Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Oops been a long time.

Sorry guys!! Not a lot has happened in the last month. Had my birthday end of September and got a Konflict 47  allied light walker.  I've gone for the flame thrower version (jackal and guardian I can't remember which one is which ).


Also got a mini Lego tie fighter ☺.
Eager to get some models built as it's been so long I quickly assembled the walker


I had seen in the konflict 47 Facebook group someone had armed their walker with an anchor. I liked this idea so I
embracing the wierd war ethos I gave mine a flail ☺ (thank you bits box)


A blast of black undercoat and away we go!!
I planned on keeping it standard allies type green and a simple paint scheme. Wanted to add something a bit extra to the base.


Really quite chuffed with this ☺. Given mybterrible.Painting sskills not to bad? What you think guys?
Well that's all for now. Have a good in and stay safe


Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Dwindling paint queue

Been quiet recently my son starts reception this week so been busy getting him ready and gathering all the necessary gubbins he needs.
Had a shelf sort out and my paint queue is depressingly small now


That's all there is well there is a bear rider as well that's on the paint tray so not on pic

I thought I best crack on with some little projects I have in the go. So I broke out my bunker complex. It needed painting, I decided on a simple grey concrete colour for the whole thing then I can work on individual pieces. I started painting but soon got a little bored. So I checked all the pieces had a good layer of filler on and headed off to poundland. Grabbed some grey spray paint and sprayed the lot!


Now I can focus on maybe adding details to the bunker bits and corridors.  Need to do some research on that.
Currently I'm working on the Amera Plastic trench section I purchased in August. Once again great quality, cut it out and spray painted green as an undercoat. My 4 and 2 year old insisted on helping so they put a few coats of brown paint on the wood sections (and other random places but they will be easily hid ha ha ha). Made my own mud paint up to add to the craters and the path along the trench.


Filler, sand, PVA and brown paint mixed together

Next up were the sandbags and wood trench lining.


Did my best to dry brush and pick out details on the bags and wood. Then found some GW but paint still in the pot so lined the trench edges with it so it looks like it was dug onto the ground and added bits to the craters as well.


Next up will be flocking (my sons favourite bit). Though I am thinking about adding boards to line the bottom of the trench.

Soon it will be my birthday (yay!) The wife and kids have ordered me a Konflict 47 walker 😃. So I shall await this to see what the base is like as I made add one of the ruined buildings that's sat in my paint queue. Probably won't get much more on model front as I'm saving Amazon vouchers for the new call of duty ☺.
At some point I need to be brave and start painting my Winston Churchill model.


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Been Quiet

Been quiet this month. Been away to windy Wales camping. Naturally I visited porthmadog and went to Porthmadog models. (A great small business!!! Go visit!!) I picked up an Amera Plastic trench section.


Churchill model

On the model front I think I've only got one left (will have to have a root around just in case), my Churchill model. So I shall have to base, prime him and get painting.
Also I have been staring at my x wing game miniatures and having a crisis of faith whether to carry on playing or not. A lot of this has to do with me reading Facebook group posts for x wing which 98% seem to be focused on the best set up for tournaments and what cards work well etc. This side of the game is not for me, I'll pick an x wing because it's my favourite sci fi space ship and not because you add so and so to combine with blah blah) My best friend has star wars armada and I love the epicness of controlling massive ships and squadrons of x wings. After having a natter with said best mate I've decided to keep x wing. We both like playing both games and our system of having the one game each world quite well plus I'm sure my son and nephew in a year or two will also like playing x wing (A simple version without pilot cards). Plus I do like space ships on my geek shelves.
Not sure what is next on the model front, my bolt action brit army is done with the exception of one squad I want to add (probably ......). So the next plan is to add British Konflict 47 elements like a walker so I can cross games.  There is a new Konflict 47 book on horizon which should contain more British units so waiting for that.
Also if you've seen my Facebook page for this blog (like it here go on. You won't be bombarded with stuff as I'm a lazy git) you will notice I got a little bit excited about a fallout board game being released which looks awesome. Also star wars legion by fantasy flights, a star wars miniatures game! I loved the ww2 action movie feeling Star Wars Rogue One and love the idea of making a rebel unit. So we will have to see what happens.
Also been reading a few Simon Scarrow books centering around 2 Roman soldiers (Cato and Macro Eagles of the Empire series) so fancied a bit of ancient gaming. Not feeling 28mm as I want massive looking armies so been looking into 6mm. Just trying to find some rules.  Probably I also should get cracking on painting my bunker set up  (completely forgot about that when I started writing this post!)
That's where I am at the moment so hopefully I'll get some hobbying done soon.  Have a great day


Monday, 7 August 2017

More painting!

