Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pikes, Elephants and More Pikes!

Once again I had the pleasure of playing in my friends Michael's ancients game.  This month was Macedonian Greeks with an awesome array of pike units.  The models looked great but I did manage to stick myself with several pikes in my arm and partial destroyed a stand of Greeks due to me catching the pikes and pulling the unit off of the table!


In addition to all the pike units, we had cavalry (light, heavy and Cataphractii) as well as some scythed chariots and Elephants.

My co-general, Bill, devised a plan of waiting back and letting the enemy come to us.  I held the right flank and was facing the Cataphracts which I was very nervous about.  I held up his lighter cavalry on that flank and positioned myself to be able to flank but all for nothing.  His cavalry broke through my wing and began to attack my infantry flanks.  My unit held a few turns but I failed to do enough damage in the center to break any of my opponents models (plus some damn good rolls on their part as well!).

We had broken through on their right flank as well but one unit of infantry held up our forces and bought their army enough time to break us in the middle.  In the end, it was a defeat for our side, but still a really fun and awesome looking game.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2014 Off To A Slow Start



It looked like my posting schedule was starting to pick up in the 2nd half of 2013 but sadly it all fell apart with the holidays.  So this is very late but I wanted to start 2014 with a look back at my hobby resolutions for 2013 and a look at what is ahead for 2014.
So below is my resolutions for 2013 and the indication if they were completed or not.
  • Paint a Confederate Brigade (130+ figs) for the Guns of April project (DONE)
  • Finish my Fallschirmjager additions for FOW (PARTIALLY)
  • Finish my FOW terrain (FAIL)
  • Play more FOW games (DONE)
  • Play in a FOW tournament (FAIL)
  • Paint two new 600 point LotR armies (DONE)
  • Paint 1000 points for the Badab War project
  • Play some 40k games (FAIL)
So 3 complete and one partial out of 8.  About the same as in 2012. The completed projects were really enjoyable especially the Guns of April ACW project.  I also have two new armies for LotR, something I sorely needed.  And I actually played 5+ games of FOW which is a LOT for me.




My resolutions for this year are mostly house cleaning for the things I failed to complete in 2013.
  • Finish my Fallschirmjager additions for FOW
  • Finish Jordanians for Arab/Israli war FOW
  • Finish FOW terrain
  • Play in a FOW tournament at Adepticon
  • Paint a 750 evil force for LotR
  • Paint 1000 points of IG
  • Play 40k
I'll try and keep the list a little smaller and see if that helps me get my hobby list finished this time. To give you a preview of one of my projects, here is my first 600 points of Jordanian M48 Pattons for FOW Arab-Israeli War

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bilbo's Birthday Bash 2013



Bilbo's Birthday Bash 2013 is over and what a FANTASTIC event it was!  Above you can see a variety of pictures from my games and a few of other forces including Jeremy William's Best Middle-earth theme award winning force.
I had 6 fun games even though I lost more than I won.  The new venue at the Northbook Hilton was great and the swag for registering was outstanding as always. The Hero Tracker was a genius idea and I had to buy more so I had one for each of my White Council members of my force.

Stay tuned for more pics of my two forces and my thoughts on what is next for LotR for me in 2015.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Where have you been hiding?

Over the first half of this year I was really proud of my efforts to keep this blog updated.  I was getting in at least one post a month and sometimes more.  But suddenly, summer hit and I found myself with less time to update things here.  I was doing stuff, just nothing I had the time to post about.  But as we enter fall it's time to get this blog back on schedule and for me to get my hobby mojo back.

In the meantime, here are a few of the things I've been up to these past couple of months.

 
I don't play Eldar but when they new codex was released I was really intriqued by the new models, especially the Wraithguard and the Wraithknight.  My local GW store was running a painting competition with a Wraith theme and I was talked into entering.  Not wanting to drop $100+ on a Wraithknight I went for the new Wraithguard kit.
 
This is the first new GW plastic kit I've assembled and I was amazed at the quality and the versatility of the kit.  You can very easily create different poses with no need of conversion.  I chose a basing theme that matched my Imperial Guard army I'm planning with the thought that I could do an Eldar ally contingent for my future army.




