Are we having fun yet?

For the past few weeks, Monday night has been Deadzone night as Kev and I have been getting to grips with Mantic's game and it's various strike missions. This week however we tried something new; Fantasy Flight's X-Wing and instantly loved the stripped back and slick game mechanics. It felt cinematic, tight and in no time flat we'd grasped the basics and our respective pre-painted X-Wing and TIE Fighters were weaving in and around asteroids exchanging blaster bolts. In other words we were having fun with the game straight off the bat. This is probably no surprise to those of you that have already tried X-Wing, however it did unfortunately highlight something for us that I had already begun to suspect; I wasn't finding Deadzone much fun. I know [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:21:12+00:00 September 19th, 2014|Flames of War|7 Comments

Gaming night: FoW and Deadzone

Other than  priming a platoon of Stug G assault guns, there has been very little in the way of painting activity over the weekend. Making up for it however was a decent sized game of Flames at a friends house which pitched a meaty 2500 points of my Fallschirmjäger against an equal amount of Steve's Russians. It was an unusual three player affair so the German forces were divided between Kev and myself, Kev taking command of the Grenadier Platoon, Heavy Tank Platoon and Fallschirmjäger HMG platoon. I rolled up with the rest of the Fallschirmjäger Kompanie consisting of three combat platoons, supporting assault gun platoon and a 10.5cm artillery battery. We also had limited air support provided by Stuka 87-G; the first time I [...]

By | 2017-02-10T10:15:30+00:00 August 12th, 2014|Battle Reports|4 Comments

WIP: 15mm ‘Das Reich’ Panzer IV H

The first of three Panzer platoons finally made it onto my workbench over the weekend. I really should have painted these weeks ago as they’ve been primed and ready to go for a while now, and it’s only other distractions such as the Knight and Ent which pushed them down the list. As I’ve a number of tanks to paint for this list, I mixed up a pot of the dunkelgelb in advance which should mean all will match, even though they will get painted in separate batches. The mix is the same I used on the Halftracks and consists of 80% Tamiya XF-60 Dark Yellow, 20% XF-2 Flat White mixed 1:1 with Tamiya X20A Thinner. I deliberately chose to start with a pale yellow to [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:26:50+00:00 June 18th, 2014|Flames of War|2 Comments

FoW: Tank Hunters and Flakvierling

If you recall a while back I posted a picture of some un-primed Sd kfz 7/1 'Flakvierling' Halftracks with their 2cm quad anti-aircraft guns. Well, they are now painted alongside an SS Scout/Tank Hunter platoon as part of my second late war European Axis force. The guns and flatbed are magnetised with tiny 2mm x 1mm rare earth magnets. They aren't strong enough to keep everything together if you give it a good shake, but more than capable of holding the turrets in place during gaming, storage and movement. It also adds a fun tactile element as I can rotate the guns to track my opponent’s incoming flight. The Scout Platoon consists of three Panzershrek teams plus SMG command team and four tiny Volkswagen Schwimmwagon [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:27:38+00:00 June 3rd, 2014|Flames of War|0 Comments

Getting all defensive

With Kev having finally painted up his US GMC tank hunter platoon and security section, I thought I'd better provide him with something to exercise them on and have been dragging out my Flames of War Germans again. Unfortunately, the Panzer platoons are too early on in the painting and not quite ready to take to the field yet, I'm a bit of curmudgeon about gaming with unpainted minis. I could of course roll out the Tiger's which would give him a worthy adversary to test the M10's mighty 3" guns against, however I have a different plan in mind. All of the games we have played to date have been more or less a standard 'meeting engagement' type affair, neither side actively taking on the [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:29:50+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Flames of War|1 Comment

The dreaded 88’s

Despite the release of 'Titanfall'  I have resisted the temptation and fully capitalised on the weekends fantastic weather to crack-on with assembling and priming more platoons for my Germans. The Panzer IV combat platoons, HQ and anti-air support I featured in the last post have now all been primed in black and given a second zenithal dusting in Tamiya light grey ready for airbrushing next week. A 'Panzerfaust' equipped Tank Hunter platoon has been added with Volkswagen Schwimmwagens, which are possibly just the coolest little vehicles in the whole German arsenal. Seriously, what's not to like about the tiny little amphib. Most satisfying though has been the addition of a Flak 36 battery consisting of two of the infamous 'eighty-eight' millimetre anti-aircraft and anti-tank artillery [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:39:49+00:00 March 16th, 2014|Flames of War|4 Comments

Battlefront’s all-plastic Panzer IV

When I began thinking about starting a second late war German force for Flames of War over the winter, there was one tank I absolutely wanted to include; the Panzer IV. Originally designed for infantry support, it has to be one of Germany's most iconic tanks. From a list point of view it's also incredibly flexible bulking out the Company HQ and combat platoons for a Panzerkompanie as well as being able to be fielded as Divisional Support for a Fallschirmjaeger Kompanie. Both Battlefront and Plastic Soldier Company had existing kits I liked, but it was Battlefront's newly released all-plastic kit that I most wanted to try out and the timing of it's launch couldn't have been better. No doubt you may have read elsewhere, [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:42:40+00:00 March 14th, 2014|Flames of War|1 Comment

Mordor Warband vs Panzers

Just a quick update this evening to include a picture of the completed Mordor Orc warband (sans Orc Captain) with armoured Troll in tow. If you were quick you would have already noticed I added this to the Flickr gallery last night, however I have also included a close up of the Trolls blade here as I used it to try out some of the new Citadel paint effects to see if they were any good. I have to admit I think they are actually pretty decent overall and although they don't add anything you can't already achieve with existing paint effects, they do make it easy for painters who don't have perhaps as big a horde of weathering materials as old Grognards such as [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:43:52+00:00 February 13th, 2014|Flames of War, Middle Earth|3 Comments

Flames of War: Support Weapons

Still pressing on with Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit this week, but as I don't have anything that interesting to show I grabbed a couple of pictures instead of the German heavy weapon teams I mentioned last week. If you remember, these were the last of the infantry I had to paint for my Operation Overlord Germans and wrapped up my first foray into 15mm. Produced by The Plastic Soldier Company I was pleasantly surprised how many units you can make from this set as there are enough figures to makes four teams each of 82mm and 120mm mortars, four teams of MG42 HMGs and eight each of Panzershreck and Panzerfaust equipped Grenadiers. Certainly enough to do a number of anti-tank support teams [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:44:22+00:00 February 5th, 2014|Flames of War|2 Comments

Back to basics

Over the past month (or three) I have penned a post (or several) as a way of explaining the long gap between my last update and now. It seemed a terribly good idea at the time and I thought I'd just wait until I had a really neat looking army group shot done so it wouldn't look so bad not having posted anything for so long. The trouble is, the longer you go on, the worse it gets and you end up scrapping what you have written because it is woefully out of date and starting again. That was back in December, clearly that won't do! So here's the deal. I shall just pretend nothing happened, it is perfectly normal that there have been no [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:46:27+00:00 January 30th, 2014|Flames of War, Middle Earth|7 Comments