Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Save These Dates!

    The next three miniature gaming events for the Detroit Metro Area (if there are others in the next few months please advise in the comments) are, Wintercon, Battlefields and Drums at the Rapids. I have gotten firm dates for all and intend to attend Battlefields, please make plans to do the same. These events are hosted by hard-working volunteers and are always fun.

Wintercon Saturday 24FEB18. 0900hrs-2300hrs at the Oakland Center in Oakland University. Contact Dave Durocher fort further info or to offer to run a game

Battlefields Saturday 17MAR18 (on Saint Patrick's Day, what were they thinking?) 0800hrs-2300hrs at the Livonia Elks Club, 31117 Plymouth Road, Livonia MI 48150  Website link  

 Drums at the Rapids  Friday and Saturday 18/19MAY18, in historic Fort Meigs, Perrysburg Ohio

    These events benefit from participation by the entire wargaming community, so please plan to attend and consider running a game, they don't run themselves.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum...

     The Housemartin has long played upon my gadfly attention span to goad me into projects for him. His latest triumph was to talk up a set of Roman Chariot Racing rules and get me interested. I should have seen the other shoe waiting to drop........ nobody makes 28mm charioteers (or so I've been told). Could I be so kind as to suggest a source? He knows very well my enthusiasm for plastic figures and is also well aware of the vast pile of the same in my "toy room". Of course I suggested that it would be a simple thing to build some out of the many Classical period figures that I have, and he only needed eight of them (all different; if you can).

   Well I spent an hour after work knocking these little fellows together out of some Wargame Factory boxes I had lying about.

the lead, umm, plastic pile

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Second Look at Flintcon

     My Co-Editor Justice&Rule acted as a roving reporter during Flintcon. As such he captured pictures of many more games than I did. He has uploaded them to the blog. Unfortunately I cannot provide commentary as I was busy running a game myself. This is very picture-intensive, it might take a minute to load. If anyone who was running a game, or played in one, would like to provide info please do so in the Comments section and I will attach their note to the corresponding photos.

 while the much-vaunted snowstorm failed to materialize
the media hysteria surrounding the non-event probably depressed attendance

Friday, February 9, 2018

And finally; Something different

    The Housemartin long ago learned that if you leave things on my workbench they might just catch my eye and end up painted. Exactly such a thing happened last night. Long ago I assembled some Gripping Beast plastic Arab Cavalry for T.H. and (despite repeated reminders) he has failed to take them home and paint them. I had spent an hour or so cleaning up my newly aquired western town buildings when I got the itch to pick up a paintbrush (mind you, this doesn't happen often so I never let the urge pass). I cast around for something primed and ready to go and my eye caught on the cavalry. They are delightful figures so I did some quick research and got started. A couple of hours later I had this:

a few infantry crept into the process as well

        They have another couple of hours to go before they are ready for the tabletop. It was fun painting something that wasn't uniform for a change. Combined with the Arab foot that I did a while back T.H. has the basis for a Saga or Pikeman's Lament force.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

A First Look at Flintcon

     I just returned from Flintcon, despite dire warnings of an approaching Snowmageddon R.U.P. drove and we made the trip in record time (BTW weathermen.......3" of snow is just another day here in Michigan, stop blowing things out of proportion!). I ran the Siege of Saint Augustine again and had a jolly time doing so, the players seemed to have enjoyed themselves.

     Between arriving and setting up my game I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of games in progress and blow my entire budget on two purchases. Apologies to anyone  running a game that I missed. J&R was roving the hall throughout the convention and will certainty be posting a more comprehensive report soon. But, for now, here are the photos.

anybody that knows me is aware that I'm a sucker for any game with jungles and/or steamboats, 
this one had BOTH, and some very nice water effects as well

Friday, February 2, 2018

Differences and Distinctions

     Despite being quite happy with my model starfort which I refer to as the Castillo de San Marcos I must confess that it is not a proper scale model.  Concessions to playability have been forced on me by the dimensions of the thing and the reach of the human arm. This is combined with the fact that, over the centuries, the fort itself has changed appearance. I must also confess that certain mistakes have crept in as well.

     In the spirit of full-disclosure I will now enumerate the differences that I am aware of between the model and the real thing.

the source of all this trouble; the real thing, courtesy GoogleEarth

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Pictures from Spartacon

      While I was busy playing a game in the first round and running a game in the second J&R had a chance to prowl the hall at the Lansing Center, he took the opportunity to record many of the games on display there. Although I had but a cursory glance at the tables my impression was that the quality of the visual impact of the games was impressive. All games were participation games and everybody seemed to be having a jolly time. I am trying to attribute the games to the presenter and identify the rules used, please correct me if I am wrong!

Paul Makoski gave us the simply stunning Samurai Skirmish game

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Note For The Housemartin

   As you are considering ways to spend your twenty bonus points this year in Nuelandia take a look at this gem (you have to check in the left-hand side bar and click on "Alexander Bondar, it the the bottom entry in his list of paper models) on the Landships II page. A lovely paper model that is also a free download; what could be better?

     Everybody else should take a look as well, this site is truly a labor of love by the people that put it together, and a fountain of information on the early days of armored warfare.

And Now For Something Completely Different.....

    I know that for the last few months I have been rather fixated on a certain project. That is done now and there will be few further references to it. I pledge myself to get back to basics, like wasting time on the internet looking for cool stuff! It didn't take me long to find this little gem; Michas Figuren. It is in German so I haven't a clue what he is writing but I know a pretty picture when I see one, and his blog is filled with things like this;

I just love pretty flags!

    So, once you are done saying "Wow! That is lovely", take a little stroll over to his blog, it is time well spent

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Castillo Besieged! Part II

With the scene set and the players briefed we began play.

the day broke to the sounds of musketry and shouting as the Pirates had found and looted the farmer's cottages south of the town, with this short warning the Governor roused his men and prepared for a desperate defense, to his dismay the gunners were overrun before they could fire the cannon (Tom from Texas was the Spanish Governor and he was plagued all day by the most horrific Command dice in the history of wargaming)

Castillo Besieged ! Part I

     After all the drama and effort it was finally time to actually play a game using the Castillo. The fine folks at Spartacon had been kind enough to allow me to take up a large chunk of their space and set up the scenario. Beneath it all were four 30"x96" banquet tables arranged as you see below;