Saturday, August 8, 2020

The Great Decision

I have been in this hobby for decades, and as I grow older and find less and less time to engage in the hobby, while my hobby closet runneth over, I have made a decision...I am getting out!  Well, not completely.  I am going to focus more on naval and air gaming, which takes up less space, requires less terrain, and is easier to haul when hosting games at a local shop or convention.  I may keep a few land projects, possibly Vietnam and some 18th Century stuff like French and Indian War or the Legion of the United States, and if I do I will still be able to reduce the bins of terrain down to one, and clean out a crap ton of rules and supplements...starting with the Force on Force/Tomorrow's War/Ambush Alley collection.  

Speaking of that collection, I have all the Force on Force stuff for sale, including Tomorrow's War and all the supplements for both, except Ambush Valley as Vietnam is a period I am going to hang on to as one of my land projects.

Ebay listing for the above.

I'll start moving into selling the various sci-fi figures I have next, since I am dumping Tomorrow's War.

Future plans will be to take the three gaming blogs I run and condense them into one.  

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

New Check Your 6! Projects

Ah, the latest batch of toys have arrived from Chris Geisert of I-94.  I have three World War Two projects with this grouping, a hypothetical Operation Torch threeway battle, a late war "what if" featuring the Ryan Fireball, and a Swiss/German encounter, based on an actual battle in 1940.  The turnaround time for the planes to be painted was less than two weeks from the time I shipped them until the time they returned back to my door.  I went with Chris as he did all my Korean War planes so I knew he would do a nice job.  The schemes were taken from various plates found on Wings Palette.  The tones are a bit dark, but look very nice in person.  All I need to do is to get magnets on them and they are ready of the tabletop!

To start us off we have German Bf.110s vs. Swiss Bf.109s.  

MSD Games Bf.110 and a Raiden Bf.109.  Cool Swiss markings, yes?

Then off to North Africa for a three sided affair.

Raiden De.520, Raiden F4F Wildcat, and MSD Games He.112

And finally to the Pacific for some very late war what could have been.
MSD Games Ryan Fireball and a Raiden Ki.100

I pretty much have the scenarios for all three projects worked out.  Time for some playtesting!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Wake (Not Woke) Island

Not sure of the artist on this work though!
Well, I am probably safe to say that anyone who is "woke" probably doesn't know Wake, but as for me, time to get another little Check Your 6! project knocked out!  And this time, I am going...small!  Ordered a few 1/600 scale aircraft from Pico Armor because I did not want to buy a slew of bombers in 1/285th for a one off sort of project.  While I picked up Wildcats and Nells, the Nells were only part of the earliest air attacks on Wake...pretty much ever other attack were handled by Mavis flying boats.  I have a list of dates, types of planes, and numbers, and was hoping to run a small campaign, but I really do not want to buy a bunch of Mavis's because even at 1/600 scale they are still three bucks a piece.

Once these little birds arrive I will be sending them off to Chris Geisert for painting, along with several 1/285th selections.  Kevin Hammond of Miscellaneous Miniatures simply does not have the time to paint commission projects any longer, which is a shame because I've enjoyed using his services, but I am very glad he completed the 1948 Arab-Israeli project for me.  Chris does nice work as well...all my Korean War aircraft are done by him.

As always, more on this in a future post!

Cat and Mouse Over Wake - Artwork by Marc Stewart

Friday, July 3, 2020

Vietnam Gaming Site

With the relaunch of the Field of Fire forum, it has me checking back into my Vietnam "stuff" more often.  The community on that forum is made up of some extremely helpful and friendly gamers (like local gamer Garryowen), and there are some chaps putting together some excellent projects with wonderfully painted figures and exquisite terrain.  Check out History, Hexes and Heroes for some 28mm Vietnam eye-candy.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

DEVGRU and the Aliens - The Forces

No, not the name of a grunge or pop group, but a play-through using Osprey's Black Ops and figures I actually have painted!

This after action report series is directly inspired by the various AARs posted by Just Jack on his blog.  Good shit there so go check it out!

The Forces

Eight man DEVGRU team, broken into two fireteams.  Figures by Khurasan and masterfully painted by Micropanzer.

Team Alpha
TL with HK-416 with grenade launcher
Designated marksman with Mk. 14 EBR
Operator with HK-416
Operator with HK-416 

Team Omega
TL with HK-416 with grenade launcher
Operator with Mk. 46 Mod. 1
Operator with HK-416
Operator with HK-416 

Twenty-two nomads (figures by Micropanzer and also wonderfully painted by same).

Group of the First
Leader with energy pistol

First Band of the First
Three nomads with rifles
Two nomads with heavy weapons (either anti-material rifle, flamer, SAW, or grenade launcher)

Second Band of the First
Three nomads with rifles
Two nomads with heavy weapons 

Group of the Second
Leader with energy pistol

First Band of the Second
Three nomads with rifles
Two nomads with heavy weapons 

Second Band of the Second
Three nomads with rifles
Two nomads with heavy weapons

Next:  The Terrain
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