Sunday, April 13, 2014

Just to clear a few things up, and out...

Wow, it's been awhile! Sorry for the long hiatus but as I'm sure we all know, life gets in the way... That being said I do have some good news, A) I'm not dead and B) it's time for some Spring Cleaning which means everybody gets to snatch up some of my lesser used minis/terrain! This cuts this year are especially deep as I'm moving in with my girlfriend in a matter of weeks (editor's (girlfriend's) note: FINALLY!) and I need to get rid of some things as I will no longer have a dedicated gaming room. No need to worry about me "getting out" of the hobby, as the pile of lead I've been working on can attest, I'm still in it until the end, I just need to make some space! Most of these are going up on ebay, but if you're interested go ahead and send me an offer through email if you'd prefer to deal direct. If there's no bid I'm more than happy to pull it and work directly with a reader!


Item #1:

Chain link feces with razor wire

14 Section of chain link fence topped with razorwire. All told, these fences are almost 60" long!
Ebay link here

Item #2: 

You know 'em, you love 'em, Ebox buildings are a staple of the 15mm sci-fi community and I'm definitely a fan as well. I've broken mine up into three different lots:

Lot 1:

Link Here

Lot 2: 

Link Here

And, Lot 3: 

Link Here

I managed to pick up TONS of resin cast crates at a local wargaming swap meet a year or two ago, and they call need to go, make me an offer for a piece of them, or for all of them. There are a LOT of these things!

Item #3:

Item #4:

My "ashy" army. My 15mm Sci-fi gaming is moving in a much more skirmish based direction which means that I'll be using much smaller forces and won't be needing these guys. Maybe you have need of some sudden reinforcements in your urban or ash waste setting...

Army consists of:

5x Khurasan Power Armored Soldiers
1x Khurasan Red Faction Power Armor
3x Combat Wombat 8x8's with Magnetized turrets
2x Combat Wombat 6x6's with Magnetized turrets
52 x Ground Zero Games UNSC New sculpts containing enough rifleman, command stands, and support weapons to give you a well rounded force!

If you haven't seen my ashies, they can be seen here, and the 6x6's and 8x8's can be seen here,  

Item #5:

4x Khurasan Iguanas, and 3x Khurasan Polecats. Again, the move away to skirmish is making me drastically reduce my motor pool. They're all painted and can be seen here

Item #6:

My Khurasan Federal Army, well, army. Roughly a platoon's worth of guys (45 figures) with command and support weapons well represented. For an idea of what the paint job on these guys looks like, check them out here.

Item #7:

Miscellaneous: I have a few more armies that I'm looking to move but I'll wait and see if I get any nibbles from the community for these first.

Thanks for looking, and remember, no deal is too crazy to be entertained during the spring cleaning sale!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Unexpected Reinforcements miniatures swap

We've all been there, those moments when picking up the brush seems like too much of a chore to bother and even priming some new minis feels like a daunting task. To help you get over that and keep your painting output up Dropzonetoe over at Unexpected Reinforcements has started up a monthly miniature swap. This particular swap works very similarly to the annual X-mas swap over at The Miniatures Page though with a twist (the good kind, prizes!). The rules are simple, the blog master over at Unexpected Reinforcements chooses a theme (e.g. this month's was "mechanized squad") and a shipping date. As the date draws near he'll send you the address of your swappee at which point you send in the pics of your swap and then send off your swap. My entry this month was from two lines that I don't see get a lot of love, a Type 567 IFV from Combat Wombat and the previously mentioned (scroll down to #3) New NSL from Ground Zero Games. 

 Combat Wombat Type 567 IFV painted in an urban scheme, I probably spent over an hour applying those camo dots with a toothpick. Scheme is a rough adaptation of WWII German Armor scheme.
 Rear view
 The NSL squad I decided to pair it with, 3 riflemen, a SAW gunner, an AT launcher (I love the box launcher), and a designated marksman.
Everything together.

Oh, I suppose I should probably talk a bit about the prize portion of this contest ;). At the conclusion of each month a vote takes place to determine everyone's favorite swap. After a winner is chosen they receive a prize, this month's lucky winner will get a prize from Clear Horizon. Didn't win? No big deal, because if you manage to make swaps for 3 months in a row you'll get a prize just for participating. 

While it's too late to participate in this month's contest, February's contest is just around the corner. An incentive to paint, some unexpected new minis, and the potential for prizes, what are you waiting for? Pick up your brushes and paint pots and get in the fight!

Monday, January 13, 2014

A great read about wargames design

evilleMonkeigh over at Delta Vector has a great ongoing series on wargaming design. While I don't agree with everything that he says there are a lot of great points, food for thought, and examples of what he believes makes a game great and what makes a game less than stellar. It's a fascinating series and if you haven't already I heartily recommend giving it a look and then thinking about the rules systems you use. It's a great resource for those of us out there who are thinking of writing our own rules, and a wonderful read even if you're just a dabbler in the hobby.

If you're interested, the first piece can be found here.

Friday, January 3, 2014

My project pile and wishlist for the new year

The cold (at least for California) winter months are here in full force, the blockbuster video game season has passed, the holidays are over, and the BBQ's are long put away until the arrival of Memorial day... that can only mean one thing, it's back to wargaming for me!

It wasn't until just the other day that I realized how long it has been since I picked up a paint brush or did anything hobby related. With that being said, it's time to get going and get back into the game. What better way to do it then to detail a list of some of the models that I'm excited to get on the table, some projects I'm planning on working on, and a few sneak peaks at what has me most excited for wargaming in 2014.

My list of projects, and some bonus things to look forward to in the new year after the jump...

Friday, May 10, 2013

An introductory Gruntz review and a Gruntz AAR: Operation Blind Emu

Played a friendly game of Gruntz down at my amazing FLGS, Great Escape Games, last night. It was a small game of 150 points as it was my opponent's first time playing. I decided to write up a little background for the engagement after the fact and I think I'm going to use a lot of it for my game setting.

As it was my friend's first time playing we decided to keep it simple. We played the first scenario out of the Gruntz rulebook, deploy on the long edges and kill as much of the opponent's assets while preserving your own.

After the jump, the AAR and my first impressions review of Rottenlead's Gruntz.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Combat Wombat 6x6's and 8x8's

It's been a bit since I got around to painting anything as I ran out of all of my painting accessories (blue-tac, magnets, primer, etc...) simultaneously and have just lately gotten around to gathering them all up again. Now I'm back into the swing of things and I figured the best way to get back to putting some paint on models was with these delightful 6x6's and 8x8's from Combat Wombat Miniatures. Here's a finished picture of the models, follow after the jump for some step by step and infantry size comparison...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A new force, new sweet rides, and a new inspiration

I've been away for a bit but don't let you think that I've been slacking off on my painting. Since my last update I've finished off my Khurasan federal army infantry (to be posted later, once they get some vehicles!), as well as an entire opposing force for them. One of my departures from the norm this last painting session was to try my hand at painting some vehicles for Reddit's monthly motivational painting challenge. My particular challenge was to get 4 Khurasan Iguanas and 4 Khurasan Polecats up and painted before the month was out. Here's how they turned out, as well as some other stuff I've been working on:

Khurasan Iguanas

Khurasan Polecats

More pics, and more stuff, after the jump...