Monday, May 22, 2017

War Store... Excellent service. This is why I purchase my miniatures from them!

I can tell this is very true.  My order for some Perry Miniatures has gotten lost in the dark space of the USPS.  The package got as far the Mid Processing and Distribution ctr in NY.   This was way back on the 7th of May.  Next on the track number it shown in transit to destination.  On this date all tracking stopped.  I filed a postal notice for a missing package.  Also took a trip to my local Post office.  Well you can figure it out.   The reply was "Its in the mail...DUH."   Where is it?  Basically the tracking number is useless..   It is a make you feel good deal.

   Now on the Warstore end.   Brianne the Miniatures Goddess came to the rescue.   She just asked me to do a few things to verify the problem.   If the package didn't show to call her.   I did...  Being the Goddess of the Warstore.  Problem fixed the replacement is on the way...   That's it problem fixed...

Package is coming UPS...  The moral is this story.. Make the WarStore your first stop...

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Quick Reference unit cards for MWWBK

Found these on another blog "Shed Wars.   Great idea for reference cards.

Link to the excellent "Shed Wars blog":kings-unit-cards

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Oberst Kurt Steiner Character sheet from Easy Eight Enterprises.

Blast from the past.  Character sheet from Easy Eight Enterprises.  Hope to post more soon.  The one I remember was Battlegroup miniature where not the best sculpts.  Some where in the collection of lead I have the Russian assault group.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The dawn attack..

This is what it felt like to the troops.

British patrol attacked at dawn.

Here are some pictures of the surprise attack on the patrol.   The attack was launched at dawn.  All full account of this unwarranted attack can be found here :Duplicity-abounds

One regular unit (yellow) in the middle artillery unit, the far unit tribesmen.

Tribesmens attack and find out the metal of British troops

The enemy is beating back.

At this point the British retreat in good order.  As they had no way to defend against the artillery unit.  The
loses where 1 KIA and two captured do to their wounds.  The overall commander is making plans to recover the 
troops that have been capture.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Exploring the Island of Vectis Neulandia campaign continues. The boat patrol

Having made a the expedition base at the large Port on the west side of the island.  The British forces set forth on exploring the lands by using the rivers.   This decision was made to rapidly explore the land.  Part of the mission was to meet with the local in friendship.  Part of the goal was to set up trading post with the locals.  To sell fine English products like tea and crumpets.

It was hope to find out more about the people.  As from what was found was larges forests of exotic woods.  We British do love fine wood for many things.    Below is a map of the land that was explored by boat.

The expedition reported what they have discovered.

As we sailed up river to a fork the land is lovely rolling grasslands, rich and fertile with many prosperous looking farms and small towns

 The long term goals for the first year of exploration.

Her majesty's  colonial improvements for the Island of Vectis

The Capital
Impressive Embassy to help with local relations. 5pt
Build a Port for the export of products         30pts (On Hold)
Build a furniture factory and mill processing Exotic wood       18pts
trading post  (selling British good and fish & chips) 2pts
create road system to connecting territory         1pt
total   26pts
1 X Elite Sharpshooters  Regular Infantry (Guards)     9pts
1 X Fierce regular Infantry (Highlanders) 7pts
1 x Irregular Infantry (Militia)  Unwilling Irish troops 4pt
1 x Irregular Cavalry ( Volunteers)                 4pts
1 X pom pom gun  well drilled                 6 Pts
total                                  30pts

Grand Total for capital            56 Pts
Build roads in territories to include capital area 4pts
Grand Total 60pts

Future if I last that long and not run out of money
1st Territory  ( year 2)
Resource is Ivory (Other)
create a factory to turn Ivory into exports and local sales 18pts  ( On hold)
Trading post to sell fine India Curry to the locals 2pts    (On Hold)
Fresh water plant to improve the natives Health 5pts    (On Hold)
Government outpost  ( To provide police )          2pts
create telegraph to next territory                 1

2nd Territory (year 2)
Resource Nitrates
create a plant to process  Nitrates                  18pts
Plant products explosive and fertilize 
Barrack  for troop and police                  1pt
create a road to next territory              1pt
trading post  and fish & chip dinner                  2pts
Research station for Nitrates                  18pts

3rd Territory ( future plans)
Resource Natural rubber
Create rubber plantation to harvest the rubber 2pts
create improved farming                2PTS
Outpost  police and troops                5pts
road system                        1pts
research station for new product for rubber        18 pts
Build a church                        ?pts

Build a local governmental office                ?pts

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Battleground by Easy Eight WW2 miniature rules

Not sure how many people remember this game. Let alone if they played it.  It was a awesome game for me. A little role playing , good mechanics just plain fun.  Found a yahoo group that posts on the game.  My intent is post what I can on the game here to see if there is still interest.

