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Friday, April 13, 2018

"Come to Jesus Moment" P.3, More Progress

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, 
     and I will give you rest." Matthew 12:28

https://www.flickr.com/photos/familiarodriguezpecero/4314956632/

**EDITS & Update 06/15/18**

Very pleased with recent sale of all my WSS [War of Spanish Succession] plastics by Wargames Factory [now Warlord] and a couple of decisions that drastically reduce some projects [e.g. ALL Warhammer Fantasy GOES except for characters and a few minions for skirmish wargaming] altho I decided to follow thru on 1/3000 naval in small projects. This will still result in net financial profit as naval projects are smaller, cheaper, and require less time all around.

**EDITS AND UPDATE 04/13/18** 
This post reflects a bunch of items that have sold, including almost all the Urban War stuff which went for good prices - about $1.50 a fig average - granted, this included a variety of large and small figs. There is now zero left except for a small Syntha gang that will probably make an appearance fighting bladerunners...

Items that are FADED are gone!

So far $600 in sales in the works, and paypal to bank transfers are up to $500+  [gotta leave some money in paypal for postage and fees]. As I'm not spending any new money on any game projects, this will all go to bills and such.


Still seriously considering totally getting out of GW now that my black library paperbacks are sold. It's amazing how silly most of it looks when you take a step back - even the vanilla Space Marines from AoBR - especially considering all the more realistic 28mm figs for near-future sci-fi. I'll hang on to the Necrons, they may end up as Terminator Endoskeletons.


This is what my old crime unit sergeant used to call that "moment of truth" for perps we were after, where something had to give - and it was going to be them. Quick Google search says something like:

The phrase is based on your choice at the moment you decide to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It also has a secular meaning: a "come to Jesus moment" refers to a dawning, epiphany or agreement following a disagreement.


So yes, this is an "additional dawning" following choices previously put forward here on this blog [click] to be both better focused and to avoid fruitless spending of time, money and energy.




2018 PROJECT PRINCIPLES:
  1. 31 [!] gaming projects – a few too many but nice reduction from 40+!!!!
  2. Drop some unique projects, emphasize cross-over [e.g. the figures/basing can be used in multiple sets of rules that I am playing or may play, or the Terrain can be used in multiple scales and periods].
  3. Drop: dead-end projects and those without plans for the next year or so, and larger scales for smaller, cheaper, portable scales in future [e.g. 28mm sci-fi for 15mm sci-fi].
  4. Fast-play: Easy sharing / hosting, smaller space, simpler, look good, newbies
  5. Skirmish / small Units [FUBAR, WAI Skirmish] 40mm & 54mm Colonial Plastics.

TOP PROJECTS [6]:
  1. Space Fleets: WoC Star Wars plastic
  2. Skirmish
    1. WoC Star Wars plastics [FUBAR?],
    2. 54mm Colonial Plastic skirmish
  3. Naval:
    1. WWII [1/2400 USN v. IJN], 
    2. Pre-dreadnought [1/3000 Mediterranean Squadrons], 
    3. Age of Sail [1/3000 Trafalgar era by Forged in Battle]
  4. WWII 15mm land - Brits v. Italians, N. Africa
  5. Medievals 25-28mm: Dark Ages --> Feudal Wales [Saxons, Vikings, Normans, LotR].
  6. Modern micro-armor: Syrian 2020
I think I can focus on 6 projects, half of which are cooking on the top burner...they are now organized not in order of priority, but in order of the amount of work to do with them to get them finished for the table.

Below is the 38 projects remaining, some of which are already on line for sale [italics]


TO SELL, TRADE [down to 2]
  1. Urban War [GONE!]
  2. War of Spanish Succession 28mm plastics [only books left]
  3. 28mm Modern Afghanistan Brits [TAG] v. Taliban [Empress]
  4. Star Wars scale ships Odyssey Slipways [TRADE]
  5. Warhammer Black Library books, White Dwarf
  6. Super-old 20mm Frying Pan and Blanket figs.
GONE! 28mm Renaissance, Inferno magazine, Extra Space Hulk, Mantic Greenskins, TAG Brits, Cry Havoc games [Siege, Outremer], bunch of old rule sets and all TOO FAT LARDIES rules.

