Sunday 21 April 2019

679 - Yet Another System?! - Mortal Gods


I've been given a bunch of Ancient Greek minis, and invited to paint them up for a spot of 'Mortal Gods'... and as I'm not one to pass on a freebie, here goes!

They'll be armoured and unarmoured Theban hoplites. As for the game? - well, I have no idea about that... yet!

- Drax.

Wednesday 17 April 2019

678 - Lots and Lots More Cruel Seas

Hullo All,

In my recent style of brevity, I shall keep this - uh - brief. I've played three games of Cruel Seas in the last week alone and this is - frankly - unprecedented. 

All three were versions of the same game - German S-Boats escorting armed merchantmen - and the best bit is that whilst the first and third were identical (played against Rossco and Mattenbury respectively), the second one was played between my daughters!

Yes, I finally caved and let them play one of my games. The nine-year-old played the Kriegsmarine against the six-year-old's Royal Navy, and the plucky Vospers wond the day by torpedoing the German merchantman to a watery doom. To their utter credit, both girls played with grace and patience and were as magnanimous in victory as they were graceful in defeat. My heart burst!

The forces and results (for anyone interested) were as follows (and yes, the second two games were indeed played on a sea of stars!):

Game 1 (Rossco): 
2x Armed Merchantmen; 2x S-38; 2x S-100
3x Vospers MTB Type II; 1 Fairmile D
     Result = Kriegsmarine won.

Game 2 (Offspring): 
1 Armed Merchantmen; 1 S-38; 1 S-100
3x Vospers MTB Type II
     Result = Royal Navy won.
Game 3 (Mattenbury): 
2x Armed Merchantmen; 2x S-38; 2x S-100
3x Vospers MTB Type II; 1 Fairmile D
     Result = Royal Navy won.

- Proud Daddy Drax.

Tuesday 2 April 2019

677 - 'Cruel Seas' Mast Storage Conversion

Evening All,

Just another quick update: I've solved the problem of stowing flimsy white metal masts for 'Cruel Seas' vessels, with help from my brand new brace of Fairmile D 'Dog Boats' (from Warlord Games):

As the mast slots snugly into a hole amidships, I've simply carved a recess into the base of the resin hull into which the mast may be placed. A simple length of tape (plastic tape here, but long-term, masking tape is more likely) then keeps the mast in place. 

Happy days.

And what will I do when I've got flags and pennants etc. Added to the mast? - Well, who knows? Maybe I'll just carve space for them too, eh?

Oh, and I also got a wee shout-out on the WS&S blog, here (link).

More ship goodness soon, I expect... 

...but fear not, Gentle Reader: I promise you I'll be back to 28mm again before too long!


- Drax.