History on the game:

From what I recall the rules where written by two guys.  One of them was killed in a accident. That pretty killed that game.  Next the only way to get the game was on a CD.  Lots of people back in the 90's didn't like this change.
Currently available from Syr Hobbs Wargames :Syr Hobbs Battle ground rules

If you have any info or wish to share you experience with the feel free to post.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Battleground 15mm game charts

Reinforcements from the Queen for Neulandia

It seems the American have recruited an Auto bod.  The British expedition has requested help. The first will mechanical men is show below.

Also there is a request pending additional money from the Parliament to have the below walker be purchased from Krupps.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Neulandia British campaign. Part 1

    Founded uncounted centuries ago by the losers of a dynastic struggle on the mainland the island kingdom of Malgassy has long shunned contact with the outside world. The people display a fanatical devotion to their king and his family. Trading only occasionally with the Caliphate and the Slaver Kingdom the Malagasians have had little contact with the European interlopers.
    The island chain was once entirely controlled by the Kingdom. The southern half of the main island and the southern islands first broke away as part of a dynastic struggle within the ruling family and then fell under the sway of the dreaded worshippers of the Thuggi sect. This has led to a complete breakdown of order in the South, a circumstance that has allowed the Her Majesty to plant a colony with the avowed aim of crushing the "devil worshippers" and restoring order.
    The northern half of the Kingdom remains rich and densely populated. The centuries of isolation have allowed the Malagassians to carefully exploit every natural resource and rigorous management of these resources has made the Kingdom rich beyond what would be expected for such a small area.
    Relations with the British colony are aloof and coldly polite, with just enough hostility to discourage any attempt at commercial or social contact. Secretly the Malagassian ruler fears the new colony and has been feverishly collecting modern weaponry to help stave off any attempt to establish "order"  his lands. The most concerning point is that the colonial troops crushed the Thuggi in just one year, something that the Kingdom had not been able to achieve in fifty!
    Outsiders see the Kingdom as a mysterious land of temples and rituals, adorned with the wealth of centuries and only mildly aware of the progress of the modern world. This is only partially true, the Kingdom is intensely conservative but both the government and the religious orders place a high value on education and intellectual discourse and understand and can apply most scientific principals. The desire to avoid upheaval and the unpleasantness of sudden change has caused the powers that be to use a gradualist approach to modernization.

GOVERNMENT: The island is ruled by a semi-hereditary king. The "royal" family consists of about four thousand bloodlines grouped into five tribes. These tribes take it in turn to choose a new king upon the passing of the old. The next ascendant tribe provides the King's ministers, the third provides the provincial governors, the fourth the bureaucrats and religious ministers and the fifth the leaders of the military. This way there is constantly fresh blood being injected in all branches of government and all of the tribes must educate their children to fit into any role, assuring a well-rounded education.

ARMY:  The Malagassian military presents a confusing spectacle to outsiders. How does one try to understand an army that has Gatling guns but still insists that chariots are not only a valid but an entirely necessary piece of military gear?  The appearance of elephants and chariots may confuse western commentators but the hard core of the army is the long-serving infantry drawn from the military caste. The armaments of these troops have been carefully upgraded with the passing of time. While the costume and drill may be amusingly archaic the troops are deadly professionals at the time of battle. The cavalry is similarly drawn from a specific caste but has declined in importance as the power of the infantry has risen. Still they are useful for scouting and the occasional mad charge. The chariots and elephants are the most obvious relics from ages past but even these have been subtly adapted to more modern methods. the chariots have been armed with light guns firing out of the back and experiments have been conducted with mounting a machine gun to fire out the rear. The elephants are used mainly to transport guns through bad terrain and special armored ones have been trained to batter doors down or attack modern steam transports.

