Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tracked or Hover?

While perusing the Darkest Star Games site, I came across their (somewhat) recent releases of 15mm armor for their Federation sci-fi faction (think Traveller).  I really like the look of the Python/Cobra MBTs, but wanted to know what you thought of going tracked vs. hover?  While I would be using these (if purchased) for far future gaming (at least 2300 A.D. style if not Fifth Frontier War), I really like the look of the tracked versions as opposed to the hover options.  They remind me of World War II German light tanks for some reason (think Czech 38 and its many variants within the German Army).

Piccies of both:



What would be your choice, and why?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Air Support for the Banana Wars

While not a perfect match, I was able to score three of these Futura Choco Eggs Grumman F3Fs for some Banana Wars or Yangtze gaming.  While the F3F was indeed an operational aircraft for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, it really appeared a bit too late for historical small wars actions pre-World War II, but the price for these Futura models was right, the paint scheme attractive, and the options for other more suitable aircraft to match my 15mm gunboat, Eureka Marines, and Khurasan Chaco War do not exist.  Ideally I would like to find a 1/144th or 1/100th scale Vought O2U Corsair, but as far as I know they are not being made in those scales.

Back to the F3F.  The scale of this model shakes out to be 1/125th, based on a wingspan of thirty-two feet.  The model's wingspan is just the slightest hair above 3", so we are right in the middle of my 1/100th to 1/144th scale need.  Perfect!

F-Toys 1/144th Albatros D.III and Futura 1/125th Grumman F3F

The F3F carried one .30 and one .50 caliber gun, and could also act in a bomber role with a pair of 116 pound bombs.  Range was nearly one thousand miles, and top speed was 264 miles per hour. 

The "kit" comes in several parts, but putting it together is a breeze.  If you are just wanting a display model then you probably need not worry about gluing the parts together, but as I plan to use at least one of these for gaming, gluing is a must as the upper wings like to pop off with mild handling.  You have a choice of landing gear in a retracted or extended position.  The plane is done up in USMC colors (VMF-2 piloted by Bob Galer, a double ace at Guadalcanal and a Medal of Honor and Distinguished Flying Cross winner).

So, while the Grumman might not be the perfect aircraft for the Yangtze or the Caribbean, in this case she'll have to do!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Twilight 2000 Material Released

A quick mention about an East Africa source-book for Twilight 2000, with the setting focused on East Africa.  This is official material, available as a pdf download from Drive Thru RPG.  

For only $2.99 it may well be worth the minimal investment!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Twilight 2000 Blog

It has been some time since I have done much of anything on the gaming front, but a new blog by Jason Weiser has sparked some interest in some Cold War gaming.  Years and years ago some of my gaming buddies and I were involved with a Twilight 2000 campaign.  It was great fun, even though some of our actions were a bit unrealistic, and then there was that damn horse that one of our female players just HAD to drag along everywhere (so many times we tried to kill off that horse...accidentally of course).  

With the recent spate of Cold War figures hitting the market, it might be time to do some small scale gaming.  And Jason's blog is covering the gaming aspect of T2000 very well, including a great article on 15mm figures that would be suitable.

Another excellent site that has a plethora of T2000 information (mostly equipment data) is this one from Paul Mulcahy.

And having some of the Oddzial Osmy "little green men" would lead me to believe that their Cold War Polish would be excellent figures for T2000.  Excellent quality for the money, and available Stateside from Pico Armor.

Time to pull out the rules again....

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Gesso Experiment

As I live in a condo, I really do not have a space where I can spray-prime my figures.  We have an enclosed balcony, but the spray causes a bit of sediment once it settles so that is not a practice I can keep utilizing and expect my wife to be pleased.  There has been several mentions of similar living arrangements on The Miniatures Page, and seemingly the most common solution is using a brush on primer.  Far more time consuming, but much safer for my marital health.

This past weekend I was out with my wife and we stopped by a Michael's craft store so I picked up some Liquidtex Gesso, in this case the white artists series as I did not want to have any graininess that some reported using the basic version.  I really wanted gray as I like a darker primer yet one that still allows me to see the details of the figure, but the choices at my location were black and white.  Upon coming home I grabbed a couple of test figures (in this case a Ravenstar Studios 15mm Horrid, that was cast in a bright blue resin, and a metal 15mm Khurasan colonial marine based seemingly on a popular science-fiction movie series).  If the Gesso didn't live up to its billing, these two figures would not be a huge loss.

Here are the figures within moments of painting.


And here they are a day and a half later.


Overall, I am fairly pleased with the results.  While priming figures with a brush is slow work as compared to priming via a spray, the Gesso seems to cover well.  I do not think I put as much on as some others, as the detail difference is not that noticeable between my two pictures, but upon drying the details were a bit more prominent.  I have since primed several more of the Horrids, and when they dry I will start applying a basecoat and see how the Gesso holds the paint.

If you need any further convincing that Gesso might be a great way to prime figures without spraying, here is a video showing how well the Gesso forms to the figure.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Taking Advantage, Yet Again

Over on the Fields of Fire Vietnam forum there was a post from Scale Creep Miniatures about reducing their remaining Flashpoint Miniatures stock.  As I love a sale, I just HAD to take advantage of the 30% off, and added a bit of cool items to my 15mm Vietnam project (Koh Tang Island), which really means I added a new Vietnam project altogether as most of what I purchased has nothing to do with Koh Tang!

I was able to snag a platoon of Main Force infantry, a platoon of Main Force weapons, a platoon of M14-armed Marines, some defensive and causality tokens for the communists, along with some porters and a civilian ox cart.  I was hoping to score some Australians, but the rifle platoon was already sold out.  As you can see, really none of the above has any relationship to Koh Tang, but what the hell!

And of course, Scale Creep once again lived up to their usual fast turnaround time.  I had the figures in a just a couple of days from when I ordered.

To take advantage of the little remaining stock at these nice prices, click HERE.
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