19 December 2016

Second World War Brashness.

Carl dropped over for a game the other night and we played 'Flames Of War'. It was an excuse for me to resurrect my 'late-war' British army. Some time ago I had my models and miniatures neatly laid out in a tray and one of my son's friends dropped something on the tray causing some damage. Personally I think I took the mishap well. I carefully put the tray away in a cupboard and didn't look at them for a very long time (Lachlan's friend got to continue living with all his body parts in the right places as well). Anyway Carl's inexplicable enthusiasm for 'Flames Of War' has nudged me to do something about them. So armed with some glue I set about repairing the damage, which wasn't as bad as I thought, I put together an armoured squadron and had a game with Carl, during which I was throughly thrashed.

But after the game I got to thinking. It might be nice to have one more platoon of Sherman tanks and immediately reminded myself that I was in the middle of a push to finish my initial Bolt Action / KonFlikt'47 American force and once that's complete I'm heading back to my 'painting queue'. But then I noticed this at the local gaming shop, with a discount of 40% off the marked price, too good to pass up. Now I have that extra platoon and then some, that german Marder I pickup years ago will finally have some friends.

But of course it's going under the tree for Christmas, honest.

24 November 2016

Another Find.

I have spent the last couple of weeks visiting my parents up in Townsville, Queensland. If you look carefully in the image below you can see Townsville on the horizon, off in the distance.

While I was there a friend gave me this. My old copy of 'Ultra Modern Army Lists & Organisation. Volume 2'.

Another find to add to my growing collection on old wargaming stuff.

04 November 2016

A Good Game Is A Fast Game, At Good Games.

Lachlan and I went along to to Good Games, Hobart last Wednesday night for some 'Bolt Action'. We watched a couple of games and then got stuck in ourselves.

The scenario objective was to capture or kill, preferably capture Lachlan's fallschirmjager platoon commander. Lachlan and I settled in for a game of mayhem which came to a screaming halt as my Sherman tank dropped a building own Lachlan's commander bring the game to a quick end.

'Sgt Slaughter' (that's what I'm calling the squad NCO I've mentioned in previous posts) didn't even get a look in, much to the relief of his squad.

27 October 2016

At It Again?!

Played our first game of Konflikt'47 at Good Games Hobart last Wednesday night and the squad NCO mentioned in my last blog post is starting to make a habit of getting the squad wiped out and surviving to do something impressive. Maybe he's a bit of a glory hound out 'gong' hunting. This time he faced down somne bio-engineered Schreckwulfen.

Lachlan and I also managed to play through a game of Bolt Action at home as well over the weekend. After each playing three games the other week we both though it would be a good idea to get a better grasp of the rules.

17 October 2016

Losing In Style - I Didn't See Anyone Else Standing On A Enemy Panther?

I managed to complete 80% of my 1000 point late war US Army Bolt Action force for the competition being held at the local shop last weekend and over the course of the day played three games. My first three games of Bolt Action and I lost all three of them, but I had a great time. 
Lachlan got his fallschirmjager finished and didn't show up his Dad by losing his three games as well. But he must of enjoyed himself because he went to the pub afterwards

Now the plan is to finish painting the rest my 1000 points and then get the handful of KonFlikt'47 units I have done as well, because Lachlan already has his KonFlikt'47 miniatures out and is already working on them.

After that, it's back to the painting queue! Mind you Beth is making noises about me making a start on her US Airborne ........

The table beside my first game.

My first game of the day, against a Japanese army.

Losing in style.
Lachlan's opponent demonstates how big his 'unit' is.

My third game, played out on some excellent terrain.

21 September 2016

It Was Inevitable.

I've been feeling rather pleased with myself, I'd passed the hump of the 'painting queue' and I've been making good progress on the three cosmo navy space cruisers and then a opportunity presents itself.

As I mentioned in a previous post Lachlan brought me a copy of the KonFlikt'47 rulebook as a father's day present, he also went and got himself a fallschirmjager starter army for Bolt Action 'proper'. His plan is to cover both his bases by starting with a 'proper' historical army with the fallschirmjager and then add KonFlikt'47 troops like 'Schreckwulfen' (bio engineered werewolves) crossing into the 'hysterical' period. And as luck would have it in just under a month a Bolt Action tournament is being held at the local Good Games shop.

So I've put a hold on the 'painting queue' and Lachlan and I have signed up for the tournament and are eagerly working away assembling two 1000 points forces. Obviously fallschirmjager for Lachlan and late war US army for myself.

04 September 2016

Wargaming 1:1 Scale?

You know how it goes, that old saw where one wargamer tells the other that wargaming can't be a realistic representation of warfare and the only way to do that is get a bunch of people, a piece of ground and the right gear.......... Well........

And as well as beards and the protective gear we also have .... that's right. You guessed it and piece of ground.

Lachlan and I are interested in learning about Sword and Shield in the next step on our HEMA journey and a local blacksmith made us these excellent shields and Lachlan came up with the idea of putting the shield design from Beth's 28mm Dwarf army on them. SO, 1:1 Saga anyone? We even have the goats.

24 August 2016

He 's A Good Son

Lachlan turned up at work yesterday with early father's day present, a copy of the new Konflikt '47 rules. A standalone variant of Bolt Action where the world war two didn't end and things like zombies, werewolves and super science make an appearance.

Subtle is he?

