Busy Gaming Weekend

My wife was off helping my daughter move into her dorm room at college, so I was a geographic bachelor this weekend. We started the weekend with our virtual (Zoom) D&D campaign on Friday night run by Greg. Saturday morning we ran a Zoom Aztec Flower Wars game using Feudal Patrol(TM) and Mark Morin’s When Civilizations Collide Meso-American supplement for Feudal Patrol(TM).

The players for the Aztec game.
A view of the table from one camera.

Mark acted as GM with the rest of us viewing the table from two directions (cameras). Mark, Woody, and I were the attackers. We had significantly more forces than the defenders, but lost big-time on points. This supplement requires the Aztecs to attempt to capture prisoners (as slaves or human sacrifices) rather than just killing them outright. Woody tried to sneak around the flank to stop the defenders from getting any prisoners back into the village, but he sprinted slower than the defenders walked, and so the flank attack didn’t really accomplish much. At the same time my assault on Chris’ unit along the hedge was mauled, despite having loner weapons and first strikes. All I accomplished was to give Chris prisoners for later sacrifice. On the other flank, Mark and Greg were going back and fort over the hedge, and it looked like Mark might capture some prisoners, but when we ended the game, the defenders had a distinctive advantage in points.

Another view of the table from the point of view of where Mark and Greg were deeply embroiled in the fighting.

The supplement has a number of special rules that really give the game an Aztec flavor.

Later on Saturday and through Sunday I prepped a number of figures for painting, completed another 20 Anglo-somethings to fight Vikings, and worked on these vehicles.

Front view of the vehicle.

At Barrage 2019 last September I found this 3D printed tank body in a flea market bin for $5 and though it was salvageable. I used some green putty to hide the seams, 3D printed the turret (Sherman turret with plasma cannon) and painted it up. I sprayed the body and turret with Krylon love green camouflage paint and then gave it a light spray of Vallejo army green paint. While it is not clear in the pictures, that recipe gave the green some depth.

Rear view of the vehicle with a Pig Iron infantryman.

I had originally painted the main gun green like the rest of the tank, but then decided that it would look cooler with the blue. There are wide hatches on either side of the vehicle, so I think I’ll use this as some sort of hybrid tank/APC in some Combat Patrol(TM) science fiction skirmish games.

A side view. The red laser bolts are removable. They came from the Bandai 1:48 AT-ST kit.

Finally, I base sprayed a number of vehicles that I will show in a later post. I finished these 3D printed citroen trucks.

Citroen French trucks for 1940.

I found number of images on-line, to see about camouflage patterns, but they appear to have been just painted green in 1940.

More Opponents for my Vikings

With my wife and daughter out of town, I painted the four buildings in the previous post, and I also had a chance to work on twenty more Dark Ages infantry. The box contained 40 figures, so I am half way done.

Today’s output.
Dark Ages infantry to oppose my Vikings
Anglo-Something slingers.
Another view.
Final view.

These were all sprayed white and painted with Contrast paints, except the shields ant silver.

Some months ago (last September) I picked up a failed 3D print in the flea market at Barrage. It was missing a handful of track links at different places. I found an stl file of a Land Raider (not GW), printed part of it, cut off some of the track links and then did a little surgery on the tank. While close inspection reveals the places I had to fix, I don’t think it will be obvious on the gaming table. I will dry brush it a lighter color to match the paint color on the extra Dust turret I had in my bits box. I also have an extra Panther turret, so I’ll paint it the same green (which I know is a non-historical paint scheme, but I don’t think you need to be too fussy with an ahistorical tank.

Work on Progress Tank for sci-fi or pulp games.

Terrains4Games

Three buildings from Terrains4Games Kickstarter

Quite a while ago I invested in the the Terrains4Games Kickstarter. These arrived a few weeks ago. The pledge I made came with six buildings, a chicken coop, and a small shed. This weekend my wife and daughter were out of town, so I assembled and painted three of them. One of the things that appealed to me about these buildings is that the half-timber pieces are separate, so I can spray paint the buildings a base color and then spray the half timber pieces separately. That makes assembly fast and easy — even in Florida where the humidity makes it take a long time for spray paint to dry.

