Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pip Pip and all that!

Ah, holiday gaming at the Baron's Chateau. I'll let him do a full game report. But it was time for Vicki Sci Fi with GASLIGHT. And fun was had by all.

The Anglo-Franco Allies Vs. The Prussian, Russian, and Professor Nightshade onslaught.

I got the run the Brits. No one looks quite as good as a Redcoat on the table. Here's the pics:

 The Table. 8 Players. 13 Conveyances and 12 Infantry Units.

 British Infantry led by Nigel Tufnell, Lord of Spindletap

The Tricycle Artillery. Blow the crap out of a Village house packed to the gills with Russians.

 French Legion and infantry advancing En Masse! The French Spider Walker is on the right, The French La Rue wheeled lightning tank on the left.

 The Imperial Russian infantry advance on the village. The Nefarious Prof. Nightshade and his clockwork minions in the background.

Russian Advance with troops and heavy(but really infectual) armor.

Fun as ususal, some of the Basement Generals that haven't been in a while were there, so added fun. Many mishaps were had and many gut busting laughs. We are even going to make awards named for certain charismatic members and their own particular proclivities. The first - The Golden Super Glue Award. Named after one of the 3 Scott's. His ability to knock over figs during a game is unparalleled. Uusally not breaking them, but sometimes...I will make the trophy and it will be passed around and whoever holds it at the end of the evening wins. Sort of like hot potato.  

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Forgot this one - one last X Mas gift

I had forgotten one last thing. A very good thing. The goodly Madam got me the Incursion Allies boxed set. Weird World War II American power armor. American Terminators. And they are awesome. They look and feel right. Only complaint is the flame thrower is a little thin and spindley, not beefy enough in my estimation. These will be great for killing nazi zombies, or anything else. They would be great in a space hulk crawl in a nazi experimental complex.

So maybe a little more WWWII in my future.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I want to do this but who has the time?

In my comic reading days there was always one that I really enjoyed as fun, but never realized what an impact it had on me. In my days of playing Superhero RPG's and reading about mutants and supersoldiers, one of the few comics that I have the desire to go back and explore is Alien Legion.

I posted on my RPG blog a long time ago about wanting to roleplay Alien Legion. And was going to buy the omnibus and other collections to whet my appetite. Well it seems as though Eli at I See ead People is thinking along the same lines as I again. He was lucky enough to get some reference material himself and plans on embarking on the quest to it seems.

I have way to much to do to really ever get to the RPG project, but I would really love to have some Alien Legion figs to paint and use. With so much good stuff out there it just begs to be done. With Zombiesmith's Spaceport range, and AE Bounty, and Reaper Chronoscope, there are a lot of possibibilities for enemies and obviously there are endless  sci fi armies to fight the legion in 28mm. If I could sculpt, I would do it. And then I found this on bandit86's site: Holy hell.

Dammit! Do I really have to start another project. I wonder what Carmen would charge to do a set?

Spring Recruits - March 25-27, 2011

Just a quick heads up for those of you who come, want to come, should come to Spring Recruits. Date is March 25-27, 2011.

I don't need to toot the horn too loudly, but this convention is the best. Hands down. I feel welcome, my friends feel wlecome, my kids feel welcome. Recruits is one of those things we look forward to in spring and fall. Duane Fleck and his wife Laura put on the best show for players, GM's, vendors, and observers. So please come if you can.

Those who don't know. Its put on by a local high school gaming group. Its hosted at the high school. Facilities are great. People are great. Its goal is to continue to introduce younger gamers to the world of board miniatures gaming. It accomplishes what so many talk about doing. Infusing the hobby with some much needed younger blood to carry on the traditions of tabletop gaming. It brings together the youngs with the old grognards, and fun is had by all.

Some pics of the con:

 An example of the youth at some games.

 A shot of the Barons Fistful of Lead game. The games look spectacular. Lots of talent in the midwest.

 Ahh. The beauty of C&C Ancients on the tabletop.

 Paint and take with the boys

One of the Barons setups for a superhero game.

Come, enjoy. And its only $5.00 for adults. Kids and students are Free.

Quick list of X Mas goodies

Well it seems the old lead addict was pretty good(lucky) again this year. Santa brought me a bunch of goodies. a Quick List:

1. Commands and Colors Napoleonics - Box is nice and heavy. I will never use it as a block game, but need it for the rules, cards and dice. I love C&C.

2. C&C:Epic - The Epic expansion for C&C. It allows multi player play. Since we alsways have multi player, it works great. Can't wait til the multi player comes out for C&C Nappys.

3. Ground Zero Games Hi Mobility Wheeled Battle Force - Can't really afford to miss the xmas sale at GZG. This has become kinda a staple. I got the Grav force last year. And these guys help me field an NAC force of a good size for Future War Commander or Tomorrow's War.

4. Wargames Factory SciFi Troopers - I followed and participated in the discussions on the forum for these guys. They will make good stand in for WWW II Nazis and such. They are big guys with BFGs.

5. AT-43 at 60% off - While shopping I ducked into our only real wargamming shop in KC. They had AT-43 at 60% off. Just like tohe clearance sales a while back. So I picked up another unit of Kolossus walkers, a gig Red Block Walker, and a box of Oni walking time bomb zombies, who will be pressed into Neo Soviet service. So a good find. added some brushes and some static grass cause I was running low.

With what little free time I had between parties, I messed around with my AT-43 Red Block guys, trying to decide if they were total repaints, or just wash, highlight and play. It may be some of both. I washed a unit to see how the turned out and they look ok. A little skin painting, highlights and they would be just fine. Just not sure I like the tan and burnt orange paint scheme. Its distinct, but not necessarily the scheme I would have decided on for my Neo Soviets. But it sure would be nice to just have them all done. I may keep some and repaint others.