TO SORT AND DECIDE WHAT TO SELL [6]
  1. Warhammer Fantasy [Sell all but Skirmish]
    1. --Chaos Dwarfs, 
    2. --Empire
    3. --Greenskins - [all Orcs sold!]
    4. --Chaos
    5. --Brettonians / Lizardmen - 
  2. 28mm Sci-Fi: terrain, objects vehicles, Warhammer 40K
    1. --Space Marines [sell all?]
    2. --Necrons --> Terminator Project instead?
  3. Board games: Squad Leader [sell all], Cry Havoc!
  4. Ral Partha in tub, Thunder Mountain Arthurians
  5. Age of Sail 1/600 [test interest w' WS&IM counters]
  6. WWII 1:700 models
TO KEEP – for now [6]
  1. 1/2400 WWI Naval & Dreadnoughts
  2. 40mm Dark Ages
  3. 25mm War of Roses / 100YW project
  4. 25mm Chariot Biblical Wars [some sold]
  5. 25mm Pershing / Pancho
  6. 28mm Heroic - Space Hulk [Catachens, Steel Legion, Necrons, Bladerunner Gangs]
IF ANY OF THE ABOVE PROJECTS INTEREST YOU, CONTACT ME...mostly looking for cash, but if something gels with the below projects, would consider a trade.

TO KEEP [17]
  1. 6mm ACW
  2. 1/285 Modern Micro-Armor
  3. 15mm WWII
  4. --Italians: desert and continental,
  5. --British desert,
  6. --USA: generic [Tunisia, LW]
  7. --Germans: LW/generic, Tunisia/desert
  8. 15mm French Foreign Legion & Arabs
  9. 15mm Greeks
  10. 15mm+ Testudo Romans & Gauls
  11. 25mm Dark Ages, Feudals, Late Romans / Byzantines / LotR
  12. 28mm WoC Star Wars plastic figs
  13. 40mm Pike and Shot
  14. 54mm Armies in Plastic Colonial Skirmish
  15. 1/2400 WWII Naval [and a little 1/700, too]
  16. 1/3000 Pre-dread Naval mini project, Age of Sail Trafalgar
  17. 1/5000 [?] WoC Star Wars plastic ships


Thursday, March 29, 2018

"Come to Jesus Moment" P.2, Big Progress

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, 
     and I will give you rest." Matthew 12:28

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cristo_de_la_Concordia_02.jpg

**EDITS AND UPDATE 03/19/18** 

These reflect the sales from Cold Wars 2018 and some re-organizing of items into projects that make more sense to me, especially when they are inter-related by theme, era, terrain, etc. I've more items that are ready to sell, but decided to retain some for now due to organizing my projects better. 

Items that are FADED are gone!

I pushed pretty hard on eBay organizing this week, including projects that I'd forgotten in boxes, and got a lot up. So far $200 in sales in the works, and two transfers - $150 - have been pushed to the bank account [gotta leave some money in paypal for postage and fees].

Seriously considering totally getting out of GW now that my black library paperbacks are selling off. It's amazing how silly most of it looks when you take a step back - even the vanilla Space Marines from AoBR - especially considering all the more realistic 28mm figs for near-future sci-fi. 

Planning to use some of the more "realistic" Imperial Guard for Space Hulk, along with the Genestealers - the 'Nids are probably the best faction aesthetically [of course a blatant rip-off of Aliens just as Necrons are a blatant rip-off of Terminators]. 

Anyway, we'll see, but was super pleased that batches of 10-14 Black Library books are going for $20-30, shows a well thought-out auction!

I recommend that we all do what Steve did at "Sound Officer's Call" and consider cross-over terrain, cross-over figs, etc. While I'll never limit myself to one scale, practical as 15mm is [mine would be 25mm anyway] it does pay to organize projects together. 

For Example, my Desert Terrain in 15mm can be used for 15mm WWII North Africa, and 15mm French Foreign Legion v. Arabs / Tuareg, and the terrain [not buildings] can also be used for 6mm micro armor in Syria. I'm planning to create terrain for 54mm Afghanistan 1898 that will also accomodate 28mm figs, perhaps even 15mm, too.

This is what my old crime unit sergeant used to call that "moment of truth" for perps we were after, where something had to give - and it was going to be them. Quick Google search says something like:

The phrase is based on your choice at the moment you decide to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It also has a secular meaning: a "come to Jesus moment" refers to a dawning, epiphany or agreement following a disagreement.


