Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Ambush Alley Games - Kinda Dead

Ambush Alley Games has gone through a lot of transformation the last couple of years.  They had a forum, a very active one, which blew up.  They started another forum on a newer website platform, which was kinda decent, got blew up.  Their current website hasn't been updated for some time, many of the rules and supplements are out of print or close to it.  They carry the official line of GZG figures for Tomorrow's War, but have priced themselves so high that it is cheaper for me, with shipping included, to order direct from GZG.  They have their own forum space on The Wargames Website, but haven't teased us with any updates for months.  They said they are going back to their roots with Ambush Alley (before the Osprey adventure), but that has been months ago.  

Is this the slow death of yet another great gaming company?  I certainly hope not.  Luckily I was able to grab print copies of Ambush Alley, Force on Force, Tomorrow's War, all the FoF supplements, and By Dagger or Talon before most of the aformentioned went out of print, so I am fairly set with AAG products, but like many gamers, I do like new content from time to time, and AAG seems to have hit a snag.  'Tis a shame, because they had/have a strong following and have been decent people to engage with.  I certainly understand real life situations getting in the way of the hobby, but at least post once a month on the forum to keep the fans updated, and update the website now and again so as to stay relevant within the market.

Will AAG arise, or will they fade away?  I hope that soon (and I mean this year) they will have new product for us while staying actively engaged with their customer base.  We don't want to lose AAG!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Modern Austrians - Part IV

Olive drab green, or...
Unit structure - I am still tinkering around a bit with the fireteam/section/squad structure.  Including the GPMG at the fireteam level seems to be a bit of overkill, and I do have a couple of extra SAW figures I could use and replace the GPMG.  Have to give that one more thought before reaching a final decision.  I would still have to purchase a few more figures to create a few of the seven man sections mentioned in Part I as I did not purchase any LAW carrying figures from Eureka (or Carl Gustavs and sniper teams for that matter).  

...tan with green equipment?
Uniforms - I made mention of uniform choices in Part I, but now it is time to get a bit more serious.  While searching the interweb for uniforms I have come across a variety of possibilities, but the solid olive drab green uniforms are pictured the most.  I was thinking about painting up one squad in tan and the other in olive, although the latter would be most likely used in a more temperate/Euro environment and I do not have enough terrain or the OPFOR for that type of game setting.  Therefore, most likely I will go with a plain tan to use in an arid climate, much like the second picture (I do like the offsetting green helmets and body armor).

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Modern Austrians - Part III

I took a few minutes today to base the modern Austrians (Eureka proxy Australians) and snapped a couple of pictures of two of the fireteams (I have four total).  Their ratings for Force on Force/Ambush Alley are as follows:

Initiative Level: D8 to D10
Confidence Level: Confident to High
Supply Level: Normal to Abundant
Body Armor: 1D
Troop Quality/Morale: D8 to D10/D8 to D10

L to R: SAW, two riflemen, rifleman with GL, team leader
Feuerwehrteam A
One fireteam leader with StG 77
One rifleman with StG 77 and GL 40 (Lt: AP:1/AT:0)
One MG4 SAW gunner (Lt: AP:1/AT:0)
Two riflemen with StG 77

L to R: GPMG, two riflemen, rifleman with GL, team leader
Feuerwehrteam B
One fireteam leader with StG 77
One rifleman with StG 77 and GL 40 (Lt: AP:1/AT:0)
One MG 5 GPMG gunner (Med: AP:2/AT:0)
One assistant gunner with StG 77
One rifleman with StG 77

One fireteam will throw seven dice, while the team with the GPMG will toss eight dice.  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Modern Austrians - Part II

Picture from Eureka website
The figures have arrived!  I placed my order on a Friday evening, and had the figures in six days.  These are some of the nicest 15mm moderns available today, great proportions, weapons that do not look like bazookas, crisply cast with little to no flash, with animated but not overdone poses.  Little gems to go along with the as usual great service from Eureka Miniatures USA!

I ordered a couple of command teams, two GPMG teams (Heckler & Koch MG5), one pack of infantry with Minimi (in this case used as the Heckler & Koch MG4), a pack of infantry with grenade launchers (Steyr GL 40s), and a pack of standard infantry with AUGs (StG 77s).

I plan to use this for the organization (a bit of a change from the original post about modern Austrians):

Two Squads, each with:

Feuerwehrteam A
  • One fireteam leader with StG 77
  • One rifleman with StG 77 and GL 40
  • One MG4 SAW gunner
  • Two riflemen with StG 77
Feuerwehrteam B
  • One fireteam leader with StG 77
  • One rifleman with StG 77 and GL 40
  • One MG 5 GPMG gunner
  • One assistant gunner with StG 77
  • One rifleman with StG 77
For transport I am actually in a bit of a quandary.  I have two of the Panther vehicles (Iveco LMV) from Evil Bear, but I have four fireteams, so I actually need to buy two more Panthers.  But, they are a bit expensive considering their base price ($12.50 each) on top of the shipping from the U.K.  The Austrians use the Ulan, the Pandur, the Dingo 2, along with the Iveco, but try finding any of the first three in 15mm!  I am open to suggestions for transport.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Contractors Are Here...Oh, and the CIA!

They arrived yesterday, fifteen wonderfully painted 15mm private military contractors and CIA operatives, painted by Just Jack.  These bitchingly awesome figures are made by CP Models, and even before Jack put brush to metal I really liked CP's range of modern figures.  They are chunky, cleanly cast, with great animation.  And Just Jack captured them all with some fantastic paint jobs!  I cannot thank him enough for these great figures!

CIA Operatives - Picture from CP Models website
Trying to match the above picture, here are the two groups of CIA guys Just Jack painted.

Next up, the contractors:
Contractors - picture from CP Models website
And what I received:

These figures could also be used for special forces for operations in which they need to blend in a bit more with the local forces.

Just a wonderful experience all around.  And now it is time to get these onto the table!
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