11 January 2018

AHPCVIII: Fourth Submission-Epic Armageddon

It has been a year since I added any figures to my Epic Armageddon Blood Angels force. I thought to celebrate the dawn of 2018 that it would be nice to paint some. In AHPCVII, I had painted my way to just over 2000 points of a planned 3000 point force. Time to add some, methinks.

I had these 5 vehicles left over from the prize I won in last year's challenge, so they were pulled out yesterday from the lead pile and I rushed to get them done before the New Year. They are certainly much more complicated to do than WWII 6 mm armour. I still do not have it right, but they look a little better than last year's efforts.

Falchion Superheavy Tank Destroyer
A Company of Predator Destructors

10 January 2018

AHPCVIII: Third Submission-Some Linear Terrain

I suspect terrain pieces are a little more boring than figures, but I had quite a bit sitting around so I am happy to get a lot of it painted.

My gaming area is quite a mess, mostly because of the amount of terrain I have accumulated over the years. I am working to thin it out now and this means tossing stuff I will never use and get things painted that I might use. I saw some nice rolling bins at the Container Store the other day that will do well for terrain storage but the stuff is a little pricey so I want to make sure I utilize it to the maximum.

First up are some resin hedges that bought in a Kickstarter a couple of years ago from a company called Small Terrain, which unfortunately went bottoms up. A shame really as their pieces were quite nice. As you can see I bought quite a bit, roughly 18' I believe. Over the last couple of days I painted up the 8" pieces, I still have a number of 4" pieces to paint as well as some 6" corners.

They were primed black; the greenery was then heavily drybrushed with Thalo Green, then Sap Green 1:1 mixed with white followed by a light drybrush of Cadium Yellow. The dirt was heavily dry brushed with Raw Umber, then Raw Sienna followed by Titanium White. The rocks were then picked out with black, and successive lighter greys. As you can guess from the names I use Artist Acrylic Pastes, a little expensive maybe but great for this type of work.
As you can see they are 25mm high as you can just see these 28mm Alban Miniatures.
Maybe a little high for 1/72 but will do as hedges, not really tall enough for bocage .
We have a 140" here, almost 12'
I have done a lot of searching around for stone walls for my 1/72 WWII games and I found that for the price Italeri hard plastics are the best value and quality. Here we have 1 sprue, I have 8 sprues to paint. They very easily form corners and each sprue has a gate and nice end pieces. They are quite stable on gaming mats and do not tip over like some other wall I have used. 

Each Sprue has about 3' of walls
I think about 20mm high

31 December 2017

AHPCVIII: Second Submission-6mm American AFV's

My initial focus for Rommel has been the Western Desert Campaign but I thought I would mark this years Painting Challenge with American forces for the Tunisian campaign, of which I suppose the most famous battle was that of the Kasserine Pass.

Some models arrived from GHQ on Christmas Eve and I got to paint them up on a day off after Christmas. I made a larger order from CinC but they have yet to arrive, so this has given me a chance before I get overwhelmed to get these models on the table.
M3 "Lee" Tank
M7 "Priest" Self Propelled Artillery
Well I suppose that will be it for 2017. 

Happy New Year!

30 December 2017

AHPCVIII: First Submission-Monte Cassino

I have had this piece of terrain now for a couple of years. It is from Monday Knight Productions and it looked like a well detailed piece. I must of primed it when I first got it and than forgot about it until the Challenge.

The first question was how to paint it, I found some old colour photos and clearly it was a sandstone colour rather than a granite. That was not really going to work for me as most of my WWII gaming interest is in Normandy or the Eastern Front. I had painted up numerous pieces for Stalingrad and although this is not really an urban piece, I felt it probably would be more likely used if I did it in granite with red brick. I could not resist however doing some of the larger brick in a yellow colour.

This garnered me 80 points which I thought was a bit much.

27 December 2017

Terrain for 6mm Wargaming: North Africa Towns

The next piece of terrain needed for my Rommel Project was some town bases. I searched about on the internet, it was surprising how expensive 6mm terrain can be, but I eventually found some nice pieces from Monday Knight Productions that were reasonably priced.

Although my playing pieces are all 6mm, 1/285 buildings are way out of scale for Rommel where each 15cm grid is a square kilometre in ground scale. I felt it best to stick with a uniform scale for the games. After some thought I decided 3 kilometres of town was probably OK. I may add one further piece to make a 2 km square large town block but we will see. I used 13cm square bases from Batbases and glued the buildings on them. What follows was the process.
Glued building and then added some wood filler.
Same colours used as bases
I then painted each building a cream colour washed them Vallejo Sepia Wash and then drybrushed them white.
Decided to go with a central street as depicted in the photo above.
The mosque tile
An end piece
I like how they came out.
Well I have some more mountain pieces to do and I will have to figure out a way to represent some Wadis.

22 December 2017

Operation Battleaxe: A Scenario for Rommel

Last week we had our second game of Rommel. I had been searching about for a scenario that we could play next with the troops I had painted. I like playing historical scenarios so I decided to go with the next major operation after Operation Brevity in the British attempt to retake Tobruk in 1941: Operation Battleaxe. Operation Skorpion has an historical OB which is a bit small in scale for Rommel.

Day One of the operation was a pretty large affair and I was far from having enough bases to play with the full historical OB, so I decided to go with the situation as it was on the morning of June 16, 1941. I like writing gaming scenarios so I decided to have a go. You can find a link to the full scenario here with the historical background as well as the victory conditions. 
I was short of bases especially some British motorized infantry as well as specialized Axis infantry bases with 88's in an AT role. This was to take advantage of one of the optional rules for Rommel as found on the Honour forum. Some quick painting was performed and I was already to go last Friday.

Our game was played at the Hobby Bunker in Malden, MA. They have just added Friday as a late opening for gaming, it was a little quiet but it is early days. We started around 5 and played for almost 3 hours getting to turn 14 of 16 before we both had to leave. The game played out as follows. Adam played the British and I played the Axis.

The British did a little better than what happened historically and were able to capture Halfaya Pass, the Axis, however, were able to take Sidi Sulieman. Attrition wise, though the British won losing only 6 bases while the Germans lost 10, including all their Bersaglieri and one Panzer battalion. We decided to allow our forces to retreat at nightfall leaving behind forces to hold what was captured. On our next outing we will play June 17. It is going to be a challenge for the Axis with their diminished force, but the British will also have a challenge recapturing Sidi Sulieman and capturing 2 more of the DAK markers.

We made a couple of mistakes in rule interpretation, one which especially affected the Axis forces. The British captured the Axis supply and we wrongly treated this as Low Supply rather then Isolation causing the Axis to have a significant disadvantage in attacking, to a point where I could not attack but just focus on defense. We also for the first couple of turns screwed up the stacking limit on each grid and we still had some confusion with the utilization of Tactics. I believe we have it all sorted now though for our next game.

You can also find further photos on Adam's blog.