The shed and chicken coop.

Later today, I finished the fourth building. Here it is. Two more to go.

I am really happy with the quality of the buildings. My only complaint is that the second story to two-story buildings is not represented. All buildings are empty shells.

Anglo-Something Cavalry

As we announced the pre-order of Feudal Patrol(TM), I am still working on painting figures to play Viking games with the nearly complete Viking supplement.

The figures still in their box.
Painted and waiting for varnish.
Four of twelve ready for action!
Four more.
And the last four.

I am pretty happy with they came out, and I am anxious to get all these figures on the table soon.

A few more Anglo-Somethings to Fight my Vikings

Early this morning I finished few more Anglo-Somethings to fight my Vikings. I have been facetiously calling them “Anglo Somethings,” because I will use them as Saxons, Danes, or whatever is needed for a scenario.

These were fun to paint. I am still not sold on plastic figures. I would much prefer to see plastic figures with metal weapons, as I think the plastic spears are unlikely to survive too many games.

These images turned out a little more yellow than I expected, but you can see that the figures are ready for battle.

We used these figures this weekend to play test a scenario. The scenario was mediaeval, but I don’t have any mediaeval figures, so I just used these. Buck’s Law says that the first time you put a new unit on the table, it gets spanked. That happened this weekend — lots of casualties.

Someone to Fight the Vikings

I have been in airports the last two weekends on travel for work, so I didn’t get as much done hobby-wise as I would have liked. Still, I managed to get a few things done.

Some Anglo-Somethings to fight the Vikings.

Recall that Greg and I purchased large 60-figure bags of Vikings and Anglo-Somethings (Danes? Saxons? Hottentots?) at Cold Wars in March. I finished the Vikings, but I am about half done (as of this post) with the adversaries.

More defenders of Christendom (or Pagandom?)
And a few more. I didn’t have shield transfers for all the non-circular shields, so I decided to hand paint all of them.
The last four that I completed last night.

Two weekends ago my Prusa Mini 3D printer arrived after being on back order since March. It was very, very easy to set up. My first 3D print (after calibration) was this little cannon for my science fiction collection.

3D printed cannon.

There was an issue with the stl file. The cannon barrel wouldn’t fit through the armor plate. You can see where I cut the cannon, because it didn’t quite go together correctly. I think it was good when I glued it, but it moved while it dried (while I was on business travel). Well, it’s good enough, I guess. You can’t have too many ways to kill tanks when you began your career as an infantryman like I did.

I am working on a neat Imperial transport that I 3D printed, but I will show those pictures when it is done.

More Albedo Armor (or Armour if you prefer)

My kids got me some Albedo Combat Patrol vehicles for my birthday, and I finished painting them up. I decided to paint them in urban ops gray instead of green or brown like the bulk of my ACP 164 equipment. I spray primed with Tamiya gray primer (absolutely the best primer on the planet for the price — very smooth and great coverage) and then the rest of dry brushing. I am pretty happy with the outcome.

A wide(ish) shot of both vehicles and a few EDF troopers.
A closer look.
An even closer look.
They bought me an extra turret that I can use to up-gun one of the vehicles, depending on the tactical situation.

Victorix Vikings

We played a long Wars of Ozz game via Zoom yesterday, but I still managed to complete some Viking figures. Greg and I bought a bag of 60 Anglo-Danes and 60 Vikings at Cold Wars 2019 and split the bags. I have completed about half of my Vikings and hope to complete the rest this week.

Vikings coming up the beach.
And they brought buddies…
A lot of them.

I am still not a fan of plastic figures, because I think the weapons are too fragile for gaming, particularly the way clods pick them up by the handful at conventions. Ideally, I would like to see plastic figures with metal weapons.