Monday, July 30, 2012

Goalsystem Delves - Last 5 days

Well guys, its only 5 days til the Goalsystem Delves Kickstarter either funds or doesn't. The BG's and myself spent some time reading beta versions of the rules, commenting to Scott, and playtesting things. It's a great ruleset that combines mini combat and RPG lite aspects. Its a lot of fun, and its based on the Goalsystem rules framework that I love some much.

Scott is only about $2000.00 short to fully fund this little venture. Please take a look. You can get the pdf of the rules and 10 custom d6 dice for $20.00. That's a great deal. And the Mini sets are awesome too. Fund it, you won't be disappointed. Please get the word out too as Scott makes his last push to get this thing done.

Hirst Arts Sci Fi Corridors - Where I am headed

So a couple of months back I did a flurry of castings , for no good reason, of a bunch of Hirst Arts molds I had never cast before. I had a blast. Its always fun casting. I was casting cavern molds, sci fi molds, and pipe molds.

Once I was done casting for a while, I started building, of course. I made some test tiles for the cavern molds. I like where that was headed, and I have a good plan for those to transition to my 15mm foam dungeon project.

Then I had all that sci fi stuff. I started messing around, and before you knowit I had these:

1/2 pink foam, cut in regular sizes to match the tiles. This is the easy way out. A space hulk board, basically. Not the amazing boards that Dropship Studio for Sedition Wars. But fully workable. Short walls using the Indutrial edge mold and tiles for floors. Inspired by Spacejacker, I just love the versatility of doing them this way because, although they are not as atmospheric as full walls, they are scale flexible.

Here they are with 28mm figs:

That's very useable, easy for gamers to move figs and see eveything. Not as atmospheric, but OK. GW Karskin and Necromunda figs.

Now here it is with 15mm figs:

Scale looks good, actually better than with the 28mm figs. The edge now starts to look like walls. Great. Figs are Blue Moon and Khurusan Garns.

You can see in the overall pic, there are 6 tiles made up so far. They are not glued together yet cause I want to do about 20 at a time. So that means more casting. But I am happy where this one could be headed. Painted right, these could also double as a vault for Post Apocalypse.

Whats on the painting table? - Update 7-3-0-12

And just to round things out, heres what is on the painting table at the moment:

28mm Britsh Penninsular Lt Cav
28mm British Lt Dragoons

28mm French Napoleonics - Ready for primer
15mm Savage Orc Wolf Rider Archers and a bad ass Troll

New units for the Orcs and Goblins - 15mm Hail Caesar Fantasy

Rock throwing troll and commander whipping him. Used as rock lobber artillery. Figs are Splintered Light.

Orc Rock Lobber and Goblin Giant Spider with Howdah. a favorite from the whole Demonworld line.
Orc Guard - Black Orcs

New Units for Hail Caesar Fantasy - Wood Elf Reinforcements

I was on vacation last week out of town, but I did get to steal so painting time once I returned. I got some reinforcements for the Wood Elves done. Archers, Hvy Cav, and Spear units. All told, this group added 6 units to the army. I have another unit of Hvy Cav,  2 of skirmishers, 2 of Wardancers to do before the army is complete. For a while. Then its on to finish the Orcs and Goblins. I am speed painting these armies, so I am really trying to focus on what they look like at gamers distance (3' away), so some short cuts are in the mix.

Additions to the army.

Wood Elf Hvy Cav
Wood Elf Spears
Hvy Cav close up

Archers close up
Right now we are playing the Wood Elves as a generic elf kind of army. As we continue to play and fine tune the units we will get the flavor right. We are using the Warhammer Army Lists for Hail Caesar Fantasy put up on the Yahoo! group. They are a great starting point, and the guys are excited about using the units and flavor of Classoc Warhammer, without the rules. Yeah.

As usual, basing and flocking needs to be done. I have 4 more wood elf units to do before the Army is 'complete' and then I will do the army at one time. I need to get some meadow flowers and such for the bases, so I still have some time.

28mm French Napoleonics - Update

I wanted to get some quick pics of my French up as well. Enjoy.

Phase I - 3 Ligne units and a Legere unit, 2 foot Artillery, Artillery Commander

Ligne Unit 1 - I haven't painted the pom poms yet.