NAVY: Until recently the navy had lagged behind the other services. Using only sailing vessels for combat and transport their only real challenge until lately was keeping the pirates away from the inter-island trade. With the appearance of the Europeans the navy has reconsidered its role and is now rapidly developing a blue-water capability. The recent acquisition of modern guns and steam engines from the western powers has made a radical impact on both the design of the ships and their competitiveness with other powers.

The large yellow dot is the capital and major port.

Kool terrain bits over on the Lair of the Uber Geek

Uber Geek has been one of the blogs I follow.   Lots of great and very interesting posts on this site. You can find the link of my blog list.  Today he posted some great bits of terrain that was purchased off e-bay.   Check out Uber geek's blog.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Who to create a character for Pathfinder or D & D quick and easy using your birthday

Like everyone trying to make create a new character.  Sometime one will have brain freeze.  But here is a quick way to generate a character.  This chart is off the Pathfinder face book page.  It is from the gamer master stash.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Photographing your miniatures.

I have to admit I do not take the best photographs .   Here is a simple way to improve taking pictures of your miniatures.  In this video the lady will show you how to make a very simple light box.   Looks like you can make one for around 10 dollars.   Hobby Lobby sells the foam board for a reasonable price.  Same come for the craft paper.   Now buying the tripods is a different show. I really not sure what they cost.   Looks like I will need to surf the web to find a set.   Check the video. let me know if you think this video was helpful.

Monday, May 8, 2017

How to make Tall Forest Pine trees.

We all lack good scenery for our battlefield.  Most of the time it is the cost of buy the trees.  The video is a tutorial on how to make large pines.   The maker is using coconut matting for plants.  This material is fairly easy to fine.   Menards garden shop, Hobby Lobby and etc.   Watch the video to see now easy it is to make the trees.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The old and Bold. How to find a sniper in battle

I like to post items of interest.  Here is a 93 year old WW2 veteran commando.  Explaining on how to find a sniper.  Lots of good information.

Part 2 to the No1 Mk111 enfield

Sit back and enjoy the video.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Ever wonder if you painted your Thegns correctly... Here is the answer.

I figure I not alone in trying to paint my Saxons correctly.   Sometime I just sit a stare at the figures. I can hear the little bugger screaming paint me damn it..   Many a time I have ended up just stripping off the paint because the color was wrong.   I wish I had found this blog first.  Thegns of Mercia..Thegans

This would of saved me hours of painting.   I bet there are few that read this blog will agree...

OH no leather shields!

Notice the heat bluing on the helmet.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

video on the C-133

The C-133 was oversized cargo hauler.  The C-5 Galaxy replaced.  To me it is an impressive aircraft.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Neulandia Campaign has started. Prussian draw first blood

The campaign has kicked off.   The Prussian had to put down a local Rebellion.  Surprisingly the local rebels put up a good fight.   More can be found here Prussian draw first blood

 Maybe this will inspire me to get back to paint my troops.   My Natal Cavalry has been stuffed in the box of doom.   The Boers well, they went on strike. Not happy with the way I painted them..

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Flags for the Hundred years war.

Today I'm posting a link to the flags of hundred years war.   English army of Crecy and many more. The flag were made by Rune Kramer.  Now you can match your units with their flags.

Below is the link to all the flags.
Hundred year Flags

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Great video on Operation Deepfreeze.

I know that isn't related to wargaming.  But it is a great video on USAF aviation.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Guide for painting English Livery & Badges for the War of Roses time frame

Having been inspired by Saxon Dogs painted English archer.  I did a search on units uniform colors.  This is what I found on TMP.   A pretty good list for painting English Livery & Badges.   If you haven't seen what Saxon Dog has done with the Warhammer Bretonnia Archers.  Well it is amazing.

