Help a widow, buy Napoleonic Miniatures!

black-powder-french-line-infantry-5683-0-1396615397000A dear friend passed unexpectedly. It was left up to me to help his widow by liquidating his collection. I was shocked to find nearly 10,000 miniatures still in their boxes. So, these have to go. All proceeds are going to the widow. I’m not taking any fees. It’s a huge collection and she deserves what she can get for it. However, neither of us know much about the period. I will create a discussion the forums so that people can discuss the items for sale. some items I will have to put up without having much knowledge of it. Luckily I do have part numbers for most of the boxed stuff. The loose lead, though, will be an interesting challenge. You can help!

Mark was a great guy and I’m happy to help out his family this way. I hope that you can help by spreading the word. I will be putting things up for sale one bin at a time. If there is something you want and don’t see I can make you a deal deal if you buy in larger quantities. There is other stuff for sale. Mainly O scale model railroad stuff. I am even more clueless about that, than I am about the Napoleonic soldiers. So, if you have any interest in that, let me know. I can’t tell you what most of it is, but I can say that I’m certain someone out there has a cross over interest between miniatures and model trains.

Western Gunfight Teaser photos

I’ve been working hard on my games for Siege of Augusta. So far I have 7 buildings assembled and several dozen miniatures ready. While I doubt the buildings will be fully painted in time, the game will be ready to play and I am certain people will have fun. I have to say, it’s almost a shame to paint these buildings. They look amazing! I have a very wide variety of figures and I plan on running pickup games to help fill some of the time slots if they need games. Work left to do includes filling in the bases and painting them, organizing the lot of them so that they can be taken to Siege and easy to set up once I get there, and the construction of a few more buildings.

Here are the photos. Enjoy!

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Ranchers vs Rustlers

I’ve been modifying The Rules with No Name [also see this free version] so that the game can be played quickly with a lot of players. Basically I made as much of the game simultaneous as possible with additional rules on handling some events out of sequence, such as calling people out onto the street for a challenge. I still need a few more play tests of the rules. I’m waiting for some custom Litko token sets to come in to help manage the game. I also recently got a large number of buildings from 4Ground and Sarissa Precision. I will be reviewing those and displaying pictures of them. If you have looked at them and though they look like they might be hard to put together, let me assure you they are a piece of cake and they look amazing!

More details to come. In the meanwhile enjoy these game photos.

Gaming the Old West

The project I started in getting figures out of boxes, painted and put on the table this year has gone well. For Old West, most of my non-Plains War figures are now painted. Terrain is getting made and the rules are almost ready for prime time! The Old West is a period that everyone gets. You don’t have to explain how to act in the scenario. The roles are so stereotyped now that people just get it. I love it myself. I haven’t played a big Old West game in a long time. I did a few play tests of the rules I plan on using in the last couple of weekends and I am really happy with them. The figures are being churned out by Combat Painter and they are all looking excellent. He is my favorite painter. I like him because he is very detail oriented. He has his own style so you may or may not like what he does but I think he is pretty good. Below is a figure he painted for me and I love it. At gaming distance all of his figures have the right amount of pop.

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Town Marshal with 12g double barrel shotgun. Street Sweeper!

Attack of the Movie Heroes

I’ve actually gotten some painting finished. Tomorrow I’ll put on some final touches but these are tabletop ready!

They will be used in a variant for Attack of the Mutants, only this time the threat is on the inside! Movie heroes are appearing in the Science Building after Percy downloaded 80’s and 90’s film to the wrong hard drive! Will the Professor’s and TAs or MSTU save the day by teleporting these lost heroes to another plane of existance where they can do some good or will the Science Building be destroyed for good this time?

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Finished figures. Alas the photo is underlit. I’ll take a better lit version later.

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Dark Ages Wargaming with Saga

 

DSC04780I’ve started playing Dark Ages gaming again after a long hiatus. What brought me back in are the rules published by Gripping Beast called Saga: Dark Age Skirmishers.

The rules are a hoot to read. The writing style is presents clear rules but with a great sense of humor. It makes it fun to get through them. The game is pretty simple, mechanically, but the mechanic of the Battle Boards is where it takes on a deep strategic flavor that I think most veteran gamers will really appreciate. The basics flow of the game is I Go, You Go with individual unit activation. A unit activates, does all of its actions then the next unit is activated. All of your units go, then your opponent does the same. The combat is also quite simple, with figuring out attack dice, trying to meet or beat the armor value, then defense dice to try and avoid wounds. If you’ve played any of the Warhammer games, it will seem very similar but not exactly the same.

