Monday, April 16, 2018

Three Phases of Occupation?

Well more like two really.

We (the Cold War Commanders) are putting on three games at Joy of Six this July.  The games will be set in the same location on three different dates (in 1959, 1973 and 1989) and will all involve a Soviet motor Rifle Regiment attacking a British battalion battlegroup.  This means that we need triplicate terrain items.

Here's my first go at producing one location in three periods:

Not terribly clear but the houses have been repainted in the pic below.

I'm working on the principle that property boundaries tent to be preserved over time.  In this case the two semi-detached houses shared a plot of land that subsequently became a small car park.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Crisis Point 2018

This past weekend saw a company of stout yeoman gamers descend on Dungworth from all corners of the Kingdom to play in the annual Crisis Point gaming weekend.

We took possession of the school hall on Friday afternoon and it was a pleasure to welcome returnees Ian, Andy, and Richard P as well as new boy Mark J who had all come along to help with the set-up.

There were slightly fewer tables this year than on previous occasions.  We briefly considered raiding the old village hall for trestle tables but in the end we decided to make a virtue of necessity.  A smaller table would mean all forces getting into action earlier and give us a good chance of getting to a climactic battle on Sunday.

We managed to get the tables pretty well set up by a little before beer o'clock.  Sadly, however, I don't seem to have taken any successful shots of the whole table.

On Saturday morning the gang all turned up.  We had Rob and Russ returning for the first time in several years, Tom and local lad Gabriel with us for the first time, and regulars Arthur, Leo, Kevin, and Jamie back again from last year.

Tom definitely got into the spirit of the game -
his portrayal of Solomon Rubenstein, the Andreivian
Minister of War went far beyond silly hats.

Andreivian propaganda posters await the advancing Turks

Silly hats were de riguer for the defenders of Tcherbevan

The Black Sea was alive with ships

An Andreivian Mk V tanks advances across
friendly trenches to take on Johnny Turk

Whilst another passes the fort at the heart of the Dvimin Line

Meanwhile more Andreivian forces defend the rear against
Russ's advancing Bolsheviks
The Turkish Navy stands ready to lend a hand

The northeast corner of the table with the walled city
of Kedelkalak in the background - loverly work
by the Wet-Nurse of Andreivia, Richard Phillips.

The Andreivian Air Force takes to the sky!
White Russian Cossacks charge the rear of the Andreivian National Police
unit guarding the English Church in Tchervbevan. The capture and
subsequent slaughter of the policemen is set to become an Anti-Russian
rallying point for the Andreivians.  Remember the English Church!
The factory was the site of fierce fighting on Sunday

Everyone converged on the city
So who won in the end?  You know what?  I don't really care; it was a great weekend and we got some enjoyable gaming and good socialising under our belts.

Thank you all who attended.  I'm already making plans for next year!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Joy of Six Map

This is my attempt at mapping the terrain over which our game at Joy of Six may be played this year:

It's posted here so I can get it displayed on the CWC Forum.

Monday, April 9, 2018

New York, New York

I'm not long back from a few days in Gotham with my mother and daughter.  I didn't get to do much in the way of gaming related activity but I did manage a few minutes here....

I remember seeing The Compleat Strategist mentioned as a vendor of gaming material in a number of products I owned in the 1980s - probably Runequest and perhaps some FGU products.  My copy of the Sixth Fleet rule book is on my desk and I note that they were based only a block or so away.  It's good to know there's still a game shop going from that era and amazing that they can survive given NYC rents.

I didn't buy anything as I only had a few minutes browsing time before the shop closed for the evening.  Prices seemed to be roughly comparable with what I see in the UK.  $14.75 for small X-Wing ships for example.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Not Long to Go Now!

Just a couple of weeks until Crisis Point 2018.

Get your tape-measures greased and be sure your dice are rolling high.  The fate of Andreivia is in your hands!

Monday, March 19, 2018

A bit of a catch-up

I've been most remiss about posting here for the last few weeks. I just haven't felt that motivated to do so despite getting loads of painting done.

I'm within three figures of completing a second (Italian allied) legion for my To The Strongest Republican Romans.  I'd like to get them all done before I show pictures here.

Ive also nearly finished a second pack of Turkish infantry for Crisis Point. Again, pics when done.

So what can I show you?  Well, I have managed to create some more zero-cost plot points for Pulp Alley.

First up is this fire marker...

The base is a 0.02 Euro coin 'glooped' with tile grout.  the flames are made from Green Stuff. Whenever I have some left over I use it to make these wiggly shapes and when I have enough it goes onto a base like this.

Then we have a... well... one of these...

It's a mysterious alien artifact poking out of the desert sands, I guess. This is literally a found item; some bit of child's toy that I found lying in the street. Painted and given a couple of coats of progressively lighter dry-brushing (which don't show at all in the photo). As usual stuck to a coin with texture applied - in this case a two pence coin.

And finally, a cactus for the Mexican desert...

Obviously a coin and some basing gloop are involved but there's an Order of Andreivian Artists (Second Class) to anyone who can identify the freebie source of the cactus itself.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

First Mexicans

I've painted the first two new figures for my Maximillian Adventure forces for Sharp Practice:

The chap on the left is a Republican guerrilla leader.  He's represented by a Foundry Wild West bandit who's been sitting un my unpainted figures box for years.

The other figure is the first of my Imperialist contra-guerrillas. He's built from the Perry plastic zouaves box.  I've carved down the baggy zouave breeches at the top of the legs and built up them up as trousers at the lower end.  At least another seven of those to do before I have a unit!

I said "new" figures because I already had a few Mexican figures I'd bought with a view to using in my Pulp Alley campaign.  I reckon they'll do fine as Republican guerrillas: