Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Part 3 end of 2013: My Romans and Historical Wargaming News

One of Tribunes, my division commanders in Hail Caesar
The Dice and Decks Miniature swap Scorpion, nearly repainted for my colour scheme

I've had a month or two of Dropzone Commander and future based wargaming - but I'm know back building more Romans, with even more to do now Christmas has passed, hopefully in time for my first game of Warlord Games' Hail Caesar.

My army will hopefully consist of 8 units of Legionaries, with a two small units of archers, and a couple of Scorpion artillery pieces, with my opponent planning to use Ancient British Celts.

My birthday has recently passed and I have another Games Workshop Realm of Battle Gameboard - which I'm going to use as a grass board for the game. Although my brain is still trying to work out how to lengthen the game so that it doesn't consist of a first turn charge, second turn, fight, third turn win/lose scenario, as 6 foot by 4 foot might be a bit small for game when infantry can potentially move a mighty 18 inches per turn, as they can get 3 x 6 inch moves per turn on a good order dice roll

I've been assembling more Legionaries, with nearly three units now assembled, I have been painting more of them as well, finishing one with injuries that looks like a grizzled veteran, although he just stands in the back of a pilum armed unit. I also have been painting a Scorpio, given to me as part of Dice and Decks Miniature swap - a secret santa style event of painting a miniature for someone else and then giving it to them at a set date
1st and 2nd Centuries, still on the table
Centurion for the unit in the picture directly above, midway through painting
One veteran Legionary, ready for action
The army is being painted as the famed 10th Legion, Julius Caesar's favourites from the campaign in Gaul (59bc) to the end of the Civil War and his murder in 44bc. My 1st Century with Eagle Bearer is modelled to contain Warlord Games' Pullo and Vorenus miniatures, and the rest have helmet crests which the rest of my force doesn't (unless I go even more nuts and build an entire legion plus, which even by my mad collecting standards, is alot of troops).
I've also got a box of Mantic Games; Deadzone, a game of Sci-fi Skirmish, but I also have extra scenery for the game, as well as a partially assembled box of Enforcers, so Mantic's bigger Sci-fi game of Warpath could be next on the cards with Enforcers being my force, so farI have nearly finished one Enforcer in a green colour scheme, where I painted each armour plate seperately. 
Nearly there
So there we are folks, back on track with updates up to the present moment, Happy New Year and I shall try to keep more up to date, as three months of catch-up isn;t great

Part 2 end of 2013 - Resurgence of playing Dropzone Commander - End of October/Early November 2013.

Hello again folks, time for part 2 of the end of 2013, the last 3 months of it at least....

In the period of the end of October and November, I started playing alot more of Dropzone Commander, and added some Praetorians and Raven dropships to my UCM force in order to help take more objectives quickly and get them off the board without risk of the units transporting them being taken out by enemy forces. Additionally, I managed to get a copy of the Dropzone Commander starter set for myself, and played a couple of big games;
The starter set for Dropzone Commander.

The battlefield made from the starter set

CQC takes place in one building, my infantry outnumbered the enemy significantly and so easily removed them.

 I've also played a few games of Flesh Wounds - a zombie RPG wargame, using Zombies I got in a bulk box from Mantic Games, and the survivors I mentioned last post from Wargames Factory. The game is based on random numbers of patrols of Zombies attracted to survivors by the noise they make as they roam the board looking for aid and resources
Game 1:

Zombies swarm my character and the cause of their arrival....

Game 2:

The last survivor is overwhelmed by the numbers of Zombies

Part 1 end of 2013 - update for October 2013

Hello again folks, this is part 1 of a 3 part end of 2013 update, since I kept meaning to update each month but didn't.

I've was busy this month, making up for my slow work in the previous month - I played another game of the World War 2 28mm game from Warlord Games; Bolt Action, and expanded my German Army force for the aforementioned game by adding another infantry box and a Panzer IV Ausf H tank to the force, neither of which is ready for action just yet, but when they are, my force will be 51 men and 1 tank.

The game on the first Friday this month, (4th October) was with my usual opponents, with one ally, the force being Germans + British vs British. It went exceedingly well, and my team won with very few casualties.
The Sherman takes out a Churchill on the opposing side
My forces mop up the enemy

My second game, however, didn't go quite as smoothly, it was a 4 player free for all game. Two sets of British, Russians and Germans. Me and my fellow Bolt Action players have been experiencing some issues with the rules, especially around the orders per turn and the random player selection.
The field at the start of the game.
My German Colonel
Officers take shelter.
Snipers in the building, they managed to take out a few enemies approaching, but were eventually killed off by good dice rolls from one of my opponents.

I played my second game of Dropzone Commander by Hawk Wargames, and thoroughly enjoyed it. We used the terrain found in the two player starter set, and played a three player game, two of us using a UCM starter set each, and the third used the Scourge starter force.

My infantry occupy a building to search for an objective


I was assembling some Zombie Apocalypse Survivors from Wargames Factory in preparation for Dice and Decks Gaming Club's Halloween themed club night on the 1st November. These in comparison to the Caesarian Romans I purchased a while back from Wargames Factory are much better and I am very impressed with the casting, and the quantity of stuff you can use; guns of all types, chainsaws, ten different bodies (of which there are 3 sprues, and a weapon sprue). You can see the set in the pictures below:

I've also purchased a copy of Dust Warfare, a weird World War 2 game, set in 1947 where the discovery of advanced technology has bought on a new scale of war, with armoured walkers fighting alongside new weapons. I intend to have a practice as reviews on the models are varied, although the game seems solid enough to play for fun. I am building more of my Secrets of the Third Reich British Steel Suits to potentially smuggle into Dust as a unit of something.

I am also still building Ogres and Basilean Paladins, which are to be used as allies in the case of the Basileans and a seperate army in the case of the Ogres for Kings of War. The Paladins come from an angelic army, so I am painting them in white robes with gold or yellow trim and gold trim on their armour to show this is the "good" side of the armies available.