Infinity  .... Not in the slightest .... Never. Ever! All while soundly thrashing me playing ..... you guessed it. Infinity, after all if I'm going to paint the miniatures and assemble the terrain. It's only right he put it to good use.

11 April 2018

Those Long Dark Nights ....

Winter is coming and with it those long dark nights and come Monday Beth will be travelling for work for the next eight weeks, what to do? But wait, what is this? A box full of goodies, just the prescription that will save me from the temptation that is NETFLIX.

Of course there's some loot for Beth too, but of course she'll have to wait until she's home for her trip.

I've blocked out a plan that involves completing the miniatures in the Red Veil pack, I'll expand my  Yu Jing and Haqqislam forces to their full 300 points by following the suggestions in the booklet the came with the pack. One would hope that the guys who produce the game won't steer me too wrong?

I'll follow that up with the Beyond Red Veil Expansion pack, altogether this should provide me with a good selection of miniatures with which I can play (at least in the short term ..... ).

Sounds like a plan, right? Then Beth struck. This turned up at work the other day.

Back around our birthdays Beth had taken advantage of Corvis Belli's pre-order bundle for the Japanese Secessionist Army (JSA) and now it's here.

BUT here's me staying on task. I will not falter in my goal, NETFLIX will not tempt me.

20 March 2018

But You're ... Well ... You Know ... A Woman?

Beth was in Melbourne for work a last week, so she took the opportunity to check out a local gaming store and the range of Infinity miniatures, terrain, etc they had on offer and she brought me home a 'Fat Yuan Yuan' which I think is very cool.

But the guy working behind the counter was taken aback not only with the appearance of a woman who was interested in a miniature game but also her choice of faction that she was interested in, Nomads.

So of course there was a bit of mansplaining about what he considered to be the faction she should be interested in.

But to be fair, if you set Beth's gender aside for a moment, the need to explain why the Nomad faction was the wrong choice was probably going to happen anyway. 

Come guys' admit the truth. We've all been there, the need to display the our superior grasp of whatever it is in front of us at the time and it's not because we're men. It's because we're inept, nerdy. tabletop wargamers. This guy was lucky enough to score bonus points because .... Well ... You know .....

But as you might have guessed Beth's interest in the Nomad faction means she too has fallen down the Infinity rabbit hole and it all started at the pub one Friday evening 

We had been out celebrating some friends recent birthdays with beer and pizza when on the way home Beth stopped by the local Good Games here in Hobart and picked up a Nomad Corregidor Command army box. Once at home she picked through my Operation: Icestorm starter box and happy with the miniatures she had selected she returned the balance from both the Corregidor Command and Operation: Icestorm packs to me. 

Ignoring my muted mutterings about "....how I wanted to paint that one... " she's set about assembling and painting her force and ordered more through the local shop. But I shouldn't really complain as I've ended up with more miniatures.

19 March 2018

'Super-STACK' me!

I've been a bit busy since I last posted about the ongoing Federation Commander campaign I've been playing with Lachlan, but we have progressed. Our borders have expanded, we've met new civilisations and most importantly each other.

We immediately concentrated our available units and powerful engines of destruction sat glaring at each other across the 'neutral zone' while to our respective rear areas, scouts and survey vessels sought out strange new worlds.

And while we in the process of resolving one of these first contact situations we ran into an artefact of the game which has left both Lachlan and myself somewhat disappointed, SUPER-STACKS.

Let me start with a bit of background, Lachlan was about to bring the benifits of civilisation to a neutral Gorn planet he discovered. We had no illusions about the eventual outcome of the game we were about to play. Lachlan was bringing a group of six Klingon D6s and captured Romulan battlehawks to the to face off against a Gorn Dreadnought and frigate. We imagined we would see a 'bear verse a pack of wolves' situation, eventually the bear would be overcome but not before doing some damage to it's attackers.

This was the first time we had a force this large in the campaign, up until now it's about three vessels aside. On a whim Lachlan put all six of his vessels in a single stack, the afore-mentioned 'SUPERSTACK' and right about then we realised something and stopped the game. We knew about the arbitrary limitation allowing only three vessels to fire out of the stack at a single target in a impulse, through a hexside. This single limitation doesn't appear to out weigh  the benefits of stacking your whole fleet into a single stack, which is in effect a 'super-vessel'. The stack was impervious to the dreadnought, safety in numbers in indeed. 

We poked around the Federation Commander forum to find out if we had missed something only to find the according to a post by the games publisher that games involving super-stacks as he referred to them was the norm for him.

There doesn't appear to be any area of effect weapons in Federation Commander, maulers work differently from when I played Starfleet Battles and transporter bombs didn't make it across. Maybe a Lyran ship with a ESG ramming the stack might cut it? But the best response seems to be that you match the stack with one of your own. Something that wasn't going to happen in this game, but then I can't see such a game being little more than pushing your stack forward until it's in weapon range followed by a lot of dice rolling.

Federation Commander, I thought it was a nice game if you're got several vessels dogfighting for position but now I'm convinced that every vessel in my force should run around in a single stack, even if that force is only two strong. I'm surprised at the acceptance of what to me is a flaw in the game. But perhaps to others that's the type of game they enjoy?

04 March 2018

To Infinity! ..... And Beyond!

Progress on my Haqqislam and Yu Jing miniatures from the 'Operation: Red Veil' starter set for the Infinity miniatures game. I've started on the 'line troops' (Gulam and Zhanshi) which appear in the first mission and will work through the rest of miniatures as they appear in the later missions. Once I managed that I'll break out the 'Beyond Red Veil' expansion and work through them.

I've got some busy evenings ahead if I want to get them all painted before the 17th.

23 February 2018

There's No School Like The Old School

A surprise turned up in the mail the other day, Jim Getz sent us a copy of "Duke Seifried and the Development of American Wargaming", something to give us a look at "the 'Analog Days' of wargaming" as Jim put it.