Sunday, April 6, 2014

Crystal Brush

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Adepticon Off the Port

Avast! Adepticon is a couple days away and the Royal Navy is ready to take the fight to those pirate scally wags.

These Royal Marines will be charged with capturing and dispatching pirates and scum of the sea in the ruins of Panama. This historic event will be replayed at Adepticon in a big game, on a big board, with multiple crews all facing off against each other. Live scoring and multiple in game events will keep this game crazy and exciting.

The Sacking of Panama

 I believe I will be one of the only Royal Navy players so the task has been charged to me to represent the crown's best interests and see that justice is dispatched.
 Post wig painting, these guys may not have all actually had wigs on a boat, so they will be going with the formal, stuffy look. But don't take the pretentious looks for they're stern character.

These models are from the Perry Brothers. They are actually Revolutionary War Hessian models. I really liked they're look and they fit right onto a colonial frigate or protecting a port.

Check back for Adepticon coverage!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sand Storm

 Just about to wrap up construction on the North African Airfield. As seen, there is some sandbag work to finish up and 2 of the ruined buildings.
Everything is modular and it can all switched into different variations. The runway can also be broken down and made into different lengths or set ups.

For game play, all of the flat ground will be regular terrain to facilitate faster flank play. Just have to maneuver around the rocky outcroppings.

Adepticon is just days away so check back for post event coverage and battle shots of Bolt Action forces battling for supremacy of the airfield.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Desert Toy Story

Knocking those snakes out of my boots! 

Back in the brisk winter vortex. The scorpions froze. As always at events, I plan on taking so many more pictures but that never happens. So here are a couple with some quick recaps. One of the locals took some of those newfangled Ipad videos of the event so I will link to those. 

 Here was my impromptu display board. Very last minute but it worked in the end. A little description. Being a big Axis and Allies player I took the idea of a map to be the base. Then deciding that having soldiers in the middle of the ocean looked funny I added some big red Indiana Jones arrows. 

This then lead to the back drop. (Excuse the artist beret) Having limited knowledge of the Western Europe propaganda from the war, I began looking into pacific such documents.

Something that began as a google search turned into a split perspective of the realities/false hoods of the war. The monstrous image and vilifying of the Japanese people through the US propaganda contrasts with the models being a representation of soldiers. Just like any other nationality.

The previously posted casualty models fit as well. While it may have something to do with just being bored with the stock models. They also are a reminded of what we are representing on the table top and the sacrifices of war.

End Artist rant. Now for the coverage. Ken Burns forgives the blurry photos, you should too.

 Tim, the organizer, had a round robin style axis vs allied match-up system. It was fun seeing theater reenactments. Game 1 saw the IJA facing off against an Aussie force deep in the jungles of New Guinea.
 It was also a night fighting scenario; which boiled down to no air support (take that Americans!) and basically a 12 inch visibility. The goal was to get models off the table edge.

 We both heavily supported opposite flanks which then turned into a foot race to get models off before the turn counter ended. This was the IJA left flank with some brutal hand to hand fighting.
 The right flank was all Aussies. with 2 squads getting off the table to the Japanese 1.

 Game 2 the IJA went up against some British paras with heavy armor support. A maximum attrition type game. Smokes went up and the Japanese began running...

 Some bad positioning of the scout tank got caught in cross fire between a howitzer and an armored car. But the fanatical Japanese were not deterred. Got some great luck in that the British artillery strike fubarred and I got to redirect onto his own troops; then that squad continued to fail command checks and proceeded to shoot they're own Lt off the table.
 Forgot to get photos of this game but this was the table. A bit of western Europe. Went up against a USA platoon. This player is the video recap links at the bottom. The Japanese kept together and swung a flank attack into 4/5 of the take and hold objectives. Again, some bad luck for the USA, but they called in a rookie pilot and I got to redirect the airstrike onto his own tank.
 Game 4 looked a bit like Belgium. This was a capture and escape with top secret documents off your own table edge. The IJA went up against another American platoon and fellow Chicago attendee. It was quite the windy day and 3 smoke barrages got dispersed off the table which led to some slow slogging threw machine gun fire to get to the objective. The Japanese got within a foot of the table edge but a double US airstrike pinned them and the time ended.

 The last game of the event was a battle in Manchuria. Russians vs Japanese. We both had a "base" and you had to destroy the enemy base. The Russians played very defensively and bunkered down in they're base. The only offensive maneuver was sending the T-34 up the road to blitz my base. My anti-tank gun destroyed the treads and it was stuck. I wasted 1 too many turns trying to assault the tank with my infantry (no sticky bombs) and were bogged down trying to use can openers on it... Ended in a draw.
The end of the day, the rising sun conquered, best overall. The fanatics special rules are the silver lining in a game whose main mechanic is putting pinning/suppressive fire on units to get them to ignore commands.

