Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Well, Mr.smarty pants have you ever gone back in time? I farted way out of an elevator.

I just finished my Guild Ball field!  The game is great fun.  It almost replaces Blood Bowl for me.  My only gripe about the game is that you cannot make your own teams and players. 
You have to use the teams provided for the game.  That being said the teams are awesome.  I currently own five of them.  I have the Brewers (completely painted except for Stoker), the Alchemists, the Butchers, the Morticians and the Fishermen.

I go back and forth on which team I like.  The Brewers are a favorite due to the fact that I painted them first.  The plaid tartans really are a nice touch to giving them lots of character.  Mash has a great ability thay allows him to immediately volley the ball into the goal if it is passed to him.  His miniature is also amusing. The Morticians are also a team that appeals to me.  Their field control mechanics look Intriguing and I really like the models.  And then there are the alchemists.  Their area of effect attacks can really hem the other team in and hinder plans.  You have to choose between avoiding a possible play or taking damage and possibly a bad status effect.  Steam forged recently updated the stats for Midas (the team captain) and Katalyst (the blocker/lineman).  Midas is an awesome forward attacker.  Look out for him as he is a very aggressive forward with lots of kick range.  Katalyst is a flaming inferno.  He always has the burning condition.  While he is always losing life he can also hurt the opposing team.  I am not sure how to use him.  He is definitely a maverick.

And finally there are the fishermen.  They were championed by a friend of mine named (Death) Michelle.  She always played them so I never got to give them a try.  They are very fast and can score early goals well.  Where they suffer is mid to late game.  Their low armor and health will result in many knock outs by the opposing team.  I plan on painting them.  (Death) Michelle wants me to paint Angel with a purple headband / scarf.

They all have very different play styles that make for a unique game every match.  Someone likened GB to Warmachine/Hordes.  I have to agree it does share some similarities.

My field took some time to make.  It was worth it as I now have a fully portable field.  I think it looks much better than the mat.

I plan on posting again in about a month or two.  I have really gotten behind due to life.
I want to thank Buttley and Metal Jenn from the SHARE program in Atlanta, Ga.  They helped me make the field a possibility.  Just when I was about to give up Buttley reminded me about it and helped me get started.  It was a little push and it went a long way.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Moving Day!  It feels like a moving month.  My family and I packed up our lives in Utah.  We made the long trek across the country to Knoxville, Tennessee.  This is especially difficult if you have two small children with you.  It was even more challenging due to my traumatic brain injury.  I am lucky that I can function.  Some people with a TbI are vegetables.  
I have a new hobby area in the place we live.  It has taken some time to get everything in order.  The kids have started to have a routine.  



Here is my new setup.  It is humble.  I really need another desk lamp.  I apologize for the poor quality picture.






I have been going back on forth on upgrading my 6mm DbMM models from 40mm frontages to 60mm frontage bases.  I finally decided to try it.  I am glad I did.  The differences are astounding.  As you can see from the picture below there is a 40mm blade base and a 60mm blade base.  The larger size gives a more diorama quality to the stand.  It looks better with the cavalry stands and psiloi.  Blade stands are supposed to be close order infantry.  Bd (F) stands are more spread out.  
I was reluctant to move to this frontage because of the cost of making an army goes up.  It does do that but the results are worth it.  Instead of getting 6 stands per bag of Baccus 6mm infantry I get 4 stands.  Some stands are not affected such as bows, auxilia, and psiloi.  