Edward Neville, Lord Abergavenny [d.1476] – green and white
William Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel [d.1487] – red and white
John Touchet, Lord Audley [d.1490] – yellow and red
John, Viscount Beaumont [d.1460] – white
William, 7th Lord Berkeley [active until at least 1483] – red
John Bouchier, Lord Berners [d.1474] – yellow and green
Humphrey Stafford, Duke of Buckingham [d.1460] – black and red
(also Henry Stafford d. of Buckingham, d.1483).
Sir Thomas Burgh/Borough of Gainsborough [d.1496] – blue
George, Duke of Clarence [d.1478] – murrey and blue
Thomas, Lord Clifford [d.1455] – white
Brooke, Lord Cobham [Edward d. 1464, John d. 1515] – black and red
Sir Marmaduke Constable [d. 1518] – red
Sir John Conyers [d.1490?] – white
Sir Richard Croft [d.1509] – white and blue
Randolf/Ranulph Lord Dacre of Gilsland [d.1461] – four stripes barry yellow and blue
Sir Richard Fiennes, Lord Dacre of the South [d.1483] – white
Thomas Courtney, Earl of Devon [1st, d.1458, 2nd d.1461] – red
Digby family – blue
Thomas Grey, Marquis of Dorset [d.1501] – white and dark red [murrey]
(also known as 3rd Lord Grey, 8th Lord Ferrers, Earl of Huntingdon in 1471, Marquis of Dorset in 1475)
Edward, Earl of March/Edward IV [d.1483] – murrey and blue
Edward, Prince of Wales [d.1471] – red and black
Henry Bouchier, Earl of Essex [1st d.1483, 2nd d.1529] – black and green
Henry Holland, Duke of Exeter [d.1475] – white and red
William Neville, Lord Fauconberg, Earl of Kent [d.1463] – white and blue
Walter Devereaux, 7th Baron Ferrers [d.1485] – white and red
Sir Edward Grey, 2nd Lord Grey, 7th Lord Ferrers of Groby [d.1461] – green
Sir John Radcliffe, Lord Fitzwalter [d.1461] – blue
William Bourchier, Lord Fitzwaurin or Fitz-Warine [still active 1469] – white and red [?]
Henry Lord Grey of Codnor [d.1496] – red and green
Edmund, Lord Grey of Ruthin and Earl of Kent in 1465 [d.1490] – red
Sir James Harrington [d.after 1497] – black [?]
William, Lord Hastings [d.1483] – dark red [or purple] and blue
Henry VI [d.1471] – white and blue
Henry VII – white and green
William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke [d.1469] – blue and red
John Howard, Duke of Norfolk [d.1485] – red
Thomas Howard [d.1524] – red and white
Thomas Talbot, Viscount Lisle or L'Isle [d.1470] – blue
Robert, 3rd Lord Hungerford and Lord Molynes [d.1464] – red and green
Francis, Viscount Lovell [died after 1487?] – blue and yellow
Thomas Fitzalan, Lord Maltravers, 12th Earl of Arundel in 1487 [d.1524] – black
John Neville, Lord Montague, earl of Northumberland 1464-1470 [d.1471] – red and black
Walter Blount, Lord Mountjoy – blue
John Neville 2nd Earl of Westmoreland [d.1461] – black and red
John Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk [Ist d.1461, 2nd d.1476] – blue and red
Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland [2nd earl d.1455, 3rd earl d.1461, 4th earl d.1489] – red and black
John De Vere, Earl of Oxford [Ist d. 1462, 2nd d. 1512] – orange or orange tawney
John Paston [d.1479] – red
Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke [d.1495] – white and green
Edward Poynings [active in 1485] – red
Richard of Gloucester/Richard III [d.1485] – murrey and blue
Anthony Woodville, Earl Rivers and Lord Scales [d.1483] – green [but noted as blue and tawney at a tournament of 1478]
Richard Woodville, Earl Rivers [d.1491] – green
Thomas, Lord Roos [d.1464] – blue and yellow
Edmund, Earl of Rutland [d.1460] – murrey and blue
Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury, 2nd Earl of Westmoreland, [d.1460] – red and black
John, Lord Scrope of Bolton [d. 1498] – white
John Talbot, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury [1st d. 1460, 2nd d. 1473] – red and black
Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset [d.1464] – white and blue
Thomas, Lord Stanley later Earl of Derby [d.1504] – orange tawney and green
William Stanley [d.1495] – red
John De La Pole, Duke of Suffolk [d.1491] – blue and yellow
Humphrey Talbot [active until at least 1483] – black and white
Rhys Ap Thomas 'The Raven' [active until at least 1485] – white
Richard Tunstall [d.1491] – black and white [?]
Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick [d.1471] – red
Lionel, 6th Lord Welles [d.1461] – black and red?
John, Lord Wenlock [d.1471] – white
Henry Willoughby – blue
Robert, Lord Willoughby [d.1501] – red and white
Richard, Duke of York [d.1460]- blue and white
John, Lord Zouche [d.1526] – black and murrey [murrey and purple were often confused]