So yes, this is an "additional dawning" following choices previously put forward here on this blog [click] to be both better focused and to avoid fruitless spending of time, money and energy.




2018 PROJECT PRINCIPLES:
  1. 40 gaming projects – could be a few too many?
  2. Drop some unique projects, emphasize cross-over [e.g. the figures/basing can be used in multiple sets of rules that I am playing or may play, or the Terrain can be used in multiple scales and periods].
  3. Drop: dead-end projects and those without plans for the next year or so, and larger scales for smaller, cheaper, portable scales in future [e.g. 28mm sci-fi for 15mm sci-fi].
  4. Fast-play: Easy sharing / hosting, smaller space, simpler, look good, newbies
  5. Skirmish / small Units [FUBAR, WAI Skirmish] 40mm & 54mm Colonial Plastics.

TOP PROJECTS:
  1. Space Fleets: WoC Star Wars plastic
  2. Skirmish
    1. WoC Star Wars plastics [FUBAR?], 
    2. Space Hulk / Terminator / Bladerunner Gangs [gang/terrain league?]
    3. 40mm ECW / Colonials
    4. 54mm Plastics
  3. WWII 1/2400 Naval - USN v. IJN
  4. WWII 15mm land - Brits v. Italians, N. Africa
    • French Foreign Legion / Arabs, N. Africa
  5. Medievals 25-28mm: Dark Ages --> Feudal Wales [Saxons, Vikings, Normans, LotR].
  6. Modern micro-armor: Syrian 2020
I think I can focus on 6 projects, half of which are cooking on the top burner...they are now organized not in order of priority, but in order of the amount of work to do with them to get them finished for the table.

Below is the 40 projects, some of which are already on line for sale [italics]


TO SELL, TRADE [down to 4]
  1. Urban War [on eBay - CLICK]
  2. War of Spanish Succession 28mm plastics [TRADE for other plastics?]
  3. 28mm Modern Afghanistan Brits [TAG] v. Taliban [Empress]
  4. Star Wars scale ships Odyssey Slipways [TRADE]
  5. Warhammer Black Library books, White Dwarf
GONE! 28mm Renaissance, Inferno magazine, Extra Space Hulk, Mantic Greenskins, TAG Brits, Cry Havoc games [Siege, Outremer], bunch of old rule sets and all TOO FAT LARDIES rules.

TO SORT AND DECIDE WHAT TO SELL [13]
  1. Warhammer Fantasy Projects
  2. --Chaos Dwarfs
  3. --Empire
  4. --Greenskins - [sell all]
  5. --Chaos
  6. --Brettonians / Lizardmen - 
  7. 28mm Sci-Fi: terrain, objects vehicles, Warhammer 40K
  8. --Space Marines [sell all]
  9. --Necrons --> Terminator Project instead?
  10. Board games: Squad Leader [all], Cry Havoc!
  11. Ral Partha in tub, Thunder Mountain Arthurians
  12. Age of Sail 1/600 [test interest w' WS&IM counters]
  13. WWII 1:700 models
TO KEEP – for now [6]
  1. 1/2400 WWI Naval & Dreadnoughts
  2. 40mm Dark Ages
  3. 25mm War of Roses / 100YW project
  4. 25mm Chariot Biblical Wars [some sold]
  5. 25mm Pershing / Pancho
  6. 28mm Heroic - Space Hulk [Catachens, Steel Legion, Necrons, Bladerunner Gangs]
IF ANY OF THE ABOVE PROJECTS INTEREST YOU, CONTACT ME...mostly looking for cash, but if something gels with the below projects, would consider a trade.