2nd Ligne unit

3rd Ligne Unit

Legere unit

Cannons and Commander

comp shot

Down the line
Once I finish the British, I am going to start on the French. I will hold off on the Spanish I think and do these first.

28mm British Penninsular - Update

I wanted to get some pics up since there have been so few lately. I just got an iphone 4. Love the camera. so hopefully, better and more pics coming for the Lead Addict Blog.

Thought I would start with some group shots of where the British Pennisular Army is. I have gotten through the bulk of the infantry. I have 2 highlander units to do, and then a 3 units of KGL infantry, if I want to do them. I have the figs. I am working on the next 2 units of light cavalry. After that another light and another heavy. Finally, I will need to finish about 6 more cannon, another army commander, and 4-5 more division commanders. Some of that is just filling out the army, but as it stand right now, I am 2 infantry units, 3 cav units, and a couple of commanders and cannons from being complete. That's a great thing for me. Now for some pics.
Overall shot of the army to date. 10 unit sof infantry, 6 cannon, 1 hvy cav unit, army command, 4 division commanders.

Overall from the front

Close up of right half

Close up of left half

close up

close up

down the line
French are next.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hail Caesar Fantasy-AAR

The Baron has put up an AAR of our Hail Caesar Fantasy game last night with the BG's.

It was god game and eveyone was a bit chatty so we got a late start. We played to a conclusion in about 2-1/2 hours. Everyione was satisfied with the outcome, and we all had fun(well maybe most). I really like these rules. we are continuing to get into the flow of them and after a few more plays, I think we'll be in the groove.

We tweaked the army lists to match better the units, and their role in the Hail Caesar Fantasy lists that were written for GW armies. Overall we will tweak here and there, but it came out pretty good.

Those who don't have them are ordering figs. Ecitement is building. We may have a group game yet.

 I am going to start finishing bases on my Orcs and Wood elves, after I finish a few more units of Elves and Orcs. then its on to either High Elves or Empire. Both have great sculpts. Probably empire to finally get a Human Opponent on the field.

We have people gearing up for Orcs, Chaos, Dwarves, And Greeks. should be fun.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Another Hail Caesar Fantasy Night

Well, the BG's are playing Hail Caesar fantasy again tonite. 2 in a row. That's a record. We even have people buying figs to paint and play with. I continue to be excited. Update tomorrow.

I got my 4 Infantry and 2 cannon units of French Napoleonics mounted. I built 2 more cannons and got them and their crews on paint sticks ready to prime and paint.

Monday, July 9, 2012

28mm Nappy Pennisular French Army - the Start

Well after a few minutes over lunch, here is the plan for the French Army for Black Powder. The units shaded in Blue are complete.

Here is the Brits. Everyting here is complete, and actually, more than this is complete.

Hail Caesar! a quick opinion.

I have been reading the rules since our HC Fantasy game last week. Like Black Powder. I really like the simple mechaincs and overall feel of the game. It's probably not everyones cup of tea. And it is lighter on the granularity some folks want in their wargamming, but for me, its a winner and we will get a lot of use out of these rules. Almost makes me want to paint an ancients army. Almost. I'll stick to 15mm fantasy for now.

I like it so much, it made me get out some more 15mm Demonworld wood elves and paint since last thursday. I finished 3 units of 4 stands( a full division) of Wood Elf Archers to help them withstand the Green Onslaught. Another unit of Wood Elf Hvy Cav is about half done. I will do another Hvy Cav after this one, and some Wood Elf Spears. Then its time for the greenskins to get some reinforcements.
Demonworld Wood Elf Archers (not mine, from Ral Partha Europe site)

Demonworld Wood Elf Cav (Not mine, from Ral Partha Europe site)

French Napoleonics...a trade

This is kinda long winded and rambling on a hot KC monday morning before the MLB All-Star game. Its kind life and gaming stuff with no pics. So read at your own risk.

So I have been blessed with an amazing gaming group, a best friend who really is to blame for all this mini madness some 25 years ago, and a brother in law who is an incredible painter and all around obsessor of toy soldiers in a way I could never attain, try as I might.

I have spoken many times about how many of the Baron's and mine own experiences are shared ones, both in gaming and in life. But I never speak much about my brother in law, who was my friend first and then bro in law, and how over the years my bro in law has opened up many new horizons for me on the gaming front, as well as show me, by his own actions, how to be a decent, selfless person.

