Friday, November 14, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
We had 17 players attend with a lot of new faces to our older group. A great networking and meet up of lots of different players in the state. From experienced to brand new players, all the games were tense and exciting!
Lots of great terrain, tables, and time were donated from the community to continue the local tradition of exceptional scenes to set our combats upon. Here are some of the featured tables.
|plastic legions great French village|
We had a pretty good spread of Nations.
Two of the US players were closely separated for the top 1 and 2 spots.
My African Italians were awarded a Best Appearance recognition; always a close race and a great reason to keep improving!
I will leave everyone with some action shots, but check back for an exciting announcement concerning 2015's Adepticon Bolt Action Events!
German trucks try to storm a Russian ruin.
British Red Devils attack the German held airfield.
The Allies defend a key town from a German count offensive.
A German machine gun team rethinks engaging that Russian tank.
An Italian tank scouts the ruins...
...while the Fiat 3000 provides cover from the trees.
A German assault gun is discovered!
The Italian gunners adjust they're aim to the new threat.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Fun fact: Dr. Seuss illustrated tons of political cartoons during world war two.
That brings us to the conclusion of Africa Orientale Italiana! While meandering through the desert our hero, Lt. Amedeo Guillet, takes his most trusted cavalrymen to reconnaissance the defenses deep in East Africa.
Decals are from Company B, a little large but in the end you wouldn't be able to really see them if they were smaller and would not want to really put them on a model either...
Having originally wanted to showcase the eastern front Italian cavalry regiments when they successfully charged against Siberian Infantry. The Africa Campaign had a more romantic nature to it, as much as war could relate to that.
The mortar team takes aim, or maybe just picks some meadow flowers.
In the rules, the Italians get the chance to place defensive works on the table.
The Africa Orientale Italiana only supports the most modern and elite armored support. The Fiat 3000 (right) is based on the WWI French FT-17. The smoke screens these burning vehicles gave they're infantry was invaluable... The FT-17 kit is made by Trench Worx. Top quality stuff, some of the best.
While the tanks maybe outdated, Italian artillery was quite renowned for bravery and accuracy. These truck mounted 90/53 AA guns were the siblings to the German 88. Often more deadly in anti-tank roles than anti-air.
It could still melt the rivets off an American Stuart. (Looking at you Plastic Legions, it also works on armored cars...)
This was the inspiration for the uniform scheme, on the left is the Savoia cavalry man, the eastern front cavalry divisions.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Also continuing my inspiration of "things that scared me". They were painted in the likeness of Tom Curry's representation of the clown IT. Besides him and that little leprechaun horror movie, they round out the top 3 of childhood fears.
A couple squads of Italians have formed up in the square. While originally purchased for a Eastern front force from the Perry Brothers, I doubled down and went with a neutral paint scheme to be able to use them for both North Africa and the eastern front.
If you see some horses in the background, that is because they are. The entire inspiration of building this army was 2 units. The heroic and often fatal charges of Italian cavalry on the eastern front, or the guerrilla warfare from horse back in East Africa.
Here are two of the internets best articles on the subject that inspired my interest.
Unrelated, but I highly, highly recommend reading the book, "An Army at Dawn", Rick Atkinson's 1/3 series on America in World War 2 and the invasions and operations that led to the end of the war. Army at Dawn is the North Africa campaign, Torch through Tunisia.
The L6/40 light tank is made by Company B, and like most Italian armor, it did not fair well.... Outdated from the onset it turned into a recon tank due to its low profile and quickness.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Continuing down the rabbit hole, we have Malifaux's master of puppets, Collodi. First off this guy comes off as a character from the streets of Venice; but going deeper he inspires the arch villain from Stephen King's The Dark Tower saga.
The Crimson King is intent on reaping the benefits of a decaying world.
While still reading the rules, painting progress continues!
I really like how the green turned out, got some new colors in the works to move away from my comfort zone of the red spectrum.