Wednesday, June 30, 2010

208 is a Magic Number: June Wrap up

It's been a while since my last post. I've actually written a couple but just haven't gotten around to taking photos and putting them up.

This will also be photo-free :( Yes, I know, it's a blog and it needs pictures. I've really enjoyed painting this month. Mostly 15mm Spanish Civil War stuff, a lot of Peter Pig figures. I'm getting ready for a Friday SCW game. It's a weekday afternoon game, sort of like a Mariners' businessman's special. Those of us who can get away on Friday are meeting at Game Matrix for a noon soiree. In any case I'm so busy trying to get ready that the 208 figures I've painted this month haven't been photographed.

Just for the record I have painted 208 figures, which is a huge number, especially when compared May and April and the paltry number I produced.

I still have a day to pull all the last of my painting, basing and rules fiddling together, but next week I promise pictures.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

HYW Horsemen and Carlist militia

I'm wrapping up 12 figures of 28mm light horsemen for the Hundred Years War. This was part of HYW/WOTR bounty I bought from David Sullivan many years ago. They might be Foundry figures, though it seems there are a mix of manufacturers. Maybe a couple of Crusader miniatures too. There is a fully armored knight in charge of the show, and I figure they could be a unit of hobilars or some other irregular cavalry unit for either side. I can see them participating in an action involving routiers or something like that.

It's taken me forever to finish these figures. I've really been back on a painting routine since the weekend, so I'm actually able to get something done.

Next on the painting block are some 15mm Peter Pig Carlist militia for the Spanish Civil War. The Carlists or Requetes are the backbone of the Nationalist army after the war enters its second year. They wear the distinctive red beret and are solid troops. This will give me four 22 figure battalions. All the photos are of the Carlists from the SCW.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Enfilade and After

It's been a week since the convention, and I always use this time as an opportunity to take stock, and think about what I'm working on an what I hope to accomplish.

First, May was not much of month for painting things. I got my trenches done, and finished some buoys for hydroplane racing, but not much real painting. I picked at twelve light horsemen for the HYW, but have actually done more with them since the convention than I did before. May is a tough month for teachers. There's a lot to do at school and there's just not much energy there. It's June now and I can already begin to feel a bit more relaxed and energized to paint.

Enfilade purchases are always something I look forward to, but mine were carefully planned. I had some cash and sold about $140 worth of unpainted miniatures in the flea market. Everything I brought was priced to sell, and almost everything sold. Be that as it may, I didn't buy too much at the convention. All the money I spent was at the Reviresco booth. I bought a couple of planes for the Spanish Civil War, and a couple of the Acheson buildings John McEwan was closing out. I also bought a very nice Z-shaped trench from Company B for SCW.

The rest I saved for a Peter Pig order to begin wrapping up my SCW stuff. I ordered my last International Brigade unit and a couple of militia units, as well as enough figures to fill out my Civil Guards.

The Spanish Civil War will be my big summer painting project. I'd like to say I'll finish all my figures. Don't know if I'll make it, but they paint fairly quickly and I don't know why I shouldn't be able to finish them. I would like to play another game at least by third weekend in July.

I've also been reading Under the Blue Pennant, a memoir of naval operations in the Civil War. Lots of amphibious operations on the James River and in North Carolina. I'm intrigued with trying to do something with my plethora of 6mm ACW stuff and I've come up with two ideas. One is to do combined arms with my underused ACW naval vessels. The other is to develop rules to re-fight the Great Snowball Fight in Dalton Georgia in 1864. Oh c'mon, it would be fun.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Enfilade: The Games I Ran

I ran three games at Enfilade and managed to get pictures of two. Dopey me.

First, I ran our annual Enfilade Cup game. That's a game of Thunderboats played with standard rules. It's nice because anybody who has one can bring their own boat and play with it. It's always entertaining because it's always no holds barred. I always find myself laughing. In this year's Cup, Al Rivers brought his boat in University of West Virginia colors, and Doug Hamm brought a magnificently painted, if somewhat bereft of a tail fin Hamm's Beer boat. Doug also provided the real entertainment by purchasing a nitrous bottle and spectacularly setting himself on fire. One simply cannot have too much fun. Shawn McEvoy who casts our miniatures and I are watching the proceedings. I'm the guy in the Tacoma Rainiers hat.

Saturday night was The Alcalde's Daughter, my adventure in Mexico with Sword and the Flame. I've explained the game before, but Enfilade is great because it always attracts a different crowd. I immediately recruited Tim Weber and Mark Fortner to the game for comedy relief. They've played in almost all my Maxmillian games and usually leave me in hysterics with their fractured logic and bad Spanish accents.

As I mentioned in my March post, I did make changes to the victory conditions, but the French continued to pick on the poor Mexicans. The town was a bit closer to the French side of the board, though the Mexican types outnumbered them. The guerrillas did manage to inflict some casualties, but nothing catastrophic. It was fun and everyone had a good time, which is the most important thing.

Just as an aside, Phil Williams gave me a wonderful little campaign guide to Maxmillian's war that hope to use in the not too distant future. It uses smaller units for TSATF and since I have tons of extra command figures I shouldn't have much difficulty. I am short cavalry, and don't have Austrians, Belgians or Egyptians, so either I'll have to figure something out or just lump it for now.

My last game was the 1965 Gold Cup race. This was what I was most interested in running. It tweaks our Thunderboat rules and applies historical factors and conditions to the racing. Daveshoe and I had six great guys with boats including first-timer John Westra. We raced five heats, with some predictable tension. Chris Rivers seemed to be a natural, overcoming some real adversity in the game to place consistently in the top three. The fun moment was Al Rivers in Exide pushing the nitrous button, getting a die roll of 22, bursting into flame, but putting it out when his engine stalled with a wash of lake water on an event card draw. All that was missing was becoming airborne.

On the last heat three players had a real shot at winning, Chris, John, and Norris Hazelton. Chris was leading by a hundred points at the beginning of the race, and though he finished third, he still won the race on points easily. The game went six hours, and we didn't take breaks. I was concerned about the length of the race, but when I asked players they thought it was fine. Good news, because I loved it.

On the pics-At the top of the page, Al's Exide leads the parade. Exide had some great moments, but a couple of heats in which Al's boat DNF'ed kept him out of the money. The white boat is Notre Dame, a great boat with a great driver, that Norris rode to victory in at least one heat. It's holding its own against Savair's Mist,the dark boat that was not very good with a mediocre driver. Lots of driver re-rolls that a couple of players made good use of. The bottom boat is just a good look at Exide, Miss Madison and Gale's Roostertail coming down the backstretch. Gale's Roostertail is perhaps my prettiest boat, and I nearly entered her in the painting competition.