Thursday, September 14, 2017

Stateside

After two days of traveling, we are finally here.

New record.

All three security check points and they never once opened my bag to look at the miniatures. Thats never happened!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Warmaster Weekends "Terrain" part I

         This is maybe the only wargaming table/terrain, that 90% of us represent correctly. Empty tables! A cloth or gaming mat with zero elevation and no depressions. Very few buildings and trees. Maybe your special and have a road or stream or or or teddy bear fur

         Some of you and you know exactly who you are; still use cut up pieces of felt. Your table looks like shit. Sorry. A patch work of felt is bullshit. Go borrow terrain, Jesus.
Don't be the guy that brings this to a convention.
looks like shit man, really!
         I know terrain gets in the way, hills are shitty at best, and trees get expensive fast. It is the last thing we think about before starting an army project. 

        Well, lucky me. Ancient battles were mostly fought in the open. Near zero terrain! 

        Armies were designed to march closely or tightly packed. They were huge 5000 legionaries checkerboard or in 3 lines, Phalanx of a 264+ dudes nut to but, shoulder to shoulder. These boys needed space to deploy and shuffle about.          

In any case where the ground was difficult or broken, these men had a hard time keeping the formation together.
       



         Most common feature on the battlefields were a river/stream and gentle sloping hills/depressions. I will be using my huge collection of Geo-Hex. The Geo-Hex will allow me to create the rolling hills, inclinations, streams, sunken roads, and depressions found across battlefields.

        I have enough trees from 6mm to 20mm that will be used for any woods along the edge or clump of woods here and there. I would like purchase 4-5 buildings to represent a town or village.
            Here the goal is to represent area terrain. Think about a true scale palm tree, like 90 feet high. That palm would be 170mm tall. (avg dude was 64 inches, 10mm = 5.3, 90/5.3=17, 170mm) How many times is that thing going to get knocked over during a game. In terms of playability less is more.


          Yes of course battles were fought in the woods, on the beach, in a mountain pass, near a city wall or flat out attacking a city. These are one off games. You really want to spend your time and money collecting terrain for one game? The same game over and over?
          If your were set on one of these examples, what terrain you do have and that which could be borrowed from your mates or club would meet the need.


It all comes down to it. If you don't have terrain, borrow it!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Road to Fall In part VI "IFs and Tau"

With 3 days left until we leave for the states. Work continues on the Tau and Imperial Fists for Saturday's tourney.
 Last 2 Orcas and a boat load of Recon skimmers
No idea what the real name is for these fighters



Friday, September 8, 2017

6mm Desert Terrain part X


Last 6 pump jacks completed


2 more buildings. The largest one is two glue together. I wanted a building a little thicker.
 Con-X boxes and an Oil storage tank.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The road to Fall In "Tau" part V

Wheels up for the states in 7 days. Crunch time.


A lot of eye strain going on here. Either I will go blind in the near future or my light totally sucks surf balls.

Also I must have used a different wash from last Feb?????? Maybe even a different blue. That is what you get for not writing shit down.






Monday, September 4, 2017

HMGS' Fall In registration is open



Sign up don't be left out!

NetEA tourney is saturday. There are limited spots. 
Update; just finished signing up. The epic tourney is not listed as an event. You should contact Kal.







Sunday, September 3, 2017

Warmaster Weekends "miniature sources"


         Where to get the 10mm little bastards? Before creeping your way through each, it would be best to get an idea or list of what your planning. Me? hell no! I went straight to eBay. There was next to nothing on eBay for 10mm ancients. Next up was,


         They were a staple for ACW 15s. I have been a member of their club as the need a raised. The deal there is 40% off for a year if you pay 50 beans. Depending on how much you order or how big your dreams are, it will work out. You need to order 7 packs to break even. Normally 100 dudes are 17 beans, membership get you 100 dudes at 10.20. 






Warstore    &     Pendraken

           You can get your Pendraken thru the Warstore and save on shipping. The Warstore has some issues getting Pendraken to full kit out orders. They also order once a month or so. You get 30 dudes for 7.30ish. They do have some interesting command options.
          Ordering directing from Pendraken is easier and comes in less than 2 weeks!

Magister Militum

          Here you are stuck ordering from England. Shipping will be high, as are the cost per dude. Yet they have the best line up of ancients with characters. You get 30 dudes for 5.8 pounds sterling whatever that is in dollars.

Eureka minis

They have dudes at 0.75 Aussie dollars each???

Steve Barber

Their dudes are 20 for 3.50 pounds. The line is limited in time scale.

NewLine Designs
         Their dudes are 30 for 4 pounds. Newline has sales from time to time. Some of my 20mm colonials come from them. They don't screw you with shipping and it is fast, less than a week from England.


Old Glory being the cheapest option. I will bulk out my armies with Old Glory. Then sprinkle in a few Pendraken and Magister and Newline Designs to break up the clone army look.


Basing options. 


ebay has plastic and plywood at 48 40x20 & 4 20mm circles for 5.99 pounds

Magister Militum has plastic at 50 for 5 pounds

Shogun Miniatures has 50 magnetic bases for 10 dollars. Metal bases are a little less and shipping is USPS flat rate.

I went with shogun minis for magnetic bases.