TO KEEP [16]
  1. 6mm ACW
  2. 1/285 Modern Micro-Armor
  3. 15mm WWII
  4. --Italians: desert and continental,
  5. --British desert,
  6. --USA: generic [Tunisia, LW]
  7. --Germans: LW/generic, Tunisia/desert
  8. 15mm FFL & Arabs
  9. 15mm Greeks
  10. 15mm+ Testudo Romans & Gauls
  11. 25mm Dark Ages, Feudals, Late Romans / Byzantines / LotR
  12. 28mm WoC Star Wars plastic figs
  13. 40mm Pike and Shot
  14. 54mm Armies in Plastic Colonial Skirmish
  15. 1/2400 WWII Naval [and a little 1/700, too]
  16. 1/5000 [?] WoC Star Wars plastic ships



Monday, March 19, 2018

Cold Wars 2018 - Flea Market Tips and Cool Terrain

Cold Wars 2018
"Holy Wars and Those Who Fought Them"
Joan of Arc Statue
http://www.aviewoncities.com/gallery/showpicture.htm?key=kveus6075

I wasn't thinking of going at all, until a gaming buddy said he was heading to Cold Wars to sell at the flea market, aka "Wally's Basement". Seemed it might be a good opportunity to make more progress on "Operation Project Reduction" [CLICK], especially with Gary's guidance. Uncertain, I checked with him to see if he'd be willing to split one of the two tables he and his dad were getting. I also checked with an old trooper pal to see if he'd like to get together, and if I could stay over at his place [8 minutes from the convention, conveniently enough]. When both were affirmative a few days before the 'con, so there wasn't any more room for excuses! 

I dug into boxes / bins with the criteria "anything that won't be used this or next year, and is replacable, is a flea market possibility"
It was of course a pain - there was more than I remembered having. Stuff was disorganized, sometimes dirty, and inconveniently hidden under other boxes since we moved here almost three years ago. I ended up taking the opportunity to also sort thru the garage, despite cold weather: consolidated storage bins, found boxes of resin 25mm West European buildings by Hovels [including a complete, mint La Haye Sainte] and 28mm sci-fi terrain, and brought my Necron project indoors. I also made a pile of stuff I didn't think I'd be using anytime soon [in this year, or next year], and that could be replaced if the project appealed in the future.

It's best to sort in a clean, large space - so the formal dining room I'd just thoroughly cleaned was the staging area. I organized and packed best I could, threw useful items into a little storage tub [sharpie, tape, sticky pads and such]. Friday was the day I planned to arrive, and I finished up by working all morning organizing and checking item prices on the internet; 50% of retail for new items, and "wing it" on used items. 

As I finished up, I had a sudden inspiration - to use all the proceeds for charitable giving, and made a sign saying as much, including listing the names of the likely local charities. Hopefully, this would give that little bit of extra incentive to people who were undecided or liked to drive a hard bargain! Finally, tossed in three mixed boxes of books that were unsorted for good measure, then packed my car up fully - just below the level of visual impairment by the time a hand truck and overnight bag went in.

Got there on Friday evening to find that I couldn't register for the next day at the registration desk! They quite helpfully told me to do it with my smart phone, then skip the line the next day. So, went to my friend's and we had enjoyable evening getting caught up, including going out to dinner. Before sleep, I spent a while pre-registering with my smart phone. It did work and the new site is pretty efficient - thankfully!

Next day, I promptly showed up and parked at 0740. I printed out my badge and met Gary at 0800, and we checked out the space which was unfortunately the Theater. Thankfully, there is an elevator and it WAS made available to us, or I don't know how I could've dragged all my junk upstairs! I was settled in with Gary by 0830, and the staff volunteers were really helpful and easy to deal with, which was a relief - no petty tyrants ruling their fiefdom with an iron fist! I spread things out as best as I could, within the rules, and tried to relax and enjoy the process. Have to say, I prayed Friday and Saturday morning that all would go well and had prayer support from others!

I hate selling anything live in person, but have had to get better at it over the years. Eventually, my patter evolved into:
- ask people who stopped to look, or who were walking by very slowly, if there was something in particular they were looking for. If yes, and I didn't have any, I told them so and steered them elsewhere if possible. [interestingly, most were "I don't know, just seeing if anything catches my eye"!]
- If yes, I told them about the 50% off all new items, and pointed out the sign that all proceeds were going to charity. Used items I encouraged people to go thru and make a pile for a final "total discount".
- I then pitched prices to people. By reactions, it was pretty clear if it was more, less or about what they expected. Some dickered, but I also pointed out that 50% off was a great discount and that I was trying to raise money, then I'd give a bit more off, even if just a few bucks.
- overall, I encouraged people to grab more items [especially rule sets and books] to build UP to a reasonable price point of $5 or more.
Generally speaking this worked pretty well - several thanked me for explaining what I was selling, and most bought something if not all. As many people didn't have something they specifically wanted, they were really just looking for a deal. I tried to steer people to the complete projects I had.