It was he who really amped up the GW obsession at a time when GW was putting out things like Man O War, and Blood Bowl, and Necromunda, as well as 2nd and 3rd edition WHFB and 40k. He had a small but respectable shop he opened on the weekends cause it wasn't his first job, and he had a loyal following. He would be the classic Old West barkeep. Talking to everyone and friends with everyone. Generous to a fault.

He was the one who introduced me to real historicals. The BAron and I dabbled in DBA, but found it lacking. And as the Baron was devouring history and his own personal obssession with gunpowder and pointy sticks, I was being introduced to wars and battles on an (at the time to me) unfathomable scale. 10's of thousands of men and horses with horribly inaccurate guns and gruesome conditions, fighting in full dress uniforms with giant hats and plumes and lace. It was all so...dignified and horrifying at the same time. And so my first case of Nappy Fever was born.

Since those first days of gaming with my bro in law, he had a tradition in his gaming circle of horse trading. This has gone on since the day I met him. Its a special thing to watch as traders try to eek out every last piece of value for their painted/unpainted figs and terrain and books and magazines for the at thing they just had to have. In the years I have witnessed it, I have seen amazing trades, and amzingly bad trades. Most are in the middle, but you can't stop a man from his own obsession, and many times I have seen that ruin a person's collection. But for those of us who have been doing it for so long, it all has a way to even out in the end.

And I tend to not mention trades and trading on the blog. But the fact is, as much as I love to paint, I am terribly slow, and I have way to many periods that I will never get to. So I do actively purchase and trade for figs, mostly painted, some unpainted. I have gotten over the last few years, through purchase or trade: a huge amazingly painted viking army, three large gangs of Necromunda guys, with more lead to paint myself, a hundred or so ancient GW/Marauder rougue trader era painted figs, 2 small 15mm ECW armies, a large 28mm ECW army, a small 15mm sci fi army, and small collection of 28mm WWII. Several years ago I traded for my bro-in-law for an entire collection of 15mm Nappies and 15mm Civil War. Pretty varied stuff. All of it very good wargamming quality or better(some much better).

But you will notice there is no 28mm Nappy in there. That has always been the holy grail. That has always been the one period I would be painting myself, or I would have figs from a very limited palette of people: my bro-in-law, his best friend Mike, or the Baron. And It was a project I never assumed I would fully finish in my lifetime. And I was OK with that.

Well a couple of things changed that for me. One, Black Powder. Finally a ruleset that allows a gentlemanly game that's fun and could be finished in 3-4 hours. Two, the painting I did on the Pennisular British this winter/spring. I could finish this to a scale and degree I would be happy with. And I don't need to get huge masses of troops on the table. So as I have written in this blog, the Nappy project is in full swing. I reached out to some of the guys in the BG's who would have interest in doing a unit or two of French so we could get to the table quicker. The Baron is even gonna paint a unit of French. we may get there yet. I was predicting at least 5 years to have the British, Spanish, French, and Portugese.

Well, as horse trading always is, you never know when it will come up or why. On a fluke Sunday afternoon, as I was painting some 15mm fantasy(this was only 2 weeks ago), my bro in law came over. we were talking and he was looking at all of the boxes of unpainted lead on my shelves. I never have anything he is interested in. But he saw some old GW stuff I had amassed over the years. A bunch of it. He decided he would like to trade for it. and I couldn't blame him. It was great stuff. It was still in the blister. And it was all right there. I let him know that I would only really trade for a couple of things. Painted Nappy French, and an old Spanish Village I wanted back I had traded to him a while ago. He tried some other things, but he knew I only wanted painted stuff in exchange.

Well, 2 weeks to the day later, and many late nights, he painted 3 units of french line in campaign dress, and a couple of cannon to throw in the deal. He knew I wanted 4 four units so he threw in a legere unit he had already painted. and the Spanish Village. In return he got 6 stuffed shoeboxes of in the blister GW figs. We both placed great value on what we had to offer the other. In the end we both were very happy with the trade. I must say that over the years, this is the most even trade we have ever made. It hurt to lose those  figs, but I may actually have a painted French Army in a year. That's inconceiveable.

Oh by the way, did I tell you the figs are beautifully painted. No. Well they are. I'll post them when I get them based up.