I cleaned and based a bunch of Undead 15mm guys for C&C:Fantasy. So they are ready to paint. Not inspired so I haven't painted them yet.

Flirted with painting a bunch of guys I have ready for Song of Drums and Shakos, but decided not to go there. Nappy's are a long fall down a deep well for me. Once I start it usually means I don't touch anything else for months. I am not ready for that right now. Especialy since Phase II of my 28mm Brits are sitting on their sticks ready to go and staring at me everytime I paint. It would be nice to add 2 more units of cav and 6 more units of infantry. If nothing else than I get to paint my Highlanders after Phase II is done. Kinda a reward for getting the majority of it done. See even in print I can feel myself getting sucked in. Once Phase II is done I can play C&C Nappy's with them. Until then I will play C&C NAppy's with my 15's. My miles and miles of 15's.

So I was digging for something to do yesterday when I had the whole afternoon, and found I wasn't really in the mood to paint. So I was digging through boxes and came across some oldies but goodies. Old Citadel Chaos Warriors. I have had these guys for eons. Back when I collected eveything that Citadel and Marauder made. So I began buidling them and getting them ready to paint. I cleaned them, cut off their tabs(sacrelidge), and based them on washers like all my single mounted figs. I hate GW slotta bases. I hate their height and what to do with the edge. I hate how unstable they are. Everything really. So I mount all singles I would use for skirmish or warband play on washers and Litko round bases. Then texture and finish. Works great and looks so much better. So I got 4 old Chaos Warior riders, 8 old Marauders, and 10 Warriors mounted, an old Chaos Minotaur,  as well as a newer Chaos Troll I picked up at a convention. I have another 10 warriors to mount. Then I need to add a box of Beastmen platics, or find some old ones on ebay. I love the old beastmen. It was fun. and this could lead me into finally painting some of the gorgeous Hudson and Allen buildings that I have had forever. I already have a Bretonnian/High Medieval warband that would be of comparable size. Would be a good song of Blades and Heroes battle or even a modified Pig Wars. I really would like a set of large warband sized rules for fantasy. Not WFB. But units of ten, heroes, monsters, etc.

I then played Fable II, which I picked up at Walmart on clearance. Fun roleplaying game. I like games where I can choose to be good, evil, neutral, and decide if I want to be a fighter, a shooter, or mage. Makes it fun. But I gotta not do that since it just cuts into my painting time and at least after painting I have a painted miniature.

Oh one last thing. Played C&C Fantasy at the BArons last week. Started tweaking the armies stats and such. It really is a pretty subtle game with an ability to model almost anything you want. So its gonna take some time to really think about the units, then model their attributes. That was the lessen for the day. That and Pegasus Riders should be able to flee or evade at will. That would be the whole reason to have them. Flying. Duh.

Have a great new years. I think the Baron is having everyone over on Wed. for a VSF slugfest. Should be fun as usual. Makes me want to paint my Minions of Abdul-ak-Abduhl's army. With his gold plated Parrot of Doom, and Giant Mechanical Desert Lizard of Doom with Howdah.

I really do like it all. Can you tell?

Friday, December 10, 2010

New Banner & Template

The old ones were getting a little old and tired. Edited the side bar as well. I will probably consolidate the other Lead Addict sites to this one since I really don't update those much. Too much work.


Hispania Union - Hollow Shell

I've gotten a new squad done for your viewing pleasure. I have a few squads of GW Karskin troops that I got for a feverish moment when I actually thought I wanted to play 40K. So they have been sitting.

And since I want to get some trrops painted for Hollow shell in the 2011 to play with Tomorrows War, I thought I would use them for that, along with their Cadian brothers. So I give you the first squad of the Hispania Union.

 Group shot

Close up 1

Close up 2

 Close up 3

These guys were a test to see if I liked the paint job. I do, so we'll march on through. They can also double as a heavy squad of the Engineers Guild in the post apoc world (imagine the power and influence of the engineer in a post apoc world, everything from using ancient tech, to creating new tech, to cleaning water and creating power. All hail the enigineer. Imagine how corrupting that much power could be.)  Gotta do the basing on my 15mm Commands and Colors Fantasy first, then do a few rubbled buildings over xmas. But these are enough to get started.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Keep working them balls.

To make it all work these days you gotta keep punching, keep moving, keep digging, keep shining those balls. That's where I am at. Let's all hope for a successful and happy new year!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wasteland Mutants, done

Here's what I have been working on after the 15mm Sci Fi.

A gang of hardcore Mutants from deep in the Wastelands. If these guys show up, there must be some easy pickens, or things have gotten even worse in the wastes. Expert scavengers and nomads, the mutants pale bluish skin, white hair and glowing yellow eyes reveal their more base nature. They are survivors, thriving where noone else can.

Figs are old Citadel Confrontation Gangers and a Copplestone Scavenger. Buildings are my rubbled buildings.

 Group shot, front

 Group shot, Rear

Closeup 1, front

Closeup 1, rear

Closeup 2, front

Closeup 2, rear

Closeup 3, front

Closeup 3, rear

I like the way these guys turned out, and man do they have the detail in the sculpt. I have a tech gang to do and a nomad gang to do, so I have to work myself up to do them. Maybe over the holidays. Next up is doing the ground work for my 15mm Fantasy. Not glamorous but necessary. Then either the gangs, or maybe some buildings.