Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Battle Report - Bagration Final Turn

Hello Folks,

Time for the last battle report of the Bagration Campaign. For this one I was facing off against Duncan in breakthrough. The battle was for Orsha.



Here is the inital set up and terrain. We both started with a couple of platoons and some mortars, plus I had some rockets.


First few turns are about trying to dig each other out with artillery. I did pretty good with that on turn 1. I tired to run up my pioneers in the crop field. Was hoping I could flank the position aND get am assault, or sneak around.



They took a bit to much fire thou so that plan failed. The Russians deployed an anti'tank gun ambush to try and knock out my rockets but just got a pair of bails and then I blitzed back out of range. Meanwhile the pounding of infantry continued. I lost half of my heavy machine guns.


Pioneers reduced to 1 stand and Russian reserves arrive. You can see I am thinking out the Russian infantry but not fast enough.


I get 2 Tigers from reserve and try to blitz on and kill some IS2S that came in on the far side. But somehow fail the roll. I try to fight them anyway but get no kills and next turn they are destroyed by th IS2s, not good!


Next turn I got my StugGs and decided to try and avoid the IS2s and go for the center. This is turn 6 so the objectives count.


Sadly I forgot to consider that the attacker needs to be within 8" of an objective after that or they loose! So it was a loss for me. Was to slow getting to an objective and had no real way to fight the late IS2s. Probably should have started with the Tigers on the table and pressed harder in the center. But oh well was s fun one.


Thanks;
Mike

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Year End Review: 2017

Hello Folks,

So finally time to do the year end review for 2017, time really files! So as usual to start things off we will have a look at what the goals were for 2017, and how they turned out:

  1. British Ships for Trafalgar
  2. 15mm Samurai (Monks) for Cangames
  3. 15mm WW1 
  4. Get more into the Hobbit Game Planning to do some Terrain for Cangames for Frostgrave
  5. Would like to get to some more Eipc, really enjoy that game

Seems like I did alright with the goals this time around. The British ships were completed, only 4 of them but they are a major trial to complete! Painted a bunch of 15mm Warrior Monks for cangames, and more Eipc armies as well. No success on the 15mm WW1 project thou, the motivation for that one still eludes. But on the other hand I think it is fair to say that the Hobbit game was gotten into in a major way!

So with the goals taken care of here are a few shots of some the major and or cool projects that got done in 2017.


British Fleet:


Heavy Gear, CEF:


Epic Space Marines:


Warrior Monks:


The Walking Dead:


Late Romans:



Infinity:


Lord of the Rings:


Cangames:



No shortage of stuff and lots of variety! 

Of course that leaves the plans for next year:

  1. Paint everything to run an Osgiliath game at Cangames.
  2. Paint everything to run a the Fords of the River Isen battle at Cangames.
  3. Paint a new By Fire and Sword army.
  4. Paint enough stuff including terrain to play some 7TV.
  5. Paint enough stuff to play a different Epic ARmy at Cold Wars.
Lots of plans, hopefully I can get through them all!

Pledge Status, 2017:

Bought: 405
Painted: 441 
Total: 36

Historic Results:
2016: 484 Painted
2015: 216 Painted
2014: 140 Painted

So there you go did pretty well with the pledge, a slightly positive number at least. Didn't quite break the record of last year, but there is always next year. Part of me wants to say that the point of the pledge is to buy less stuff and not just paint more but never mind! 

Let me know your plans for the next year, be interesting to hear from people, good time to make your own post like this I guess as many people have.


Thanks;
Mike

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Painting Update - Skeletons, Monster and Castellans

Hello All,

Got a bit more painting done over the break, so I thought I would toss up a few more quick photos. Maybe not so great of pictures but that is ok.

Skeleton Archers:


First up a few skeleton bowmen, I found some old tomb kings guys that never got painted completely before so figured I would give them a quick go. Still need to add the snow but that is not a big thing.

Castellans of Dol Guldur:


Also a few Castellans I got for Christmas, these guys maybe need a bit more done for basing but basically finished. Ready to cause some damage with their morgul blades!

The Gorm:


Finally a big scary monster. We were playing some Kingdom Death over the break so I thought I would paint one of the expansion monsters to mix things up a bit. Was pretty fun for sure.



Pledge Status, 2017:

Bought: 405
Painted: 441 
Total: 36


Thanks;
Mike

Friday, 22 December 2017

Battle Report - Battle Companies!



Hello All,

The new Lord of the Rings book is in! Battle Companies let's you play so small fast games that let's your team grow. Kind of like a frostgrave type thing I guess. Anyway figured we should give it a go.

I decided to try out the mordor company which has a few orcs, Serge went for Thranduils hall.



