21 January 2018

ASL AAR: A Long Way to Go

David and I got back on the learning train yesterday afternoon for another round of "figure out how to play ASL." We're very novice still, but have spent time recently re-reading and watching demos.

When the rubber hit the road, I selected the scenario "Along Way To Go" based primarily on the fact that it is all-infantry with very few support weapons - exactly what a we were looking for. David opted for the Germans.

I deployed my two platoons thusly. The half-squad behind the paratroopers has the 60mm mortar. The other half-squad is a "goalie" reserve. Pretty embarrassing reserve, I know. The Germans would have to cross a lot of open ground and a literal killing field to get off the south map edge.

The Germans began a cautious advance but one squad was caught very early by my 6-6-6 platoon in the location circled below:
Even with the hindrances between, the stack was quickly run off and David completely re-thought his attack plan.

Fighting settled in at the "top" edge of the map for a few turns as the HG troops tried desperately to quiet my Yanks long enough to make a dash for it. They did manage to kill the mortar crew; the psychological effect of that little gun was enormous. You can see that one stack did attempt to run the gauntlet but was just hammered and had to fall back.

By the end of turn 4, the writing was on the wall for the Germans and David settled in to attempt some kills. He did manage a few kills on the airborne troops, but had very little chance of exiting units from the far table edge. Final score was 8-4 in favor of the Americans. Flag, Rock and Eagle!

David and I used the same two dice for the entire game and I'm here to tell you, his rolls, particularly morale, were consistently higher than mine. ASL favors low rolls. He did have his moments, such as rolling snake-eyes on a "2" column shot against my mortar, but overall I think fortune favored my hands yesterday. We both really enjoyed the game and we'll certainly be playing more.

Oh, and I finished up 20 more French infantry during the week.
That's 48 down!

14 January 2018

Cold War Commander - HQ Stands

When we played Blitzkrieg Commander back at Thanksgiving, I was happy enough with the game to spend the $10 on CWC as well. I've got a good collection of mid-80's micro armor and the system produces a nice beer-and-pretzels wargame. Of course this meant I'd have to whip up some HQ stands for my armies. This game me a great opportunity to reduce the 6mm lead pile a bit. After a bit of a dig, I came up with 5 stands for the West Germans, 5 for the Poles/Soviets, and 2 each for the USMC and Dutch. I wrapped up painting last evening and took pics this morning since mother nature is playing nice with sunlight today.

The lot of 'em. I put the colored blocks on their bases to match the color identifiers on my MSH stands.

West Germans

A couple of very sunny Humvees for the Marines


 Poles, including two representatives from the Naval Assault Regiment I recently finished.

And two more for the Warsaw Pact.

As usual, the micro armor was fun to paint and didn't last nearly long enough on the painting table! We'll give these guys a try soon enough.

09 January 2018


Without a doubt, this was the fastest I've ever churned out 28mm miniatures. After wrapping up the first eight Blood and Plunder guys earlier in the week, the other 17 from the box were quick to paint. I painted them like I'd normally have painted 15mm models, maybe a bit sloppy but "tightened up" with a good wash and drybrushing. I'm quite happy with the result, not to mention the fact that they're actually finished!

The pics ain't great - a side effect of the short winter days. Maybe I'll take them all out Saturday for a photo shoot.

06 January 2018

Happy New, Southern Style

Hi all. I hope everyone is have a good New Year thusfar. Mine has been nice - the added excitement of the Winter Storm has made it quite memorable.

Wednesday morning it started with the freezing rain and by early afternoon it was a proper snow! Now, maybe once every 4-5 years we get snow flurries in Savannah, but the last time we had snow stick  to the ground was 1989 so this is "big doin's" down here. There is still a good bit of snow in my backyard, as of Saturday morning. My kids who've never really dealt with snow have really enjoyed it.

For NYE, a couple came over and "us grownups" played board games during the evening.

