Friday, April 29, 2011

More Alban and Reinforcements by Post

And here is the rest of my latest batch.  Once again, these are Alban miniatures.  I love these minis.  To me, these are the most realistic looking sculpts I've ever owned.  These lads were packed off to Reinforcements by Post and processed within a week.  Another real good experience with a couple of my favorite vendors.
Regular Line Voltigeurs.

The Harris and Hagman personality figures that were recently released.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More Reinforcements by Post

I had another little package in the mail a while back!  It was my second order (consisting of  a couple dozen figures) from Reinforcements by Post.  Once again, I purchased minis from Paul at Alban miniatures, he shipped them to Neil at RBBP without mishap, the job was performed in about a week and a half, and I received them a few days later.  Once again I am very happy with my order and highly recommend Neil for your painting overload.
I'll post the Rifle characters and the Frogs soon.
British Light Infantry.  I really needed these guys because our games have too many Uber Elites in them.

Not to mention they liven up the table.  All those green Rifles disappear on the table.

Here is my Obadiah Hakeswill character.  He was my favorite character from the movies, and one of my favorites from the books.

A couple of standard bearers came in the command pack.  I have no idea what the heck I would do with flags on a skirmish table, but I was thinking to make conversions out of these guys if I can find some weapons.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Darth Maul Returns - Episode 3

Darth Maul is at it again in his relentless bid to exact vengeance on all remaining Jedis.  Unfortunately for him, he has crossed paths with Lord Vader much earlier than he wanted.  This makes for a much harder road back to prominence.  If your tuning in late, go check out the earlier reps in the series.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Space Ship Terrain

I'm not dead, I'm just working a lot!  Even so I am making progress on my North African Gladiator Arena and this Space Ship project.  I just can't stand it anymore!  We have a kagillion sci-fi minis and not much in the way of terrain.  The ship decks I built are cool for certain situations but are simply not roomy enough for some real action.  So while we are making preparations to do something a bit more elaborate I decided to go with paper models again in the interim.  Of course I looked very closely at the World Works First Light stuff, but it is quite a bit of work to get it together.  I finally decided to go with the Fat Dragon Star Tiles set which is a Space Hulk like 2D floor plan with 3D doors and consoles etc..  The final deciding factor was the playability, and of course the photographic ease of the layout for batreps.  I did a few tiles for test pieces and it didn't take long at all to put together. So far I like it and will continue building on this.
So far I did just 6 test tiles and a few prop pieces.

The doors and consoles are a piece of cake.  The chairs are a pain in the arse.

I love the poses of the Star Wars minis.  They have so many versatile poses to choose from.

These hexagonal pieces are not hard to build and great terrain for some cover and taking floor space.

These Fat Dragon tiles all mount to an 8"x8" square and they quickly and easily line up in any configuration.  I used a table saw to shear my foam-core for very fast and consistent tiles.  If you try this, make sure you use a very fine tooth blade!  I just hit the edges with a foam sanding pad after cutting.  You could cut a hundred of these bad boys in about 5 minutes this way.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gladiator Arena Poll

I need some help guys.  I have a bunch of Hirst arts blocks sitting around and I decided to make a Gladiator Arena for our North African provinces.  I am modeling it after, and to be compatible with Herrodadogs excellent arena.  I have been playing around with loose blocks trying to decide what to go with and I want to see what you guys think.  Take a look at these two options and vote!
When I first started playing with this, here is what I started with.  This is the center section with the gate below the big shot box.

The wings where the peasant scum can sit and watch the matches.

Here is my alternate idea which adds a railing.  I kind of like this one.  I also have tried doing this same thing with a little overhang into the arena.  When I do the overhang, it caps those half pillars.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Darth Maul Returns - Episode 2

Here is the second installment of our Darth Maul series that started with this scenario:
Sometimes we just start something silly and it sticks.  Nick, my eleven year old is working the story line and I'm posting the games when I get time.  This episode is just a bunch of cut scenes explaining his story.  Episode three which we will post soon gets kinda bloody.