Eventually, business got pretty, well, busy! I got more and more people to hang out and shoot the breeze a bit, and that made it more fun. I ran into several people I knew, some of whom bought things. It went well enough first round that I stayed for the second, paid $25 for my own table, and then repeated the process. I was pretty exhausting, but went well - 
I raised $1,010 for local charities - thanks everyone!

Useful tips and items:

  • Next time, plan months in advance - saves money.
  • Run a game or two - saves money!
  • Get a hand-truck that can also be a dolly with handle!
  • Bring bungee cords!
  • Bring something soft to stand on, and a cushioned stool to sit on while at eye level with people.
  • Bring a card with my blogs on them [use free card service].
  • Bring $20 in 1's, $50 in 5's and $100 in 20's for change.
  • Pre-register! I renewed my HMGS membership, which is a no-brainer discount if you attend more than one 'con.
  • Go Friday early, stay overnight with friend, stay all Saturday [maybe Saturday night].
  • Organize and price everything out more carefully.
  • Bag books / rules / etc with multiple parts.
  • Have a bin of "Everything is $1" sitting in front.
  • Price armies / bags / blisters by the fig - $1, $1.50, whatever.
  • have a cool picture of the model / figs / etc and outline the retail price of the project, then the discount, clearly.
  • Park to the right, near the handicap entrance!
  • Stick with the "charitable giving" theme - seems to help [hey, had prayer support, too!].

I then got to wander around the 'con a bit more, adding to my pics of various games and the terrain they made, especially. Here's some sights:

Micro-armor terrain sets above and below. I like the templates but not the roads.


Below, more micro armor, including Great Northern War 2020?

Anyone recognize what's on the dice cup below???

OK, so this IS 1/285 or 6mm, but manga battlesuits are fighting in Tokyo [or somewhere]. City terrain by "Cityscape", looks really good - quite 40K up close...


Switching to 15mm here, I think these are Team Yankee boards.


ACW on a light green pet fur cloth - not bad, but I'd switch to a brown one.


15mm WWI - nice work with the craters matching the ground, makes it blend well. The "yellow" smoke / fires are actually fake votive candles - looked awesome!


Upping in size to 25-28mm. Raid into Bergen Cty, NJ. Like the job with the pet fur cloth, and the roads blend nicely. Had to photo this 'cause I was born in Bergen Cty NJ!


Ancient Imperial Romans v. Gauls / Germans. One big cloth almost 30' long! Huge buildup with insulating foam below, I'd say the hill is at least a foot higher than the edges.


Bootlegger gang wars in 28mm. Nicely carved board with panels - has a retro "toy soldier" look to it, but overall, I don't like the lines of the panels [plus they wear with handling].


Frostgrave game - amazing terrain. The ice flows are some sort of foam padding cut - nothing else added!


28mm Napoleonics - great job with fur cloth. Light spray painting, trees go thru the bottom and are held by magnets - clever! Plastic tree trunks with bit of fluff [doll stuffing?] spray painted. Sort of an abstract look, but not bad. Not articulated enough for foliage, IMHO>


Kids games were scattered around - much more likely I'll take my son at some point with this stuff for him to play in. Below, Frog Wars using Eureka figs and toys. Nice looking table!

Dig the snail with howdah!

Lego Pirates - 25mm?? Let's argue about this scale...


And gaining size, Sash and Saber 40mm figures, American Revolution. Nice!
 
Pet fur fields, spray painted. Pretty good appearance of fallow fields. Fences look like wood matches, but could be loads and loads of balsa wood.


Finally, 54mm figs from "All the Kings Men" who are throwing a game. Toy Soldier maximus!!




Overall, a great time, had a bunch of conversations, got some "thanks for your service" from supportive gamers, and a few positive comments from people at the flea market, especially one cop who was blown away that I was giving the money away and said something like "Nobody does this...everybody should do this", so I can attest that it was a pretty spiritual time, and I feel great having gotten rid of about half what I want to unload. There was _some_ temptation to get stuff, but I wouldn't be getting to any of it before Historicon or Cold Wars, so why bother??