Been working my way through the painting queue and it's down to only a few models now! (Guess I'll have to get some more)
First up is another Across the Dead Gang, The State. This gang is part of an organisation that believe they rule the country now from the ruins of London.


Also got my SAS jeep 99% done just needs a bit of finishing here and there (well probably a lot more than that but that be beyond my abilities)


Painting is on hold as I have appeared to have killed my painting light 😢 only dropped it about 2 foot but it looks like it's given up.
I might have a crack at painting my bunker complex as shouldn't need the light for that! !


Sunday, 23 July 2017

Games Night!

Last night saw a bolt action game planned using all my British and my friends German bolt action forces. Came to roughly 1800pts a piece. You can find the list in a blog here
What we learnt from last nights game was that amount of troops needs a bigger table but we still had an awesome time and thats all that matters ☺.
The table was all set up


View of the target village
The bridge that needs capturing
The whole table. The bridge and village need taking

We had half our forces on the table and the other half in reserve to be called upon when needed. We rolled to see who got the choice of attacking or defending. I won the roll (A spectacular 2 beating my opponents 1. Hopefully not an omen!!)
The game started with my airbourne unit a first into the field. A squad either flank and my team weapons in the middle. The Germans occipuied the houses either side of the bridge and most of the units in the village went into ambush awaiting my forces.


Left flank a para section and a Cromwell tank
Right flank para section supported by an MMG
The snipers sneak off into the fields and the mortar and PIAT head forward

The first 2 turns were mostly my troops advancing. My opponents armoured vehicles came forward the StuH parked on the bridge, the infantry were preparing their defence.


Few shots were exchanged, the Germans were safely waiting in their houses. The StuH and my QF 6 pounder traded shots but then the Germans medium mortar started dropping rounds onto my QF 6 pounder eventually taking out the unit.  My light mortar moves up and first round hits the target house (my 4 year old rolled a six for me! No more sixes after that so he was sent to bed mwha ha ha) unfortunately the round went through the top floor (where the Germans were ) and exploded on the bottom floor harmlessly.


Paras light mortar starts dropping rounds on the house to the left of the bridge
My forces get closer. (Please ignore white miniature my 4 year old has to have a model while we play and he left it there) the Germans are tucked up away in ambush awaiting my attempt on the bridge. The StuH sits tall on the bridge.

The StuH on the bridge survives several shots from my Cromwell and is christened "Lucky Helgar". As my forces get closer the Germans unleash an artillery barrage!


The artillery drops on my right flank thankfully no casualties but plenty of pins handed out to various units

The pins put on my HQ really hampered that unit and inwas forces to rally them as they would not budge.
The StuH feeling bold advanced off the bridge giving the oncoming infantry another headache. My Cromwell proved a terrible shot missing from a ridiculously close range. My plucky PIAT team moved out into the open to take on the StuH but missed!!


PIAT team attempt to knock out the StuH but miss

The PIAT team then take a battering from the StuHs howitzer and taking one casualty but not put off at all.
My right flank para section takes a chance and charges the StuH as it goes past.


The Paras attempt to knock out the StuH as it goes past

Unfortunately they are unsuccesful in hitting the armoured vehicle so re group.


The German artillery observer moves up to have a crack at the PIAT team

The German artillery observer moves up and shoots at the PIAT team but to no avail!!  The left flank para section heads along the river bank exchanging fire with the house opposite. The PIAT team (well the one guy) hits the StuH and stuns the crew. The snipers move up into a field and also add their fire against the Germans. The German panzerschrek moves into the bridge to deal with the British tank threat.  The loader  falls to a sniper bullet as they scamper across the bridge.


The panzerschrek team shelters by the StuH

That Germans do an excellent job of bogging the British forces down just before the bridge plus there are a hoard of infantry and machine guns awaiting inside the village.


The Puma moves onto the bridge to hold up the British even more

The Puma moves up into the bridge and exchanges shots with my Cromwell both missing.
The para section on the right again charge the now stunned StuH and knock it out!! The remaining panzerschrek gunner and artillery observer are also took out.


The Paras swarm the stunned StuH and knock it out

The Cromwell strikes a shot home on the Puma and knocks it out also!


The Cromwell knocks out the Puma!

With the German armour took out the left flank para section make a dash for the bridge! !


A section of Paras make a dash for the bridge through a barrage of fire

The Paras that made a run on the bridge lose half their number in the attempt but being 'stubborn' chaps they carry on regardless. The first British reinforcements arrive on scene. A Sherman tank, M3 half track and Veteren army unit.  I've got close to bridge but the Germans have really battered my force and have a scary number of machine guns, assault rifles and smgs pointing at the bridge and not sure if I have the infantry to get over the bridge in siginificant numbers.


