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01 July 2019

Stalingrad 2019

Been a bit since I've been able to get on and post this.

The aforementioned Stalingrad event turned out to be a lot of fun, though sadly due to it starting a tad late, we couldn't finish. (Due to Densmol's prior arrangements with his inlaws for that evening)

There were 12 players at Ogre's Den in Orange Vale including the Store owner Joe who had to play ringer due to an unexpected dropout on the day. I found myself set to attack the tank factory along with a very nice chap who'd played perhaps one game of Bolt Action previously and who's name completely evades me. Our opponents were Joe and another game fellow and so the Germans and Soviets descended upon the ruins of the factory and had it out.

All started off pretty well for the Soviets with good use of terrain to cover their advances, but after a lucky hit on my partner's tank left it a bunker with a rear facing main gun, and our troops staying clear of the actual factory floor due to the Germans having both a heavy mortar AND and medium mortar AND some off-table artillery ready to light up the first sucker who rolled into the factory things ended up in a stalemate. Not a foot was placed inside the objective until the last two turns where both sides swarmed the building in an effort to hope and pray that they would be the ones left standing when the smoke cleared.

Then Densmol  realised the time and the game was called and I think overall........ it was a draw across all three tables. Not very historic at all. Good times were had by all in attendance and I have to say our end of the extra long (16'x4') table was the most fun with me and Joe giving eachother masses amount of shit each turn and resulting roars of laughter eclipsing the games on the other parts of the board.

Pics taken were not as many as I'd remembered and I blame me for having far too much fun to remember half the time and they are all out of order cos after the first pic I really can't remember which went where, but I think they are good views regardless of a gorgeous table.

The Ogre's Den has since put on a D-Day event last month to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the largest Amphibious assault ever that seemed pretty damn good too, though you'll have to look pics up on their Facebook page as I couldn't go, sadly.

O and the KV-1 tank that I was furiously trying to get painted for the day? Well..... I failed. It got a whitewash and that was it. I aim to try to get it done before the end of the Summer though. We'll see.

09 May 2019

The bride and groom

In my continuing effort to get enough painted for the Stalingrad event this Saturday at my LGS Ogre's Den in Orange Vale I got this pair finished up last night.

The bloke is the handler from the Warlord Games Soviet Bomb Dog blister and the gal next to him in the winter onesie is a lovely sculpt by Bad Squiddo Games. Both of these will help bolster up my SMG squads a little.

Next up is a large piece, a KV1 heavy tank. I'll actually be running it as a KV8 which is the version that sports a Flame Thrower as well as it's AT Gun. I figured that flame throwers would do a better job of shifting annoying Germans from behind rubble or on buildings. Wish me luck on getting this beast done on time!

08 May 2019

A Squeaker and a Pair of Soviets walk into a Bar

This Timorous mini is from the line of anthropormorfic sculpts produced by UK-based miniatures company Oathsworn Miniatures for their excellent Burrows and Badgers skirmish game.

I’ve utilized this mouse burglar as my Rogues team's (The Red Toothe) resident light-fingered thief, Fenton Fishlegs. He’s the free mini they give you for ordering their lovely hardback rulebook directly from their webstore. He's painted up well enough for gaming. I've recently realised that my eyes aren't quite what they used to be after a rubbish trip to the opticians and I can't abide trying to paint with those magnifying apparatus, so a lowering in quality will have to be endured from here on. Not all bad though as this means I should be able to get stuff done far quicker and so work through my backlog more swiftly!  

Fenton is a bit of a dim-witted young mouse, but his skills as a cat burglar (A mouse cat burglar???) go far beyond what a normal mouse his age could hope for. Cruel Ma’ Tuppence the leader of the team, tends to push Fenton into more and more perilous jobs for bigger rewards of loot fully expecting the lad to fall foul of some watch-mole or canny fox, but somehow he seems to make out with the loot and return like some addled pup back to Ma’ for his meager reward.

This weekend I am attending a Bolt Action Stalingrad event (Astute readers will recall I attended last year's event also) at the Ogre's Den in Orange Vale, CA. The organiser Drew had all 12 participants (6 playing Soviets, 6 Germans) draw up lists and we'll all be positioned on certain areas of his fantastic gaming boards, each section representing one major talking point of the Stalingrad conflict (Factory, Pavlov's House and Volga Crossing). Whilst I have a sizable collection of Soviets as any follower of this blog can attest to, I found I still needed some more pieces painted up to have enough done so I could field a fully painted force for the day.

Gunner and Ammo bloke, face down in the snow. Poor buggers. I know, the bipod is glued in the wrong spot on the gun, but it's too late to change now.
Starting off, these are a two-man Anti-tank rifle team produced by Black Tree Studios. (There'll be two in my list.) Whilst I am not anticipating much in the way of armour in those cramped city streets, these long guns do provide double duty as a nice pseudo-sniper to help add more pins and perhaps pop an armoured transport or armoured car. Easy to paint and they fit in well enough with my collection. The snow is a new product I was gifted at Xmas made by Games Workshop. Not bad and I'll use it for sake of ease as I won't have to mix ingredients up like my usual method, but goodness it's pricey! (Shock horror.... it's GW afterall.)