I think I will try to make Historicon. It is a bit close to AT this year, but it should be manageable - may bring Mr. Winkie with me, I think he'd have fun.

Monday, March 5, 2018

"Come to Jesus Moment" for Wargame Projects

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, 
     and I will give you rest." Matthew 12:28


File:Cristo Redentor statue in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACristo_Redentor_statue_in_Rio_de_Janeiro_Brazil.JPG
http://www.kuriositas.com/2013/02/the-tallest-statues-of-jesus-christ-in.html

This is what my old crime unit sergeant used to call that "moment of truth" for perps we were after, where something had to give - and it was going to be them. Quick Google search says something like:

The phrase is based on your choice at the moment you decide to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It also has a secular meaning: a "come to Jesus moment" refers to a dawning, epiphany or agreement following a disagreement.


So yes, this is an "additional dawning" following choices previously put forward here on this blog [click] to be both better focused and to avoid fruitless spending of time, money and energy.




2018 PROJECT PRINCIPLES:
  1. 40 gaming projectscould be a few too many?
  2. Drop some unique projects, emphasize cross-over [e.g. the figures/basing can be used in multiple sets of rules that I am playing or may play, or the Terrain can be used in multiple scales and periods].
  3. Drop: dead-end projects and those without plans for the next year or so, and larger scales for smaller, cheaper, portable scales in future [e.g. 28mm sci-fi for 15mm sci-fi].
  4. Fast-play: Easy sharing / hosting, smaller space, simpler, look good, newbies
  5. Skirmish / small Units [FUBAR, WAI Skirmish] 40mm & 54mm Colonial Plastics.

TOP PROJECTS:
  1. Modern micro-armor [terrain crosses over to 15mm desert, FFL & Arabs]
  2. WWII 15mm land
  3. Medievals: Dark Ages --> Feudal Wales [Saxons, Vikings, Normans crossover for Lord of the Rings fantasy, etc]
  4. 6mm ACW [some terrain crossover with micro armor]
  5. Skirmish: Star Wars plastics [shares terrain with Medieval 25mm], 54mm Plastics
  6. Space Fleets: Star Wars plastic
I think I can live with 6 projects, half of which are cooking on the top burner...

Below is the 40 projects, some of which are already on line for sale [italics]


TO SELL [7]
  1. Urban War [on eBay - CLICK]
  2. War of Spanish Succession 28mm plastics
  3. 28mm Brits v. Taliban, Empress TAG metals
  4. Star Wars scale ships Odyssey Slipways
  5. Games Workshop 40K & Fantasy [listed below]
  6. GMC / Judge Dredd gangers
  7. Extra copy of Space Hulk [project below]
  8. Mantic Greenskins
  9. Thunder Mountain Arthurians
TO SORT AND DECIDE WHAT TO SELL [11]
  1. Warhammer Fantasy Projects--Chaos Dwarfs
  2. --Empire
  3. --Greenskins
  4. --Chaos
  5. --Brettonians
  6. 28mm Sci-Fi: terrain, objects vehicles, Warhammer 40K
  7. --Space Marines
  8. --Necrons --> Terminator Project instead?
  9. Board games: Squad Leader [all], Cry Havoc!, Wooden Ships and Iron Men
  10. Ral Partha in tub
  11. Age of Sail 1/100
TO KEEP – for now [6]
  1. WWI Naval
  2. 40mm Dark Ages
  3. War of Roses / 100YW project
  4. Pershing / Pancho 25mm
  5. Space Hulk [Catachens, Steel Legion, Necrons]
  6. 25mm Chariot Biblical Wars
IF ANY OF THE ABOVE PROJECTS INTEREST YOU, CONTACT ME...mostly looking for cash, but if something gels with the below projects, would consider a trade.