Town contingents and militias:
1455 Coventry – green and red
1461 Rye – red

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Flesh washes for your miniatures

Early last year I dropped my bottle on good old Citadel flesh wash.   The one in the old hexagonal bottle.  This was the best flesh wash around.   The bad part it has been OOP for years.  Lately I have been trying to find a replacement that comes close.  Paint du colour wash for flesh is blah.  The army painter wash is so-so.   The new Wargames Workshop Reikland wash is not bad.  But I still am trying to find the perfect flesh tone wash.  On TMP I read posted  article on Flesh washes.   Here is the link:Comparing Flesh washes.

If anyone out there has their favorite wash.  Please post your suggest in the comments on this article below.

   Here is a tip.  I found if added a drop of Vallejo glaze in my watered down flesh  wash.  The wash flows better.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Another Great video on No 1 MKIII enfield by Rob

Another great video shooting the Enfield.   Rod has made another excellent video of the rifle and its use in WW1.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

100K views a mile stone for this blog

I thought I would not reach this point on this blog.  But I finally made it.  Thanks to all the folks that view this blog.  I know that I need to put out more pictures of my work.  More AAR reports but gaming has been very far between for me.  Thinking about doing solo gaming a try.  Also need to start selling off the mounts of figures that I have used in years.   Ebay will be getting some posts to sell off my 15mm ancients.  The sad part I painted these back in the last of the 80's. They never got used in a game....  Again thanks for following this blog.

Old Sarge

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Japanese Goblins

 Trying something new.  I used my wife cellphone to take picture of these little devils.  Really need to make a photo booth to take pictures.   But back to the Goblins.   These are the one made by AEG for the Five Clans miniature game.  The sculpts was amazing.   The Clan mniature can be found on ebay.

Antony Barton's painting guide.

AB miniatures to me are the Best miniature in 15mm around.   I can look at his figures for hours.   Basically marvel at the detail of his work.  Lately I have been collecting his excellent 20mm WW2 figures.  This is an outstanding line of miniatures.   So I got a little off track here.  Today I discovered that is painting guide is back on line.   Mr Barton gives your a step by step guide how to paint his miniature.    Here is the link to that article: Painting small figures

Images below are reference from his guide.   All credit belong to Antony Barton for photos.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Check out Skull and Crown Blog

I found this blog on the Face book page called "Oldhammer in a new world"   The group is using the the original Warhammer Fantasy books.    I still have some of mine.  I enjoyed playing the old version.  This is before the magic part became over powering.  All photos are from the Skull and Crown for reference only.

Skull and Crown. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ninjas for Daisho

Here is part of my ninja collection for Daisho, Oriental D & D and other RPG rules.   Boy these figures have been hiding in a box for since the 1987.   Haven't bought the Daisho rules and Ronin rules I had to find these battle harden veterans for a Oriental D & D campaign.   That campaign lasted  5 yrs before the group broke up.   As of late I have been buying up the oriental adventures off Ebay.  The one I'm having problems finding the the Yakuzi adventure.   That was the first big campaign I played with my son and daughter.   Here are the picture of my ninja clan.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Nato 86 / southern front 15mm Spanish forces by Totentanz Miniature

Just found this on facebook.  Totentanz Miniature is in the progress of manufacturing  Nato Spanish Army.   The figure and vehicles are very well done.  AMX30 tanks, VEC 90 heavy recon vehicles, BMR wheeled APC and more.   This is great for Yankee team.   Check out the link to Totentanz:NATO 86/ Southern front

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Copplestone Colonial miniatures

Copplestone has two lines of miniature that would fit into the MWWBK colonial period.  Darkest Africa and Back of Beyond.   Darkest Africa is the German vs British colonial figures.   While Back and Beyond is Bolsheviks, White Russian, Chinese and British.   The Back and Beyond would be a better fit for In Her majesty's name or VSF.   Personally I think these are just kool figures to have.

Copplestone can be found here: Copplestone castings.  Now for the pictures.

Big Game Hunters

British Naval Officers

British naval landing party

German Officers

German Marines

German East Africa Company Askaris

Schutztruppe Askaris 

More British Sailors