I set up a more wood type table, with a spider nest and pile of slulls to show it's a bad forest. First mission is to capture some weapons in the middle. It is random what edge every guy arrives on, but it wored out that the eleven were all North and West, and tge Orcs South and East.


With more guys I thought I had to get there first, then when the Elves kill me to take over I will still be in control at the end.


Orcs getting close to the goodies. Starting to get bow fire now. Some how an Orc manages to tag an elf!


Orcs in charge of the weapons,  but my bow hero has gone down.


The Elves rush in to try and get the loot.


Furious fighting, but it is not going well for the Elves, lots of casualties not good for them. Being really brave the Orc heroes keep an eye on the goodies.


Sadly the Elves break leaving the Orcs with the win! After rolling for injuries the bow armed orc hero took an arm wound so he can't shoot anymore!  Crap and the other misses a game. One Elfe missed a game as well. Reenforcements for the orcs was another bow warrior!

Game 2:

For game 2 we had to find which point wad a relic, then get it off from the enemies side, not easy.


This time the Elves race for the items. The Orcs have had to spread out which can be bad.


Perhaps as a sign of things to come, but the new Orc with bow brough down an Elf! Sadly ghe Elf ranger was not impressed by that and killed him as well.


The Elves uncover all the possible relics and get nothing, leaving the 2 on the edges. The Orcs find it on the west side and start carrying it with some 2 handed weapon guys. Sadly the third orc has am arrow in his belly.


The Orcs with the loot run for freedom as the Elves close in, and the other orcs now baldy out of position run after.


Realizing they will be getting cut off the Orcs wit the relic pull back to try a different route. The Elves try to keep up pressure with arrows.


Cat and mouse game continues, trying to use woods to stay safe from the arrows of doom. Hoping the other guys can tie up the orcs whole these guys run!


This us going ok but the arrows are taking there toll.


Almost there just run!!!


So close I can taste the victory. The Orcs are rolling courage tests to stick around.  With an abysmal courage of 2 they are mostly doing it. Next turn they get with in one move of the edge. But dye to a miscalclarion the Elves can get both guys and they die. The Orcs route so it's a draw.

Not to bad on injuries. That heroic bow guy got killed and another guy has an old battle wound.  The Elves have an Old Wound as well now, and the Ranger got even better at arrow murder  (reroll 1S to wound).
 My group gained another shield guy and the Elves got another archer which is just painful!

Battle Companies was pretty fun will have to give it another go some time.

Thanks;
Mike

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Painting Update - Undead + Lord of the Rings

Hello Folks,

Way over due on another painting update, not going to lie. Sometimes I just get lazy I guess not really sure hah. Anyway here is the stuff I have been working on since the last time, possible that I forgot something,  but I think I got it mostly covered.

Riders of Rohan:


Another set of Riders, this time plus a banner guy. I am starting to have problems with them staying on their bases now. On guy pulled off, some of them only have 1 foot on the ground which is just a terrible design choice in my opinion. The banner is mounted and his horse visible deflected when I laid him on it, so I decided to just put in a giant pin on the front going to the ground.

Erkenbrand:


Of course getting to the point now where I need a hero for all of these Rohan guys, so I painted up Erkenbrand, was already heading towards that what with the red shields. Next set of 6 will be for another Hero. This guy is a cool model thou I like it.

Celeborn and Fountain:


Last bit of painting I got done was Celeborn and Galadriels Fountain (she was already done from this set earlier). I just felt like painting this one day not sure why.

Mariachi Band:


Then I had an Old West game coming up so I decided to paint up the band I got at Fall-In. I like collecting Western Civilians for some reason, at this point I think I have more of them then gunfighters probably hah.

Sepulchral Guard:


The big diversion was Skeletons! I saw this set that got released for Shadespire, and could not resist getting them to paint. They are the best Skeletons in a long time hah. Particularly like the half guy.

More Skeletons:


Well painting Skeletons was kind of fun so I felt like doing more. Christmas was coming up and I often do something Warhammer related to play back home. SO I thought why not just do more and play Age of Sigmar so I went for that.

Wow Really More Skeletons?:


Just another 10 wasn't enough so I got another box to work on. I cheated a bit here, already had 3 from way back when so I just did 7 to finish the unit. Would have done the other 3 but I just ran out of time. I finished these off on Tuesday and Christmas is right here now!

Took a scythe from another set to make a cool champion for this unit. Including another unit I already had this gives me 4 units plus a commander and some wizards, should be a laugh.



Pledge Status, 2017:

Bought: 405
Painted: 426 
Total: 21

Seems like I won't be able to beat last years record, but should come close. Actually I changed how the accounting works for 6mm stuff is part of it. Need to beat the 500 model barrier some year hah.

Thanks;
Mike