Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mercenary Pirate Army - Warmachine

Finished my first Warmachine battlegroup. For my first 15 points I went with Captain Phinneus Shae, a Mariner, a Freebooter, A Buccaneer, and the Commodore Cannon.

::The Captain, Phinneus Shae::
 ::Mariner Heavy Warjack::

::Freebooter Heavy Warjack::

  ::Buccaneer Light Warjack::

 ::The Commodore, Cannon and Crew::

 ::Complete 15 Point Battlegroup::

My brother and I are planning on starting at 15 points to learn the game and adding on 10 points of models every month until we get to 35 points. My next 10 points will be Mr. Walls along with a full 10 man Sea Dogs unit.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Resin Casting Doors and Windows

Here is the result of my attempt at making my own resin architectural details. I have a growing pile of doors and windows for my next terrain project.

 ::The Mold Box::
::RTV Mold::
::The First Casts::

I'm happy with how they turned out. Now on to making some fantasy buildings.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fantasy Terrain - WIP

I just picked up Warmachine for the first time and am in the process of putting together my Mercenary Pirates Battlegroup. While I'm waiting for things to arrive from distributors, I figured I'd start on some Fantasy Terrain. While building the Bolt Action buildings the most time consuming part was making doors and windows. So with that thought I wanted to streamline the process for the fantasy buildings, and future building projects if this one works. I'm going to try to make resin castings of a couple different styles of doors and windows. I spent the day making some masters out of plastic strip and sheet. After chopping, carving, sanding and gluing I ended up with 5 window designs and 3 doors.

I just need to make a mold box and pour the RTV. The idea is make some simple buildings out of foamcore, glue on some of the castings and with some additional detailing turn out some cool fantasy buildings.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bolt Action Normandy Terrain

Just a quick post of a recent game of Bolt Action, 2 vs 2, 1500 points a side. Everything except the trees were made over a 2 week period just for this game. My brother and I used cardboard, foamcore sheets, bits of wood, and cork tiles to complete the table. We're planning on doing a Winter Eastern Front set for our next big game.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bolt Action US Infantry

I managed to get some shots of my US Infantry from Warlord Games. Unfortunately the pics came out a bit dark, hopefully when I complete the next batch of Infantry I can do a complete Army shot with some better lighting.

 ::Combat Platoon::
 ::Squad One::
  ::Squad Two::
 ::Squad One::
 ::Squad Two::
::Sniper Team::

So far I have a Reinforced Combat Platoon consisting of two 8 Man Squads, a 1st Lieutenant, a Veteran Medic, a Sniper Team, a Sherman 75, and an M8 Greyhound. For my first game of Bolt Action I was playing against the Russians played by Tony who was also playing his first game. We agreed to play a 500 point game so minus the Sniper team and Greyhound this put me at 491 points.

We rolled up Top Secret for the scenario, which means everything starts in reserve and moves onto the table. The objective of the game is to secure secret documents set up in the middle of the table and retrieve the info by running it off your table edge. My first unit to move on was my Sherman which I moved up to cover the objective to make Tony think twice about trying to capture the documents. Once all the units moved on, we started taking pot shots at each other across the table. Eventually my Sherman got assaulted and destroyed, and it went downhill from there. The same Russian unit that destroyed my Sherman then went on to assault one of my squads, and in Bolt Action its a fight to the Death. The assaulting unit has the advantage as any casualties inflicted are removed and whatever is left get to fight back. He was running full 12 man squads while I had only had 8, so I was outmatched in close combat and he destroyed my squad. Even so, I managed to get the Secret documents to within a turn of running off my table edge and winning. It all came down to whose order die was pulled first at the start of turn 5. Tony's order die came up first and he ordered his squad, the same squad that destroyed the Sherman and wiped out my squad in an assault, to gun down the courier. At that point I had just one squad left, so we decided to call it.

My lesson from that game is that you really need to put more units on the table to generate order dice. I started with 5 and the Russians had 9, so his chances of activating units when he needed to were pretty good. 

After the game we realized we messed up on some of the rules. The Sherman would have survived the assault (we misread the Tank Assault rules) and possibly changing the outcome of the game, and also using my medic to save an NCO from his sniper.

I'm currently painting up another two full 12 man squads of Infantry with extra BARS (to run as vets if I want), a Bazooka Team, and a Forward Air/Artillery Observer. I also plan to paint up a Medium Mortar team and three LMG teams.

Monday, April 22, 2013

X-wing Miniatures Slave I repaint

Another game I've been playing lately is Fantasy Flight's X-wing Miniatures game. Quick to learn rules and fun to play, games usually play in under an hour. With the recent release of the Slave I, my favorite Star Wars ship piloted by my favorite Character Boba Fett, I had to pick up two of them. So to make identifying it on the table easier I decided to repaint one as Jangos. I just painted right over the original finish with no problems.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bolt Action World War II


Well it's been awhile but I'm back into building and painting stuff, for now. The latest project I've been working on is for Warlord Games World War II game published by Osprey, Bolt Action. I already completed a small 500 point US Army and played my first game and it's awesome. So hopefully I'll remember to post updates here as I journey into another game...

Warlord Games Plastic US Infantry Box. Excellent figures. Some WIP shots.

Here the US Infantry are done. I just need to take some proper pics and post them. In the background you can see a 1/48 Tamiya Sherman assembled and ready for paint. I also built Tamiya's 1/48 Greyhound.

Final Shots of the Tamiya 1/48 Sherman and Greyhound.

Now, to paint more infantry!
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