Friday, November 30, 2018

New Decals From Miscellaneous Miniatures

VF-211 decals, from Miscellaneous Miniatures website
Just popped over to the Miscellaneous Miniatures website and what do I find?  Recently released 1/285th scale decals for Crusaders and Skyhawks, for units that are in some of the Crusaders Over 'Nam scenario book.  Talk about serendipity!  Time to get those lovely Raiden planes I received a few days ago sent off to be painted!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Another Crusader Scenario

I pulled out the Check Your 6! Jet Age rules last night to go over how missiles work in the rules (I have pretty much only gamed non-missile actions thus far), and forgot that there was another Vietnam scenario in the rules featuring Crusaders.  Actually, it is a different version of a scenario that appears in Crusaders Over 'Nam, but different enough that I consider it the twelfth scenario using Crusaders.  This one also has four A4s, so I guess in my next I-94 order I'll grab some Raiden A4s!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Crusaders Over 'Nam - Planes Needed

Previously on this blog appeared a short review of Crusaders Over 'Nam, a short scenario book for Check Your 6!  This post is a bit of an add on to discuss just how many of each plane type is needed in order to run all the scenarios.

In the eleven available scenarios, the primary forces consist of U.S. Navy F8 Crusaders facing off against MiG-17s of the Vietnamese Peoples Air Force.  Add to that a mix of MiG-21s, and A4 Skyhawks, and a lone A6 Intruder, and one has a fairly simple mix of aircraft to purchase and paint.  The MiG-17s are simply F models, while the MiG-21s are either F-13 or PFM models.  The Crusaders are of four variants (C, E, H, and RF), and the Skyhawks are either E or C types.  That might sound a little confusing, but as we can use the same model Crusader, Skyhawk, and MiG-21 to represent the various variants, we can drastically simplify the buying process.  So what are our maximum needs to cover all eleven scenarios?  As follows:

F8 - 6
A4 - 12
A6 - 1
MiG-17 - 10
MiG-21 - 4

Using the Raiden 1/285th scale offerings (nicely cast models at a fair price from I-94), we can order the following codes:

F8 - USA103 - $3.50 - $21.00
A4 - USA102 - $3.00 - $36.00
A6 - USA126 - $3.00 - $3.00

Americans total 19 planes at $60.00.

MiG-17 - RUS103 - $3.00 - $30.00
MiG-21 - RUS104 - $3.00 - $12.00

Vietnamese total 14 planes at $42.00.

But wait, I offer to you an option.  Maybe you do not want to purchase and paint that many planes.  If we remove one scenario, one with twelve A4s, we can get the totals down even more:

F8 - 6
A4 - 2
A6 - 1
MiG-17 - 8
MiG-21 - 4

F8 - USA103 - $3.50 - $21.00
A4 - USA102 - $3.00 - $6.00
A6 - USA126 - $3.00 - $3.00

Americans total 9 planes at $30.00.

MiG-17 - RUS103 - $3.00 - $24.00
MiG-21 - RUS104 - $3.00 - $12.00

Vietnamese total 12 planes at $36.00.

Still too rich for your wallet?  Let's take out just one more scenario, leaving you the ability to game nine scenarios in the book, with just the following planes needed:

F8 - 4
MiG-17 - 5
MiG-21 - 4

F8 - USA103 - $3.50 - $14.00

Americans total 4 planes at $14.00.

MiG-17 - RUS103 - $3.00 - $15.00
MiG-21 - RUS104 - $3.00 - $12.00

Vietnamese total 9 planes at $27.00.

So, for $41.00 you could have the planes needed (including options) to game nine of the Crusaders Over 'Nam scenarios.  One heck of a deal I say - time to go place an order!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Great Purge

Time to get serious about cleaning out some of my collection of gaming items.  Numerous rules and gaming supplements on the block.  The listing is on both Bartertown and The Wargames Website.  Good prices.  Stateside buyers only.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Irishserb Selling Again!

After a bit of a hiatus (dude works a ton of hours), my gaming bud Irishserb is selling his 15mm resin vehicles once again.  He has an offering of some modern and Cold War vehicles, cast cleanly and scaled properly, for prices that are super affordable.  Go check his site today!  He has plans to offer some 6mm African buildings in the future.  Good stuff!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Fireforce15 Figures - A Small Review

Top row FFM-01, middle row FFM-02, bottom row FFM-03
Forgot to get these on the blog prior to now, but here are some snaps of the Old Glory UK FireForce15 figures I ordered a few months ago.  I picked up one pack of each offering, which gives me thirty-six figures in total.  Each pack has three poses of the following.

FFM-01 - Infantry pack with three FN riflemen and what I am guessing to be a FN MAG with a box drum?
FFM-02 - Infantry pack with three riflemen and one machine gunner, with a standard FN MAG.
FFM-03 - Command and weapons with a command figure, a much smaller radio operator (with a different sculpting style), an RPG gunner, and a mortar.  Just how many mortars does one need?

Dislikes - Awkward posing, amount of flash, bent weapons, type of metal used (hard and not very pliable), mould lines, two different sculpting styles, too many mortars.
Likes - The fact that one can find FN-armed troops in shorts!

Okay, I am usually more favorable with reviews as this is a small hobby and I appreciate those who have the skill and the ability to have figures put on the market.  As a whole the figures are not bad, they just could have been so much better with cleaner and more realistic sculpting, better moulding, and a better mix of figure types.  These figures have not been around that long for the moulds to be wearing out so really the mould lines and flash shouldn't be evident.

Bottom line - One is better off trying to cobble together a Rhodesian force from Peter Pig's Vietnam and AK-47 ranges.  These Fireforce15 figures are going straight to the Bazaar!
The odd drum weapon from FFM-01

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Sword Worlds/OutRim Coalition

Command and comms - picture from GZG website
Today I received my order from GZG for additional OutRim Coalition figures, to be used for a Traveller Sword Worlds force.  This is just a quick post to sort out the figures and their weapons.

RC01 - Rifles
RC02 - Rifles
RC03 - SAW gunners
RC04 - Plasma gunners and light missile gunners
RC05 - Heavy plasma cannon
RC06 - Twin Gauss autocannon
RC07 - Twin rail mortars
RC08 - Command and comms
RC09 - Anti-vehicle missiles and heavy railgun snipers

With the packs I had purchased before, this gives me 24 rifles, 12 SAWs, 4 portable plasma guns, 4 light missile launchers, 2 heavy plasma cannon, 2 gauss autocannon, 2 mortars, higher command, 4 anti-vehicle missiles, and 4 snipers.  Breakdown of a fireteam might be as follows:

Fireteam A
2 rifles
1 plasma gun

Fireteam B
2 rifles
1 light missile

Fireteam C
2 rifles
1 anti-vehicle missile

Fireteam D
2 rifles
1 sniper

Another thought might be to increase the fireteams to five men by adding an additional rifleman.

And yet another idea might be to pull the portable support weapons out and make them platoon level assets and increase the fireteam to six troopers consisting of four rifles and two SAWs each.  

Lot's of decisions to be made with this project!  I do know I am going to do them up in some sort of winter scheme, well, at least some of the figures since I now have enough for a couple of platoons!
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