DSC04772Where the game moves into it’s own greatness is with the battle boards. Each army has it’s own battle board. You roll Saga dice at the start of your turn and these dice help you figure out which of your battle board options you can choose. It’s based upon icons on the dice, with a 3, 2, 1 distribution.  The more powerful options require the icon that only comes up 1 in 6 times. Some options can activate on multiple dice but others REQUIRE multiple dice.

These Saga dice also determine what you can activate. This is where it gets rather interesting. The strongest troops (hearthguard or knights) can use any Saga die. The Warriors aren’t as flexible and levies are much more difficult to activate. AS it should be!

DSC04778Another innovation I like is the armies are really easy to pick out. All armies have three tiers of troops (Hearthguard, Warriors, Levies). Each faction has a few basic rules that allow you to equip your troops differently than the other factions. The benefit here is that army generation is really quite simple and there isn’t a lot of gaming the point system.

Overall, the game looks to be easy to explain, reasonably fast play and has lots of period flavor delivered through a clever mechanism. There is more to it than I’ve written here. I am certain that many gamers, the first thing they will think about is “how can I adapt this system to X” with X being one or more of the following:

  • Zombies
  • Other Ancient periods
  • Star Wars
  • WWI
  • WWII
  • Modern Afghanistan
  • Pod Racing
  • Giant Monster Games
  • Aliens

Ha, you think I joke. Read the rules. You will love them and you will want to find as many uses for the concept as you can. It’s that good!

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Silhouette Cameo Paper Cutter for Paper Terrain and Models

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Hey there! Long time no post because work and stuff! Yeah, loving the job. Saving lots of money because I am working all the time and don’t have time to get sucked into Kickstarters and Games and all that. Anyway, I am still interested in my goals for this year which include terrain building. I’ve started on some projects and I will write more about them later. The real news is that I’ve discovered that paper models, by hand, are incredibly difficult! And time consuming. And one mistake and it’s over. So I decided to get the right tool for the job so that I don’t waste a ton of time.

Introducing! The Silhouette Cameo paper cutter. For under $250US you get a 12″ wide computer controlled cutter, software for creating the cut files or loading cut files and a few extras. Mine came with two cutting mats, tools and pens (I didn’t realize you could use the thing like a draft plotter as well!) As you can see in the photo above it is pretty compact. However it does a hell of a job.

WP_20130414_011As you can see here I cut out the logo for the Adeptes Astartes. It wasn’t very hard at all to make the logo, starting with a black and white version of it. Auto tracing does most of the work. I then went back and recreated the eyes and nose. What you are looking at is what’s left after I’ve peeled the 12″ x 12″ sheet off of the sticky cutting mat. The sheet could be used easily as a frame for air brushing the logo onto a wall or an army carrying box or the side of your personal ride. The bits left behind could be added to anything. Be creative!

I had it cut out letters as well but some of the fine curves and inner cuts managed to mess it up so perhaps another time with another font.  You can play with the software as it is free. Go there and download it. It’s dead simple to figure out. To get your own Cameo just follow this link.

 

crotale IIIc Model

I just picked this up tonight from Genet Models. I’ve gone all in on paper craft for 2013. I love several of the models at Genet and a few of them will help fill out my projects and help me complete my goals for this year. I’m aware there is a learning curve with paper craft and I am hoping the more models I build and the more dedication I show to it the better I’ll get.

Crotale IIIc

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Treasure From the Basement: A.T.A.C. APC

A.T.A.C. APCAlready my first project done. I found this model in my basement this morning. I’ve had it, what, 15+ years? How many times did it hit the table in that time? Not one that I recall! I got Woodbine Designs Not Aliens Colonial Marines at Historicon so I’m keeping this baby and putting it to work. When I found it, it was missing 3 wheels and the turret. Some digging and luck turned them all up. A bit of glue and she is good to go!

This is what I’m talking about. This baby you can still get here online. Who wouldn’t want 17 quid in their pocket all for the cost of 3 drops of superglue? I know I would and this is a pretty doable project – right up there with several of the others I have planned to finish. The key is – are the elements of this project that can combine with other projects? The more overlap you can find the better as it maximizes your work. A one off building only good for one project? Don’t waste your time. A building or model you can re-use in many projects – that is a winner!

This model could use some more paint. It looks cool, though, so it will be a popular piece to have on the table.