Sherman tank fires HE shells into a building

The new on scene Sherman pours fire into the building containing the German squad that wiped out half a para section. The pins and casualties were rising in that house.
As time was getting on we brought all the reinforcements we had on the battlefield.  That ment the Germans got an influx of SS troops and a Panzer with a howitzer to boot.  I got another squad of regular troops, an artillery observer, a universal carrier, PIAT team, light mortar team and regular HQ.


Reinforcements arrive! (Blue dice are proxy order dice as we ran out)

The house to the left of the bridge (containing a Heer squad) has took a pounding (as it was a right thorn in the side)


The amount of pins in the squad in the house.

The casualties and pins eventually took toll and the squad fled the battlefield.
The surviving 5 paras from the left flank pushed into the bridge sheltering by the burning Puma. 


The Paras get onto the bridge. (You can see the pins on both houses to the sides of the bridge to see how much fire they took. Need more HE lol)

The panzer rolled into view and destroyed the 5 brave paras


A panzer rolls into view taking out the paras on the bridge. Also you can see my half track containing my vet army squad speeding towards the bridge

My observer dropped an artillery barrage on the centre of the village no casualties but got some pins down on most of the German squads. My half track holding my vet squad raced to the bridge. The Germans push out of the village centre towards the bridge. A German flame thrower unit headed to the bridge to hold up the British. The flame throwers companion was shot down by the sniper. More German Infantry were also getting on the bridge behind the panzer. My half track disgorged the Veteren squad 2 LMGs at the fore.


Behind the smoke you can just see the German flame thrower. Plus the Brit veteran squad charges the bridge

The 2 veteran LMGs slew the flame thrower in a hail of bullets leaving  the panzer the only German unit on the bridge. All the British pushed towards the bridge and the Germans pushed forward to resist.


The British armour and infantry push towards the bridge.

And here is where we called an end to the game (it was late and we had  been through a good number of turns). We called the game a very costly Allied victory  (if I would have had only one tank left it would have been a draw but we felt  the 2 tanks left were a distinct advantage (as the panzer was equipped with a howitzer) in pushing across the bridge.

Great game, very bloody and quite tense at points. As I said at start that size force needs a bigger table but hell it was great fun!!!! Been a long while since I've played such a big battle (we are talking 90s 40K battles here) and was a nice change of pace from skirmish gaming.
Have a great day folks!!


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Friday's Bolt Action Force

This coming Friday I have a big bolt action game planned. Using all my models (except a medic) I have amassed a large force of Brits, 18 order dice!! My force is half airbourne troops and half regular army. First up my airbourne command

1 Second Lieutenantwith Submachine gun
2 Infantry with sub machine guns.

Then the first paratroop section

1 NCO with Submachine gun
4 Infantry with Submachine gun
1 Infantry with Light Machine gun + loader
3 Infantry with Rifle
Entire squad equipped with anti-tank grenades

Second section

1 NCO with Submachine gun
2 Infantry with Submachine gun
1 Infantry with Light Machine gun + loader
3 Infantry with Rifle
Entire squad equipped with anti-tank grenades.

That's the airbourne infantry sections. Next up are the special teams

1 Medium Machine gun team
1 Light Mortar team
1 Sniper team ( New ghillie suit models 1st outing!)
1 PIAT team
1 QF 6-pdr
1 Cruiser Tank Mk VIII Cromwell

That's the airbourne half of my army all but the tank are veteran's.


Next up is the regular army half of my force
1 Second Lieutenant
with Pistol  (Well the model has 2 cos he loves westerns)
1 Infantry with a rifle.

Now the infantry sections.

Veteran Late war section.
1 NCO with Submachine gun
2 Infantry with Submachine gun
2 Infantry with LMG + loaders
3 Infantry with Rifle

Regular Late war section
1 NCO with Submachine gun
1 Infantry with Submachine gun
6 Infantry with Rifle

That is the the main infantry sections. Now on to the teams and vehicles etc.
1 Free Artillery Forward Observerwith pistol + 1 Infantry with Rifle.
1 Light Mortar team
1 PIAT team

1 M5 Half Track
1 Bren Carrier
1 Sherman V (75mm)

That's it, all the above apart from one veteran squad are regular troops and the national characteristic I'm using is Blood Curdling Cry (A hint to my tactics lol)
I reckon i have a fairly decent force plenty of anti tank and machine guns but we shall wait and see. I have  a fair idea what type of battlefield we will be using but how I use the forces all depends on who is the attacker and who is the defender though I'm pretty sure there will be some charges into close quarter combat at some point!!
Veteran bolt action players will see from the list that it is spread over 2 platoons. My opponent is also doing the same thing so he will also have 2 of a few things. Basically the idea for the game is to use everything we have. I'll write up a battle report after Friday to let You know what happened!