Thursday, 2 August 2018

654 - More Scenery Bits and Bobs

Yup - I've been making more scenery for a friend, so here are a couple of snapshots: 
15mm 4-Ground desert dwellings. They are clever kits and look smashing, but they're fiddly. The one third in was bit very well engineered, sadly.
More 15mm 4-Ground - a beautiful kit with amazing latticework in the windows: three floors plus attic.
 And then there are these bad-boys (Sarissa; Antares): I showed the mine-vent-thingy on the left before; the triangular structure on the right is just the central hub of a new complex I'm building. You'll see it in a future post when it's all done, but last night I actually tried out Antares itself, so I snapped these pics.
Again, another post will follow about the Antares game.

Hope all's well,

- D.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

653 - Bolt Action Brits Vs Germans 2000pts

Hullo All,
I got to have another game recently... albeit a bit of a strange one: after a lot of confusion over who was fighting whom and with what, it ended up being me and the relative newbie 'C' (from recent games) fielding my Heer divided roughly into two platoons. Pleasingly, it was also the first Bolt Action outing for my Panther!
Achtung! Panther!
C and I were pitted against my trusty ol' foe Alex with his beautiful Paras and a complete novice (whose name now escapes me, sadly), who had control of 1000pts of my bog-standard lorried infantry.


Was 2000pts waaaay too optimistic with two players still learning? - of course! 

Did we get through to the end of the game? - of course not! 

Was it still great fun and really pretty? - OF COURSE IT WAS! 

Naturally, I can't remember many of the details now, but there was a brilliantly dramatic clash of big guns and when we had to wrap up at the end of turn 4, the brave Brits were very definitely taking a sound thrashing! 

In lieu of a bat-rep, here at least are the pretty pics with maybe a few captions:
C did a good job with the terrain again...
In some of these pics you'll notice that my lovely Panther is tilted. This is because one of C's opening moves was to drive on his Hanomag, which promptly got obliterated by the Cromwell on its arrival. The big cat rumbled on and just crushed the twisted remains beneath its mighty tracks before exacting its own terrible revenge on the British tank.
...Then this blighter trundled on in support of the Paras. 
The two traded shots for a couple of turns until - brilliantly - 

KA-BOOM!

Other things that were going on included the Paras getting gunned down as they slowly advanced, a squad of 4KSLI getting roasted by a short-lived flamethrower, and various other paltry exchanges... 


My lovely Staghound did not last long against my Panzer IV!
(Another new unit for me to field.)
...So there you go. 

Incomplete maybe, but a cracking game nonetheless!

TTFN,

- Drax.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

652 - Recent Scenery Builds

Hullo All,

I just thought I'd share some of the scenery kits I've put together recently for a friend. Blogger is being weird, so in no particular order...:
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Gates of Antares stuff - Sarissa. Grey rattle can.
The pic above is the finished article, less the
acrylic gems/windows which I've left off for now.
4-Ground 15mm desert dwelling.
Surprisingly badly engineered kit.
Sarissa ghost town abandoned warehouse.
Here I've trialled a 4-colour approach, with
bare MDF, hand-painted roofing and
rattlecan internal/external wall siding.
Sarissa artillery bunker. Great design, but
designed for the inside layers to be flexible cardboard.
Instead, they were inflexible MDF,
so it took quite some fitting!
I built the 3 similar small, hexagonal
bunkers from the same Sariassa range
at the same time. They did indeed have
cardboard inside, and they were superb!
A third 4-Ground 'shotgun house'.
Beautiful kits.
4-ground 15mm hotel complex. Wow.
This kit is HUGE (like, 11x8" spread!)
and was a genuine joy to assemble!
Here you can see the warehouse WiP,
with the different internal and external
rattlecan colours...before the roof was painted.
There's plenty more to come yet...not least because my painting desk lamp died, so I can't do any painting at the mo! 

- Drax