Next up on the table are a pair of SMG toting troops and perhaps this second mouse. Last to get some paint on it will be a new toy, but I'll preview that in my next post. :)

23 April 2019

A Return to Blogging and the Hobby in General in 2019

Those who'll read this and that have followed my blog for a while will have noticed that I've been a bit absent from the blogging community for over 4 months. This is due in part to utter and complete hobby burnout, learning to live and feel comfortable in new digs and also the inclusion of a new special person in my life (Lady-loves tend to take up quite a bit of one's time during the initial stages of a burgeoning relationship.).

But, I return! As well as the hobby content within this, my first post of 2019, I've also played a couple games with the Estimable Stew (Write-ups from these games can be found here and here at Stew's blog, A Terrible Loss of Lead and Wealth.) which were excellent fun and it seems slowly but surely my hobby mojo is returning.

On to the stuff you actually want to read and see:

If you remember those WW2 Kriegsmarines I had begun painting for my good friend Densmol, then I commend you. If not, then it doesn’t matter cos there they are and in all their finery. The sculpts are by Warlord games and come packed with detail and character. I did a bit of research into WW2 German Kriegsmarine uniforms and so forth and it seems they varied quite a bit with some wearing their classic dark blue sailors uniforms, others the grey wet weather gear, whilst others have what I think are darker grey jackets. Even the inclusion of some combat helmets in their iconic naval light green/grey is a fun addition on these sculpts.  My fav of the bunch by far though was the squad officer with his bearded features and sporting a pipe!

They painted up rather swiftly and were enjoyable to boot – painting soldiers who are not uniform in dress is far more fun than trying to do a unit of repetitively-uniformed soldiers. Densmol requested some sort of urban effects on the bases as well (Due to the Kriegs’ featuring in iconic city-fighting accounts.) so I attempted to make fallen brick walls out of discarded sprue frames and poured some sand and tiny rocks here and there. Not perfect as the bricks are too big to realistically be masonry for this scale, but at arm’s length or on the tabletop it’ll do. Regardless, Densmol seemed very pleased with his German sailors, so that in the end means job done, right?

Once in hand, Densmol was then eager to get a game of Bolt Action in with his new unit, so we both drew up quick 1000 point lists, rolled up a mission (Manhunt in this case) and got playing. Didn’t get too many pics as we were enjoying a beer or two and some tasty Irish whiskey, but in the end the game ended on turn 2 as a draw due to Densmol forgetting that he had to “capture” my senior officer and not riddle him with umpteen assault rifle shots. *facepalm* Regardless, we had fun and the evening was enlivened further with a trip to my local bar.

My wee "horde" of Winter Soviet Regulars. 2 platoons so I could surprise Densmol with TWO T34/85 tanks! (Forgive the shamefully unpainted one on the right, it had been assembled about 10 mins prior to Densmol's arrival especially for this game!)

Densmol in reply brought an infantry horde of his own. A hodge-podge of inexperienced Kriegs and Luftwaffe troops along with a Kfz222 Armoured car, flame thrower (That missed at point blank range!?) and a crack elite SS squad (Last squad at the back of this pic) ALL armed with Panzerfausts.

The table set-up. Wish lighting in my place was better, but o well. This is a sneak peak of what my Winter display is going to look like. I still have snowy coniferous trees to base up and another small shack to paint. I also plan to buy or make some fencing for the roads and perhaps add a small pond and some blasted tree trunks for placing around those artillery craters at the back. Also, those felt roads... Think I'll be replacing them with some sturdier options in the future cos they were just annoyingly sticking to bases, etc.

The one pic that managed to get taken of the actual game. :)
Densmol's Medium Machine Gun team takes a heavy Anti-Tank gun shot and is obliterated. :)

Next up, something else I started painting in December. Until then…

04 December 2018

A ramble and Lemmy

Sadly little to report in the hobby realms on my end since my last post. My move went really well with lots of good mates who helped shift everything over in (surprising) only two trips. O_o
My new flat is now unpacked and I severely underestimated the amount of space I'd have available to set up my hobby station, so that's in my front room and ready to rock too.

The hobby mojo though is running on fumes right now. Too much on my mind - still getting used to living on my own for the first time in 21 years (Outside of marriage I always had room mates.) and trying to get my head around being an available single man again, which I was never really good at even before I met my ex and now seems to be almost exclusively done digitally somehow. (Ugh...)

My friend turns 40 tomorrow and for his birthday present, I managed to source this trio of lovely sculpts as he's a big Lemmy (From Motorhead) fan. I'm hoping the fig's arrival will help get my hobby mojo going again so I can get it to it's new owner in time for his actual bloody birthday (Unlikely) and I can then move on to the other many, many project that I have waiting.

One thing this move has done is impress upon me just how much bloody unpainted miniatures and terrain I have sitting around! Damn near had me in a panic.

Hope to have a proper hobby update posted before Xmas gets here - just need to drop the Playstation controller for a bit and step away from Red Dead Redemption 2. (Harder than it sounds. LOL!)