Great venue, food, and prize support.

Gathering in the Desert

Youtube video recaps.

Day 1

Day 2

Thursday, February 13, 2014

War, Waffles, and Wolverine

Respect is earned, not given. 

That is my quote of the year. It applies to all facets of life and should never be underestimated when considering who you follow and who follows you. 

Enough of that, onto waffles. The fridge was winding down on supplies like a ration order in the middle of the battle of Britain.

So I made waffles. And when there is waffles you need syrup. Not having syrup the only maple item in the cabinet was Knob Creek's Maple aged. Thus my new greatest tradition was born, waffles and whiskey. Mind blown.

This guys mind was blown too. The Imperial Japanese army has been finished, at least this variation of it. We have got some veteran jungle fights, I like to think they would do okay against a Predator.

These guys are mostly metal figures from warlord. They maintain a good pose variety but being a little dated in the product line the sculpts are a little dull or messy.

The aforementioned mind blown model comes from my sniper team.
 In the Bolt Action rules these guys are deadly in that they get to avoid an cover bonuses targets may get. They also get to choose they're targets, so you can target the officers in the words of the Swamp Fox!

A little custom sculpted jungle suit for these guys. I think his spotter may have to go back to IJA school of not standing up when you see a bad guy...

 A great way to get those pesky marines off the beachhead is a good ole fashioned flame thrower! Complete with custom built back pack and trusty team member who I don't really know his role in the operation...

Our fearless leader of these rising sun warriors is....

Obviously Huge Jackman.... Or it is this honor bound 2nd Lt. and his secretary. Just for kicks it might be fun to convert up a Jackman prisoner model.

The Japanese surprised the British with they're quick movements through China and sweeping down the coast. Through the use of mounting squads on bicycles and forced marches, the Japanese initial invasions surprised the allies. They're equipment did not do much inspiring....

 When compared to the German war machine, the Japanese used a lot of outdated items. Mainly in the artillery and tank department. This gun looks like a civil war cannon and is one of the handful of variations of anti-tank calibers deployed in the field. I am banking on the camouflage scaring the tank away or just ignoring me.

A very unique display board was thrown together for this force. Something off the wall and could be too artsy but will show that off after next weeks trip to the desert. Arizona, valley of the sun meet the rising sun!

Friday, January 31, 2014


This is the Department of Motor Vehicles! Tonight we dine in hell! 

An approaching birthday. An expiring license. The fate of an empire. For that was the attitude I had adopted and built up when dreading my trip to the Chicago DMV. I had been putting it off for weeks, furthering the legions of doom that I knew would await me in that state office. My fate could not be put off any longer. 

I awoke knowing how the day would end. I prepared myself to fight my way through the crowds of document-less novices, hard of hearing elderly, and government employees on the edge of going postal. This was a fight for my life; the only outcome sealed. I would conquer the lines and become an official Illinois resident or I would come back on the hood of my car, peppered with red taped arrows... 

I was in for a surprise. A shock I never saw coming. There were no lines. One foot inside the door they had greeters ready to answer questions and direct you to the correct lines. The supposedly grotesque and deformed government workers were kind and helpful.

I quickly moved about the different departments in neat and useful passage ways directed by more signs than a highway work zone. Around every corner I readied myself. Ready to fight and die against any number of masked immortals armed with those heavy duty government stampers. But none were to be found. 

I left feeling empty and disappointed. Apart from joining in the people watching spectacle of the century; seriously it is like the worst 20 year high school reunion ever imaginable, where no one remembers peoples names but just looks completely out of place. I wanted a fight, I wanted to brave hours of gruesome lines where you need to bring a weeks worth of rations to just to make it to the next step. But they robbed me. They robbed me of my battle. A cheap whore they just kicked to the curb. I guess this state has gotten soft. 

With all the free time I know had from NOT being at war in the DMV. I got to painting some more IJA sqauds. Today was the combined arms of an Imperial Grenadier squad. These Type B squads were bigger with 16 men and, per the Bolt Action rules, 3 can be armed with the "knee" mortar. 3 peers become the loader man. 

 These models are pivotal in my game strategy. Any mortar or howitzer artillery class can fire smoke barrages. Each turn they have the chance to disperse, drift, or stay put. I plan on getting 2 turns (six, 3 inch templates total) down on a flank to cover the advance of my assaulting veteran squad and flame thrower team.
 These fellows will hopefully do what they look so capable of doing, getting those smokes on target. Bring the rain!

 Hey that guy looks the same! Yeah yeah, I sculpted up two of them, these red shirt 2.0 had the unfortunate luck of getting shot twice. Hopefully that grenade isn't armed.
Up next, a veteran jungle fighter squad, sniper, flame thrower, and an anti tank gun team. 

I found this awesome gem as well. Enjoy!

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