Saturday, 14 April 2018

Ancient Ruins

Arthur C. Clarke — 'Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.'

As humanity expands its reach this question becomes ever more apparent. Are we alone? Will something be found? Will contact be made?

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Activities Week - A Horizon Wars Event

At school we run an activities week towards the end of the summer term. If you do not run an activity or organize a trip then you get assigned to support other activities either at random, or you try and get your colleagues to pick you to help with whatever they are running. Last year I didn't run anything and got lucky with the trips I helped with. I also managed to get a day where I didn't support anyone and got loads of work done.

This year, knowing I am not that lucky, I decided to run a wargaming activity. I thought, on three days I can run the same activity for different year groups. I said I can run for 12 kids each time. I thought if I have two games going on at once, three factions on each game, 2 kids per faction making decisions together. However, apparently it is much more popular than I thought and I have 20 kids on one of the days. I just spent the evenings of my holiday in away planning out battles, factions, teams and hoping that I would have enough miniatures to support three or four games simultaneously.

Here is my planning so far:

I am pretty much forced to use Horizon Wars. I had thought about other rules, but have in the end opted for Horizon Wars because I can run smaller armies. Also because it is a brilliant game.

I can have the following factions:

2x UCS armies (3 at a push), infantry, tanks, mecha.
2x Collective of Systems armies (3 at a push), infantry, mecha, maybe some normal vehicles.
1x UCS marines, possibly entirely infantry, but maybe with some tanks support. Perhaps even a couple of mecha if I can paint any.
1x New Charon Militia. Infantry with a few light P1 mecha.
1x Neo Christian Union. Infantry, cavalry and a couple of mecha.
1x New Vesta militia. Possibly they will have some tanks. I might give them a couple of mercenary mecha.
1x Quansec. Infantry, cavalry, artillery, possible mecha.
1x HySys. Infantry, cavalry, possible artillery, and some mecha.

This puts me at 10-12 armies. I have enough terrain mats to run 2 large games (big felt mats, probably like 6x6 or so), 2 medium games (fake grass from Lidl, 1m x 2m each, could be joined if needed), and finally one small game (the original grass roll that is probably about 3x4).

I have terrain, but not loads. These past weeks I have been collecting vacuum packaging to spray and varnish as the most basic of terrain. I am tempted to draw doors and windows on them with sharpies. Yesterday I made some more modular, grassy hills. I am looking to create roads also and have found what looks like a good way of doing it.

I will update with pictures as the event nears. But I just wanted to get some ideas out on the web. Does anyone have ideas?

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Normandy Farms.

Buildings by Hacme, available over on Rapier Miniatures. They come with those card roofs which make life easier. I really don't like my paint scheme though. I need to paint them differently.

Hedges are scourer pads. I need to paint them too. I am just happy to have some 6mm buildings for my WW2 project.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

6mm German Infantry with nice Static Grass.

I won a £20 voucher for  a couple of months back. Having looked at the range, I decided that as awesome as their 15mm space dwarves are, I don't really have a place for them in my 6mm universe. So I spent it all on their range of static grasses. It arrived, sat in a box for weeks until last night where I was able to flock my Germans. It turns out I really like the flock, and am now considering re-flocking all of my other 6mm WW2 miniatures.

Here are just a few examples.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

6mm German Armour

I now have some shades of static grass to experiment with. These will likely be applied to my german infantry.

I also want to work out what to varnish them in so they don't get scratched.

But for now, here are my completed German armoured vehicles.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

US armoured platoon.

In an effort to progress further on my WW2 project I have managed to get a few nights of painting in. My army is based on Battlegroup Overlord but it looks like it can be adapted for other rules.

 Above are three M 10 Wolverine.  I wanted a tank hunter squadron. I have one now.

 An ordering mishap meant I have ended up with all Sherman 76s. These will not see action as a group. Standard M4s are on order.

Here I have four squads of infantry. I also have a few other bases with 2 figures on. These are to help me track casualties.

I have four squads of German infantry painted with machine guns and other support. Things are looking up.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

2018 Goals and Reflections after some thought.

I have been spending this month gathering my thoughts and deciding what projects I want to press forward with and what to leave alone for a bit. I am thinking about various hobbies, my career and my family. What is going to go on this year? I am not sure. But I will try and talk about it.

Looking back at my blog, I cannot believe it has been over five years since I took up the hobby again. I also cannot believe how much I have developed as a model maker and miniature painter. I look at my first couple of posts, almost embarrassed that I thought the internet would be interested in that. Building Terrain? Sure, I have had a go at that with mixed successes. I am so proud of it all. However, I have things that have been left on the back burner that I want to bring up to the forefront again.

My main focus this year in terms of painting, army building and terrain creation will be my 6mm WW2 project. I will need another order of Heroics and Ros miniatures and may also order some stuff from Baccus, which will give me a chance to get their ACW troops who I will use for Starport Scum as space cowboys. But again, my main focus is on WW2. Terrain building will be tricky I think. I reckon I will resort to purchasing buildings, which may be a little pricey. I am investigating hedgerows and forests, roads and rivers. I look forward to building terrain.

Where will my focus lie in gaming? Well I have a Horizon Wars campaign on the go, with one battle fought and more to come when I find time. There is also a Starport Scum campaign currently going, with a third adventure hopefully appearing this week/weekend. I am running a Horizon Wars campaign/tournament during my school activities week in June which will be interesting. Once I have enough terrain and miniatures I intend to try out my Battlegroup Overlord rules. I feel like I can use them solo for a couple of small engagements to get the hang of things. Students in my school may find that more interesting than my Tranquil Stars universe. 

I don't want to be too ambitious because there is a lot going on personally this year. Well, I hope for a successful year.