Whenever I see a gaming blog entry near the first of the year everyone shows off their new stuff.  I always get jealous because I very rarely get any wargame stuff...even though I give my wife a list of possible presents.  
This time I did get some swag.  These bags are my Vikings and Early Samurai models.  I have wondered how westerners would fare against samurai.  This is definitely in the realm of fantasy.  My premise is that a viking raider expedition manages to make it to Japan sometime between 860-950 AD.  The vikings did settle in Kiev sometime in the late 9th century.  I imagine that they kept sailing and setting up settlements.  Maybe a Arabic Sultan hired Viking mercenaries to sail east and plunder the mysterious Japans.  
My two armies consist of 125 AP.  They will be based on 60mm frontages.  I like the earlier period of Samurai more than the later Muromachi or Sengoku period (15th-16th century).  They lack the ashigaru and the Samurai class are only very high ranking nobles.  The Samurai fight mounted with bows and are followed closely by retainers with naginata and spears.  This translates into a very BIG stand for DbMM.  It is a double based Irr Cv (O) stand and a Irr Aux (I) stand.  Auxilia are only 12 models per base.  Cavalry stands look good with 11 to 12 models.  I want to model horsemen with several warriors on foot standing around them.  Since they are Irregular the groups will be in random clumps.  It is going to be a fun project.


 
My current project is a 20mm Late Imperial Roman army for DbA.  I have a little bit done.  The bases have a 12cm frontage.  The idea came from looking at Impetus based units.  They look amazing.  See for yourself if they look good.  I still need to base them though.  Money is tight and I must wait to get some materials.

 Numidian light horse
 Late Roman Clibinari... I have one more guy to paint and glue to the base.  These guys are really metal.

 A stand of Late Roman bowmen skirmishing.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Hey, hey. Wait. What's a fellowship? It's a gay bar down on 9th. Aren't you glad we're thanking the Lord for a nautically themed gay bar?! Xyston 1/600 Greek Trireme review.

I wanted to do a review of the Xyston 1/600 Greek Trireme.  I think ancient naval combat is really interesting.  The loss of life is staggering.  I do not glorify that fact.  

Xyston mailed this and another one just like very quickly.  Each ship comes in a little cocaine bag like the one shown in this photo.

The kit comes with sails unfurled and furled (?).  You could also do the ship with the masts but no sails.  I have also seen other people model their ships with no masts or sails.  You really get a lot of options for your money.

I will warn you that this kit has no instructions.  You will have to look at reference material on the internet or elsewhere.  It took me some time to figure out where the mast spines went.  I wish Xyston would post some instructions.




Here is the finished model.  I decided to have the main sails deployed and the smaller sails tied up.  I also added some rigging to make the ship look cooler.  Xyston also sells crewmen and marines to run around on the decks of your ships.  They probably look better on the larger Hellenistic and Roman era ships.  I have added green stuff to simulate waves.  It is very similar to my Italian WW2 ships basing.  

These ships are awesome.  I was expecting them to be smaller in scale.  There are a few other companies that sell ancient era ships.  I am not on a first named basis but their product also looks good.  I plan on using these ships in games of DbMM and DbA.  

Highly recommended!!!



The Creature thus be formed... The Creature thus be formed!!

I was inspired by Jimmy Kimmel's finger of shame bit.  This beer can with a straw in it was really 
bad.  I think that a construction worker was sipping on this while he worked.  He has every right to relax while laying asphalt.
 How shameful is this?


I was thumbing through the DbMM book 1 and 2 looking at the Early and Later Greek Hoplite lists.  The DbA 3.0 list also has an option to field Greek rowers with improvised weapons.  It seemed like a chance to do some nice modeling.  A few stands of Irregular 6mm Sumerian skirmishers and a couple of Baccus Greek skirmishers was all it needed.  I had to strip them and start from scratch.  I realize that the sailors did not use their oars as weapons.  It gives them a more character GpS look (Greek Pelopponesian Sailor).



Here they are coming to shore with the rest of the Athenian army.  They are landing on my new DbA waterway terrain board.  If a Littoral force defends they have to place a WW on one side of the map.





Here is the naval landing party from the Early Greek Hoplite army from DbMM army book one.  This is what I would take in my allotted 6 triremes.  They can definitely cause some trouble on the enemy's side of the board.


I finished up some new Warfare in the Age of Madness troops.  These stands include the Dew Lords command team, the Dew Heralds recon team and a generic m113 and a pick up truck.
 The command team is a self portrait of sorts.  I am the guy with his hand up in the air.  My friend Eric is in the middle with the auto shotgun reaching for the hand set the radio man is offering him.  The bandoleer of shotgun shells is a nice touch.