 
 
Stay tuned for more recaps of my summer hobby projects AND a preview of my new Lord of the Rings armies for Bilbo's Birthday Bash in a few weeks.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

More Flames of War.....Finally

I've been wanting to play Flames of War more but since last year that has not happened.  Until this month when I finally managed to get a game in against my friend Tyler.  I took 1800 points of my German Fallschirmjager against his Russian Stralkovy.  This was my first time to try out my potential additions including a Machine Gun Platoon and a Mortar Platoon.  Both worked well, especially the Machine Gun Platoon so I'll likely be adding the maximum of two to my force. We finally had a full game and had the chance to do more assaults so we are starting to learn the rules a bit more.

So, stay tuned as my next projects are to finish my additional units and tank hunters as well some terrain for my own table. 






Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The High Tide of the Confederacy

Our Guns of April game for 2013, Gettysburg, was a fantastic event and you can see a quick recap of the game over at the Guns of April blog.  I also have some shots of my own forces in action from that game and will try and get those up either here or on the Guns of April site in the near future.  Although the game was called as a minor Union victory, my pride still won't accept this fact.

All joking aside, this was another great project and I was thrilled by how much I was able to get done.  I fell short by one stand (a horse holder) to use when my cavalry dismounted, which it turns out, never did anyway!

So below are shots of the finished force I painted for the event.  Knowing I could get this together has given me hope of not only adding more confederates but starting on a Union counterpart to this force.  Only time will tell.




 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Romans vs. Italians

I've been doing more historical gaming with a local group of gamers and really enjoying a different aspect to miniature games as a result.  I've always worked on projects for a tournament or maybe with a couple of friends but due to gamer ADHD I never get much done and thus my dreams of some epic battle with tons of figures stays just a dream.

Not so with this group.  These guys have made the dream of an EPIC battle a reality by collecting a huge number of figures, usually for both sides of a conflict.  Playing in their games is great as I get to see huge armies on the field, push some figures around and have a great time with some great guys.  Best thing is, I don't have to bring a thing to participate as they have all the figures!

My most recent game with the group was an Ancients battle put on by our friend Mike.  He had his Republican Romans vs. various Italian Tribes.  Not only did it look great but I had the pleasure of seeing a LOT of our Gorgon Studios Etruscans on the field.  Really an inspiration for me and maybe someday I can get something half as large an army painted up.
Etruscan 1st Class Hoplites (Gorgon Studios)
Etruscan 2nd Class Spearmen (Gorgon Studios)
Etruscan Chariot and Cavalry (Gorgon Studios)
 
My count showed over 500 figures on the table which is something I've rarely had the pleasure of seeing in person.  We used the Impetus ruleset that the group (besides myself) are familiar with.  It appears to be a fairly "basic" ruleset which, although maybe not be as flexible in tactical variety, makes for a quick, easy game that anyone can play.  For me, I just want to see some cool models, roll some dice and have some laughs so simple is fine by me.
 
I rolled off and won the chance to play on the Italian side against the Romans.  The two armies lined up, our skirmishers scuffled in the middle and our cavalry forces clashed together on our right flank.  The chariots were quickly dispatched by the Roman cavalry but Wendel, our cavalry commander, managed to hold up the Roman's left flank nearly the entire game.  This bought the rest of us, commanding the infantry, time to advance on the Romans and hopefully finish off enough of their infantry that the cavalry clash wouldn't matter.

 
Although my slingers drove off the Roman skirmishers they failed to do much damage to the Hastati beyond and were quickly driven off as well.  So after several turns our infantry lines collided and although our rolls were good the Roman's were better.  I've never seen so many 6's rolled for pilum throws than I saw in the first couple of rounds of combats, which took a nasty toll on our Italians.
 
In the final round both forces were within one unit of breaking.  Wendel's cavalry had bought us enough time to finish them but sadly we came up just short and managed to fail the one leadership check that lost us the final unit and the game.  So, the Romans eked out a win but just barely.
 
It was a great game despite our loss and it left me inspired to finish my Republican Romans (the same minis from Crusader that Mike used in the game) and then work on an opposing force in the form of our Gorgon Studios Etruscans.  If I could get 100 figures in each force someday I'd be happy.  500+ will probably never happen for me, but one can dream.