Tuesday, November 27, 2018

More Bolt Action

Early this year, I sold off a chunk of my Soviet Bolt Action army. I didn't play the game often and when I did, I didn't play it well. Then Jason Meyers (of the Der Feldmarschall blog) started running quarterly Bolt Action events. His superb events and the great players who turn up for them have lit a fire.  I recently finished a Trenchworx T-28, White Scout car, and a twin turreted T-26.  Every one was a superb model so bravo, Trenchworx! Bonus, I'm finally getting the hang of my Badger airbrush. I also painted up Warlord Games Scouts and Engineers because...why not?

My Soviets have been in heavy rotation since summer.  I've used them in What a Tanker, 2 Chain of Command campaigns and 3 Bolt Action tournaments.  In the tournaments, I landed Best Overall General, Best Painted, and Best Allied General. Enough bragging.  I'll finish with a few pictures from my Bolt Action games.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

T-34s and a KV-2

After finishing the Chain of Command campaign "Storming the Citadel" (Kursk) my buddy asked if I was interested in the Part 2 campaign continuation. CoC is a great game and their campaigns make the game shine more brilliantly.  There was the time my Soviet flamethrower popped an ambush on a Tiger tank to break Grossdeutschland's platoon force morale and save the day. Or the prolonged duel between my dug in ZiS-3 and another Tiger tank. So many Tigers at Kursk and yes, some were burning.  So, of course, I said yes to part 2, "Citadel, the Breakthrough."

I ordered the Warlord Games T-34/76 platoon and hustled them through my painting queue along with a Warlord Games resin KV-2. At the finish line, not bad! I can't wait to run 4 T-34s in a 28mm game. I'm sure getting the right command dice will be a struggle but still...

In October, I've got a Bolt Action 1,250 point event.  It's just the excuse I need to put my newly painted KV-2 out on the table!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Anglo Saxon Warband

Thanks to a persistent bout of bursitis, my hours at the painting table are way down this year.  Lemons to lemonade, this is a good thing as I now pay attention to how long I sit and avoid it as much as possible.  I've got a standing desk at work and another to replace my painting table. Being an "iron ass" and sitting for 6-8 hours in a stretch is not good for me, no matter how much I enjoy painting.

This project is a bit of a lark.  When I saw the new Anglo-Saxon battle board for Saga, I realized an all levy warband could work.  I went to Footsore and picked out 48 shield & spear levy along with 24 archers.  Along with great sculpts, Footsore offers a massive variety of poses and figures. You can pick through this rabble and only occasionally find doubles.  It's another reason why Footsore is my fav!  

Most of these lads were painted with inks and washes over zenithal priming. I added a white drybrush over the zenithal to make my highlights pop.  It is a speedy but nice effect and finished with the standard Foundry flesh 5A, B and C highlights.  I mixed custom washes and inks to get more variety in this band.  

The King is by Crusader Miniatures and from their El Cid line.  I've had him for years and realized it might be clever to have a King leading an army made up of only farmers.  All in all, I'm happy to now have a 2nd Age of Viking warband and they're quite fun to play!