So completing a French Army is possible now. Sometimes it just takes a little push and a start. Well a full Division is a good start. And if the BG's paint a little we'll have a second one. I guess I need to get started on the other Division. The Spanish may need to wait. I still have a couple of Highland units to do for the British. But I am excited about the next year of Nappy Fever.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Hail Caesar Fantasy - A success!

I don't have pictures or a Bat Rep for you. I'll leave that to the Baron. But the BG's played Hail Caesar Fantasy last night. We had 4 divisions of troops each side. Orcs Vs. Wood Elves. We used the Army lists from the Hail Caesar Fantasy Yahoo Group, which are based on GW fantasy army lists. since there is no wood elf list yet, the Baron used the high elf list for them. We proxied a bunch of figs, but over all worked great.

It was our first ig game of Hail Caesar! so we were gettingthe sequence and mechanics down. Knowing Black Powder helps, but this is a different game for sure. And I like the way it models the crush of HTH and the push and pull until some one gives way and all hell breaks loose. A sweeping advance can be a devastating thing.

The group really liked it and thought with some more plays, could really have a fun game. And they were energized to do it. So we may have some new orders for 15mm fantasy going out and some new units onthe table. Awesome. Maybe we found a group game after all. If every one painted a division of their own, that would be great.

So go get the mods from the Yahoo group and try it out. I may not have to paint 28mm fantsy big armies again. Now I can just do warbands. Yeah that gets me stoked too.

Now go play!

Monday, July 2, 2012

HAil Caesar! Fantasy?...yep

This thursday we are gonna play Hail Caesar Fantasy at the Barons abode. This is the fantasy mod of the Warlord Games Hail Caesar rules. We are gonna use my 15mm Demonworld figs. We were gonna ramp up to use 28mm fantasy for this, but honestly, if I can do this, I may not have to. Not sure what I would do with all these 28mm figs though.

One the phot front, I got a crazy deal on an RCA Small Wonder digital camcorder, one of the ones that are the size of a phone. I wanted to record vacations and stuff. well it has a picture mode too. Problem is no focus. So depth of field is depth of field, regardless of zoom (which is only 2x). I said cheap right. Well I wanted to try it out for blog photos. Not impressed. I'll go back to my wife's kodak for now.

Anyway here is a couple of shots of the two armies. Orcs VS. Woood Elves. 3 Brigades per side, Plus 1 Ally Brigade per side (for the Orcs its the Giantkin, for the Woodelves its the Creatures of the Forest)

Two BRigades of Wood Elves
Centaur Brigade (2 Units of Centaur Archers, 2 Units of Centaur Hvy
Elven Heavy Infantry and Archer Brigade(Wardancers, Spearmen, Woodsmen, and Archers)

Elven Cav Brigade(2 units of Pagasus Rider Bows 1 unit of Medium Cav, 1 unit of supporting Archers)

Ally Creatures of the Forest Brigade(2 Units of Treemen, 2 Units of Minotaurs)

Here are the Orc Brigades:

Orc Missle Brigade(3 Units Savage Orc Archers, 1 Roc Thrower, 1 Balista)

Orc Cav Brigade(1 Unit of Spider Riders, 2 Units of Medium Cav Wolf Riders, 1 Unit of Lt Cav Wolf Rider Archers)

Orc Infantry Brigade (3Units of Spearmen, 1 Catapult, 1 Rock Thrower)

Ally Giantkin Heavy Brigade (2 Units of Trolls, 2 Units of Ogres)

I got so excited I pulled out some more wood elves and started painting. I am wrapping up a woodland archer unit and are working on a hvy cav unit at the same time. Even though you are painting a smaller area, 15mm army painting is still a lot of work. But you can crank them a little faster and you can short cut some stuff and not degrade them much.

I spent a couple of hours highlighting armor for my 15mm Recon Rapid Reaction Force(bulit around Critical Mass Recon guys) army. The blurry walkers in the front are finished. And you can see a command vehicle behind them ready to be highlighted and then weathered. Walkers are DP9 CEF Frames, other vehicles are GZG.

And these guys are the current finished armor and support for the RRF. A couple of scouts, 3 heavy walkers, a command PIFV, a couple of unit support vehicles, a drone support vehicle, and a manned support vehicle. I have 2 Phalanx Tanks, and 3 IFV's to finish and they are done.

On the trading front, I may be getting 28mm French Nappy reinforcements sooner than expected. The reccruiting depot must be working overtime. I'll keep you posted.