These two guys are the scouts of the Dew Heralds.  They are a cautious bunch.  



This is the Dew Heralds medic.  He rides with the guys in the FaV.  I gave him a Hawaiian shirt as a nod to all the silly GI Joe characters.  This guy was originally a Flames of War Vietnam infantry lieutenant.  The back pack was sculpted by me.









These vehicles are generic and could be used by any force.  I painted them because they were loose ends on my painting table.



My ancient Greek army needed an olive grove.  This can be used for DbMM and DbA 3.0.  I tried to research the hut as much as possible.  I made a guess as to whether or not Greek farmers had thatched roofs and mud brick walls.  I could find very little evidence on this issue.  My creation came from watching "The 300 Spartans" on Netflix.  The goat herder lived in a hut that had a thatched roof.  The hut is made out of cereal box and gauze bandages and putty.  It is surprisingly sturdy.

 The olive grove also has a few farmers wandering about.  I looked up olive trees in the Mediterranean.  They average between 20 and 45 feet in height.  I think they are to scale with 1mm = 1 foot and 6mm = 6 ft.


I started making some Gods for "Of Gods and Mortals".  I have been wanting to play this in 6mm for a while.  The game is very easy to learn.  I am not really adding anything to my expenses or painting because most of the stuff used in the game is from DbMM.  The extra models are one shots or stuff I have lying around.  It is fun to figure out how to Legend model in 6mm.  It took very little time to do the conversions.  Athena was really fun to build.


I posted Zeus again. 
 Here is Athena and Ares.  Ares is a stock Greek commander from the Baccus range.  Athena is a Germanic peasant with a brass rod for a spear, a Hoplites shield and bit of green stuff for her helmet.  I based her off of a Roman marble sculpture of Athena.  Ares is surrounded by bubbling lava.

Odin is under the tree.  He has ravens on his shoulders.  Thor is still being finished.  He has sheep converted into goats.  The charioteer is a microworld games Viking command model.  Thor and Odin are also Microworld games.  The chariot is a Baccus Elf fantasy model and the goats are Baccus 6mm baa baa sheep.


This is the first stand of the spartans for DbA 3.  There will be more of this later.




I decided to do a DbA 3 army in 20mm (1/72).  This is partially for my kids when they get older.  It is also from my great love of ancient warfare in general.  I might be able to foster more interest in DbA 3.0 at a hobby store with 20mm armies and terrain.  In my experience 6mm models do not grab people's attention.  Maybe I scare people away with my seriousness...or my nudity.  This stand is of 20mm Gothian cavalry.  Plastic Soldier Review had some negative things to say about this kit.  I liked the price of the models and the detail is amazing.  It does lack the mass of 6mm but I can make several 20mm armies for the same price.  The guys are bigger for little hands to move around.  I hope my daughter and son will enjoy playing DbA with me.  The Goth cavalry will be used in a Patrician Roman II/82 force and an undecided historical enemy.  It will probably be the Huns or a Gothian force.
20mm is a nice scale for ancients.  Caesar, HaT and Italeri makes lots of good models for a low price point.  A complete Polybian Roman DbA force is dirt cheap.  I recommend www.Hobbylinc.com because they sell those kits at a reduced price.  The detail on the 20mm models really sucked me into it.  It lacks the mass, but you can see the eyeballs on these models.  I cut the horseman's sword off and added a piece of filed down wire.  The sword is very flimsy.  The Italeri kit comes with 15 horsmen and was $16 at Hobby Town.  They were 10% off.  That means that one box will give you 5 stands of Gothic horse.  If you are considering 1/72 scale as a wargaming medium I recommend it.


This lion is a 52 cent soft rubber toy from Hobby Town.  I have my eye on the crocodile for an Egyptian "Giant Crocodile" Legend.  The lion is going to be the Naemean Lion that Hercules beat bare handed.  He is pretty big for a 6mm model.  That is fine as this lion is supposed to be pretty terrifying.  I will post finished pics soon.