12 August 2016

It's Good To Have Friends

My inadvertent quest for older rulesets continues with the arrival of a copy of 'Challenger2000'. A friend visiting from Townsville for work caught up with us and mentioned to me that he had this book and on his return home mailed it down to me.

Also work continues on the three cosmo navy cruisers

01 August 2016

Arrived In The Post.

I used to own a copy of this but I passed it on to somebody else a very long ago. I found a copy for sale on the net and so .....

It's a campaign supplement for Command Decision dealing with the German Invasion of Russia during world war two, Operation Barbarossa. To make it manageable (there's a relative term) everything was divided by 25, hence the name. If there's 100 tanks, then you have four. 100 kilometres becomes 4 kilometres and so on.

18 July 2016

Ready To Begin Flight Operations.

99% complete, just have to varnish it. A non-scale kit from the second Space Battleship Yamato anime series.

Next item in the queue takes me back to 'Operation M' and three cosmo navy crusiers from the modern 'Space Battleship Yamato 2199' series.

02 July 2016

Half Way There And I'm Back To 'Hell'

'Workbench Hell' that is, I've finished the current item on the painting queue, a battalion of Napoleonic French infantry from Plan N. And that means that it's time to rescue another item from what I refer to as 'workbench hell'. That place where a large number of my miniatures and models lay half finished gathering dust.

The next Item on the list is Bandai non-scale model kit of a carrier from the original Space Battleship Yamato series and importantly, I've reached the half way mark for the painting queue.

And now to decide on what type of cake I want.

27 June 2016

Back To The Source.


I recently travelled to Townsville, Queensland. My Dad was recovering from surgery and I went north to hang out with him.

While poking about his 'mancave' I came across this stashed away in his bookcase.

It was given to me on about my eighth birthday and a friend asked the obvious question - "Was this what started it all?" Of course not, but it certainly helped.

05 June 2016

No plan survives .....

It's an old maximum, but it's oh so true. Not to invoke 'Game Of Thrones' but here in Tasmania, winter has come and getting out of my nice warm bed at 'oh dark hundred' to paint some miniatures is a lot less inviting. But the solution is simple, wait till it's warm, so on weekdays at least I paint for an extra half hour in the evening.

The other threat to the successful of completion of the painting queue and having my cake is new distractions .... er I mean 'projects'. The Team Yankee bonus level being an obvious example. So to deal with these surprises I've given over my weekend painting time to them. Doing things like painting up some 28mm scale Germans for 'Bolt Action' (Beth's 101st Screaming Eagles will need something to shoot at) or helping Lachlan with his WH40K Knight (Father/Son time). Things like this are indeed hardships that I must bear ........ 

17 May 2016

Gentleman And A Scholar?

Both Lachlan and myself are members of the Hobart branch of the Stoccata School of Defence which practices historical European swordsmanship and last Saturday (the 14th) along with Matthew Boyd from the Launceston branch we participated in a prize fight for our scholar's rank, using English Shortsword

A prize fight consists of six three minute rounds with other members of Stoccata who bout with us not to beat us to a pulp but so we have the opportunity to prove that we are safe, competent fencers. While waiting for my go I managed to video two of Lachlan's bouts and later when Lachlan was keeping the world safe from the scourge of milk bottles.

12 May 2016

Time To Look To The Flanks

I've completed the centre, the fusiliers and now all I have to do paint the grenadier and voltigeur miniatures for the flank companies. Only eight to do and this part on the painting queue will be complete.

Soon I will have my cake and eat it.

04 May 2016

A Napoleonic Era Journal In The Local Bookshop. How Cool Is That?

Like the title says, a local second hand book shop 'Cracked and Spineless' found a journal from 1811 belonging to Royal Engineer.

You can read more about it HERE.

01 May 2016

A Simpler Time ....

Once upon a time, before photoshop and graphic tablets all you needed was a a pad of hex/graph paper, a pencil and maybe a nikko pen and you could make whole worlds. I found this at the bottom of a draw, maybe I should do something with it?

26 April 2016

Boudica or Beth?

Busy weekend on the gaming front. We started with a four way free for all with Star Wars X Wing, Carl came over and we each took a 100 point force and charged around an asteroid field. Lachlan flying the 'Ghost' went down first, then Carl and with finally myself conceding the game with a surviving B Wing being chased two tie fighters, leaving Beth with victory.

On Monday afternoon Beth and I headed over to Carl's and played a Flames of War game run by Carl. A British force under Beth attacked a defending German infantry force, controlled by myself. Who were waiting for reinforcements, a couple of Tiger tanks and Panzer IIIs, unfortunately the armour didn't arrive before the British gained their objective.

Boudica .... er,  Beth once again was victorious.

25 April 2016

On The Workbench - On The Face Of It

I'm well into the third block of eight for the current unit for Plan N and their faces are now sporting gallic expressions of distain and being the weekend I undercoated the bonus level M1 tanks and stated adding paint to the fuselage of the two Cobra helicopters. 

18 April 2016

Stay On Target!

Beth and I went along and participated in the local shop's Star Wars X Wing competition last Saturday, didn't win any games but had lots of fun.

12 April 2016

Plan N - Onwards! To The Cake!

I've finished the second block of eight and I'm even making progress on Beth's 'bonus level' as evidenced by the 'Team Yankee' M577 in the background.

I can almost taste that cake.