Dennis brought Bob Ross - Art of Chill Game. It's rather unusual but quite good. I'd happily play it any time.

After two games of that, we played Robots 💓Ice Cream.
This game was developed by a friend of my sister. It's a cooperative game in which the players work to defeat the Space Invaders-style robotic invasion of Earth. I've played it a handful of times and it's good fun.

My brushes haven't been idle - I broke the Blood and Plunder guys back out for some more painting and actually completed eight! Typically anything larger than 20mm is a real speedbump for me, but with the weird weather and work schedule, I was able to make it happen.

Marins and Boucaniers without the flash...

And with the flash. They're still glossy - I need to run up to Michael's an pick up some Dullcote. When I was sharing pics with Mike and Dave (as we often do while we're painting) David got the bug and ordered a box of Spanish, so maybe there'll be some B&P in the near future?

I also got in a game of X-Wing with the Youngling. Poe vs. two seat fillers. A seat-filler finished off Poe when Poe lost focus. Old age and treachery wins again!

31 December 2017

Dragon Rampant AAR - Gem Hunting

Wifey and I played a game of Dragon Rampant last evening. The scenario was "The Crystal Gale" in which we both had to collect some gems/crystals that were scattered about the battlefield, in addition to killing eachother's troops. I used my recently finished Dark Elf force and my wife used a collection of mostly skeletal Undead.

The Dark Elves are one of those small, high-quality forces, compared to the more numerous but slightly less capable horde of bones.

The battlefield. Ten gems were scattered across the center, more than 12 inches from each of us.

The hordes descend upon the central crystals!

But my sorceress, Witchy-Poo blasts the ghosts with a gout of flame!

The Dark Elf Executioners taunt the ghosts into attacking instead of collecting the gem they were right next to!

Though on of the Executioners falls, a second ghost is "busted."

The chariots and skeletal warriors get it in gear and push forward!

The Reavers can't control themselves and rush the vulnerable chariots!

The chariots do a magnificent job of repulsing the attack.

But the Crossbowmen aim true and finish off one of the mighty war carts!

Again, the Reavers' sense of self-preservation is tossed aside... this time though they opt for a softer target, the skeletal wolf riders.

And although the blood-thirsty elves perform well against the riders, they are then beset by the skeletal warriors. Tragedy!

The skeletal archers off to the left flank finally make an appearance! They pick up two gems and start pelting my Crossbowmen with arrows! You can see that the chariots in the center had been eliminated - the Crossbowmen had finished them off!

The weakened Executioners still are a force to be reckoned with and run off the skeletal warriors.

The battle ended, both sides had recovered five gems. The Elves had lost one unit while the Undead had lost the Chariots, Ghosts and Warriors. Neither of us selected any quests, primarily because we play so infrequently we didn't any extra distractions. We both had a great time and it was a good last round of toy soldiers for 2017! 2017, you've been a rubbish year and I'm glad to see you go away.

Happy New Year's everyone! May 2018 be great for us all.

30 December 2017

Norm! Some more painting

Not much gaming going on down here lately. I've been doing a good bit of painting though, even though brush time has been sporadic.

I finished up the rest of those Normans for Dragon Rampant and am rather pleased with how they came out.

The models came out much nicer than the photos for sure! Be well everyone, I hope you had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year!

22 December 2017

Freshly Painted "Normans"

It says "Normans" on the packaging, but I've got other ideas. These are some lovely 15mm miniatures from Splintered Light who'll be the core of a "good guy" force for Dragon Rampant. I've got those nice collections of Dark Elves and Undead, but no comprehensive group of protagonists. Browsing Splintered Light's selection, I thought the Normans had that classic look for what I was after.

The first batch of 24 are these spearmen and archers.

Maybe the sun's Midwinter rays will cast some special magic on these guys. I did smart-up and paint ALL the shields at once, so those of the heavy infantry and horseman are already done and match the shields of the rest of the army. Brilliant!