Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Back to the Alley, with Focus

I have found that the gaming bug that has bitten me hard recently is really getting out of control with the amount of giures and terrain I have been buying recently, so I have made the difficult decision to pare down the modern gaming projects into just two areas (well, three perhaps), and in just one scale.  While I believe that 20mm figures are probably the best way to go for modern skirmish gaming, particularly using Ambush Alley/Force on Force, I already have painted figures and terrain in 15mm, and that terrain can be used in the Middle East as well as Africa.  Therefore I am sticking to the initial reason this blog was created (the Generation Kill/Iraq project), keeping the hypothetical West German/Somali brew up, and perhaps also doing the 1993 Mogadishu battles between the Rangers/Delta Force and the Somali warlords.  In all cases I can use my Deimos Design Studio buildings, and adding in the Kerr and King adobe buildings I recently picked up.  I also will be adding in the 20mm fences I picked up from Ironclad Miniatures (but selling the nicely cast 20mm shanties) since they seem to scale well as tall fences for the 15mm figs.  So the Caribbean and Asian projects have gone by the wayside, and all the figures and terrain I have picked up for them over the last few months (in 20mm) are now listed in The Bazaar.  This will allow me to complete my Generation Kill project (nearly done, have to paint the Peter Pig U.S. Marines), and still give me some other figures to paint up on the side (the QRF West Germans and whatever figures I wind up using for the Somalis - Rebel Miniatures, Peter Pig, or perhaps Flashpoint Miniatures).

For a complete diversion, but using the 15mm terrain I already have, I will be painting up some of the RAFM Citadel 15mm science fiction figures, using Ambush Alley to bring the old Traveller world back to life.

Tonight I will be posting pics of the Kerr and King buildings as well as the QRF West Germans (unpainted).

So, be certain to check The Bazaar for some good deals and come back to the blog from time to time to see the progress I am making with the scaled down projects.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Updates!

I keep promising to take pics of my QRF Germans, along with other items, but I just cannot seem to get around to taking care of that little chore.  I hope to remedy that soon along with taking pics of more painted figures.  The Peter Pig Marines I have are begging for some coats of paint, and I do want to get the West Germans started. 

I received my Kerr and King Middle East buildings last week.  Not bad resin castings at all.  They have the lift-off roofs that I find are a must for my Ambush Alley gaming.  When I snap pics I will be certain to take a few of the buildings as well.  There are pics on the Kerr and King site, but folks might want to see the unpainted versions as opposed to the pictures of painted buildings on the Kerr and King site.  The lift off roofs will need a bit of work as they are hard to get on and off, but some filing of the roof edges and perhaps adding a few bits like air condition units will do the trick.

I also received my copy of Force on Force recently, which is now the combination of the previous incarnations of Ambush Alley and Force on Force.  I like the format.  I did not like paying so much for a set of rules, and with such slick production one would think there would be no typos, but there are a few typos and for the life of me I cannot find the building clearing table that is referenced within the text.  However, that said, now I have rules for regulars vs. regulars and regulars vs. insurgents within one set of rules.  I look forward to pushing some lead about soon.

A side note...a gaming buddy (The G Dog on The Miniatures Page) and I have been talking about using the old 15mm RAFM Citadel figures inconjunction with Ambush Alley rules to do some sci-fi gaming.  I have always liked those old RAFM figs (created for use with Traveller), but did not enjoy using them with Striker and Striker II rules.  I will not water down this blog too much with this project, but might snap pics and post random thoughts from time to time about it.  My buddy pretty much has the weapons and battle dress/combat armor worked out, so not a lot more needs to be completed to use with Ambush Alley.

From the good news desk....

It looks like Grubby Tanks will be taking over the future production of Britannia Miniatures.  This is great for those who have enjoyed the quality of the Britannia line and might have been wondering about the future of Britannia.  Jenny Howitt, Dave Howitt's daughter, was filling some existing orders, and has mentioned that Grubby will be taking over.  I hope all is as well as can be in the Howitt family.  It is always sad to lose a loved one, and (not nearly as soon) sad to lose a gaming brethren.  At least Dave's legacy will live on!

Hopefully, soon, pics to follow!
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