TO KEEP [16]
  1. 15mm WWII
  2. --Italians: desert and continental,
  3. --British desert,
  4. --USA: generic [Tunisia, LW]
  5. --Germans: LW/generic, Tunisia/desert
  6. 15mm Greeks
  7. 18mm Testudo Romans & Gauls
  8. 15mm FFL & Arabs
  9. WWII Naval 1/700, 1/2400
  10. 6mm ACW
  11. 25mm Dark Ages, Feudals, Late Romans
  12. 28mm LoTR [to fight OG 25mm medievals, mass bases + some characters]
  13. 40mm Pike and Shot
  14. WoC  Star Wars plastic figs
  15. WoC  Star Wars plastic ships
  16. 1/285 Modern Micro-Armor
  17. 54mm Armies in Plastic Colonial Skirmish




Saturday, February 10, 2018

Marshal Winkie takes on the Frogs: OHW Scenario #14

Well, it's a rainy day and for Christmas, a veteran friends of mine gave Winkie all his plastic napoleonics that he bought up when the local train & hobby store close years ago [all too common event around here]. Winkie spent a number of hours over the Holy-days gluing the little fellows onto card, and then they sat there for weeks, mostly b/c I was away with the 1:1 Army. Today he is excited to take to the field in Scenario #14 Static Defense!

Obvious battlefield. French have artillery on Hill and two infantry in front. Two skirmishers in the woods, and two more infantry on the other side holding the Town. 

This looks pretty tough for only 6 Stinking English, but they have help from the Scots! Three Line Infantry to left in series of lines. Howitzers to rear with two Scots in front.

Rules are OHW with minimum clarifications [click] but using the 3-dice system, hitting on a 4+ typically, a 5+ if a long-range or difficult or partial shot, and a 3+ for cannister / close range. Nothing else added except that Units can move and shoot - have to work with the Marshal's patience level! 
I think the colored daguerrotype below came out rather well - shall send to Mummy.


Turn 1. General advance with shooting around the line - lots of misses, so clearly there was some early morning fog obscuring the lines, worsened by the gunsmoke. Frogs refuse to surrender - in fact, they sneer, make rude gestures and use naughty words! Riff-raff!


Turn 2. Advance continues into short range. Casualties start to mount, including the skirmishers on the left side of the woods fall to the well-disciplined volleys of the Scots at close range. The cannon boom through the formations, shells whizz overhead!


Turn 3. The French Infantry line breaks! Despite heavy casualties, the forward English lines hold, showing the stern stuff our boys are made of - huzzah!


Turn 4. Gunsmoke fills the field, the air is heavy and oppressive. The Line advance against the guns on the hill, casualties are mounting. The Scots hammer home another volley and the lights in the woods flee from their skulking dells and barrows.


Turn 5. The French near the Town are re-positioning to contest the English advance. Two proud line battalions, veterans of numerous campaigns against Austria, Russia, and Shleswig-Holstein [well, that was a very short campaign, really]. For Joseph Boney-parts! they shout, the Scots hearing them distinctly across the fields.


Turn 6. With tremendous discipline born of complete confidence in their officers, the British advance, led by the Scots who deliver a devestating volley against the first French regiment. Blue coats drop like flies, "sacre-bleu" they cry, "these skirts are terrifying!"


Turn 7. The English line advance across the Hill objective they've secured. One objective is NOT enough! cries Marshal Winkie, "I want them all for England and St. George!" "Bother St. George" cry the Scots, we'll take the Town for St. Andrew and wine stores!


Turn 7. French deliver withering volleys upon hearing the Scottish intent to deprive them of their vintage comfort. Plaid flies in all directions as the Scots advance to the rear. The second Scot battalion positions itself to cover the advance, firing volleys into the underbrush where French skirmishers lurk. Will they be able to support the line?


Turn 8. Scots continue to move up. English re-form the line, and deliver precise, orderly volleys, driving the French from the field, threats to wine or no. Only the skirmishers stand in the way of total victory! Meanwhile, the howitzers have been badly handled, receiving confusing orders and dashing to and fro with little firing.


Turn 9. The skirmishers have fled into the town, and from there, snipe at the near English battalion, causing it "to think again". Scots advance, bent on revenge - and wine.


Turn 10. Seeing the array headed to them with bloody intent, the skirmishers flee at the first volley. They grab a bottle apiece as they dash off, driving their supply horses ahead of them so they can have a bit of meat tonight with their wine and cheese.


Well, that was a good bit of fun. I gave M. Winkie the choice of advancing against the town or the hill, and he chose the hill. The attacker has depth in the Horse and Musket period, despite skirmishers being available to the defense. Without them, I think it would have been a rollover. Also, more skirmishers would have made this very difficult.

One-Hour Wargames continues to satisfy, even using bare-bones rules. The best $12 I ever spent! Marshal Winkie had fun, too.